July 2012 Archives

July 31
Employer matching of retirement savings
If an employer offers 100% match on retirement investing up to a certain percent of salary, and then 50% on a certain percentage above that, does it make economic sense to invest all the way through the 50% match, or stop with the 100% match and invest the rest somewhere else?
posted by nicapica68 at 10:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Social discount rates?
Help me understand the argument that the social discount rate sets the amount we should invest to mitigate climate change. [more inside]
posted by piyushnz at 9:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Leaving to work abroad. Will a LDR work?
I'm leaving the country soon to work abroad. Will a LDR work? [more inside]
posted by syanora at 9:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Trying to "hack" language learning.
Can anyone recommend blogs about cooking, crafting written in French or German? [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Differin help
Acne-filter: I finally went to a dermatologist, who prescribed Differin for my adult acne. A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

tips on moving to salem
Moving to Salem, OR in about a week. Big "getting-there" stuff is covered; now looking for any and all tips to make this the initial move-in and adjustment period as painless as possible -- give me your new-to-Salem-fu, please! [more inside]
posted by genehack at 9:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Music tempo adjustment software for Mac?
Can you recommend free/very cheap software for a Mac that allows me to slow down recorded music (mp3s) on the fly? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity at 8:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Does anyone know this early 2000s song?
I'm looking for help with a very vague song identification for a song I heard in the early 2000s on FUSE/Much Music USA. Barring that, I'm looking for recommendations of websites that help identify songs. [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Need sources for new mashups
I used to be really into the mashup scene, but in recent years I've really fallen behind and only have one or two blogs that I'm following that don't really post new things that often. Does anyone have any recommendations? General remix blogs are fine, too, but I'm mostly looking for the classic 'multiple songs shoved together to make new ones' type.
posted by flatluigi at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Naming ceremony for baby - ideas on what to do?
We are having a non-religious, self-created naming ceremony for our new daughter on Saturday. Can you help with ideas on what, actually, to do to make this a "ceremony" and not just a bunch of people standing around looking at the baby?? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Have Superphone, Will Travel
I bought a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and an unlimited pay-as-you-go plan. Ummm. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Who am I?
Who is this muppet? This is from a set of Sesame Street flash cards. Google has failed me.
posted by bq at 6:37 PM PST - 25 comments

How to handle estranged father's funeral?
My estranged father passed away last Sunday. I've decided to attend the funeral. Please help me conduct myself with something resembling grace. Overly complex snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey at 6:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Oh honey, those are L.A. shoes, you've got to get yourself some New York shoes STAT.
Order up for some serious, stylish, comfortable shoes that are New York fashion AND all-day-walking compatible. [more inside]
posted by mmmcmmm at 6:29 PM PST - 48 comments

Why should a band be on SoundCloud?
For a band, what are the benefits of using SoundCloud? [more inside]
posted by smartypanties at 6:12 PM PST - 2 comments

I'd like more energy density, please.
What are the best resources (forums, articles, etc.) for assembling lithium ion (specifically LiFePO4) battery systems for small electric vehicles (read: 12V)? My Google searches seem to only turn up shady battery company websites. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 5:52 PM PST - 5 comments

a roof over my head and savings in my pocket
Give me all of your best tips and strategies for living rent-free, especially if that involves house sitting for strangers. [more inside]
posted by pinetree at 5:09 PM PST - 20 comments

What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc?
What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc? [more inside]
posted by lorebella at 5:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture?
Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 4:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me sew a bamboo martial arts gi.
I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

What happens to my blood samples?
Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
posted by michswiss at 4:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city?
How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Help using a digital camera
Help me determine which settings I should use on a digital camera to photograph buildings. [more inside]
posted by mlis at 4:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Scanning slides - 4000, 2000 or 1200 DPI?
Scanning slides - 4000, 2000 or 1200 DPI? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Strange Fruit
What is this fruit-bearing bush in the yard of my new house, and can I eat the fruit on it (when it ripens)? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 4:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Thanks Mom but no.
I've got surgery coming up and Mom wants to be there for me. I don't want her there. How do I navigate this? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 3:58 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I dance with guys?
I know how to dance with people who are just friends. Can you explain to me how to dance with someone when I don't want to be just friends? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 3:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any great, multi-day, non-wilderness walks in the U.S.?
Are there any great mixed rural/small-town/semi-urban long walks in the U.S.? I'm searching for multi-day, maybe even multi-week routes that are not strict backpacking and would not require the carrying of a tent. More inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 3:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Vertical stripes in PSP-2000 display. Prognosis?
The screen of my PSP-2000 has faint vertical stripes running through it; the effect is more translucent than opaque (image 1, image 2). What, if anything, can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces at 2:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Date ideas?
Have any pleasant date activity ideas for a small-town midweek?
posted by jsturgill at 2:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Give me a real good belt!
Dear fashionable women of MeFi, what are 4-5 staple belts that I should have in my wardrobe? I've been upgrading my wardrobe and I need some belts but what are the must-have belts that should be part of any fashionable (or semi-fashionable) wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 2:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Tell us about our next three vacations!
You can take three trips. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 1:54 PM PST - 32 comments

How does the property value really affect me?
Home value dropped - does it really matter? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 1:52 PM PST - 10 comments

True Blood criticism?
Good cultural criticism about True Blood, including recent episodes? [more inside]
posted by caveatz at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Please take my money.
Why can't I hire a landscaper? I know how to find one. I know how to show what I want done and how to ask for bids. Why can't I get one of them to accept the job? [more inside]
posted by caryatid at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

New Ipad & Iphone 4S charging voltages
Hi, I have a 3rd party iphone charger which supplies 5.2 volts. It charges the iphone 4s alright but cannot charge (charging symbol is not shown on screen) on the new ipad. With a multimeter I measured the original chargers' outputs. They vary between 5.12-5.15 voltages for both of the devices. So, my first question is whether you know which smart apple technician decided that so little deviation from the standard is not acceptable Secondly, do you know what are the extra voltage tolerances for both of the devices? (Apparently, they are less than 2 percent) Cheers!
posted by raphael19 at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Lodging in Thunder Bay
One night and one day Ontario: Thunder Bay. Where, oh where, to stay? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Authors like Ian McEwan?
In what literary tradition is the work of Ian McEwan? Which authors, past or present, are stylistically related?
posted by shivohum at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Stylish web publishing platform
I'm looking for something like Jux, but that I can host on my own server. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

My Friend Had Compromising Info Stolen; Please Help Me Help Him!
A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 12:53 PM PST - 14 comments

What bird makes this noise?
What bird is making this noise? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

I second that emotion.
Does anyone know how to prevent becoming verklempt? [more inside]
posted by Grlnxtdr at 12:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Quintessential Chicago video
Chicago filter: I want to create a time-lapse/stop-motion ode to Chicago like this one of Paris. Please recommend some good sites/spots to shoot! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Where Do You Put Out A Casting Call For A Personal Project?
I am shooting a music video next month. It's a personal portfolio project and while my social group has stepped in beautifully, I still need people with certain traits/looks. Is there a place online I can post a listing to while also being upfront that it is an unpaid/volunteer gig? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Relief from the interstate
In late August we'll be driving from upstate NY to the Black Hills in S. Dakota, almost entirely on I-86 in NY and I-90 the remainder of the way. We take this trip to visit relatives periodically and over the years we've found some good but brief diversions along the way to give small breaks from the monotony -- great Japanese gardens in Rockford, IL; the kitschy Spam Museum in MN; Amish restaurants in Shipshewanna, IN; the West side market in Cleveland on weekends (our timing is bad for that this time); Carr's cheese in Mauston, WI. We take 2 days out (stay in W suburbs of Chicago), 3 days back (stays in Tomah, WI and Bowling Green, OH). Any recommendations are gratefully accepted, noting that we don't want to get detoured from our route (nothing that's more than 15-20 mi from the interstate, pretty much) because we do have a destination with relatives waiting to see us, and that it'll probably be mid-week travel each way.
posted by aught at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Have some spare money, should we buy a condo to offer as rent?
Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Product of Norway
Can I inexpensively complete my Jotul KrumKake iron? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

How can we get people to tell us stories about my mother-in-law?
My (beloved) mother-in-law died after a year with lung cancer and we will be having a big memorial for her this weekend. What can we do to capture stories and memories from her family and friends? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

How do things work in really small towns?
How do things work and what is life like in really small towns? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Macbook screen dead, is it time for an iPad?
I dropped my Macbook and now the screen is severely distorted. The computer itself still funs fine and can be used, if one works around the partially blacked out screen. Since it's a 2008 Macbook, it's a bit long in the tooth, so I'm thinking of just getting an iPad for every day usage and plugging the Macbook into an external monitor for the one or two desktop applications I need it for. But which iPad to get? [more inside]
posted by lynnshaze at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks
Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 11:46 AM PST - 23 comments

People who broke the rules to do the right thing
Please tell me about obscure, little-known, or forgotten people who broke the rules, disobeyed orders, destroyed their careers, got ostracized, or endangered themselves in order to do what they saw as the right thing. [more inside]
posted by cairdeas at 11:33 AM PST - 41 comments

I don't want to live "Shut Up, Little Man" over the long-term
I live in a rent-controlled building and have a bad neighbor with violent tendencies, how can I best fix this? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

If reputable scientists were to prescribe a healthy lifestyle, what would they include?
What are the most significant lifestyle changes I can make to improve my chances of maintaining a high quality-of-life throughout (a hopefully long) life? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite at 10:56 AM PST - 27 comments

The olympics are way less fun now.
Have olympic spoilers always been this bad? I'm so so very annoyed to already know the outcome of tonights gymnastics, just like I've inadvertantly known the outcome of almost every event I am interested in so far in these games. Even though I try to avoid the obvious spoiler media outlets, I can't ignore everything; esp not elevator tv's, the radio, or overheard coversations at the cubicle farm. Are the days of sitting on the edge of my seat during the evening broadcast, jumping for joy at an unexpected gold over? Or has it always been this way and I'm just catching up now?
posted by shimmer at 10:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Ricotta + Italian sausage = ?
I have hot Italian sausage and ricotta cheese. Help me make a delicious dinner! Difficulty level: no pasta. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 10:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Google Voice Pro?
Is there a service like Google Voice (or a Google Voice addon) that can manage two existing phone lines, one of which is toll free, and which can display an existing number on caller ID for outgoing calls? I’m willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by zombiedance at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

countries that value living life?
Which countries value free time, low working hours, and vacations? Which value living life and not just working? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?
Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

LAB color space without Photoshop?
I've gotten used to using LAB color mode for cleaning up my digital photos. Unfortunately, I no longer have access to Photoshop. Is there a free alternative product that allows work in LAB?
posted by philosophygeek at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

How can she be gone when she was just here and I see her everywhere?
My mom died. Now what? (In the abstract, existential sense.) [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Judge Dread
I know intellectually that I shouldn't worry so much about people judging me, yet my mind still goes there. Any advice/tips? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 9:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Syncing Notational Velocity with iCloud
Mountain Lion iCloud question: I know iCloud stores files locally on my Mac, somewhere. Generally I use two document editors — iA Writer, which syncs to iCloud, and Notational Velocity, which doesn't. Can I set Notational Velocity to save its notes in iA's iCloud folder, so that it automatically syncs to iCloud and I can use iA's mobile apps to edit my notes on the fly?
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Lucky us
What should we do with 4-5 weeks of vacation time? [more inside]
posted by karst at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

FAFSAd Face
I'm doing my FAFSA for the 2012-13 school year. Because I'm 25, I'm considered independent. I'm working part-time as a tutor at a small private school, but some months my parents and grandparents give me more money than I end up making. How should this be reflected on the FAFSA? There seems to only be a form for my income. Any other tips are appreciated.
posted by dkleinst at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm guessing addressing the invitation to just my dad isn't going to cut it
How do I (or can I at all) not invite my dad's wife to my upcoming wedding? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow at 8:39 AM PST - 97 comments

Recovering Google Drive documents
In a stunning act of incompetence this morning, I emptied the trash on Google Drive. I have now lost access to anything I originally uploaded. [more inside]
posted by kellyk801 at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

In Oakland, CA our landlord bumps rent 8% citing banked rents and capital improvements. Wowsers.
Off lease in Oakland, CA. Our landlord bumps rent 8% citing banked rents and capital improvements. Legal justification provided but how can this be challenged to lesser amount without getting courts involved? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Background Checks
What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 2 comments

I guess my definition of "perfect working condition" must be different.
Ebay Help: My phone died and I bought a used one from ebay. The seller listed it as "perfect working condition". Well, it's not. Ebay resolution was no help and now I'm stuck with a phone that barely functions. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 8:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Facebook therapy for the soul
Can somebody help recommend Facebook therapy and or coping mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Database n00b - how long will this task take?
Estimate of how long it will take to develop an Access database. [more inside]
posted by sideofwry at 8:05 AM PST - 8 comments

From Lawyer to Grad Student?
Can you tell me about legal anthropology? Am I foolish to leave a secure career to pursue it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 7:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Don't bring me down.
Help me cope with my downer of a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Co-Founder Insists On Employment Contract
There are three of us who are starting a business next year and one of my future co-founders is insisting that everyone signs an employment contract stipulating that we stay at the company for at least three years. Contract violations haven't been discussed yet - the contract hasn't been written yet - but a hefty fine is likely. Is this type of contract common between co-founders? What other risks should I be aware of before/if signing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 24 comments

Nutrition intro
I know next to nothing about nutrition. Help! [more inside]
posted by devnull at 7:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Light the night!
Please give me your night light recommendations. [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 6:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Is this a normal offer for licensing a bit of music?
A big media company wants to license a recording of my old band to promote an online role-playing game. Can you help me disambiguate the terms of the offer, and tell me if the money sounds standard? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Plus size fishnets are impossible to find!
I'm looking for plus size fishnets that are actually meant to fit someone plus sized. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Replacement Remote Control
Replacement Remote for Rotel RR-AT96 Receiver [more inside]
posted by KRS at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Mini futon?
Where can I find teeny tiny futons? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 6:33 AM PST - 5 comments

So Nice, I Wanna Publish Them Twice
Possibly confirming the obvious - I wrote a crapton of essays and articles for a market that a) was extremely limited and b) doesn't exist any more. I also believe the contract said the original market was "first rights" only. ...It's probably safe to try to pitch polished-up versions of some of those articles to a wider market by now, right? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:29 AM PST - 10 comments

New England/North-East US Fall vacation
Need help planning a vacation in New England/North-East US are in fall. More details inside [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 6:26 AM PST - 31 comments

RSS reader with offline Instapaper sync
I'm looking for an iOS iPhone RSS reading application that will queue up additions Instapaper or other read later service while offline. Most that I've tried require you to be online, which stinks since I read the news on the subway a lot. I've researched like crazy but most apps or reviews don't give details on this feature in their descriptions so it's hard to know, and I can't buy them all. There is one, called Byline, but it hasn't been updated in a year and has tons of crashes when in offline mode, which defeats the purpose.
posted by kfs27 at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Where should I even be LOOKING?
Trying to rent a room in (South East) London. As we all know, renting in this city is a sweat, a nightmare, and a racket. But my question is pretty specific - what sites do you use other than Spareroom and Gumtree? Thanks.
posted by Ted Maul at 5:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Critical Need
My critical reasoning skills are inadequate. Two examples within, as well as a request for books, websites, activities, or routine patterns of thought to help me develop these reasoning abilities. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 4:27 AM PST - 30 comments

Skype-like software that can play pre-recorded video?
(Asking for a friend.) I need to find some sort of software that lets you both record yourself through a webcam (showing the image live in a window on the screen) and (not simultaneously) play a pre-recorded video in the same screen. Ideally it would have very minimalist buttons, or configurable buttons/toolbar. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 3:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Bringing a cat to China...
Advice on bringing cat to China while teaching English... [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 2:53 AM PST - 11 comments

First time car camping in Sequoia
Need advice for first time car-camping in Sequoia. [more inside]
posted by ShutterBun at 1:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to teach tech in SF?
I would like to be a teacher. Snowflake: of technology, to adults, in San Francisco, during evenings. [more inside]
posted by nominal at 12:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Who is this photographer?
Help me remember a photographer's name. He photographed his mother's neat and tidy and everything-in-its-place kitchen cabinets and paired them with abusive quotes from his father as he slid further into dementia. I saw his photos in a slide show among other photographers and googling "photographer kitchen cabinets abusive quote" just isn't getting me very far. He may have printed a book.
posted by rhapsodie at 12:00 AM PST - 4 comments

July 30
Jumping back in
Going to look at a "Used" dog tomorrow, don't know if I'm ready again but would like some pointers. (On preview... wow am I long winded, sorry) [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound at 11:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a new name for the company.
Need help naming a small HR development business [more inside]
posted by brappi at 11:23 PM PST - 5 comments

2013 Kia Optima SXL
Should I buy the 2013 Kia Optima SXL (Ltd). [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 10:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Was I slipped Rohypnol (roofies)?
Are the day after effects of Cocaethylene (cocaine and alcohol) and Rohypnol (roofies) similar? [more inside]
posted by xxxsweetambitionxxx at 10:08 PM PST - 27 comments

help me find my perfect vehicle
I have a 4 yo and another on the way. We camp a lot. We have a VW jetta wagon, but it's getting cramped and we need something bigger. I like the Mazda 5 but my wife thinks it's "too minivan looking." ANy suggestions for maxi-wagons that have that third row of seating that can fold down into cargo space? We do not want an SUV but may have to consider something on the small end of the SUV range ... and we're hoping not to spend more than 24k. Used/new/prev lease all are options.
posted by luriete at 8:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Romantic getaway hotels near Bay Area?
Cheap wine county hotels/motels/ B&B's? I am planning a romantic getaway in August. We want to check out an area 1-2 hours away from San Francisco, and preferably in Napa or Sonoma. But, if you know of other romantic weekend getaways, we are open to exploring! We have been to hot springs that were also amazing. We are on a budget, but sifting through Kayak and hotels.com is a chore and not always accurate, so we would love your recommendations. Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Can grains and legumes be eaten at separate meals to get their full protein complement?
I don't eat a lot of meat. I'm always combining grains and legumes because their combination gives you the protein your body needs. In his new book "Eat & Run," ultramarathoner Scott Jurek says you can eat, for instance rice at one meal and beans at another and still get all the protein. In other words, they don't have to be consumed at the same meal. I don't have any reason to doubt Mr. Jurek but I'm just double-checking, is this true? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 8:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Guts: FIFO?
Intestinal systems: FIFO? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a long-distance partner!
How can I find a partner for a very specific kind of long-distance relationship? (Mild kink inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Funny movies on Netflix
Hilarious movies available right now on Netflix instant. Okay, go. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 8:00 PM PST - 35 comments

Ever since the move you've changed... asshole
Why is our dog suddenly being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 7:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a Chili's tile table
I picked up 4 Emeco Navy chairs on Craigslist a while back, and I've been trying to find the perfect kitchen table for them. I've determined that said table is probably something along the lines of the tables at Chili's. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get jaw surgery in Italy?
This is pretty random. I had jaw surgery and it didn't come out as planned. I did some research and found a surgeon who works in Rome and I'm interested in consulting him for a revision. He has decades of experience and a particular technique that I think is the right one to fix it. Also, I was born in Italy and I'm an Italian citizen. [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 7:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Which Kindle Amazon store - UK or Australian/US?
I live in Australia. My new Kindle is hooked up to the Amazon.co.uk store for legacy reasons. Should I bother trying to change it to amazon.com like most Kindles in Australia do? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me get the most out of OKCupid!
What should I be expecting from OKCupid? Assume my profile is just fine. [more inside]
posted by evinrude at 6:57 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. It's hard to be legit and still pay tha rent."
I'm about to come into a large sum of money (in the $300-$500k range). I've never had a large sum of money. Looking for advice on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 32 comments

Can metallic marinara sauce be saved?
Made some marinara sauce in the slow cooker that came out tasting really metallic. Any way to save it? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 5:20 PM PST - 11 comments

I love you, burnt cheese.
Why does burnt food taste better? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 4:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a last-minute place to camp in Ontario near Toronto or Kingston or between
We're looking for a place to camp in Ontario either near Toronto, or near Kingston or inbetween the two - last minute (aka tomorrow or the day after), probably car-camping. [more inside]
posted by Dreadnought at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Issue with supervisor thwarting job search process!
I need to provide supervisor references for a job opportunity, but I do not have many people I can ask. Need help figuring out my options. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Extracting/Importing iPhone SMS/MMS Data
So, I want to restore my iPhone to a backup that's about 1 month old. However, I don't want to lose all of the SMS/MMS and Contacts data that I've accumulated in the meantime. Is it possible to extract and import this newer data into my older backup? I've searched around previous, similar MeFi questions and various 3rd party software, but no dice. And, sadly, jailbreaking is not an option. [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

One Never Knows, Do One?
Does one quote one's self, or oneself? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 3:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Friendship question...
I lost a close friend a week ago. Help me understand why and if it's salvageable. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 3:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books.
Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 3:15 PM PST - 46 comments

Help selecting the right PayPal API calls?
I want to use PayPal to implement two different ways of payment. The API set is confusing enough that I don't know where to start. I need some direction as to which API set to use. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 3:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Perhaps moving away from home was a bad idea
I moved down to Austin from Iowa about two months ago now. Things haven't been going so well. Wondering if I should move back home. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 3:09 PM PST - 23 comments

It's a bug-eat-bug world out there.
Just a dead bug... but where could it have come from? And where did all these little critters show up from? Are they larva from the corpse? Please help me figure out how to best get rid of this mess. [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Till debt I do part
Debt solutions in Canada? Insight would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Favorite Portuguese restaurant in Newark?
Which is the best Portuguese or Spanish restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 2:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me equalize the TV volume.
Can I rig some sort of home-made equalizer between my TV, speakers and PS3? Other ideas as to changing the levels of frequency ranges also welcome. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Help us make an app for a history magazine.
I serve on the editorial board of a historical publication that walks the line between scholarly and popular articles. It is a magazine format publication, known for the high quality of its illustrations as well as articles. How do we create an iPad (and maybe Android) app for the magazine? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 1:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Why am I so hot?
Why is there such an extreme variation in the way humans perceive and react to the same ambient temperature? Especially in the way I perceive it relative to everyone else around me? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Wire a GFI switch receptacle combo
WiringFilter: How do I safely wire up this switch/receptacle GFI combo? [more inside]
posted by denriguez at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

no digital love
Index card lovers unite! Looking for non-digital ways to manage citations, sources, etc. for academic research projects. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 1:45 PM PST - 10 comments

What to use pretzel salt for other than pretzels?
I enjoy soft pretzels, but over time I've acquired many, many little bags of pretzel salt that come in the package of pretzels. Yes, maybe I should throw them away. But first - what can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 1:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Suggest a road trip of around 10 hours from Orlando!
Can you suggest some amazing places for me to visit within a ~10 hour drive of Orlando, Florida? I will be leaving Orlando on September 1st and have to be back either in Orlando or in Atlanta, Georgia afternoon of 7th September for my flight back to London, England. New Orleans is one enticing idea so far, Miami slightly less so...but very keen to get some suggestions from the hive mind. Everything from historic landmarks to city culture to the big wide open considered (and I'm a big fan of freshwater swimming too). [more inside]
posted by skylar at 1:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Transfer images from paper to cloth
I like to draw. I like to embroider. Help me get my drawings on the fabric. [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 1:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Where does this picture of Nathan Fillion come from?
Hope a fangirl! Where does this picture of Nathan Fillion come from? Both Google Image Search and TinEye only lead to unsourced fansite galleries. This site indicates that it's a studio photoshoot outtake, but it doesn't look like any Castle photoshoot I'm familiar with.
posted by calistasm at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?
What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 1:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Have I got the throat lurgey?
My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with a severe bacterial throat infection. How likely is it that I also have it? [more inside]
posted by fight or flight at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I tip out at the end or with each drink?
When at a bar/pub, I default to tipping on each drink (cash is easy to remember this way, for me). When they hold a running tab, what is the appropriate etiquette when cashing out at the end of the night? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 1:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Accounting for Pennies
At some stores (the convenience store around the corner), the price I pay always comes out to a round(ish) number. Either ending in a 5 or a zero. So that the change I am given won't have any pennies in it. This is convenient for me and the person behind the register. At other stores, there seems to be little interest in getting those round prices. A purchase is just as likely to end in .68 as .50. Why does the consideration of coins influence the pricing of some stores and not others?
posted by Jagz-Mario at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

The internets has ruined my brain and ability to concentrate. How can I relearn how to focus and be less distracted?
The internets has ruined my brain and my ability to concentrate. How can I relearn how to focus and be less distracted? [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

All things bright and beautiful, an interative evolutionary process made them all
Is there such a thing as a humanist hymn? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 12:37 PM PST - 45 comments

What is the best way to read comics not on paper
What is the best way to buy and read digital comics/graphic novels currently? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:30 PM PST - 19 comments

One does not simply walk into that yard.... it is Folly.
My dog will nip at strange people if they come to the house and come towards me. How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 11:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Bulk Buying Jerky and Hiking
2 part question about hiking and jerky. 1) How much jerky should 2 males eat while hiking 80 miles in 4/5 days? 2) Do you have any site recommendations for buying jerky in bulk online (in the US)? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I tell a friend that a contractor I recommended to her has a drug problem?
Should I tell a friend that a contractor I recommended to her has a drug problem? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 10:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Distortion spins me right round
Recently I received an old hifi (stereo receiver with aux and phono inputs) and two EPI speakers from a family member. The system is quite old, but headphones sound great, as does one of the two speakers. The other sounds blown. What are my options in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

What was that van?
Please help me identify a strange, retrofuturistic van that I saw. [more inside]
posted by zjacreman at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Happy Happy Smile Smile
I want more happy, well-designed blogs like 101 Cookbooks or Enjoying the Small Things so that I can pretend for short periods of time that the world is a delightful place. I don't want kittens, I just want to believe that someone out there is having a nice life. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 10:40 AM PST - 39 comments

Samsung or Nexus?
Samsung Galaxy tab 2.7.0 v.s Google Nexus Tab either. Which one to chose? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:51 AM PST - 19 comments

The story of the 3 Monkeys
Torn between being a busy body, saying something so someone can help, or stay the heck out and mind my own business. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 9:32 AM PST - 47 comments

Switch doesn't switch correctly.
Please help me understand this bizarre home electrical-wiring problem, and how to fix it. I've got a mid-50s house. I wanted to put an outlet into the second bathroom, which has none, and it looked like the easiest way to do that would be to replace a wall switch with a combination switch/outlet (specifically, this one). [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Joke in Bad Taste
Do you recall a TV show or movie where the characters used the word "rape" as a mnemonic device? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What sort of store sells 3V DC adaptors?
I need to buy a three volt DC adaptor with a barrel shaped connector. (Picture the normal 12V DC adaptor, but with a smaller connector on the end that plugs into the device.) And I need to get it this afternoon, in between running some other errands. Where should I look? What sort of store carries this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:15 AM PST - 24 comments

What do I use in my '95 Camry as power steering fluid?
My '95 Toyota Camry uses Dexron II transmission fluid as power steering fluid, but nobody sells Dexron II anymore... [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Pros and Cons of a tiny space for four people
Can anyone in the MeFi world talk me out of making the horrible mistake of buying a home that is too small for our needs? Or, at what age will sisters kill each other if they have to share a bedroom? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 7:49 AM PST - 49 comments

How to deal with sister on vacation?
How to get along with pushy sister while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Karma Police
Is it ever ok to tell a friend or loved one to "be nice?" Or is this an big old oxymoron? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 7:36 AM PST - 47 comments

How do I survive an exploding offer?
2 Interviews, one exploding offer. How do I negotiate? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 6:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Yet another "Identify this song" question
Trying to remember the name of this hilariously bad song so that I can watch the equally terrible video again. [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords at 6:24 AM PST - 9 comments

sporting event fundraising software suggestions?
Sporting event fundraising software recommendations? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 6:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding Home, Avoiding Scammers: Craigslist Edition
How do I avoid Craigslist real-estate shysters? Added wrinkle: long-distance. [more inside]
posted by xenization at 5:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Would you look at the time? (And try to recognise this watch)
My friend lost her beloved silver watch, which she bought at Disneyland 1-2 years ago. Her birthday is coming up and my friend and I want to pitch in and get her another one in the same style. Can you recognise the type of watch from these semi-blurry Facebook pictures, and/or tell me where to find it? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 5:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Doha during Ramadan?
Have a LONG layover in Doha tomorrow (Tuesday) and just realized it's Ramadan. What's there to do if I get out of the airport and explore? [more inside]
posted by myntu at 3:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Is emoticon usage in decline?
Is emoticon usage in decline for non-personal messages and posts? What replaced emoticons? [more inside]
posted by molamir at 2:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Dune, Interrupted.
Any idea's on how to remove a large amount of sand? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving to Redding, I mean Reading.
Moving to England. To Reading, to be exact. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller at 1:37 AM PST - 22 comments

How to designing a trivia quiz?
I have to host a trivia quiz for friends in a couple of weeks. What rounds should it have? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 12:16 AM PST - 12 comments

July 29
Made in Germany
What awesome German engineered products have I yet to discover? [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 11:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Mystery Years of Silence
I apparently stopped talking from just before I was one till I was about four. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Scratching my head over a Verification of Illness form
Frustrated with a "Verification of Illness" form. Rattling my brain trying to figure out how to fill this out. [more inside]
posted by raintree at 9:25 PM PST - 8 comments

This Time, We'll Look at the Fall
Where do I get away from it all, when "it" is consumerism, militarism, and my general sense of first-world-problems ennui? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:21 PM PST - 36 comments

Can you help me find this vintage (1999) web comic?
I am searching for a web comic I dimly remember seeing online around 1999. ("Garsh, they had the intarwebs back then, grandpa?") The premise of the strip was the daily life of people working in a software testing/quality department. The humor was pretty dark and cynical, and got increasingly bizarre as the series progressed. The visual style of the comic was photographs of little bendy cartoon figures. I seem to remember the primary protagonist was a blue rabbit bendy figure. Does this ring any bells? Thanks in advance for any leads!
posted by browse at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to buy your stuff, not join your club
What is the deal with e-commerce websites that force you to "become a member" before you can even see the items that they are selling? I'm thinking about Fab, Everlane, etc. [more inside]
posted by alms at 8:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Is there a smart road trip planning site that suggests where to stop?
I've read this question looking for a road trip planning website. We have been using Google Maps which will tell you the driving distance between two cities IF you type those cities in. But is there any road-trip planning website or app that you can tell "I am in Seattle and want to drive about 6-7-8 hours east, where is a good place to stop for the night?" Sounds simple, but we're jerking between a road atlas (to show us sizable cities and what fun stops are along the way) and Google Maps to give us the approx driving time and mileage. Yes, road atlases give miles, but it seems there must be an online way that shows us a bunch of choices. Anything out there?
posted by GaelFC at 7:58 PM PST - 9 comments

How would a great singer play a mediocre one?
Broadway-musical-meta-performance-filter: In "shows within a show," do actors/singers/dancers typically play down from their top standard, if the character is not at the top of the profession? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh no, it's a Cosmic Tsunami!
For a story's sake, let's say a series of enormous gravitational waves caused the fabric of space time to fluctuate. What would that be like for us here on Earth, experiencing the fallout? [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit at 7:51 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the quintisential 1960's high school movie?
Help me fill the gaps in my travel-through-the-history-of-high-school movie list, from Grease to Mean Girls! Got one for the '60's? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 7:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Connect to my Apple TV via WiFi?
I have an Apple TV (1st generation) connected to my 720p TV. I have an Intel iMac. What I don't have is a WiFi subscription. Help me understand what's possible with this and if I can connect the two. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Gallbladder surgeon in NYC?
Can anyone recommend a surgeon to remove a gallbladder in NYC? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Attraction along the way to Shelter Island NY?
Heading up to Shelter Island NY for a weekend soon from North Jersey. Leaving 6am on a Friday. I will be with my wife and toddler. Any suggestions for stops/attractions/restaurants along the way? I suspect my toddler will need a break after 2 hours on a 4+ hour drive. Also any comments on traffic and directions would be helpful! thanks!
posted by wheats at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the deal with way they tie up horses in old Western movies?
What's the deal with way they tie up horses in old Western movies? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 5:42 PM PST - 19 comments

I have a license plate thief. I think I need a camera.
Someone keeps stealing my license plate while my car is parked in my apartment complex overnight. I've already reported the thefts, and I'd like to set up a camera and catch the perp in the act if he or she strikes again. Suggestions, given the details inside? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 5:31 PM PST - 21 comments

You really don't need me anymore, but you don't seem to know that
I need help figuring out how to get my 11 month old baby to fall asleep by himself. Anyone been there, done that? Halp? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 5:15 PM PST - 15 comments

games that feel like deus ex
Looking for video games with a certain sense of exploring the physical space in a detailed and realistic way. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 4:56 PM PST - 27 comments

I have wrinkles at 22 - is there anything I can do to stop time?
I'm only 22 and already noticing forehead wrinkles and little lines beneath my eyes. Is there anything I can do or am I doomed to look like a disaster by the time I'm 30? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Sheryl Sandberg Probably Didn't Have This Problem
How much are COOs paid at small, profitable, private tech firms in Boston? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I keep someone from breaking into my house tonight?
How can I protect my house from thieves tonight? I own a vacant house that is under construction. It just got broken into by thieves to steal the copper piping. I expect they'll try to finish the job tonight. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 4:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I re-watch the 2012 Opening Ceremonies again?
Where can I watch the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies online? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Simple, Cheap Tagless Tshirts?
Looking for cheap, tagless men's tshirts...any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by doowod at 4:28 PM PST - 15 comments

It was a dark and stormy night...
UK short story market for sci-fi and speculative fiction. Are there any sites that list current calls for submission? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 4:07 PM PST - 1 comments

It's all about the Food Network.
How can my wife watch Food Network without cable TV? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 3:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Employment Doubledown
Are there issues with working two half time jobs as opposed to one full time job that I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me help my puddy cat.
How can I help an injured kitty? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 3:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me watch the olympics online: technical difficulties edition
When I go to the NBC Olympics site to log in with my cable package details, the iframe that should show the log in fields (username and password) does not load. This is on a win7 machine with both chrome and FF. The problem does not occur on a different computer on the same network (a macbook running 10.6.8). What setting on my computer seems to be blocking this, and how can I get this frame to load? [more inside]
posted by stresstwig at 3:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Use vim for everything
Software methodologies for writing? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I temporarily go through life without friends?
How do I cope with daily life without any friends? I feel like my latest attempts at making friends is going nowhere.. [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 3:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a knife shop in the Portland, Oregon area.
Where can I find decorative, collectible knives (not necessarily handmade) in the Portland, Oregon area? [more inside]
posted by Somnolent Jack at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Karen _______, age 13
Illegible-filter: what's the name written on the back of this photograph? All I can make out is "Karen _______, age 13."
posted by hermitosis at 2:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Help with large lump-sum when traveling.
How to pay for apartment in The Netherlands? We are close to signing a lease for an apartment in Amsterdam for three months. How do I deal with a large lump-sum payment? We are coming from The States. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 2:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Weird porn searches in brower dropdown history
Over the last few months I've noticed some heavily pornographic search terms popping up in the household computers' drop-down histories, but I cannot figure out who or what is responsible. Help me figure this out before it's too late? (NSFW language) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 45 comments

Exchanging gift cards I don't need for money I do?
Is there a place online where (presumably they would have to be nice, I would guess) people would trade money for gift cards to stores at which they shop anyway? Or something similar? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a custom firmware dev community for the Flip Ultra HD?
How can I hack my Flip Ultra HD? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 1:50 PM PST - 0 comments

How to hang IKEA's 5x7 Ribba frame from the small, recessed clip on the back?
How to hang IKEA's Ribba frames when they don't come with a wire across the back? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I really have the house of the future?
If I were to purchase a Nexus 7 to use as a kind of hub for my apartment, communicating between roommates and keeping track of bills and things electronically, what all would I actually be able to do with it? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 1:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Forums with good multimedia discussions to read?
I'm looking for discussion forums which cover a wide variety of different media in one space. Examples: RPG.net's Other Media forum, Metafilter on a media-heavy day, Fandom Fail Anon. Places where fans of all types of media rub elbows amicably in one relatively fast-moving forum. [more inside]
posted by anthy at 12:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Write this down, Jeeves. Stop. All right, ready?
How fast could people dictate before typewriters? You see in movies or read in books about valets or secretaries taking dictation. Were they using a shorthand system? Or was it longhand, but with abbreviations and such? Can I find examples of such drafts/notes?
posted by Busoni at 12:43 PM PST - 29 comments

Ooki no kuri no ki no shita de...
Japanese MeFites: what songs did you learn as a kid? [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I revive my Patton P-20SW?
How do I revive my beloved Patton P-20SW? I tried to turn it on today and there was a spark and smoke then no response. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

greater west london by the airport?
What is it like living in Hounslow or out Heathrow Airport way? Is it possible to find a three-bedroom house to rent that would allow pets? Are there lots of coffee shops?
posted by parmanparman at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How big does something have to be to block out the sun?
How big/high up would something floating in the sky have to be to block out the sun to a sufficient extent to simulate "night?" [more inside]
posted by ethansh at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Is moving back home the worst thing I could do?
I graduated college a year ago and moved to Baltimore. I’m now considering moving back home to be close to family, save money and travel. Am I possibly making a huge mistake? Special complications inside. [more inside]
posted by saltwater at 10:29 AM PST - 22 comments

How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience?
How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience? And how do you negotiate the morass that is the self-published ebook section of Amazon? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 10:10 AM PST - 32 comments

Surface geography
Some people have divots or dimples on their low-lower backs, just to the east and to the west of the base of the spine. What are those called? And what causes them?
posted by mochapickle at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Fun things to do in Las Vegas for a father and a teenage son.
My son and I will be in Las Vegas for two days. This will be our first father/son outing alone together in a long time with no other family around. What are some fun/bonding things to do in sin city? My son is seventeen years old, likes heavy metal (so does his father), video games (so does his father) and japanese animation (unlike his father).
posted by gertzedek at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Reboot my container garden from a Fusarium wilt.
Reboot my container garden from a Fusarium wilt. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me use my DSLR to shoot auto races
I am a rank beginner at photography. Last night I took my DSLR to an auto race and most of my pictures turned out blurry or under/overexposed or otherwise sucky. Occasionally I got lucky. What am I most likely doing wrong, and how can I get better at shooting cars in motion? I'd appreciate your tips or links to online tutorials. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Alternatives to Google Docs
I need an alternative to Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) to use with my 5th grade students. [more inside]
posted by robverb at 8:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Coworking spaces in New York City
Where can I find cheap/free working spaces in NYC? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 7:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Low-priced drink not such a good deal afterall
What ingredient is it in Sobe drinks that consistently gives me diarrhea? [maybe not NSFW, but a bit graphic] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it even possible to have equal roles when raising a baby?
How can I accept the gender imbalance in my relationship now that we're parents of a young, breastfed baby? Help me be less resentful of my husband! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 81 comments

What do engineers do all day?
You're an engineer. What do you do all day? And how did you get your job? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:33 AM PST - 35 comments

Why can't a 32GB thumb drive hold a 15GB file?
I just bought a Mushkin 32GB flash drive. I have a 15GB folder I need to put onto it. About 1/4 of the way into the transfer, I get an error message saying there in not enough space on the thumb drive. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 6:58 AM PST - 14 comments

What do Brigitta and Louisa mean by their lines in "So Long, Farewell"?
In the song "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music, why does Brigitta sing "I'm glad to go, I cannot tell a lie" (i.e. is she tired? is she bored by the grown-ups?), and why does Louisa sing "I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly" (does she, too, want to get out of there? is she half-asleep?)? Are their lines meant to be interpreted as somehow related, since they do a little dance together immediately afterwards? Yes, this is settle-an-argument filter, so I'm looking for canonical or otherwise authoritative info, not just casual speculation.
posted by No-sword at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

15 Minutes of Fame
I am looking for information on how people feel, like and want (or not) to be interviewed by TV, radio or newspaper reporters. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:45 AM PST - 4 comments

I like Chris Marker movies, especially Sans Soleil. What other movies would I like?
What other people have done stuff like Chris Marker's documentaries? Is there a movie anywhere that's even a little bit like Sans Soleil?
posted by insteadofapricots at 6:20 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the best American airline?
Based on your personal experience, what is the best American airline to fly with (in terms of quality of service, comfort, customer service, etc.)?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 4:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Vietnam
Two questions about Vietnam! 1) Safe to take my macbook on travels through the country? 2) What should I be buying cheaply in Vietnam?
posted by freddymetz at 2:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Help needed with travel for blind person
London transport: help needed to plan a journey for a blind person [more inside]
posted by superfish at 2:16 AM PST - 6 comments

The menthol of autumn
I'm looking for the exact prose by author Mark Leyner that begins something like "My sister is the beautiful day, the menthol of autumn..." but google is just giving me reviews of his work. I think it was part of "My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist". Ta, Mefi people.
posted by evil_esto at 1:52 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to want to...
What motivates you to start a new activity? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 1:17 AM PST - 13 comments

How to convince my friend to go to counseling
Help me convince my friend to talk to a therapist [more inside]
posted by grokfest at 1:15 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online?
How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online? I'm in Australia. Every search I do seems to turn up things that look a little like malware. Live and legal would be my first preference, but I don't mind if I have to download an entire game as an avi and watch it afterwards. Thanks!
posted by surenoproblem at 12:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's
Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 12:17 AM PST - 10 comments

July 28
What can you tell me about this big flying insect?
Insect identification - what can you tell me about this flying beast? (good pic inside) [more inside]
posted by Listener at 10:16 PM PST - 4 comments

It's okay because I'm under no illusion that fixies have any practical advantages
Please help me buy a cheap grocery-run bike to get around New York. I'm looking at the Gravity Swift2, the Mercier Kilo WT5, and the Windsor Timeline, although other suggestions are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a Tiffany's style bubble ring in my price range?
Where can I find a Tiffany's style bubble ring like this in my price range? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

soundproofing a wall with a door in it
I share a wall with my roommate, which isn't as acoustically opaque as I would like (I'm occasionally woken up by late-night activities). What's the best/cheapest way to soundproof it? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable at 8:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Is there a wifi cordless phone?
Is there such a thing as a wifi cordless phone that works with a landline? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 8:16 PM PST - 3 comments

the dreaded fifth trimester
Looking for new ways to play with my four-month-old. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

how much rent should i be paying in NYC?
mid-20s, moving to NYC jobless but with some prospects to realistically find an entry-level job in the $40,000 range. have $20,000 saved. what kind of rent should i realistically plan to pay? am looking at a $1150/mo (per person) in Fort Green. can i do better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Can you recommend styling tools for people with too much hair?
Does anyone have any hair-styling tips and/or tool suggestions for people with wayyyy too much hair? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 7:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Seriously confused by recent breakup.
Why am I hopeful with this ex-girlfriend ? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic at 7:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Legally how can we force this unconventional tenant to leave?
My boyfriend's relatives just moved out of a house in Illinois which belongs to his grandmother (who lives in a different state). She wants us to move in and take care of the house. There is someone living in the guest house who we want to leave. [more inside]
posted by Eyelash at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

frustration and connection in the city?
How have you negotiated being frustrated with the culture and experience of young-white-people-in-the-city without alienating friends or becoming a hypocrite/cynic/other mopey monster variant? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 6:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Help get Amazon Prime to give me sound on my PS3
PS3 + Amazon Instant Video is giving me no sound. PS3 works perfectly with sound with all other games/movies etc. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Roommate from Hell
Roommate has lied about paying her share of the bills and has not paid last month's bills. She's been unreasonable and refuses to talk about bills. Her lease ends in 3 days. She owes hundreds of dollars. Can we pursue legal recourse? (part of the lease posted inside) [more inside]
posted by taiscape at 6:06 PM PST - 14 comments

How to dim 12v Halogen lights?
I have ten 30 watt 12v halogen lights connected to a transformer that is rated for 300 watts. The transformer seems fairly old. I want to be able to dim the lights. What kind of dimmer do I need and how do I wire it up?
posted by Infernarl at 5:34 PM PST - 4 comments

« Prev | Next » for Twitter
Twitter question: If I have the URL of an individual tweet, is there a way to see the next and previous tweets from that user? [more inside]
posted by danb at 5:25 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a way someone could use my cellphone number with out using my phone?
Is there a way someone could use my cellphone number with out using my phone? [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 5:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I respond to co-worker making comments about what I eat?
How do I respond to co-worker making comments about what I eat? [more inside]
posted by aviatrix at 3:38 PM PST - 72 comments

When the mama is away, the cat wants to play - but how?
When the mama is away, the cat wants to play - but how? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 3:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Need a bank with Pgh and LA locations
Please help me find a bank with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles locations... [more inside]
posted by jus7brea7he at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

smoke
yet another smoke stink question. I looked for answers and found some that would be helpful, BUT... [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

SSD Capacity and Cost predictions
I'm interested in getting an SSD drive for my MacBook but the storage capacity isn't big enough and they are too expensive. Are there some Moore's Law type indicators for SSD technology that might help predict at what point in the future, say, a 750GB drive might cost less than $500?
posted by coffee and minarets at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Buildings with ties to Xenakis
Please name some architects who are affiliated with (or who were directly/indirectly influenced by) Iannis Xenakis and/or his musical ideas (composition based on mathematical principles, stochastic methods, etc). [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 1:56 PM PST - 1 comments

West Virginia American Summer
WestVirginiaCampingTripFilter: Interesting activities in & within an hour drive of Monogahela National Forest for some adults and 30+ kids? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I control a FireWire camcorder via USB?
I need a firewire to USB converter to import some old and precious MiniDV video to a MacBook Air using the camcorder. Does such a thing really exist? [more inside]
posted by gazole at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Children's hand me downs - yay or no thanks?
I would like to offer some of the nicer hand-me-downs from my daughter's collection of clothes and toys to a friend in my department who has a daughter a few years younger. She and her husband are both Korean, and I want to make sure there is not a cultural issue that makes used things somehow weird or icky. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 1:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Treating endometriosis with birth control
Had an endometrioma surgically removed. Deciding whether to start the pill. [more inside]
posted by perryfugue at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

It's Virginia! It's hard!
How to find a trans-friendly doctor in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

tattoo behind the ear?
Is it possible to have a tattoo done on the backside of the outer ear? Not the neck/throat along the SCM, but on the backside of the pinna/auricle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking a small, tapered, French rolling pin
Can someone guide me to a small, handleless, tapered rolling pin that is truly meant to be used and is from a trust worthy place? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Searching for a unique retro website design.
FauxRetroFilter: Help me remember an entirely ASCII dynamic website. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a short story I read.
I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by sauril at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to live in Baltimore?
I'm moving from the Midwest to Baltimore in about a month, likely into an apartment sight unseen. Baltimore MeFites - I need your advice on where to live that is safe, in my price range, and would fit my lifestyle! [more inside]
posted by JannaK at 10:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Is it easy to clean and grease the bearings on a back-pedal brake bike?
Can I grease the bearings in a wheel with a back-pedal brake without wrecking the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by nevan at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Purge purge purge
I need to get rid of my filing cabinet. Help me figure out what to do with its contents. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 10:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Leather belt care
I have an older leather belt that has become stiff. It's still usable, but I'd like to get it back to it's earlier, softer condition. How do I do this?
posted by chengjih at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there paint-safe colorful wall tape?
What types of tape could I use for colorful wall-safe alternatives to painter's tape? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 10:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Geez, dog, learn to take a hint
My puppy has taken to playing by biting other dogs' (and cats') ears. Do I need to get him to stop? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by dithmer at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I make this not be so hard?
Why am I having anxiety about certain tasks at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Really great girl has an STI
The girl that I like has herpes. How do I move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

How bountiful is your CSA?
Participants in CSA/Community Supported Agriculture/local farm cropshares-- on average, how much produce does your regular share contain? How does the overall cost stack up against retail veggie pricing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 8:54 AM PST - 31 comments

Investigating the mystery aisles: what do I want?!
I want to read a good mass market crime series featuring the same investigator(s). Of course, I have no idea what's "good" per my taste and the huge bookstore mystery section totally overwhelms me. Please help me figure out where to start? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 8:51 AM PST - 33 comments

Find New Games
I'd like to find modern games that are enjoyable to play on a Mac laptop, using only the keyboard and optionally trackpad. Suggest some for me, ideally something with a demo? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 8:46 AM PST - 16 comments

I'd settle for a plateau.
Three months into boot camp, suddenly weaker than ever. Wha? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 7:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Will the removal of my ureteral stent be painful?
Yesterday I had a cystoscopy during which the MD used a laser to break up a stubborn kidney stone. He then placed a stent with strings attached up in there somewhere and the strings extend out from my penis. I am scheduled to have the stent removed on Monday morning and the idea of pulling this thing out of my penis by yanking on the strings is giving me a bad case of the fantods. What can I expect here? Is it going to be a brief moment of hellish pain or should it slide out without excessive discomfort?
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 7:16 AM PST - 11 comments

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain?
What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Best PHP Framework?
Which PHP framework is the most straightforward to pick up for an beginner / intermediate programmer? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 6:38 AM PST - 7 comments

tough mp4 video camera
Howdy Mefi peeps, I'm looking for a tough video + camera that is mp4 native. I have a Canon IS1200, a good point and shoot. It outputs in .avi, a high volume format that takes quite awhile to download via USB. I need something more robust for my purposes. [more inside]
posted by diode at 5:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me not mentally flagellate myself
As a shy, awkward introvert who is frankly not good with people, how can I shut down my own negative self-talk when I'm in the midst of social situations--namely, a big two-day-long event happening this weekend? Are there any easily remembered mantras or things I can tell myself so that I'm not focusing the whole time on my own shortcomings? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 5:34 AM PST - 36 comments

thriller novel where student cheats on medical exam by answering question incorrectly
Looking for a thriller mass-market paperback novel that I read in the late 1990s that was about brilliant students at a medical school - murder, conspiracy, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta at 1:24 AM PST - 2 comments

July 27
Flat too hot, what to do?
I rented an apartment in Bonn on very short notice, and it turned out to be a loft. When he weather was cold it was ok, but once it got to 85 degrees it became unliveable. Of course there is no ac, so me and my pregnant wife went to a hotel till it cools off. Is there anything we can do regarding the rent? Do you think it's reasonable for someone to rent out a loft without mentioning that it is one? If I can't sleep in the apartment and he offers no solution but a fan, is this ok somehow? I was referred to this guy through the institute we are visiting, so maybe the secretaries can make him pay if I have a case.
posted by Mai2k3 at 10:45 PM PST - 19 comments

"ooh la la" song with hot electric guitar?
What was this "ooh la la la la..." song with the hot electric guitar that I heard the other night? [more inside]
posted by smcameron at 9:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Venus Fly Trapdoor
My friends and I are looking to move into this new place, and I can't help but feel there's something odd about the couple we're renting from... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 9:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Alarmed about a piece of me that just fell off.
A few days ago I was in the shower, and I noticed a tiny lump in the front of my armpit. Initially I thought it was a zit, so I poked it with a needle. It hurt and thus it was apparently not a zit. As I examined it closer, I saw that it was more... fleshy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Avoidant personality disorder - more than just social anxiety?
I think I have avoidant personality disorder. I've never actually been diagnosed, but when you look at the behaviors and symptoms, there's really no question about it. What is my question is, can I fix it? Can I deal with it? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 24 comments

This is the Internet age, is it not?
How can I watch the Olympics online if I don't have a cable subscription? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 8:38 PM PST - 25 comments

How is hip surgery ?
I'm having a tear of the acetabular labrum repaired athroscopically. What can I expect ? [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

power on computer ... power on!!!
my netbook will not turn on. there is no response--no lights or sounds--with the battery in, but when the power cord is plugged in i can hear a soft but steady clicking sound from the power button area. i have tried another hard drive in it, no luck. i also looked at the ram, it seems fine. [more inside]
posted by cupcake1337 at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Going to San Francisco and Portland; what am I doing?
Planes and Trains and Bikes, oh my! or, Going to San Francisco and Portland for a week and a half; what should I do and see and eat? [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat at 7:14 PM PST - 12 comments

How are they doing after Reggio Emilia schooling?
Please help me learn about outcomes from Reggio Emilia and similar project-based, progressive educational systems. [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

What to expect when dealing with an Animal Rescue Group
What to expect when dealing with an Animal Rescue Group? [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 5:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Foot tingling for 2 days after crouching - Serious? Pinched nerve?
Foot tingling for 2 days after crouching - Serious? Pinched nerve? [more inside]
posted by PompatusOfLove at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Is laminate flooring what I want?
Help me floor my house! [more inside]
posted by Cloudberry Sky at 5:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I invest in my state's 529 even though I might move in three years?
I have a question about 529 Savings Plans. Now that I have a little one, I'm looking to start investing in a 529. However, there is a better than decent chance that we'll move to a new state within the next three years. Should I invest in New York's Direct plan right away (which looks great - low expense and a nice amount to write off my taxes) even though I might lose future tax benefits in another state?
posted by Stynxno at 4:38 PM PST - 5 comments

simple practical tips for daily living
Simple household tips [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Taxes on early 401k withdrawal
Is 401k withdrawal income the same as McDonalds income? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

I picked the wrong color!
Any Mefite floor tile experts out there? My grout choice turns out lighter than I'd like..... [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Cross country train trip USA -- sleeper or no?
Cross country train trip -- sleeper or no? Terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 2:53 PM PST - 44 comments

Where should I live in San Francisco?
I will likely be moving from Australia to San Francisco to take a job soon. Which neighbourhood would be best for me personally to live? More inside that might help you make a suggestion. [more inside]
posted by jimwhimpey at 2:39 PM PST - 34 comments

Bend Outlook to my will.
I'm looking for an Add-In for Outlook 2010 that will pop-up a notification when certain, quantity or time based criteria are met. [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Right Arrow Woes
In a Word document, I'm trying to get a simple right arrow symbol in Times New Roman. However, pasting it in from the Character Viewer inserts it as Arial Italic. Changing it back to Times in Word has no effect - it goes back to Arial immediately. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How best to learn spanish for an Argentine vacation?
How best to learn Spanish for a three week vacation in Argentina? [more inside]
posted by pombe at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Bedding Down in Barcelona
We're staying for four nights in Barcelona in mid September. First visit for both of us. Really would appreciate hotel/B&B recommendations, and of course what sights and restaurants the hive mind recommends.
posted by bearwife at 1:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Mounting an FTP server as a disk in OSX 10.8
What's the best way to mount an FTP server as a drive in OSX 10.8? [more inside]
posted by The Lamplighter at 1:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Mortgage broker On the Level?
Is my mortgage broker drawing out the process on purpose? Is he getting paid now or is it a commission type business? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

It feels good, it must be good.
Further science/philosophical reading about human evolution and the woes of our modern life. Looking for suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Is "Modern Scientific Press" legit?
Is "Modern Scientific Press" a legitimate peer-reviewed scientific publisher? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 1:01 PM PST - 13 comments

I love you, now here is all my money.
Stupidly loaned boyfriend money too early in a relationship; are we doomed? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 12:54 PM PST - 46 comments

Disoriented you enter in, unleashing scent of wild jasmine
Honeysuckle and jasmine smell identical to me. Is there a good reason for this? Like...science? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

A barrier against what?
Why this? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Warped Tour Financials
The website for the Warped Tour shows 111 different bands. How does a band make enough money to tour the US on a multi-city tour with so many other bands? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How to build a faraday cage
I'm interested in making a strong faraday cage device to protect my stuff, one that is walk-in. [more inside]
posted by Query at 11:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me understand which camera memory card to buy, and also (potentially) where I might buy one in Boston/Cambridge (or online)!
Help me understand which camera memory card to buy, and also (potentially) where I might buy one in Boston/Cambridge (or online)! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me find this blog post?
Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Baby, you can drive my car, but I have to find one first.
How do I buy a car? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 11:28 AM PST - 31 comments

What happened here? How do I research my hometown?
History/Librarian Filter: Inspired by all the interesting London history coming out here, I'd like to start researching my own backyard, but I have little idea where to begin. What resources are typically available if wanted to research an area (US)? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Landlords: What websites get you the best results for advertising room-rentals / shared accommodation?
Landlords: What websites get you the best results for advertising room-rentals / shared accommodation? [more inside]
posted by audio at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Will it hurt?
Having a potentially cancerous skin growth removed by a plastic surgeon. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by swift at 10:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Milquetoast Kenny G Rock???
I'm looking for a specific artist, or a specific sound. I heard a motorcycle guy blasting music out of his speakers, and it was a sort of rock, not quite arena rock, but something like it. The main description I can think of is "Kenny G Rock" for it was utterly milquetoast and non-offensive and yet... [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 10:44 AM PST - 36 comments

Should I be worried about my bf's relationship with his ex?
I accidentally read an email from my BF to his ex GF, who is getting married on Saturday, which he closed with "I will always love you." Should I be concerned about his feelings for her? [more inside]
posted by eliseb at 10:35 AM PST - 81 comments

Which gamble, and when?
How far in advance is it decided whether a La Liga (Spain) game will be played on Saturday or Sunday? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 9:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Dear Britons, why do you grate your cheese on a sandwich?
Dear Britons, why do you grate your cheese on a sandwich? [more inside]
posted by husky at 9:33 AM PST - 45 comments

Roommate troubles: Spain or Bust edition.
Roommate is moving to Spain in 4 days. Has not found replacement. Please help. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

What types of jobs or careers would let me live in the US but travel internationally every couple of months?
What types of jobs or careers would let me live in the US but travel internationally every couple of months? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 8:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Standing room only, but preggo lady still gets a chair
Are all bars super accommodating to pregnant ladies, or just the ones we go to in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for books on WWII... but ...
Can you recommend a contemporary WWII narrative, in english, but written by non-anglo-american authors? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

What to expect when selling gold jewelry
What to expect when selling gold jewelry? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Can social media and being public mix when you have to work for a living?
Can social media, humor, and being public mix when you have a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Old books on how to write stories?
After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
posted by steinsaltz at 7:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Why is #tcot a thing?
What is #tcot? I understand that it stands for Top Conservative On Twitter but what does that mean and why do people use it? What is the history and why did it start? Does it get compiled somewhere or something? Thanks
posted by Uncle at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to put a hole to sink money into in Boston?
I'm considering buying a 27' cruising sailboat and keeping it in the greater Boston area. I'd like some advice about storage, mooring/docking and costs. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Here is my head. Make it less purple!
At home hair-dye gone not-so-terribly, but my pretty dark red has too much purple. What's the best toner to get rid of that color and leave a nice red? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 7:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Failing isn't so bad...or is it?
Will my friend be able to repeat his first year at the University of Liverpool? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 6:50 AM PST - 3 comments

What the heck are these things?
What the heck are these things? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 6:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I fix acne leftovers?
I have leftover acne redness from 15 or so years ago, and I've finally decided to do something about it. The goal is to make my skin more even-toned and healthier-looking. What methods and/or products - preferably available over-the-counter - would you suggest? Pics of some of the offending areas on my face here, here, and here.
posted by st starseed at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Is it rude not to prolong the small talk with my hair stylist?
Hair professionals of the world, would you find me rude if I took the opportunity to return to my reading once our intial, polite exhange of pleasantries is over?
posted by =^^= at 6:24 AM PST - 10 comments

twitter + science!
I'm interested in psychology, public health, and aging. Who should I be following on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 6:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Tips for driving through and staying in southern West Virginia?
Tips for driving through southern West Virginia? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 5:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Recipes needed for children's cooking class
I need some recipe ideas for a children's cooking class - can you help? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 4:40 AM PST - 24 comments

"And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe, which was letting in water"
Frequent holes in my shoes - does anyone know what's going on? [more inside]
posted by terretu at 4:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Passport, check... But where do I store my cats?
Any recommendations for pet boarding in Birmingham, UK? (Bonus: good vets.) [more inside]
posted by Because at 4:28 AM PST - 3 comments

How to break off with a recruiter?
How do I break off a relationship with a recruiter who's lied to me? [more inside]
posted by glache at 1:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Animal Welfare in "Life of Pi?"
Just saw the trailer for "Life of Pi" and it looks stunning. However, I want to know if animal action was supervised by the ASPCA (or the appropriate organisations for the countries where the movie was filmed).
posted by cavyherd at 1:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How to watch 2012 Olympics online in Africa?
Help me watch the Olympics on my computer. In Africa. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:28 AM PST - 11 comments

What movie is this?!
Help me figure out exactly what movie I'm thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 12:17 AM PST - 3 comments

July 26
Ships shipping ships?
This picture (of what looks like a pile of cargo ships in the water) is doing the email rounds as "a ship that ships ships". What is it?
posted by kreestar at 11:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Coda
I'm looking to compile a collection of a certain kind of codas or outros or tags. Like, when the song is over, and the musician or band has to tie things up into a neat package, they may play something like this classic. (OK, maybe that wasn't so neat.) I'm not just looking for the well-trodden, but also for someone's unique stamp on the well-trodden. The ironic or earnest. Rock, jazz, classical — any genre! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 11:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Sprinting Sans Socks Suggestions?
I'm going to start running without socks! What do I need to do to keep both my shoes and feet in tip-top shape? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 11:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Finding interesting soc/psych research to discuss
A group of friends and I, all recent college graduates, have decided to meet weekly to discuss interesting recent sociology and psychology research. How would we go about finding it outside of ScienceDaily, and - more importantly - how can we access it now that we're all without database access?
posted by LSK at 10:43 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm having trouble connecting the dots.
How do I get over no longer being able to afford the awesome school I almost graduated from? I'm at the end of the (long, winding) road, staring down a Voluntary Withdrawal form and it's killing me, despite everything I'm managing to tell myself. Gratuitous B.A. derailment details inside. [more inside]
posted by Chutzler at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Advice for buying a wedding dress online
Did you buy a wedding dress online? Do you have any shop recommendations or advice to make this as painless as possible for me? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 10:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Washington State Travel: Looking for suggestions near/accessible to Wallace Falls State Park
I am planning a trip to Washington (state) in August. Most of the details are confirmed, but I have a few days that I'd like to fill... [more inside]
posted by ekf at 9:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Online print job
I'm interested in printing some color documents. I can go to my local UPS store, but I'm curious whether there are good options online so I don't have to go to the store. Do you know of reliable and reasonably priced (including shipping) vendors who do this service of printing a document and shipping to you?
posted by lirael2008 at 9:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Converting dual temperature valves to thermostatic
Plumbing filter: Is there any way to convert an old shower with separate hot and cold valves into a thermostatic valve? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by iamscott at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Save our sofa from our cat
New apartment comes with beautiful, expensive sectional couch. Our cat is a pro furniture shredder. Help. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 8:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Suspension lift kit
Lift kit for 1995 Nissan 4WD Pickup [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking to figure out literary influences.
I just read the letter Ted Turner received after his father found out that Ted was now studying Classics at university. Passionately written. My question, what was Ted Turner's father reading that would make him write like that? What authors influenced this urgent writing style? I want to read more like it.
posted by leftoverboy at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

This large conurbation we've just entered, could it be London?
London - best time to go this autumn, best area to stay close to the British Museum, favorite second-hand clothes stores, favorite museums (of ANY sort), absolute Musts of a non-touristy sort (my boundaries: changing of the guards is OUT, High Tea somewhere lovely is IN). Bonus: great guided walks. Bonus bonus: can I get in to the taping of a BBC radio/TV comedy/panel show? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 7:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Also she has accidents every day but I'll just deal with that
My little dog has bladder stones. Can you answer a couple of questions to help us get through this with dietary treatment alone? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Like all those fashion blogs. But for hair.
What are the best haircut/hairdo/hairstyle blogs? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 7:29 PM PST - 3 comments

I want both!
I've been offered an 18 month job 3000km away, where my partner lives. Everything sounds great except for leaving friends and family for 18 months, which is a really big deal for me. I'm really struggling to make up my mind, help me? [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 6:56 PM PST - 22 comments

What's that sandal?
What's that shoe? Please help identify a men's sandal. [more inside]
posted by domnit at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I be looking for if I want to wear a cup everyday?
I'm thinking about wearing a cup everyday. I figure if I can do it without it being noticeable, why shouldn't I? The thing is, I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by vash at 6:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Restore apps from Time Machine after upgrade to Mountain Lion?
Can I restore applications from time machine AFTER an OS upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 6:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Chicken Marinade
What are your favorite chicken marinades? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:24 PM PST - 40 comments

Staying Flea-Free, Cats And Home
What is the best strategy to keep my cats and apartment flea-free? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:23 PM PST - 12 comments

American propaganda about Russia
Can anyone help me find Cold War-era video of American propaganda specifically about *Russians* (or at least mentioning Russians), rather than "Communists" in general?
posted by ac at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make my grandson laugh like a drunk?
How do I make one of those "Little Girl Laughing...SLOWED DOWN" videos with some footage of my grandson? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 5:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Moving my family for a job...Worth it? Can it be done? How hard is it?
New Job..New City...Should i move my family? Advice & Suggestions Please. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?
Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?
New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 4:16 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I make a decision?
I've been debating whether to get a new job. I'm relatively happy in my current job, but I think I could make more money. Please tell me how I can make up my mind. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 3:59 PM PST - 17 comments

How old is too old?
Sick of everything and want change is 42 too late in life? [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 3:37 PM PST - 35 comments

Getting a deal on an engagement ring
I'm looking to buy an engagement ring. Where can I get a solid deal on one these days? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 2:55 PM PST - 15 comments

a circle in a pointed cloverleaf
Does this symbol mean anything? It's like a circle superimposed on a cloverleaf symbol (⌘), except that the loops are pointed on the ends. [more inside]
posted by Ery at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me craft a nicely worded invitation for a party!
I'm getting married - yay! I'm having a simply civil ceremony at the NYC wedding bureau and then plan to have a party a few days after. My dear me-fi'ers- What do you think is the best way to word an invite to a post-ceremony celebration? [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

What makes a good wall in a garage?
What would you put up for the interior walls of your man cave in the garage? [more inside]
posted by otto42 at 1:55 PM PST - 27 comments

Do typical lab results for raw-fed cats (domestic and small wild) exist? If so, where?
Three of my four cats are (mostly) raw-fed. My vet knows about this, and finds their recent blood test results unremarkable, despite the fact that some of their values are technically "out of range" or near the extreme end of what is statistically "normal". I'm not worried if my vet isn't, but where's the data on this? Does it even exist? Do I need to perhaps compare my cats' results to those of small wildcats, and if so, where's that data? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need a day care license for only one family at a time?
The California law regarding Family Day Cares says I'm exempt from licensure if there's only one family in addition to my own children. Does this mean only one other family at a time, or over the course of some arbitrary period (a week, month, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How much is 2 g of a NSAID gel?
Lost the dosing card for a prescription of Voltaren gel (diclofenac sodium 1%). How can I figure out how much to apply? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

An alternative to Time Machine?
Is there a good alternative to Time Machine for doing backups of a mac? I am running Mac OS 10.7.4 and backing up to an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 12:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Medicaid therapy?
I have a friend who lives in Bolingbrook, IL (Will County). She has a car. She's looking for a mental health care professional. There are complications. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 12:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice for a green musician
How not to suck when performing music live? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Fixing net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window?
How to fix net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

How to stop my ex from breaking my fiance's heart?
My ex-boyfriend is on a path to platonically breaking my fiance's heart similarly to the way he broke mine, possibly because of me. How can I stop this, mitigate it, or support him through it? Is there any way I can give insight from my previous relationship, or is that too weird? [more inside]
posted by corb at 11:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Alternative to "The Shit Hits The Fan"
What's an alternative to the phrase "when the shit hits the fan" that means essentially the same thing, e.g. "when stuff goes wrong"? Feel free to be creative.
posted by rzperllian at 11:50 AM PST - 83 comments

Dropbox vs Mountain Lion
Which elements of Dropbox are now present in Mountain Lion and which aren't? [more inside]
posted by scunning at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I just get a baseball bat?
Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 11:28 AM PST - 31 comments

IO Psych Angst
I'm an English major who wants to go to grad school in Industrial/Organizational Psych. How can I improve my chances? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What fees will I face to register a title transfer a year late
I bought about a year ago car in Chicago, Illinois but haven't yet updated the registration info. What penalties could I be facing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Verizon versus Time Warner, go!
Do any of you New York-area mefites have an opinion on Verizon versus Time Warner for internet? [more inside]
posted by Mooseli at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?
What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Thanks for hiring me, now give me my vacation.
How do I tell potential employers that I NEED to go to this 3 week arts residency I've been awarded, mid-fall? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 10:36 AM PST - 26 comments

Trying to keep turn length under 30 minutes per side would be great...
Looking for ideas for determining if fired weapons hit a target in a turn-based tabletop tactical wargame using dice. [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 10:15 AM PST - 17 comments

How to tip gracefully when there's no money exchange?
What is the least awkward way of tipping someone when you're not actually paying for anything? [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 10:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Has anyone had a Washington DC online renewal successfully forwarded by post office?
Lost my Washington DC vehicle paper registration and I have a new address. Has anyone requested a new registration online and was it successfully forwarded? [more inside]
posted by simongsmith at 9:48 AM PST - 1 comments

Translate Me This
Translation Help Please for these gravestones ... (Chinese or Japanese? I'm completely ignorant of Asian languages, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 9:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Lipid Droplet Formation
What are the known chemical inhibitors of lipid droplet formation in human cells? I've read that most fundamental questions about LD formation and regulation are not yet resolved, but I'm curious about research in the past three years that may have addressed this topic. [more inside]
posted by jeffhoward at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Fixed Mixed - Nixed?
can you tell me if the bike I want exists (or should/could exist), and if I'm even thinking about it in the right way? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 9:29 AM PST - 32 comments

How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting?
How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 9:28 AM PST - 24 comments

technology busines for non coders
Technology business between coders and businessmen. Where could I fit in? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

What kind of luggage to take inter-railing in Europe
In October we're going travelling around western Europe by train for several weeks and I need to buy some kind of luggage. I had thought that a ~35-45 litre backpack would be about right, sizewise and for portability. But I've heard from people with direct experience that pickpockets are a big problem in several of the places we're going and that makes backpacks a bad idea. So what kind of luggage should I use that will be reasonable to carry around but still secure given we're changing locations (and thus hotels) regularly. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 9:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Get these turtles to their new home, alive please
How can I ship two live turtles from NY to TX? I have found some info, but instructions are confusing and I need a walk-through from someone who is familiar with shipping live animals. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Who's your favourite butch dyke?
Help me compiling a list of well known butch dykes [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 8:55 AM PST - 31 comments

Kicked out of my tribe
I lost most of my friends. Please help. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress at 8:45 AM PST - 99 comments

Software for an alert marquee
I'm looking for a software package that will function as an alert marquee. i have a series of displays that I would like to have a banner across the top of the screen. I'd like this software to monitor a mailbox or receive an RPC message to display a short message. Basically I want a desktop version of a text message alert for a few status monitor PCs with large wall mount monitors. Does anyone have an existing solution? I'd prefer not to have to write my own.
posted by cmfletcher at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Wommat Mbaam!
Help me find lyrics and music to the terrific Youssou N'Dour song Gorgui, in the original Wolof. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How do we choose an assisted living facility?
Help with choosing assisted living facility?What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Logo font
What is the font used in the "Blender Bottle" logo found in the upper left hand side of this page next to the spiraley ball image? Just curious and it's driving me crazy! Thanks.
posted by timpanogos at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Is Facebook account worth it?
Is joining the Facebook Club worth the deals you may get by "Liking" businesses, etc. - or is it really just a pain in the ass? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

But, I want the bad rice!
How are the rice clumps formed in Chinese take-out rice? They are my favorite part, but I can't figure out how this phenomenon occurs, let alone how to replicate it. [more inside]
posted by Fig at 7:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Crush bringing out my inner high schooler.
I have a crush on a pub trivia friend, and its bringing out the worst in me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Loud Talker Talking Loudly
Why do I talk loudly when I'm upset or excited about a topic? And, how do I learn to talk more quietly when passionate or upset about something? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does a woman breastfeed a deer?
What is the meaning/story behind a statue of a woman breastfeeding a deer near the Taipei Zoo MRT station? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 6:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Give my older desktop some new life
What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 6:44 AM PST - 28 comments

DIY document imaging
How can I convert a color or greyscale scan from a flatbed scanner to a reasonably high quality black and white image, comparable to what a high-end copier would produce? [more inside]
posted by pla at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Speculative Realism 101
Speculative Realism: What are the key texts I need to read. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I eliminate the Spaces transition animation in Mountain Lion?
Is it possible to eliminate the transition animation when switching between Spaces in Mountain Lion? [more inside]
posted by pharm at 6:19 AM PST - 15 comments

What is the best way to pack up my skyroll roll-up garment bag?
What is the best way to pack up my skyroll roll-up garment bag? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:01 AM PST - 0 comments

Around the World in 50 Days: Part 1
Around the World! Need help with some logistics. Part 1: Bangkok, Thailand, then overland to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Best travel method: rail or bus or rented car? Stops along the way? Via the interior (Aranyaprathet) or along the beach (via Koh Kong)? Other things we're not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by solotoro at 5:50 AM PST - 7 comments

inb4 google wave
Do you know of any online solutions to collect submissions from a group of people and then archive it in a useful way? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Divesting ourselves of a household
How to divest of a household worth of stuff other than giving it away? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 5:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for pediatrician in Boston.
Looking for a pediatrician in Boston! [more inside]
posted by sonika at 5:06 AM PST - 3 comments

OOP class design conondrum..
OOP class design conondrum. I am designing a set of classes for an online survey/quiz engine. I need some help with designing my classes. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 4:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Do you have good examples of WYSIWYG / GUI based editors for User Interface or App design?
Do you have good examples of WYSIWYG / GUI based editors for User Interface or App design? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 3:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Need advice on NGO work in Glasgow!
Would appreciate advice on part-time jobs in Glasgow, for a mature student with an eye on building her CV more than earning pocket money (though that would be good too!). [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 3:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Why is my ex girlfriend acting this way?
Help me understand my ex girlfriend's recent behavior. VERY LONG [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi at 1:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Where in UK/ Western Europe can I get my curly hair cut?
Hi all, I have long caucasian wavy-curly hair, and I'm looking for a stylist who really understands (ideally specialises in) curly hair. Someone who can work with the natural texture and not expect I'm going to straighten it or blow-dry it (complete masochism in a rainy climate...) I'm willing to travel for a good cut so can anyone recommend me a stylist or a salon in London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam....?
posted by EatMyHat at 1:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Your real wierd - in French, Spanish, German.
Do other languages on the web have as much misuse as English? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 12:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me commiserate from afar!
Wallowing playlist help? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 12:08 AM PST - 43 comments

July 25
Experiences of being mentored or mentoring
What are your experiences of being mentored or mentoring at work? [more inside]
posted by toenail at 11:30 PM PST - 5 comments

User Was Deleted from XP. Help me get back the settings.
XP Disaster - Deleted User - Help me. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 11:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Lost Mid-2000s Daily Blog
What was that daily blog from a few years back where every day was something like "Happy Kill Your Parents Because They Won't Let You Go to the Big Dance Day" or "Happy You Paid Off Your Mortgage with Help from the Mob and Now You Have to Whack a Guy Day" it was super well-written and funny and dark and I'm pretty sure it was done by a guy named Bob. I'd like to know what he's doing now.
posted by pokeydonut at 11:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Sci-fi about ancient aliens/technolgy for a 14-year-old?
Help me find more great sci-fi about ancient aliens / ancient technologies for my favorite 14-year-old avid reader. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 10:36 PM PST - 30 comments

Hope I keep playing before I get old...
Looking for general advice about finding my band gigs at small local venues. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:27 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I see Twitter as someone else sees it?
How do I see Twitter as someone else sees it (i.e., see the tweets of only people that a specific user follows)? Seems like a nice way to get more information from a specific field or channel. Tried ctwittlike but it didn't work.
posted by circular at 10:24 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the best way to extract audio from a youtube video?
I am trying to find the best, easiest and free way to extract audio from youtube. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Substitute for Jeans?
Clothing for Japan / substitute for jeans? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Fairy Tale Fodder?
What are some common folk/fairy tales which feature horrible suffering (death/torture) of unnamed, minor characters? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 9:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Diarrhea, uh-uh. Diarrhea, uh-uh!
Managed to get some form of sickness in Istanbul. Am I okay now, or should I still go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 9:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Intellectual challenges.
Help me come up with some intellectual challenges to give my brain a work-out [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Idiom? I thought you said something else...
There must be a way to say 'big fish in a small pond' in languages other than English... right? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Enable Facebook Comments for mobile viewing in Google Blogger?
Is there a way to enable Facebook Comments Box for mobile viewing in Google Blogger? I used these instructions to enable Facebook comments on my blog. It worked out, but it's not showing up in the mobile view. This site discusses how to add a widget to the Blogger Mobile Template. The Facebook Comments Box is not exactly a widget. I imagine there's probably a solution to getting it to appear in the mobile view, similiar to this, but I don't know how to do it. Is there a way to add something like this (mobile='yes') to the plugin code?
posted by Bushmiller at 8:42 PM PST - 0 comments

Mixed Media Art 101
I think I have fallen in love with mixed media arts and crafts! Help me do more of this! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 8:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Gift for a friend who is temporarily relocating to Vancouver, BC?
What small 'bon voyage' gift should I buy a good friend and her husband who are relocating to Vancouver, BC from Australia for 18 months? [more inside]
posted by Defying Gravity at 8:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Sweet and sexy Russian phrases
Please teach me how to say sexy and flirty things to my boyfriend in Russian. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Decision time
How do you decide to have a baby? Like, actually, literally decide, "today we're going to try"? [more inside]
posted by annie o at 7:28 PM PST - 38 comments

Am I going to be able to climb walls?
I've had two weird similar incidents that appear to be bug bites/stings. I have lived in Minnesota all my life, including in the far northern rural area, and never had anything like these. You are not my doctor, but maybe you've had similar issues and have an idea of what is biting/stinging me? [more inside]
posted by superna at 7:17 PM PST - 16 comments

hold still, mind.
Can anyone explain my emotional flashback/flashforward moments? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What is an alternative to a 301 redirect when switching domains without owning the old domain?
My successful small business website is on a subdomain owned by the website template provider. I want to switch providers and domains without loosing my websites search engine rankings. Since a 301 redirect isn't an option, what else can I do to maintain my website's Google rankings? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 at 7:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Mr. Sparky Bartholomew Rover
Help me name my rescue dog. [more inside]
posted by troll at 6:09 PM PST - 74 comments

Access Concatenation Crazy!
In Access 2010 I've come across a need to concatenate fields from one column in one table into a single, comma delmited value in another field in the same table (or in another table if I absolutely must). [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 5:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Gift ideas for a cancer survivor
I'd like to get/make a gift for a breast cancer survivor. I am moderately crafty. Gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 5:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Please give me advice on talking about gender identity with my amazing (butch) ladyfriend
I would love to have a productive and insightful conversation with my butch ladyfriend about her gender identity, but my unhelpful reactions when we talk and her reticence to talk about what has mostly been painful experiences is making it hard for us. Can you give me advice on how to have that conversation and give me some insight into why I'm making it so hard? [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor at 5:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I write my parents' obituary in advance?
Preparing a parent's obit in advance: Morbid? Wise? Avoiding a part of the healing process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Audi A6 problems
Audi A6 car coolant/radiator troubles... [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead at 5:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Worried about a worrier
My mother-in-law spends her life worrying about everything. She says she's happier than she's ever been. I think she needs help. [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel at 5:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Dead Mouse Smell at a Dinner Party: "Why, yes, our home does have its own supply of L'Eau de Souris"
We're having a dinner party tomorrow night, and now it seems there's a dead mouse in one of our walls. What can we do to mitigate the smell? We can't go into the walls. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

HEY EVERYBODY IT'S PUPPY TIME
Help me puppy-proof my house while creating the ultimate puppy environment for puppy happiness and funtimes! [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Requesting a recommendation for grad program unrelated to undergrad major
How do I ask my old professors for a grad school recommendation when my program of interest is in a totally different field? [more inside]
posted by constellations at 4:21 PM PST - 10 comments

My first instinct is "Flag it (as a company not to buy from) And Move On," but I'm not sure...
I chipped a tooth on a pea-sized frigging rock in a container of hummus from a major manufacturer. What does a normal non-litigious person do in this circumstance.
posted by 256 at 4:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Take me shoe shopping
What shoes should I wear with this dress? I don't want to be too match-matchy, but I'm stumped on good color choices and styles. [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 4:13 PM PST - 29 comments

Please help with my dog's chronic loose stool problem!
My dog's had diarrhea and soft stools on and off for about two months, despite rounds of forti-flora, tylan powder, metronidazole, and anti-parasite medication. Please help me figure out what's going wrong inside her! [more inside]
posted by Lakmir at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

I am 99% sure that I will still lose at Monopoly with these rules
I am devising a revised Monopoly ruleset for my friends and family to follow, with an Occupy Movement theme. Can you suggest interesting rule variations to attempt? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 3:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Wie sind die Roboter.
Basic programming using C++ from the ground up, high school edition. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 3:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make the following: 1 desktop + 1 desktop = 1 bigger desktop?
I need to be able to use two computers as one. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 3:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Cute outfit ideas when wearing athletic running shoes in summer
Please help me figure out cute outfits when wearing athletic running shoes all day in the summer. I have to wear these for my severe flat/ pronating feet and cannot wear sandals in the summer but still want to look cute and sporty. I am a healthy middle aged woman who travels a lot, walks a lot, lives in a small town and generally has a casual lifestyle. (I would not wear them out to dinner--don't worry) just errands, housework,yard work,family bbqs) I don't need help figuring out my fall and winter outfits because sturdy cute boots are my lifesaver but since in summer I cannot wear sandals I need help with cute sneaker outfits. Please don't suggest Converse or other "fashion" sneakers because they are not sufficient. (i tried!). thanks so much for your help!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 2:53 PM PST - 33 comments

Ultrabook Workable?
Ultrabook for video: dive in or am I making a mistake? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous at 2:42 PM PST - 1 comments

how to reply when someone says quit speeding
how to reply when someone says quit speeding, in a way that sounds friendly and funny?
posted by daveg02 at 2:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Resources about eating disorders?
Seeking recommendations on books/websites about all aspects of eating disorders. [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

What movies/TV shows available for free with an amazon prime membership would I like?
Please recommend some movies and TV shows I would enjoy watching that are available for free streaming with an amazon prime membership. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

OneNote versus Evernote
The last OneNote vs Evernote question on AskMe was over two years ago and I know a lot has changed. (more) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Darling, I am sorry, but I lost my key! (another NYC apartment hunting ?)
2 years ago while looking for NYC apartments I came across an Upper East Side Broker's office that allowed me to leave my license and in return get a list of apartment rentals and keys to check them out that afternoon, by myself with no agent. Now I need to actually make the NYC move. Help me find a place that will do this? please? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I tell my new date I'm PMSing?
Do I tell my new date I'm PMSing? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce at 1:55 PM PST - 33 comments

Need suggestions for some sensitive stomach cat food.
Need suggestions for some sensitive stomach cat food. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Best first hand accounts of London 2012?
Who will be posting the most interesting dispatches from the London Olympics? [more inside]
posted by apparently at 1:32 PM PST - 1 comments

There's a reason it rhymes with "hell"
Another "please help me find an alternative or a way to do this in Excel" question. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Kindle is dead, long live... nope, just dead.
Kindle keyboard w/ lines on screen... Amazon does NOT seem interested in replacing (this time). Any options on repair? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?
What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Resources for Navajo views on animals and nature
Sources for Navajo views on animals and nature? [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

New Laptop: What to Get?
I am currently writing my second novel and find myself in need of a new laptop on which to do the work. My previous machine, an aged Acer Aspire One, struggled through the first book but has now given up the ghost and gone to the great laptop skip in the sky. So, here is what I need: [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Preventing MacMini WiFi sharing
Can I prevent/disable our users from MacMini wireless sharing on our office network? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 12:54 PM PST - 10 comments

I accidentally re-sent my follow up letter to a job I applied for
I have applied for a job at a small nonprofit. Last night I accidentally re-sent them my follow up letter instead of forwarding it to a relative to read. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 12:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Help save whats left of my potatoes?
Our potato plants are dying miserably with the drought in our area we tried for two weeks to water them when it was possible. To compound this problem pests were way up and the plants that aren't dying were eaten despite sometimes HOURS a day removing the problem bugs by hand. But we have potatoes... question inside. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How I am myself
Are there any really good self-assessments online? [more inside]
posted by discopolo at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Need emergency passport renewal
Help! son needs photo i.d. immediately to go to Puerto Rico! [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 12:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?
Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Will my poor mopping skills hold me back?
How can I best interpret the feedback I'm getting in a veterinary work experience placement? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Google for this? Not if I can help it.
Looking for a recommendation for a fee-based financial adviser in the Cleveland area. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Who is hoarding all the good podcasts? GIMME.
PodcastFilter: Either I am running out of podcasts I like or I need fresh perspective to help me find new ones. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Or we could just listen to, "It's a Small World," on Repeat
Around-the-World Party Playlist! I'm having an around the world potluck/costume/birthday party soon, and I'm looking for songs that support this theme. [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.
I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Small Business 101
Today's fantasy: buying the small business my husband works for. Talk me through the steps like I'm a 5-year-old. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Jamaicans Love Sprinting
Who are the great Olympic athletes competing in 2012 from lesser-known countries? [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

How did you notify your contacts of your new mobile phone number?
I have a new mobile phone number, replacing the one I've had for years. I want to notify my (many hundreds) of contacts of this new number. What is the right way to do this? How did you handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by fake at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Can You Name the Fat Guys in the Marvel and DC Universes?
I need a list of all the big boys in the Marvel and DC universes... [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 11:00 AM PST - 25 comments

Inside the pants or outside the pants?
I have a job interview tomorrow afternoon. I've got my suit all ready. The problem is that I had surgery recently and I'm in a full leg brace and crutches. Should I put the brace over my pants or under them? I don't know even know if the brace will actually fit under the pants, though; it's pretty bulky with a huge metal hinge and several thick velcro straps. Will wearing it on the outside of dress trousers look ridiculous?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Sleep Hygiene For the Sleep-Filthy?
What is the best, quickest way to recover from unavoidable weeklong periods of awful sleep? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments

America Day Fun and Games for ESL Learners
It's "America Day"! What simple activities and games would you suggest for 40 English language learners in China, ages 8-12? [more inside]
posted by elisse at 10:48 AM PST - 2 comments

PEX tubing health risks?
Does anyone have information on using PEX tubing for residential use, particularly regarding long term health risks? [more inside]
posted by batou_ at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Are WWE fans sufficiently well-behaved at live events to allow me to take my 10 year old daughter?
My 10 year old daughter has fallen in love with the WWE and wants me to take her to a live show. Being a dutiful father, I'm happy to take her but I have some concerns. I know that the WWE intends their product to be PG-13 and it all looks surprisingly kid-friendly, but I'm not worried about the show. I'm worried about the other fans in the arena. Can anyone tell me what kind of crowd shows up at these events? Are they comparable to N.F.L. fans, i.e. drunk and foul-mouthed, or are they more tame? Can I safely take my daughter without fear of her having beer spilled on her head, seeing her dad challenged to a fight or having her vocabulary of obscenities expended exponentially?
posted by Jamesonian at 9:53 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished.
So, this might not even be a problem; I’m not sure, but I dream too much. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Gluten, soy, casein and eggs, oh my!
No gluten, soy, casein (milk), or eggs for me. Sad face. Please share your amazing recipe sources for somebody with a bunch of allergies. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 9:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Watch Formula 1 without cable?
Is it possible to watch Formula 1 in the U.S. (Mass.) without cable? I do have internet + Apple TV + Netflix + Hulu Plus.
posted by lovingkindness at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

NYC Couples Counselor Recommendations
Looking for recommendations for a couples counselor in NYC (Manhattan). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comments

What can happen in a divorce like this?
My friend's and his ex are divorcing. The ex is being financially irresponsible, which could be influencing the outcome of the settlement. The lawyer has suddenly dropped of the face of the earth. What can my friend do to find out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 8:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Funk recommendations sought. All types. That's all. Thank you.
Funk recommendations sought. All types. That's all. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by beshtya at 8:57 AM PST - 49 comments

Best route from Hartford, CT to Washington, DC
Driving a 14-foot UHaul from Hartford, CT to Washington, DC area (specifically Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD) this Saturday, July 28. Route suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Photo Search Help Needed!
Can you help me find a photo? Man clinging to a decaying brick building. [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comments

I am about to start using the "Greyskull LP" workout programme. What size weights should I begin with?
I am about to start using the "Greyskull LP" workout programme. What size weights should I begin with? I am a 24 y/o, 5'5", 60kgs male.
posted by FuckingAwesome at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me build a workout plan around Olympic lifts and free weights for burning fat, building muscle...
Working out: Help me build a workout plan around Olympic lifts and free weights for burning fat, building muscle... [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 7:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Getting cold feet about getting a Master's degree
Another "should I go to graduate school?" question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy
Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio at 6:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.
I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV. Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar at 6:48 AM PST - 1 comments

How much green is too much green?
Would it be weird if I painted three out of five upstairs rooms the same soft green color, if they were given different treatments? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:30 AM PST - 32 comments

please help me identify a netflix movie
Searching for a movie on I saw on Netflix: found footage style where teens are warned to stay off land owned by a religious group. Teens don't heed the warning and are slaughtered by the religious group at the end.
posted by rockhopper at 6:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Does “snorting” coffee enhance its effects?
Does running brewed coffee through your sinuses and nasal passage enhance its effect? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 5:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a possibly Asian AIDS film
MovieFilter: My Google skills are failing me, so help me find a film I saw years ago about AIDS/HIV, where a young-ish man videotapes his daily experiences with AIDS using a handheld camera. It's probably not the blockbuster(s) you're thinking of. More vague details inside. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor at 5:47 AM PST - 0 comments

Where to be in KC?
What to do in Kansas City? Short road trip layover tomorrow night (7/26) and we want to know what to do (besides BBQ) so we can saw we have "been" to KC. [more inside]
posted by leetheflea at 5:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Amp it up.
How common is 15 amp electrical service in the US? Is it viewed as highly negative by people who purchase older homes or rent apartments in older buildings? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me schnappt Hubi in English?
Sprechen sie Deutsch? Could you help me work out how to make an English version of Spiel des Jahres winner for 2012, Schnappt Hubi!? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:00 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to understand these Spanish lyrics
Can someone who speaks Spanish tell me what this song means? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! at 2:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Why is there a new user account on my laptop?
I shut down my Macbook Pro last night and stored it in my locker at uni. When I booted it up this morning there was a new Guest Account option (which is now not an option) and my user icon changed from my personal picture to a baseball. What's going on here?
posted by iamkimiam at 1:36 AM PST - 13 comments

July 24
Can you identify this classic blues rock song
Can you identify this classic/blues rock song from a 4-bar GarageBand remake of a guitar melody? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me choose a mouse that won't hurt me
Help me choose a computer mouse that won't hurt me the way the one I just bought does. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 9:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Tipping Minefield.
I am employing a maid service. The company will charge me $120 for the cleaning service every two weeks. Am I expected to tip the maids who come - and how much? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon at 9:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Re-establishing a connection
How do you address a cover letter to someone you'd had an informational interview with (and try to re-establish a connection)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 2 comments

should he stay or should he go?
what to do with a sweet, amazing, seemingly-indoor cat who has showed up on our doorstep twice now. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 8:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Is this a high electric bill?
I moved into a new loft. About 1,100 sqft with 12 ft ceilings. It is new, with thick walls of concrete on all sides. The a/c doesn't keep it very cool, about 77 degrees in the current heat wave. I was surprised to see a bill for 2251 kWh! That's about $300. Does this seem right? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:11 PM PST - 31 comments

I don't know a petal from a petiole. What's this tree?
Can you help me identify this tree? I tried to key it out but ran into the limits of my tree vocabulary. It's in Burnet Woods in Cincinnati and you can view photos of the tree, the leaves (which are alternate and barely serrated), the bark, and the fruit.
posted by toodleydoodley at 7:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Truly comprehensive travel insurance?
Can I purchase travel insurance for travel to a politically dicey country? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Every day should be Caturday
Help me make every day Caturday for my baby. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 7:23 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I watch the women's USA v. France soccer match?
How can I watch tomorrow's USA vs France women's soccer match online LIVE? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

40 is 40 or is 40 45?
You are a salaried employee with no overtime. You get an hour for lunch. Do you work 9-5 or 9-6?
posted by asockpuppet at 6:31 PM PST - 72 comments

Should I maintain radio silence?
I cut ties off with someone, and every few months she sends me an e-mail or Facebook message trying to get back in touch. Should I send her a message to tell her to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 25 comments

Biomechanics and buttplugs.
Biomechanics and buttplugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Poop chronicles: there is blood in my stool, and I am skeptical of my doctor's explanation.
My colorectal surgeon has only done a proctoscopy and says the blood in my stool is coming from my hemorrhoids. He wants to treat with sclerotherapy, but I don't want that kind of intervention and still have a weird feeling in my descending colon. What's the medical best practice in a case like this? [more inside]
posted by rhombus at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)
My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 6:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What's going on with my iPad and Skype?
A couple of times when I've used Skype on my iPad, my picture has changed for no apparent reason, with the camera appearing to pan up. Why? [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 5:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Pedals worthy of my noble steed
I have a very nice Dutch roadster bike. Help me (in Canada) find replacement pedals fit for this king of the road. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there such a thing as a fun baby shower?
My step mom's friend has very generously offered to host my baby shower. So sweet and yay! Except... I've always sort of hated attending baby showers and I in general find them boring and socially awkward (hey people, come on over so I can feed you some sweets, just be sure to bring a really expensive crib with you). Is there anything I can do to steer the party into an occasion that's more fun for everyone? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 4:16 PM PST - 35 comments

Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London?
Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London? We will be leaving the country for about two weeks for a visit home, and need to find a place for the pets while we're away. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel at 4:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I maximize the benefit I get from my time spent at the gym?
How do I maximize the benefit I get from my time spent at the gym? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Ack I'm a punk!
Any opinions on my chances of passing airport security and boarding a RyanAir flight in Edinburgh wearing a kilt with one three inch and eight two inch steal rings? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Scotchgard worth it, and if not, how do I keep white sofa clean?
White cotton-upholstered couch -- help me keep it clean. Pros and cons of using Scotchgard or similar product? Health risks for people and pets? Other methods? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I too much for a counselor to handle?
What is a therapist supposed to do for a client? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 3:25 PM PST - 12 comments

My palms resent kipping pullups
Crossfitters: I'm pretty new to the world of Crossfit, and I've ripped the calluses on my palms. What sorts of treatments and supplies can I use to keep working out despite my tender mitts? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 3:09 PM PST - 15 comments

The ultimate first-world problem
I'm a young person with no debt and a pile of money to invest. The catch: I'm not real confident about the long-term health of the US economy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Great Blu Ray titles only available in the US?
Great Blu Ray or DVD titles (or special editions) only available in the US or titles that are considerably cheaper in the USA? Looking to add to my collection while traveling. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Has the world changed much since the 1980s?
A friend and I had a friendly disagreement about whether society as a whole has changed significantly since the 1980s. Can you help me bolster my side? [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 2:16 PM PST - 73 comments

Ideas from one field leading to innovation in another?
Examples of ideas from one field leading to innovation in another? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 2:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Dandruff woes
Nizoral made my dandruff worse. Help?! [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 1:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me go sockless
What are some women's shoes that are really comfortable to walking around in all day without socks? (no sandals or flip-flips) [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 1:23 PM PST - 35 comments

how much does marijuana cost these days?
how much does marijuana cost these days? I haven't bought it since 1983 or so. I'm not planning on buying it now, I was just curious since I know the price has gone up a bit since then. I'd like to know how much it would cost, roughly, from a local dealer in the NYC area. Thanks.
posted by freakazoid at 1:00 PM PST - 39 comments

I'm looking for first-hand accounts of starting a food business
I'm looking for blogs that are basically first-hand accounts of starting a food business. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest at 12:24 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the time, Mr. Wolf?
Is there an automated way for Outlook 2010 (macro, plugin, VBA code) to convert all times I type in the text of an email (e.g., "6:00 am Pacific", or "6:00 am PST") to an expanded form that is relevant to all the recipients (e.g., "6:30 pm IST / 9:00 am Eastern / 6:00 am Pacific"). This is not a question about calendar capabilities - which I have under control, but simply a way to communicate times in email in a way that is easy for each recipient to read and comprehend.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 12:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Non-depressing French films I can stream?
Please recommend great French films, ideally critically acclaimed, that I can watch on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. Difficulty: should not be depressing.
posted by Dragonness at 12:17 PM PST - 48 comments

How best to sell a baby grand piano?
What's the best way to sell a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania area? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 11:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Serving media since a few weeks from now.
If you could start your HTPC set up all over again, what would you choose? I'm gifting everything (from tv to htpc to router) to my partner and starting from scratch. Tips and suggestions are welcome! [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

changing last names at marriage
Getting married soon (woo!). The plan is to change our names to Me Mylast-Herlast and Her Herlast-Mylast. I don't know much about traditional name hyphenation. Will this be interpreted differently by people who are more aware of the customs? I'm worried about people thinking that my family name is HerLast and her family name is MyLast, etc. Any other advice on the topic would be appreciated as well.
posted by rebent at 11:48 AM PST - 76 comments

Another question in a long series of me not understanding PHP
Continuing Wordpress help filter: trying to append a certain word to the end of each title of the posts on my blog. Issue complicated slightly by this being a child theme, details inside... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 11:40 AM PST - 15 comments

A road of absurdity between x and y
Do you know of a (US) website that will allow me to enter start/stop locations or google driving directions and will then give me a list of things to see along the way (the kitchier the better?) [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Quitting Grad School without a M.S.
Should I quit grad school? Or would it be "the worst mistake of my life" as many feel and/or have told me. Should I suck it up/grow up? Or is it as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 32 comments

Standalone fantasy novels?
Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 11:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Butch swimming
Please assist me in locating the perfect butch swimwear: [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the most interesting political map you've come across?
I need a little inspiration for a project: I'm looking for unorthodox, interesting and engaging global political maps. All types of projections welcome, just looking for interesting ways of representing country boundaries in the context of a global map.
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me be a typical tourist
Specific tour recommendations for Napa Valley wine? [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 11:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires?
What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires? I'm wondering if there's a thoughtful, well-done documentary (I'm hoping for something of the caliber of HBO's now-defunct Costas Now) or a long-form article (again, in the caliber of New Yorker or Vanity Fair) that's accessible to folks who aren't exclusively diehard baseball fans. [more inside]
posted by lamprey at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

We have also weighed limes.
The lovely Mrs. Haddock and I were given a digital kitchen scale as a wedding gift, but we have no idea what we should be doing with it. What should we be doing with it? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:47 AM PST - 41 comments

Old-fashioned instrumental jazz?
Please recommend music similar to this Jack Teagarden version of When Your Lover Is Gone. Slow, instrumental, a little bluesy - I'm trying to class up a cocktail party overlooking the Pacific Ocean but can't afford a band.
posted by one_bean at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Fun with guts. Book guts.
I'm doing a craft project for sale on Etsy that re-uses old book hardcovers, but not the pages. What crafty thing can I do with the pages? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 10:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Frankenstein + LSD movies
Frankenstein myths for the LSD age? I'm looking for movies that have similar themes to: Altered States, 'X' the Man with X-Ray Eyes, and Eyes of Hell (aka The Mask) [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Themes for a couple shower?
One of my friends is getting married and I am throwing her a wedding shower. Do you have any suggestions for themes or any general advice for couples showers? [more inside]
posted by mbidi at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find accounts of non-anglophone eccentrics?
Britain is famed for celebrating its eccentrics, followed closely by America and Ireland. Elsewhere - maybe not so much. I'm sure they must exist, but I'm having trouble finding them. [more inside]
posted by BWA at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Suspicious minds
I think my Dad's screwing around on my Mom. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 67 comments

Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot
Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 9:22 AM PST - 65 comments

In-use terms with anachronistic referents
I'm looking for examples of terms that remain in common use, even though the technology that they originally described is obsolete or has changed. Also: does this phenomenon have a name? [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 9:09 AM PST - 40 comments

I made a big mistake
I just squandered a great professional opportunity. Help me repair relations with a professional contact, or at the very least prevent becoming a pariah at a very important company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Is there an intentional time-delay delivery service?
Is there a package service which will hold onto my packages and deliver them on certain dates into the future? I guess what I'm wondering is, say you're dying, but you want to be able to send care packages to your kid on special days over the next couple of years (or longer) - is there a company that will do this? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?
What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Virtual Windows Servers on Mac OS X
I have a Summer 2011 Mac Mini Server, running Lion. It serves as a common network share for backups, iOS syncs, etc., and media storage for an Apple TV. In coming months, I need to study for some Microsoft SharePoint certifications, and I'd like to do it at home. There are popular solutions I am aware of for desktop virtualization, but is anyone aware of a virtualization solution that will allow me to run multiple instances of Microsoft Windows on the Mac Mini Server to represent two or more servers for SQL Server, Active Directory, etc. Note that it's important for my purposes that these appear to be separate "machines" on the network, not services running on the same machine. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or assistance.
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 8:26 AM PST - 20 comments

I don't want to be 25 and toothless!
How worried should I be about my teeth? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway at 8:24 AM PST - 29 comments

Instant Hangover?
Why do I start getting a hangover almost immediately after I start drinking? [more inside]
posted by trivia genius at 8:16 AM PST - 30 comments

free windows software
Can't afford to buy software. Seeking free windows software programs (any programs!) that are as good or better than their for-cost counterparts. What can you recommend?
posted by luvmywife at 8:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Reading the classics of Economics
What are the classic Economics texts that one really should read for a thorough historical perspective of the evolution and changes in thought on Economics ( and where overlapping Political Theory)? And is reading them really necessary for deep understanding of the field from a more philosophical point of view? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 7:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me recover from my recovery
Help me recover from my recovery: advice sought on diet, fitness, repatriation, etc. after a long hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 13 comments

What is OpenDNS and how do I turn it off?
What is OpenDNS and how do I turn it off? Please explain it to me like I'm seven years old. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Local buyer using Paypal
I am selling my old computer for almost $2,000. The buyer lives nearby and is coming to check it out in person. He's wondering if he can just pay with Paypal. Assuming this guy is on the up and up, what can I do to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 7:43 AM PST - 47 comments

Well that escalated quickly.
I need your best, most awesome tomato sauce-like recipes. Salsas, marinara (meat is OK), etc. Overload of fresh tomatoes and basil. Also rosemary and mint. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:42 AM PST - 33 comments

iTunes, do your job!
iTunes won't import songs? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 7:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Once there was a lady who lived in... um... Westeros?
I want to read about daily life in the Middle Ages. Particularly daily life in monasteries, but in other places too. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Moving into the place next door
Strategies for moving ... to the building next door? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 6:42 AM PST - 25 comments

What is this mock-Gaelic limerick I am thinking of?
There's a famous limerick I'm after which I suspect was the work of a major or minor Irish poet. It mocks the Gaelicisation of Irish place names and has a last line which goes (Anglicised) something like "which makes driving in Ireland so dreary". [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Collaboration Communication Issues
Looking for communication strategies in a tricky management situation, as well as general management resources. [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass at 4:25 AM PST - 10 comments

What tense does usage of 'Don't' normally infer?
Please help settle a grammar disagreement. My Boyf and I are having a grammar disagreement and I was hoping that the wonderful Askme members could help settle it. If someone states "We don't do X" which of the following would you assume was correct? A: That the reference to 'X' applies to the past, present and the future. B: That the reference to 'X' applies to the past and present. C: That the reference to 'X' applies to the past only. Context is the sentence "We don't go on on Holiday".
posted by Faintdreams at 4:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Why blacking up as a Civil Rights pioneer is just not okay
How do I explain to someone in the UK that "blacking up" as Tommie Smith is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 2:00 AM PST - 49 comments

Owl pellet diorama art in mid-90's Pasadena?
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA: what was the name of the artist who had a show of skeletons salvaged from owl pellets arranged into little dioramas? Circa 1995 or so. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments

July 23
The post-breakup fight is spilling into new territory, what to do?
Asking for a friend - How do you deal with a recent ex who's really not taking it well, and going out of her way to drag everyone else into the breakup too? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 11:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Not quite backpacking, more like laptop- and garment-bagging
I think I want to pull up stakes and wander around the world for a while. Mefites, advise me, please! (snowflake details follow) [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 11:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Fix GoogleDrive or Show Me Alternatives
Is GoogleDrive more customizable than I know? How can I make it stop doing stupid stuff when I share big folders? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Use old iPhone as a second phone over wifi but with primary phone number
Please help me design a method for using an old iPhone to make and receive calls on my current AT&T wireless number by WiFi, preferably for free. Ideally, I would like to have this old iPhone (without service), sitting on my desk, ringing when calls come into my current AT&T number, and when I make outgoing calls via Wifi, the caller ID shows my current number. The reason is primarily that AT&T coverage is horrible inside my house, so the ability to do this by wifi at home would be great. But I hate the confusion created when you make outgoing calls and the number is different. I can think of very convoluted ways to do it, so I'm asking you smarties if you have a better way.
posted by DesmondDoomsday at 9:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Cringeworthy moments in fictional wine tasting.
90s TV filter: does anyone know the show I'm thinking of, based on my hazy recollection of this scene? [more inside]
posted by tantrumthecat at 9:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What am I seeing on the screen in my mind?
TV/Movie Title Sequence Filter: For production reference I'm trying to figure out what tv/movie title sequence I am picturing - it's from the 60s (or has that retro feel), is an animation of/or including straight lines in different arrangements, they are (sometimes?) blue. [more inside]
posted by auntietennis at 8:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me help my roommate find her ideal job in the wine industry of New York.
What resources could I point my roommate towards to find strategic marketing/marketing research/marketing analyst jobs in the wine industry of New York City? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Husband has a double life
My husband is making fetish videos of himself, and I'm not sure what to do about it (if anything) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Explain radishes to me.
Every Sunday I go to the greenmarket and buy a bunch of radishes. If I bring them home and cut them up and eat them immediately, then they retain their crispness and are a delicious treat. If I let them sit out or in the fridge even just until the end of the day, they become tender to the touch on the outside and lose that satisfying crunch. What am I doing wrong? Is there anything I can do to keep them fresh?
posted by AaRdVarK at 7:33 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I export wordpress to txt files (one entry one txt)?
How can I export wordpress to txt files (one entry one txt)? [more inside]
posted by yezimary at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I help my friend help herself and her kids?
My friend, Ann, is a married woman with two young children. Her husband has severe, chronic depression but refuses to get help. She has had an affair. She is not sure how to leave him, as she has no career or money of her own. More than that, I just don't think she's able to comprehend ever leaving him. How do I help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Gift for friend moving to MN?
I need awesome gift ideas for a friend moving to Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Memphis for a day - what to do, where to camp?
The last Memphis travel question was two years ago; anything to add or change from then? [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 7:05 PM PST - 14 comments

(s)Mothering and coaching.
I just told my mom that I'm moving to a developing country for 6 months and she didn't take it well. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 7:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Grill(s) of my dreams
Due to a perfect convergence of rust and circumstances we find ourselves in the market for not one but TWO grills. Our ancient big Weber is corroding to the point of falling apart. At the same time we've become utterly fed up with crappy grills in parks so we're looking for two new grills - a big one for home and a portable one to take camping, in the car for after canoeing and hiking. [more inside]
posted by leslies at 6:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Flash Game help?
Help me find a flash game where you built a spaceship from parts of enemy ships [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Stop Looking at Me, Me!
Is there any program that can prevent one from searching for specific terms in Google? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Do we stick it out or jump ship?
How do we get unstuck -- by sticking it out or uprooting completely? [more inside]
posted by als129 at 6:17 PM PST - 14 comments

What should I wear for a job interview at Microsoft?
I have a job interview scheduled at Microsoft, at the Redmond campus. What should I wear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 22 comments

What’s the best way to conceal or remove a very large, visible birthmark?
What’s the best way to conceal or remove a very large, visible birthmark? What makeup should I use, and how do I apply it? Birthmark and makeup details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Superhero origin triple bill ideal sequence
Superhero origin triple-bill movie evening: Kick Ass, Batman Begins and Spider-Man (Sam Raimi). Optimum viewing order? Guests arrive at 3pm.
posted by Hugobaron at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How to transfer OS to a new drive but preserve current data?
How can I go about transferring my OS to a new SSD but leave my other programs without totally breaking everything? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Uninformed phone call recording by business.
Can a company record phone calls without notifying callers/customers? Are there any New York State or Federal laws prohibiting or regulating this? We've searched but can't find anything real specific. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Media hoarder ISO new home for files.
What are the best practices for transferring files to a new computer in 2012? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:57 PM PST - 13 comments

A perfect storm of complications: acting on a crush on a shy coworker
Despite all advice to the contrary, I'm trying to get to know my shy coworker crush better -- have I made a hash of it? Or does it sound like I'm doing okay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 PM PST - 36 comments

Which Nikon lens for low light kid photos?
Can you recommend a Nikon (or nikon compatible) lens for taking photos of a busy toddler without a flash? (Anon so I can surprise my husband for his birthday.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 PM PST - 19 comments

June 2012: Lion to Snow Leopard; Rosetta I Love You.
Can I downgrade a June 2012 Macbook Pro that comes preinstalled with lion to snow leopard? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 4:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me help my ichthy friends
Mollies in quart-sized tupperware--what can I do so they're ok overnight? [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 4:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the mercury spike at the end of the day?
Does the mercury spike at the end of the day? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I find the residual for a fixed IRR?
How do l find the residual sales value that will generate a given IRR when the investment and cash flows are fixed? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 4:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I got my MBA and all I have to show for it is a pocket sized diploma
I got my MBA, and moved from the suburbs to the city -- why can't I find a job to apply for? And those I do, no interview. [more inside]
posted by hrj at 3:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Bringing business cards into 2012
Android/cloud-based note app query. I'm looking for recommendations for an Android app that'll accept the large chunk of csv data I have and keep it synced with my PC. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it ever cool to send a parting note to an ex?
Is it cool to send a parting note to the ex-boyfriend I'm leaving behind when I move countries, or should I just leave it? [more inside]
posted by pink_gorilla at 3:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Have they read it?
For the life of me, I can't find where Thunderbird keeps track of whether or not an email I've sent has been read. Yes, I get read receipts, but I remember in Outlook, I could check to see who read a particular message. Is this available in Thunderbird? And if not, is there an add-on that does it? The one Mozilla suggests is way old, and won't work with the current version. Thanks.
posted by gman at 3:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Bedbug, bedbug, whatcha gonna do?
NYC filter: How does the bedbug disclosure law end up playing out when one is looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

What is going on with me and/or the men I date?
What is going on with me and/or the men I date? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com at 3:04 PM PST - 64 comments

Animators of Metafilter, help me with some terms?
Is there a separate term for the animation that results from moving a static image around on a screen, vs. the kind of animation that results from using an animated gif or sprite sheet? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Daughter steals major money from mother-daughter-owned bakery, mom is up a creek. I am doing my best to help and need advice. YANAL, YANML.
I work at a mother-daughter-owned bakery. The daughter has stolen major money from the business and her mom, and now her mom is up a creek. I am doing my best to help and need advice. YANAL, YANML, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 19 comments

I think your town, despite the smog, is less boring than my town
NYC activities for a (gasp) bridge & tunnel visitor? Would like ideas for activities, sightseeing that might be especially worthwhile or edifying. [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 2:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Teaching abroad in Spain?
Advice on teaching English in Spain (Barcelona)? [more inside]
posted by dkleinst at 1:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I drive across the Mexico border in my partner's car?
Can I take a road trip to Mexico in a car that's not registered in my name? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 1:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Low cost paint job or Vehicle Wrap?
Should I spend 2-3 thousand on a "premier" Maaco job, try my luck at a mom and pop (WPB, FL area if you have any recommendations), or go for a vehicle wrap? Any MeFites with experience with either? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 1:25 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do about my stretched ears?
Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 1:25 PM PST - 31 comments

A Device for Every Snowflake!
I need a new cellphone/GPS setup. Did I mention that I am also the most special snowflake in the world? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

My HTC Evo Shift is feeling cramped
My HTC Evo Shift 4G (two years old?) keeps telling me I'm running out of internal storage. Right now there is only 51.59MB free in the internal storage, while my SD card has over 14G free. It's getting to the point that system apps can't be updated because there is not enough space. What can I do to free up more internal space? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 1:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Is my landlord right about air circulation & mold prevention?
Landlord is very insistent that if we don't open our bathroom window a particular way, the air will not circulate and the mold will take over and also there will be doom. Does he know what he's talking about? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Relationship Angst
Our communication sucks. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 12:53 PM PST - 34 comments

Find an knowledgeable reader of my essay?
I have a manuscript of a roughly philosophical/literary essay, and I'm trying to figure out where I should try to publish it. How can I find someone objective, with solid knowledge of "high-brow" magazines and related publications, to read my piece and tell me where it might best fit and what my chances are of publishing it in various venues?
posted by shivohum at 12:47 PM PST - 1 comments

Where did I see this funny Esperanto-like language?
Does anyone remember a site featuring a hilarious made up language that mashed up various European languages? (Not Esperanto!) The texts were, I believe, poking fun at the EU. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

paint chip paralysis
Our new house has awful walls, so we're getting it painted. Help me identify best practices and rules of thumb for choosing interior paint colors. [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 11:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Children and testosterone don't mix
Does anyone have experience with toddlers and keeping them away from testosterone gel? I’m trying not to be a crazy-mom but we are visiting a relative soon who will be new to using the gel and we will all be new at the protocols. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to be friends with my maid of honour after the wedding is done!
What should I do make sure my best friend has the very best experience as my Maid of Honour as possible? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 11:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there a way to safely separate two sheets of paper glued together?
A printout was inadvertently glued to a copy of a historical photo. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Water water everywhere.
Why is my bathroom "sweating" after a shower? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 11:25 AM PST - 18 comments

I wish I could be a completely different person.
I have so many problems--I'm so far from being the person I want to be --that I don't even know where to start. If you were me, what would you do this week to try to build up to some change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 45 comments

Should I put my dog down?
Should I euthanize my healthy, but difficult dog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 75 comments

Counterintuitive Tips Around The House
Trying to save time and money around the house, what are some counter-intuitive (or not easily grasped, or just obscure) things I should or should not be doing? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:59 AM PST - 61 comments

Orthodox Bar Mitzvah gift?
Appropriate gift for an Orthodox Bar Mitzvah, preferably something that can be easily purchased and shipped from western Europe? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 10:44 AM PST - 15 comments

What the heck?
What is this amulet / talisman / icon thing I found? [more inside]
posted by slagerst at 10:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Mission to Mars in need of name that isn't completely stupid
I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Seemingly dense fat vs. jiggly fat?
What's the story behind jiggly fat? Why do some people have jiggly fat while others seem to be carrying denser fat? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my wife prove her identity to the German Consulate
My wife, a card-carrying permanent resident alien living in the U.S., allowed her German passport to expire and is seeking a renewal through the German Consulate in New York City. She has her documentation mostly in order, including German birth certificate, but needs to show proof of a name change that took place during an adoption in Iowa when she was four years old. Difficulty: Iowa adoption records are sealed. Looking for advice on how to best request a copy of the documentation, or provide a suitable alternative. Comprehensive details inside. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

What should I look for in a movie poster frame?
Tell me about framing movie posters. Tips. Frames. Deals. Conventions. Things to beware of. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

What does it feel like to see clearly with both eyes? Is it worth it?
25 years later, what can I do with my once cataract plagued eye? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

'How much radiation'
Help me reassure someone about the safety of near infrared light. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Property's cheap, people need rentals - how can I make money?
Is it possible to purchase a home with an FHA loan, rehabilitate it, and then rent it out? Also - what's it like to make an independent entry into the rental home market? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah! Cheerleader/Marching Band Inspired Pop?
Turns out I really like to exercise to cheerleader/chanting/marching type pop songs. Can anyone recommend songs with that same kind of chorus/chanting and beat that isn't actually marching band music? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:00 AM PST - 62 comments

electrical issue in a 2000 GMC jimmy -- is it a blown fuse?
having an issue with a 2000 GMC jimmy -- seemingly electrical or fuse-related. [more inside]
posted by austere at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap Quirky Neighborhood in Los Angeles
I am looking to transplant to Los Angeles to take care of my mother who recently got very sick. I need to find an apartment for the two of us, but I have one constraint and one hope: 1) money problems are going to be a very big deal, so keeping rent cheap is a must, and it needs to be wheelchair-friendly. 2) I would like to be in some kind of artsy, young neighborhood, just so I can stay sane and keep this up for as long as possible. My mother is extremely abusive, and I would like to try to live an actual life as much as possible. I am still young, and a fun neighborhood would change the picture significantly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Dishwasher recommendations
Looking for a good dishwasher, stumped by all the weird reviews. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 7:57 AM PST - 37 comments

Cool towns around Rome to visit?
Cool towns around Rome to visit? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain?
Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

how can I unblock myself?
I know I need psychiatric therapy, but why can't I bring myself to get it? How do I motivate myself to heal myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing?
Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing? I'm teaching myself a little Android programming. I'll try upload eventually a free app or two hopefully that the Marketplace doesn't already have a bunch of.
posted by KHinds10 at 6:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Advice for doing a best man speech for someone you hardly know?
Earlier this year I was asked by a friendly co-worker to be his best man. I accepted against my better judgement because I got the sense he had no one else he could ask. Now faced with writing an appropriate heartfelt (possibly humorous) speech I am at a loss. [more inside]
posted by iheijoushin at 6:23 AM PST - 20 comments

where in manhattan can I surf wifi and not annoy my neighbors?
I'm going to be in Manhattan this week, and need the power of the hivemind. I'm staying with friends for the weekend, so I don't have (or need) hotel reservations for Friday. This creates the problem, however, of where to work remotely while I'm there. I understand that the NYPL is great for working... as long as you're quiet. But if I needed to voip conference with the rest of my team without annoying people around me (and being able to hear them in turn), without the benefit of a hotel room... where should I go? Preference for being easy accessible from NYPL branches, which is where I'm planning on spending most of my time. I saw the link to open wifi NYC in a previous post, but that only solves part of the problem.
posted by canine epigram at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Introvert theme songs (with no vocals)?
Introvert theme songs with no vocals or lyrics? (previously) [more inside]
posted by querty at 6:13 AM PST - 24 comments

Transferring 1% ownership of S-Corp - nuts and bolts questions
How does an established S-Corp, wholly owned by one individual, transfer one percent ownership to another individual? Nut and bolt type questions within. [more inside]
posted by amcm at 6:03 AM PST - 4 comments

help me be an awesome penpal!
Vegan goodies that travel well by mail? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 5:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Perfectly-Arched
It's about time I did something about my eyebrows! Seeking guidance. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 4:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Historical Fiction
I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 4:06 AM PST - 37 comments

How Money is Made
What are the environmental impacts of printing paper money? [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire at 3:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I overcome my lack of relationship experience?
I'm a normal, well-adjusted, heterosexual, 30 year old male. And I'm a virgin. How do I get past this? [more inside]
posted by ann on a mouse at 3:15 AM PST - 58 comments

Japan Work/Visa problems
Japan Visa/Work Problems, Cont.: Living in Japan, scored a job as an ALT in Japan that starts in a little over a month; already signed the contract and got my work visa renewed. Just got an offer from a much better paying job that would employ me right away (and would sponsor me). What to do? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 12:24 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I distribute Agricultural Internship information?
Where does one distribute information about a farming internship? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman at 12:16 AM PST - 7 comments

July 22
Kid from the US, kid from Africa.
Article relating two young kids: One a (implied spoiled rotten) American kid who needed help tying his shoe-laces and didn't want to clean up the dishes after dinner. The other a kid from Africa who, at the same age, was cooking dinners, cleaning dishes and everything else, because she knew that was expected of her? [more inside]
posted by slater at 10:29 PM PST - 3 comments

My TV is dead.
I have an Olevia LCD TV bought in 2008. For about a week, it would have no sound on any input after being turned on but a quick power cycle would fix it. Now it's stone-cold dead. No glowing LED on the power button like normal and it is definitely plugged in properly to a live outlet. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by 5ean at 10:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Need help finding Stephen King Book
Long ago I had a book of collected Stephen King interviews, published chronologically based on the title he was promoting. What was it? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:59 PM PST - 1 comments

What air conditioner could I use with a thin window?
I am looking for an AC unit for my apartment, but my sideways opening window seems to be too thin and tall for the units I've seen online. Have I any recourse? [more inside]
posted by cap11235 at 9:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Chihuahua Puppy Guides?
In the wake of a recent hoarding incident in Pennsylvania a local shelter has a large number of chihuahuas who will soon be needing permanent homes. I have previous experience dogsitting a family member's chihuahua for long periods of time so I know how to take care of adults, but some puppies are also available for adoption and I think that might be a rewarding experience. Everyone in the household has experience with dogs, but we have not raised a puppy. I was wondering if you could link me to the best guides for what to expect and how to raise a puppy, and specifically for the unique challenges of a chihuahua puppy. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 9:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Need Help Facing Daunting Subject of Bankruptcy
I am seriously considering declaring bankrupcy. I have a few main questions: 1) Do I need to know each company I owe money to? My parents opened all kind of credit cards in my name years ago, and I don't know about the specifics, and would like to avoid speaking to them as they are not exactly trustworhty. 2) How do I actually start the process? Who specifically do I see to manage declaring bankruptcy, considering I have zero cash? 3) If I have a credit card in my name, for which my partner is the main holder, will I have to cancel my part of that card, which I hold only for emergencies? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 9:36 PM PST - 28 comments

British-friendly bar in Chicago for Olympics viewing
Suggestions for a British-friendly bar in Chicago, for Olympics viewing? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a at 9:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for secure screencasting or remote access between Windows computers
I'm trying to help my aging father with his computer, but now that I'm 800 miles away, all of my guidance is done over the phone. What are some good programs for screen sharing or remotely controlling another computer so he can see what to do next time? We're both using Windows 7, and I'd prefer a remote control option, and something with a secure connection. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Staying sane and healthy during qualifying exams.
I have two weeks of PhD qualifying exams coming up - how do I stay sane, healthy, and positive? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 7:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me help my traumatized pug
How to help my traumatized dog? [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom at 7:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Pajama jeans? Can I rock them?
Pajama jeans: Where and when can I rock them? If at all? And will casual third party observers be able to tell in wearing fake jeans? [more inside]
posted by slateyness at 7:47 PM PST - 47 comments

How safe is this Parisian neighborhood?
If I show you a neighborhood in Paris, can you tell me how safe it is for a family with kids? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 7:36 PM PST - 12 comments

bionic eyes, please!
Cataract surgery + implant filter: My mother is about to have the first of two cataract surgeries and is considering bifocal implants. [more inside]
posted by quince at 7:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Nonsmoking 80s dancing in Asheville, NC?
Is there a regular dance night in or around Asheville, NC, that includes '80s music but is nonsmoking? [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 7:01 PM PST - 5 comments

At what point is it acceptable to cut ties?
How do I keep my sanity, the little dignity that I have left, and not completely ruin my daughter's life? [more inside]
posted by andariel at 7:00 PM PST - 48 comments

They make art with their crazy.
I want to read as much as possible on the intersection between art, law and mental illness -- things like the Martin Ramirez case and... what else? What am I overlooking? Thanks in advance.
posted by Ventre Mou at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Fixable or Forgettable?
Can my LCD be saved cheaply or is it time to move on? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I do to build my new dog's confidence?
Dog filter, we adopted a rescue dog last Sunday and she's great, but I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 5:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me get over myself
How do I get over myself and stop holding others to my behavior standards and being passive-resentful when they don't meet them? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 5:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Outdoor webcam for construction site?
I need an weather proof outdoor webcam. I have intermittent power and wifi. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I manage my anxiety to make visits home pleasant?
Only child makes depressing Christmas visit to parents. How can I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by eldindeer at 4:47 PM PST - 30 comments

How do we keep our HDTV safe from our cat?
We are ready to buy an HDTV. We need help figuring out how to anchor it -- not to the wall, but down to the shelf where it will live. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I do with a U.S. Top Secret security clearance?
I work for a U.S. federal agency. Two years ago, I got Top Secret clearance for a project I was working on for my agency. Other than applying for new jobs that require TS status, is there anything else interesting I could do that requires this status? Volunteering, temporary assignments, etc.? I will have it for an additional couple of years before my agency will request to renew/not renew it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Acer netbook keyboard and mouse about to die
Acer netbook keyboard and mouse threatening to quit working any minute now. Hoping someone can point me to the right place for assistance before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 4:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Who first chewed the scenery?
"Chewing the scenery" -- I know what it means (Brian Blessed, Norio Wakamoto). But where did the term come from? Is it a reference to a specific notorious event, like "jump the shark" is?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Better living through alchemy.
Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Math is Hard (I need help)
Math is hard. Please help me with a slope-related problem. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you honestly have platonic friends?
Is it possible to have platonic female/male friends? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 3:28 PM PST - 62 comments

How to organize travel info for iphone?
I am researching travel in advance of a trip. I like to have the material available both online and if I lose access to the internet. It will be mainly accessed using an iphone. Mostly organizing maps, reviews from yelp, Urban spoon, and some emails. Any advice on good ways to do this? THanks!
posted by dougiedd at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What neighborhood should we explore in Seattle?
Seattle neighborhood recommendations. More inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:03 PM PST - 18 comments

No more jello please
Any tips for living with chronic nausea while waiting for the doc? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 1:36 PM PST - 46 comments

Steel homes
What is the best company to contract for building a steel home? [more inside]
posted by candasartan at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How to improve brain performance?
How to improve brain performance? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Can an owner also live in a rental property?
Can I classify my house as a rental if I turn my mother into a tenant? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Experiences of the wrong heaven or hell
Do you know of (or have you had) a vision of heaven or hell that doesn't conform to that person's (or your) religion? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Stalker or just socially inept?
About 4 months ago, a new guy moved in below me (I've lived here ten years). About 2 months ago the landlord gave me his (guy's) phone number (he plays music loud and I suppose landlord wanted to be out of the middle of it--especially when I call landlord at 2:30 a.m.) I've used the number maybe 3 or 4 times since then. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 12:11 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me identify with this film from the spoiler.
Help me identify with this film from the spoiler. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 11:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Bike sharing in Chicago
Does anyone know what's going on with Chicago's bike sharing system? I'll be visiting in October for 1.5 weeks and planned to sign up for a month-long membership with b-cycle but am not so sure anymore. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

antidepressant side effects help
Unbearable side effects of starting Citalopram. Should I stick this out or take a chance with an alternative? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I restore this trunk without destroying it?
Metafilter! Help me clean up this vintage trunk about which I know very little. [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a previously read travel essay about a Chinese haircut.
Help me find that non-fiction piece about getting a haircut in China. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

My house price is on the internet
When you google my address, a listing on guava.ca appears with its list price from last fall. How can I get this completely removed from the internet?
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

soft leather binding
Can you put books with soft leather bindings on the bookshelf like other books? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 8:38 AM PST - 1 comments

How to wean?
When and how did you stop breastfeeding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 46 comments

Tips for living with inlaws?
Tips for living with inlaws? [more inside]
posted by oink at 8:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me succeed in my first sales job!
I've landed my first sales job. Yay! Please recommend books I can read, classes I can take, and other things of that sort I can do to succeed in the field. [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 8:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Sticky Fingers, maybe?
What was that short story I read about sex with Mick Jagger? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to loosen up my tight hip/ leg muscles?
What can I do to loosen up my tight hip/ leg muscles? Part of the problem is that I don't know which of my muscles are tight, I just know that I can't move my right leg as much as my left. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 7:54 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I stop masturbating to violent images?
I am a woman who is deeply ashamed of what sexually excites me and need help or resources in learning to stop my porn/masturbation problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Lies. Damned lies. And statistics.
Are there any reliable statistics for the number of American high school seniors who apply to colleges each year? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Pissing off prospective friends and alienating people since the 1980s
I pissed off a lot of people at a meetup. How can I patch things up with them and be friends, or is it even possible anymore and should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 7:02 AM PST - 94 comments

How to read short stories?
How to read short stories so I actually remember them? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 6:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Red Riding Trilogy Questions
Questions about the Red Riding trilogy (the movies, not the books). [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Food is an important part of a balanced diet
Cooking for one (non-foodie edition) [more inside]
posted by b33j at 5:31 AM PST - 23 comments

July 21
How to make a move on someone I've been waiting to approach?
How do I approach a castmate I've developed feelings for? We've been working on a show together for about a month, and I've developed an attraction to him. I immediately determined I should wait until the show closed to make any obvious moves, but I'm not sure how to do it. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie at 11:41 PM PST - 36 comments

How to make a website for a small company?
I'd like to create a website for a company I've started with some friends. I've never done this before. Can you tell me the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 10:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Some Pig.
12 pounds of pork shoulder!... uh, now what? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:20 PM PST - 31 comments

A longtime dream has come true and I now own a classic console turntable stereo (Sears Silvertone) but I have some questions about replacement styli and more. Help me make the most of this beautiful wooden music machine.
A longtime dream has come true and I now own a classic console turntable stereo (Sears Silvertone) but I have some questions about replacement styli and more. Help me make the most of this beautiful wooden music machine. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend a programmer a book that teaches high school maths step by step
Can you recommend a programmer a book that teaches high school maths step by step? I did maths at high scool and I was OK at it. However, fifteen years later, after forgetting almost all the maths I learnt back then, I am diving deep into the theory of programming algorithms (sorting, tree structures, graph algorithms and so forth). I find the programming straight forward, but I am struggling with the theory and proof of algorithmic time and space complexities. I am looking for a book that will cover algebra, logs, limits, inductive proof, matrix manipulation and so forth. [more inside]
posted by maryrosecook at 8:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I manage my emotions?
I am a highly educated 27 year-old female, and I am at a loss as to what to do with my extreme emotions. How does one manage a burst of emotions so as to deal with the situation in an effective and calm manner? Specifically, I need advices on redirecting or channeling my anger and sadness in a way fast enough that I can still remain in the scenario (even more specifically, when in conflict with my mother)... but one that does not involve self-mutilation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Calvin-Hobbes Architectural Design, LLC
Help me build the best modular indoor blanket fort EVER. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 7:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Managing an Online Writing Group
A few other graduate students and myself are part of an online writing group hosted on Basecamp. How can I keep the conversation going online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 7:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me have a blast in northern Michigan
What are the most super fun things to do in the eastern upper and northern lower peninsulas of Michigan? [more inside]
posted by looli at 7:19 PM PST - 14 comments

medical certification in italy
What kind of certification do you need to work in the medical field in Europe? Specifically in Italy? [more inside]
posted by skwint at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

The mystery of the gigantic Asian princess photograph
Two Asian restaurants near my house - I think the owners are Cambodian, but I'm not quite sure - recently hung in their dining rooms huge, glossy photographs of a very young girl, maybe 5 or 6 years old, dressed in elaborate royal regalia and wearing heavy makeup. It's very striking (and a wee bit creepy.) Who is this girl?
posted by moammargaret at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How to label baby bottles and clothes?
Tips for labeling baby items for daycare. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 6:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Does Google's 2-factor authentication only care about the mobile phone number?
I have a question about Google's 2-factor authentication and upgrading to a new device. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 6:25 PM PST - 17 comments

LCD monitor into fully functional TV?
How can I set up my LCD monitor as a full-fledged TV for a digital tuner, DVD player, and Wii? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Baby, please don't go!
My friend was offered a job several months ago, but the company screwed up his immigration paperwork and... yada yada yada, he may get deported in a month. Oh, and he's gay. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find cheaper skincare products?
I'm looking for more affordable skin care alternatives to Rhonda Allison. [more inside]
posted by matt_od at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Medical Loss Ratio (and I am at loss)
What am I supposed to do with Medical Loss Ratio notice from the insurer? [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Hoping for the Hopa
I need your yia-yia's spanakopita recipe. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to live on the East coast?
Help me pick an east coast city! Boston, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia or NYC? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 5:04 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get data consolidated from a bunch of computers with money rather than work?
Service to pull data off a bunch of old computers and then recycle, in bay area? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Triangle-to-Atlanta recording studio
Help me find the best Raleigh-to-Atlanta recording studio that fits my needs! [more inside]
posted by semaphore at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth it to contribute to my company's 401k?
Is it worth it to contribute to my small company's John Hancock 401K, given the high expense ratios and no employee match? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How can my friend get in touch with a movie set designer?
I have a friend who's a mid-career interior designer but is interested in exploring set design for films. He doesn't have a contact, and it's been suggested he get in touch with (via email, presumably) a few set designers he likes, and see if they might advise him as to how they did it and how he might proceed. I looked and saw you can see who did the set design for a given film on IMDB, but as I know very little about the film industry I'm at something of a loss as to how he'd be able to reach those people. Does anyone have any practical advice for how he could find contact info for these people?
posted by supercoollady at 3:22 PM PST - 7 comments

But I love brussels sprouts!
What is this life-simulation game I played in the early days of the web? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Instad of right-click, "key-click"?
Is there a Firefox extension that does this: I hover over a link with my mouse, but instead of right (or left) clicking, I push a key on my keyboard, which then opens the link. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a minimum sample size required to use the bell curve for performance management?
Is there a minimum sample size required to use the bell curve for performance management? I was wondering if small teams (3-5) can use the normal curve / bell curve for categorizing employees by performance? I have a feeling that the sample size needs to be much larger than that (3-5) for the bell curve to apply. Anybody know if there is a minimum? If possible please share link to supporting evidence.
posted by r2d2 at 3:20 PM PST - 13 comments

What sort of server & network setup would work for a small design business?
What networking or server (NAS?) equipment do I need to set up a small design business that will use a lot of fairly large CAD, Rhino, PSD, AI, and other design-type files? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Safe, easy, preferably free way to get hot corners in Windows 7
I want OS X Exposé-style hot corners in Windows 7. Is there any alternative to Hot Corners or LiveEdge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 2:47 PM PST - 1 comments

I need a classroom!
My fundraising training class has taken off. I started teaching four weeks ago and now I have been asked to teach two more modules. Problem is one is in London. I would like to find a place to lead a fundraising training on consecutive Sundays in Watford between Watford High Street, Watford Junction and Watford Tube starting in September. Anyone have any ideas or alternatives I should consider? My classes are action learning so there are only handouts and homework not overheads.
posted by parmanparman at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

How to exit gracefully from an unworkable & unaffordable living situation?
Back in May I cosigned a lease for an apartment with a friend of a friend running from July to July. Thanks to changing circumstances since then, I can't afford it and I have no choice but to get out of the whole arrangement by September, before university starts back up again. The province I'm in has extremely pro-tenant rental laws, so transferring the lease will not be a problem. What concerns me is dropping this bomb on the cosigner, who is 4000 km away until, well, just when I'd have to leave. Since we were introduced in April for the purposes of being roommates, he's also shown himself to be far more naive than he appears when it comes to stuff like this. But I've also committed a huge error in judgement by signing for this place, and I feel guilty for helping to convince him. I've accepted I'll have to burn more than one bridge. But I'm way too overwhelmed by the hundreds of responsibilities have piled up on my shoulders, and need to tell him very soon. How do I make this as quick, painless and guilt-free as is possible? More on the "changing circumstances" inside: read just the bold bits if you're short on time. [more inside]
posted by denmarkstreet at 2:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Crock pot beginner needing some guidance
Crock pot noob! I just bought a crock pot and have a few questions about some things I'd like to make, and would like recommendations for good sources for recipes. [more inside]
posted by marble at 1:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Can I eat this fruit?
Can I eat these nectarine-plum cross fruits from my back yard? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Building a team
Team building activities? Hi All, i have a team of 7 people, and 2 of them are new. I want to integrate team building activities into our next staff meeting. What are some of your favorite activities that are appropriate for an office setting in a time frame of 15-45 minutes? I am looking for things that build connection and reflection, that aren't too cheesy or cliche. Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 at 1:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Can someone give me an estimate of how long food takes to go through your digestive system.
Can someone give me an estimate of how long food takes to go through your digestive system. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Tracking exercise minutes
I'm looking for a simple iPhone app: I want to start exercising for 30 mins./day most days of the week, but I may not always get in the 30 mins. at once. (Apparently, it doesn't matter.) I want an app that tracks my daily minutes of exercise (e.g., 10 mins. here, 10 mins. there) and tells me how much more I have at that moment till I get to my 30-minute daily target. It'd also be nice if it told me my weekly minutes up to that point. I track my food in another app, so I don't need it to track calories.
posted by trillian at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone want old computer memory?
Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 1:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this book set in Venice!
Book search: looking to find the title/author of a mystery set in Venice. Likely NOT Donna Leon, the mystery features a married British couple in Venice on vacation. Plot elements may include a suitcase of books, a murder that takes place at a film festival or fashion show. The couple become involved in solving the case. Published in the last decade, perhaps. Thanks!
posted by kidelo at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

feature or a problem?
I purchased iTunes match so that'll my songs are both on my hard drive and in the cloud. When syncing my iPhone with computer using a cable, playlists will copy but only the information. Not the actual tracks. I have to download them with wifi. My questions is 2 part 1) is this normal that the media does not actually transfer? 2) if it isn't how do I fix this so that songs transfer from computer to iPhone? I'm up to date on all software.
posted by captainscared at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I eat this, Cat Edition
What is this plant / flower? Is it bad for cats to eat? [more inside]
posted by Phredward at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

That's enough! says Riker
I'm looking for an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation where Riker hits a table and yells that's enough! [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting from NYC to Phila and DoylestownPA
Best ways to get from NYC to Philadelphia and then Doylestown, PA? (via Public transportation!) [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Can this ring be recovered?
How to reach United Airlines, re: jewelry lost on plane, they said they found it but email returned as undeliverable. Details to follow [more inside]
posted by misspat at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting through radiotherapy
How can we make radiotherapy easier? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 3 comments

"Set it and forget it" bike camera?
Mr Corpse is looking for a camera to mount on his bike, to record his daily commute in case of being hit (again) by a car. Desired features inside. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

What kind of phones do stereotypical hipsters have?
What is the stereotypical hipster phone? iPhone? Flip phone? What is the stereotypical hipster computer? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee at 9:50 AM PST - 28 comments

Essential non-profit analyst skills?
What are the skills I need to acquire in order to become an analyst or consultant in the non-profit world? [more inside]
posted by hala mass at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Just what are the "cores" in my new laptop?
Within the past couple of years I've noticed the computer people describing their hardware with a new attribute: cores. It seems from the advertising that more cores are better than less cores, but what are they, exactly? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Mathless Engineer, Need Help!
How can I learn calculus and differential equations well, in a relatively short amount of time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Fixing general marital communication issues
I feel like my marriage is falling apart. It's not because we don't love each other, but I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 37 comments

She just wants to watch her stories.
What is the best way for my sister to watch Netflix given her old TV setup? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 8:51 AM PST - 15 comments

*BEEP*---*BOOP*---*I LOVE YOU*---*BEEP*
What can I do to make my geographically-distant fiancee feel more emotionally close to me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 8:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Tesla Biography
Which biography of Nikola Tesla should I read?
posted by bytewrite at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

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Apparently the Chinese media just discovered the salutatory effect of a good health scare on subscriptions and viewership, and now my parents are finding one thing after another, either directly through newspapers and news broadcasts or indirectly through their friends back home. Most of these topics have very little evidence in either direction, so it's hard to put together a better counterargument than, "Well, it's clearly just wacky!" Except, really, they are clearly just wacky and I'd like the hive mind's help disabusing my parents of them. Maybe there's a Chinese-language Snopes that addresses wacky health scares from the mainland? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 7:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Is this a good deal on a laptop?
Is this a good deal? It's a Lenovo G580 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6" for $599. My uncle left his job and had to give up his work provided laptop. Thus, he's now using one so old it has windows 2000. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I want a C section
Pregnant and interested in elective C section - looking for anecdotes/resources? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Can I be bi-coastal if I'm not rich?
I live in Los Angeles with my girlfriend. We both work in TV. I want to move to New York City and she's game, but she recently got into her department's union which provides highly coveted health/pension benefits and needs to maintain an address in LA in addition to fulfilling her union days every year. We are not rich. Can we be bi-coastal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I buy or make a replacement bent wire shelf-hanger for my bookcase?
I bought a bookcase (with adjustable shelves) off Craigslist. All of the shelves were included, but not all of the little bent-wire bits (photos inside) that hold the shelves in place. Where can I find replacements? [more inside]
posted by enn at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Ouch! What gives, tummy?
YANMD. What could be up with this weird sore spot on my abdomen? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases?
How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 2:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Conceptual Cosplay
I love really clever & well-done conceptual cosplay, such as Disney Princess superheros or genderbent Justice League. What others are there? (They don't have to be tied to a specific fandom; just a real-life costume of a conceptual or non-anthro idea that is done well)
posted by divabat at 2:00 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get a job in Silicon Valley?
I'm a physicist, working to get hired in the tech sector in Silicon Valley. I'm an experimentalist having worked on collider and free electron laser experiments. I've done a lot of coding, most of it in C++ and Python, scripting in bash etc. The problems I solved, though, seem very different from ones relevant to the tech industry. My experience doesn't seem to count for much! [more inside]
posted by funkbrain at 1:38 AM PST - 12 comments

IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS.
Help me mount and hang my Zelda overworld map. [more inside]
posted by kumazemi at 12:56 AM PST - 4 comments

July 20
why is tuna in oil a thing?
Ive ben wondering about this since i was little. At the store you can get tuna packed in water, or tuna packed in oil. what's tuna in oil got that water doesn't? i would think that tuna in oil won't work if you don't want the oil, and if you do, you have many better oil options that the the oil in that can, that most likely just got sluiced out the top of a tanker truck or held for months belowdecks in unwashed tankards on a tuna boat.
posted by facetious at 11:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Mortgage free life and freedom.
Living a mortgage free life. The dream, is it realistic? [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal at 10:16 PM PST - 25 comments

sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?
I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 9:55 PM PST - 5 comments

My boyfriend is quitting cigarettes. How do I stop wanting to kill him?
I love my dear boyfriend but he can be trying at the best of times - his last cigarette was 5 days ago. How do I deal with the irritable ass he has become and please tell me that this is temporary. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack at 9:45 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I move on?
Help me reconcile the fact that my BF doesn't want to get married and I will have to return home due to visa restrictions. (long) [more inside]
posted by winsome at 9:38 PM PST - 50 comments

Buying a car should really be as simple as Amazon
How exactly does one buy a car (first timer's edition)? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Gotham in the Dark Knight trilogy
Why did Christopher Nolan "recast" Gotham City in each of the Dark Knight films? (Question is spoiler-free, but answers might not be.) [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Annotate .svg with html5 visually?
Annotate .svg with html5 visually? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 7:24 PM PST - 5 comments

♫ how is the weather / so happy together ♫
So is our honeymoon doomed to eventually be over because that's life, or has anyone discovered a way to be in eternal honeymoon stage? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:57 PM PST - 36 comments

Death, dawn, and the tides
Idle curiosity: "They say that people who are near death die generally at the change to dawn or at the turn of the tide." Is there ANY empirical evidence to support this? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Carpet common?
So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
posted by usermac at 5:48 PM PST - 21 comments

I lost a book about a girl and a horse lost in a blizzard.
A lost book about a lost girl and a horse and a blizzard...remembered from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 5:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Do average phones last two years?
Do I need a top of the line Android phone to make a 2-year contract worth it? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 5:41 PM PST - 14 comments

impact of separation on Austrian visa status
I have a sister about to go through a separation and likely divorce while in a foreign country. Would appreciate any comments/advice on the impact of the separation on the visa of the dependent husband, and how to prevent the husband taking the child out of country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I feel more confident in situations that make me feel unsafe?
What can I do to make myself feel more capable in situations where I feel unsafe? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 5:06 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I find an adult psychologist in Boston or Manhattan available on short notice?
Help find a Boston or Manhattan psychiatrist who takes 1199 insurance and can see a new patient soon. My dear friend is in serious distress. [more inside]
posted by jcrcarter at 5:01 PM PST - 4 comments

I'll take a jar of peanuts and a 45 automatic. I brought my own bag.
Can one really walk into a gun store in some states and just buy a gun? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Classic like Madewell, not classic like Ann Taylor
I like clothes that are simple, clean, classic, but still young. Un-fussy dresses, casual skirts, cute jackets, well-cut t-shirts. My dream wardrobe would come from Madewell and Uniqlo. Unfortunately, I'm a 14-16 US, 18-20 UK, so they're both out of the question. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:57 PM PST - 17 comments

How many churches does the sky have?
Answers to the Book of Questions? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 2:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me get to the root of the problem
I'm a man in my early 40s with a full head of hair. In its natural state, my hair is completely gray. So why is it turning orange all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by Ratio at 2:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to eat in Depoe Bay OR
Where should I go for a really, really good meal in Depoe Bay, Newport or Lincoln City Oregon? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 2:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Pin the tail on the donkey
Trying to make plans for my future: what country should we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I Buy A MacBook? If so, which one?
Which (if any) MacBook should I be buying! Focus is on audio podcasting, sporadic HD video editing, blogging, and extended periods of writing / blogging / freelancing. Oh and I've been 100% Windows till now. Snowflake, as usual, inside. [more inside]
posted by ewan at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Phone interview on vacation...sounds good but please read.
First of all, let me say I am thankful for getting a phone interview offer....read on and apologies for the ramble and poor writing style here. Please bear with me here for a bit. I had a job interview in a city I had hoped to move back to two weeks ago, and didn't get it. Like most others applicants, I prepared very well and studied, talked to myself, etc. so, it is what it is. I desire to get back to this place where my wife's family and my friends are and where I have lived for 15 years (Indianapolis). I've been extremely stressed out, have anxiety problems but have meds to help. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon at 1:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Should my friend risk a verbal lease in Chicago in an owner occupied 3-flat?
My friend is moving from out of state, and she had us go look at an apartment for her. We didn't like it very much, but the neighborhood is not bad and we walked around the block looking for 'for rent' signs. While out walking, we saw a mailman, so went up to ask him if he knew of any good places to rent. He immediately told us about this couple in a flat who have a floor to rent by word of mouth. He said they are nice people and have been living there for a long time. The mailman introduced us, and we checked the place out and recommended it to our friend. The friend called and the owners don't do written leases. While she'd really likes the sound of the place, she's uncomfortable about living in a place with a verbal lease and is worried she could lose her deposit (they want one month's rent). Is this normal? Do people often ask for verbal leases? Should she run away?
posted by bleary at 1:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Add some color to my bag?
I bought a new black canvas tote with brown leather straps. It's very comfortable but it is just so... bland. I am looking for ways to add some decoration or color to it that will still look professional enough for my job. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

New boo seems to poo during sex. NSFW
New boo seems to poo during sex. NSFW [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor.
Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor. Some of my end users (CEO among them) have recently broken their smart phone screens. I'd like to find a good vendor who can replace the screens and they've got to work on more than just iPhones. Thanks!
posted by covert7 at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Nonconsensual rear bike wheel swap
I had to leave my bike at a rail station for a few days. When I picked it up again it felt funny on the way home, and a close inspection showed someone had swapped my rear wheel for another almost identical one. Can anyone familiar with bike theft explain what happened? It's not totally the same, but the rear cassette is identical, the tyre of the same good make but with a heavier tread. The original wasn't anything special - the stock Bontrager off a 6yo Trek 7.3 hybrid.
posted by cromagnon at 12:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Failed dental implant with possible incompetence...recourse?
Over the past 6 months I've been having a dental implant installed, and it has now failed. The dentist has been rather dismissive of the pain, and I'm pretty sure I can identify specifically when the implant failed and I believe it to be his fault. This should have taken 4 appointments to finish, and has now been 9, and will end with the 10th…hopefully. There are other instances of his (possible) incompetence past the break (please read if you are going to reply). He has said that after I heal when it's removed he will do the process again for free…but I'm rather terrified of him now. Do I have any legal recourse to ask for a refund? Again, details after the break. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Subtitled TED talks for my language students
I'm trying to find standalone copies of TED talks with English subtitles. I will be teaching in a room without an internet connection to Chinese faculty who have good vocabularies but are working on their delivery. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Hormone Help: PCOS vs Migraines
In the Red Corner, we have PCOS, a three-time champion with Special Ruptured-Cyst Attack! In the Blue Corner, we have Possibly-Hormonal Migraines, defending the title and famous as the inventor of the Icepick-To-The-Brain Technique! The winner takes home the grand prize: the right to determine whether I stay on contraceptive hormones or not. Aaaaaaand... FIGHT! [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Things to do in Paris when you're eleven
I need your recommendations for stuff to do in Paris with my eleven-year-old daughter. [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Can we dissolve a not-for-profit while giving away or selling assets to a private individual?
Asking on behalf of a friend. How can one dissolve a not-for-profit that isn't working, but still allow for the website the organization runs to continue? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Ladies! Can you help another lady out by helping her man find the right handbag?
Ladies! Can you help another lady out by helping her man find the right handbag? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 11:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Are your eyes so tough you animal are your eyes very tough
Which animal has the hardest eyes? I was thinking about how eyes are pretty soft and it might be advantageous for a creature to have "natural goggles" protecting its squishy eyes. Which animal's eyes have the toughest coating? (I do not care to hear about the protective qualities of retractable eyeLIDs, only the surface which can not be retracted, and which must be seen through.)
posted by Greg Nog at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Gift ideas for someone moving to Chicago
One of my best friends is moving to Chicago at the end of September, got any gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Social Media Monitoring
Please reccomend Social Media Monitoring software or services. [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments

No Narcissists, Please
How can I reprogram myself so I am no longer attracting (and becoming attracted to) narcissistic men? [more inside]
posted by Hello Darling at 10:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Where does young hipster Mr. Rogers hang out?
I don't know where to meet people who are smart but not arrogant about it, or smart and also socially functional. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:25 AM PST - 24 comments

I need situated
Is there any way (either by app or setting) to make my Android tell me where, by name, I am? [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How many dollars does it take to change an auto buyer's mind?
How much do car companies spend on advertising in the US? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed
A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Babe: Nephew in the city
My 17yr old nephew is staying with me in London for a few days next month, as I'm taking him to his first gig. He likes graphic design, Jack white and playing guitar. What cool things should he go, see and do? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for awesome "of the month" clubs
What are some awesome/offbeat/unexpected "of the month" clubs? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:50 AM PST - 27 comments

I Don't Want To Be The Mosquito Beacon Anymore
I am like a magnet for mosquitoes. I am going camping in two weeks on Assateague Island. I need every single repellent idea, stat! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 9:47 AM PST - 57 comments

How do I navigate working remotely request.
Could I get advice on how to navigate the politics of switching from working in the office to working remotely? The topic has been broached and the wheels are turning but I want to ensure that they are moving ahead and not backwards. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

List places to teach/instruct/adjunct undergrad Math in Seattle?
List places to teach/instruct/adjunct undergrad Math in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Best iPad apps, special offline snowflake edition
Help me find awesome iPad apps that don't need the internet. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me build my bunker of sounds from vintage vinyl.
Minimum computing horsepower for recording from vinyl? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

I could use smoke signals. Those are wireless.
My Internet connection is terrible. All efforts at tech support have failed. Could switching companies fix the problem? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Cleverly clothe the children of a geek
Help me come up with math-themed "big brother"/"little sister" shirt designs for a friend's kids. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find good places to eat in Toronto.
Toronto-filter: Some of my boss-doctors are visiting Toronto for a conference this weekend, and are looking for nice restaurants close to the Westin Harbour Castle (which is next to the Toronto Islands Ferry Terminal and between the feet of Yonge and Bay Streets). They tend to be adventurous eaters, and like quiet atmospheres, and will need both quick food and sit-down meals as they are there for 4 days. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Ladyparts doctor in Boston?
recommendationfilter: Anyone have a good lead on a friendly and knowledgeable Ob/Gyn in Boston? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Accessible Access Training?
Microsoft Access Training/Classes in New York City (Manhattan), or your best suggestion of online materials. [more inside]
posted by rosswald at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Inducing labor using Cytotec
My wife will likely have labor induced in the first part of next week. Her doctor is talking about using Cytotec (Misoprostol). There are some troubling reports about possible uterine hyperstimulation from the use of Cytotec, but there are also valid reasons to use it. As we try to make a decision about how to proceed, what factors should we be considering (about the med choice or about induction in general)? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 7:24 AM PST - 26 comments

Emergency Pie Recipe
Long shot but does anyone have the pork pie recipe from this Master Class 4" pie tin [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 7:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Botox injections and neutropenia
Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer? A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her. Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comments

How can I get analytics for IT support requests?
What's the best (ie fool proof) way for me to get some ongoing analytics data for my department at work? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Different top navs, same website--how hard is it?
Website design question: how difficult is it to have a slightly different top navigation bar for different sections of the same website? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 6:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Finally ready to let go of my MP3 cache
I'm possibly ready to stop toting around 75GB of music, and switch to something 'cloudier'. What are the best options for a geek/control freak? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 6:48 AM PST - 14 comments

My chief regret in life/Guitar Shopping
I sold a Dana Bourgeois Slope D guitar and have always regretted it. I can't really afford to buy another one. What's a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 4:56 AM PST - 8 comments

How old are peacocks when they get their tail feathers?
How old are peacocks when they get their tail feathers? [more inside]
posted by kjs4 at 4:42 AM PST - 1 comments

Launch my project, change my life.
Let's leave aside the odds, or what I end up doing with this thing I want to do. I want to think big, very big and plan, schedule and execute against a "project" of writing a novel or a memoir. From a project perspective, I want to end up with say, 350 pages in a realistic but compressed timeframe. You tell me ... how would you get there? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 4:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Common tactics for explaining art and portraying artists
Is there such a thing as meta-analysis of art literature? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 4:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Designing product numbering and barcode systems
Assume I'm starting an e-commerce selling (retail, brand-y stuff) sports apparel and equipment. How should I design the product numbering and barcode system if I want to manage products, shipments, inventory, and warehouse locations? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me plan a holiday
Husband and I want to take a holiday during the school holiday break (I know, but we're teachers) in September and/or December (in the lead up to Christmas) this year. We live in Melbourne, Australia. The major catch - I'll be 5 or 7 months pregnant, depending when we go. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 3:59 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to climb mountains ...
How do I start ... mountain climbing? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 2:41 AM PST - 5 comments

One, two, buckle my shoe, or at least repair it somehow
Does anybody know of a cobbler anywhere in London or the south-east of England who can repair a sandal with a broken rivet closure, or else replace the rivet closure with a buckle closure? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 2:12 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get the best out of recruiters?
I'm job-hunting in the outside world after many years at a single idiosyncratic organisation. Recruiters are a foreign species to me. Please teach me how to get the best out of them. [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 12:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I lawyer up before my arraignment?
I’ve been charged with misdemeanor drug possession (11377) in California after accidentally going through airport security with .7 grams of meth on my person. My arraignment is next week; what can I expect and/or how should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:16 AM PST - 26 comments

July 19
Book suggestions please!
What authors are like these authors? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 10:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for places like Portland outside the US.
Looking for places like Portland outside the US. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 10:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Moving from PostgreSQL to SalesForce with Rails 3
If feasible, how do you move the database backend of a Web application built with Rails 3.2 from PostgreSQL to Salesforce (or Database.com)? [more inside]
posted by remi at 10:34 PM PST - 0 comments

How do you find followed Pinterest boards again?
I have a dumb Pinterest question. When I follow an individual board, how do I find that board again? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Pedicure in DC?
Pedicure in Washington DC. I'm at the start of a long visit, and my feet hurt already! [more inside]
posted by jrochest at 10:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Wasting way too much time watching physics videos...
I need time to go through this, but I'm wondering to the scientists if they have ever pointed an electron microscope at the center of a particle collision at the LHC? Do they see at that level of detail?
posted by sfts2 at 10:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Research/studies on language recognition
Is there a word or term for not being able to understand a word of a language, but still being able to correctly recognize it if you hear it? For example, if I hear someone speaking German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, or Mongolian, I can probably correctly identify that they’re speaking said language they’re speaking EVEN THOUGH I can’t understand a thing they’re saying. Has this been studied before? [more inside]
posted by huxham at 9:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Rent or not rent? Decisions, decisions.
How to move past my uncertainties and come to a decision, and fast? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 9:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Songs with persistent, but superfluous, percussion
You know those clinking bottles in Bob Marley's "Jammin'"? Help me think of other popular songs that have what I am calling "persistent superfluous percussion". [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a sparkling sangria recipe from Imbibe Magazine.
Imbibe Magazine - sparkling cherry-nectarine sangria ingredients? Jul/Aug 2007 Issue. Or, your sparkling sangria recipes. [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 9:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Congratulations, new priest! (I don't agree with what you're joining.)
Is sending a congratulatory card to a newly ordained Catholic priest ethically problematic for people who disagree with the Catholic Church on political and social issues?
posted by vegartanipla at 9:07 PM PST - 20 comments

I probably suck at my job.
I'm a programming intern. I probably suck at my job. My boss hasn't noticed yet. How can I get better before it blows up in my face? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 40 comments

There may be bugs on some of you mugs...
I'm looking for some fun songs about camping, for young kids (ages 3 and 5). [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

In search of a flower nail
Where can I buy a flower nail in the Boston/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by wondrous strange snow at 6:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Tofu to sink your teeth into
How can I make my tofu seriously chewy? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 6:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Where are the single thirtysomethings outside of OKCupid?
You're a woman in your 30s looking to meet men for dating/relationships. What are you doing to meet people OUTSIDE OF online dating sites? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 6:37 PM PST - 38 comments

point me to Pontycymmer.
Help a tourist get from Cardiff, Wales to Pontycymmer (Pontycymmr) and back. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Check your lease, you're living in dog city.
How specific is breed specific legislation? [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Hive mind, help with my bee problem
We are doing a construction/cleanout job on a townhome and found a bag of potting soil on the back patio. When we went to move it, it turned out to be full of bees! I can actually see honeycomb inside the bag. How can I relocate the bees without hurting them? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 5:24 PM PST - 17 comments

When you can't have what you want, try to want what you have.
I have two career options to choose from, and neither is the one I want. Help me make the best of the choices I have. [more inside]
posted by Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Apple Airport failure
Terrible WIfi signal after installing new Apple Airport Express. Help! [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 4:31 PM PST - 21 comments

What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals?s
What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 4:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Is my garden poisonous?
Hey Dr. Hodgins: my garden soil is pretty like a rainbow! How do I find out what's making it that way, and whether it's safe to grow veggies in? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm thinking of applying for a Fulbright - how well do I REALLY need to know the language?
I'm thinking of applying for a Fulbright - how well do I REALLY need to know the language? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Are all therapists the same?
I need therapy. I have no idea how to start. How does one pick a therapist if all seem the same? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments

The Real World: Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape
Help me track down this Cube-esque, straight-to-video nuclear bomb shelter paranoia film (with a shocking twist!). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy a counter-depth refrigerator in Los Angeles today?
Where can I buy a counter-depth refrigerator in Los Angeles today? All attempts to date have ended in rivers of sorrow. [more inside]
posted by stephennelson at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift.
I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift. [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Aubergine Allergy?
Is it possible to randomly develop an allergy to eggplant / aubergine in one's late 30's? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:38 PM PST - 18 comments

What cool places can I go to to eat my lunch in Toronto?
(Toronto filter) What are some awesome places I can go to in Toronto where I can eat a lunch I bring myself? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 2:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to sit at a Nascar race
I'm going to my first Nascar race in October. The Bank of America 500 in Charlotte. What are the general principals involved in picking somewhere to sit? High/low/corner/straight. My instinct says somewhere high so we can see as much action as possible. Also, any specific recommendations for this track?
posted by Keith Talent at 2:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Hobbies, how do they work?
After spending most of my waking hours in front of a computer for years, I have no idea what to do with my free time that doesn't involve internet. I don't have many friends so I'm not even sure how the process work. Is it sudden inspiration? How did you get started in your favorite hobby and why do you like it?
posted by Memo at 1:57 PM PST - 19 comments

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?
Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth at 1:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Chino or Ontario? Which is better? Or less bad?
One month work assignment, need a place to stay: Chino or Ontario, CA? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Dripping drainpipe
How to fix the noise from a dripping drainpipe? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:33 PM PST - 11 comments

The Limits of Flatness
Are there an infinite number of 2D shapes? [more inside]
posted by mwachs at 1:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me decided between Macbook Air + Hackintosh or one tricked-out MBP?
I am considering three different approaches to a new setup involving the new line of Apple laptops. I'm looking for the best compromise between portability, longevity, and performance. Help me decide please. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

When should I show up for a delayed flight?
I just got a text alert from the airline that my 8:40pm flight (it's 3:30pm now) has been delayed until 10:20pm. Should I go to the airport in time for the 8:40 departure, or can I get there an hour and a half later?
posted by bluefly at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Chicken thighs, you are so tasty, but I will regret this later!
Why does (dark) chicken meat sometimes (but not always) make me feel ill? Slightly TMI descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find a chart of U.S. workforce composition by sector over time?
Looking for a simple economic history chart to make a simple point. An hour on google images has failed me; can the hive mind help out? [more inside]
posted by sy at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

My cats want to know whyit's okay for ME to play with my poop when they're not allowed to
Calling all Metafilter poop technicians! I have a poop sample to prepare. It involves dissolving it in a preservative. The poop was pretty tough and fibrous and I can't get it all to dissolve. What would a poop technician do? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Keeping my chin up?
I’m going to be working with the (presumably unaware) friend of someone who sexually assaulted me in the past, and the perpetrator also has personal information on me that I’d rather not be made public. How should I interact with the friend personally and professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

I wish I could call it Fight Club.
What's a good name for a blog on (interpersonal, not politica) conflict resolution and relationships? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 11:43 AM PST - 30 comments

Best bike to bobber for a girl?
Best motorcycle to convert into bobber for small female? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 11:33 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me allow students to read each other's code anonymously.
Help me find a system I can use to post student programs such that other students can easily read through different programs and provide feedback. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Make Your Own Retreat
Help me plan a self-made relaxation / meditation retreat for one week in San Diego [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetofexistentialconfusion at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you choose which health plan to enroll in?
My partner's application for Family Health Plus (New York) was approved. Now he needs to choose a 'health plan' to enroll in. We have no idea how to choose one. Please help! [more inside]
posted by 3T at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Having F3arful difficulty finding this jacket
Help me find a jacket as exactly like this as possible, of any material, as cheap as possible. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Let Her Know Just How Much Thought I've Put Into Breaking Up?
When breaking up with a live-in girlfriend, should I let show just how much forethought I've put into it? [more inside]
posted by Theophilus at 10:26 AM PST - 17 comments

I would love some App ideas for a new Nexus 7 tablet.
I would love some App ideas for a new Nexus 7 tablet. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 10:09 AM PST - 25 comments

How to make the most of too much insurance?
My wife and I each have medical insurance through work under different providers that covers the other. What is the best way to take advantage of a ridiculous ammount of insurance until I can cancel mine in January? [more inside]
posted by fredericsunday at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Do what makes you ___
"Do what makes you happy" - awful career advice? [more inside]
posted by naju at 9:11 AM PST - 29 comments

More Money, More Problems
21 year old with what seems like a spending addiction and terrible financial habits. Please help me figure out how to spend my money properly. I don't want to live like this anymore, struggling from paycheck to paycheck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 32 comments

Because I need to keep a very close eye on my cats, they are just that shady.
Recommend a Decent Home Security System with the following features: [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Scooter articles
Looking for music journalism discussing German dance group Scooter. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I cannot function with a data plan, apparently.
The new contract-free iPhone plans from Cricket and Virgin - do you have to buy the phone from them as well, or can anybody with an unlocked iPhone get a month of service without a contract? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Have i commited welfare fraud?
Three-parter: Can the Canada Revenue Agency review information from a closed bank account? If so, would they search for this information while assessing someone's eligibility for social assistance? If so, have I done something I'll get in trouble for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

If I tried really hard to get healthy, how successful will I be?
Let's say I'm a 5'5", 230lb female. Let's say tomorrow, I start eating very healthy and working out 4-5 times a week. How much can I expect to lose and what physical changes can I expect to see by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 55 comments

Freelance writer website examples
Looking to create a website to advertise my girlfriend's freelance writing skills- she would like to do some freelance writing on the side and has done it in the past but would like to take it up a notch. She has a journalism background. I have a wordpress template, some headshots, portfolio samples, etc to use so that is not the gist of my question. I was wondering if there are other examples that you have seen of writers self promotion pages that struck you as good examples that we can get ideas from. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 7:51 AM PST - 1 comments

Planning a Ramble Around South-East Asia
Having completed my research in Malaysia early, I find myself with two weeks to travel in South-East Asia. Where should I go? I have many options and not enough time to plan. Please guide me! [more inside]
posted by reren at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Just Say Noga
What are some alternatives to yoga for flexibility and strength? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Choosing between sectional couches
Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 7:23 AM PST - 18 comments

AT&T iPhone in Asia. How?
I have an AT&T iphone that I'd like to use on an upcoming trip to Asia. What do I need to do? Is it as simple as a jailbreak and a new SIM card?
posted by New Old User at 6:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Sending money directly from A to B?
Best way to make monthly payments between two people in the US that requires no manual effort each month, and has minimal fees? They both have checking accounts.
posted by smackfu at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

An app to demonstrate econ policies' efficacy? (helping to show extern)
Conservatives in the U.S. seem to inherently assesses economic policies based on the personal ethics (as in, self-reliance) involved, not on overall benefit or harm to the society. Is there a (simple, credible) online app that lets you easily try different policies (including "each must pay his own way" personal-ethics ones) & compare the outcomes? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes at 6:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Would you kindly explain these plot points to me?
I just finished playing Bioshock for a second time, and I have some questions about the story. Massive spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Soften the softphone blow
How can I make the move to softphones work best for my team? [more inside]
posted by rosa at 6:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Internet Ettiquette Question
How do I react if I committed an internet faux pas, and how can I tell if I even did it in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 5:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me fix a problem I am having in Wordpress?
Having issues with a Wordpress.com template and the location of the Search function. [more inside]
posted by ozgirlabroad at 3:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for insights on the business of photography.
UI designer wanting to turn into UI designer/photographer is looking for insights on the business of photography. [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 3:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Crab costume
A girl I'd like to impress (the barista at my local coffee shop) has invited me to her party, a "crab costume party". Any ideas for costumes? She's from New Zealand, in case that helps. Something kooky that doesn't require me to dress up like a crab would be appreciated...I don't look good in tights.
posted by omnigut at 2:35 AM PST - 49 comments

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?
Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 2:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Good strategy games for the XBox?
I've just been lent an XBox 360 discovered that I'm utterly, embarrassingly dreadful at First (or Third) Person Shooters. What I have enjoyed beyond all expectations though is Petroglyph's splendid Panzer General: Allied Assault (I'm a big time tabletop and card gamer and own the physical game too). So, lovely hivemind, can you suggest any excellent card/war/strategy games for an XBox I might enjoy just as much? Thanks!
posted by timpollard at 12:59 AM PST - 9 comments

July 18
Is this recruiter being unethical?
Is this unethical behaviour by the recruiter and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by glache at 11:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV?
Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV? [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 11:14 PM PST - 50 comments

Give my brain something to obsessively consume for the next few weeks.
Hey! Do you like quasi folk music? Me too! Recommend me some great bands! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 10:04 PM PST - 56 comments

Rabid worrying?
Dog bite. Am I in danger? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 9:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Miserable, meowing newly-indoor cats
I know this has been asked in one form or another, but I need to ask again: how can I help my cats transition from indoor/outdoor life to indoor only? [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 9:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a linguistic term for this?
Is there a term for, or linguistic function fulfilled by, the phrases "no yeah" and/or "yeah no" when used for the purpose of agreeing?
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Teach a singer new tricks on the guitar
Guitar-playing filter: Absolute beginner here, having just picked up my first acoustic guitar. Between choir and piano lessons, the music theory isn't an issue, but I do have a couple of questions I hope you MeFi's can answer. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Damn it Arianna this is annoying!
When did Huffington Post started auto-playing it's embedded videos and how do I make it stop?
posted by Bonzai at 8:51 PM PST - 6 comments

What happened to the servants?
By the second half of the 20th century, Britain's servant class had all but disappeared. How was this phenomenon covered in contemporary news, commentary and literature? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 8:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Need help finding a specific lapel pin
I lost the very cool little lapel pin that came with my blazer made by Scotch and Soda. Where can I find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by unmodern at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Eczema on my new tattoo! Help!
Over the last six months, I've had a case of eczema on the backs of my hands. Sometimes it's bad; sometimes it's not. Right now, it's totally raging -- worst it's ever been. The rash never spread anywhere else -- until I got this new tattoo... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Recommending good non-profits?
My cousin is moving to Chicago. He is working in the social service field, as a Manager and will be looking for jobs when he gets out there. Anyone know of non-profits they would recommend as good places to work or look into? He has experience in mental health, youth and homelessness but is open to broadening his focus. Thanks!
posted by Equiprimordial at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Gleep Reject
How can I watch Glee Project online? Oxygen on cable is not an option, nor is satellite TV. My daughter would very much appreciate you clueing in her dad. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Dog leash hooks
I have a dog leash with a snap hook (it appears to be called) on one end and something else on the other end. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

What is causing the level of fluid in my hummingbird feeder to go up and down?
The amount of hummingbird food in my feeder is going up and down on its own. What's going on? Is it possible that it's acting as a thermometer or a barometer? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 6:19 PM PST - 30 comments

Should we demolish our house to increase the property value?
Should we demolish our house to increase the property value? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi at 6:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Are we unqualified?
Apartment-hunting: are we doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 5:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Legitimate political theory or a case of "some animals are more equal than others?"
Is there a form of socialism that agrees with me or have I simply been brainwashed into accepting capitalist structures as natural? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 5:16 PM PST - 31 comments

I don't even need the WHOLE groove back. Just a bit is fine.
Somehow I came out on the other end of almost 10 years of monogamous relationships with less sexual confidence than I started with. I'm starting to catch myself thinking that sex just doesn't seem worth the anxiety it produces. Help? [more inside]
posted by My Famous Mistake at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

My Klean Kanteen tastes like I'm carrying spare change in my mouth. Fixes?
Last week I bought a 16oz Klean Kanteen Insulated (double-walled, hot/cold) container to replace a favorite Thermos (also stainless) that is no longer made. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you identify this beautiful-looking hummbird-shrimp-moth hybrid?
What sort of species is this interesting little guy? Pics and observed characteristics noted, inside. [more inside]
posted by pedmands at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Waking up from emotional slumber
For most of my life I've been a bit of a cold self-interest-maximizing unfeeling robot. Lately I am feeling things and it's amazing. But it's hard to manage this and make sense of it. Has anyone been there? [more inside]
posted by anybodys at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

What bank should I open an account with?
I need a bank account for some work-related stuff. I need a debit card for it, like yesterday. What nationally available banks can I open a checking account with that will give me a (temporary, at least) debit card immediately? Bonus if they have a lower than $20 minimum balance. I'll be arriving in Wharton, NJ tomorrow to open this, so bigger bonus if there's a branch there.
posted by piedmont at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Ableton Live and Synced Video for Concert
The band uses Ableton Live for backing tracks (drummer uses a click track - metronome). From the arrangement view (Live's VSTs are used also) is there a way to place video in a track and have it stream from a Macbook while the audio streams to a soundcard? If not, what is the easiest way to play videos in sync with the backing tracks? [more inside]
posted by M83 at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Need games for a picnic for all ages
What are some good games to play at a picnic for a large group of people with a large age-range? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 3:50 PM PST - 9 comments

3rd row car seat options?
3rd row seating/car seats in a mid-sized SUV/Wagon? [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 3:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Web development learning
Any good recommendations for an online learning program that covers all of web development? HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL. Having to pay for it is fine. Something like this.
posted by NoMich at 3:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to sell CDs in NYC?
Where can I sell a couple hundred CDs in New York City? (Assuming that it's even worth selling them nowadays....) [more inside]
posted by josh at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Proper etiquette for an unsolicted merit raise
What is proper "thank you" etiquette when given an unsolicited raise based on merit? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 2:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Need good ideas for a Group Reading
Looking for ideas of Books that would be relatively fast reads and entertaining for group readings. I got the opportunity to participate in a reading of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this past weekend in Aspen in celebration of the Good Doctor's 75th. It was a blast and would love to recreate that without doing the same book, but that book is perfect. A friend recommended my favorite book Confederacy of Dunces, but I think that book works because of the Character of Ignatius which may be hard to pull off in an aloud reading. But anyways, any ideas?
posted by kenaldo at 2:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Need Memphis school advice
Located in the Memphis, TN area my spouse and I are struggling with finding the right school structure for our young son, who will be starting 1st grade in a few years. We both want him to be in an environment that teaches children HOW to learn and HOW to find the answers, not just repetition and memorization but critical thinking at a place that doesn't require a declaration of our religious beliefs. [more inside]
posted by flesti at 2:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I recognize people?
I have a lot of trouble recognizing faces. (to quantify I scored 20% on this famous faces quiz. What can I do to train myself to get better?
posted by grudgebgon at 2:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Is There a Workflow or Permissions System for Youtube?
Need a solution that will let multiple people post to a single YouTube account, but only after a review process. [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

GoodView?
I am looking for a Goodreads-like site for movie tracking. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Need help regarding older guy and my daughter's online 'relationship'
My daughter's infatuated with her online friend who turns out to probably be MUCH older than she. Looking for guidance on handling this situation. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 2:02 PM PST - 50 comments

Do you pay estimated taxes as a freelancer?
Do you pay estimated taxes as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 1:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Guy at bike shop, who appears to be a reputable bike fitter, tells me he can make a bike I like less fit like a bike I like more. Is he right or just trying to move last year's product?
Truth or hyperbole: Guy at bike shop, who appears to be a reputable bike fitter, tells me he can make a bike I like less fit like a bike I like more. Is he right or just trying to move last year's product? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Meta-question about abstraction
Philosophy / education: how can I search for topics related to the ability to generalize and manipulate abstractions? [more inside]
posted by knz at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for psychology term, perhaps from Herman's Trauma and Recovery
Do you know the name of the mental disorder or syndrome or complex in child abuse survivors where they can be reported as being "geniuses at doing the absolute minimum necessary to survive"? As best as I can recall this phrase comes from Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman but none of those words seems salient enough to pull what I want with a search engine. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 1:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Need to sell some redundant photog gear in order to gain needed gear.
Photography Filter: Help me prioritize unused gear before selling it. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Harmonium Music Suggestions
Harmonium music? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets at 1:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Jocks, Nerds and Rebels (tm)
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw at 1:07 PM PST - 89 comments

We appreciate you enough to give you a discount!
Work Filter: My boss and I want to find a way to let our clients know we have provided to them a discount on our account covering letter to them without sounding like "a douche bag" or slimy. What wording do you use on your letters to convey this? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Help identifying 'big sky' paintings
Ten or twelve years ago I saw a series of paintings I really liked at the Denver Art Museum. The paintings featured idyllic farm-like scenery under bright blue skies with white clouds. Distinctly the sky made up 80% of the image, so the ground and barns, etc. appeared to be quite small and the sky seemed huge. There were at least 3-5 of paintings in this series, and the canvases were very large. Can anyone identify the paintings or artist?
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

She's so cute! Help me not break her!
Help this new kitten mama and bonus naming. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:38 AM PST - 39 comments

Decent (yet affordable!) places/area to move to in the West New York area? (Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken)
Decent (yet affordable!) places/area to move to in the West New York area? (Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken) [more inside]
posted by rogoke at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Bullets fired into the air
In a video of Syrian street celebrations over the recent assassination, a gentleman is firing a machine gun into the air. Are bullets fired into the air a danger to others? It seems obvious it would be, but I don't know the physics involved, or likelihood of a bullet hitting a person.
posted by stbalbach at 11:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Oh, the flood of new music. How to find the good stuff?
What's the best way to keep up with new alt/indie music that's being released? How do you discover the good stuff? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 11:13 AM PST - 33 comments

Are there any other websites that offer free legal movies other than Hulu?
Are there any other websites that offer free legal movies other than Hulu? [more inside]
posted by sybarite09 at 11:06 AM PST - 16 comments

I need to cook up big batches of yarn.
My turkey roaster used for yarn dyeing ... died. Help me find a replacement: a kitchen appliance with a very large, preferably shallow, stainless steel cookwell. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 11:02 AM PST - 13 comments

pregnant Segway-ing... really forbidden?
can I *really* not ride a Segway while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Will my unpaid gym membership prevent me from visiting Taiwan?
Will I encounter trouble entering or exiting Taiwan based on my unpaid gym membership there? Also, will this affect my US credit in any way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

this is my shot at an emmy. Don't fuck it up.
What is gonna be my best mac based workflow for editing this documentary I'm working on? details inside [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Where's the best nature in upstate New York and Ontario?
Where should we go for a nature-filled long weekend within 4 hours of Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Itunes screensaver with a folder of images?
You know the iTunes album art screensaver? How can I make the same thing with a folder full of images? Replacing the album artwork with the desired images doesn't seem to work (OS X Lion). [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Budgets for Web Businesses
Business plan filter: Help me create a budget for my website business. [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Ze batteries, zey do nussing!
Why are my UPSs not pulling power from the generator? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Oil tank leak in crawl space. Where do we go from here?
A month from selling our house, and we found out we have an oil tank leak we need to clean up before we leave. Costs could be up to $10,000. Anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 10:14 AM PST - 21 comments

How healthy is my seemingly healthy soup diet?
Just how healthy is my Chunky Campell's Vegetable soup? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 9:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Help a graduate student get insurance!
Starting in one month, I'll be an unemployed NYS graduate student living completely off of loans. Am I eligible for family health plus/medicaid? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Day 49: Pasta. Day 50: Pasta. Day 51: Pasta.
What are some interesting, edible, non-perishable "theme packs" to spice up food choices when located in a remote area with limited access to fresh ingredients? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 9:06 AM PST - 19 comments

I Needs Me a Unicorn Bar (or three)
Tell me about your DC Unicorn Bar. Or finding the Unicorns in a city in general. [more inside]
posted by emilynoa at 8:46 AM PST - 27 comments

What is my dog?
Can you please suggest what my mixed breed dog might be a mix of? Bonus points if you don't say "German Shepherd". [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 8:39 AM PST - 46 comments

Job Hunting, It Defeats Me
I really need to find a better job, but I don't know where to start. How do I even figure out what job to look for? It's pretty clear that there is no promotion path for me whatsoever in my current job, and there are rumblings that my entire department is about to get transferred to someplace where I don't want to be. The only reasons I'm still here are inertia, fear of the terrible job market, and the fact that self-promotion makes me queasy. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I explain an 18-month career change I don't think I want to make after all?
I changed careers but the company and position haven't worked out and I don't think I've progressed enough to really progress in the field. How do I switch back, and should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Music to go with reading Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"?
Recommend me some music to go along with reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children? While reading the book, it's occurred to me that I like and am interested in Indian music, but don't really have any, and don't really know any artists to look for other than Ravi Shankar. I think I'm mostly looking for the more classical Indian styles, as opposed to the pop/Bollywood stuff, but some of both would be nice maybe. Can anyone suggest other performers or albums? Bonus if they're easily available through Amazon or iTunes.
posted by dnash at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

College; now what?
Post-college, pre-graduate school: I recently finished my undergrad program, and have found myself at a stand still. Any good organizations to help move my future along? [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

US bank account for non-present, non-US citizen?
Is it possible for a non-US citizen who does not currently reside in the US to open a US bank account? If so, please help since I keep hitting dead ends... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Coming out to traditional Chinese dad?
Coming out dilemma: how do you tell your traditional Chinese dad (ESL) that you're gay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend lawyer in Rochester NY for non-profit organization?
Can anyone recommend a lawyer in Rochester NY who can set-up a not-for-profit corporation for the "maker space" / community workshop we're starting? We'd like to find someone who's affordable, trustworthy and personable. And we'd like to get some personal recommendations instead of just a list of names from the bar association.
posted by 14580 at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Not just digital paper.
iPad print media: What books and magazines make use of the iPad's technology to make them more than just zoom in/out digital reproductions of the print version? [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

How much should I charge to speak at an event?
I've been asked to speak at an event in a major American city in front of one or two hundred people. How much should I ask for my speaker's fee? Is this an accurate guide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Dysfunctional, negative office is emotionally draining
I am in a negative, dysfunctional office environment with very little supervisory support for all parties involved. I have been seeking other employment but that's besides the point of this post, I would like any advice on my immediate options in this situation and how to make it any more tolerable? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

It's MBA draft season!
What does "MBA talent" mean to you? Do I have such talent? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 6:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Name that show - hand-nailed-to-a-tree edition
What was this show - late night UK channel 4 community-service soap opera. [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 5:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Your favourite band might not suck as much as some people think.
For me Miles Davis Bitch's Brew is the epitome of good driving fusion /jazz / rock. Help me push the envelope. I remember some Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Weather Report, John McLaughlin. I need more of this good music in my life.
posted by adamvasco at 4:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Drawing a blank on a notebook...
I'm looking for a notebook that has about 100 pages, blank (not ruled or graph), smooth and reasonably thick paper, spiral-bound, about 5"x7". I usually like Japanese style notebooks, but doesn't have to be. I looked on JetPens.com but didn't find one that met all these criteria. Do you know of another source?
posted by lirael2008 at 2:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I know which career is right for me?
No focus, no idea about future career. What do you guys do and did you always want to do it? [more inside]
posted by Colibri at 2:26 AM PST - 22 comments

All this over a ham sandwich?
Please help me figure out what I should have done differently in this argument with my boyfriend. It gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 2:25 AM PST - 74 comments

Neighbor attacked boyfriend; what should I do?
Neighbor attacked her boyfriend with knife. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce at 1:41 AM PST - 37 comments

How to choose between waiting and moving on?
At the moment, I find myself waiting for a friend to grow healthier (both emotionally and physically) on the off-chance that this growth will allow our friendship to turn romantic further on. Should I simply resign myself to friendship alone (do my level best to date other people, cement myself in her friend zone), or is there some long-term logic to what feels, right now, like madness? [more inside]
posted by trainsurfing at 1:18 AM PST - 25 comments

How to get better at staying in touch with people?
How do I get better at initiating and maintaining contact with friends, romantic partners, and potential friends? If you are a socially anxious, super-busy person, what helps motivate you to stay in touch on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic at 12:45 AM PST - 14 comments

July 17
Prospective father-in-law rejected marriage proposal request. What now?
I asked my girlfriend's father for permission to marry her and got shot down. What now? [more inside]
posted by daeken at 11:40 PM PST - 89 comments

What can I do for a homeless stranger?
What can I do, if anything, for a homeless stranger who hasn't asked for help? [more inside]
posted by strangepapernote at 11:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I delete all my iOS apps from my computer?
Now I've signed up to iTunes Match, the only thing my iPhone and iPad sync with iTunes for is apps. Is there any point in me continuing to do this? Or can this be turned off and the apps deleted? What are the downsides if I do this? [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden at 11:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Did I really hear this weird bit of surreal poetry by (I think) Peter Gabriel on the radio years ago?
When I was about 15 (circa 1994), I remember listening to some sort of radio program (on NPR or similar) wherein they played an extremely bizarre bit of surreal spoken-word verse by a very young Peter Gabriel. Or at least I *think* it was Peter Gabriel. In any case, I would love to hear it again and actually learn what album/collection it came from. Presuming I didn't imagine this weird thing involving a train and a golden rod... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 11:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Healing a burn - what's best?
How effective is laser treatment for burns? When should it be done? [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 11:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Here fishy, fishy, fishy
Please help me find the perfect Aquarium stand...or, really, just one that is functional and not hideous. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 10:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning how to swim! As an adult.
I am 28 years old and never learned how to swim. I'm about to learn. Advice? Tips? Is it too late for me? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 10:04 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I find a job in IT/Web with lots of experience before I graduate in may?
I am graduating next May (2013) with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Computing Technology from Colorado State University. I have 3 years IT & Network Support experience and just about 2.5 years web development experience through Student positions. I've done the whole freelance thing for the last 5 years as a Wordpress theme guy. How do I approach getting a full time job after college? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 10:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Help us write our co-op application letter
We are applying to co-op housing: Please help us write an appropriate (and awesome!) cover letter for our application! [more inside]
posted by tamarack at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

What am I doing wrong?
I've just launched a Indiegogo campaign, but after six days, nobody has shown interest. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:14 PM PST - 12 comments

I breathe you in and keep you forever
There was an article/NPR story from a couple years ago that described findings that we incorporate ALL things we take in into our bodies. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

what new career can an ex artist get?
I followed my dream- now I want insurance. For the first time in my life I could work anywhere. I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?
My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind at 6:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Volunteer criminal background check deal breakers
Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 6:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Am I afraid or just not that into him?
Is this a sign that it's not a good match or am I just afraid of intimacy after my last relationship? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 6:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago
Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 6:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Healthy vegan gifts for the road
I need ideas for reasonably healthy, vegan snacks for the road that I can give as a gift. [more inside]
posted by Mila at 4:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Yemeni restaurant in L.A.?
Is there a good Yemeni restaurant in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 4:44 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some stories camp kids can tell on a podcast?
What would be some good radio monologues to have kids read for a sleep-away camp podcasting group? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Does this thing ever turn off? Help me get a better attitude about sleeping
I need more sleep and I have the means. But I don't seem to want to, you know, actually sleep. What gives? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 3:45 PM PST - 38 comments

Simple, secure, interoperable communications anywhere - what would it take to add the "secure" part?
Let's say everyone in the world suddenly decided they would like secured email - as in, email that's encrypted from sender to recipient. What would be the current barriers to making that happen? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 3:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Can these over-ripe cucumbers be saved?
Can I do anything with these extremely over-ripe cucumbers? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Grounded Snowbirds need help
Snowbird can't fly south this year, help me make it through a Canadian winter, my first. Tell me all you think I need to know about keeping warm and sane. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 2:51 PM PST - 39 comments

What the Font Failed. Will you?
Any idea's on what the font used for the image/site is? Image Site
posted by dyno04 at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Mac friendly computer software to draw math pictures.
Anyone know of a Mac friendly computer program that makes it easy to draw geometric figures? Preferably free, but I'm willing to pay if its not too much and if its worth it. [more inside]
posted by junipero at 2:46 PM PST - 20 comments

What do I need to ask about skin cancer surgery?
Mohs surgery, end of next month. What should I be asking the surgeon in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

I guess I'm growing older!
Looking for an electric start gas powered lawn mower. Because of some recent back problems, I would like to avoid yanking on the rope of a recoil start lawn mower. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I love my husband, but I miss what we used to do, so what do I do to help him see?
Married, LIttle with a capital L. How can I get my husband to see what I'm lacking and how it hurts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me make an informed decision on using Propecia.
After much research on side effects and talking with my doctor, I am close to trying Propecia for my male-pattern hair loss. However, I still have some reservations. Help me make an informed decision. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 1:42 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best Albany Airport / Saratoga Springs transit option?
Transit options from/to Albany Airport to/from Saratoga Springs? [more inside]
posted by sarah_pdx at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Lung Cancer - What now?
80 years old, lost 40 pounds since May, no appetite, weakening, diagnosed with lung cancer today. What can we expect now? [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 12:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Shoot-em-up
Looking for a name of a novel, but can only remember one scene, where a guy is recruited for some sort of mission in a video arcade. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find an RPG that my partner and I can play co-op by tonight!
Help me find a PC-based RPG that my partner and I can play co-op by tonight! [more inside]
posted by hought20 at 12:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the deal with this mystery FBI "packet?"
Weirdness with background check - FBI involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I flirt with guys I meet from OKCupid?
How do I flirt with people I meet from OKCupid? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness at 12:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I get Chinese internet access?
How do I get a Chinese IP address for my Mac? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 12:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How to recruit for a scientific study?
Calling all scientists! Conducting a research study...how best to recruit my target population? [more inside]
posted by amyshmamy at 12:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a Mac OS compatible 3G AT&T USB dongle
I'm looking for 1) an AT&T 3G USB modem(?) that is compatible with Mac OS and 2) an accompanying short-term data plan arrangement. [more inside]
posted by circular at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Louis habla Espanol?
The comedian Louis C.K. is Mexican, having grown up in Mexico with Spanish as his first language. His family is still in Mexico too. Can anyone help me find audio/video of Louis actually speaking Spanish?
posted by vacapinta at 12:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?
Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Making the Most of Free Time
I've got an utterly free week coming up in DC. What should I do with my time? [more inside]
posted by troika at 11:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Midlife relationship question
I recently met online a former high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. We've seen each other briefly at reunions, but now we are both single and he is over the moon with me before we've even had a chance to meet in person again, which will happen tomorrow. I am confused and overwhelmed by his interest in me, how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by waving at 10:48 AM PST - 15 comments

To Sue or Not to Sue?
We've been living in a house in Oregon that has been converted from a four bedroom to a two bedroom plus pottery studio. We've recently had some major issues with the landlords regarding a plumbing issue (see previous question). Well, the landlords wanted us to pay half of the plumbing bill. I said "Hell No" then they asked us to move. They have found new tenants and I don't want the owners to get away with the shit they pulled on us. [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute at 10:47 AM PST - 26 comments

anti-Tennessee music
Looking for songs that talk about or portray Tennessee the state (preferably), or it's cities in a not kind light. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Caregiving at a Distance
How can I get information about my mom's medical condition when I live in another state? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

How to Sext better?
Help me "sext" better. [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox at 10:14 AM PST - 24 comments

I want a jerb! Or at least an interview
What method of job-seeking is most likely to yield the highest rate-of-return for landing a job or at least getting interviews? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 9:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Cardiology for Dummies
Asking for a friend: I'm a student nurse, what resources are available to help me gain a better understanding of cardiology? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Two men- what to do?
Help me choose between the men in my life. [more inside]
posted by commitment at 9:43 AM PST - 43 comments

Safe St. Louis parking lots?
Where should I park a 17' U-Haul near the St. Louis airport? [more inside]
posted by denriguez at 9:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac?
Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 9:29 AM PST - 18 comments

EDM for DAD
Please school this 50 year-old in what to expect at the Skrillex concert I am taking my 13 year-old daughter and her friends to. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 9:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Do we need a CMS for our business website?
My small business is redoing its website. We are hiring people, and the main difference is: no CMS or two choices of open-source CMS. Do we want to go with the (more expensive) CMS option? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I filter out e-mails with an empty To: fields in Gmail?
How do I filter out e-mails with an empty To: fields in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by mxmm at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

All citizens have a right to know the workings of their courts.
According to this story in the Guardian, a BBC documentary about the London riots has been banned by a judge in England. However, the judgement also forbids revealing the judge's name, place or sitting, or more importantly, reasons for the banning. Can you help me find a leak of the judgement or any additional information, as I would like to know why it has been banned.
posted by Jehan at 9:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Doomed to inactivity??
EU artist's work visa in the US, newest possible edition [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Shall I visit my kind-of-ex or not?
Travelling to a country where someone that I was involved with fairly recently and parted on amicable terms lives. Shall I visit him - and risk either rekindling a relationship that doesn't really have a future, or becoming even more heartbroken? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Creationism Museum Vaccination
Prebuttal materials for smart tweens/teens going to the Answers in Genesis museum? [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a new pair of jeans.
My well-loved Penney's straight jeans have finally bit the dust and I need to invest in some new everyday straight-ish jeans. My previous pair weren't perfect, but they fit well, were medium rise, and were not overly skinny, distressed or embellished. I could wear them in lots of situations. I am on the slender/average side, though curvy, so I don't like jeans that are form fitting, rather ones that can skim rather than hug. I am pretty flexible with wash.
posted by nanook at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Functional alcoholism and family life.
Functional alcoholism and family life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 37 comments

Please help us plot out our late October mini-cation
Where should we go in the Pacific Northwest near the end of October? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

GSM, SIM, iPhones in Iceland for US folk: Talk down to me
Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me help my parents to stop texting me about this.
My parents were eating in a Cracker Barrel last night and saw this thing hanging on the wall. What the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:51 AM PST - 13 comments

"Crazy" people in film/lit whose craziness also serves as a vector of truth?
Treasured "crazy" people in film or literature who give crazy a good name? eg McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Others? Jesters, oracles, conspiracy theorists who happen to be right?
posted by Hobbacocka at 7:50 AM PST - 53 comments

Cognitive Behavior Therapy group in San Francisco - does it exist?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy group in San Francisco - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I take advantage of a physician mortgage?
NYC real estate filter - the wife and I are looking to buy a 2BR condo in Manhattan... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

How do surfers stay alive in big water?
I've always wanted to know: As a surfer, what happens after the giant humongous wave you're surfing crashes over you? How do you not drown? I'm mesmerized by amazing surf videos like this and this, but the camera obviously can't film what's happening inside the wave/under the water, and the edits never show how or where the surfer (and their board) come back up. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 7:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.
Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes. [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 7:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Can or should I go back to college?
I'm in my 30s. Can/should I go back to college? What about student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:13 AM PST - 25 comments

On rituals and algorithms
What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for South African novel
South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B at 6:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is my lawn sad?
Why does my lawn look like this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 6:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me find resources that explain the terms of "ownership" in patents on improved seeds and plant materials.
I have a question about patents in relationship to "improved" seeds and plant materials (my knowledge of IP law and plant breeding is pretty limited). I'm trying to understand more precisely the terms of ownership of these agreements. For example, I understand there are reach-through provisions that exclude materials from being used for purposes other than research. I also understand that many biotech firms are not interested in plant materials that contain technologies not already part of their IP portfolios. Please direct me to resources that will help me understand the terms of ownership -- how "property," in this case is information, is made explicit with these agreements.
posted by grubstake at 6:07 AM PST - 1 comments

Ayudame, hablo espanol como un mono!
What would be the best way for someone to develop / re-learn Spanish in four months or so of part-time study? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 6:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Resources to learn about astronomy, please!
Please recommend resources (books, websites, iPhone apps, etc.) for learning about astronomy: constellations, stars, dark energy, dark matter, black holes, space exploration, and the solar system. [more inside]
posted by hypotheticole at 5:03 AM PST - 11 comments

To our viewers at home: Who are you?
Where can I find accurate statistics regarding how many viewers/readers media organizations have? [more inside]
posted by eytanb at 4:38 AM PST - 5 comments

The Economics of Post-Graduate Degrees These days...
London UK 2nd career: Should I do a Masters in Economics? Or is self-study with a good reading list a viable alternative? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 3:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me remember this web-based shooter game
I’m trying to remember a recent browser-based Flash game. It was a vertical scroller, overhead space-themed shooter, something I saw online within the past 6-12 months. You had a ship and you’d pick up weapons. Your bullets were meagre at first, and then numerous as you upgraded your weapons. The screen would fill up with bad guys, bullets everywhere, general mayhem that you could only survive with a constant inflow of invincibility powerups. What was this game?
posted by migurski at 12:31 AM PST - 9 comments

July 16
How do I deal with a clingy friend?
How do I deal with a clingy friend? [more inside]
posted by audio at 11:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Must-see cities in England?
Going to London, England for a bit and would like to see another city or two while I'm there. What other cities in England are must-sees? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 11:33 PM PST - 47 comments

Caffeine/alcohol cleanse.
Does a short break from alcohol/caffeine/whatever accomplish anything? [more inside]
posted by Precision at 11:08 PM PST - 20 comments

The Invisible, Omnipresent Digital Backpack
I want to digitize everything, and I mean everything: DVDs, CDs, books, food… okay, not food, just the media. What should I keep in mind? How can I make this easy? [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 10:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Identify this musical instrument?
Just what is this flat, neckless 4-stringed musical instument? [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Emergency or not?
My dog's mouth is bleeding; there's a lump by her gums. It's 10pm here. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 10:08 PM PST - 14 comments

What was this short 1984 parody film?
What was the short film on the SciFi series Exposure about a man who told his boring work gossip to the screen of big brother in a 1984 scenario?
posted by vash at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Help with rapidly deteriorating photo of recently deceased grandpa?
Can someone tell me how to go about saving/restoring this beloved photo of my grandfather? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

GLONASS Satellite Stats on iOS Devices
Is there an iOS app that shows the received signal strengths of GLONASS satellites? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

I'll eat you out of that pineapple under the sea.
What are some great seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast not terribly far from Portland? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 8:16 PM PST - 15 comments

What is that white stuff inside my Ziploc Brand Container?
What is that white stuff inside my Ziploc Brand Container? [more inside]
posted by eisenl at 8:09 PM PST - 9 comments

How does one overcome a low undergrad GPA in a grad school application?
Your undergraduate GPA was not stellar, you spent some time away from school, then you got into the graduate program you wanted. HOW DID YOU DO IT? Special bonus if it was NYU Food Studies. [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Just please not Avon Barksdale.
NameMyDogForTheMillionthTimeFilter: On Saturday I'll be bringing this guy home from the shelter. He's incredibly shy and distrusting of humans. What shall I call him? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 8:03 PM PST - 81 comments

Please help me with my first salary negotiation.
I am preparing to negotiate my salary for the first time. What strategy should I take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Two VGA only monitors & one VGA only PC - Dual screen needed. Please suggest.
I have a PC - CPU tower with one VGA port, a DVI port and few USB ports. And I cannot open this to add any cards, corp policy. And two monitors with just VGA ports. Is it possible to setup a dual monitor? - one extending to another not a splitter with mirror image in two monitors Please help.
posted by daveg02 at 7:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Foreclosed family in crisis.
Resources for foreclosed family to find new place to live in Minneapolis? (Also questions on how to deal with a family crisis in general.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Multiple Wives?
How does US law handle foreign nationals (e.g. Saudis) who have legally married multiple wives? Could someone be prosecuted for bigamy? Could multiple wives get a green card? Would a foreign national be expected to divorce all but one wife should he become resident in the US?
posted by musofire at 6:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Who sounds like Fiona Apple, as heard in Anthropologie last week?
What vocalists sound like Fiona Apple? I'm trying to ID a song I heard recently in an Anthropologie store, and I don't have much to go on besides the voice. [more inside]
posted by xo at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Anything out there for a RPG fan that needs a fix?
Recommend me my next favorite RPG! [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 6:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Tell Me What I Want To Hear. (In the car on the way to work.)
Another Tell-Me-What-Music-To-Listen-To Question! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 6:00 PM PST - 22 comments

How do you move on in a healthy light from an abusive childhood?
No former teenage angst here; what do you do when your parents genuinely SUCK? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 at 5:29 PM PST - 20 comments

for the love of god, make VLC 2.0.2 work on my finicky mac minis
Help me make the finicky mac minis play well with VLC [more inside]
posted by bhance at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

I didn't think the infection was THAT bad.
Did my doctor just prescribe waaaay too much medicine? [more inside]
posted by lemoncello at 5:20 PM PST - 9 comments

There is probably an easy solution to this, but damned if I can find it.
I have a Macbook with OS X 10.5.8 and Firefox 13.0.1. The printing scale under File -> Page Setup in Firefox has randomly started defaulting to 60%. So every time I restart Firefox, I have to go in there and change it back to 100% before I print anything. I can't figure out how to change it back. Is this a Firefox thing, or a printer thing? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 5:14 PM PST - 3 comments

The knot is tying me in knots
Help me find a wedding planning website. Tried 'theknot.com' and I can't get past how disorganized & visually chaotic it is. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 5:06 PM PST - 11 comments

If I could control your thoughts you wouldn’t be this angry at me
My father in law is bipolar and self-medicating with alcohol. He is the sole carer for my house-bound mother in law. They live 5 hours’ drive away and they resist efforts to help them. How do I best cope with him? How do I practically help them both? Long and painful story below the cut. [more inside]
posted by little-egglplant at 4:54 PM PST - 9 comments

with my double barrel shotgun and a whole box of shells we'll celebrate the fourth of july
Please suggest songs (mostly but not exclusively blues and americana) for a soundtrack to a story about two very bad people on a cross-country Bonnie & Clyde-style crime spree. Ideally the lyrics would be at least a little bit relevant, but that's less important than the tone. The best example I have so far is Holly Golightly's Devil Do. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 4:52 PM PST - 44 comments

question about meeting people
I've been in Austin for a little over a month now. I've been trying to find things to and trying to meet people. I could use some advice, some tips, or really just some encouragement. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 4:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me cook delicious plant based, whole food meals, in China
Help me cook delicious plant based, whole food meals, in China [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 4:04 PM PST - 11 comments

How to find a leak in a sprinkler system
How can we find out if there's a leak in our sprinkler system? [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Can my landlord enforce a fee for overnight guests?
Can my landlord charge $5/day for overnight guests? This is an apartment, not a room in a boarding house. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 3:49 PM PST - 44 comments

How to safely un-quit drinking?
My partner and I have decided that we would like to learn to drink in moderation, and have already begun to see if it will work for us. But we're not trying to reduce our intake-- we've each abstained from alcohol for over five years and are starting from a place of not drinking at all. Basically, we're un-quitting drinking, and want some guidance. Is there some sort of support or literature that can help us make sure we're on the right track as we learn to have a healthy and casual relationship with alcohol? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM PST - 36 comments

Why aren't there rappers from the Bronx anymore?
Can anyone explain the relative paucity of New York rappers from the Bronx, particularly since the form was more or less born in that borough? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Compact, effective shade structure for Burning Man?
Asking for a friend: "How do I best go about buying/getting/building a shade structure for Burning Man? Specific requirements, as always, inside." [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

What headphones should I buy to run with?
What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 2:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What if Miss Manners had written a book on office relations?
I would like some recommendations for books on office etiquette, including things like dress, getting lunch with people, how introductions to superiors should be properly handled, dealing with my intern being sidetracked by someone else's request, etc. If it helps, I currently work in media, East Coast U.S. I work on the tech side, but I'm having to deal with this stuff a lot anyway, and it's all new to me coming out of mostly technical positions in the past.
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there any free support groups for depression/anxiety in the SF Bay Area?
Are there any free support groups for depression/anxiety in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a therapist in Brooklyn/Manhattan
Do you know a good talk therapist in Brooklyn or Manhattan, or can you help me find one? Would you recommend yours? I'm not sure why I'm finding it so difficult. [more inside]
posted by exgeographer at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a traffic lawyer in Minneapolis.
Recommendations for a good traffic lawyer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 PM PST - 1 comments

copin' with readin'
Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

And stop moving apartments all the time!
How can I best manage documents for a fleet of freelancers online? Particularly including signing W-9s and contracts digitally. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I fight this tow?
My girlfriend's car was towed from the street on a potentially bogus claim here in Chicago. How can we fight this? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:29 PM PST - 23 comments

How to break up tracks when ripping CDs?
CD Ripping - how to break tracks into smaller chunks? itunes or MediaMonkey. I recently got a copy of Stay Awake, a CD of new artists doing covers of old Disney songs, and I want to rip it to my computer. Several tracks are medleys - 3 or 4 songs running into each other as a single track. I know I can rip these individually, and then use a cutting program to make an individual copy of the songs, but is there an easier/automated way? [more inside]
posted by RevRob330 at 12:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for new novels - flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters
I'm looking for some new books and/or authors to read, probably fantasy/SF or historical, dramatic but not dark and preferably with female characters. [more inside]
posted by jb at 11:45 AM PST - 49 comments

Bag it
Looking for a gym bag. Can you recommend one? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 11:44 AM PST - 12 comments

I just want to get back to normal. This is hard.
My depression is getting out of hand. I’ve started therapy, and will probably soon be on meds. But I’m having trouble coping, during the in-between times. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How to find graphic design work in the Bay area?
My girlfriend and I live in the Bay area, and she's looking for graphic design work. She'd prefer a full-time job, but would be happy with contract work for now. She's new to the industry, and would like your advice on finding work. Any tips or resources would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Painful digestive condition, round 2
It's not parasites, IBD/Crohn's, or celiac - but the doctors have found no other explanation for this severe intestinal pain and chronic constipation than "IBS". Low HDL, metabolic syndrome. Gluten still seems to be a culprit - is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 11:24 AM PST - 43 comments

stories about working for yourself; achieving success.
stories about working for yourself; (fearing and achieving) success. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?
Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

The switch from Mac to Linux, 2012
After a couple of mind-changing conversations I'm ready to give Linux another shot. Old hands, please help me pick a laptop, a distro, and offer a little advice for some transition issues. A few details within. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by finnb at 10:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Indie darling wannabe
I want to find my personal style, but I don't want to be categorized as fashionable or trendy in any way. You might not be an independent film costume designer, but maybe you can help me find blogs or sites for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time at 10:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Lawyer now or lawyer later?
Virginia-tenant-filter: I moved out, they sent me a big bill with a short deadline. Dispute damages first, lawyer later? Or lawyer now for the dispute? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Can't Login??
I can not log in to this website from any computer in our house. Why? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What's it like to have two eyes? In other words, can someone give an explanation or offer a resource that could help me see (pardon the pun) what it's like to have stereoscopic vision?
What's it like to have two eyes? In other words, can someone give an explanation or offer a resource that could help me see (pardon the pun) what it's like to have stereoscopic vision? [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue at 10:27 AM PST - 29 comments

Who is pointing out many apparent gateways to demonic possession in my soul?
What is the origin of this (slightly NSFW) fascinating list of "doorways to demonic possession," including, along with classic "occult" practices, drug use, and popular films with supernatural themes, such interesting additions as postmodernism and cyberpunk culture? [more inside]
posted by DrMew at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

What sort of bike to get
Should I get an expensive new bike or a cheap used one? Any specific styles or models? Would the models the local bikes stores recommended be any good? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 10:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Choosing entrepreneurial teams
Choosing teams for an entrepreneurial team project to solve problems in the developing world. Help me! *snowflakes inside* [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 9:53 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get my feet to get along with my lumpy yard?
Why do my feet hurt after I mow the lawn and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by VTX at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Case Studies required of Software Business Failures?
I would be interested in hearing case studies for software business failures that have occurred due to one or both of the following factors: - Wholesale replacement of entire engineering staff (e.g. firing all staff in original location and replacing with staff in a new location). - Winding down product development on existing products with the expectation that it will be replaced by a new platform in the future (I'm thinking along the lines of Ashton Tate here and their DBase product). I would also be interested in hearing any examples of where either of these strategies has been put into effect, and it been a success, rather than a failure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I go to court for this?
UK tenancy filter: I'm in a shared house. Our contract is up at the end of the month. Against my advice, a few of my fellow tenants are refusing to pay their rent for the final month - claiming they need the money to afford to move. They claim that the landlord will be able to take the arrears from the security deposit and that we won't be taken to court over it... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments

I need job references. I've only worked for the family business and they won't be fair.
I am currently applying for a new job. The problem is I have worked for family since college for the past 9 years. I don't of course want to tip them off that I'm considering other work, and they are somewhat vindictive, so I don't want to ask them for a reference prior to leaving, nor would I expect to get a fair reference from them. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Make my husband overpaid and never around
What career background is necessary to be hired as a (non-entry-level) consultant with McKinsey or Boston Consulting Group? [more inside]
posted by brambory at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

They have a trailer but I can't have it
I need to move an apartment's worth of things from Seattle to Dallas, including a vehicle. A U-Haul 5'x8' trailer would be awesome but they don't rent to Ford Explorer drivers. I have a Ford Explorer. There don't appear to be any other trailer rental companies in the Seattle area. Are there any other options? Less than $500 would be great--the U-Haul trailer I can't have is $321--but I'm open to all ideas that are somewhere in the ballpark. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

They got a Husky/Akita. Now what?
Husky/Akita mix-breed. What are we in for? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:15 AM PST - 24 comments

Where should I get BBQ in KC?
I will be in Kansas City for a short time on August 1st for the Sporting Kansas City/Stoke city soccer match. I want to get some of the famous barbecue. I'm staying near the stadium but I will not have a car. However, I'm not against taking a cab where I need to go. What are your suggestions, please?
posted by josher71 at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Bats!
I have a (furry, adorable) bat clinging to the outside of my living room window and I am not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Splitting escrow upon divorce and house buy-out.
I bought my house from my wife. We got our escrow refund check in the mail. I think it's rightly mine. She disagrees. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Thanks but no thanks.
Need help on how to avoid eating someone's food. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 7:30 AM PST - 37 comments

WTF Google?
A purchased e-book has disappeared from my iPad. I would like to have it back, please. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Help develop a child's interest in football.
Inspirational (American) football movie or book for a 7 year-old boy? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

I breathe deeply and their muscles relax. Why?
Please explain the science behind this phenomenon. I want to know about the effect MY deep breathing has on the release of my clients' muscle tension. I have experienced and observed distinct differences between when I am deeply breathing, and when I default to shallow chest breathing. When I breathe deeply, their muscles release tension and relax, opening more and "melting" more to my work. It's quite remarkable. [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 6:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Good ISP for Brooklyn?
Can anyone recommend a good high-speed internet provider that'll provide to not-all-that-outer Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 6:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for stories about foreclosure and minorities
I am looking for stories, books, and anecdotes about banks, landlords, and judges bending the law to evict or foreclose on poor people and minorities, especially in the pre-civil-rights era, and especially on black land-owners. Within the U.S., no particular geographical restrictions. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 6:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Best practice for finding a designer?
I have a somewhat popular blog that I'm hoping to develop further, and I need to find some designers. I need a WordPress theme designer for the website as well as a cover designer and an interior designer for a book. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by futility closet at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I make VPN work over a Virgin Media broadband connection?
I'm in the UK with Virgin Media as my ISP. The combo modem/router they provide does not allow VPN to work (and I am not alone in my experience, according to the internet). Can anyone recommend a way around this? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 5:23 AM PST - 10 comments

A CV with no context?
I am looking at moving my career into a field where many of the skills and much of my experience will be useful, but the context entirely different. How does one frame a CV and other correspondence such that the fact that the skills and experience were acquired in a different industry is de-emphasised? [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 3:11 AM PST - 4 comments

He's my boy.
Considering moving out of the parental home again, after four years living here and bonding strongly with their cat. Cat was only a couple of months old when I moved in. He's now four. I'm feeling awful and guilty (quite apart from sad at the fact that I'm going to miss him too). How is he going to take my absence and can I make this easier? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 2:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Help us pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday.
Help my wife and I pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday. [more inside]
posted by Ergolad at 1:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Are we friends with benefits?
Are we friends with benefits? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 1:49 AM PST - 29 comments

My mom has died, I will be ok, is it ok to know that?
My mom has died, I will be ok, is it ok to know that? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl at 12:08 AM PST - 47 comments

July 15
Ring my bell
Where might I find a replacement (low-profile) doorbell transformer that is similar to this? It is about the size of a Matchbox or Hot Wheels toy car and has FRONT, REAR and TRANS connectors. The replacement transformer I bought looks like this, which is about the size of a tennis ball and has white, black and green wires, but no FRONT, REAR and TRANS connectors. Big chain hardware stores shrug their shoulders, lighting stores only carry the big TF I linked to, so where might someone go to find something like this, to fix an older doorbell? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Now what?
HoneymoonFilter: in a couple of weeks, we're flying into Olbia, Sardinia where a rental car is waiting for us and flying out of Ajaccio, Corsica ten days later. I haven't booked or planned anything in between. Any itinerary suggestions or tips on what we shouldn't miss? Thanks.
posted by halogen at 11:46 PM PST - 3 comments

My life is at a standstill
I didn't work hard for anything I have. But all the hard work I have done has ultimately been for nothing. What's the best way to maintain the will to take initiative, when, for most of my life, personal action hasn't mattered? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 10:32 PM PST - 27 comments

What is this sci-Fi book that disturbed me as a child?
What is this horrible book about chimps that scarred me as a child? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments

At least she knows she doesn't want to be a farmer...
How does someone used to constant mental work adjust to the drudgery of manual labor? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman at 9:43 PM PST - 28 comments

So, does everybody indeed want to be a cat?
Please help me find exciting jazz pieces that might entertain my (almost) 4 year old son! [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 9:18 PM PST - 42 comments

Rescue me! Stories of heroics & love
What are your favorite amazing stories? [more inside]
posted by Ys at 9:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find the perfect b-day gift
Where can I find this oversized gold tone chain link necklace 1, 2 (as seen on Covert Affairs last season)? My girlfriend really likes it! [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 8:40 PM PST - 7 comments

The ultimate vacation: starting at the ocean by myself
Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean? [more inside]
posted by pavane at 7:54 PM PST - 23 comments

Canceled 90s buddy cop show?
Help me remember this canceled buddy cop show from the 90s. [more inside]
posted by xedrik at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Enhancing us-Canada relations without a passport
Can I drive into Canada from buffalo with my Canadian citizenship card and drive back later into buffalo two days later with my US permanent resident card? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 6:32 PM PST - 10 comments

From External drive to TV, can it be down?
Is there any way to play media files on a tv if the files are stored on an external USB 2 drive, which is hooked up to an Airport Extreme Base Station? There's a Roku SD and iPhones involved in this party, if that helps.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Avocado oil
100% pure avocado oil [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 5:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Experiences working on wheels?
I want to operate a mobile office around town, picking up people and then parking somewhere for us to all work together. Keen to hear your experiences with and knowledge of this kind of arrangement. [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

The Best Tiger Woods Game
Is there a Tiger Woods video game that is considered the hallmark of the series for single player? Is there one that's considered a failure? Or is the newest one always the best one? I'm looking specifically for Xbox 360 or Wii.
posted by nadawi at 5:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it feasible to get from Edinburgh airport to Waverley Station in an hour and fifteen minutes?
Is it feasible to get from Edinburgh airport to Waverley Station in an hour and fifteen minutes? We're arriving on a flight from the Republic of Ireland. Perfectly happy to pay whatever is necessary. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 3:30 PM PST - 15 comments

What to read after P.G. Wodehouse?
Now that I've worked my way through P.G. Wodehouse (I think, some books have different titles so it is difficult to keep track), what should I read for laughs? I like to read books that are so funny that I laugh out loud. For years, that was P.G. Wodehouse (and Saki). I've now read those novels and stories too many times. I need to leave them for a few years. What should I read now?
posted by Area Man at 3:22 PM PST - 79 comments

Can I save these old manuals?
I found two old user manuals in an old sewing machine. Is it possible to open them up and preserve them? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find a list of legitimate overseas English teaching opportunities?
After decided not to go to law school this fall, I find myself somewhat at loose ends, and have decided to look into teaching overseas. Google searches have led me to a confusing plethora of programs, as well as to endless warnings of scams of all types. Is there some sort of centralized database of 'clean' programs, and if so, where might I find it? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

All the pretty colors
I just watched Daft Punk's Interstella 5555 again, and it got me wondering, if I love Interstella 5555, what other anime might I enjoy. Assume I know little about anime, and bonus points if I can watch it via Netflix streaming.
posted by 4ster at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How to Buy an Expiring Internet Domain
I want to buy an internet domain name that is expiring in 3 days. I though it would be a simple process, but looking into it, I was quickly overwhelmed. Here is the info on the current domain: Registrar: HOMESTEAD LIMITED DBA NAMEVAULT.COM / Whois Server: whois.namevault.com / Referral URL: http://www.namevault.com / Name Server: NS1.FASTPARK.NET / Name Server: NS2.FASTPARK.NET. Honestly, I don’t really understand this info but I think it may be important. can anyone offer me advice or point me to webpage with current info about this process? (A Google search turned up several posts but they’re all years old.) Thanks!
posted by laswingkid at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I be the best intern I can be?
I just started an internship at a casting agency. How can I be the best intern I can be? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

gay/straight objectification
Has anyone ever published an article or blog post about their experience as a straight man being objectified by a gay man, and the experience opening their eyes to how they themselves objectify women?
posted by ac at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Buying a used car by proxy
We need to buy a used car in Phoenix, Arizona. We know roughly what we want, but we don't have time to shop for it, and we're currently in another state anyway. Can we hire some kind of agent in the Phoenix area to car-shop for us? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Why am I always uncomfortable around people?
Why am I always uncomfortable around people? What the hell is wrong with me, mentally? *Warning* LONG LONG LONG READ, but probably interesting?* [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 25 comments

American studying German and Arabic in Berlin
What would it be like for an American to live in a neighborhood of Berlin like Neukölin and attempt to study Arabic and German at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 12:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Chevy auto part help?
Will this '95-'96 Lumina AC manifold assembly work on a '99 Lumina? Link inside... [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I ace my co-op board interview?
What are some tips for successfully handling a co-op board interview? (Brooklyn-based) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 6 comments

How to thoroughly remove mold from a fridge?
My fridge smells strongly of mold, even after removing the offending produce, visible mold, and giving it a cursory wipedown. Where is the rest of it hiding? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:02 AM PST - 15 comments

How to be private and individual when others judge me?
How can I balance my need for individuality and privacy with human tendency to stereotype and judge based on external facts? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 10:57 AM PST - 37 comments

Name this music video with a freight train in it
Name this music video with a freight train in it [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How to root Android Optimus V
LG Optimus V on Virgin Mobile -- this phone sucks. Or maybe it's the operating system? Anyways, tell me about rooting it. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

US readers: Is there a good film about your city or state?
US readers: Is there a good film about your city or state? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 9:44 AM PST - 122 comments

Getting Back to School/Work
Going back to work after being out of the workforce for a long time- who has done it? [more inside]
posted by Athene at 9:32 AM PST - 12 comments

A Plague of Ants
I have lots of ants! I hate ants! What's my best strategy for getting rid of them? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 9:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Burning stinging vulva, what to do
I have had a burning/stinging vulva on and off for over a year and it's driving me crazy. I've seen lots of different healthcare professionals and none of them have been able to identify it. I've finally got an appointment with a specialist (thank you NHS) in chronic women's health conditions in a couple of weeks and I want to be prepared when I see her, so has anybody suffered anything similar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Butt what's this pain?
Had a baby and now I have hemmoroids. Some have been thrombosed. Ouch , but survivable (I once had a fissure so I'm not complaining about hemmis). Now, every time I poo I get a general ache radiating out from my butt. My perineum and vulva ache too. Hurts enough to sit at an angle while I'm driving. What is this new bloom of pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me teach in a compartmentalized classroom
I just found out that I will only be teaching only math and science to two fourth grade classes that will rotate between my room and my co-teacher's. What tips and tricks should I know? [more inside]
posted by quietta at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

more music like this, please
How would you describe music like this, and can you recommend more like it? Kind of dreamy vocals and swelling strings, old-fashioned mid-20th-century feeling. Example 1: The children's chorus from the opening to Night of the Hunter, starting about 32 seconds into this video. Example 2: Walt Kelly's "Willow the Wasp", 30 second sample on amazon.
posted by moonmilk at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Cold Hard Steel
Tell me about your favorite indie rock songs that have steel drums. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 8:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Gave her gas and cash, is that the end of this scam?
A random request by a stranger on the street for gas and cash, followed by a request for a cell phone number... I'm fairly sure he got scammed, but is that all there is to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Will inhaling vaporized marijuana/cannabis hurt my liver?
I need my liver to recover after years of alcohol abuse. Will vaporizing marijuana have a detrimental effect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners?
In a country which believes in liberty and 'innocent until proven guilty', why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners? I'm trying to get opinions that help me understand a perspective that's not my own. [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 7:20 AM PST - 22 comments

How do you know to cancel an event if the rain hasn't started yet?
When should you cancel an outdoor event because of rain? When the chance of rain is 50%? 75%? When there is a little lightning bolt in the picture? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 6:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Different RAM Speeds
Can I use slightly slower RAM from my old computer in my new one? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

How to stop being intimidated by the farmer's market?
Help me stop being intimidated by my local farmer's market. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 6:27 AM PST - 40 comments

What Advice Do You Wish You Had Been Given Before Going to College That Would Have Helped?
What advice do you wish you had been given before leaving home and going off to college for the first time? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 6:09 AM PST - 78 comments

Prep homework for Dark Knight Rises
Which 10 Batman comics should I read before watching the Dark Knight Rises? What should be my preparatoy homework before watching the movie? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 5:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Is my severe ear infection worth yet another trip to the doctor?
Hello, AskMefi, let's talk about my ears (again). I am currently in the midst of a severe ear infection. People keep telling me to go to the ER, but I'm not sure what that would accomplish. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 5:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Another ambiguous friendship problem, involving 2 shy snowflakes
Two shy snowflakes romance question. Need ideas for pushing the boundaries of our ambiguous friendship. [more inside]
posted by JeanDupont at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

How does one prepare for martial law?
So... A friend of mine's predicting martial law here in the UK by Christmas. As a thought experiment, how does somebody in the western world prepare for martial law? Are there any examples of western countries where this has occurred in recent times? What happened? What advice is there?
posted by humblepigeon at 5:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Random forwarding to porn on iPad?
Why am I getting forwarded to porn sites using Safari on my iPad 3? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me deal with negative patterns of thinking.
Help me learn how to control my own mind. How do I stop thinking about things that I shouldn't be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi at 1:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Pleasant Peasant Fare
Help me stretch my budget with new 'old' recipes? Looking for 'heritage' meals that might be technically challenging or time-costly, but use cheap ingredients. [more inside]
posted by Catch at 1:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me find a basic sim card for my old phone without the requirement to top up every month
Is it possible to buy a pay as you go sim card (UK) for my old phone that doesnt require me to top up every month? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:44 AM PST - 5 comments

July 14
I need THIS tie.
Find me this tie! [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 11:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a really long rage comic
Help me find a really long rage comic [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 11:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Essential bar glassware
What are the core essential pieces of glassware for mixing drinks? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 11:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Best Practices for Ending it with Therapist
Terminating with psychotherapist after six sessions: I think I should. But, I wonder how to do it properly? How much of an explanation do I owe the therapist? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 9:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Can anyone recommend an essay editing service?
I am currently in the process of applying to law school. I am a strong writer and am not convinced I need a lot of help with my essay, I just want to have a totally independent third party who does this for a living read my essay and give me feed back. Can anyone recommend (or warn me of) any companies that provide this service?
posted by Shark Tail at 9:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Burlesque training in South-East England: where and how much?
How much training is required in order to become a credible burlesque performer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

intimate human connections
Where are my people? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

July 2012: What are some good audio transcription tools?
Wondering about the current state of more-or-less free VOICE RECOGNITION software and websites. Anywhere you can upload an MP3 to get a transcription? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 8:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?
I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko at 7:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Reverse culture shock, a broken heart, and incomplete research--what else could go wrong?
How do I prepare and brace myself for readjustment to a place I hate after spending time abroad? Snowflake details plus poor-decision-driven extra concerns inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Maternity Fifties Flair
The Fabulous Fifties, maternity edition! Where can one find fifties-style/a-line dresses that are reminiscent of the fifties? Think Modcloth styling, but for a ginormous belly. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 7:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Taking my mentally disabled adult brother on a road trip in the KY/TN/NC/OH/ region for a vacation. Where should we go?
Taking my mentally disabled adult brother on a road trip in the KY/TN/NC/OH/ region for a vacation. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 6:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Looks good now but....
Are combo dresses like this one going to look hopelessly out of date any time soon? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 6:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Is the dealership scamming me?
Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 at 6:30 PM PST - 20 comments

It's raining in the basement.
Sink overflowed in bathroom, it's raining in the basement, now what? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there other services like Dwolla that allow charging of a "facilitator fee"?
Are there other services like Dwolla that allow charging of a "facilitator fee"? [more inside]
posted by thetruthisjustalie at 6:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Best way to handle this summons?
Any chance to settle with a collections agency once I've received a summons to court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Just can't take the pressure
Looking for a discrete cushion I can use to protect blood flow through my perineum to... to the bits connected to the perineum. Or some other solution [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

This stoic mask of mine is giving me grief.
I don't show pain very well (if at all), and this leads to problems with doctors. But if I try to show how much pain I'm in, it comes off as false and that leads to different difficulties. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 5:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Post-truth understanding is an oxymoron.
I have been seeing several references lately to "post-truth" campaigns/politics lately, but I am not sure exactly what the definition is. I can infer what is implied, but want material that explains what it is. Example [more inside]
posted by annsunny at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Running in the 70s!
My husband and I need totally awesome 70's costumes. That we can run a 5K in. [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 4:27 PM PST - 28 comments

All I want to do is play games on my gaming laptop!
Why does my laptop crash to a black screen only while gaming? [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Novice international travelers need help!
Need advice about airline tickets please: LAX to Okinawa. [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Is the Indian Pacific woth the money
Has anyone used the Indian Pacfic railway in Australia? Was it worth the price? [more inside]
posted by drugstorefrog at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

And why are all cords either grey or black with no identifying marks?
We have approximately four million chargers and gadget-to-computer cables in the house. I want a neat, efficient, easily-accessed method of storage for them. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Karaoke recordings that don't suck?
Are there commercially available karaoke recordings that aren't shoddy re-recordings, often using synth instruments? Is that what they use at karaoke bars, and I've just never noticed? [more inside]
posted by patnasty at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

radioactive bra?
I accompanied my mom today as she went shopping for bras to wear as she goes thru radiation treatment....do they HAVE to be completely 100percent cotton? Any mefites out there had followup radiation after breast cancer surgery and have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How do first time business owners find out all the things they need to do before they can open their doors?
A hypothetical business like a pizza place (but it could be something else) wants to open up shop. How do the hypothetical first time business owners find out all the things they should or need to do before they can open their doors? Things like.... [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Like Saturday Night Fever, But Real
Can anyone guide me to online footage of contemporary or ballet dancers dancing in places other than the stage? I'm looking for excellent professional contemporary dancers cutting loose at the club, or rocking out to like Huey Lewis & The News on headphones or something like that. The moves they do on stage are so incredible---I wonder what it's like in an informal environment.
posted by shushufindi at 2:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Pennies from heaven?
I had a routine ladyparts exam a few months ago. It qualified as "preventive care" and I didn't have to pay a copay. (Yay! Thank you, ACA!) I got a rundown of what they charged my insurance a month or two ago -- one of those THIS IS NOT A BILL things -- and promptly lost/forgot about it, since I owed nothing. Today I got a check, made out to me, from the doctor's office for a couple hundred bucks. Do I get to keep it? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

What's between letting things go and leaving over them?
Needs and Boundaries: What is the space between "I suppose I can let this go" and "this is an utter dealbreaker; do this thing or I'll have to end this relationship" - and what do you do about negotiating things in that space? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 27 comments

Like a virgin
Imminent break of self imposed celibacy after a few years. Going away on romantic trip next week. Gentleman in question unaware of my choice or relationship history. How to prepare? Do I tell him this? What can I do to prepare myself? [more inside]
posted by a2 at 12:23 PM PST - 45 comments

A 9-5 grind that might not suck
You love your hobby big time, but turning it into a job is either very difficult or financially impossible. Instead, you work a job that pays the bills and leaves you enough energy to aggressively pursue that hobby on the side. What's your job? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 12:16 PM PST - 18 comments

I found my thrill...now what can I do with it?
We just procured a couple of pints of delicious wild New Hampshire blueberries while kayaking around an island. Fun! Next question: what to do with them? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Staying within airline luggage size limits?
The size limit on checked luggage is 62 inches (height+width+depth) for most airlines . Do I need to be concerned about being close to that, assuming the weight is okay and it is not overstuffed? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 11:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Northeast US and Atlantic Canada roadtrip suggestions
Road trip from Toronto - Vermont - New Hampshire - Maine - New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island - Quebec in late July/early August. Goal is to have fun and lots of it - help us out! [more inside]
posted by sinical at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What typeface should I use for my tattoo?
I need help finding a typeface for a (text-based) tattoo. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Please tell me who this character is.
Can you identify the character in this Comic Con 2012 cosplay photo? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 10:44 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup?
Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me keep things interesting
NSFW: How to make post-foreplay intercourse more... interesting? Also questions about submissive-leaning partners. Explicit inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years?
Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How much would replacing a transmission celluloid on a 2001 Saturn run?
My 2001 Saturn's transmission celluloid has gone out. It can be reached through the oil pan so it's fairly accessible as transmission repairs go. What's a reasonable price to expect for this repair? I'm just looking for a ballpark so I might know if I'm getting hosed in the estimate when I get it next week.
posted by Issithe at 9:05 AM PST - 3 comments

sssshhhhh ... be vewwy vewwy quiet ... I'm hunting jobs ...
Small nonprofit job-search-filter: can a job application/interview be confidential if everyone knows everyone else? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

I think I'm too close to my friend. How do I back off without creating a bunch of dramaz?
How do I handle an opposite-sex friendship that feels like it is shading into an emotional affair? No contact? Clear communication about boundaries? Something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Where are all the good guys?
I have started to realize that I am attracted to men who are "bad boys", men who don't have their shit together, who give off a cool vibe, but their lives are just falling apart. The relationships I develop with these men are not healthy, and usually benefit the men with complete disregard of my feelings and emotions. I also noticed that the worse they treat me the more I want to be with them. I realize that this is bad and that I should stop but I keep coming back these men. What can I do to stop this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Sleep apnea is causing me to fall asleep at work. HELP!
I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea and it's affecting me at at work. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I wear earrings 3-4 days per week without pain?
How can I wear lightweight earrings all week without my ears hurting? I don't think this is an allergy issue. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Parking: beancurd in beantown
Any tips for parking near Boston's Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Itinerant work when you are constantly on the move
Itinerant income when always on the move? Help me a career, or at least an income, that fits the itinerant life. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 6:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Drywall/Plasterboard and Insulation Installation help needed!
We live in a 160 year old stone house in Scotland that is really cold in winter. Please help me make it warmer? I've been told it's easy to take down the drywall/plasterboard, install insulation, and put more drywall/plasterboard up again. But is it? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 2:00 AM PST - 23 comments

How to deal with a spaniel in the office?
A colleague brings a noisy and disruptive (but otherwise lovely!) dog to the office, what's the best way of telling him that it's not OK? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal at 1:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Insecure at any speed
My Wordpress installation got hacked one too many times. I'm done with Wordpress. And pretty much done with PHP as well. What do I move on to now? [more inside]
posted by egypturnash at 1:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me not screw up my life!
I got fired from two of my three jobs for absenteeism. For some reason, when I get stressed out in life, I get so down that it's hard to go in. I get sick to my stomach and anxious, it's like I have a panic attack at just the thought of going in. [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 12:32 AM PST - 22 comments

July 13
runner's toes?
Two of my toes turned black after wearing shoes that were too tight. It's been a month and they still haven't healed completely. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by myntu at 11:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Makeout Romance to Friend Zone--Do I go to party now?
Should I go to a party even though I've been downgraded to "friend zone"? [more inside]
posted by LemonGardot at 10:43 PM PST - 37 comments

Up the creek without a paddle!
Was lied to by my school about my degree-- required to commute--got a (not so random) grant from my college for transportation costs. Then I received a not-so-nice e-mail about my financial aid. How to proceed through these murky waters and still make it out ahead? (Rather long) details behind the cut. [more inside]
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