August 2005 Archives
I'd like to transcode the commentary tracks of some DVD's for iPod listening, preferably on a mac. I think I have it narrowed down to some obscure VLC commands. [more inside]
Not really knowing where else it would be appropriate to ask this, but does anyone else think that the years and events since the turn of the century (2000) have been particularly trying, difficult, and full of tragedy? Especially in light of this weeks most recent disasters.
Help me get Score (similar to Brillcreem pomade) for my dad. [more inside]
Odd spot. A couple weeks ago I discovered a pink patch about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide on the top of my left breast. [more inside]
Being a city person, I am curious about why so many barns on the farms I see when driving around the country are painted red. Why is the color red seem to be the most common barn color? Or, is it just the farm neighborhoods I have been through? LAG
1) I need assistance with business and marketing issues. I know that there are organizations out there where retirees offer their services and expertise. Does anyone know any of their names????? 2) What is podcasting????? What is required????? [more inside]
Why prevent skateboarding? [more inside]
MoveToNewYorkFilter: would you? [more inside]
What to expect from a dermatologist who specializes in teen acne? [more inside]
How can I download multiple linked files in Firefox without having to "Save Link As" every link or install a download manager type program?
I'd like recommendations for a discreet sheathed knife. [more inside]
Can you help me find a snarky quote about the art of English poet and artist William Blake? Who said it, and what did he say? [more inside]
I hate beer. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
Does anyone remember the dirty talking MS Merlin Agent page from a few years ago? Where can I find it? [more inside]
Blogging in the classroom. I've decided to set-up a blog for my students this semester. This will be the place for their response papers, writing exercises and a few other tidbits. It needs to have access for 5-10 members, a very easy set-up, free-to-near-free pricing (although I would pay or find the dollars to fund if it was warranted), and very clear posting/linking instructions for the students. Advice on selecting a blogging system needed. [more inside]
Alcoholics Anonymous question: my boyfriend has announced that he wants to start going to meetings - can anyone offer any advice as to how I can help him? I don't know if it is the alcohol that is the problem, or something else. [more inside]
I want to introduce my (semi-sheltered) wife to porn DVDs and erotica books without scaring her off. [more inside]
How do residentual sewers work? My neighbourhood is perfectly flat. I'd assume that pumps must be used, but A) I have never seen them and wouldn't they occasionally fail leading to ewww? And what about houses that are below the level of the street where assumably the sewer lines are located. How does the sewage get up to the street level sewage mains?
Teenage Girl Filter: Working on planning a semi-formal Sweet Sixteen party for a teenage girl. Are there any good sources for party ideas? Theme ideas? Gift Ideas? We need help getting into the mind of a highschool girl to through a "cool" party.
Video crashes my computer after I bought a new video card. How do I fix it? [more inside]
I have Nextel and my cell phone reception is absolutely terrible at my house. What would be my best bet for improving my reception? I would rather not switch phone services because I would have to buy out my contract. I live in Mass. my area code is 781 and my zip is 01773 just in case that helps.
How can I detect how many hard drive bays I have? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations on ordering a flowering cactus or some flowers online for someone recuperating from surgery. I'm trying to stay under $60 if possible. The person is in Baldwinsville NY, which I believe is in the Syracuse (?) area. I'd like to place an order this evening.
Eudora won't let me curse in my emails. [more inside]
How do I protest my ISP's slow bandwidth speed. My cable ISP (Roadrunner) claims to provide bandwidth speed up to 5.0 Mbps. They claim their speed to be three times faster than DSL which they estimate to be 1.5 Mbps. I've been getting speeds averaging 1.4 over a four day test period. I've noticed a slow down for several weeks and it does slow me down doing my work. What can they do? What will they do? What should I do? (if they do nothing.)
Christian forums? [more inside]
Where should my wife and I go on our third visit to Bermuda? [more inside]
Renter's insurace: Wind blew a tree down on a guest's vehicle in the driveway of a rental house. The hood is dented pretty heavily. Whose insurance pays, if at all? [more inside]
Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience running their own telephone cables over a distance of about 500 feet? [more inside]
Small Los Angeles company (14 computers, 1 terabyte of info) needs a reliable and reasonably-priced off-site backup solution. Any ideas?
Help me come up with a new job title. [more inside]
RadioMediaFilter: I have a sneaking suspicion radio personalities on popular music stations are purposely selected for their androgynous-sounding voices. [more inside]
We have a freshwater fish tank community of tetras, catfish, gouramis and loaches. The loaches are the most dynamic and entertaining addition to our tank, but the clown loaches disappeared last weekend! I found them last night all bunched up in the top of a hollow fake rock. They haven't been around much for the past week, and I'm worried that they are depressed or ill! None have died as far as I know, but they don't come out much. Should I evacuate them from their garage, or let them be? If evacuation is the answer, what would be the best way to do so? (From mimi's handsome metafilter-less spouse)
I just bought a DVD and the subtitles are annoying as hell. Can I do anything about it? [more inside]
My landlords hasn't returned my deposit yet and it's been three months. [more inside]
My friend's dad was hit by a taxi while walking in San Francisco. He's in the emergency room now with what may be long term injuries and we want to make sure to do the right thing. [more inside]
I need help tracking down an idea put forth by Naguib Mahfouz about the relative unsophistication of his work and that of his contemporaries... [more inside]
I want to fly helicopters and actually do something useful while doing them. I don't really want to fly them fulltime. I don't want to fly helicopters in combat. News and tours are unappealing to me. Coastguard seems like the best bet, but many people have cautioned me that once you're in any military branch, you pretty much lose control over what you actually get to do or not. Other than that, I'm not sure where to look, in terms of training and then doing something with that training. Any advice on... any of that?
A family member of mine may be seriously ill and I can't stop thinking about it. How do I deal with everyday life in the meantime? [more inside]
Does anybody know of an economical interweb-based sticker company? [more inside]
Looking at clouds in the sky you see objects -- dog, faces, whatever. What's this process called? [more inside]
Geeks want to help too. Not to duplicate other posts or anything, but more generally speaking, both in disasters and not, what are ways techie geeks can make a difference? I've heard HAM operators are helping out where they can. But i havn't heard anything else. Ideas? More on the year-round type, i've looked at GeekCorps but being younger than their target market i don't have the time or means to litterally take off and volunteer for extended amounts of time. Have you used your skillz for anything good?
As much as I would like to help by donating to the victims of Katrina, I want to know that my donated money is really going to go help them. What are some trustworthy organizations to donate to?
Houston, we have a tick problem... [more inside]
Powerlines outside my window: health risk? [more inside]
Can my desk fan damage my hearing? [more inside]
What's the deal with the open trunk lids? Are the cars left with their trunks open, or are they forced open as a result of the flooding?
How are humans different physically from other creatures? What are we best at? [more inside]
I have an internal job change opportunity (Business Analyst) and need advice. [more inside]
FullMoonFilter: Where should we stay on Koh Phangan Island (Thailand) while there to attend the Full Moon Party in mid September? [more inside]
My wife and I will likely be moving to Austin soon with our children (7.5 and 3.5). We live in the Virginia suburbs of DC now, and really do not enjoy it. We want to live in the city, but school quality is also a huge priority for us now. Can we have both of these things in central Austin? [more inside]
How much economic activity did New Orleans generate? [more inside]
Are identity theft protection services worth the $$$? I'm referring specifically to services like TrueCredit and PrivacyGuard, but I know that several large US banks (i.e. Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual) also offer them as well.
UmWhat?Filter : Someone please help me understand why my sexual wires are crossed. [more inside]
Does squeezing a 2-liter Coke bottle before putting the cap on help keep the Coke from going flat as quickly, or not? [more inside]
Why should I believe Armstrong? [more inside]
My work computer's motherboard crashed and fried itself. My IT guy was able to salvage the hard drive, which is now an external hard drive, but the major program that I need from it has not been running. Could the move into the external hard drive shell have damaged the program? [more inside]
Laptop power management. [more inside]
My DSL-fu is failing me. How do I get Verizon DSL to let me send mail from my mac.com account? [more inside]
I'm looking for some timelines that chart recent/current events - for instance, a timeline that logs the major news stories in the months leading up to the 2004 election; or, a timeline that charts important stories in the war on terror since/before 9/11. Doesn't have to be links, could just be headlines. thanks for any suggestions
Linuxfilter: I have a third-party app which writes occasional messages to its logfile. The problem is I dont know when these messages are logged. There is no timestamp - just the message. Is there any way I could force a timestamp? Maybe some trickery with 'tail-f' and 'date' and pipes into some new pseudo-logfile? Thanks.
In an Allstate commercial I have seen, the narrator tells a tale of a car that smashes into a house. The narrator continues to explain that the family got sued by the driver of the car. Can any lawyer-types out there explain to me how this is legally possible? [more inside]
I'm running win2k. Both my hard drives are pretty much full, and the C drive is tiny, so... I want to move all its data to a new drive, which will then be bootable like the old one. Am I dreaming? If not, how do I do it?
I am searching for a 'one stop shopping' website for hardware and network related questions. I am a computer consultant with almost twenty years experience, so I know my way around the basic issues and, given enough time, can usually dig up and/or figure out anything I'm not familiar with. But I am finding myself with less and less time to spend researching this stuff and would much prefer being able to ask a pro directly. [more inside]
Ugh, memory technologies change faster than Italian governments... [more inside]
How dangerous is smoking a little bit? [more inside]
Why do my broken ribs tell the weather? [more inside]
The sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere
What makes clouds form where they form, and how? [more inside]
Can anyone explain how to whistle, two-finger hailing-a-cab style?
I call upon the Gods Who Get Google -- why is one site outperforming another? How can I fix this? [more inside]
Why am I losing my hair? For the past couple of weeks, I've been pulling out handfuls of hair each time I wash or run my hands through my hair. [more inside]
Talk to me about references in one Bollywood movie to another movie.
Is it really as common as it seems? why? [more inside]
Is it really as common as it seems? why? [more inside]
Can you help me with the purchase of a SAN for my small to medium sized business? We're looking to attach 4-6 servers to ~2-3 TB of storage space. [more inside]
I just bought an Apple 20 inch Cinema display (to use with my PC) but, to be honest I dont like the Silver frame around the stunning screen. What is the best way - safest - cleanest - fastest - cheapest - to transform the silver into black - and the white on the sides --- into black ... plastic coating? Magic marker (haha) paint? Snap on something? [more inside]
My wife and I will most likely be moving to Pittsburgh next year with our children, one of whom will be starting kindergarten. We really enjoy living in the city and urban life. School quality is also a huge priority for us now. Can we have both of these things in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
How does an MSN subcriber read mail away from home? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a brief video clip from the movie Cabin Fever. The clip is of a young, mullet-haired boy (named Dennis) shouting out "Pancakes! Pancakes!" while doing some martial arts moves. I've found the clip on the web before (over a year ago), but haven't been able to locate it recently. I've tried Google searches with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated.
$95 IRA termination fee (well-known regional bank): legit? unavoidable? [more inside]
Are there any penalties for those ignoring a mandatory evacuation? [more inside]
What's the deal with Laguna Beach (the show, not the town)? [more inside]
1999-all-over-again-Filter: Remember the time when every ecommerce site or online exchange had an interesting twist? I am trying to compile a list of current clever/interesting/"disruptive" ecommerce sites or exchanges. Companies like CafePress, CDBaby, and Band.Mix would all qualify. Can anyone help point me to some additional examples of ecommerce sites that reach previously fragmented or diffuse groups?
I'm hoping to recover some corrupted files that (I think) got messed up during a transfer to a Firewire drive. Could you be a lamb and step inside? [more inside]
Where can I find a stuffed cow that was once for sale at The Enchanted Forest, a store previously located at 85 Mercer street in New York City but now closed down? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with Transitions prescription sunglass lenses? I'm debating between getting a pair with Transitions or just a regular pair of non-changing prescription sunglasses.
I've been given the task of locating an inexpensive, easy to use and reliable Conference Call Service. [more inside]
Can the police run my license plates through the computer for no reason? [more inside]
What are my options for getting a personal loan of about $25,000 to consolidate some cc debt and maybe remodel our kitchen? [more inside]
I'm looking for a banana phone. Not the song, thanks, but a real, honest-to-goodness banana-shaped phone. [more inside]
What free CMS has the best RSS aggregator features? [more inside]
Is there a way to have the "My Music" folder in XP ignore the "the" in band names like iTunes does? [more inside]
I no longer work from home and I have just started a new job. I want to bring lunch to work because I am 1) trying to lose weight and 2) save money. Any ideas for what's both healthy and easy? [more inside]
olfactory filter: I just got over a nasty flu and seem to have recovered an acute sense of smell. I haven't been able to smell stuff in years, and it is starting to freak me out. Everything online discusses loss and neurological problems... have I lost my mind? Regained it?
Looking for an Evite style solution for a corporate implementation. [more inside]
Has anyone heard any news about Puerto Muerto's new "lost soundtrack" to Tobe Hooper's classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Songs of Muerto County? [more inside]
CatFilter: what are your experiences with circulating drinking fountains for cats? Are they worth the extra time & expense, or just junk? Any good ones you'd recommend? [more inside]
How can I help after the hurricane? [more inside]
My boyfriend tried to subscribe to a Premiere Radio networks feed today and it would not accept his credit card/debit card or the address on his credit card. He has no access to the show he wants, or any show. He checked his bank account to make sure they didn't charge him and lo and behold - they did - 14 times. [more inside]
Freaky Spider Filter: What the heck is THIS???
We've all heard that chiropractors are quacks. What is mainstream medicine's answer to recurring back problems? Has anyone here had success with these methods? [more inside]
Help me identify a bizarre German game show. [more inside]
Hosting a teleconference with upwards of 300 people. Any suggestions for service providers? [more inside]
Adventures in Law School: I have decided I would like to be a lawyer. Problem is, my resume is tooled right now in a totally different direction. My college GPA was a straight-up 2.5 and the first time I took the LSAT I only scored in the 57th percentile (153). Is there hope or am I too dumb to be a lawyer? [more inside]
Moving into an apartment that was built a year ago and never lived in. How do I get stale water out of the tank and pipes? [more inside]
I signed a contract to work for six months with a local company. That job starts in mid September. Now, another company wants to interview me that pays more and is closer to home. [more inside]
PineappleJuiceFilter: Why is that you can only get pineapple juice in cans? [more inside]
Looking to get prints made from old negatives. [more inside]
Snoop Dog filter - Did he say that? [more inside]
How do you explain the reluctance (hesitation) for developing blogs and wikis (and social softwares in general) on the big companies' intranets (if you have succeeded so far please contact me) ?
My family is making a spur of the moment, 7-day trip to the Costa Brava in Spain - any recommendations on towns to visit, places to stay, activities for kids, things to be wary of? [more inside]
I turned 21 last week and I want to know; what do you wish you'd known when you were 21? What do you wish you'd done but didn't, or what did you do that you think was an unmissable experience? [more inside]
What blogs am I missing out on? [more inside]
Please recommend some good novels about people between 25-35. [more inside]
I'd like to improve my artistic abilities. [more inside]
I'm looking for a piece of music visualization software that was posted on Boing Boing about a year ago. It was unique in that it used the individual elements of the windows desktop heavily in its visuals - dancing windows, icons, and scrollbars. Basically, it made Windows come alive Anyone know what I'm talking about?
FinancialStupidityFilter: I'm looking at years of accumulated debt--partly accumulated because I was young and foolish, partly because of genuine emergencies--and have decided that it's time to bite the bullet, accept the penalties, and do something that will involve freezing/cutting up the credit cards. In other words, it's time to investigate credit counseling, with the very real problems that entails. [more inside]
Help me wake up my libido! I am a 24 year old female with a very low sex drive. I have a great boyfriend of 4 years, and when we do get physical, it's always wonderful, but often leading up to it I am just not interested at all. [more inside]
A question about birth control: I'm considering getting a diaphragm, and I'm wondering how easy they are to use. [more inside]
How do I share only certain folders in OS X when I enable Windows Sharing? [more inside]
Help! Awkward social catch-22 filter. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I will be taking a short vacation to Toronto this weekend and are looking for suggestions on what to see and do. [more inside]
Home Networking: how do you go about connecting a cable modem to a house with in-wall ethernet in every room? [more inside]
The fiancee and I just booked a honeymoon at Sandals in Negril, Jamaica. Any tips from folks who have stayed there (Sandals, Negril, Jamaica... any of the 3, but hopefully a combination)? [more inside]
Looking for a super-simple, minimalist shopping cart that can handle electronic delivery and integrate with PayPal for payments. [more inside]
James Agee's A Death in the Family was complete posthumously by a friend. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible was completed posthumously by his cohorts. Mozart's Requiem was completed posthumously by his contemporaries. Help me brainstorm other incomplete works finished by others after the author/composer/creator died.
how would one go about mailing live amphibians? [more inside]
ConcertSeatsFilter: I neurotically, obsessively bought two tix to the same concert at Madison Square Garden in an effort to get the best seat I could. Both are good for different reasons, so I'm having a tough time deciding which one to use. [more inside]
I have a question with research scientists. They do research for universities and such. Do they reap any reward (monetary) when they're original research develops into a patentable discovery? Or are they just salaried employees?
I'm looking for a good blog and/or personal site about video games... [more inside]
Hernando Cortez- what's his reputation in modern Mexico? [more inside]
What is your most delicious salad dressing recipe?
I'm moving to London in a few weeks to attend a graduate program [UL's SOAS]. I am leaving my long term boyfriend and many friends in Vermont for 9 months to attend classes. I've already lined up a part time tutoring gig and my housing is covered through the university. I don't have anything specific to ask, just general advice about being an American late 20-something non-single student in London. [I've lived in second world countries before for extended periods of time, general travel won't be too helpful.] Money is a concern, but not an obstacle.
Can someone properly explain to me the CSS Box Model (Hack)? Example inside. [more inside]
I have a bunch of directories of static HTML files in which I need to: -> Find A -> Find B -> Replace A with B -> Save, close, repeat with every one of the 500 or so files. Anyone got an idea? [more inside]
If a phone number became disconnected from the network due to downed phone lines, what would one hear when trying to call that number? [more inside]
I'm looking for a scanner at around the $200 range. I would like a flatbed scanner which can take 35mm and 120 film. Problem is, my eMac doesn't have USB 2.0, so many of the nice scanners they have nowadays won't connect to my machine. So, it needs to be Firewire-compatible. With all that in mind, what model should I get? Will I have to go used? [more inside]
Saturday night there was a terrible multi-car accident directly outside my Seattle home. The police were still investigating the scene and had the street taped off 8 hours later. How can I learn more about what happened? [more inside]
While burning an audiobook to CD, I crashed. This is about a 12-15 CD burn. I have completed 4 of the CD's. Is there a way to get Itunes (Max OS X) burning to pick up where it left off, i.e., start with burning CD 5? I don't see a way to tell it to skip 1, etc. I also have Diskblaze, but have never used it, having seen no advantage to do so. But if it will allow such interruptions, I'd switch, as this has happened before when I've had to quit such long burns in mid-process. Thanks.
Psychology/psychiatry filter: for a friend who is not net-savvy, I am looking for interesting web sites and discussion forums devoted to psychoanalysis, self-psychology, and related topics. She's a professional psychoanalyst, but is new to the web. [more inside]
How can a stay-at-home dad make a bit of cash on the side? [more inside]
I'm using Extensis Portfolio to catalogue nearly 4000 photos for a project. But I can't figure out how to save a gallery in the order I want. [more inside]
I just got braodband internet after 5 years of living the dial-up lifestyle. Help me use my new-found bandwidth effectively. [more inside]
At what point is it not worth putting any more money into keeping an old car running, and just going out and getting a new one? What's the equation? [more inside]
I have a question about risk and ethics in freelancing- computer programming and web design. [more inside]
Quitting my job and moving 1800 miles to be with my grandmother while she dies...Crazy? Possible? [more inside]
Mac friendly GPS software? [more inside]
Why is there color distortion on my glasses? [more inside]
Near Zurich, where should I go for weekend tourist trips? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for high quality watercolor paper for my girlfriend as part of a birthday gift. - bonus if it works well with acrylics - Recommendations for good watercolor paints also appreciated. [more inside]
Hi, I am looking for an mp3 tagger that can find the tag for just one mp3 not a hole album. [more inside]
Anyone know a good way to get orange pop stains out of carpet? [more inside]
Is it ok for a couple to ask the groom's grandparents or parents if we could hold a small wedding at one of their homes? If so, what's the best way to ask? [more inside]
Where can I find arch supports for running shoes which *don't* extend back to the heel? [more inside]
Are rechargeable NiMH batteries a good idea? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a kid-friendly movie for a four year old that features a snake as a good (or at least nuetral) character? I need to cement my status as the cool uncle. [more inside]
Are bicyclists athletes? [more inside]
When my sister and I were growing up, around 30 years ago, one of our all-time favorite picture books was about the trials and tribulations of a kingdom in black & white that wound up discovering colors, but we can't remember the title... [more inside]
Oh great sage; I know that this graffiti man is an example of an iconic art school/movement, but I can't remember which one. Anyone?
healthiest monitor settings: how should I set my computer's display settings to minimize eyestrain? [more inside]
I found this nifty device: it's a pen that scans text and lets you load it up to your computer. [more inside]
I'm becoming less attracted to my wife all the time. What do I do? [more inside]
For the first time in long life experience, I have a girlfriend who is very stinky "down there". What to do? [more inside]
My husband has a crush on a woman friend of his. I heard it in the sound of his voice when he spoke to her on the phone. As I'm not a jealous person, this has really taken me aback. He doesn't deny it but says that it will never progress to anything else and that they are very good friends. I like her too, don't believe that either of them would ever be unfaithful. Just knowing that he has romantic feelings for another woman makes me feel terrible, and I can hardly look him in the eye. How do I deal with this and move along?
I agreed to "edit" a (25-page) thesis paper for a friend at another college. When the paper arrived, it was so raw that the whole thing needed to be massively reorganized, not just tweaked for grammar and clarity. It then became clear (through subsequent discussions with her about it) that what she wanted me to do was basically reword much of the language as well (she considers me to be a stronger writer) to make it "sound better." [more inside]
What word is made plural by adding the prefix "a-"?
How do I declare my household income when I have roommates? [more inside]
Explain flooding to me So they're expecting up to 20 inches of rain in New Orleans. And the city may be under 10 feet of water. Huh? [more inside]
I know the the mayor of New Orleans (Ray Nagin) has issued a mandatory evacuation order for NO. Has he left the city too?
How safe/practical/possible is freckle removal? [more inside]
Madison Mefi mafia, what's the best way-by bike-to get from the western end of the Glacier Drumlin Trail to E Gorham St.? [more inside]
I need to solder on a new plug for the cable of my stereo headphones. They are not hard-wired; the headphone end has a stereo plug the same size as you'd use for a cell phone. The other end, now that I've clipped off the offending (molded-on) plug, has three colored wires -- red, green, copper. Which colors are left, right and ground when I do the soldering?
I'd like some advice on brewing green tea at home to refrigerate and drink cold. [more inside]
How does one rehabilitate a commercial online game that has been around for a long, long time? [more inside]
[OSX FILTER] I want to print on index cards, but indirectly. Help me figure out how to print to a PDF sized at 3"x5". [more inside]
LyricsFilter: slow grindy strip tune, burlesque style, female voice, contemporary rather than vintage. [more inside]
Yesterday, a friend called from L.A. and made me listen to this guy 'playing' his bicycle through guitar effects. Anyone know who this was? It was incredibly wierd but cool. And I want to listen to more of this guys stuff. [more inside]
Help me fix my leg... [more inside]
I just got my first "real" job out of college as a teacher and I want a fun car now. I'm looking at buying a 1989 rebuilt RX-7 Haltech turbo convertible for $5000... the top is ripped and a $1000 replacement is part of the price. Can ripped/leaking/faded tops be restored? [more inside]
In addition to putting up posters, newspaper ads, calling friends and asking co-workers, what are legitimate "safe" options for getting rid of all our cats? [more inside]
Looking for good literature which features living in a condo. [more inside]
Somewhere I once read a way to save the settings for a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet and transfer it from machine to machine by saving one of its files, but I can't find those specific instructions again (for PC). Any tips?
I want to make a box with parts from RadioShack that will allow me to plug a microphone and headphones into my cellphone handsfree jack. [more inside]
My hands shake, sometimes it's much much worse. (What can I do?) [more inside]
What software for OS X is good for taking class notes, especially ones involving math, fairly quickly?
Magazine recommendations: poetry or guitar... [more inside]
How do I volunteer for hurricane cleanup? [more inside]
RecipeFilter: I don't drink, but am preparing a recipe that calls for Bourbon (New Orleans bread pudding w/ bourbon sauce). My question is whether or not it will make much difference if I use Scotch instead. We keep a bottle for entertaining, and I'd prefer to use what I've got instead of running to the store to buy another whole bottle of liquor...
Have there been any studies into whether weeks and weekends are a good idea? Are there better ways once could organize time on and time off? [more inside]
Please help me find a personal ad site mentioned on AskMe within the past year. [more inside]
How do I find work outside of the United States? [more inside]
Having recently fallen in love with Firefly (the tv show) and playing Uru for a short bit I am quite interested in the musical styling of these two things. They both have the twangy floaty guitar.. But they definitely are not country and western.. What is this style of music called, and who should I listen to for more? [more inside]
Why didn't SMART warn me about my hard disk failure? It was definitely predictable: ominous clicking sounds were accompanied by increasing seek times. I was able to squeeze another week out of the drive before it died completely, and the whole time, SMART insisted that it was fine. [more inside]
Short and simple. I'm interested in finding out if there are any internet radio stations which broadcast full albums. Alternatively any free/pay services which allow you to listen online to full albums rather than just individual tracks. I'm not at this point interested in buying music just listening to it. Please bear in mind I am in the UK and services such as Rhapsody etc. aren't available here AFAIK. Many thanks.
How much does Apple Computer gross for every dollar spent on iTunes? [more inside]
How does one go about learning classic film camera repair? (I don't need one fixed at the moment, I would like to know how to get into the trade. I have the eyes, fingers and mechanical aptitude for it.)
Is it legal for an internet company to deposit your money before they have actually shipped the product you have ordered? [more inside]
Where is the best place to watch NFL games on TV in Portland, Ore.? Where do the most diehard fans assemble at?
Why don't string trimmers use wire instead of plastic? My guess is that with wire in there, it's like a surburban guy in shorts and flipflops walking around the yard waving around a little tablesaw, but is it really that much more dangerous than plastic if it should strike flesh? You're pretty much flayed either way, right? Is it a safety issue or something else?
I found a hidden, read-only file called windows.pif in my c:\winnt\system32 directory that won't respond to del or attrib commands. How can I delete this file? [more inside]
I am seeking suggestions for reasonably priced decent hotels in Quebec city old town. We are planning for the upcoming long weekend. [more inside]
In 1993, during his rookie season in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neil's weight and strength managed to break and pull down two NBA backboards. The first on national television (NBC if I remember correctly...) on February 7th in Phoenix delaying the game for a half hour. The second time on April 23rd in New Jersey. The best video I can find online for either is an animated GIF from here. My Google-Fu has failed helping me find anything better than that. I ask of you MeFi users, please help.
Having exhausted the English-language scene, I'm wondering what foreign directors have catalogs worth going through. I've already taken a look at the works of Pedro Almodovar and Wong Kar Wai, and would love to know who else has earned the respect of Mefi cinephiles. Limit your answer to directors whose catalog is in bulk created after 1970, please.
I'm clueless when it comes to audio recording - what's the best way to record about 1-2 dozen people, in a larger room, having a roundtable discussion? [more inside]
where did the term "google-fu" originate? i have never heard it used before today... its on ask mefi twice as of this moment.
I've just moved to Little Rock, Arkansas but my tastes have been corrupted by the East Coast. Help me find businesses that cater to such predilections. [more inside]
I'd like to use wget to make a local copy of a web page at mlb.com (specifically this one) but all my attempts have resulted in an incomplete page. What arguments should I be giving wget to make it work?
What is the Best of Berlin? [more inside]
How much disclosure is too much when you're trying to sell a car? [more inside]
I want one of these. but the cost is prohibitive. Any ideas on anything as good or better?
I've been invited to a dinner party and the dress code says california casual. Despite living casually in California, I have no idea what this means. Do I have to wear loafers? My googlefu is weak and didn't pull up any useful charts, lists or diagrams.
I'm looking for album titles that reveal something about either the band or the music on the album. For example, The Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over" is clearly related to their unlikely reunion. Neil Young's "Old Ways" is about the old style music on the album. "Meet The Beatles" is a title that acts as an introduction. And R.E.M.'s "New Adventures in Hi Fi" is an accurate description of the varied and chaotic, experimental, feel of the album. I know there are many others, but I can't think of them.
In University I was thought that the Coriolis effect while responsible for the spin of weather systems and ocean currents had no impact on the way water in a toilet bowl/sink spun. I believe this and understand the reasoning behind it. So my question is that why on my two trips to the Southern Hemisphere have I observed the water spinning anti-clockwise. Was this just coincidence or my mind playing tricks on me?
When I try to use the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) in Firefox and Opera to open a link in a background tab it will sometimes "jump" down a few lines, not clicking the correct link and sometimes clicking a wrong one, and then jumping back to the first position as soon as I let go of the button. This is unbelievably annoying. The mouse is a "Genius NetScroll+Eye PS/2".
I need to replace the hard drive in a G3 iMac. What type of disc will I need? [more inside]
When did people start smiling for photographs? What is the oldest extant photograph of someone smiling (whether for the camera or incidentally)?
jvc video camera question...... [more inside]
Why are Jackson Pollock's painting considered to be art? [more inside]
Last week an unknown object fell out of my closet. Can anyone identify this weird looking thing? [more inside]
We are searching for unbiased reliable reviews online for used SUV's a la Consumer Reports. Suggestions?
What, exactly, was Pat Robertson's reasoning when he called music "the new pornography"? [more inside]
Where can I find "regulation" measurements for marking playground games like hopscotch and four-square?
Does anyone know where can I find free plans for marking games onto a playground surface? We're working on revamping the playground at my kid's school. We want to paint some games like hopscotch and four-square onto the surface but I'm having trouble finding standard measurements to do this. Does anyone have a suggestion or a link that would be helpful?
I want to install phpBB on my website, but I have a basic question to which I haven't been able to find the answer yet. If I am using a MySQL database behind MT for my weblog, can I install phpBB on the same database and assume it will just build additional tables in MySQL? Or does it require a completely separate database that would be addressed differently? [more inside]
Where can I find a good computer/technical bookstore in Manhattan? [more inside]
I am looking to buy an ibook / powerbook. I found a Lombard Powerbook G3 400 for $250 [more inside]
Credit Agency/Debt Collection Filter. I just received my free credit report and found that a cable company has turned me over to a collection agency. [more inside]
Splash! - Graphics software from the 80s. Anyone know where I can get hold of a copy? I've looked both online and off with no luck.
In California, can my broken Casio camera be fixed or replaced under warranty even if it broke from me accidently knocking it against my chair? [more inside]
Historical movies. I love movies taking place in older times, and I have a particular fascination for the golden years of the British Empire, and the European civilization during this era. What might I like? Also: Bonus question about 1980s, possible 1970s series or movie set in this historical period. [more inside]
My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop. [more inside]
Does martial arts training really matter in a life-or-death situation? [more inside]
My car broke down while I was trying to drive it cross-country, and I had to catch a flight and carry on without it. Now the car is in Bloomington, Indiana and I am in New Haven, Connecticut; I would like the car to join me. How should I do this? [more inside]
I’m writing an article about Flickr and I’d like to point to similar sites. [more inside]
Who produced this PSA ad, in what city, and what year? [more inside]
Suggestions for danceable indie music? [more inside]
I am responsible for setting up and maintaining a mail server for small web-hosting type business. We currently host about 75 domains, around 100 mailboxes and due to the efforts of our sales team, we are wanting to get ready for some great increases in those numbers. I am worried about my current configuration and ease of administration. More importantly (well, at least to the customers) is email deliverability -- it seems that messages delivered to some big players are being marked as SPAM or disappearing altogether. I am asking for insight and advice on 1) if my current choice of software/configuration is a good match for this situation and 2) if there any additional measures I might take to ensure email deliverability? [more inside]
Are there any Federal tax credits or financial incentives (aside from the savings of minimizing fillup frequency) for buying a fuel efficient vehicle? [more inside]
Anyone know where the myth that goats eat tin cans originated? [more inside]
EasternEuropeFilter: I'm taking a course to become certified as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in November-December. It's available in Krakow and Budapest for about the same cost. Where do I want to live for a month? [more inside]
My Google-fu is failing.. yada yada... I am trying to create some simple PostScript output and need a simple how-to. [more inside]
Help me get set up with a dSLR. [more inside]
E-cards. You can't google for 'em any more, because there seem to be a million knockoffs and imitators. [more inside]
I've been somewhat obsessed with faster-than-light travel lately. Are there any scientists seriously studying thing such as the Alcubierre drive or other plausible, albeit exotic, ways to get from point a to point b without taking a million years? Is this something that just lacks the funding for any respected physicists to get involved? Surely there must be a department within NASA working on something a little more fun than sending a chemical rocket to a close planet. [more inside]
Can any scholars out there give me a simple Latin translation of our diving club motto 'Deeper, Longer, Wetter'? We're looking for something catchy, like the Olympics motto ('citius, altius, fortius') or 'veni, vidi, vici', to put on our new T-shirts. The various Latin translation tools online can give me the adjective (deep, long, wet) but not the comparative form (or is that the superlative form? I never was much good at grammar). I should say that 'deeper' is as in depth, not profundity, and 'longer' is as in time, not length. Many thanks.
PieInTheSkyFilter: I've heard tell of the possibility of attaining UK citizenship if your grandparents were born there. Is this true? [more inside]
My brother was served with a restraining order by his wife. Their seven year old daughter told someone he had "touched her inappropriately". Our family is positive that this didn't happen and my brother is devastated. What recourse does he have? [more inside]
How do I improve my cunnilingus technique? I do pretty well as it is but operate under the beliefs that a) it's something you can never be too good at and b) different people like different things, so I'd love to know new things to try. What do you like to do/like to have done to you? [more inside]
Boston/Cambridge guest houses? [more inside]
I recently saw a movie where some guys were hanging out and scenes were being shown of them smoking various substances. One of the scenes looked like they were smoking an apple with the top of it hollowed out and smoke coming out. What's up with this? [more inside]
Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
How would I determine sunlight levels for the planets in the outer solar system? [more inside]
Are "ut" and "si" just variants of "do" and "ti", respectively, or is there more to it than that?
I am trying to find a list of cities that span two or more states (e.g. Kansas City MO/KS). Anyone?
How do I keep track of my business phone calls? I'm looking for a program, preferably freeware or open source, that will help me keep track of the people calling/emailing/contacting me, why they're contacting me, when they contacted me, how to contact them, when I should contact them, and if I've contacted them. Preferably it would allow for multiple call-backs in case we get into an extended game of phone tag. Right now I'm using a notebook, but something on the computer would allow easier changes. Googling's failed me, since I'm not even sure of the right phrasing to use.
Does everybody hear some sort of ringing in their ears when in total silence? Or is it just me?
With the NFL season about to start, I'd like a way to receive an e-mail alert everytime a team scores a touchdown or field goal. I'm sure there are pay services that do this for hardcore fantasy football players and gamblers, but I'm wondering if there's a free service or a way to hack an existing e-mail alert system to make this work.
A question for the AskMefi women. Guys in their late thirties or early forties who dye their hair: O.K. or icky? And for those of you who think it's lame: is it lame enough to become a dealbreaker when you start seeing a guy? [more inside]
Are there any good "best of" sites for logo design and corporate identity work, a la the CSS showcase sites Stylegala, CSS Vault and CSS Beauty?
Why fly halfway around the world to adopt a child? [more inside]
WirelessGeekFilter: I need a new phone/carrier. I'm thinking that I'd like to have mobile internet, and have done my research. Unfortunately, my research implies some unfortunate tradeoffs. See, I want cheap voice and cheap internet. Help me find the optimal hack. [more inside]
Looking for secure kiosk browser software. [more inside]
Help me choose some photography management software. [more inside]
Is heavy metal blood testing worth doing? [more inside]
Is there anyway to get firefox to display images located on my office's network? [more inside]
My boyfriend's parents are moving to the US from Singapore, and they're trying to minimize their taxes and financial penalties from their house they just sold in Singapore--ie: should they keep their money in a Singaporean bank, or a US one? [more inside]
What is the best, most universal subject one can utilise in order to have a conversation in any society in the world, without causing offence to the people you're conversing with?
Can I implement a screen scraper app completely on the client side? [more inside]
What's the score with Pentium Ds? If I'm buying a new desktop computer, should I make sure I have this processor?
What are some suggestions for side-effect-free(r) contraceptives? I've heard hormonal birth control can be personality-altering and have bad effects down the road. I'd really like that not to happen. We/She'll consult with a doctor as well, so no "honey and crocodile dung" suggestions please! [more inside]
I'm looking for advice and anecdotes about Zoloft and pregnancy. [more inside]
How do I get over the guilt of having been (very) unfaithful to my loving wife, when she doesn't have any idea it happened? [more inside]
How do I find a procrastination therapist? [more inside]
I'm a 40-ish woman, intelligent, fun, interesting, married, a home owner, have a lot in common with women I meet. You like me when you meet me...why do you turn off when you learn I have no children? [more inside]
My grandmother is 82 years old. She's in great health, physically as well as mentally, is active, nothing is wrong with her memory. She is, however, turning very deaf. Now for a week or so she's been hearing music. She thought it was the neighbours, but when hearing people go into her house they don't hear a thing. She hears (nice) music and can actually recognise some of the tunes (one is "Jealousy", a song she used to sing a lot). Does anyone know what is going on? I live in a different country and my dad, who lives close to her, is going to check things out, but I'd like to know if any of you know anything about this kind of thing.
Is there a way to avoid a wireless router interfering with the signal from a wireless audio-video transmitter? [more inside]
Thanks to your answers to this question, I'm going to spend the next month redeveloping our website. But now I'm faced with choosing the right tools for the job. [more inside]
AttractiveRetailWorkerFilter: If someone would like a date with someone they only see at retail/checkout, is there any acceptable way to communicate this, that doesn't impose on the worker or make their job harder/unpleasant if they're not interested? [more inside]
How do I fix a light fixture which causes a bulb to blow out, but only after a month or so? [more inside]
NoMoneyFilter: My friend in NYC really really really wants to go to a lot of these shows but money is really tight. Do you have any ideas on how he can go? [more inside]
Oakley has a product called the Adaptable Payload Vest. Where can I find it? [more inside]
Mobile phone frustration: How can I get my current phone to recognize a new network? [more inside]
In my quest to visit all 50 states, I'm finally going to New Hampshire and Maine this fall. Please help me decide where to go and what to do. [more inside]
I am updating an old server actually on dual xeon 450M/512k processor to xeon 500/2Mb. I know the motherboard support the new cpu's but do i need to change the vrm or will the old one do just fine ?
Please help me transfer pictures from my Canon camera to my iBook without using Canon's software. [more inside]
Looking for a service to set up and host community websites/blogs for free. [more inside]
Help me fix the vertical blinds in my apartment before I move out. [more inside]
I just bought a new iBook. I need help! [more inside]
We just moved to Madison, Wisconsin -- now what? [more inside]
I'm interested in learning more about East Asian cinema. Which films should I see? [more inside]
Help me find Excel file of Mensa IQ test? [more inside]
I'm silkscreening a few posters, and I don't have access to the nice exposure table I usually use, so I'm being forced to print out my designs onto transparency sheets rather than drawing them by hand and oiling the paper. [more inside]
I have a laptop (Powerbook G4 12") that I want to use in our tiny (Mazda Protege5) car for showing DVD's to my kids on long drives. [more inside]
I want to start blogging, but I'm not sure if any blogware / hosting site does what I want. [more inside]
Help me with my driver's license drama! The short version: If I have a (wrongly..err...I think) suspended license in another state, how do I get a license in a new state? I'm scared and intimidated but ready to be on the right side of the law. Anyone have any insight? [more inside]
Help me learn to cock block... [more inside]
Amiga game identification filter... [more inside]
How do I get a cellphone company to cancel my account and credit back their charges? [more inside]
How do I fix my dried out print cartridge, when "clean cartridge" won't do it and I know there's plenty of ink in there? [more inside]
Smelly Shoes: I wore my favorite pair of shoes to one of the hottest, most humid 7 weeks of Vermont summer in recorded history this year, and my shoes stink. I've tried spraying them full of Odor-Eaters spray powder (With Zorbitex™!) and leaving them alone for a while, and while they smell fine when left alone, they reek after an hour or so of use. Can I exorcise these shoes, or do I need to dump them? How do you tell if a pair of shoes is OK to wash in a washing machine? [more inside]
Back in 1988 or so I remember coming across a toy called, if I remember right, "The Brain." It was clear plastic, cylindrical in shape (a little bigger than but similar to a stack of 20 CDs), and it had about a dozen small black rods sticking up around the top plane of the cylinder. You could see a bunch of interlocking plates in the inside of the cylinder, and they controlled which rods you could move at which time. The goal was to figure out the code. Has anyone seen this toy or know where I can find one? I've tried eBay and Froogle but no luck.
SoftwareFilter: Need a portal / groupware or CMS solution with the following features: [more inside]
Looking at houses to buy. The property I just looked at has a "right of redemption" attached to it. What does that mean exactly and should that affect my decision in buying that house? [more inside]
There are three songs I've been trying to figure out the name of for a while now. The first one is light music I heard about 10 years ago on a radio station called Magic 100 in Ottawa, but have not heard it since. The second one is another light song I heard about 1 year ago on a radio. The last one is one I found on my computer but want to find the name of. I made some midis of what I remember them sort of sounding like. Can you name these tunes? I would much appreciate it!
Is there a way to fix a crackly-headphones problem that I always always have with walkmen and mp3 players? [more inside]
Have you ever known someone to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2200 miles straight through? [more inside]
Tell me about your co-op housing experiences... [more inside]
What proactive maintence is worth doing on a car with 120,000 miles on it? I have 2000 VW Golf automatic trans with 120,000 miles on it. Id like the keep the car until it basicly drops say 200,000 miles. Besides the usual oil changes, brake jobs, tires. etc.. whats worth doing to the car to keep it runnings indefinitely. For instance is it worth $900 to change the shocks and struts. Are the various "flushes" worth the cost. Etc etc...
I have a third generation ipod with the now-infamous crappy battery that falls just outside eligibility for the lawsuit reimbursement. All ranting aside, if I spend the $59 to get a new battery, is it actually going to last any longer than the lame original? Or am I better off investing in a new player altogether?
Help make a Canadian Understand America-filter. Is burning actually one of the preferred ways of disposing of old American flag? [more inside]
CarOwnerFilter: help me get my car running again after a long period of neglect. [more inside]
Driving from DC to upstate NY for Labor Day. [more inside]
Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?
What has been the impact of the expanded powers of eminent domain in the US on people attaching deed restrictions to property in an attempt to preserve natural/undeveloped areas? IE: are these restrictions basically worthless now if a business enterprise wants to use your wet land as a cooling pond or clear cut your valley for condominiums? Links to analysis or articles?
Getting the best DVD picture from my computer. With a computer plugged into a regular LCD display ("HDTV" resolution) what software do I need to make DVD video look great? [more inside]
What's the best way to sell event tickets that I don't need? [more inside]
Sympathy cards in Italy. A somewhat distant relative of mine in Italy passed away recently and I'd like to send a card. As my Italian is rudimentary at best and as I'm not sure what is acceptable or proper to write in a sympathy card in Italy, I'd appreciate any suggestions from Italian-speaking Mefites. [more inside]
What's the best way to repair cat scratches on a (neutral shade) leather sofa? Is there anything better than that "Leather Magic" stuff?
Help me hack my PC's DVD player. [more inside]
I have been given a nice, new laptop at work. It has a wireless card, and is also connected via an ethernet cable. How can I get it to default to using the faster, more stable ethernet connection when I'm at my desk? [more inside]
What is the best way to change a property deed? [more inside]
Renewed my license in Savannah, Georgia, which required the submission of fingerprints. Is there any way to check how my newly scanned fingerprint is being used? where it's stored? what database(s) it's in? etc, etc. I'm not looking for an argument on whether requiring the fingerprints is right or wrong, but I'm REALLY curious as to what they're going to do with it.
I have been asked to move to Tainan, Taiwan for one year to teach English and take a few Chinese classes. Is this a smart idea, safe place... [I have a few more questions inside]. [more inside]
I have two questions for MeFi audiophiles. Electricians might be able to help too. [more inside]
I'm looking for a bad handwriting font. I want it to be so bad that it is in fact unreadable, smeary, even. Is there such a thing?
I have a 4mb Newton flash storage card, a PC with a pcmcia slot and a Mac. Is there any way to retrieve the data from the card onto aforementioned Mac? [more inside]
ForMyBetterHalfFilter: Pips is looking for a good women's salon in New York when she can get her hair cut and styled to her liking for under $75. As a guy who gets $12 trims I have no idea. Any suggestions?
A good friend of mine and I are planning a trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji in November. We're in our early thirties, like to have a good time, and will try anything once or twice. We will most likely be traveling the east coast of Australia, the south in New Zealand, and finally ending up in Fiji. Where exactly should we go, what hotels should we stay in, what should we do. What should we see in Sydney? Should we go into the interior in Australia? Great Barrier Reef? Other cities? What's happening in Fiji? Any info would be great!
Our IT department installed a proprietary portal, that, in addition to requiring that popups be enabled, only works with Mozilla and not Firefox. And IE. Given that Firefox and Mozilla use the same rendering engine, is there an easy way to fool the evil portal into thinking that Firefox for OS X is really Mozilla? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a resource for buying older medical equipment for export to Africa? [more inside]
I intend to propose to my girlfriend of 5 years. Problem is, we've decided not to buy wedding bands when we get married. And we have no idea what to replace it with. Tattooing on our fingers was brought up as an idea. (But too painful) Have anyone opted out on the standard "wedding ring" marriage? What item is a memorable and unconventional replacement for the wedding ring?
I am looking to buy Trave Table... What do you think? [more inside]
Is there anyone selling keys with Apple markings for PC keyboards? (Or do I have other options?) [more inside]
I'm looking for a reputable online auto parts store. [more inside]
I've just been diagnosed as severely hyperthyroid, also known as Grave's Disease. I'm under the care of about 6 physicians, but want to know some more subjective information. Is there a really great book? A great tip for sleeping with my head raised on pillows? Other experimental or experiences you can pass my way would be great. [more inside]
Is there a general news site with open submissions like Wikinews, but with an editorial board that clears material before it's made public? [more inside]
I expect to be relocating to a new city. I have been paying down my current home for over ten years, and have significant equity. It has appreciated in this time. My choices: sell my current home and buy one in the new city. Rent out my home (convert it to income property), and either use other funds to buy in the new city or rent in the new city. [more inside]
Why are the iPod adapters for broadcasting my iPod through a signal on the radio so crappy? Is it a law that the broadcasting signal can't be strong at all? And more importantly, does anyone have a recommendation for a good broadcaster for my iPod (For use in my car.) [more inside]
Any advice on opening and running a used book store? [more inside]
I'll be moving to Kuwait from New York City in November. I've lived abroad before so the culture shock may not be too bad. As an Irish Canadian, beer and hockey deprivation are my main concerns. I know there's an ice rink in KC but any further suggestions from past/current ex-pats?
How did the phrase "mi casa, su casa" become such a common phrase in America?
In the sea of new "strange" shows coming to television this fall, I'm convinced that we're seeing a cycle in popularity that we once experienced in the mid to late 70s. However, I was <10 years old at the time, and while I remember some aspects of the shows in question, I don't recall any of the details or identifications. [more inside]
TaxGeek filter: Where can we find the SUV subsidy provision? [more inside]
My wife is pregnant (yay!), but is currently between jobs (boooo). However, she currently has several positions she's applying to. At what point in the hiring process should she be divulging the fact that she will have to take maternity leave relatively soon?
I'm trying to figure out the proper capitalization rules for acronyms. [more inside]
I'm a normal dude, so obviously I think poetry is lame. It's something that I've never understood. Post some good poetry or links to specific pieces that can help a 'normal dude' appreciate the art form - if you dare!
Help me find an international phone card in Japan [more inside]
Advice needed for a December trip to Australia from the US. [more inside]
My fiancee has Borderline Personality Disorder and OCD. Please help us. [more inside]
Imagine the worst-case scenario for an unemployed person looking for a new position. OK, my situation is not quite that bad, but almost. I plan to begin interviewing in January 2006 after two years on disability leave. Given the details I describe inside, how I do best use the remainder of 2005 to land the best possible position? [more inside]
What should I choose - my man or my career? [more inside]
Looking for good restaurants in Santa Barbara. [more inside]
Is the Golden Key International Honour Society an elaborate scam? [more inside]
I'm in the UK, and would love to have the car numberplate W188LER. Trouble is, it's a normal, regularly-issued numberplate, that someone legally has. Where can I find out who's got the numberplate on their car?
I would like to know how to backup my bookmarks in the internet browser program FIREFOX. I would certainly hate to loose my bookmarks should my hard drive go down! Thanks
I've got an older laptop, and would like to connect a couple of USB 2.0 devices to it (the laptop only has USB 1.0 ports). Is there some kind of USB 2.0/PCMCIA adapter? Ideally, it would plug into my PCMCIA socket, and have a cable leading out to a large USB 2.0 hub (with 6-8 USB ports). Does such a thing exist?
Is there an easy-to-use web interface for listening to various streaming radio stations via a web interface on a Linux server? [more inside]
Sharing hard-drives between Linux and Mac OSX (tiger). Which filesystem? [more inside]
We are having a big party next weekend. What can I do to ward off the swarms of yellow jackets? They are ferocious this year. [more inside]
Having worked in a corporate job doing tech support for good money for the last few years, I'm finding that my soul has withered. My goal for the next year or so is to perk it back up again. [more inside]
Is there a cheap, simple way to map out the profile of a road to show the height / length of the hills? [more inside]
OhnonotagainFilter: Can I get out of my wireless contract? [more inside]
I'm trying to help out a non profit that benefits autistic kids. Its a great organization. They've been mentioned in the press/hbo/tv etc quite a bit but no one has kept a media book. Is there any service that would be able to find this info? I don't need the articles just a listing of them would be fine.
FrontPage 2003 deleted my remote files! How can I prevent this in the future/make FrontPage respect the nature of a multi-contributor site? [more inside]
What has happened to my noodles!? Recently, all the boxes of dry spaghetti in my cupboard have suffered a strange affliction... [more inside]
I18n and HTML: How do display images that have kanji filenames, in both IE (PC) and Safari (Mac). [more inside]
In January I'll be studying abroad somewhere in England for my junior year of college. As my three choices for schools, I chose U. of Manchester, UCL, and U. of Bristol... [more inside]
Can you help a guy out getting started on using RSS feeds? [more inside]
How do I improve my blowjob technique? I do pretty well as it is but operate under the beliefs that a) it's something you can never be too good at and b) different people like different things, so I'd love to know new things to try. What do you like to do/like to have done to you? [more inside]
Sedona/FlagstaffFilter - We're 2 1/2 weeks from honeymoon land, and heading to Sedona and Flagstaff for our honeymoon . . . [more inside]
Where should NortonDC and I go on our honeymoon in a month? We would like relaxation (with the option to be active), and maybe to be spoiled a bit. [more inside]
Please help me better align my values with my career. [more inside]
Are online pharmacies a total scam? I'd like some tamiflu, but don't want my doctor to think I'm a tinfoil-hatted drug-seeking nutso. [more inside]
i have a cousin who immigrated from the philippines and wants to accomplish the following: 1) change her visa status and 2) to be certified as a teacher of special education or elementary education in NY or NJ. she's thinking of spending quite a bit of money on the services of PSIT to facilitate the process but i am looking for alternatives. can anyone help with reputable alternatives or an effective program? [more inside]
There was a recent article in the Los Angeles Weekly about current sports hysteria about steroids. http://www.laweekly.com/ink/05/36/features-kotler.php Does anyone have any insight about sites or journals where one can find objective info/personal experiences about steroids?
yes - no - maybe - maybe yes - maybe no - maybe maybe - wait - can't decide - what to do first? - was that wrong? - was that right?
Ever been so overwhelmed that it paralyzed you? How did figure out what to do first? How did you get it all done? [more inside]
I am looking for a phonetic transcription of the lyrics to the Japanese punk song "Linda Linda" by the Blue Hearts. An English translation of the lyrics would be great, too.
I'm interested in moving away from Moveable Type for my blog. Unfortunately, the only DBMS my webhost provides is PostgreSQL. Wordpress doesn't support it. Blosxom seems promising, but I'm behind a firewall and proxy at work, so web-based management is a must. I'm very technical; enough so that I'm considering writing my own blog CMS, and only the time investment is holding me back. What are my options? What do you recommend?
Who was the person that ran as an independent candidate in either the 1928, 1932 or 1936 presidential election whose platform was that all goods and commodities should be priced according the the amount of energy that went into their production?
So what's the deal with garbage trucks, tractor trailers, construction equipment and other imposing vehicles driving around with dolls and stuffed animals attached to their grills?
Is thumb sucking by young children consistant across cultures?
Are there any web discussion forums that allow embedding of weird notations (like complex math or music scores)? [more inside]
I need to preview websites in various browsers on various platforms, all from Windows machines - while on the road. If I remember correctly, there's an online service that does this preview for you. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I'm designing a website for a band. I want them to be able to update the News page. I would like a very simple admin page that just updates the text on that page, and nothing else. [more inside]
I have a 60gb iPod but alas, only a 40gb hard drive on my primary (Windows XP) machine. Do I have any hope of ever having a full iPod? [more inside]
Inept dick filter: My supermarket thinks I'm a shoplifter. [more inside]
My mom just purchased a Palm Tungsten E2 from Ebay and it came without software. Unfortunately, for some reason Palm's website doesn't have any software available for this model, at all. Is there anything I can do?
How do the cannons that shoot human cannon balls work? I'm guessing it's different than the way real cannons work. This page says it's a trade secret. Now I must know!
Do any of the large (or semi-large) fast food chains in the United States serve kosher food that is not fish / vegetarian? I know that McDonalds and Burger King offer a fish sandwich, but do any places (including places like Pizza Hut and Quiznos) serve kosher -meat-? [more inside]
What is Osama bin Laden's legal status? [more inside]
What's the best way to get rid of a tremendous collection of CDs, vinyl LPs, press kits, comics & collectibles, especially in this age of filesharing, online music stores and eBay? [more inside]
What's the deal with the Google Video interface? More specifically, how can I grab frames from videos that aren't playable, like this funky site does? [more inside]
I, like a lot of geeks, seem to just have a few spare motherboards and hard drives kicking around. I'd like to put these to good use, but the question is how? I'm interested in building a machine into a piece of furniture of even a wall or ceiling (renovating the basement now so timing is good for this), but I can't think of any reason to actually do this other than a digital picture frame with an LCD screen on the wall. This PC is already running without a case, so its in pieces and can stay that way. What practical (or slightly impractical) use can I get from an extra PC like this? I don't just need a simple server, already have one of those, and a client machine would be great, but I want this machine hidden if possible which makes the logistics of getting a monitor and keyboard somewhere useful a little more difficult.
Excel - I am interviewing a couple of people tomorrow for an admin job within my team. One of the things we want to check is their proficiency with Excel. Does anyone know of a site that has a downloadable Excel spreadsheet that we could give them as a test
How can I preserve the unsubmitted contents of a web form whilst calling a refresh on its structure?
Half way through a form, a user decides that they'd like to add a category to a selection list. How can I facilitate this without also losing everything they've typed into the form so far? [more inside]
I'm looking for literature that reflects some of the different worldviews or perspectives that African Americans have in relation to nature and natural resources. [more inside]
There's something wrong with my (4 year old) CRT monitor. The display is much, much darker, probably gamma-funkiness. How can I fix this? [more inside]
Failing memory filter: My memory, never good, is noticeably deteriorating and I'm almost resigned to that. Anything that would slow this process would be welcome but I'm really looking for effective strategies to compensate - in particular, would a PDA help (for to-do lists) or are there other tools I should be using? [more inside]
Why isn't there a camera that takes photos which look like what I see with my eyes? [more inside]
OK -- so I like early Flying Saucer Attack. What now? [more inside]
Why do so many contests ask a stupid "skill-testing" question?
A load of laundry i just took out of the dryer appears to be completly ruined. I left a ball point pen in a pocket and it went thru the washer/dryer spilling all of it's horrible blackness all over my clothes. Is there any hope????? Any suggestions for attempting to treat them? I've googled for it but only found treatments pre-wash.. I never thought i would have such an attachment to clothes but a few of them are new and a few of them have sentimental value from a few triathlons I have done.. any help would be MUCH appreciated!
My best friend is flying to London at the end of the month to study there until Christmas, and I want to make her a mix CD (or CDs...) [more inside]
When I use BitTorrent on XP SP2, Windows "limits the number of concurrent, incomplete outbound TCP connection attempts" and (I think) slows me down, because they might be coming from a "malicious program". How can I stop it doing that and make it treat me like a grown-up? Is it in the registry somewhere?
What can we do with this three-season porch? [more inside]
I need a few good fonts for various props in a 1956 play. Does anyone know of a list of several 1950's fonts? I need a sign, window lettering, and I'd like the program to have a fifties feel as well.
Science or Airplane safety question: How can an airplane partially decompress at 14000 feet, knocking the crew out (not killing them) and then when it goes up to 34000 feet the problem does not worsen? [more inside]
My family grew up saying grace before dinner, but none of us are religious. We value the pre-meal ceremony itself, but it doesn't seem right to use a standard, religious grace; can you suggest a different one? [more inside]
Recourse Filter: I bought a product from a Canadian company. I realized upon it's arrival that it’s incorrect and was falsely advertised. Discussions with the company haven’t went well at all . Advice and suggestions on the possibility of getting things corrected? [more inside]
What's good to make with canned tuna fish? I only use it to make sandwiches and macaroni salad and there has to be something more interesting than that.
I have a bookmarklet that I'd like to run by a pressing a hotkey in Firefox -- any suggestions? I've set up a mouse gesture to do this, but I'd like a keyboard shortcut as well.
Family Photo Project - I'm working on a "How to" for a project to turn my family's entire photo history into a easily searchable, sortable, and archived digital collection. I would like some insight on my plan. [more inside]
How does one learn about furniture/antiques, specifically Danish Modern furniture? Total idjit/newbie questions inside. [more inside]
New laptop running Windows XP SP2; can't connect to my desktop PC's wifi router. Any reason why? [more inside]
I moved into my new apartment complex two weeks ago and already there's been one car break-in and one apartment burglary. What can I do to secure my apartment and my personal safety? [more inside]
[Spoiler] I've just been watching a movie called 'The Village' and I have a question. Do not click in here if you haven't seen the film because it will really spoil your enjoyment.
NYCTrafficFilter: Help me avoid the worst of it. I have to drive from Maine to Long Branch, NJ for a wedding this weekend. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to leave Portland at around 1 p.m. on Thursday. This means I'll be nearing NYC right around rush hour. Google Maps suggests going 84 to 91 to 95, over the GWB, to Garden State Parkway to Rt. 36. Should I trust Google on this one?
My cat needs a microchip ID implant in order to enter Japan with me. Japan (and most of the world) uses ISO-standard microchips, but the de-facto standard in the U.S. is incompatible. The main supplier of U.S. pet microchips has gone so far as to sue companies who try to sell world compatible chips to the U.S. Does anybody know how to get an ISO-standard chip for my cat in the U.S.? [more inside]
Do you know of applications that simulate things like: notional starship control panels . . . mechanical Curta calculators . . . backhoes . . . Star Trek tricorders and similar devices? These things amuse me, but they're hard to find because there are so many simulation games and actual, industrial simulators advertised on the web, which clutter up my searches. [more inside]
Where can I get a popup spellcheck function like AxMe's? It's really sweet. I'm especially impressed that it even works in Opera, is it done with Flash?
How can I record several channels of video at high quality, and for a short period of time? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are looking to go on vacation to somewhere cheap with nice beaches (preferably white sand/clear water) in early October. We live in New York City. Any suggestions?
Inspired by a stray comment in a blue thread about a fancy new Japanese door, I'm wondering the same thing: what was the functional point of the saloon door?
I haven't lived on a university campus for a couple years, and have forgotten how restrictive things can be as far as internet access is concerned. I know there are solutions to these problems -- I've read about them or things similar in the past -- I just can't seem to find much current information. I have a Mac, BTW. [more inside]
Should I apply for a job on behalf of a friend? [more inside]
Help me win a good-natured office prank war with a co-worker. [more inside]
I need to know the proper etiquette for gift-giving to the officiant at my wedding. She's a pastor from my youth, and after looking her up, she agreed to officiate at my wedding. She never said anything about $$, but we'd like to get her a gift to thank her. [more inside]
My house has been getting attacked by a fairly persistent woodpecker recently. The odd thing is that it appears to be pecking along the cable lines that run along the side of the house. Could the cable lines be giving off a hum that sounds like a food source is underneath? [more inside]
Is there a limit on the size of a HTTP post? (Or any Aolserver doctors in the house?) [more inside]
OutsourcingFilter: Help me choose a thank you gift for some hard-working Russians. [more inside]
Inside, a question about nocturnal activities which will be best answered by Londoners, night-owls and lateral thinkers. [more inside]
How can I change my habits to be more healthy? [more inside]
Is it feasible to ship liquor from Europe to the US? [more inside]
Can you name this Roald-Dahl-ish short story / collection? [more inside]
What's the absolute best (as in quality) way to resize a digicam image for viewing on the web? [more inside]
What should I bring to a shiva? [more inside]
I just got screwed by a VOIP company. After a month of trying to reinstate a virtual number they accidently deleted, they’ve now confessed that they assigned it to someone else. I asked “What can you do to make this right”, and all they said was “we can give you a new phone number”. What official-type people can I complain to so I can get “The Rage” out of my system?
BabySitterFilter: My wife and I are currently arguing about whether its safe and/or appropriate to have some friends over playing cards while babysitting an active 13 month kid. [more inside]
Anyone have experience with iChatUSBCam and iChat? [more inside]
Anything you can do with fresh cucumbers so you can enjoy them weeks or months later? [more inside]
Calendaring Software? [more inside]
Cell phone surveillance... just heard what must be an urban myth: that police have the capability to use your cellphone as a listening device and that even if the power is off, that the device can be powered up remotely. The person who passed this information takes out his battery to ensure that his conversations are not monitored. I have heard of aliens monitoring brainwaves through metal fillings, but this seems over the top. Any truth?
I'm in need of a tried and tested fondue recipe. I had a great one, made with fontina cheese that I got from a vegetarian cookbook, but I just can't find it again. If possible recipes with reasonably priced cheeses would be great as I'm making this for a party of 15.
Windows XP application monitor thingy needed. I am looking for some software that will offer to re-open all software that was open before the PC was restarted/crashed, upon rebooting windows. [more inside]
Outlook 2003 question [more inside]
ScienceFilter: Why do high-voltage power lines buzz. [more inside]
Recently, I've started learning the guitar. Up to now, I've been recording and arranging my compositions on my Mac with GarageBand. However, I'm outgrowing it, so I want to find a new budget ($50 to $200) piece of software to use. I just basically want to do multitrack recording and sequencing of .wav based sound files. Also might want to add some effects to tracks, plus probably other stuff I haven't learnt about yet.
A few months ago I told my long time girlfriend that I was planning on asking her to marry me in August. I felt pressured in to saying that at the time and I think it's time we go our separate ways. She has been working on the things that bother me and for the past month been altogether great. I am just not ready for marriage (excuse) and I think that in the long run I would not be happy in this relationship. I would feel too controlled, too restricted, and lonely. She is very sensitive and I'm afraid of what she might do if I break up with her, but I have to do something, it's August! She doesn't really have any close friends and is not close to her family. I'm it, really. I love her a lot and care about what happens to her, I just feel like I should probably move on. Any help? [more inside]
Here’s one for the mefiosi italiani: do you know if there are any Tabacchi who would accept & fulfil international credit-card orders for Toscani & Toscanelli cigars? [more inside]
What is the best way to get high resolution digital images when developing film? [more inside]
Help me obtain a breeding pair of pygmy jerboa. [more inside]
What kind of laptop should I get? Mac, PC, or something else for an elementary teacher just starting out? [more inside]
Is there a website to quickly get up to speed on the latest computer hardware? [more inside]
PastRelationshipBaggageFilter: Help me get the guy I'm dating to trust me! [more inside]
DoctorFilter: Do presumably healthy men in their late 20s get regular physicals? [more inside]
Married bisexuals filter. Those of you who identify as bisexual, yet are (or have been) married to the opposite sex: in what ways do you assert your identity among family members (esp. in-laws)? [more inside]
Dear Abby what should I do... I’m in the wedding party of a once close friend, but I’m having doubts as to whether or not I should participate. [more inside]
How do I make my wife feel sexy? [more inside]
What's the best pen to sign the back of a bank/credit card with that won't smudge or fade? [more inside]
Mozilla Madness: I've trawled the Firefox forums (posted a few "hope mes") and tried many fixes, but I am continuously getting this error: "No XBL binding for browser." Uninstalling/reinstalling won't cut it, nor will renaming folders. Any thoughts? [more inside]
I want to repaint the walls of my restaurant with a lighter colour. I want to gauge the effect this will have on the look of the place, but have neither 3D modelling software nor the knowledge to use this software. Can any of you Photoshop mavens assist? [more inside]
Making hard cider - simple or complicated? [more inside]
New York City bachelorette party suggestions, please. I'm helping organize a bachelorette party in New York, where I live, but I tend to frequent dive bars and nasty diners. Hence I have no ideas about fun places for a bunch of girls to hang out. [more inside]
Three older, nervous cats; one move from apartment to house in the same city; two possible solutions to keep our cats safe and reasonably unfrazzled. Please help us choose the best one. [more inside]
How can I get my monitor screen clean without streaks? [more inside]
ExGirlFriend filter: My girlfriend from High School has been talking to my sister lately it seems, and now she asked my sister for my phone number so she can give me a call, because she has something "she needs to talk to me about." [more inside]
MusicFilter: I am looking for songs of any genre that use food as a metaphor for sex. The two songs that I could come up with are Mississippi John Hurt's Candyman and Van Halen's Ice Cream Man. Thanks so much.
One of the Dumber Microsoft Word Questions Ever. When I try to scroll up or down a document in MS Word to highlight a select amount of text, Word whips through at lightning speed and highlights everything in the document before or after my cursor. [more inside]
Match.com question for the straight guys in tha hizzouse. [more inside]
How much has the Iraq war cost to date? Cite sources please.
How to sell comic books [more inside]
I am looking for a new place to see all of my financial accounts from all institutions together online. [more inside]
How do I change the passenger side headlight on a smartcar?
Help me write an ad to attract some potential gene donors. [more inside]
I was going through some online journals my school subscribes to, and I noticed that one reference I was tracking down was in an issue I'd already visited. This made me wonder if I could, after visiting the issue, have my browser jump to any links I'd already followed. Does anyone know how to do this/if it can be done? [more inside]
Does lactc acid buildup in your muscles actualy hurt you? [more inside]
FortySomethingAttachmentFilter: I'm thinking of selling-off a rather large collection of LPs and CDs , accumulated over the past 30 years, at our next garage sale. [more inside]
I am looking for a place that will act as our online "home base" so family members in four cities can privately connect/collaborate/share photos, notes, docs, chat, instant messaging, all in the same place using the same service. So far, I am looking into groupee.com, myspace.com, grouper.com, groove.net, strongspace.com. Any recommendations, other suggestions? Thanks.
Is there a word for arranging to have a friend call you shortly after a first date starts?
CarRepairFilter: I have two problems with my 1992 Honda Accord, with about 175k miles. Runs great, but two minor issues: power windows and an idling issue. [more inside]
My parents just dropped off my younger brother (and their youngest child) at college. What can my elder brother and I do for them to mark the occasion, short of ordering a gross of tissues for delivery to their Orlando-area home?
I'm an attractive 32 year old woman and have been single for over six years. Help me to, erm, get laid. [more inside]
Troubleshooting CSS: I'm working on a site that renders properly in all tested browsers, except (and who'd have guessed it) IE. Here's the link to the site Here's a link to the style sheet [more inside]
How can I keep my Handi Wipe and my scrotch bite sponge from getting smelly? These usually only last for a couple of days before the *stench* I personally call *the funk* settles in. What strategies are ther for combating the funk?
I need to receive emails containing lengthy audio. One mail account simply does not show the attachment coming in. My .mac email account gives the sender this message: "This message is larger than the current system limit or the recipient's mailbox is full. Create a shorter message body or remove attachments and try sending it again." My mail box is definitely not full. Does anyone know of any way to email larger audio documents? Or a (free, preferably) email account without such limitations? The sender is a city government entitity, so getting them to compress, etc., is unlikely. Thanks.
Is there some sort of Perl script or something that could grep through a whole lot of C code and produce some sort of graphical code map, linking which functions call other functions? [more inside]
Are there any electronic periodical databases that include Playboy magazine articles? I'm looking for a story about sexual shenanigans in Eufaula, Alabama that probably appeared between 10 and 20 years ago, and EBSCOhost, Academic Universe and Playboy.com are no help. Is there a Playboy article index anywhere, perhaps similar to this? Does Nexis index Playboy? [more inside]
Pregnancy, dental work, and nitrous oxide. [more inside]
I'm trying to transfer pictures from my digital camera to my computer, which is being made very difficult by the constant bluescreens Windows is giving me. [more inside]
Just got a new job and I took the night shift for the extra 1.50 per hour in my paycheck. I'm normally an early to bed/rise kind of girl, so I'm looking for any tips on completely flipping my sleeping schedule. [more inside]
A friend is teaching a Dante class to high school seniors and asked me the following: I am looking for several old, pretty obscure movies based on Dante's Inferno. Amazon doesn't seem to have anything that out of the ordinary. Do you have any recommendations? Nothing pops into my brain. How about you guys?
Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
Songs with "forgiveness" as theme? [more inside]
BikeFilter: i'm scheduled to buy a used bike this evening and i plan to convert it to a fixed gear bike. should i go used and convert or just buy new? also, what should i look (out) for when buying this bike? [more inside]
How can I easily burn a long Windows Media Player playlist to a dvd? If that isn't possible how can I export only the desired files from my overly large media collection to another directory so I can then just burn those files using another program without having to individually select all the files ? I don't have an ipod or another external device that i could easily copy to using wmp's sync feature
Surviving a supernova... [more inside]
I've noticed that all websites which allow you to send SMS' to phones in America ask you to supply the name of the mobile network that the recipient is on. If this was asked in the UK, no-one would have a clue (thankfully they don't need to know too). However, is there any way that you can work out/intelligently guess the carrier when you have only the American mobile phone number?
ObsoleteSoftwareFilter: Remember SoundEdit 16? Well, I need some help converting a few files. [more inside]
Help me get rid of some furniture. [more inside]
MeFi beverage enthusiasts – For the past three years or so I’ve been buying the fruit drink brand called Sobe from gas stations whenever I fill up my car and so forth. Anyways, on the cap has always been the message: “1 in 12 scores! Instantly”, and yet never in all these years have I once got a winning cap. My question is this: are they blowing smoke up my ass? For instance, has anybody else that likes this brand noticed this? Or is it probably just chance? I don’t want to exaggerate, and don’t have an accurate count for how many I’ve bought, so I’ll just say that I’ve probably unscrewed 40 or 50 caps without a win.
I sell things on the internet. I use a Mac running OS X. Are there any good product inventory programs out there that do not run on top of Filemaker? (Currently, we are using an Excel file but not happily)
Ugh. I just came down with a cold yesterday. Now I have a sore throat and, curiously, a rash on my throat... [more inside]
Divide & Conquer my living room. [more inside]
Looking for software to run a small design firm...any suggestions? [more inside]
Who's killing our trees in Minneapolis? [more inside]
Where can I buy good-quality kitchenware in Toronto, especially knives? [more inside]
ExerciseFilter: I am old (36). I am fat (5'8" 190#). I am out of shape (no real physical activity for a couple years). I have a bad knee (ACL replacement and some cartilage replacement two year ago). I want to run a half-marathon on Halloween. What can I do to prepare? Specifically, what can I do to minimize the risk of reinjuring my knee? [more inside]
I read an article a year or so ago about free IM services. One of the ones mentioned included the ability to use webcams and get video. I have a three year old, and live 1000 miles from her grandparents, so I'd love to get this service and have them be able to see each other while they talk. You know - the good old Jetson's-style videophone stuff. [more inside]
How and to what extent can one strengthen tendons, ligaments and bones (also thicken bones)? [more inside]
Can I download that little test tone they used to play at the start of casette tapes? [more inside]
Does anyone have any insights into the neuroscience behind alcohol's success in helping me overcome procrastination? [more inside]
I have a question that has been nagging me a bit to ask. You know the rollbars on convertibles - like the ones on the Porsche Boxter, Audi TT, Mazda Miata, BMW 3-Series convertible "pop-up" rollbars, etc. If you are a tall person (say over 6'3") and your head is higher than the rollbar when sitting upright wouldn't it likewise be higher when you are rolling over (at least at some point during the roll), thereby rendering them useless for tall people?
I get around 80 virus-laden emails a day from the same IP address. This bugs me. How can I find out who controls this IP address so I can ask them to run a damn virus checker on their damn network? [more inside]
Can I access other countries' iTunes Music Store from the United States and make purchases? I like to buy import-only stuff, and it would be nice to be able to download rather than have to pay expensive shipping charges.
When I turn on the phantom power switch on my new Digidesign mbox, I get a warning that the device is pulling too much power from the USB port (and then it stops working). I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, which is one of the recommended systems on Digidesign's site. I have Win XP Service Pack II installed. What gives? [more inside]
Are terraces (the portion of the lawn between a sidewalk in front of a home and the street) owned by the home owner or the city? I live in Milwaukee and I recall my dad once saying that it is public property.
I want to ship less than a room's worth of furniture from a home in MA to an apartment in MD. Google turns up a bewildering array of services and the few quotes I've found (phone and email) seem high. Has anyone done something similar? How much did you ship, how far, and how much did you pay? Who did you use? [more inside]
Getting into Mensa [more inside]
How can I, an introvert, learn how to perform better in job interviews? [more inside]
SWFloridaFilter: Is there anything fun to do at night in Ft. Myers, Florida? I'm 30-something from the SF Bay area, and I'm having a hard time finding anything online or in the local paper. Thanks!
A simple CMS/shopping cart system that can support micropayments? [more inside]
What is the best hardware/software configuration to archive 200 VHS tapes (around 400 hours)? [more inside]
I have a Phillips DVD recorder (DVR75) and recently bought a Phillips DVD player (DVP630) which sits underneath the recorder. However,when I try to turn on the new player using the remote for it, it's turning on the recorder instead. Is there a simple way to fix this?
Wanted: a relatively simple wired-to-the-wall phone with headset jack, message-waiting blinking light (phone company voicemail), speaker phone, and maybe a few speed-dial buttons (caller ID optional but preferred). Only need one line, no answering machine, no wireless. Does this phone exist? [more inside]
I'm planning to spend most of next year at a university in London on a sabbatical from my job at a nonprofit research institute in the US. My wife, son, and I are American citizens. I'll still be paid by my US employer. What will be covered by NHS? [more inside]
LoafingFilter: I am looking for a web browser that looks like an excel spreadsheet. [more inside]
I work at a small software company. I'm a developer, so my cohorts and I are responsible for our own software bugs and it's pretty obvious when we screw something up. My policy is to fess up, fix it, and move on. But another group in the company, responsible for all database administration and all networking/internet issues, has never made a mistake. Is that really possible? [more inside]
Tips please on getting posh frocks made from scratch in Hong Kong. [more inside]
Why does this work? 1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. 2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right-hand. Your foot will change direction.
Sick ducks in need of help. [more inside]
How do I create a text file of the artists and albums I have on my PC? [more inside]
Simple (I hope) question: I'm thinking that in the next year I might buy a Mac. I'm also interested in Linux, though, and I've thought about buying a "white box" PC to run Linux and open-source apps. I don't really understand the relationship between OSX and 'nixes all that well. Does OSX run Linux-type programs too? (TIA)
Please help me, and many others, identify a song. [more inside]
Please tell me your success stories of introducing a young cat into a household with an adult cat. [more inside]
The BBC streams football online, BUT only to the UK. How do I trick it to think I am in the UK when I am overseas?
I'm a freelance web developer who was recently fired by a client, had the amount of my invoice debated, and decided, for a couple of reasons, to write it off as a loss and tell them not to pay me anything. Today I got a check in the mail; do I cash it? [more inside]
Jackie Robinson stole home 19 times. How in the world can you steal home? How do you steal home the second, third, or nth time since presumably people know you're going to try?
Videoblogging: What is the best software arrangement for recording video with a conventional webcam + audio through a USB mic? It would be great to output in QuickTime and/or Flash video player format. [more inside]
email problems. [more inside]
Why can't I remember things from when I was one, two or even three years old? [more inside]
What happened to Samuel Fussell? [more inside]
Hammocks: My s.o. and I would like to buy a hammock for our backyard. We are going to get a stand for it (since we don't have any hammock-worthy trees), but we can't decide between rope, string or fabric for the hammock itself. Which is most durable? Easiest to get in and out of? Can support two adults comfortably?
Audio Production filter: I'm looking for background music for an audio project. The problem is, I don't know how to describe it. It's what I would call '1950's americana marketing music' or maybe 'bouncy happy super-retro cliche music'. See inside for a link to an example... [more inside]
Back injury filter [more inside]
Today, while driving south on I-95 though Maryland, I passed a motorcade of hundreds (thousands?) of motorcycles, heading north on 95. It was several miles long, and was jaw-droppingly impressive. Who were they? [more inside]
Help me find this short art video online! [more inside]
RanchFilter: Has anyone here done a barbed wire fence? I can't figure out how to tension wire. [more inside]
How to list the contents of an OSX directory, and output to text file? [more inside]
Our daughter is about to have her third birthday. I notice they have some educational software and some other titles (virtual 'puppies' in particular) which look like they might be entertaining. But is this too young? [more inside]
To which non-profit organizations do you donate money and why?
How do I get dried roofing tar off a polycarbonate skylight? [more inside]
What should I do with old piggy banks? [more inside]
How can I rename my music folders on my Mac based on ID3 tags? [more inside]
Why is it that when I drink lots of water, my lips become (or at least feel) dryer?
Spanish hyphenation rules/exceptions? Due to some new responsibilities, i need to improve my more-than-basic-but-less-than-fluent Spanish. Are there any online or purchasable cheatsheets/books outlining when/how to break words? (it's a general Latin-American Spanish and not pure Castilian) [more inside]
Moving to Massachusetts in a year, need help from New Englanders! [more inside]
Going to New York for the first time. Have questions, will travel. [more inside]
How do you make popcorn? Specifically old fashioned, non microwave stove top popcorn. I really want great salty buttered popcorn that doesn't come from a bag.
I live across the street from a construction site. The other day I noticed that there is an opening (a shaft, if you will) for the placement of the crane. What happens to this opening when the building is complete? [more inside]
Help me identify a specific translation of the Tao Te Ching [more inside]
Is there an easy way to create a text file of all of the folders I have in a directory? [more inside]
I live in Pennsylvania (yeah, I know). My wife was in her car, stopped in front of a retirement building. A woman was moving her mother out of the building at the time when a dresser fell on the hood of my wife's car. The car has a dent. I got an estimate from a body shop. The woman gave my wife a phone number and an address. There was a witness (the building maintenance guy). The estimate seems accurate but is expensive. I'm concerned that the woman might get pissed off and try to do the typically American thing and deny it happened, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to pay, etc., etc. Is this a car insurance issue for her? How would this woman claim this on her insurance...or can she? The body shop I got the estimate from said they'd never seen anything like it. Bottom line is, it's obvious it's this lady's fault but when she sees the estimate, she's going to freak out. I just want to be prepared in case (probably when) this gets ugly. Yes, I know about small claims court.
What do rich people have that we don't? To be more specific, what are the little inconveniences that the middle class/lower class/middle-rich/foo/bar have to deal with, but when you have enough money you can get around easily. I don't mean the obvious ones, I mean things like showers that you have to fiddle with to get the temperature, or razor burn. [more inside]
BudaPestFilter: accomodation and arrival questions. I'll be there in early October, wondering how necessary it is, arranging something in advance. [more inside]
What is the simpliest, and most efficient CMS for running a 15 pages website (with no complex functions such as polls, forums, etc...) ?
I went on a course with work last week and I met someone who made me feel something that I've not felt ever before in my life. What should I do? [more inside]
My computer has magically disappeared my user profile. I miss my bookmarks. [more inside]
I have to get rid of my eleven-year old dog (shepherd-something mix) because my wife has developed asthma. He's a house pet, good with other people and animals. Any ideas what I should do? Where to go? I am in the suburbs north of NYC.
So I've been approached to write a book... [more inside]
Yesterday, I got fired from my job. I'm a Canadian living in Uganda, and I have (had) a job working full time as a consultant (marketing and business strategy) for a Ugandan manufacturing company. Officially i'm fired for 'non performance', in reality i'm fired for 'talking back' and being 'disrespectful'. [more inside]
How can I register a domain name with an unusual top level? [more inside]
A question about the legal issues involved in setting up a site similar to epinions, only for physicians rather than products... [more inside]
I hate to make sweeping generalizations, but why is Southeast Asia so terribly obnoxious? Help me understand this bit of cultural weirdness. [more inside]
What makes someone bad at spelling? [more inside]
Booty call etiquette: I'm flying to Hawaii for two weeks to meet a guy. So now what? (inside text maybe NSFW) [more inside]
Following a link to foxstore.com revealed another person's address, phone, and credit card information.
Following a link to foxstore.com revealed another person's address, phone, and credit card information. [more inside]
Political Science Grad School Filter [more inside]
I need something to use instead of assert() in C/C++, but with similar properties [more inside]
Have you ever sent a plush toy to a "stuffed animal hospital"? [more inside]
I have to do a new XP install... [more inside]
A subdomain redirection question (any mod_rewrite experts?) [more inside]
Samba and the Mac OS X Finder are driving me crazy. [more inside]
Where is the best place to apply to study photography/fine art photography in the uk ? [more inside]
Torontonians: why do people line up outside Honest Ed's up to an hour before the doors open? Is there some sort of early-bird special on porcelain Jesus figurines?
I'm looking for good poetry blogs, either blogs of good original poetry or blogs of good commentary on poetry. Do you have any recommendations?
Why is my new cruiser clattering? [more inside]
I have an idea for a product, and I'd like to get a prototype made. Does anyone have a service they'd recommend? And how does one research materials? (It's going to be solely made of some kind of rubber, but I don't know what to call the kind of rubber I want...)
Looking for a link I saw a while back (maybe a year agoish?), it may have been posted on the blue but I'm not sure. It was something like the 50 (100?) best parts of songs ever. It described the best ~10 second long sections from songs. [more inside]
My wife and I just had to re-up on our apartment lease a month or so ago, and as luck would have it last week, we found the house of our dreams (we can actually afford it!). Not thinking about the apt. lease ramifications, we placed an offer on the house, it was accepted and now we are 45 days from closing. Now that that's our landlord is telling us that we owe 2 months rent as lease break charge AND rent for any months the apartment remains unlet? Can they do this? [more inside]
The family and I are trying to equip ourselves with clothing for our year-long travels to mostly hot places. Is travel clothing worth it? [more inside]
BayArea/LaborDayWeekend/WhatToDoFilter...My wife and I, and three of our friends, want to get away labor day weekend, somewhere within a couple hours of San Francisco. Where should we go? [more inside]
Help out a DSL n00b. The company: SBC/Yahoo. The location: Connecticut. The more: inside. [more inside]
How do I become the person I know I should be? [more inside]
Photographing soon-to-be-destroyed architectural paintings... [more inside]
What song is playing at the end of the trailer for Millions?
Normally we venture up into the Yosemite foothills for Thanksgiving week, but the cabins are horrifically high in rents. So we're thinking either Flagstaff or vicinity instead since The Kid (now 24) has never seen the Grand Canyon, and should. Tips, opinions, places to stay, things to do? [more inside]
Yet Another Tourist Filter: Next week my Mom and I are taking a 4 day land trip and 7 day cruise from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver, BC on Princess Cruise Lines. Anything we absolutely shouldn't miss? [more inside]
I'm considering going on the ECA stack to aid my fat loss and training efforts. Does anyone have general tips, caveats, or other advise for me? Has this drug combination been effective for you?
We just installed 75 amazingly cool, original condition, low-back, heavy-duty aluminum chairs in our theater... the only problem is, they don't have cup holders! [more inside]
Help me buy a cheap laptop. [more inside]
Evolutionary Biologists: A friend and I were walking through the woods, saw a deer and started pondering our ability to survive with primitive tools. We couldn't get within 40 meters of the deer before it took off. I couldn't see myself making a missile weapon to kill it at that range even with years of experience. My friend asserted that evolutionary pressures have produced deer that are quite a bit more skittish than the deer our distant ancestors had to hunt... [more inside]
Cell phone unlocking and international usage (using a U.S. phone in the U.K.) [more inside]
What's the niftiest design or technology solution invented in the past few years by an independent inventor (as opposed to a corporation)? [more inside]
Help me find God. [more inside]
What happens to the mortgages on Israeli West Bank Settlers homes when the settlers are withdrawn? [more inside]
What to see/do and where to stay when visiting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver in October . . . [more inside]
What are good sites/resources for figuring out how to customize MovableType templates for photoblogs? I'm finding it difficult without a WYSIWYG editor, or photoblog templates to base it on. [more inside]
Is there a (free) service that will email me all updates to a particular blog? [more inside]
What's the best way to link to a lot of MP3s on one page? [more inside]
A family from Leeds, England just spent 2-1/2 weeks vacation with our family (in Nebraska). Apparently they enjoyed the visit because now they are investigating MOVING here. I really don't know the complexities of such a thing and while I don't want to discourage him, I also don't want to encourage a rash decision without all the facts (they just flew home this past Monday). Any Brits that have investigated emigration or emigrated to the U.S. wish to share some knowledge? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good refutation of "Peak Oil". Articles about the certainty/validity of Peak Oil are not hard to come by, but I have yet to find a decent opposing view. I'm open to the possibility that these claims have basis, but I feel as though my reading on the topic is skewed heavily in favor of it.
Before I call and start yelling... [more inside]
Can you help me find songs about meat? [more inside]
With alot of poor countries around the world getting into more and more dept I was wonder why don't they just print more money as they own their country... [more inside]
Is there a way to back up just the local username/password list in Windows (specifically Win2000 server) and copy it from machine to machine? [more inside]
BostonFilter: After spending a few days visiting Boston, and having very, very little city experience, and having never been to the east coast before, I have a few questions. [more inside]
What is the name of the wooden hand weapon Ashley Judd used in the movie High Crimes?
Tell me what to do in Tuscaloosa, AL. I'll be there for grad school orientation next week and while my days are full, my wife and I would like to get out and have some fun in the evenings. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of bands named after members of the band that aren't the lead vocalist. [more inside]
How does one get a food item made/packaged/produced? [more inside]
How do I fix a jumpy laptop trackpad? [more inside]
I'm in Canada, with enough income that I'm looking into "sponsor a child" organizations that help children in third world countries. There are plenty, but I am still having issues. Specifically regarding donation and religion. [more inside]
Looking for a way to control an instance of winamp (or similar media player) running on a PC from an iBook, via existing Wireless network... [more inside]
A question about eyeglasses, and range of eye movement. [more inside]
I'm a HUGE mentos fan! I've seen there are peach flavor mentos available in Japan. Does anyone know a way to order/buy japanese candy (specifically peach mentos) in the US? [more inside]
Things to do in Bloomington, IL. [more inside]
Is there alternative photo organizer software for OS X? iPhoto is driving me nuts. I'm not interested in anything that costs money -- just a reliable free download that will organize and display photos. Thanks.
My DVD player (Sony DVP-NS325) hangs. The discs work okay on my computer. It's 2+ years old and is currently the source of a great amount of agita in my life. My television is ancient, so I'm running the DVD player through a box that is supposed to allow me to connect multiple components (DVD, VCR, games) to a single television, although I don't have all the other components, so only the DVD player is running through it. Is it time for a new player? Will cleaning the discs help? How does one clean (um, and not DAMAGE) DVDs?
Anyone have any experience with (or innovative solutions for) dealing with chronic workplace interruptions? [more inside]
Where should I camp out at the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
How do I stop my tortillas from sticking together? I keep them in the freezer since I only use them occasionally. When I thaw them out, they are sometimes glued together and impossible to separate without making holes in them. Is this preventable? Is there a way to unstick them? If I can't freeze them, how long will tortillas keep in the fridge?
How do I transfer songs from a PC to a Mac? [more inside]
What is the definition of an oral contract? [more inside]
CuteCoupleFilter: What little things do you do for your SO? [more inside]
Death in the workplace. [more inside]
I have a great idea for a video game. And not just a vague concept either, but specific notes on everything, down to the finest details. I've documented exactly how the game should look and feel, and I've played countless hours of it in my head. I'm not a game programmer, nor do I know any, but I'd like this game to get made (if only so I won't have to keep playing exclusively in my head). I've searched the web, and the general consensus is that I'm pretty much out of luck; video game companies just don't buy game ideas. Am I out of luck? Is this a lost cause?
Is there an EXIF wiz in the house? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a >19" TFT soon. What's good? [more inside]
1980ish - western massachusetts I had a newsprint publication abot 50 - 80 pages with a bunch of single page indy comics in it. what the heck was it called? [more inside]
Are there any curses or anything that involve leaving/finding a headless bat outside the backdoor of someone’s house?
Are there any curses or anything that involve leaving/finding a headless bat outside the backdoor of someone’s house? [more inside]
I often get called to appear on the nightly news whenever they need a guy to talk about computers, the internet or blogging. This time, it's a piece about "how terrorists use the net to organize and plan attacks" to be aired in a series for the week leading up to 9/11. In my segment, I will use my Google-fu to demonstrate how easy or hard it is to dig up maps and blueprints, especially for "sensitive" places. I'm trying to make sure the facts get out there, but I also want to do my bit to counter any scaremongering. My question: Can anyone point to sites or articles that discuss whether or not such publicly-available maps, diagrams and blueprints are a real security risk?
So reading this older question. Doesn't seem to be any resolution to the issue?? Or it can't be done? I just did two things. One, burn my mix straight out of iTunes. Other mac's don't read the cd info, nor does a winxp box (Media Player). Second, tried using Toast Titanium, with DOA checked, CD-TEXT checked, and all the song names are there filled in. Still nothing on another mac or pc. I know this can be done with pro cd-mastering/burning software, but that's costs money money. Any ideas? Or is this a dead end?
What's a reliable way to tell if you're too drunk to drive? [more inside]
What sites should I make certain to visit in Normandy during a one-day bus tour from Paris? [more inside]
Is there a way to display a calendar of less than a month in ASP.NET? [more inside]
Why is my Outback only getting 21 MPG! [more inside]
Should I buy a handgun? I'm considering purchasing one for home defense. [more inside]
Bar chords - still painful after 10 years. Anyone have tips? [more inside]
I'm considering relocating from Albuquerque to Boston for work. I have many questions around relocation packages and expectations [more inside]
Has anyone been successful in intentionally ceasing to lust after the opposite sex? [more inside]
What are some basic software-development facts that someone interacting with developers should know? [more inside]
Anyone know any good books or internet sites relating to the asbestos in tampons hoax? [more inside]
Where can I find out if a specific name has a license attached to it? [more inside]
Living in Canada questions: I am planning to work there next year. Is it sane to arrive in March? [more inside]
I have a tendency to sweat, like a lot. It's not as cool as you think. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good sources for learning XSLT? Are there good e-mail groups or forums? Any experts who want to advise a beginner on some good getting started books or suggestions?
American Investor seeks Discount Brokerage Firm with access to Toronto Stock Exchange. On line access preferred. Foreign incorporation considered.
Where do I get the best sushi-quality fish in Los Angeles (In large chunks)? [more inside]
Managed Fund, too good to be true? [more inside]
Pen Recommendation: Finest possible point with good ink flow, will not smudge when highlighted. Pencil Recommendation: Any way to get the convenience of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil that doesn't break all the time in a <0.5mm tip? [more inside]
How can I reformat a SmartMedia card (or several) that are unreadable and unformattable by my Olympus D40 camera? This happened after I deleted pictures off of them on a Dazzle USB reader (using WinXP). [more inside]
Can I synchronize my email/calendar/tasks with an MS Exchange server? I have Mac OS 10.4, Mail.app or Entourage 2001. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a kids' book about two warring breeds of creatures? [more inside]
I have pretty bad credit. [more inside]
GiftFilter: Can you recommend a good vocal microphone? [more inside]
How can I get a Razor 1911 t-shirt? [more inside]
HomeImprovementFilter: I'm planning on having a basement room finished, and before I put the contractors to the time and expense of coming out for estimates, I want to know if the project will be something I can afford to do right now. [more inside]
A friend is starting a line of fashionable clothing for females below 25 years. He has his heart set on a tagline starting with the letters of LUV. He has sort of decided on Unique. Vibrant. for the U and V to describe the cut and color. But he has hit a wall on the L. All I could help him with is Lively which seems better than Lovely and suggestive of the active lifestyle of the below 25's. But he shot down Lively. And I now cannot think of anything more at all! A block ! I have tried to help by looking at the mono- or 2-syllabled words in the L's of the dictionary but nothing interesting caught my eye. And I have tried messing around with the online Thesaurus hoping for something serendipitous but to no avail. Any suggestions please of L words? And if somebody could come up with a 3-word tagline that is non-LUV but is simply brilliant, he might consider throwing away the idea of having LUV. Yes, your guess is right. His start-up has no budget for professional wordsmiths. Thanks in advance.
I'd like to visit a Native American Reservation. [more inside]
In the vein of an earlier question, I'm getting married, probably May/June 2006 in the Boston area. My girl would love an outdoor wedding some place with nice flowers and/or trees. We don't have a ton of money and are probably going to have about 100 people there. Anyone have any good suggestions of places to look at? Bonus if the wedding and reception could be there and if they have an indoor space as well.
My cat has a mystery wound... [more inside]
I'd like to be able to send an email from filemaker 7 to mailsmith. in filemaker 6 the send mail script would send to whatever the default mail client was. filemaker 7 seems only to talk to the apple mail program. is there anything I can do to fix it? thanks!
My 1996 Honda Civic LX (1.6L 4 Cylinders) has a problem in the bottom end of the engine. The mechanic says it's most likely going to need an engine replacement. I have 1000 miles left on my warranty that pays 50% labor and 50% parts. They said once all of the parts are compiled the labor can be done in about two days. What should I expect to be paying in this situation? [more inside]
Help a bunch of idiots start a business maybe - advice required on how to go about it. [more inside]
What should I do to make swelling and bumps from an allergic reaction to makeup foundation go away? [more inside]
Looking for someone who remembers a 70's TV show called "Cliffhanger". Or at least, I'm pretty sure that's the name. I think it was just a bunch of shorts a la "The Twilight Zone", but more action/horror oriented. [more inside]
What is a good Mac antivirus program? [more inside]
I must have missed this class in Girlyness 101. Hip, trendy chicks, I need your help! How do I find heels that will not murder my feet? [more inside]
Political affiliation/registration in America. Please explain. [more inside]
Is there a freeware Windows download manager app where I can enter in a list of URLs of files to download, and it runs down that list, downloading files one by one?
Back during the '90s, I used to read a fun English-language newspaper called "The European." Does anybody know what happened to it? Did it go out of business? Was it bought out by another newspaper? Is there any place where I can still find its content (either the old stuff, or else new news presented in a similar vein)? Thanks!
This is a question about protein and diet. [more inside]
UNCLE!!! I'm finally giving up and getting a cell phone. One for me, one for the man-boy who's 14. [more inside]
A hosted wiki that offers a site-wide password and caters to the less-than-savvy? [more inside]
I've used Carfax before to find out the repair history of a car. But I'm curious about what slips underneath their radar. Where do they get their information? Do repair shops have to report all repairs to some central authority? Or are only major events--those involving insurance claims and/or police reports--recorded?
Medical Professionals and Savvy Patients: what advice can you give for working with Doctors most effectively? If I'm not satisfied, should I look for new doctors, or revise my approach, or both? [more inside]
I just got an xBox specifically to mod it out but I'm a bit lost. It appears as if I don't even need a physical mod chip but is that really true. If this is so what's the use of them? [more inside]
Why are so many shipping magnates Greek?
How do I block my url from showing up in other people's referral logs? [more inside]
I just bought my first blender. What can I make? Give me your favourite recipes for smoothies, cocktails, and blended whatnots!
What's your favorite place for brunch in New York City? [more inside]
I am in a shared hosting environment, but I host multiple domains using mod_rewrite. Of course, this means all the domains get lumped together in one logfile. I need to be able to separate the individual domains for log analysis, without using a CustomLog statement. [more inside]
The beloved and I are at this point where neither of us has any real disposable income and it's going to be like this for the next 2-3 months. We collectively have Netflix, boardgames, gym membership, game consoles and a library card, but we need more ideas for FREE things to do so we aren't bored to death. We're in St. Louis if anyone has something location specific. (we already went to the zoo yesterday) [more inside]
Do you have Restless Legs Syndrome? What treatments have you used, and how effective have they been? [more inside]
I want to Think Metric! I'm an American who wants to get on par with the rest of the world. What are ways I can start to mentally convert from inches, pounds, and Fahrenheit to centimeters, kilograms, and Celsius. [more inside]
I am looking to identify a recipe from my younger days. I vaguely remember some kind of snacky treat being served that had peanut butter and raisins. The peanut butter was raw and the entire thing was uncooked, Definatly not a cookie or a bar. I remember the texture being slightly gritty like it had raw brown sugar in it or was maybe rolled in it. Possibly in a ball shape. I've been searching google like crazy and I cannot find anything that sounds like what I remember.
Where can I find a VGA cooler for my ATI 9700 Pro All in Wonder? [more inside]
Has anyone had any personal experience with Meridia, aka sibutramine? The good, the bad, and the ugly please. [more inside]
Wormfilter. Why did so many corporations wait so long to implement the recent updates to Windows 2000? Microsoft released them last Tuesday. As of yesterday many corporations were just implementing them, and by then it was too late and they got hit with the zotob worm. [more inside]
I use Fresh Step Premium Cat Litter and a Littermaid litter box for my two cats. Recently, when emptying the vacuum cleaner and cleaning the AC filters, I have realized just how much litter dust there is in the air. I really like the scoopability of the brand I'm using, but I'd like to find another type of cat litter that works well with the Littermaid, yet doesn't stir up so much dust all the time. Got any recommendations?
I'm thinking about moving to a more minimalist home theater -- in-wall speakers, all components in a nearby closet, nothing in the room except the TV attached to a wall. I'm not finding much in the way of resources for doing this in existing construction. Anyone ever try something like this? [more inside]
Im a looking for an inexpensive but reliable online vendor that will make me custom t-shirts with just text of various fonts on them. One t-shirt at time. Any recomendations?
What is the best way to obtain an agent for a non-fiction book (a collection of unorthodox and engrossing interviews with innovators on the political Left, with many a-listers)? [more inside]
Where should I get married in New York City? [more inside]
I have WordPress installed on a site just to post (what they call) "pages," i.e. not blog entries but just editable content chunks. But neither of the external editors I've tried (MarsEdit & ecto, both on OSX 10.4) support "pages" through WordPress's XML-RPC interface, just normal "posts." Is there any external editor that can support remote editing of pages in WordPress?
I'm at the library, connected to the internet using the library's wifi service. I'm trying to download a driver file, which is only available from the manufacturer via an ftp link. The library blocks ftp (at least via port 21 and the manu's ftp server doesn't respond on other ports). How do I download the file?
I just received an email from someone at an energy management company who is preparing a document for the U.S. Department of Energy. They found three of my photos from the NYC August 2003 blackout on the web and are offering to purchase the rights for using them in this report. I can provide high-resolution photos to them, but have no idea how to estimate how much to charge them per photo. As an amateur photographer, how do you assign values to your photos for re-use?
Late 80s/early 90s made-for-TV movie filter: girl, possibly with Multiple Personality Disorder, is buried alive by her sexually abusive father. [more inside]
I can't bear to sit with both my feet on the floor for long. I either end up sitting cross-legged, or with one or both feet tucked up underneath me in some half-baked lotus position, or getting a box or something to rest them on. What's going on? Is it likely a circulation thing, or a psychological disorder? Anyone else have this?
I currently have a Typepad Pro account, but am not impressed with Typepad's "View Visitor Stats" feature. I need to upgrade the log tracking. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for a good online company to produce custom buttons/pins/badges/whatever you'd like to call them. Those round buttons with the pin on the back. You know. [more inside]
I have a 1940s/50s-era Cookmaster stove and oven. Four burners, white, with stove and warming compartment. It's in great shape, with one problem: whenever I light the pilot light to turn on the oven, a few seconds later there's a "WHOOOMP!" sound - surely some gas build-up lighting - and then the oven is on, and it works fine. How can I fix this? [more inside]
My less-than-stellar economic senses tell me that a big economic downturn is around the corner. Other than opening a collections agency, is there any way to profit from it? [more inside]
How do I cook biscuits in high altitudes? [more inside]
I got a speeding ticket the other day (76 in a 65) and I'm still on my parents insurance. I already paid the ticket... do I have (need) to report it to my Insurance company?
In the course of a typical work day I send off a bazillion emails, and have trouble making sure that each receives a proper follow up. Basically if I email Mike and Jane on Monday, and on Tuesday only Jane has gotten back to me, I would like Mikes email flagged as unanswered. Is this possible? [more inside]
This has been bothering me for quite some time so any help would be greatly appreciated. I've often heard that when one falls from a great distance (say out of an airplane or off a building) with no parachute, they will pass out in short order. I'm wondering if this is true, or if they will be concious throughout the fall until impact. Is there any science on either side of this question?
I've had to move to florida and for the near future will have no health insurance. Any suggestions on how to go about buying some? [more inside]
Is buying a generic laptop battery a good idea? [more inside]
Where can I find updated statistics on Mac browser usage? [more inside]
Everybody always says I need to wait a day or two after lifting weights in one muscle group before doing it again in order to "let the muscles heal". But what if I don't wait? Will I damage my body? [more inside]
Why do people in minivans drive around with their parking lights on? [more inside]
To Applecare or not to Applecare, that is the question! Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to purchase arms against a sea of troubles, and by purchasing, guarantee they will not occur [tired of this and can't remember any more]. G4 laptop. I understand why it is good, BUT, who here has purchased two more years for their laptop and used it in that period? What hardware works fine for one year and then goes kerblooey? It ain't cheap at $350, especially as I can fix most things on my own. I am not interested in resale value, only components that fail and that I will have to pay for myself without the extended warrantee.
I've recently joined the ranks of the spectacle wearers but unfortunately, I've always been a member of the oily t-zone club. I find myself having to clean my glasses quite often and I can never seem to get them completely clean and streak/smear free. Any tips from the MeFites? [more inside]
How can I reduce highway noise from a window? [more inside]
How does one go about getting an article published? [more inside]
Authorfilter: A friend is seeking an agent and a new publisher. He can't seem to attract either. [MI} [more inside]
What might cause a hot water boiler's pilot light to repeatedly go out? We've replaced the thermocouple, inspected the pilot assembly, and had the boiler cleaned. Twice. [more inside]
How can a graphic designer make a living in a market with limited opportunities? [more inside]
Roving Street Gangfilter. Actually, more of a roving teengangwannabefilter. (more inside) [more inside]
How do I find a compromise on how much TV my boyfriend watches? [more inside]
I am trying to find a comic strip that I only vaguely remember. The specific strip I can recall was a discussion about class structure which turned out to be between two kitchen appliances. I remember a line that was something like: "at no other time in history could a toaster and a microwave even have this conversation." [more inside]
Why are Capacitors so common in electrical circuits? [more inside]
A good friend of mine uses the application BULK MAILER+ to maintain an address list for an academic organization. He uses various flags in the notes field to sort addresses by membership year, indicate specific officers of the organization, whether or not they organize sessions at each year's annual meeting, etc. However, now he's on OSX and we're wondering if the only option is to run the app in Classic (Satori Software seems to have no intention of creating an OSX version) - or is there something else he should be using?
How dangerous to human health are faeces? Is the water in a toilet bowl a noxious soup of bugs? [more inside]
The digitizer on my Palm Zire 72 is going nuts. I've tried the programs that reset the digitizer each time I turn it off, but the problem persists. The usual causes seem to be physical, but this problem started occurring right after a hot sync.
Help me not look like a tourist in Copenhagen and Stockholm. [more inside]
Can you recommend a good printer that runs on well on OS X Tiger? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for free/cheap imap or pop3 mail services... [more inside]
Are there any Windows RAM compression programs still out there? [more inside]
I'm looking for cheap, convenient and perferrably high density sources of protein. [more inside]
How do I go about asking for a pay raise? [more inside]
My rice cooker always burns my rice. [more inside]
I downloaded an upgrade to Microsoft Money. They charged me twice. [more inside]
Switching: moving my Win2K files to Mac OSX. How?! [more inside]
I'm not a tinfoil hat type of guy but just in case, what vaccinations or immunizations should I, as a 30 year old american, get? Let's say I budgeted $1,000 to cover the bases; I'm not planning on taking any trips to the jungle, working with blood, doing drugs or having anal sex. What could I take care of with a budget like that?
So I'm thinking about going down to Texas to protest with Cindy Sheehan... [more inside]
HardDrive Allergy?: My (non-primary) SATA drive one day suddenly made my PC reboot... [more inside]
Let's say we came up with a new pesticide that could kill all the world's cockroaches. Would there be any negative effects? (e.g., the food chain, etc.) Are there any reasons we should love cockroaches?
Many papers publish a section which writes tidbits about local crimes. How do these writers get this info? Isn't this private information? [more inside]
I am having an incredibly annoying problem with my cable tv. When I try to change channels, the info box at the bottom of the screen will start to scroll very rapidly for 20 or 30 seconds. This happens at random, but seems to occur mostly at night. [more inside]
Is it my camcorder, or me? [more inside]
I have a Kingston USB drive that I cannot access from my work machine, it functions fine on other machines. [more inside]
I'm sorry i haven't a clue - Really!!! Can any of our British readers recommend other comedy panel shows in the tradition of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue? Bonus points if recommendations can be listened to online or downloaded. Merci mucho.
How to politely converse with a person who has a lazy eye? [more inside]
What are the ramifications of discussing a colleagues sexual orientation in the workplace. [more inside]
I am seeking emotional tips to handle dreading the recurrence of a somewhat traumatic event, when it is relatively impossible to predict whether or not said event will actually reoccur. Details inside. [more inside]
Which Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is best for a newcomer? [more inside]
Dis-engagement ring question: After splitting up with my fiancé and agreeing that she would return the ring to me, I'm not sure what to do about returning/reselling the ring to get the most back from this most sizeable of investments. [more inside]
How can I edit out the title of the del.icio.us daily post without editing the title out for my regular posts on my movable type 3.14 blog. [more inside]
The (now proven fraudulent) text message that suggested that the Helios Airways flight passengers had already frozen to death when their plane crashed led investigators to determine whether the passengers were already dead at the time of impact. How can a coroner determine this when the difference in times of death is potentially on the order of minutes?
Name that 3D wire-frame evolving-creature-in-a-hostile-environment Amiga game from 15ish years ago. [more inside]
We're looking to automate a batch process that can be pointed at a directory of image files. Those files will need to be inserted one by one into an InDesign template appropriate text changed in the file based on a CSV file, and then have the resulting document saved as an EPS file based on the original image file name. [more inside]
Can you recommend some contemporary music to fall asleep to? [more inside]
What games and/or toys were most useful in helping your preschooler learn to read? [more inside]
Does anybody make a portable, personal CD player that doesn't have the annoying beep every time you skip a song or push a button? [more inside]
I'm doing some research for a paper about the ways in which computer science has been coping with program complexity throughout its short yet interesting history, and I'm worrying I might have overlooked some fundamental developments. [more inside]
Apple Positions their notebook computers as "books"; what I'm looking for is, essentially a Powerbook Book Jacket. [more inside]
A distant relative of mine recently died after undergoing a dramatic weight-loss treatment prescribed by his doctor. My family members claim it was not gastric bypass surgery, but rather a mysterious therapy his doctor called "the undertaker's friend." [more inside]
My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon and thought a cruise might be a nice experience. We are looking for recommendations on cruise lines, ships, and destinations. A little about us: We are 30 & 29, employed decently, but are cost concious as we are saving for a home, and pretty hip (if I do say so myself). Our most important criteria in selecting a cruise (line) are diversity in activities, best value, cleanliness, and service. We have only been to St. Thomas and Cancun, and a loop hitting other destinations would be prefered. Mainly, something not astrinomical in $, on a clean fun ship with 20-30 somethings (no toddler or bingo bus rides please) for a few days would be great. Thanks for any recommendations in advance!!
When I'm looking at a song in my iTunes library is there a way to tell which of my playlists it appears on? I can't seem to find a way, or an answer on Google. (4.0.1 if it matters.)
Why can't I find a good Wonder Woman costume? [more inside]
Does anyone have a suggestion for a good freeware (or cheapware) program which teachers can use to schedule computer time in a high school library? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good book on Japanese points of view on WWII. NPR keeps bringing it up, and I'd like to broaden my knowledge. Any tips?
What are some good intermediate to advanced CSS resources in dead-tree form? [more inside]
I'm starting to plan a new Movable Type project, and I'd like to know: What are your favorite plugins? [more inside]
Creating an Adobe Acrobat pdf question.... [more inside]
I good friend of mine has just taken a high-end position with the Jacksonville Jaguars and just arrived last week. He is so busy with work he hasn't had anytime to scout out the city. He's thirty-two, single, and likes to have a good time. Can anyone recommend some cool neighborhoods / districts in which to live, shop, eat, and enjoy the nightlife? Does that exist in Jacksonville Florida???
Can some one tell me what the difference is between cayenne pepper and hot paprika? I am following a recipe that calls for cayenne papper, but all I have in the house is the hot paprika. Are they they the same things?
What do I do to go about renting a sailing yacht? I've always wanted to go yachting and seeing "Dead Calm" the other day convinced me. I'm landlocked and have only steered boats of the outboard motor variety. I see that yacht rentals exist, but what training do I need? Can a few classes suffice? Are yachts affordable to the average joe? Would a non-sailing yacht be easier (and considerably cheaper) for a land lover? [more inside]
I just heard an audio sample from a movie where one person is trying to get another to keep his albums in order. It was along the lines of "put the ____ in the ____ section and put the Rock in the Rock section, you wouldn't put Charlie Parker in the Rock section would you?" To which the reply is "I dunno." Where is this from? [more inside]
Where and/or how would I remove a ring from my finger? At a hospital? With a pair of pliers? [more inside]
ParentFilter: What do you do about an almost-three-year-old girl who screams excessively? [more inside]
Anybody know how G-Mail's spam filter works? I have my work account set up to automatically forward to my G-Mail account, and would like to be able to click on "this is spam" to get rid of all the crap it forwards. Trouble is that all the e-mails originate from MY work account. Am I going to end up blacklisting my own address for spamming myself?
I need some advice about the best brand of hair elastic to use. [more inside]
I have a laptop with an internal centrino wifi card which does not have an external antenna socket. Is there any way of boosting the signal it receives? [more inside]
New motherboard cannot detect harddrive and it's driving me nuts. Let's solve this crazy mystery together >.< [more inside]
I am looking for a radiologist (or neuroradiologist) and a vascular professional that answers questions on the web. [more inside]
Why do BBQ-flavor potato chips make my throat itch? [more inside]
Where do heavy elements come from? [more inside]
I wrote on my bathroom mirror with dry erase markers & now I have ghost writing. [more inside]
Cowboy filter: I need to find an old country / western song. [more inside]
At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
My iPod is acting up. Help. [more inside]
I'm in a iTunes environment. We're wireless too. Our all purpose fileserver/mailserver/multipurpose box is a mac mini. I want to be able to stream music to it like an airport express. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
Why does Q-Tip wear a mask in the "Hot Sex on a Platter" video? [more inside]
What is causing this tingling in my body? [more inside]
I need to design / lay out an ad targeting Native Americans, specifically those considering an MBA. Please help me not offend anyone. [more inside]
How can I make a digital video (either .avi or something I can put on a DVD) out of a standard cassette camcorder? [more inside]
Some rubber-like materials in clothing accessories are emitting strong solvent-like odors. What is it, how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
I'd like to grow a goatee, but it drives me crazy. [more inside]
I'm a grunge freak with a wide-open cable modem and a willingness to use any stream player. [more inside]
Did Wal*Mart kidnap me? The power went out and they wouldn't let us leave. [more inside]
InCarBeverageFilter: recommendations for a travel mug that keeps coffee hot, won't leak, and most important of all, copes with rough treatment?
How come I never feel successful, only jealous? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as free photo editing software? My 6-months-free-with-computer deal ran out, and Microsoft Paint isn't worth a plug nickel. All I really want to do is resize and crop pictures easily. If there's nothing decent available for free, then I'd be interested in the dirt-cheap category of software, too.
Will be visiting New York City for three days in September. I'll be working but am bringing along my wife and five year old granddaughter. What would be good (fun) activities to keep them (esp the granddaughter) occupied. Will be staying near central park area.
I want to send an e-mail to 2000+ people who entered their address on my website and opted-in to receiving occasional mailings. I just have the list of addresses in excel. I thought that I could just copy-and-paste them into BCC in outlook, but there are too many to fit in the box. What do I do?
might anyone know the version of tobacco road that dead prez samples on psychology from their first album, let's get free? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good mover in the DC/NoVA area? [more inside]
QuarkXclusive (variable data publishing)-- does anyone know of a good tutorial or guide? The offical documentation is longer than Ulysses and harder to understand. Alternately, does anyone know a different extension that does similar tasks but is easier to master/not linked to HP stuff? Or an InDesign plugin that is similar?
How do I fix the binding on a cheap, glued together, book? [more inside]
My wife and I will be spending two days in Yellowstone, and we're looking for input on what we must see/do while we're there. Good day-hikes, great vistas, "secret" places, etc. are what we're looking for. Also, while we'll be camping, any suggestions for fun local restaurants or museums would be great. [more inside]
Is it acceptable to wear a short sleeve collared shirt with a tie? Business casual environment.
I am looking for free dressmaking patterns. Skirts, blouses, pants, tops, etc. [more inside]
Does anyone know the name of the font used in the logo for the TV series Lost? It's absolutely stunning and I need a copy.
Who makes the best foundation for Asian-American women with yellow skin undertones? [more inside]
Having recently fallen in love with the Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song" I'm inspired to create a mix disc of songs about revenge by modern groups with an old tyme feel. I've come up with a few other songs that are perfect, but need help completing the collection. [more inside]
If you had $200-500 you could use in obtaining an entirely new stereo system, solely for the purpose of making mixtapes, what'd you do with it? [more inside]
I'm in Argentina. Can I buy a round-trip ticket FROM the U.S. (on a cheap site like cheapflights, priceline, etc...) and just use the return trip ticket? Or do I somehow forfeit my return by not showing up in the first place? [more inside]
Back in around 1974, my father used to crank his new stereo and play this song to scare me. I would run out of the room and hide under the bed. [more inside]
I'm looking for a fantasy book I somehow forgot to finish. The main characters are a sister and brother that run away into the sewers. [more inside]
I've been watching the Night Court marathon on TV Land and found myself wondering about Phil Sanders, the homeless man who works as a lackey for Dan Fielding. Was it ever shown or explained just how Phil met and began working for Dan? Online episode guides offer no explanation that I can find, and after nearly twenty years I have to know for sure.
I need to create a phone number directory on CD. I could just create an alphabetical directory with anchors in html, but I would love have a search function with dynamic pages. Is there a straightforward way to do this on CD?
Good hair clippers? I've been using clippers to periodically crop my hair to somewhere between 1/4" to 1/2" over the last few years. But I've always bought cheap Conair clippers that I found in Target or the grocery store or something. Is there something better? [more inside]
I need a way to convert a pdf file to a Microsoft Word (.doc) file. It has to be free, preferably online if possible, and if there is no suitable online version it should be compatible with OS X. Any suggestions?
I want to use my .htaccess file to specifically eliminate myspace.com profiles from hotlinking my files. My code is inside... [more inside]
We want to take our company’s employees for a bonus trip to the Grand Canyon. We are based in Southern California, and there will be about 15 people, going for 4-5 days in mid-September. Any suggestions as far as extra special things to see or do for them? We are thinking helicopter ride, nice hotels, things like that... Thank you for some crazy ideas -
What's the best way to prevent email from a specific person from showing up in my inbox? [more inside]
I'm looking to share an internet connection with my new next door neighbors (my parents). What hardware and advice do I need? [more inside]
W2k3 Server Gurus - best practices for setting up a dedicated Web server and recommended log analyzer software (more inside) [more inside]
Experiences/advice regarding withdrawal from the antidepressant Serzone? [more inside]
For my father's 60th birthday, my sister and I are building him a customized browser default page. The design wrapper will feature goofy pics of my sister and me, and the meat of the page will be a blog we're setting up. But on the sidebars, we'd also like to integrate other features like: links to his favorite sites, calendar listings he can sync with his Palm, a Flickr feed, RSS news headlines and so forth. Any ideas on what else would make this a useful page for a middle-aged geek, and maybe some tips on integration? [more inside]
What are some good books for me to get better at playing chess? [more inside]
I am now permanently overwhelmed by the amount of information I have access to and want to read. My web favorites and RSS feeds providing news/know how/info are in the thousands, with most however remaining unvisited and unread. I am now trying to devise a scheme which will help me prioritize the sources I should regularly visit/read - perhaps a ratings system based on key variables: Originality, Relevance, Freshness, Popularity, Quality, etc How do you deal with the information flood ? Any suggestions? Any sites that address the same issue?
How can I find out who owns property in Chicago, IL? [more inside]
How do you share 2 iPods and 3 PC's? My fiancee and I are getting married and would like to combine our collections (ah, cohabitational bliss!) [more inside]
Where can I get green tomatoes in New York? [more inside]
I need advice on a backup system for my PC. [more inside]
I'd pay through the nose for a music subscription service that offered unlimited DRM-free mp3-format downloads. How close can I get?
My sister recently refused my wedding present on the grounds that I'm a cheapskate. She wants another one. What should I do? [more inside]
Help me find a travel gift for my mother, who's about to head off to Europe. [more inside]
PSP or Ipod? [more inside]
We love our dog, but his scratching is destructive - how can we help tame his anxiety at being left alone? [more inside]
I am interested in meditation. I've read several books by authors including Pema Chodron and Wayne Dyer who speak of the benefits of meditation. I am also the sort of person who multi-tasks and can't sit still for very long (like more than 5 or 10 minutes). Today I went to an introductory lecture at the Washington, DC center for Transcendental Meditation. There was no hard sell but it costs $2500 to learn to do TM. For $2500 you get 4 instructional sessions and access to a lifetime of follow up sessions for free if you want them. This strikes me as a lot of money. The TM folks claim the benefits are priceless. Still the high price makes me wary. What if I don't like it or if it's not for me? It'll cost me $2500 just to try it. Are there any TM practitioners -- current or former -- who can let me know if TM is for real or if I should look elsewhere? And of I should look elsewhere, where might I look to start? I just want to explore meditation. I don't want a guru or a sect or a cult.
Girlfriend just got back from a trip abroad and looks like many of her SD cards are acting funny. Are corrupted images and *.CHK files recoverable? (more inside) [more inside]
So, watching Law & Order: Trial By Jury tonight, it inspired a question. In the show, the jury had to watch a videotape of a murder. My question is, if a juror is traumatized enough by something like that to need therapy, will the courts pay for the therapy, if the juror doesn't have insurance? [more inside]
A question about film scanners. [more inside]
A string of bad assumptions. I installed a slave drive. I assumed it was OK to move entire directories of data to the new drive. I assumed that windows XP would be kind enough to update any and all registry entries referring to these files. I assumed that this would mean I could open WinAmp (for example) and the library would still point to the right files. I assumed wrong. I need a free application to fix this for me. Do you know of any?
I have for a few months now been considering starting a blog aimed at people heading off for their first year of college. [more inside]
Someone's been sending emails to me with virus attachments from what appears to be my domain, from non-existent email addresses there. What is happening, and can I stop it? [more inside]
Buying a new cell phone: I'm in the market for new cell phones and a shared plan, and I've noticed that most of the internet sellers are run by a company called Inphonic. Does anyone have experience ordering through an Inphonic-powered seller? Does anyone have alternative suggestions that worked well for them?
My massage therapist always tells me "drink lots of water to get rid of the toxins released during the massage". Does anyone know of any evidence to support this claim? Any sites that debunk it?
How can one remove the sugar that is added to flaked coconut ? We can't find unsweetened flaked or dried coconut here.
Which is best MP3 download site and what is name of this song ...? (more inside) [more inside]
We had a power outage, now one computer on my network cannot connect to the internet. What happened? [more inside]
Simple audio question. I want to take several .mp3 files and combine them into one... nothing fancy though if I could get a fade between them I would be thrilled. Windows and free are the only prerequisites.
SongID: I heard a version of "Stayin' Alive" played during a transition to commericals on a televised stock car race. It was very loungy and the singer sounded Dean Martin-ish. [more inside]
How do I take apart this alarm clock? [more inside]
Eyeglass wearers: Do you ever notice a buildup of dirt and gunk in that very narrow area where lens and frame meet? What methods have you found to work best for cleaning in that hard-to-reach area?
What are the best places to eat in Vancouver? [more inside]
I have a Canon CanoScan 9950F and I'm attempting to use it to scan 126-format negatives. [more inside]
What is the background music in this Domokun animation? The other one I'm interested in is here. It sounds like The Fantastic Plastic Machine. See this page for more information/videos. [more inside]
What should one expect to pay for a decent 3-bedroom rental apartment on the Upper East Side? [more inside]
A friend of mine is a felon. He has been convicted twice, but he would like to travel internationally. Does the US government issue passports to felons? Do they even care? Does the type of felony even matter? Is there any hope!!?
What was the name of the kids' programme, possibly Canadian, that had a boy and his dad driving into the wilderness as its title sequence? [more inside]
I designed a website a while back, and I'm now trying to make it compliant. You can see it here. Do any CSS gurus have menu solutions? [more inside]
On a recent trip to the Motherland I've met an old friend of mine, whom I've known when I was about 10, but lost contact since. We got pretty involved and are thinking about getting married. The thing is, I have absolutely no idea how to go about doing it. I'm a US citizen, she's not. Is there anyone here who might know good sites to go learn about this sort of thing, or share some of the personal experiences in this regard? The legalspeak on the government sites is beginning to hurt my head. [more inside]
What is the music used in this flash animation?
Does the PS2 have any good racing games for children in the vein of MarioKart? [more inside]
I'm looking for the artist of a modified cover of Jimmy Buffet's "Escape (pina colada)." Instead of "If you like pina coladas..." the song in question has, "If you like Red Bull and vodka..." Google hasn't helped. Anyone have any clue?
Question on dehumidifying your basement, actually my basement, specifically re: getting rid of the water. [more inside]
Barcelona filter: To all of the BCN locals and lovers! We leave for our trip in 10 days and are in need of immediate advice about restaurant dining in August. [more inside]
HomeImprovementFilter. Also, RiskOfBrainDamageFromPaintFumesFilter. I am purchasing two unfinished wood bookcases, and plan to paint them a glossy red. However, they are so heavy that once I get them delivered (4th floor walkup) I'll need to paint them in my apartment. I'm afraid that painting them in the apartment might be dangerous, fume-wise. [more inside]
I've been using an IRC bouncer (more info for the uninitiated) for a bit now to allow me to connect from whichever computer I happen to be using - or even more at the same time. I'd like to do the same for the AOL and MSIM accounts I use. Googling AIM bouncer and AIM proxy don't seem to provide much direction though.
How can I make the blue text brighter, in vim, in cygwin? [more inside]
Cheap Labour Day accommodations in Seattle and Victoria. [more inside]
What Photoshop technique is best for making rough or tattered looking borders like the one in this header or this background? How can I make 3-D organic shapes like these or these or this? As a web design newbie, help me break out of the flat, 1-dimensional, 4-cornered box -- any other good examples of scratchy organic patterns & shapes, and advice on how to achieve them?
I'm interested in starting a martial art, but have no idea which type to choose (judo, karate, etc..). Any suggestions? [more inside]
There's a (somewhat) new line dance that is played in dance clubs, the only lines in the song are "do the hustle" but it's not the disco version, almost sounds like a remix of Billie Jean. Anyone know the name of the song? The dance steps online would be a big bonus.
Why are large format photographers in movies always depicted under the darkcloth while exposing the picture?
I have many memories of people in movies, cartoons, etc. who while taking a photograph with a view camera remained underneath the darkcloth while making the exposure. However, the film holder should be cutting off the light to the groundglass and therefore they shouldn't be able to see any image. Is this just due to the ignorance of the movie makers or is there some reason why they are depicted this way?
I am looking to incorporate the mediawiki model into a more structured environment. Specifically, users should be able to add "artist" and "album" entities to a music database, and then the content related to these entities should be wikis. These things cannot just be ordinary mediawiki "articles", because I want to make comparisons on the data that requires differentiating between what kind of data it is. Does anyone know of any project that does anything like this, or have any ideas of how to do it with the least amount of coding possible?
Is Sicily a good place to go scuba diving? One source says that the Mediterranean "has largely been fished out through over zealous spear fishing." [more inside]
How can I re-sort repetitive columns of data in Excel? [more inside]
Where's a good place to go to find the latest video clips of stuff going on around the world? I search for video in the yahoo video and google video search. No luck. Specifically, right now, I'm looking for footage of that kid who jumped down into the net at the Yankee game. But every week or two, I want to see a video clip that somebody mentioned, that everyone seems to have seen, and I can't find it without lots of effort. Got to be some good place to go and always find the latest popular stuff. It would have been the go to place to see the star wars kid, Janet Jackson's boob, this Yankee's incident, etc...
Did I dream this, or did there exist a Barbie-esque doll in the 70s whose breasts would grow when you windmilled her arm?
What equipment to I need to wirelessly extend my network to another building and offer standard wired ethernet ports in that building? How should that hardware be configured? [more inside]
Any general tips or rules of thumb on how to help improve my improvisational cooking skills? [more inside]
How do you travel with your suit? [more inside]
Do you know of any alternatives to Bloglet? [more inside]
I'm looking for seeds for an indoor flower or plant that will grow in about 2 to 3 months. Ideally, this plant should require very little space, not be seasonal, and be easy to grow for amateurs like myself. Does my ideal plant exist on this planet, or am I being completely unreasonable? Any ideas?
On several occasions, I've noticed people with service dogs treating them in a manner that seemed surprisingly ... "dismissive," let's say. Why is that? [more inside]
Has anyone got a backup of the powerpoint the guy (supposedly) used to break up with his girlfriend? It was about a year ago and it was only up for a little while before it was replaced with a pretty nasty picture. This was the link (http://roonweb.com/wtfbreakup_files/frame.htm), but it now returns a 404. I've searched all around and not dug up anyone with a copy yet, I would love to see it again. I remember laughing my ass off the first time.
Imodium Abuse Question: A rather obese person at work has cheerfully described how she regularly takes 20-30 imodiums at once to regulate her bowel movements. [more inside]
I've decided I want to learn Japanese. [more inside]
Games or activities to play with a 14 year old boy online? Something not that violent and where we can interact. [more inside]
Help me compile a mix of songs for my scavenger hunt. [more inside]
Something about the Firefox/Yahoo Mail combination is messing with the normal way of downloading attachments. [more inside]
Show me a nifty watch that's worn as a pendant around the neck [more inside]
Looking for a new inbound-/outbound- SMTP virus scanning solution on Linux (SLES, to be exact). [more inside]
Recommendations for a New England/upstate NY weekend getaway? [more inside]
Any SQL gurus out there? I'm stuck... [more inside]
Recommendations for what I should have on my electronics workbench? [more inside]
Travel advice needed! Know any good non-Disney, old-school tourist things to do in the Orlando / Tampa area? And why are the hotels so freakishly cheap? [more inside]
Making a personal stylesheet to override a forum? [more inside]
A friend of mine purchased and downloaded a CD image of Windows XP; complete with activation keys. According to him, it was perfectly legal. [more inside]
How do I remove a Pilot G2 ink stain from my pants? [more inside]
Problems encountered in designing a logo... [more inside]
I read a children's / adults book several times as a kid, but remember almost nothing. Here are the only clues. It was science-fiction. A young boy had some involvement with television-like creatures on spindly legs, perhaps they were three-legged. I think the boy found them within a tree where they were either constructing a base or hiding. The book was illustrated in black and white line drawings. Any ideas?
What's the best English edition of War and Peace? [more inside]
I'll be your best friend if you can identify these things. I spotted them in a junk shop and nobody knows what they are. They stand about 2.5 feet tall. The little triangular cup-type thing looks to have a old grease fitting in it. Both the cup and the "ring" part can be adjusted to slide up and down the pole to a desired height.
Related to this question (and actually asked there but with no reply) - Is it possible for an international student to start all over again in a university somewhere else even if s/he's done prior university work in their home country? [more inside]
Why won’t my (Windows XP) display settings allow 32bit colour at my native resolution? [more inside]
A friend is looking for a birthday gift for her single, older mom and was thinking it might be fun to hire a male escort to take her out to dinner and a movie. Nothing more; just arm candy and a good conversationalist. How do we go about finding a reputable 'George Hamilton' in the Boston area?
I have an antique photo album that stinks and I am looking for tips to neutralise the smell... [more inside]
How embarrassing - I actually got password spoofed and my account stolen. How can I get my Yahoo account back? [more inside]
I'm young, not religious, and I am convinced that when I'm dead, I'm dead. I don't care what happens to my remains when I eventually die, but I'm wondering: what's the cheapest, legal way to dispose of my body? I live in Chicago, and from my research, even to donate my body to science or to have it cremated would cost over a grand. Any other options? I just don't want to be a burden to my survivors.
Intuitively directing the user to an html page on an Enhanced CD in OS X... [more inside]
I'm female, sex-positive, and a feminist. Help me deal with my residual issues about porn. [more inside]
Is losing my virginity worth waiting for? A lot [more inside]
I lied to my SO about how many girls I had slept with before her. Should I come clean? (more interesting stuff inside) [more inside]
My girlfriend wants to try a threesome or a foursome, and I think I'm game. What are good online & offline resources for meeting other couples? I've sifted through a bunch of sites via Google but many are dead-ends, or spam harvesters, or badly designed, or no help at all. Have you tried swinging? How did it go? Where did you meet?
I seem to have issues with booze, well, issues with my wife's booze...I suspect I am nuts but would appreciate the collective wisdom of askme giving me its two cents please. [more inside]
Free or Low-Cost Anonymous Counseling in New York City? [more inside]
How do I convince a corporate VP that my nonprofit skills are completely transferrable for the job for which I have a phone interview Friday? [more inside]
Restaining a wooden fence... [more inside]
Sometime when I get tired, I start to hear things as if from under water and my own voice sounds particularly echo-y. This rather uncomfortable condition can last up to an hour or longer. Is there a proper medical term for this condition or is this just a version of tinnitus? And why?
My wife has hp pavillion laptop for one year, under warranty. It suddenly has a black blotch about 2-3" , lightbulb shaped, on bottom of screen. looks like it was burned onto the display screen. any ideas?
There is so much new organizational software available and I haven't kept up. I'm talking outliners, notes organizers, etc. I am currently using TexNotes Pro, have seen OneNote, Basecamp/Backpack and at one time used KeyNote. One program I know is popular, but I don't care for is Evernote. With that in mind, any suggestions of similar software that is new on the scene?
I have Type 2 diabetes. I have a Mac. Does anyone know of blood glucose meter that will work with a Mac application, where I can download the reading from the meter into the software. Hopefully, the software would export this data into a non proprietary format.
How do I cook salmon on a cedar plank in the oven? I've googled, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on whether to soak the plank in water or brush it with olive oil (or both), whether to oil before or after preheating, and so on. What's worked or not worked for you?
Does "data" have mass? I'm defining "data" here in the computing sense, transfered electronically. Do electrons serve as a means to alter the storage in a USB drive, or are they physically added to it? [more inside]
What are some good resources to learn about basic electricity? [more inside]
How to recover data from an initialized drive in Windows Server NT? [more inside]
How can I recover more quickly from my workouts? [more inside]
Removing dog odor from carpet. [more inside]
Equalizer settings on audio devices: essential or pointless? [more inside]
Have any of you gotten an ADD2 Card "video card" working with a real driver? I sure haven't. I've only been able to get it to display anything in DOS, the BIOS, the boot process, and Windows with the drivers removed. I need your help, as I've got 60+ brand new PCs with the suckers. [more inside]
Mac or PC? [more inside]
Is there a Firefox extension available that will allow me to highlight a word/phrase in a page, then right click to open the "Find" bar with the highlighted text automatically in it?
I have a Nikon d70 (and an n80) and several lenses, the longest of which zooms to 200mm. I have a remote for the d70 (and a cable-release for the n80). I have a mediocre tripod. My yard is filled with birds. What do I need to know to optimize my chance at great bird photos? Is it merely a matter of patience and luck? Does anyone here have experience with bird photography? [more inside]
Can you recommend a multi region DVD player for use in the USA? [more inside]
Does domain backordering really work? [more inside]
Yoink! John Walkenbach (J-walk) wrote a cute little thing for his site about something called Wifi Speed Spray. Recently he was alerted that not only had someone completely stolen his idea and put it in a ebay auction, they took the artwork and all. When John contacted the seller to ask him to cut it out, the guy refused, claiming that John couldn't prove he was the author. What does one do in the information age when someone completely rips you off, claims credit for what you wrote, and refuses to admit any wrong doing? [more inside]
What currency is the best deal by weight? [more inside]
Installing PHP package Ming on Debian Sarge? (kernel 2.4.29) I'm getting compilation problems when I'm rebuilding php and I'm a n00b. Can I get some help? [more inside]
How can I stop a dog from digging up carpet? [more inside]
I need a good middle-level introduction-to-SGML book. [more inside]
I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
I've got belt issues. (of the clothing variety) [more inside]
Alienware vs. Dell: I humbly request personal experiences to aid in the resolution of my notebook-buying dilemma. [more inside]
How can my near-OCD levels of organization & cleanliness, along with a penchant for being bossy, artistic, and design-oriented help me determine the best career path for me? Where do I go, and what type of formalized licensing should I pursue? [more inside]
Do self-help affirmations work? [more inside]
Help me find my brother a birthday gift! [more inside]
I'm an American who developed an interest in Premiership football last year. I don't have anyone to jaw the subject with, and have accumulated several minor questions I've lumped under one heading. [more inside]
Does Microsoft Remote Desktop need stunnel? [more inside]
Looking for upper/mid back stretches. [more inside]
I'm looking for songs similar to Paula Cole's "Me." The best lines in that song are "me who is my enemy, me who beats me up." In other words, anything with introspective lyrics.
Where can one find fashionable items (jeans, shirts, etc) for oversized folks? [more inside]
Contracting with your neighbor -- wise or unwise? We are shopping around a major home improvement job. On the list of contractors is our next-door neighbor and friend, who has recently taken up contracting as a second career after years of doing completely different work. He seems capable enough (he did over his own house beautifully) but something tells me that giving the job to him is not a wise move. I'm thinking about when the crap hits the fan -- as it always does with major jobs like this -- our friendship is doomed. Scratch him off the list or give it a shot?
In Metropolis, what is the significance of the five-pointed stars on all of the doors of Rotwang's house? The door-stars point upwards, while the wall behind the machine-man's dais has a gigantic downward-pointing star. Why?
DogFilter: Help my girlfriend name her dog. [more inside]
We'll be camping with the kids (5 yrs and 18 months) for 2 nights, with a cooler full of ice and a tiny sterno stove. Got any suggestions for no-cook (or very-little-cook) family meals - besides cheese and crackers and baby carrots?
Anthro-Mytho-Socio-Filter: Help me connect body transformation examples such as Cuchulainn, Mazinga Z, and Michael Jackson... [more inside]
Why won't my volumes mount? (OS X 10.4.2, USB 2.0) [more inside]
Why does my steak taste so good? [more inside]
When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
Help me save the world! How can I automatically power off all my computer peripherals when I power off my computer? [more inside]
Where can I listen to/watch live coverage of the Ashes 1) online 2) free? [more inside]
StarWarsGeekFilter: I'm trying to find out the origins of the Star Wars character Yoda. I currently live in Japan, and a buddy of mine who's lived here several years said that he met an old Japanese man who was Lucas' inspiration for the character--Lucas knew him somehow. Unfortunately I didn't get details and that buddy has left the country. So fast forward to a couple of months ago: I was watching TV and this guy was talking about the new Star Wars flick and they flashed up a picture of Yoda, and then next to it a pic of an old Japanese man named Yorida (family name), who is apparently still alive, living in some small town in Japan. My Japanese ain't so good so I couldn't really tell what they were saying about him. Does anyone have the skinny on this? My google-fu, as they say, fails me. [more inside]
With Delta Airlines on the brink of bankruptcy, how much longer are my skymiles of any value? [more inside]
What's worth visiting between North Dakota and Washington State? [more inside]
I just got a new glasses perscription on Monday, after 4 years of wearing the same pair of glasses. They are fine 90% of the time, but the other 5-10% of the time, I can tell my eyes are having issues with the new lenses. [more inside]
Can 4 strong guys move a piano up 1 flight of stairs safely? and are there techniques or strategies in addition to brute force? Upright piano abandoned by 1st floor neighbors. I'd like to have it, but don't want anyone getting hurt.
Help me find pretty (or at least not-sneaker) shoes! I wear a women's size 12... [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good place from which to order a "wine-basket" as a gift for my father? [more inside]
I just started a second job, bringing me to 70+ hours a week. This will last until the end of September, when the first job ends. I also commute an hour each way between the jobs. I know, it's nuts. I made a committment to the first (cheesy) job. The second job pays more and has a future. And hell, I need the money. You who have worked two full-time jobs simultaneously: How did you do it? What helped? What should I watch out for? Any suggestions for me?
A good independent computer shop in NYC? [more inside]
I need to demo computer programs for clients (many of whom are not computer-savvy), but they're behind a firewall and I'm behind a firewall. They're also on a variety of platforms, and I'm on Linux. I need suggestions on how to set up a remote demonstration (where we can both control the mouse) so that we can both access it. [more inside]
Is there an antonym to 'sediment'? [more inside]
I'm looking for poetry readings and literary events in London. [more inside]
Anyone out there have any experience with the Certified Professional Purchaser accreditation programme, specifically in Ontario? [more inside]
I have two dvd burners in my computer. One is an old(er) LG that is capable of burning (with the right media) at 4x. Last week, I picked up a new one that is capable of burning at 8x. However, the burn times seem to be the same. [more inside]
Where can I get taller than normal toilet bolt caps? [more inside]
I've got this 21" CRT monitor -in perfect working condition- which is too big for the new flat I'm moving to. I'm looking for some charity/school in London (preferably South) that could make good use of it. Any suggestions? The computer recycling charities I've managed to find don't deal with monitors bigger than 17" and I'd hate seeing some perfectly usable piece of equipment going to landfill...
Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
I'm planning to take a trip to Russia next summer and have some questions about flying using standby. What sort of discounts do you get? Many more questions inside. [more inside]
What's the best freeware DJing software for Windows? [more inside]
Is it still possible to walk The High Line? I know Kottke did it, but I haven't found any more recent accounts anywhere, and I'm concerned that since the High Line has attracted more attention (and federal funding) recently, they may be taking stronger steps to prevent trespassing. Will my trip be ruined? [more inside]
Have you had any luck with magnetic or electronic pet doors that let a larger pet come and go, but keep smaller pets in? [more inside]
I recently bought a used car and I don't particularly care for the color. Can I have it repainted to a different color? Nothing special, just a new solid color. I see they do this to the extreme on shows like "Pimp My Ride" etc. [more inside]
In Illustrator CS (and earlier, I believe) it is possible to create dynamic documents that reference a text file (they call this data-driven graphics). Is this (or something close) available in InDesign? [more inside]
I love electronic pop/rock music with jittery singers (David Byrne), Talking Heads, Orange Juice, Bowie, Gang of Four, Sparks, Eno, Mission of Burma etc. Can you recommend something I might like that's been hidden under a rock from me? I want to hear something new (or lost) that is still something that I might, just might, like? I'm feeling a wee bit jaded at the moment...
How can I size down a google or yahoo map to fit it onto a flier so that it doesn't take up 1/4 page or blur to illegibility? [more inside]
When I add mp3 files to my iTunes library, iTunes automatically starts playing them. How do I turn this off? I'm not talking about importing music by ripping CDs, I'm talking about adding pre-existing MP3 files to the iTunes Library. [more inside]
Seattle dentistry: I haven't had a cleaning in many moons, and am looking for an affordable dentist as I have no insurance. I've been referred to UW Dentistry School, but they do not perform cleanings. Any recommendations? Thanks to all.
Why is it always "Sew and Vac?" Sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Why do these two appliances have such an affinity? Is it motors and belts? All the repair joints I see are 'Sew and Vac." What is up?
After having problems clearing my history (windows 2000) I googled some info and found it to be a common problem, but still can't clear the history with the found tips... [more inside]
Is there a way to prevent a Pivot Table (in Excel) from displaying a row with all zeros? [more inside]
I am considering starting up a small (one person) web consulting business, offering web design and development, newsletters, blogs etc. Advice from those with relevant experience would be much appreciated. [more inside]
I'm curious what codes are used to create sites such as myspace.com. Obviously html for the design, but what about the rest of the site. It is essentially a database. I'm not a programmer so I have no idea what type of coding is involved for searching and allowing others to fill out forms to create a profile. I'm also wondering what type of equipment would be needed to host and maintain a site such as this. I'm basically looking for what is involved on the backend on these type of sites.
What does it really mean to "overturn" a Supreme Court decision? [more inside]
Is there any legal reason that a registered trademark symbol (®) HAS to be a capital letter "R" inside a perfect Euclidean circle, even in a typeface that renders other round characters like "O" and "0" otherwise? I'm willing to let the "R" go, but our QA department at my job insists that only a true circle is legal. For examples of fonts that use other-than-round ® signs, see here, here, and here(That last example might be too extreme, admittedly). The USPTO website says nothing about typefaces.
I want to know more about how Iraq is recovering, but I'd like news and info from the perspective of common Iraqi citizens. All the news stories are either about the insurgent battles, polls and data solely used for political purposes by western partisan groups, or the new government solely in its relation to US withdrawl. [more inside]
I tried my vlc player -- nothing happened, and I also tried this but only the audio worked. Any suggestions?
Big Wheel, Boat, Choochoo.. Please help me to find more small joyful nuggets for my little monster. [more inside]
French speakers: how would you translate "pre-testing" (trying out potential exam questions on students before using them in an exam) and "standards-fixing" (ensuring the exam is of a suitable level of difficulty)?
I'm looking for a cool picture of a cloud blowing wind, like this, except better quality and preferably older looking... like what you might find on an old decorated map. I'm googled out and need your hope!
What is the best site to listen to streaming Imus? I don't like downloading stuff. [more inside]
Is there a way to connect an iMac running Tiger with a G4 running OS 9.2 via firewire so I can transfer files from my old system to the new one? [more inside]
What paper magazines do you subscribe to? Why? Or, if you're poor, what paper magazines would you subscribe to if you had the money?
I'm volunteer webmaster for a site with about 950 pages I'd like to put into a DreamWeaver template calling on an external CSS file. Can I automate this somehow, or at least part of it? [more inside]
Moral reativism and ethical dilemmas: "A," "B," "C" meat and so on. [more inside]
I have a thing for black and white photographs of architecture and city scenes. Help me find more to hang in my house. [more inside]
i have friends that owns a quite wonderful hair salon/art gallery in a slightly off the beaten path part of town - they would like to find a handful of stylists to add to their roster of existing stylists renting chairs from them... any thoughts on how they might market the salon to stylists with existing clientele? tough one. thanks in advance.
I'm 22 and I've done nothing with my life. This is going to be quite long... [more inside]
Help me seduce a guy. [more inside]
Turning teachers/bosses into mentors: how do you do it? [more inside]
Driving across the United States and looking for the hidden diamonds. [more inside]
What should I DJ to a bunch of people wearing headphones? [more inside]
Napster Vs. Kazaa? Or is there anything better? [more inside]
If someone is planning to take the GMAT in October 2005, should he or she buy a Kaplan 2006 prep book or an out-of-print 2005 book? Is there a significant difference between editions? [more inside]
Going to Lake Tahoe for four days in a few weeks & looking for recommendations -- on restaurants, hotels, and anything else. We plan to do some casual biking and hiking and also some gambling. We're currently planning to stay on the south shore. Any ideas for especially excellent or interesting things to do?
I'm currently accepting any recommendations for a simple, lightweight, web-based task management system. I do not need full project management capabilities, but I would like the ability to track time spent. In lieu of finding a suitable system, I would also solicit any web UI designers to work with me to build the aforementioned application (if a suitable one does not exist) and release it as open source.
I need to contract an Internet website graphic design job to a skilled designer. Does anyone know of any websites I can visit to find a list of potential hires?
Does anyone know the names of the Otis Redding songs that were in Heaven Help Us?
Can I use a KitchenAid from the US in Europe with the aid of a 110 to 220v transformer? [more inside]
Any good guides on getting up to speed with Linux? Specifically Ubuntu, but also general things like filesystem, permissions, installing/uninstalling software, etc. [more inside]
I am looking for a screen shot of the end credits for "Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy". [more inside]
I need some privacy! I recently upgraded my Paypal premier account to a business account in hopes that my personal name would not be easily accessible to buyers and/or others I'm in contact with in online auctions. I chose a business name but my personal name is still parenthetically listed beside it. So, now I'm wondering if my name will still be visible to buyers? [more inside]
Do women find it more difficult to immediately distinguish left from right than men? [more inside]
Question from a first-time house seller. My wife and I recently bought our second home without having sold the first. Although we and our agent feel that the house for sale is priced extremely reasonably and appropriately, it's been on the market for five months now. We have the financial capacity to continue paying for both houses indefinitely, with no need for a bridge loan, so that's not the issue per se. The question is, however, at what point does this process become an unacceptably bad deal, financially, and how do I calculate that? Or has it passed that point already? In other words, do the past five months of payments on the first house essentially represent money down the drain? Say each monthly payment on the house that hasn't sold (including mortgage, taxes, insurance, and utilities) comes to $2K. Does that effectively mean we might just as well have set the price $10K less five months ago? In which case we should be dropping the price now, and each month from now on, in an effort to stop the bleeding? I don't notice other sellers dropping their prices with every month that goes by, but the fact remains that since we've only owned the house for four years, we're building up practically no equity each month to "recover" when it finally sells. So it seems like the money's just evaporating. Maybe we get to deduct the taxes and interest from our income tax (or maybe not), but even if we do, it seems to me that there has to be a mathematical point at which it becomes pure damage control. And we may already be well past that point. I know we're not the only people who've ever been in the position of carrying two houses for a few months--it must happen all the time--I'm just not sure what the conventional wisdom is on handling the situation. Any advice would be appreciated.
Can anyone recommend some statistical analysis software for OS X 10.4? [more inside]
I want to learn Japanese, specifically to read it, preferably quickly. [more inside]
Just moved to Ithaca, NY for grad school. When not studying, what should I do in the area? Anybody familiar with this place have any suggestions? Bonus points if you can help me earn Ithaca Dollars...
What's up with Marlboro's "alternate" logo? [more inside]
I'm trying to find some statistics on Internet habits of people over the age of 49. I'd like to try to find information like: 1) % on the internet 2) Time on internet 3) % buy on Internet 4) Regularity of buying 5) Types of things purchased. 6) Etc. Thank you for your time. Have a great one.
What can I do if I'm one of the founders of a sports weblog that's been around for over three years and MSN starts a sports weblog with the same name?
Is there validity to the statement that I or you "enjoy the freedoms that men and women fought and died to protect?" [more inside]
I found a can of spam in the trunk of my car which, I think, was purchased in 1996. I wondered: Is it still safe to eat? Me-Fites: How old was the oldest can of spam you ever ate? Is it true that spam's shelf life is "indefinite?". Is it a good idea to keep cans of spam in my car/boat/cabin for emergencies (I'm stranded in a blizzard and need meat, etc)? If so, should I worry that extended bouts exposed to high temperatures (100+ degrees F) in my car trunk will reduce the shelf life of these cans of spam?
How do I find a postal code for St. Petersburg, Russia? [more inside]
Continental drift: where are we heading? [more inside]
It's obvious that none of the current energy producing methods we have has enough power to make say space travel affordable and fast for everyone. So no Star Wars / Jetsons type flying spaceships and cars for now. But are there any up and coming energy sources that will be able to do this? [more inside]
Men, where do you buy your grooming products? [more inside]
I'm a bit ignorant as regards Japan and all things Japanese, and am not quite sure where to start. But I have some very specific questions that I hope MeFi might help with, having to do with use of the Roman alphabet for electronic communications, in Japan. How do email addresses work? URLs? [more inside]
I want to play video games with my wife. [more inside]
Why do tow trucks has flashing lights. [more inside]
What's the best calorie-burning swim workout? Is the best muscle-building workout the same or different? [more inside]
Someone almost caused me a heart attack today. How do I bring it to the attention of the powers-that-be in an effective manner? [more inside]
Having no health insurance, how can we possibly afford to pay for the delivery of our coming child? How do freelance/self-employed American families survive without health insurance? Anyone have any experience with Medicaid? [more inside]
How do I de-fog my car windows on a humid summer night without using my air conditioner? [more inside]
Can a University find out what other schools you have attended? [more inside]
Why does semen sting? [more inside]
What is the best way to remove female facial hair? [more inside]
HD camcorder- buy now? Or wait? Or buy nice 3CCD camera? [more inside]
Why does one feel tired after simply floating and noodling around in a pool? [more inside]
The human orgasm. Myths and questions? [more inside]
Could a vocoder be used to imitate some elses voice? If you had a recording of someone speaking, could you make a sample of their "carrier" sound and modulate it with your own voice? You would have to vary the pitch of the carrier to sound like normal speech, but assuming you could do that (a big if, I know), it would be fairly convicing no?
Has anyone made or seen a good physical model for plate tectonics? [more inside]
What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time?
What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time? I want to be able to open a word document and allow a user to watch/participate (view-only would be acceptable too) in the editing process. VNC or remote-desktop are not really options because there are two corporate firewalls in place and no VPN connections. Even a joint text editor would be ok in a pinch, just copy/paste from Word and back when complete. As always, free is better.
Rapid self-design house building in the UK. I have an ill-informed notion that this should be possible by using pre-formed concrete slabs, but can find very little information. Can anyone shed any light on the subject? [more inside]
Bluetooth Headset advice. Looking for some advice on a Bluetooth headset which works well with Motorola V710 phones. Right now I’m considering Motorola HS850, and would like to hear opinions on that model and alternatives. Important factors would be integration with phone, ease of use, battery life, and comfort. Also, this is going to be given as a gift to someone who currently uses there phone quite a bit (too often IMHO) while driving, is such a gift appropriate or could personal preference/comfort (and variability of this factors between users) a possible issue? I’ve Googled and Epinion’d a bit but have not had much luck in finding comparisons across models.
I am looking for a fault-tolerant file copying freeware/shareware (WinXP) for copying very large directories (> 100GB) from volume A to volume B. By "fault tolerant", I mean that the process won't die if a particular subdir or file won't copy, it will just keep on chugging and log the problem. This kinda sounds like is a prettified, Windows equivalent of rsync. Anyone?
Which is more wasteful of environmental resources per acre: golf courses or land set aside for feeding cattle? [more inside]
I'm training for a marathon for the first time and am afraid of injuries... [more inside]
Cost of living comparison. Is there any way to compare salaries and standard of living between USA, UK, and France? If I relocate between these, how much should I ask for to attempt to maintain a standard of living? [more inside]
I wonder if a "flexible spending" plan at work is worth the hassle. [more inside]
How can I learn to doubletalk? [more inside]
I have decided to stop drinking for a while. Without going into too much detail- I drink alot. Stopping involves several nights of a special kind of hell while trying to sleep. Tossing, turning, very, very light sleeping, sweating, nightmares, etc. - it just sucks. I have taken Unisom and Valerian and other things (alone and together) to no avail. Is there a good way to minimize this ill effect (short of visiting the doctor)?
Is there a good source for obscure music specializing in the Atlanta music scene? I'm trying to find cds by the (former?) Atlanta singer-songwriter Cyndi Craven. Her webpage no longer works very well, and the email address provided there doesn't work at all. [more inside]
Help in making the switch from linux to Mac. [more inside]
I'm going to be in DC from 9/9-9/18. The standard museums aren't my thing. What else can you suggest? Things I like: food . unfine art . quirky shopping . rare films . city secrets . roof gardens . classical music . independent bookshops.
So the wedding planning is in full gear and we are having trouble finding the right entertainment.. Her parents want a band, we want a dj, so we've decided on getting a DJ/MC with a Jazz trio.. Problem is, we've visited a few, but cannot settle on one because none have been perfect. Anyone have any recommendations? Wedding is in Springfield, NJ, next early spring.
I *may* be going bald. So the question is: Of all the crap out there (Rogaine, Propecia, Procerin, etc.) what actually works, and what works best?
Where can I get men's cotton wifebeaters in beige or nude? Do they even exist? [more inside]
I need karaoke song suggestions suitable for my voice. My range is somewhere between Bass and Baritone. I can go higher, but it's difficult for me to keep in the right octave, and I almost always end up dropping songs made for Tenors down an octave or two. Examples: Blink 182 songs, Inside Out, even Creed songs I tend to lower without realizing it. [more inside]
Please help identify this piece of music. I have been trying to find out for years and figured I'd give it a try here. The link goes to a flash slideshow of Holocaust artwork by Samuel Bak. The music is a slow, sad violin piece. I would like to know the name of the piece of music being played and the artist performing it. I have already contacted the website owners, who got me in touch with the webmaster, none of which had any clue about the music. You would think they would have had to get permission to use it and therefore would know who it's by, but basically they were no help at all despite my best efforts. Do any of you recognize this? Thanks in advance
I need some help quitting smokes. I am trying to find a fake cigarette (not EZquit) to puff on. [more inside]
Is the original Miles Davis version of "Miles Beyond" by Marhavishu Orchestra available on CD? [more inside]
Is aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine safe to use, as in an anti-perspirant? [more inside]
After a semi hard run or other cardio / muscular endurance excerise I sometimes get the shakes, or muscle twitchs... and not in the muscles you would expect. What would cause this? [more inside]
Is there a tactful way to refuse a tip without offending the tipper? [more inside]
I want to build a cheap gaming PC that can handle any modern game, yet not cost me a fortune. [more inside]
I'm looking for a photoshop lampooning the remastered end of Return of the Jedi. It was a screen cap of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and Yoda, all standing next to each other, only there were 10-15 other people photoshopped in, including Bill and Ted. Does anyone have a link to it?
I would give a lot to have a nice big poster of this leaflet for Jan Tschichold's Die Neue Typographie. I don't think anyone sells prints of it; can anyone help me come up with a Plan B? [more inside]
I recently rekindled my love affair with Austrian Mozartkugeln (particularly the "Hofbauer Confiserie Mozartkugeln im Milch-Schokolade"). I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have any idea where I can get some in Toronto? Or have it shipped to me from somewhere other than Austria? [more inside]
Name that song! From the movie Waking Life, not on soundtrack. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for national cinemas, particularly non-Western ones (Korea, Iran, the newer Japanese films, Africa, etc.) or maybe some more obscure western films (Aki Kurismaki, etc.). Also, it'd help if you could tell me not just which flicks are good, but where I could get them (ordering from a region-free dvd site, a torrent site, greencine, netflix, etc.). I'm finding that this second, more logistical half is more difficult: I just got an allegedly great Japanese film and just as allegedly great French film, but neither came with subtitles! Incidentally, I'm probably going to go to Chinatown tomorrow (Tuesday) and pick up like 10 movies, so if you have any Japanese/Chinese/Korean recommendations, send them now!
This is sad, but: until this summer, I'd never owned a conventional watch with hands -- only geeky digital watches like the Iron Man. Long story short, thanks to eBay, I now own a kitschy blue Swatch watch, but I've noticed it's been running about ten minutes slow every hour. I've also noticed the minute hand occasionally goes backward a few tics before sputtering forward. Is this a dying-battery problem, a watch-needs-winding problem, or a possible sand-in-my-watch problem stemming from last week's beach vacation? [more inside]
I just bought a couple used VeriFone Tranz 330's for use in my POS system, but I can't figure out how to reprogram them! [more inside]
How do you make a mold for lost-wax casting? [more inside]
I popped in a Win2000 disk into my Toshiba laptop (600 Mhz Celeron Satellite). Proceeded to reformat into FAT32 and it claimed that the disk has errors and refuses to format. No information lost but I've been looking at harddrives and they're priced at $65 and higher. Specs for the replacement harddrive are [2.5 inch - ATA-100 - 44 pin IDC - 4200 rpm - buffer: 8 MB]. I don't want to pay that kind of money for a relatively worthless computer. What can I do? Thanks in advance.
How does an eternal pessimist find a ray of sunshine in a gloomy world? [more inside]
I'm going to be a freshman going to college in the fall. Any advice, helpful anecdotes, experiences, tips or suggestions? [more inside]
What features of Xbox 360, PS3, or Nintendo Revolution are you most looking forward to? What are the most unique features?
Are all animals basically symmetrical? Even a lobster, which has specialized claws, seems to be basically symmetrical. More specifically, are there animals that are clearly not symmetrical?
In September, my wife and I will be moving to a new apartment in downtown Manhattan. We're viewing the move as an opportunity to upgrade the technologies we use every day in the house. So my question(s) are: Should we go with Voice over IP for our home phone? If so, which is the better service, Vonage or AT&T CallVantage? Along the same lines, for our highspeed network, should we go with TimeWarner Roadrunner or keep our Verizon DSL service? Any thoughts?
Is the US Bank "Equity Accelerator" program really as good as it sounds? Are there any downsides or risks that I should be aware of while considering this program that claims to pay off my mortgage 7 years early? [more inside]
What do I need to know to become an amateur apiarist/beekeeper? [more inside]
Russian. I'm trying to find the correct way to spell Russian cities in English. For example -- Google Earth and a slew of sites spell it "Salehard", while Wikipedia and an almost equal number of web sites use sites use Salekhard. [more inside]
I need to know the name of a song, and who the composer is. In the Big Lebowski, during the part where the Dude's landlord, Allan, is doing that performance art/ interpretive dance routine, what song is playing in the background? [more inside]
Where can I find good electricians, plumbers, handymen, and whatnot in Baltimore? Is there a centralized resource where people can find out who's good, who's cheap, whose repair work is going to need repairing by another contractor, etc etc? Must one rely on word-of-mouth or blindly picking a name from the phonebook?
Is there a way to move Norton anti virus license from a trashed machine to a new machine or re-activate it on a rebuilt machine ? More than a few times I have been in a situation where I had to reinstall Win2k or rebuild the whole machine or replace a crappy machine with a newly built one. Does Norton AV allow license migration in such situations? I think their activation process normally does not like that if I remember right. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also any opinion on free edition of AVG anti-virus software from GriSoft ?
Suggestions for organizing and documenting employee performance that can be used in annual reviews? [more inside]
Applicant tracking software. Does anyone have any experience with the multitudes of hosted applicant tracking software providers out there (for posting jobs and managing resumes internally)? Currently, our company is testing out Prohire, but as the person who handles the website, I find it to less than desirable from a code standpoint and from a customer service standpoint. It is affordable at around $300 a month. Does anyone have any recommendations?
What could be the reason(s) that a few sites hosted on the same server can't be found by my ISP. They load fine for other people but not for me. [more inside]
How to search for a new home for a pet? We moved from a condo to a house 24 months ago that we have been renovating and will BE renovating for the next seven years or so. Our really awesome cat hates it... [more inside]
hip (ish) sunglasses in nyc. [more inside]
Web stats: My web host's stats display sucks. I have access to the raw log files, is there anything I can feed them into to get decent results?
What's the easiest and best way to get from Luton Airport to Central London (Waterloo/Elephant and Castle area), on a Friday night at about 23:00? [more inside]
SF digital camera folks: I'm in need of local digital camera repair recommendations. [more inside]
Can anyone in the Boston area recommend some semi-reliable and (hopefully) inexpensive movers?
64 bit Windows: What works? What's not yet supported? In short - what do I need to know before buying? [more inside]
Ack! Gah! My boss wants me to find a one of those kiosk film developing units that Boots and the like have for the Internet cafe I work at. He wants to lease one. My google fu fails me. [more inside]
Where can I get the best gin martini in New York City?
What is this? (Closeup of the business end here.) It's ostensibly a kitchen utensil, or at least the person I'm asking this for thinks it's a kitchen utensil.
Do contacts "go bad"? I've got three pairs of soft contacts that I bought a year ago. I've never worn them, and they're still sealed in the little jars of solution that they came in. Is there any reason that I shouldn't start wearing these contacts now?
What's a good book (or online resource) about audio editing for a beginner who is smart and wants in-depth knowledge? I'm working with dialogue mostly -- not music. [more inside]
A friend of mine has just taken on a large amount of debt since splitting with his girlfriend. What can he do to keep on top of it? [more inside]
Where can I download National Public Radio's All Things Considered or Morning Edition in MP3 format? I was doing this as an Audible subscriber, but they discontinued it. I have searched for podcasts, and of course the NPR site and can't find anything. I have a computer program that records the broadcasts from the NPR website, but in real time, which takes forever. Also, just out of curiosity, does anyone know why Audible stopped doing this? Thanks
Can you recommend a great authentic Chinese banquet in NYC (preferably Manhattan)? [more inside]
I have a small amount of extra money in my monthly budget. What charitable organization should I consider giving this money? Should I keep it local, should I send it to support children in a developing country, are there other better options?
What should I visit on the way from London to Cornwall? [more inside]
What is the legal state of using the names of local businesses, locations, politicians, and "people of import" in a work of fiction? [more inside]
Any recommendations for a NYC theatre subscription? [more inside]
The water that comes out of my kitchen sink tap STINKS. [more inside]
If you have subscribed to or otherwise attended Talk Cinema showings (preferably in the Twin Cities) would you recommend it to others? [more inside]
I'm bringing my eleven-year old cat to the vet tonight for his first teeth cleaning. I know he has to have blood tests first, and that anasthesia will be involved. The vet said there might be some extractions depending on the condition of his teeth. Can anyone give me a ballpark on what this is going to cost? I need to figure out how to juggle my finances to pay for it.
Start a webcam on a timer to catch a prank [more inside]
Photoshop advice please. Is it possible to edit EXIF data? [more inside]
Thinking about hiring movers for my next move... [more inside]
No shower pressure. [more inside]
how much do indie rock stars make on average? [more inside]
Things to do in L.A. when you're there from August 14-20. (Including: anyone have vegan restaurants to recommend?) [more inside]
Retrieving data from fire-damaged hard drives. [more inside]
I have an LLC that I never expected would start making money, and (yay!) now it is. What is the best way to get the money out of the LLC and into my pocket? [more inside]
Please help me find a picture (or the name, or the site) of a surreal scandinavian forestation machine. It's a huge machine on 6 or 8 legs - looks just like a spider - with the cabin nested in the middle and one huge scorpion-like arm for lifting tree trunks. Rings a bell? [more inside]
Will the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) be broadcasting the shuttle's return tonight/tomorrow morning? (Do you think all local affiliates are carrying it if their network does?) I can't find any thing on their websites about coverage.
Dry, veddy veddy dry... [more inside]
I drive a 2005 Scion xB. I have the opportunity to switch it for a 1999/2000 (I'm not sure which) Oldsmobile Alero sedan. Should I? [more inside]
At most Chinese restaurants in the U.S., there are a few soups that only come in servings big enough for two people. Why do they do that? And why is it so common at Chinese restaurants and so rare other places?
Any good place to learn Java online? For both beginners (J2SE) and also intermediary programmers willing to learn more (J2ME, J2EE). [more inside]
We're going to be driving from Boston to Montreal. We'll want to stop half-way there and half-way back (likely on a Sunday in both cases). Where might be a good place to stop, stretch our legs, get a bite to eat that's not kid-unfriendly. Sites, bites, etc. all welcome, especially interesting ones. I'm guessing that Montpelier is about half-way, but we're generally open.
Can anyone help me find an internet puzzle or riddle involving the US states? [more inside]
My walk behind lawnmower stopped cold while I was cutting the grass. It appeared to be out of gas, so I filled it. Now it won't start. How do I troubleshoot the issue? [more inside]
My wife is turning forty and wants a birthday never to be forgotten. One idea that she is fond of is having a pie fight with all of her friends. Does anyone have any idea how to plan such an event? In particular where, besides my house, is a good place to hold it. What kind of pies are best? (She doesn't want foam.) And how I can I make such a seemingly chaotic event run smoothly? Any experiences or anecdotes are welcomed.
In a few weeks I am going to be driving a moving truck cross country with 2 cats. I will need to find a hotel 2 different nights along the way. However, given the unpredictable nature of that kind of drive in a moving van, I am loathe to reserve places ahead of time. If there is any sort of delay or fortunate expedience the reservation could easily be missed. Searching the internet it seems that the pet policy is left up to individual hotels - even in the same chain. Does anyone know of any chains that allow small pets at all of their hotels or at least a resource that might compile a list of such places?
Is there a place (Starbucks, Kinkos, etc) in the Southport / Wrigleyville area of Chicago where I can physically plug my laptop into the internet? It's not connected in my house yet, and I don't have wireless. Any suggestions?
I need suggestions for decorative plants I can grow in a small, clear vase with just water, no soil (and that can withstand my black thumb). [more inside]
Help us decide on a whitewater rafting guide/outfitter for the Rogue River in southern Oregon. [more inside]
Why do unfiltered cigarettes cost so much more than unfiltered ones? [more inside]
What evidence exists that Japanese soldiers bayonetted babies at Nanking?
Where do you live? Are you seeing the X-games on ABC right now, or are you seeing infomercials? Thanks!
I'm looking for information about home prices that have recently sold. Specifically, I'd like to find some sort of database that can make it easy for me to get comparables for any given property. Even more ideally, if it could compare a resource of available properties, and flag when their comparable value is under the market, that would be fantastic. Any thoughts on this, or how I could put this together?
How do I create multi-page PDF documents with my Canon N1220U Scanner and Mac 10.4? [more inside]
What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters? [more inside]
OldAppleHardwareFilter: I've decided to cannibalize my first-gen clamshell iBook after a number of years of service and I'd like to use some of the parts for other projects. My problem is that I can't find any heavily technical information on the components. [more inside]
I'm looking for a really good story--I feel like I'm drowning in books but there's nothing I really want to read. I'm tired of all these 'literary' novels where nothing really happens, or the big best-sellers that are all action and no substance. I don't really care what genre, fiction, nonfiction, anything is fine as long as it really sucks you in. [more inside]
Does anyone know of any (preferably freeware) programs for Mac OS 9.1 that can fix disk errors? [more inside]
I'm looking for a generic laser printer driver for a multi-function Sharp AM-900. Needs to be compatible with Mac OS 10.4.2. [more inside]
Home price check? [more inside]
Doughnuts and boiling water. In the 1928 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, a recipe called 'cheap doughnuts (without shortening)' has a bizarre method. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any excellent books covering the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s? [more inside]
How can I use Azureus to download just one file out of a big torrent that includes many files? [more inside]
I've just put my portly frame on a GI Diet. I have books that detail what main ingredients are allowed, but how can I work out rough GI ratings for specific items that aren't on any lists? Also, is there a good free website that can help?
AskMEFI Trip Planner - Southern California Coastal Mini-honeymoon suggestions: Where should we stay? Where should we eat? [more inside]
Multi-part question about eyeglasses and eye tests... [more inside]
How do I stop my 14-month-old pug from barking? [more inside]
HongKongFilter: I'm thinking of taking a trip to HK next month, so if anyone who's been has advice to offer...? [more inside]
What turned my cursor, mouse arrow & hand green? I didn't. At least not knowingly, and I don't like it. How do I get it back to the way it was.
A four day SoCal vacation with two small children (7 and 3).... what can we do that isn't Disneyland? [more inside]
Do national political leaders operate with too much privacy? Barring specific national security meetings (perhaps decided as so by an elected judge) should all other meetings/calls/messages involved in running a country be immediately available in transcript/video/audio to it's citizens? I guess this question is aimed at democratic type governments. The theory is that these leaders are put in power by the populace, but normally operate without much of a public paper trail, hindering accountability and public access to the truth.
Why does the Space Shuttle appear as a bright, reflective object — almost star-like — when seen from Earth against a darkened sky? It's not exactly covered in mirrors.
I like the song "Estupido Romantico" (Mazz, 1995), but I need the lyrics, so I can sing along (for more than the title). Got the words? Please, e-mail me. [By the way, love makes me feel both stupid and romantic!]
Attention: Urologists! Is there a name for the phenomenon where you have to pee, but you can still hold it awhile... [more inside]
Is anyone else losing text in OS X mail app? [more inside]
Experiences with hysterectomy. Either yours or SO's or close friend, relative, etc. [more inside]
SexFilter: I'm wondeirng what I could be doing to make things more interesting for my boyfriend. (Inside may not be especially SFW.) [more inside]
I asked for too little during the job interview. How do I push for more if I get an offer? [more inside]
When I Reduce The Amount of SSRI I Take, Is This How I Felt When I Was Depressed? [more inside]
What's the weirdest thing you can tell me about the state of Wisconsin? [more inside]
Does anyone here have experience living with a dog with vestibular syndrome? It's a balance disturbance/disorder that affects the dog's motor skills much like a stroke. [more inside]
What's the best way to buy tickets for a high-demand event as soon as they go on sale? Is there a better way than hitting refresh at ticketmaster? Is buying at an outlet better? Since the number of people going is in flux, does quantity matter? Only relevant Askme thread found here.
Anyone develop 'stuck window' on their Honda Accord? How did you fix it? [more inside]
Looking for: OS X MP3 player with good ability to scroll through long files easily and accurately. [more inside]
How does one smoke a pipe? Just talking about proper pipes and proper tobacco - nothing wacky
Spurred on by what happened at Czechtek, I'm trying to find more out about electronic musicians from the Czech Republic. The trouble is, I don't speak Czech. Does anyone know of any great Czech producers, or of any web translation sites that reliably do Czech to English so I can do more research? [more inside]
Crossing the Canada border from the US (Rainbow Bridge) -- Should I be worried about a minor criminal record issue? [more inside]
Looking for nice tall indoor plant for a modern living room... [more inside]
How do I de-stink the HEPA filter for my brand-new bagless vacuum? [more inside]
What is the best grease to lube my truck chassis? [more inside]
Where can I find aguardiente in the states? [more inside]
Tips on turning a business idea into reality? [more inside]
How can I get my cat to support me? [more inside]
I've just had my TV repaired, and I think the company that fixed it is messing me around.. [more inside]
Why does the manual on my new DVD/VCR recorder say "do not install NEAR any heat sources such as radiators,..or other(including amplifiers that produce heat)"? I just bought a Toshiba D-VR3SU and if I put it in place of my old VCR it is about 2" from my amplifier. Well the amp gets warm, but I can't feel any heat more than 1/4" away. Do I really need to rearrange all the stuff to avoid this? The manual says this twice! [more inside]
Mac Final Cut Express and vector graphics, maybe Flash: How to make a vector graphics motion sequence to be incorporated into a Final Cut Express video. [more inside]
I am tasked with writing a web-based accounting software in PHP-MySQL. My background in accounting is minimal. I understand enough of debits & credits & transactions and such, but I'd like to find some resources which could help me in working out the programming workflow, database relationships, etc, ie the technical parts of developing such a system.
I'm taking a road trip through New England with my shortwave radio. I want a spot to perch with my car and do some long-distance nighttime listening with a beautiful elevated view, preferably overlooking a city. (Certain restrictions apply.) Any suggestions? [more inside]
Is my broken monitor fixable? It displays everything very bright and washed out, and sometimes clicks itself off (with the image disappearing to a tiny dot in the middle) when displaying something white. [more inside]
I have been looking high and low (without luck) for this pair of sandals--I know they exist, because I saw someone wearing them before I became intent on getting a pair. Oh, how I wish I'd asked her where she got them! It is a sort of boho-thong sandal with a flat ring that sits between your big and first toes. Thin cords make up the side straps. For a really crappy sketch, click here. Pardon my drawing skills. I would prefer a physical store (instant gratification, you know,) but online stores will satisfy my shoe-lust as well. I have googled the world over but have yet to come up with anything close enough.
What's the best way to study for an IT certification exam? Specifically, CCNA. [more inside]
How can I synchronise a local wiki installation (preferably MediaWiki) with an online server installation? [more inside]
Simple request: Does anyone have a Big Red Jake album with the lyrics to "Chili Bean's Final Carouse"? Please post them, if you have them...the internet is failing me.
So I recently found an orphan kitten in the backyard that is about 5 weeks old and i just saw the mother looking for her kitten a little while ago. i'm not sure if she is feral or just a neighborhood cat, and i feel terrible about keeping the kitten from her. but at the same time. if she is feral, i'd feel bad about contributing another feral cat to the community, or worse the kitten wouldn't survive. any advice is more then welcome!
Is there a way I can see the people who have the top worst feedback in ebay? The ones with the most bad feedback or worst feedbacK percentage?
"Dr. Davis, telephone please. Dr. Blair, Dr. Blair. Dr. J. Hamilton, Dr. J. Hamilton" [more inside]
Advice for trapping a stray cat? A malnourished kitten has been hanging around my yard and alley lately. [more inside]
Have the recent injuries and deaths at the Disney themeparks affected your decision to visit any of those parks in the near or distant future? (List of industry wide accidents here.)
Will your regular doctor prescribe you depression medication, or will they just send you to a psychiatrist? [more inside]
Incredibly Pointless Question: Why is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at number 8 on the iTunes Music Store? [more inside]
Two-part question: My friend is leaving Buenos Aires tommorrow - heading back to the states. How many bottles of wine can he bring with him? Also, another friend is flying standby. Can he only bring carry-on luggage? [more inside]
How do I set up point-and-click filesharing in a heterogenous home network (Linux and Windows XP) [more inside]
How do I create a stripped-down work environment free of distractions in Windows XP? [more inside]
What leads to a child/young adult picking up a parent's behavior (good or bad), rather than rebelling against it? [more inside]
Boss Panic! I have a friend who becomes very apprehensive when he knows the boss is coming. [more inside]
A generic Kleenex is a "tissue," a generic Q-Tip is a "cotton swab." What is a generic PowerPoint presentation called? [more inside]
CellPhoneFilter: I have the increasingly common dilemma of having two cellphones. Does a two-line cell phone exist? [more inside]
Movable Type: How does it fare under high-volume conditions? [more inside]
Windows Server 2003 Problems! [more inside]
I need to find an ebay broker in the St. Louis area. I've only come across ridyourstuff.com and there's something a little too Fisher-Price about their website to make me take them seriously. Googling is just spitting back listings of people selling sports event tickets.
Sirius subscription: Lifetime, month-to-month, or other? [more inside]
Ack! I've got a CD-R with CRC errors! [more inside]
Audiofilter: with amazing speed, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) has become a legacy format. In the archiving community, talk is that no major company is actually producing a component level DAT deck anymore, and the portables are soon to disappear as well. Anyone know differently, or know of a retailer still sitting on a significant stock of (new) component audio DAT decks? Lots of linguists, musicians, and ethnographers are suddenly desperate to score one. [more inside]
Do you know anyone in New England who can photograph a wedding? Professional photographers need not apply unless they are willing to work for $400. [more inside]
This is your actor on drugs - specifically cocaine. [more inside]
Automatic translation engines always have their functional limits; these limits tend to be even more pervasive with non-latin script languages. I have been trying for a month now to find jerseys for my favorite soccer club, the Kashima Antlers, with no luck. How can I order Japanese products that aren't on JList (army blocks it) short of taking 3 months of Japanese? [more inside]
HTML FormsFilter: I'm building a short multiple choice survey. Is there a good, free online application which will help me do this? [more inside]
Technological singularity: pros and cons? [more inside]
Where can i get a copy of the Amen Break? [more inside]
I'm looking for an OSS report writer similar to Crystal Reports. I've found several on sourceforge and have heard good things about Jasper, but I'd like to know what you (or the company you work for) uses and why. It needs to be dead easy for the end user to get reports with lots of charts and graphs and dynamically generated content. Also needs the ability to export reports as flat files in xml or some other simple format.
Do any of you live in a suburban community that actually benefited from development? [MI] [more inside]
Any MeFites around who faint at the sight of blood? If so, are you aware of any close relatives who do the same? [more inside]
OS X equivalent to Windows program Fruity Loops? [more inside]
This is the third in a series of ranting Beatles conspiracy emails I've recieved, roughly one every six months for the past year and a half. Where are they coming from? [more inside]
Tipping our house cleaner? [more inside]
I am looking for a good, cheep/free sound editing program for my Mac. It needs to be able to produce files I can import to apple and adobe's video editing programs. Any suggestions would be great.
Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio to play in between songs during a live performance.
Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio/sources for said audio to play in between songs during a live performance. [more inside]
I'm looking for an old (possibly quite popular) health ed video called something along the lines of: Am I Normal:... [more inside]
What are the origins of "homina homina homina!!" as an expression to denote, er, lustful desires?
What is the worst SLR camera lens you have ever used? [more inside]
VeggieBurgerFilter: Help me make a homemade veggie burger that wont fall to bits when I put it on the grill. [more inside]
On the advice of my doctor I'm going to try to go gluten- AND dairy-free for two weeks. This is the first time I've ever tried to cut anything out of my diet. What the hell can I still eat? Is beer OK? Please help me keep from wasting away...
What happens to the money when a business places a hold on your credit/debit card? [more inside]
I hold both a US and a UK passport. When I leave the country next year (from the US to Greece) should I travel out on the UK passport and back in on the US? Is this even allowed anymore? [more inside]
I'd like to become familiar with the basics of the Narrative Theory/Narratology. Can anyone in the know recommend a primer, or other key reading(s) -- either seminal books or articles? Assume I next to nothing about the field (so seemingly obvious citiations are welcomed); also assume that I won't be put off by thick tomes or dense prose. Thanks!
Are there such things as automatic-pause headphones? [more inside]
Whenever I set up a new computer I have to scramble to figure out the IP addresses for two DNS servers. Are there any publicly accessible, stable DNS servers that have a particularly memorable IP address? [more inside]
I'm going to be in Strasbourg (exclusively) for four days next week - any recommendations on things to do and/or see? [more inside]
Is there any place (online or otherwise) where I can get historical data on southern California freeway traffic patterns? [more inside]
Let's say I wanted to open my own business. Specifically a children's bookstore in a small college town in the northeast. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
What do you do with your anger? [more inside]
What is the weak link in my wireless connection? [more inside]
A close friend of mine will soon be moving to another city to go to university. We're going to miss eachother like hell and I'm looking for a good going away gift—under $100 CND— to give her. [more inside]
Can your weight increase by a greater amount than the weight of the food you eat? It seems to me that if I eat 500g of cake, then it couldn't possibly increase my body weight by more than 500g. Does this make sense? All my searching regarding this stuff deals in calories rather than mass/weight.
I've recently installed eMule Plus; I used it many months ago but uninstalled because of connectivity problems. So now I have a new computer, I figure I can start with a fresh slate. But the same thing happened--it cut out my internect connectivity after about 5 minutes or so. Firefox, IE, all messengers, stopped working and the emule downloads slowed to a crawl. Also, it took a very long time for it to connect to servers in the first place. What's causing this? I have ZoneAlarm but it's "approved" eMule so I don't know why this is happening.
Are national political polls that make use of random sample populations adjusted to account for the differences in overall population distribution throughout the US (in other words, do national political pollsters typically use some methodology to appropriately weigh responses from poll respondents depending on whether they live in more densely or less densely populated regions)?
Cycling/JuryofMyPeers-Filter: when a cyclist crashes into a car because the car turned right into the cyclist's path, is it the driver's fault for not checking their blind spot, or the cyclist's fault for aggressively passing on their right? [more inside]
Persian/Farsi question--what would you call pickled sour grapes? Torshi Angoor or Ghoureh? I've checked google and the store-bought jar in my fridge, so I know those answers. I want to know what you or your Persian family/friends would call it.
In the song "Sour Times" by Portishead, there is a bizarre stringed instrument with percussive elements in the background. I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what it is. [more inside]
How do I connect to a network identified by smb://sub.domain.tld/share$ from XP Pro? It works fine in OS X (of course) using "Go->Connect to Server", but on Windows neither IE nor Firefox nor My Network Places seems to understand this kind of URL. What do I need?
Websites for toddlers? [more inside]
I'm trying to play the song "Sweet Jane" by the Velvet Underground. I can play the song on guitar or bass. I can sing along to the song. But it all falls apart if I try to do both. Does anyone have any tips for me? [more inside]
Is there a way to assign an F key to just pause and un-pause iTunes? [more inside]
More Texas Hold'em rule questions: What is the exact structure of betting the blinds (pre-flop) in a head-to-head match? [more inside]
How can I tell if my deck needs to be treated? [more inside]
How to start dating again after a broken engagement? [more inside]
What foods can I eat on the South Beach Diet? [more inside]
As executor, I'm helping my retired father set up his estate. Everything is pretty cut & dried with the exception of my brother. We have no idea where he is and whether he is even alive. How should my father account for him in his will? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian looking to move (and work) in the USA. Not necessarily forever, but more than the three months a tourist visa allows. I've got a 2 year college degree and 8 yrs experience in IT. Where do I start to figure out how to do it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recommendation for a customer-facing help ticket system to implement at work. [more inside]
FoodFilter: I love vanilla/almond/etc. extract. But I cannot have even tiny amounts of alcohol in my food (for religious reasons). But I want real flavor. Googling has taught me that alcohol is put in all extracts to preserve and to prevent evaporation. But could there truly be no other way? How do I get avoid the bleh imitation stuff while still getting no alcohol in my flavoring?
Besides Ultimate, can you recommend a new sport or physical activity that I might like? [more inside]
Oktoberfest! I'm going to be in Munich on 9/17, and I can't wait to hit the Weisn! Just one problem -- I'm lazy, and I didn't book space in a tent. How early do I need to get there (on opening weekend, no less!), and what tent should I aim for to have a good chance of getting seats for four people? Favorite tents, anyone?
I'm ready to be assimilated, and am considering purchasing an Ipod. I read in a Cringely column, recently, that b/w ipods are being offered "everywhere" at $150 discounts to make room for the new models. Where might I find these magical discounts? [more inside]
Does storing a half-used can of oil paint upsidedown *really* work to prevent a skin from forming? I've also read recommendations for a small quantity of mineral spirits to be poured on top. (Which I did even try before having read it; I had marginal success but it was not long term. Anyway, I would think the mineral spirits would eventually evaoprate just as the solvents in the paint must.) [more inside]
Today I was sitting with my boss, supposedly reading a very dry document on legal regulations on I.T. security procedures. He was sitting across from me filling in a spreadsheet. Suddenly, he looked up and said wooohooooo, is anybody there? He'd caught me staring out the window spacing out, with a blank expression on my face. Then he told me that he had noticed I zone out really often. [more inside]
Porn in the woods. Did you, as a kid, find porn in the woods? I did, and I have noticed this is a worldwide phenomena. Why the porn in the woods? Where does the porn in the woods come from? [more inside]
I want to lose my mojo. [more inside]
Can you recommend alarm/timer software to run on windows? [more inside]
My wife and I are going out of town for the weekend, away from our daughter together, for the first time. A friend suggested that we appoint a legal guardian for our daughter in the event that she had an emergency, or if my wife and I were killed together. Is this done in a Will, or seperate document? Any suggestions for on-line resources for these kinds of forms? Any helpful insights into this process?
We're taking a trip to Maine for a few days. [more inside]
Is the "Please drink responsibly" tagline that now suffixes beer/liquor ads the result of a law, or just a voluntary trend?
I am going to be vacationing in Wildwood New Jersey next week and I am looking for places that have wifi, preferably free. I am staying at a rental property instead of a hotel and thus no internet. Aside from war driving, are there any known places that I can go that offer such a thing? wifimaps.com returned nothing helpful at all and neither did a google search.
I want to buy a used station wagon in Los Angeles, California. I'm a Japanese car guy through and through but I can't seem to find anything that's not too old. There are a few Saturns, though. I heard they're alright. Are Saturn cars actually any good? [more inside]
After many happy months with Firefox, my Firefox Calendar has disappeared, along with all my appointments and due dates. [more inside]
Things to do in Buenos Aires in August? (Yes, I know it's winter...). A friend has just dropped out of a 5 day trip and I'll be there alone, and on my birthday, and I'd like to spoil myself. [more inside]
Why are there so many (relatively speaking) bands with names that begin with Thee? And who started it?
Why are my juniper bushes sick? [more inside]
Has puberty passed me by? [more inside]
After using numerous prep books, official guides and the Powerprep software, I am stuck at the 700-720 range. I checked this post, but I am looking for more specific help for a really high score. Right now, I am answering 90% of the questions correct. Do I need to get 100% right? Or get more questions right in the beginning? What am I doing wrong? I am exactly three weeks away from the test.
I am a licensed driver in California, with a valid Class "C" license. I am thinking of buying a "Vespa" type motorscooter. Do I need to get a special motorcycle license, or does my current license cover it?
I need to use 5+ weeks of vacation before the end of the year. What should I do? [more inside]
Help me identify a cheesy sci-fi book I enjoyed as a teenager in the 80s! [more inside]
DiscriminationFilter: How do I adapt my teaching methods for a student in my SAT prep course with a speech disability? [more inside]
Interested in possibly moving abroad in a few years, either to the UK or to France... [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a book on musical scale systems/microtonality? [more inside]
I would like recommendations on "kid friendly" email groups and listservs for my 9-year old son. [more inside]
So I'm trying to write a Word macro to count how many words there are on the current page of the document. It's not going well. [more inside]
How can I fix a leaking above-ground pool filter (with epoxy or something)? Should I try or will this mess it up further? [more inside]
Where did the image of the Japanese hero carrying a big sword on his shoulder come from? Examples here, here, here, and here. It seems to come up a lot in Japanese videogames and toons. [more inside]
Regarding my CommonTimes post: Here's a question for all you seasoned MeFi NewsFilter veterans. So many news sources require bogus, worthless, annoying "registration", imagining that they're harvesting tons of valuable marketing information. Bugmenot comes in handy, but I hate to post links to CommonTimes which lead readers to a reg-gate. I'm aware of the NY Times Link Generator which does an end-around of the reg gateway. And BugMeNot sure comes in handy. I'm also tagging with "reglink" where appropriate. Any other suggestions for dealing with reg-required links?
What is the best groomsman gift you ever received or heard of?
If an 18-year-old currently residing in the U.S. has never had any vaccinations or immunizations, what are the pros and cons of starting the process of becoming immunized now? [more inside]
My (old) sysadmin in what could only be described as a hissy fit deleted my entire account one friday night. Along with all my emails and other stuff went the only copy I had of AvantSlash. This is rather unfortunate, since I maintain it! Can you help me find a copy of v3.0 or 3.1? [more inside]
i sent an email to a hotmail address with a blank subject line. did it arrive, or are such emails filtered?
At what point or for what conditions do you need to get a medical alert bracelet? [more inside]
How to identify IKEA furniture? I have an identical sofa bed to the one on sale here and also here. I want to get a new cover for it but I can't for the life of me remember the model name. So does anyone know what the bed is called or how I can find out. Many thanks.
JunkmailFilter: How do I get credit card companies to stop sending me applications? [more inside]
Airmiles, full-fare, goldmember elite worldclass club, Y-C-B and Z class tickets, Award flights, etc - even as a frequent flyer, I have no clue what these all mean, how I get them, and how I can use them to get an upgrade. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a film, a small part of which has surfaced in my mind... [more inside]
What color/kind of shoes would go best with some casual white pants. [more inside]
Name that narrator! My mom just sent me on a (fruitless) Google/Amazon quest to find a narrator from a 1950s vinyl recorded version of Peter and the Wolf. [more inside]
I'm looking for Goulash recipes. [more inside]
Australian Mobile Phone Company Filter: Anyone got share-worthy experiences with "3"? [more inside]
I want to learn IOS and any other Cisco switch configuring protocol stuff. Is there a good resource for this? I kind of need it to get out of a bad situation so learning quick would be much appreciated. I want to learn the fundamentals so that I can a) impress them b) begin the learning curve which is the hardest thing to do in my opinion. BTW this is switch configuring for a wireless network. [more inside]
I have a pair of leather sandals that have a couple years of dirt, dead skin and miscelleanous grime worn deeply into the insoles. What's the best way to get rid of the foot-gunk without destroying the leather?
We have a wasp/hornet/yellow jacket in our house. How do we get rid of it? [more inside]
So, I really want to do some missionary/volunteer work for an extended period of time so I come seeking advice on possible organisations to work with. [more inside]
I'm looking for a service where I can rent a personal mailbox, and when mail comes in, it is scanned and put somewhere where I can retrieve it electronically (or get the paper mail forwarded to me, wherever I happen to be at the time). I've been using these folks in Las Vegas for a while (they're great, BTW)... but they only do the store-and-forward thing, and I'm really looking for electronic delivery whenever possible. [more inside]
Help me give good slide? [more inside]
My friend just got a paycheck in the mail. It had obviously been opened and then scotch-taped back up. Also, it arrived a couple days later than she expected it. Inside was the intact paycheck and stub. Problem is the stub also had her full name, SSN #, and of course salary and workplace. Should she be worried? If this was ID theft why would they have taped it back up? I'm curious too about what may have happened here.
Does the software I'm looking for exist? My family and I have dinner, potluck style, with a group of about 6 other families on a bi-weekly basis. Every week we have to do the same round of emails about what people are bringing for dinner etc... How do we automate it? [more inside]
I'm looking to get away this weekend to somewhere within, say, a two hour drive (at max) of the Chicago metropolitan area. [more inside]
What are the best (graphically) designed sites on the web? [more inside]
Anybody ever set up a proxy server that authenticates using an external LDAP server - so that (for example) off-campus university students can access third-party web services that are restricted to campus IP addresses? [more inside]
My 64-year-old father is bored. Are there any social clubs in Los Angeles for him? [more inside]
Is there a sports podcast worth listening to? I'm looking for something that is released once or twice a week, is comprised of discussion and analysis rather than interviews, and focuses on non-motor sports popular in the United States. Rather than making my way though a mass of random iTunes categorical picks, I'd love to get some recommendations.
Have researchers ever explored the psychological or cultural factors behind the Otherkin phenomenon?
I want to start a "hate" site dedicated to my crappy dealings with a major corporation. What do I need to be wary of? [more inside]
Are there any good arguments against the members of The Residents and the members of The Cryptic Corporation being the same people? Other than the fact that they've denied it in the past?
I'm DJing a friend's wedding this weekend. Any tips from real DJs? [more inside]
Runtime search on CD - What is your recommendation for an inexpensive (but not free) search utility to add to a data CD for use in searching its contents? [more inside]
What are the oldest realistic landscape paintings (or drawings)? [more inside]
Soccer Injuries: People get injured all the time playing indoor soccer ... minor stuff, like sprains and heavy bruising and the like. What kind of first aid should we perform on this kind of injury, what kind of stuff should I keep in my soccer bag for when *I* get hurt like this, and when is it time to send someone to the ER?
Help me recover data off a (seemingly) dead laptop hard drive. [more inside]
Why doesn't Safari RSS automatically update some of my feeds? [more inside]
Is there a way to find out if someone was a Freemason? [more inside]
How do you keep a chicken out of a tree? [more inside]
I need to allow a few people to access our mail server using Outlook from outside the building. They use OWA yet do not like having to use a web page to do this (yeah, I know...). I thought of setting up POP3 but am not sure what ports I need to open on the firewall (110, 25 do not seem to cut it). What is the functional difference between POP3 and IMAP and is either one better/easier to setup? (File folder sharing would be an optional objective). Microsoft's KB system sucks...any other useful articles out there?
I will be traveling to Vietnam next week, and have some questions regarding getting/staying there. [more inside]
When did the word 'phenom' become an accepted way to describe sport prodigies in North American news?
I have a gifted and motivated nephew who wants to take the MCAT. What resources would you recommend to help him prepare?
Mac OSX Server Backup question: what's the best way to ensure that my small office doesn't lose the data we store on our file server? Right now we use Retrospect with a tape drive, but it's not an ideal solution, because finding stuff on the tape is a huge pain, and the time required to maintain it is lost time. Should we go with a portable external hard drive (someone brings the tapes home just in case of fire or explosion)? Or purchase an off-site solution?
UK Paypal question: "Once you have opened a PayPal account, you can start making PayPal payments right away. However, for security reasons, there are limits to the amount you can send and withdraw. To lift these limits, you can complete some additional steps and gain the status of Verified." I can't seem to see what those limits are - does