August 2007 Archives

August 31
culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 11:59 PM PST - 21 comments

What does the asterisk mean on a US visa? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Zippofilter: I recently bought a 1976 Zippo knockoff at an antique store for $3. It has a wick and flint, but is completely out of oil. The problem is that the aluminum has oxidized and is so jammed in there that i can't remove it for refilling. Does anyone know a way to get it out?
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Please recommend some canonical books (or even e-books) to learn networking in general (on par with a CS major), up to an 'intermediate' level. Including stuff on wireless networking and security concerns. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't know whether it's time to put my dog down or not. Long, rambling, a few gross details - but your help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 8:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Has anyone here used Earthlink's Feather WiFi service? Especially in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm having problems converting digital photos to CMYK for print. Please help. [more inside]
posted by theperfectcrime at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

My 3.5-year-old, 12 pound dog has been displaying aggression on our walks, and I'm not sure how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 7:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me name a new real estate company that I am opening (in the next few weeks) in Southen California. The company sells mostly apartment buildings / multi-units as invesments. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 7:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I break up with my boyfriend? Or 'play the field'? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 40 comments

I've got a research and thesis-based M.S. in engineering and a bachelor's degree from a very well-regarded school. What level on the corporate ladder should I be hired at? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 7 comments

I have 40 black t-shirts with a screenprinted design. I would like to make the shirts lighter -- less black, that is -- without screwing up the screenprinting. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do .jpg's I create for my web site appear grainy? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 6:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there any software or technique that will help me keep my Windows installation clean and manageable over the course of a year or two? I am sick of reinstalling Windows! [more inside]
posted by zek at 6:24 PM PST - 17 comments

New Puppy filter: New addition to the pack. How do I keep all of my dogs happy? [more inside]
posted by unvivid at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

date things to due in Houston the weekend of September 14. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 6:15 PM PST - 2 comments

How did *you* achieve a software RAID 10 (or 1+0) setup on your RHEL5 (or 4) box? [more inside]
posted by quasistoic at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I see ads for U.S. companies on British sites (like guardian.co.uk)?
posted by wfc123 at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

indiefilmfilter: recommend a good place to rent film equipment next week in toronto? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comments

We're in the process of moving to Seattle (I'm here, the fam is still back east) so I'm solo this Labor Day weekend (sadly, no invites) and am looking to get on my road bike *outside* the city trails and enjoy some of the surrounding Washington landscape. I'm looking for 30-50mi ride suggestions (can be longer if not so hilly) that have the fewest cars and the nicest views (mountains, farms, rivers, etc) without Tour de France climbs. [more inside]
posted by hrbrmstr at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Driving cross-country from Southern CA to Atlanta with my best friend to drop her off at graphic design school. What to see? What to avoid? How to budget? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Here I am, traveling for work and stuck in Loveland, CO over the long weekend. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 3:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

"Ognuno Soffre" (Everybody Hurts) lyrics? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

I am a late-blooming Baseball fan. I grew up in New Orleans (no baseball), lived in Boston for six years, and now reside in Houston. Since baseball is religion in Boston, and since I was there to see Boston win in 2004, I have become something of a fan. Here are some questions that have bugged me since I started watching: [more inside]
posted by tcv at 2:38 PM PST - 35 comments

I have no money, but can travel for free.....could this work? [more inside]
posted by leftfooter at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Why don't toilets use foot pedals instead of the standard flush handle? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 2:01 PM PST - 28 comments

I know relatively nothing about olive oil except that my local grocery stores sell overpriced crap. Can you recommend a good oil that's available online from a reputable source? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

One on one online gaming without fuss. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm throwing a party tonight -- but not just any party. I'm throwing a Trapped in the Closet viewing party. The question is this: what should my signature drink be? A cool cocktail? A faux-cool cocktail? What would R. Kelly do?
posted by rex at 1:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Why don't sci-fi and fantasy novels indicate they're sequels or parts of series? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there any simple way to encrypt the information in a web form and deliver it via email? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

I'd like to build a clock that makes shifting to daylight savings time unnecessary by instead gaining or losing a bit of time each day as appropriate for the season so that when the second Sunday in March and first Sunday in November roll around it's already in sync. Setting aside the logistics of making this work from a societial point of view, how would you do it technically? Something like leap seconds or leap minutes? Or smaller changes on a more constant interval? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Shamelessly begging for your creative title ideas. I'm starting a new personal blog and have no clue what to call it. [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 12:27 PM PST - 33 comments

How long did it take to fly from London (England) to Tokyo (Japan) in 1973? For bonus points how much did it cost? Were there differences between the airlines at the time?
posted by satisam at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

A few days ago my roommate collapsed in our hallway. Did she have a seizure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Help, I can't swim the front crawl stroke without becoming completely exhausted in less then 20 seconds. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 11:07 AM PST - 33 comments

In search of simple black earrings (pierced). They can be small hoops, studs or wires. Not necessarily onyx or obsidian - could be rubber, for all I care, but definitely not pearls. I'd like something kind of like just the hoop part on these. If combined with metal, preferred color is silver.
posted by yoga at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm heading up to Boston from Philadelphia tonight, and I need to pick up someone who lives in Brooklyn. How can I get them to a rest stop or exit? Can they take public transportation to somewhere that I could easily grab them without having to go that far out of my way, and definitely without going into New York?
posted by excitementMD at 10:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Which is "greener"? Her metal & plastic mechanical pencils manufactured in Japan, or my Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils made in North America? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:15 AM PST - 42 comments

Recommendations for a downloadable program that can aid me in designing a tattoo. Something like MS Paint but not utterly useless. For the life of me I can't find one. Please and thank you.
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 10:12 AM PST - 21 comments

When was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first published? Using search engines, I get answers that say 1868, 1869, 1870, 1873, and 1873. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone successfully use Vault to do embedded linux development (including maintaining root file system permissions, check in from the development platform and the target as well)? [more inside]
posted by gte910h at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comments

When I was a kid, I used to have fairly significant weakness in both my hands when I woke up in the morning. Any ideas what that might have been? [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:13 AM PST - 29 comments

Which is the more effective method of shifting to a graveyard shift (midnight to nine a.m.): incremental changes in go-to-sleep time of an hour or so over the course of a week or a cold-turkey shift over two days? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 8:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Dog Whisperer Filter: My 2 y/o neutered German Shepard has suddenly become dog aggressive. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:39 AM PST - 29 comments

What are some fun, affordable places to take a date in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by TacoConsumer at 8:19 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I find what open source project (or nonprofit) might be a "client" for a tutorial or training (instructional design project) that's for university credit? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 at 8:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Can you actually refinish a laminate countertop with Rustoleum Stoneffects, or a similar product, and get an attractive and durable result? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Has anyone used a remote online video editing suite, and what are the advantages/pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

My 12-yr old German Shepard. It's not dysplasia, but is it more than arthritis? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Would we get enough warning to get out of the way if a big asteroid is bound to hit Earth? How big does an asteroid have to be to be visible for an extended period before it enters atmosphere?
posted by spacefire at 6:24 AM PST - 27 comments

help on fugues! im looking for analyses of the fugues in "Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 5:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I getting strung along or should I wait this out? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 4:47 AM PST - 27 comments

How to find a Trusted Mover [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 4:42 AM PST - 13 comments

When ripping some DVDs to my hard drive, why do the sound and video get out of synch? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 4:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Does the new Airport Extreme support jumbo frames? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass at 4:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a way to make MS Word show text on screen but not print it? 'Hidden text' makes it completely invisible on screen. I don't mean formatting codes, just text. This would be for a CV with a date of last update in a footer. WORD 2003 SP2.
posted by dash_slot- at 4:13 AM PST - 11 comments

I need to replace the unskippable intro (before the menu) of a DVD with something else. How do you successfully modify a DVD's content? [more inside]
posted by remi at 3:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I connect a PSP to wired Ethernet? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 1:46 AM PST - 12 comments

August 30
Who is the guy wearing the "To know me is to love me" button on page 36 of MAD magazine issue #119 (Bonnie and Clyde cover) and why was that slogan picked? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 11:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Framing over a dozen 11x14 photos on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 10:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How likely is it that someone would be falsely arrested for soliciting sex in a public restroom? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 10:21 PM PST - 38 comments

Where can I find some truly dark skies in western Washington state? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

XML DOM question: Help a newbie. I can't figure out how to do something that seems so simple. I'm writing an extremely simple RSS reader that creates a select control. Each option element needs only to be filled with the values of the "link" and "title" elements but I can't figure out how to reference them by name. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 9:25 PM PST - 4 comments

ModernDayEtiquetteFilter: What is the general consensus on returning calls (received on one's mobile phone) based on a missed call log vs. leaving a message? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 9:24 PM PST - 56 comments

Is this [AskMe post] the best way to use American funds for living expenses in Glasgow? What other options are available? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

GiftFilter: Where can I buy The Clapper in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 8:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a mortgage calculator/spreadsheet (or help in creating a spreadsheet) that works for our situation. [more inside]
posted by winston at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

At what point is it not worth making student-loan debt into mortgage debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Any recommendations for a concealed-carry handgun to be used by a woman? My significant other is getting a concealed carry permit, but finds that my Beretta 9MM is too big and heavy for her hand. She's aware of all the drawbacks of guns, so she doesn't need to be reminded of them. Please post recommendations as comments on this thread, but I've also got this throwaway account: handgunrecommendations@gmail.com
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 16 comments

What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:52 PM PST - 52 comments

Road trip food? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 6:18 PM PST - 47 comments

Please, need recommendations for best (your favorite) yoga studio in Vancouver, BC (west end preferrably). Iyengar would be best. Thanks!
posted by lois1950 at 6:05 PM PST - 1 comments

What is the cheapest PC video card available that supports Pixel Shader. [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

I am traveling to Oklahoma City next week and was looking for great local resturants.... [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Please recommend a Seattle roofing company that would do a good job inspecting our residential roof and making minor repairs (cleaning off moss, adding zinc strip, etc).
posted by reeddavid at 4:16 PM PST - 1 comments

My wife and I are both employed full-time and are eligible for health insurance from our employer. We decided to go a different route and chose a High Deductible Health Plan paired with a Health Savings Account. I know that HSA contributions are tax-deductible, but are our HDHP premiums deductible as well? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

A spider landed on me in Hawaii. It was very big (almost palm sized), and black with yellow and blue splotches on it. Is it poisonous? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Any reputable and inexpensive services that provide mapping from an IP address to the nearest large city? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone experienced a residential burglary AND is certain who did it (or caught the thief redhanded?) Who did it? Did anything occur that made you suspicious, and what could you have done to prevent the burglary? I'm trying to hedge myself against burglary, but most people I know who experienced one have no idea who did it, leaving nothing to be learned except to lock up better.
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:16 PM PST - 35 comments

Why are the trolleys in Philadelphia so unfathomably slow? [more inside]
posted by timory at 2:25 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm trying to find turn-based role-playing computer games that don't have any real time combat. My favorite set of games is the old Dungeons and Dragons Krynn series: Champions of Krynn, Deathknights of Krynn, and Dark Queen of Krynn. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 2:23 PM PST - 38 comments

Any recommendations on places to order award-type items from? Kind of like trophies but not that cheesy . . . thinking specifically about having something made out of lucite, nothing fancy, but needs to look professional. [more inside]
posted by danny boy at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder. [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm 27, have been in NYC for five years now, and on a recent (as in last weekend) to SF, fell in love with the city; got the "this is where you should be" feeling within an hour of landing. Would it be crazy to think of moving? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:39 PM PST - 41 comments

Mysterious vanishing keyboard shortcuts... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

I've looked on the knot, wedding channel and googled, but I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. My fiance and I have an idea for a beach house wedding and reception, but we don't know if it's feasible with our guest list and budget. I thought maybe some mefites have done something similar. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for things to do, where to stay, and places to go in Minneapolis, with a 2 year old, in December. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:16 PM PST - 18 comments

2004 Chevy Blazer 4x4 4dr - Sometimes, not always, for the last couple of months when I accelerate my RPMs go up (the engine gets pretty loud but I do not redline) but my car seems to not accelerate very much – Which really sucks on a right on red. It eventually will get up to speed. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

I've got an 8-hour layover in Philadelphia (PHL) on October 1st. Would it be worth it to leave the airport and check shit out? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

I am having a weird problem with Foldershare. I was able to set everything up so that I can share a folder between my desktop and laptop (both are connected to the internet via an AirPort Extreme Base Station), but now when I sync it only goes one way -- from my desktop (iMac running OS X 10.4) to my laptop (running XP). Anything I fix on the mac shows up instantly on the laptop, but everything I fix on the laptop, or ghost p2p files I double click on the Mac, get caught in the queue and the status switches wildly between "queued" "all matches currently busy" "idle" and "listening" in the activity window on the mac and they are not visible on the xp laptop activity window. Also, all ports are reporting as blocked, despite my turning off the Mac firewall. I tried Foldershare support and they gave me the standard settings FS should operate with and told me to contact the manufacturer of the router. Applecare said the Airport doesn't block any ports. Any ideas? I googled and couldn't find anyone that was having this issue... Thanks in advance.
posted by jules1651 at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of Advent computer equipment is this? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some pictures/paintings of groups of people that are instantly recognizable? I'm thinking along the line's of da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and would lend itself to having photographs (probably poorly) photoshopped over the faces for a friend's going-away gift? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 12:40 PM PST - 35 comments

I'm officiating my younger sister's wedding, and want to find out what they want out of their ceremony. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

can you help me find this half-remembered education statistic? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 12:23 PM PST - 4 comments

2 outlets & a ceiling light stopped working at the same time. None of the circuit breakers were flipped. What would cause this, and how can I troubleshoot it? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

E-Mail Legalese Signatures: This email is only intended for the recipient, if you are not the recipient, please douse your computer in moonshine and howl at the moon. We have all seen these crop up, but has anyone seen proof that they are worth anything? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 11:45 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I get hamburger grease out of my cat's fur without hurting him? [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 11:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Help! Local Coffee House's online community forum has been taken over by spammers & pervs! Can you provide easy to follow, clear instructions on how to take down unwanted posts? [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out a clever or funny thing to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Serverfilter: My office is in the process of migrating to Windows Server 2003 for Fileserving. We constantly have issues with newly created files. Whenever they are placed on the server by a user, the immediately lose rights to do anything with the file. All other users attempting to access the files are also denied. This is just beyond frustrating. Any ideas what is happening and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Asking for a friend: Facebook - is it possible to block friends (ie., not see their contributions) without them knowing about it? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:35 AM PST - 33 comments

I'm working with huge XML files in XML Spy so I'm using bookmarks to navigate around the files. But the bookmarks aren't saved so every time I reopen a file I have to add all the bookmarks again - goddamn does this drive me crazy! Is there any way to add navigation points in XML Spy that are saved?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for ~$10,000 to start a simple business and need to write a business plan. Essentially, I have the best price and the best quality for a new tech gadget than no one is seriously marketing in the US. I'm trying to figure out the business plan's formatting, what topics to cover, questions to answer, information to include. Any samples or suggestions are much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ac at 10:21 AM PST - 13 comments

I am looking for advice from people who have legally changed their first name. [more inside]
posted by makonan at 10:17 AM PST - 10 comments

So I woke up this morning with a few bug bites on me which isn't unusual in the summer in Manhattan with the window open, but... one of the bites is kinda weird... [more inside]
posted by merocet at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me distract, amuse, and pamper my sick friend. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 9:57 AM PST - 19 comments

How many covenants are in the bible? My [more inside] list all the covenants with God in the Old and New Testaments, and am I understanding them correctly? If I'm missing any, can you briefly explain which ones I've left off the list and what the agreement is? Also, were any of these covenants I list below repeated somewhere else at a later time, with either the same or different people? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 9:48 AM PST - 17 comments

How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Are bathroom hand dryers REALLY unsanitary? A co-worker claims she doesn't use them because they blow contaminated air on your hands. I'm not finding a lot of evidence online. I'm specifically interested in scientific proof or a scientific argument either way.
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for some great interracial bisexual porn on DVD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm in the UK, working part-time for a large company. They're paying me too much. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

I believe I need to replace my sprinkler controller. How hard is this? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the quietest, least crowded public beaches within an hour and a half drive of Princeton, NJ? [more inside]
posted by amro at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me learn to run. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I make a horizontal scrolling group of thumbnails, like on the Washington Post home page or the iTunes store? I'm looking for tutorials in Flash or JavaScript.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

I would like to learn to speak Dutch. Would it be better to move to London and practice Dutch on weekends in the Netherlands, or just relocate there for full immersion? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the origin of pronouncing "I've got you" like "I've gotchew?" Does this go back to ancient English speaking times, or is this merely a sloppy, learned Americanism? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 8:55 AM PST - 35 comments

Anyone have any experience with installing a hitch for use with a hitch bike rack on a Toyota Camry? I haven't had a chance to visit the dealer, but is there an official Toyota-sanctioned hitch for a 2007 Camry? The manual says it can tow 1000 lbs, so there's gotta be something. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Homeowner insurance through Farmer's Insurance Group -- is this a Very Bad Idea? [more inside]
posted by cior at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm in New York until September 9. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 8:33 AM PST - 19 comments

My Dell Inspiron 9300 seems to have a dead motherboard; would it be worth getting it replaced or do I have a shiny new doorstop? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Does my name sound weird to you English speakers? Help me find an alias! [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 7:59 AM PST - 77 comments

In order to save money on my prescription meds, I've been mail-ordering from Canada and the UK. However, I know that the online pharmacies that handle the process add a significant markup over the in-country prices available through the respective national health care systems. Over the next four weeks, I will be in both Canada and the UK. Can I fill my prescriptions directly, with a US doctor's written prescription? If not, is there some way to obtain a local physician's prescription? (The meds are psych meds, if that makes a difference.)
posted by soulbarn at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Thoughts on mini-fridge freezers? [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

If your running shorts have an inner pant, and your underwear of choice is boxers, what do you wear when you're running? Manties?
posted by russmail at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement? I would like to have my own journal displayed on my own site and besides some usual requirements, I have one or two that seem to be difficult to satisfy. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Need suggestions for a reasonably priced hotel near Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for Oct 11th-13th. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

What are some (easy to moderate difficulty) math problems with integer answers ranging from 0-18? I'm making mathematical seating cards where guests will solve a problem to find their table number. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 5:51 AM PST - 26 comments

My most frivolous AskMe ever: OK you Smarty McSmartertons... Where did that type of "name" start. You know... "Mister Blanky McBlankerton." Our upstairs neighbor was bring heavy-footed yesterday, and I was talking to my daughter about it. I referred to him as "Mister Stompy McStomperton." I've heard that kind of thing more and more lately. Where did it originate? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 5:18 AM PST - 48 comments

Tatranský národný park (TANAP/Tatra National Park) in Slovakia: officialy, hiking out of marked trails is strictly forbidden without a guide. I've read in some other places that it is somehow tolerated for members of some Alpine clubs. Can some of our knowledgable mefites shed a light?
posted by rom1 at 5:02 AM PST - 0 comments

What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Dietfilter: How do YOU deal with cravings? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:28 AM PST - 30 comments

August 29
What the hell does an almost unemployed person put on their business cards? [more inside]
posted by sperose at 10:41 PM PST - 39 comments

If wanted to arrive at the point in space where the big bang occurred, in which direction should I start traveling?
posted by wigglin at 10:37 PM PST - 35 comments

The 'original Greek text' of Homer's Odyssey and/or Iliad: what actually is meant by this? And what is the authority for this 'original'? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 10:34 PM PST - 27 comments

A couple questions about Mac and OSX: 1) does anyone know of an alternative to USB Prober alegedly included with the Apple SDK - to help the OS see some USB devices (see inside)? 2) why is the kerning/tracking on much of the default system software - often sketchy? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 10:28 PM PST - 21 comments

I have about 19 hours to decide which HDTV to buy. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 9:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Searching for info or video of a 1960s-1970s animated US-televised public service announcement against 'hate.' Angry man approaches viewer, head swells and three-pronged arrows whirl in his heart. Head swells and turns red and bursts as narrator says '[when you] hate, you only hurt yourself.' Possibly American Heart Association? Will donate $10 to charity chosen by first person to point me to correct online video. Many thanks.
posted by eccnineten at 8:48 PM PST - 4 comments

After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 8:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Are there still rock groupies? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 8:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Somewhere in my travels I found the album "Alive In Belfast: The Warehouse Sessions." I have the song titles, but not the artists. Help! [more inside]
posted by vagabond at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

We're in the market for something like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV-4. Anyone with experience of the 2007 remake of the CR-V? [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 8:20 PM PST - 26 comments

I need help with the name of some apparently obscure song I heard a while back... [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

vconvert.net hates my macbook. Is it just me? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments

How should I go about applying for two jobs at the same company? Should I write two cover letters sent a few days apart, or one? And should I express more interest in the job that looks more challenging, even though I'd be perfectly happy in either? Unfortunately, there isn't time to wait for a response from the first, and it's too small a job market to ignore one.
posted by saffry at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I replace Vista on my new pc with Windows XP? The XP is newly purchased software. I have an Acer Aspire L100 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop PC Model # ASL100-UD400A AMD Athln X2 4000+, 1GB SDRAM, 2500GB HDD, Wi-Fi, Slot-in DVD RW. [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me evaluate cooling system problems with my '86 Buick Century 2.5L 4. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:13 PM PST - 15 comments

How to mount a public awareness campaign? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 7:12 PM PST - 4 comments

should you really replace your running shoes every 6 months? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 6:42 PM PST - 27 comments

I want to use Arabic with Photoshop.... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 6:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How might I find cheap marker ties? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

I accidently made 2 partitions out of a 1 partition drive that had valuable data on it. Help me get back to normal. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 6:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm learning a new language (Italian), and as with other languages I've learned, I have no trouble with the written form. But, as with the others, the spoken variety gives me trouble. [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 6:08 PM PST - 24 comments

I am interested in self-defense classes. There are lots of methods and places to do this. The options are a little overwhelming and I know very little about the topic. Can somebody break it down and make some suggestions and/or recommendations that might be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 6:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help me make the best choice for a tattoo parlour in the Tempe, AZ area for my first ink. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm working my way through the Bible. At the moment, I'm towards the end of Numbers. The past few books have been very heavy with detailed instructions on the various blood rituals God requires of his people — which animals to sacrifice, what manner to do it in, and lots of blood-splashing on the sides of the tent. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:38 PM PST - 33 comments

What books or websites do you recommend that look at popular music (I really mean 70s and 80s) from a music theory perspective. For example, [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 5:32 PM PST - 13 comments

If you were going to start shooting pictures for an alt weekly/A&E publication, what kinda of gear would you get? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Power/outlet conversion question, US to France.. You folks helped solve the communication issue for my step-daughter going to France.. Last minute question (she leaves tomorrow) about power adaptors for her computer and small electronics... What does she need [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

As a guy, how do you smell really good without the use of cologne? Some people, I've noticed, have a great fresh smell to them, but I'm not sure how they get it. I try using scented soaps, but it doesn't give nearly as strong an effect. Is it lotion? Does skin type matter?
posted by Malad at 5:14 PM PST - 24 comments

What's the best way to record and archive videogame play? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 5:04 PM PST - 3 comments

My friends and I are working - and when I say working, I should add that it is with only very vague direction as we are almost all self-taught - on a web project which we think would be very useful to many people. It is in some small respect tangentially similar to Metafilter, but would not compete with it. Are there any out-of-the-box products, commercial or free, that allow a similar question-and-answer (or comment-and-answer) functionality, where anyone can post and/or comment? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Why doesn't conditioner lather like shampoo? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 4:53 PM PST - 18 comments

I've recently decided to backup all of my photographs onto DVD. But I'm concerned about stuff like data recovery, scratches, etc. So I figured I could add some .par files to the DVD, to be on the safe side. Trouble is, I've never used .par files before. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

What are your favorite podcast-hosting and -streaming services? [more inside]
posted by x41-pbj at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Which GOP Congressmen, Senators, and other political leaders joined the Democrats in asking for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales? Specific quotes and references would be great. Also, what argument would counter someone who believed the only reason the GOP would sign on board to the resignation ballet was because they felt it was "clearing" the "perceived" dirty ship so that a Rep. would be able to stay in the Whitehouse as opposed to the Republicans genuinely feeling that Gonzales should go for unethical behavior? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

I work in a public library. We currently have a few dozen public use computers that are on a queueing system; however, we are planning on ordering a few new computers that will be on a different network so we are looking at different options. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the Irishest Irish bar in Boston. [more inside]
posted by awenner at 3:30 PM PST - 24 comments

The Big 10 Network is only carried by Direct TV, not Dish Network or any local cable provider. Therefore, I can't watch the University of Michigan game this weekend from home. Is there anyplace online that streams television stations and has this network and hasn't been shut down yet?
posted by Mark at 3:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I augment pre-paid postcards? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 2:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Podcast business? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

I loved the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I sometimes catch myself humming the tune to Adelaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls. Elaine Paige's version of Memory from Cats reduced me to tears the first time I caught it via YouTube. What are the chances I'll enjoy watching the original High School Musical?
posted by The Confessor at 1:23 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm looking for advice on apply to grad school along the lines of Computer Science/Cognitive Science. Major problem: Low CGPA blues. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Frustration high due to Excel problem - how do I make my sorted data update in the graph? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 1:05 PM PST - 18 comments

help me understand guys - what do i have to do to pick them up? what do guys want from a relationship/ girlfriend? is sex, food and a cleaning service the only thing guys want from their girlfriends? because that's what the "normal" guys i know are excited about. more inside. [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 12:53 PM PST - 57 comments

my wife is pregnant; we need easy healthy things to cook. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 12:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I find tales of language learning? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Great swiss-army-knife-type Windows app (preferably free) for resizing/downsampling/converting movie files from various formats? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find outrageous fake mustachios in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments

What are the job responsibilities of a high-end furniture sales rep? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 12:12 PM PST - 1 comments

How can I extract the font and color information from an *Illustrator* file's paragraph styles and character styles? An ordered plain-text list would be great, coded CSS based on style names even greater. [more inside]
posted by pinto at 11:59 AM PST - 1 comments

GiftFilter: Where can I buy high quality beans for an espresso lover in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm going to a song-themed costume party on Saturday, and I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by natabat at 11:42 AM PST - 44 comments

What is the most visually pleasing, safest way to lift this IKEA MALM bed frame about a foot and half off the floor? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

[JobFilter] I've been through two interviews, they've contacted my references, and now the "last step" in the application process is for them to contact my current employers -- who don't know I want to leave. How normal is this? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 11:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Is it time to break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 40 comments

driving from port arthur to new orleans for my wife's 40th. can anyone recommend craftsfolk, artisans, jewelry or clothing designers along the way which could provide "that special gift" i am trying to find her? im relying on the "hive mind's" sense of "cool." go for it! i'd love to be able to arrive in some small town, check out some small shop and miraculously have that perfect something waiting there for her. any ideas?
posted by oigocosas at 10:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for two player computer games using the same computer. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 9:53 AM PST - 28 comments

Please recommend good cheap(er) Brio/Thomas-compatible train sets. Anyone bought from woodentracks.com?
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm completely baffled by Nikon's DSLR strategy and I'd like to understand a few things better: first they create the DX line and seem to indicate that cropped is there to stay, now they go full frame. What should a serious film photographer who wants to go DSLR and already owns a bunch of excellent manual focus Nikon lenses do now? I also find baffling that they're not teling who manufactures their full-frame sensors -- don't potential customers have the right to know who makes the heart of the really expensive camera they may buy? Thanks.
posted by matteo at 9:40 AM PST - 24 comments

I need permission! System admin installed WordpressMu on a Linux server (we're a Windows shop mainly). I can create blogs and access all the admin functions through a browser just fine. But when I connect to the server via FTP to try to add plugins, templates, etc., I can only get to the first level of directories. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Niche bit torrent sites. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 9:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for help breaking into academe - fellow academic Mefites, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by LN at 9:23 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find high resolution images of Rachmaninoff/ov! [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

CHROMA BLUE FILTER: Chroma Blue/Bluescreen Paint.....how do I get the exact chroma blue color from a paint store? I don't have enough time to order the specialty paint online. If anyone has experience with large bluescreen walls, chroma color paint, or bluescreening in general, any advice is appreciated! more inside... [more inside]
posted by othersomethings at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

My sister gave me a DVD with some AVI files of video that she took on a recent vacation to Paris. I want to burn this to a normal DVD so that my technophobe grandparents can watch it on their DVD player. Insert blinking 12:00 joke here. How do I do this, preferably for free, using my iMac and it's DVD burner?
posted by SpecialK at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

MacUserFilter: Help me figure out which configuration I need for my new MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

I am trying to figure out the best way increase my admissibility to a solid Business school. I have about 2 years or so to get my academic CV strong enough to be seriously competitive, and I am trying to figure out what I can do in the mean time to prepare. [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Etiquettefilter -- So me and my girl were at a strip club... [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:53 AM PST - 12 comments

where's the best place to get a hamster in London? And a subtle black cage? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm a musician and interested in doing well done field recordings of mostly acoustic (but sometimes electric) music. I'm interested in doing it with a minimum of equipment, but producing good quality recordings. In the past I've used a minidisc and a small microphone, sometimes with pretty good results. But I'm looking on ways and equipment to do a better job. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 7:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Why are my Adobe Illustrator files coming up blank? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

I wrote a shell script for an acquaintance that renames Macs (OS 10.4) based on their existing names. It works well, but I'm convinced my code could be more efficient. Where can I make improvements? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

My maid called this evening to inquire as to whether she can include my bi-weekly payments to her in her Section 8 (Los Angeles) income report. She is a legal resident but not a citizen. Other than tax implications for her, are there any issues that I should be aware of now that this previously non-broached issue has been broached (e.g., tax or legal)? My options are as follows: (1) say no and let her continue working; (2) say yes and let her continue working; or (3) politely inform her that her services are no longer required. She has only been cleaning my apartment for two months and came highly recommended by a friend. Obviously option (2) is preferable but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you apply for (design) positions if all the work you've done is proprietary information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

I own some restricted stock in an OTCBB company but I have lost the cert. What are my options if any?
posted by josher71 at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm a professional web designer looking for forums or websites where I can get constructive feedback on my designs from other web designers. Ideally a place that will critique Photoshop designs, as well as finished html sites, would be brilliant! Any suggestions would be very appreciated :)
posted by katala at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments

How long does it take a river to polish a jagged stone smooth?
posted by wobh at 5:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a quote, possibly from Winston Churchill, along the lines of "Don't panic, live life as you have been, etc. etc." May have been in reference to severe bombing in London during WWII (if it was indeed Churchill).
posted by Brittanie at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for a resource to find current information on the price of housing in the NY metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 5:11 AM PST - 3 comments

I have an old 486 Compaq laptop with a docking sation. I need someone to give it a good home. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 at 3:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Today I washed my car at one of those touch less car washes that you just drop money into and drive in. This particular one was a Laserwash There was a maintenance man in one of the bays with a company truck. I watched him point a remote control at the exit of the wash and initiate a car wash two different times for testing purposes, I assume. My question is, if I had the code and it was an IR remote is it possible to program a universal remote to send that code and activate the carwash in the same manner? Searching Google for Laserwash codes didn't help me much.
posted by tradeer33 at 1:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Google Docs doesn't handle Word 7 (docx) documents. Will it ever?
posted by jennydiski at 1:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I cite, in MLA format, a quote that is already in parentheses? [more inside]
posted by limon at 12:56 AM PST - 10 comments

August 28
I'm trying to find those pictures that light up to make them look more hi-def, and I can't seem to find anything because I don't know what they're called or what to search for. They look like hdtvs kind of, except with a picture. Some of them have flowing water, well it looks like it's flowing because of the lights, and that's about as good as I can describe them. I've seen them in stores and I've been interested in getting one, but I wanted to look at some online first. Thanks for your help.
posted by CliffDiving44 at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a colorful, complete print of the Thebaid (an amazing huge landscape by Fra Angelico, c. 1410 housed at the Uffizi)? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How should I proceed in these dealings with Apple? I paid $310 for service on my computer and now they want $900!!!! [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to go to Singapore. I dont know anything about Singapore. I want to experience Singapore. What is there to do? I'm 18 years old. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments

What do I need to know about hard drive enclosures? My computer (PC) died this morning and I want to pull out the 2 hard drives and use them as external drives for my new Mac. I don't know if they're FAT32 or NTFS. I don't know if they're IDE or SATA. How do I find out? Do I need to? A little background on my old PC. It was one of the first P4 3.0 PCs with hyperthreading technology. I've had it for ~4 years
posted by smithmac_99 at 9:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can anyone suggest a polite way for me to inform my neighbors that letting their large dogs run off leash is becoming a problem? [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 9:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Do airport x-ray machines damage external hard drives? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there any web sites where you can enter a search term, and get an RSS feed of new results, like Google news alerts but over RSS rather then email? Are there any other interesting tools out for searching the blog sphere (besides technorati) [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 8:52 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I be a good roommate to a gal with severe Asberger's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me make a playlist of cheesy, synth-heavy tracks from the 80's & early 90's. [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 7:49 PM PST - 48 comments

Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or was he a scammer like Rupert? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

ISP, OpenSource options that can forward emails to your phone/alternate-address, so that when you reply, the replies are sent from your email address (and not from your phone's email address), and threats of patenting said idea. [more inside]
posted by lundman at 7:41 PM PST - 4 comments

When I shower after a workout, I simply strip my sweaty workout T-shirt, shorts, and socks in the shower and wash them there. I scrub them a bit with my body soap/bar soap. Is this good enough, or should I wash them with actual laundry detergent? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:19 PM PST - 41 comments

I'm contemplating a move from NYC to LA for acting and wanted to know if there were places like Actors Connection and One on One in LA to meet casting directors and agents.
posted by chris24 at 7:15 PM PST - 1 comments

There's a bat in our apartment, how do we remove it/ [more inside]
posted by furtive at 7:07 PM PST - 29 comments

A friend of mine, CK, is a conservative Mennonite. CK wears her hair in a bun with a little white bonnet pinned over it, and nearly always wears skirts and dresses of a modest cut, though otherwise her clothes are the kind every woman wears. She is a senior level civil servant for the Ontario government, and as a Mennonite woman is a rare sight in Toronto's Queen's Park, people find her a curiosity. CK often hears certain dumb questions and comments. I told her the hive mind would just love to come up with some great comebacks she could use to break up the monotony. She doesn't doubt it and is looking forward to seeing what you come up with. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 6:59 PM PST - 47 comments

Best way to up-syncing iPhoto galleries to the web? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I expose myself to acute stress? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 5:15 PM PST - 40 comments

Hard Drive Filter: Someone explain to me how SATA and AHCI work. [more inside]
posted by lou at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for some sort of web template / upload script that would act sort of like MetaMusic but on a private scale. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 4:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find good dance tracks for the 35 - 55 set. [more inside]
posted by jpmack at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

I pulled my hamstring in June, right where the top of the ham hits the inner glute--not quite in the crotch but almost there. It wasn't bad, but I decided to take time off to let it heal. But no matter how much time I take off, as soon as I start working out again it starts hurting again! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me find a clock radio which can be switched to really really dim. [more inside]
posted by biscotti at 4:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Despite my sub-20 ping, when playing Quake 3 multiplayer. every 60 seconds I get a huge lag spike, every minute or so like clockwork [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Suggestions for a quirky, small musical instrument that a music-newbie can learn to play on their own? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 3:42 PM PST - 43 comments

Internet works everywhere but IE. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 3:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Please suggest good high-BPM music for the gym! [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:23 PM PST - 15 comments

How to do separation of public and private data on the web with PHP/MySQL? I'm creating a website for a business, with 2 sections - public and admin (staff). The admin section is secured with .htaccess and is intended to be used by office staff to enter customer requirements as they come in, and edit product listings. However, I worry about the security and suspect there is probably a better way. [more inside]
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Road Trip filter: My girlfriend and I live in Chicago, and we want to take a road trip somewhere for the long weekend. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 2:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Flashcard program for OSX with Palm integration? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

After installing OpenSSH on your iPhone, is there a way to disable it except when needed? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

An acquaintance of mine said, "Noam Chomsky never went to college." [more inside]
posted by Marla Singer at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How should payment be handled when freelancing with another person? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is Jerry Lewis so popular with the French?
posted by Pecinpah at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Any good Jimmy Buffet lines that would make a good name for a boat? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:35 PM PST - 43 comments

I need to take night classes (mostly math) in NYC. [more inside]
posted by taliaferro at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm running OS X 10.4.10 on an Intel iMac. I've never had any troubles until about a week ago, but now every once in a while, both Gmail Notifier and Quicksilver quit for no good reason. The icons in the menu bar disappear and I have to restart both of them. This sometimes happens after I wake my computer up from Sleep mode, other times it happens while I'm working on the computer. Does anyone know what might be causing this?
posted by The Coach LD at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Starting a for-profit museum: Lots of questions inside. [more inside]
posted by luser at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

What schools (colleges/universities) are good for graphic design in NYC? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Math puzzle filter. How do you go about solving this puzzle? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 12:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Remote background GUI login to OSX? [more inside]
posted by arathorn at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me pick an ergonomic mouse/trackball and ergonomic keyboard which suit my needs. [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 11:48 AM PST - 16 comments

What are some fun, social, outdoor games that adults might like to play? I'm thinking games like Capture the Flag, or any of the new crop of "urban games" like city-wide tag. I'd like to organize some events for friends--anywhere from just a few people to dozens. Anything you particularly think is a blast?
posted by Ollie at 11:40 AM PST - 35 comments

How do I get back a security deposit in New York City nearly a year after vacating? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 11:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do Japanese game show contestants seem to feel no pain? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I feel more gregarious? How to more deeply appreciate fellowship? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find some scripts of the TV show Bones? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I enjoy playing Talismania, which is kind of a takeoff on the old Pipe Dream or Pipe Mania games. Is there a type of game like this available for the Nintendo DS or GBA? [more inside]
posted by sarahnade at 10:31 AM PST - 1 comments

How much is too much bar exam preparation? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get a job outside the UK? ASAP. [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Where in Houston, Texas would you take a visiting guest to show off this town’s uniqueness & have fun? [more inside]
posted by thomcatspike at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Could someone recommend options for very cheap website design for a Non-Profit/NGO? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone recommend an email whitelist system that works with my existing hosting service? I want to defeat the spam. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Semi-recent law grad having an unusually hard time finding a job, possibly due to circumstances described within. I'm running out of ideas (and money), so I turn to you, AskMe. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

My significant other does not want to spend her birthday with me. I find it really strange. Am I being too "irrational"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 51 comments

Someone tell me what this thing on my lip is, and why it's there. It's transparent and firm. I attempted to squeeze it and it briefly turned dark red. It isn't painful. I've only now become aware of it; it might have been there yesterday. Blurry picture inside! [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 9:51 AM PST - 18 comments

After a messy processor installation.... How can I remove spilt thermal paste from my best trousers?
posted by rumbletum at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm moving to Grenoble, France next week to begin a Masters in International Business. Normally, I have a tendency to arrive in new places blind, not knowing what to do but extremely excited by the mystery of the unknown. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

So I moved to Brooklyn, landed a great magazine internship in the city, and seem to be on the right track professionally. One problem: I'm restless and want to leave NYC. Will I sabotage my future as a magazine journalist by leaving Manhattan, the mecca of magazines? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Font Filter: how do computers handle fonts? I am a (self proclaimed) PC expert but I am (and have been for ages) stumped about how a PC handles a document etc with a missing font? [more inside]
posted by chasles at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

I have a gmail account. Love it. However, after successfully avoiding spam for months, I've been found. I'm getting 20 pieces of spam a day at least. It goes to the spam box, but even that annoys me. Is there any way I can further block spam in gmail? I really don't want to get a new email address.
posted by miltoncat at 8:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Hey video game developers: how different is the code base for one game across different platforms? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a website that details how movie technical effects were done? I'd enjoy seeing photos, illustrations, descriptions of how special effects were created. Bonus question: what day of the week is best to ask metafilter in order to reach the highest number of potential answerers?
posted by bbranden1 at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

CatFilter: why does my cat keep trying to bust into my chewable pepto-bismol? She will roll around on the floor in front of it like it's catnip and chew on the plastic packaging if I don't stop her. And no, of course I don't let her get it!
posted by media_itoku at 8:25 AM PST - 12 comments

SongFilter: Has time and Daft Punk melted away my memories? I remember a song that doesn't seem to exist. [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

My wife is going to be starting a (humanities) PhD in a few weeks' time. What gifts should I get her? [more inside]
posted by Jakob at 7:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Online digital archive: Is it realistic to consider using the Internet Archive for distributing archived digital media or do we need to build it from the ground up? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

First car with automatic climate control. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Random strangers of the internet, please recommend a hobby to me. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 7:21 AM PST - 38 comments

Why does Apple Mail stop receiving new messages? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 7:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find an affordable NAS that is between 500g-1TB, does Wifi, has iTunes Library support, BitTorrent, and FTP support please.
posted by davidstith at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

What font is this?
posted by milarepa at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm moving to Columbus, Ohio and I need to find a new dermatologist, preferably one that will prescribe accutane. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 AM PST - 12 comments

How do we discipline an adult aspergers son? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Why do coffe-maker manufacturers design the carafe spouts so that they cannot pour well? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 5:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Moving to Ireland for a year+, what are your tips? [more inside]
posted by conch soup at 5:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you identify these scenes? LA's highway Stack, a bull in an arena, a 60's Alfa Romeo radio, a wall clock, and an explosion. [more inside]
posted by stereo at 5:18 AM PST - 6 comments

This last June I picked up the phone and called a friend I went to high school with... I literally hadn't seen or spoken to her for 12 years (since 1995). We went out for drinks and since then we've been spending time together about once a week (maybe a little less), having dinner together and things like that. A little over a month ago I told her that I really like her and asked if there’s any chance that maybe she felt the same... here’s what she wrote back to me in an email: [more inside]
posted by wiseduck at 4:41 AM PST - 55 comments

In Islamic discourse, how harsh a pejorative is the term "kafir"? Is it necessarily a pejorative at all?
posted by stammer at 4:16 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get Siouxsie on my Ipod while in London? [more inside]
posted by hummus at 3:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Need some help moving from London to LA for a year to study film at LAfilm… please help [more inside]
posted by TheAfroangel at 3:18 AM PST - 13 comments

I am changing jobs in a couple of months, and need to know more about database design, and more specifically datawarehouse and datamart for reporting systems. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Are there any good brew pubs in London? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 12:21 AM PST - 23 comments

August 27
My HP LC200 Netserver is haunted. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Can someone give me some backstory on this? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

GrandMaFilter: Grandma is coming to town. She can walk, but only about 100 feet. What's the most cost effective way to rent/acquire a wheelchair for 5 days in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 8:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Suggestions of things to do/see and places to stay/eat in rural central Virginia (anywhere roughly between Amherst/Lynchburg and Richmond) on the Sunday/Monday of Labor Day Weekend? Trips to Appomattox and the Museum of the Confederacy are being considered, but would love some other ideas: museums, concerts, B&B recommendations, good BBQ places, roadside attractions, stores, etc. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone teach a course in Synergetic Geometry in Los Angeles??? In the U.S.???? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Teach a shy person on how to behave in a bar/party full of unfamiliar people [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

My landlord left a letter on my door informing me that there will be a "walk-through" the house this week. What are my rights, and what is some good advice? (I live in New Mexico, USA) [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 6:57 PM PST - 42 comments

Wines: Help me pick one that will be nicely aged in five years. [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 6:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone recommend any good "multilingual" songs? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 6:01 PM PST - 36 comments

Can I marinate beef past the sell-by date? I've bought a piece of chuck pot roast and just made the marinade for Mark Bittman's Vinegar-Marinated Pot Roast recipe. Bittman's recipe suggest marinating the meat for up to 3 days; the date on the package comes due is in two. Will the marinade, made up primarily of wine and vinegar, allow the meat to last past the date (and I have no idea if it's a sell-by or serve-by date - I'm recently eating beef again after about a 13 year hiatus), or should I plan on cooking this tomorrow? Ideally, I'd like to cook this on Thursday, but I don't want to kill my family.
posted by bibliowench at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Can someone please explain to me the practice of smoking ants? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the legal rules about booby traps? Are electrified security fences legal? Would sufficient labeling permit a nonlethal booby trap? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 5:44 PM PST - 13 comments

What is your favorite place to buy toner and ink cartridges either online or in person? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 5:27 PM PST - 11 comments

What level of education/training is typical of suburban and small town police officers in the US?
posted by R. Mutt at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Creating/editing Yamaha midi files? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 4:47 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the most essential women’s shoes? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:36 PM PST - 38 comments

How do you stay in love? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 4:29 PM PST - 40 comments

Network a printer and password protect and page count the prints. [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

What is CG 1.0? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

I need a very specific type of self help... [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm thinking of purchasing a pen scanner to use for my research. The Irispen, C Pen, and Quicklink lines seem to be the most commonly used. Can anyone advise me on which one to buy? [more inside]
posted by historybuff at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

So I've made it to 29 without learning how to drive. I'm in British Columbia, Canada, which has a multi-stage licensing process. I've got my learner's, but no car to learn/practice with before taking the road test for my "N". Help me choose a driving school! [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan at 3:01 PM PST - 52 comments

What software might a large Canadian IP and tech law firm use for scanning documents and records management? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Calling Excel wizards: Splitting groceries in Excel between 3 people [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Flash CS3 IDE on OS X: Is there a way to turn off the "panels/windows become translucent when you drag them" option? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

International cell phone question: I'm going to Kazakhstan (no Borat jokes, please) for a couple of months and need some advice on staying in touch in a cost-effective manner and with a non-Kazakhstan cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Have you ever seen a portable digital piano - not merely a controller - with graded hammer action but fewer than 88 keys? Some of the big music stores have told me that they don't know of any. (Counter-examples: The Studiologic VMK-161 Plus is a controller with 61-key hammer action, but it has no internal sounds. The Yamaha YPG-225/DGX-220 is a 76-key piano/synth but apparently doesn't have hammer action.) Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice on the best doggie kennel/boarding in Manhattan [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 1:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Wooden fence repair question: I have a wooden round rail fence kind of like this, but with only two horizontal rows. One of the horizontal rails in the middle of the fence needs replacement. Is there some kind of magic trick for this, or do I just cut and hammer and crowbar until it pops in?
posted by Area Control at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

My GF is searching for information on Peer Development programs in Graduate school, with an emphasis on Professional and community development. If you attended Graduate school of any flavor, perhaps you could help me make her day a little easier. [more inside]
posted by Cycloptichorn at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do ham/amateur radio operators so often have their call signs on their license plates (or license plate frames)? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 12:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
posted by otolith at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Varied estimates on the necessary steps to convert from oil heat to gas heat. How do I figure out who's right and who might be trying to cheap out? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

I need to write a simple, simple contract between myself and a freelance artist. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Absolutely beautiful baby book. I remember little as I only saw it briefly but one page had a grid of colour swatches all about the size of my pinky nail and was titled (words to the effect of) - My eyes were this colour when I was first born. It was pretty special... Anybody know what I'm talking about?? It's burned into my brain and I have nowhere to begin! o_O :)
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

My wife recently took her home-based and internet-based candle/incense/etc business into the bricks-and-mortar stage. We have a good idea on what to do for internet advertising, but need suggestions for effective local business promotion. [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

So I thought I knew computers... but this network is killing me. I can connect, full strength, etc. But I can't actually connect to the internet. My IP is 192.168.10.32. Using an 850G (motorola) WAP, Cox SurfBoard modem. Other computers (this one, which is 192.168.10.28, connect fine, it seems. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Why have Google and Microsoft shunned my web site? And why does Google's sitemap control panel think my robots.txt file is unreachable? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

PortFilter: What to do with open Firewire ports. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 11:39 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm Sikh, I'm going to SF, I'm (irrationally) scared... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 42 comments

Why is my girlfriend so irritated at me over the past week? Should I pre-emptively break up with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 39 comments

MushroomsFilter: What causes a person to "lose their mind" temporarily on magic mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm young and currently healthy, but I've had a lot of health problems in the last year. When I quit my job at the end of the year, will I be able to get insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Typographers of the world, help me! How does one get lines of type to line up precisely in a two-column format? [more inside]
posted by deadcowdan at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

I've been asked to give a talk on business blogging for a local group. What kinds of topics should I address? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 11:14 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for a hair fragrance. Someting to spray in your hair to keep it smelling freshly-washed between washings. There should be no alchohol in it to dry out the hair- Bonus if it has a moisturizing effect though! I remember Bath & Body works carrying something similar, but it had too much alchohol in it for my liking and it didn't soften my hair. Know of anything along these lines?
posted by MayNicholas at 11:05 AM PST - 15 comments

GoingBackToSchoolFilter: does anyone have experience in being a conservator? In getting a degree in object conservation? [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone wear jewelry in this part of the ear? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

I really really dislike doing things. This goes all the way ad absurdum in that I actually would rather freeze into nothingness than deal with college, work, chores, and so on. [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur at 10:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights? (Ideally, Neverwinter Nights 2.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Someone posted an image on MeFi a few years(?) ago (in a thread) that was a parody of patriotic images, like an American eagle, US flag, movie stars, popular culture, and tons of other stuff all mixed together that left one wondering what the message was. Sorry I can't be more specific but it was very funny, does anyone remember?
posted by stbalbach at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the next steps for a wife who's husband has just walked out? Not-so-delicious twist: husband is mentally ill and probably going to worsen. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments

An easy way to turn widescreen DVDs anamorphic? [more inside]
posted by codger at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Tomorrow I have an interview for a Kingdergarten through 6th grade music teacher job. I would appreciate any insight that music teachers, principals or parents could give me about preparing for this interview especially if you've ever been in a music teacher interview.
posted by jeffreyclong at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

What should go in a welcome to grad school/welcome to California gift bag? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:35 AM PST - 16 comments

I need a cheap, semi-professional place to hold a week-long conference for college students in late March or early April 2008. We usually hold them over the summer on college campuses and stay in the dorms, but since this one is during the school year, students are living in the dorms, so I can't find a college willing to rent us space. The conference is for about 70 people. Help! [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for something romantic or at least fun to do tonight with my girlfriend. Inexpensive is good. We're both 32 and living together in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

What Verizon cell phone should I choose for my non-techie, but curious CEO? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 8:52 AM PST - 18 comments

GadgetyLiveAudioRecordingFilter: What brand of inconspicuous small digital camera - if such a thing exists - regardless of price, does anyone recommend which can not only capture video well, but also has a mic that can take reasonably good recordings at deafeningly loud rock shows without a ton of distortion? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

[SeizureMedication&HairFilter] Ok, so my doc is gradually switching me from one medicine while still taking the other and I'm losing lots and lots (and lots) of what were once flowy, thick tresses. What happens when I totally switch to the new medicine and give up the old? Are there vitamins/conditioners/half-crazy ideas to keep my hair thick? [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Do you know of a (Windows or Linux) program to print a comic/booklet from JPG files? [more inside]
posted by splice at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

I am interested in gaining the skills needed to build great looking websites, so I could eventually design them on a freelance basis, and on a more short-term basis, incorporate them into my grad school work (I am about to start an MA in Communications/Cultural studies, hopefully focusing on media ownership and the emergence of new media) and professional work eventually. My academic background is in social sciences and visual arts (drawing). [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 8:37 AM PST - 10 comments

I need tips for making chai at home [more inside]
posted by vionnett at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

I am a technical writer looking to improve my company's software manuals. I want to stay up to date with the latest technology documentation trends. Please leave comments on what you think some of the best manuals are for different software products and why. Basically, if you’ve ever read a software user manual and thought, “Wow! That was surprisingly easy to read…or helpful…or well organized…etc., then that is what we are looking for.
posted by JPowers at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

How and why cables/strings/hoses/lines/cords etc. become entangled? Is there any scientific explanation of the process and more generally a science studying the physical/topological properties and behaviour of string materials? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

I need help coming up with stage names for a horror/surf-themed band I'm in. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:41 AM PST - 31 comments

I just bought a new 07 Accord and I want to clean and wax the car myself. In the past I have done the automatic car was thing. What type of wax? Should I buy a buffer? How often do I need to do this? [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you do when you learn that the job you were just hired for (three months ago) is significantly undervalued? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

I want a quote to go on my phone case. 2 lines. 21 characters per line. Preferable inspirational, possibly latin. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 6:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Can anyone recommend an attorney in the Boston, MA area who specializes in family law (specifically involving parental visitation rights) and preferably offering a free consultation? I've looked through many directories, but my inherent distrust of lawyers seems to be getting in the way.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:42 AM PST - 8 comments

What are some Spanish-language idioms or expressions for "Goodbye" (or similar) to put on a going-away cake? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to get a laptop. Two constraints: I can spend probably no more than 900$ US, although I'm ever so slightly flexible about that, and I'm probably going to end up buying it in Kampala, Uganda. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

StatisticsFilter: What is the easiest way to estimate parameters of a mixture model consisting of two normal distributions? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

HelpMeFindThisSongFilter: while in Italy I heard an Italian song that was a bit rap-ish, in the sense that the performers were more or less talking to the music. The only part of the lyrics I could discern was "La cosa nostra, la cosa nostra, la cosa nostra". I asked the lady behind the bar what it was and she couldn't tell me, but vaguely seemed to remember it was by & . Something like Paolo and Frederico, although most likely not those names. Help?
posted by Skyanth at 4:09 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a shoe like a Camper that will actually fit my feet. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:15 AM PST - 6 comments

August 26
Wireless Help!! I just moved into a new apartment and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to configure my WINXP PC desktop so that it will pick up my wireless network. I have a airport extreme base station upstairs broadcasting an internet connection. My ibook and pc laptop have no problem connecting wirelessly. I'm trying to pick up the signal with a D-Link DWL-810+ connected to the desktop with an ethernet cable. The desktop will connect to the D-Link but not to the internet. What can I do??
posted by drunkghosts at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Car accident while driving for work, any chance of getting my deductible paid back? [more inside]
posted by outsider at 10:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a Google Maps mashup to replace Wayfaring (for personal use). [more inside]
posted by intermod at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me recover a file from my expired iDisk! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I just bought a '98 Jeep Cherokee. It runs great except commonly within 5 minutes of driving it hesitates during acceleration, sometimes accompanied by a popping sound under the hood. After it recovers it drives fine. [more inside]
posted by chadparker at 8:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find consultants/freelancers or other people who like to work in wireless cafés to be "co-workers" with? [more inside]
posted by lastobelus at 8:44 PM PST - 9 comments

I've just really discovered digital photography, and for landscapes I would like to know how I might get forecasts of types of clouds in my area (like cirrus, cumulus, etc.) Every now and then, I see a reference in the average weather forecast, but it would be kinda nice to know daily. (Particularly about the places I prefer to take pictures, that is, Maine and Venice, Italy.) Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Teach me how to style my hair! [more inside]
posted by lalex at 8:19 PM PST - 17 comments

I am interested in setting up a D&D game with old friends using the magic of the internet, what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Which used car to buy: Infiniti I30 or Mazda 626? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 8:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Advice for a gay man looking for long-term-relationship oriented prospects in the Minneapolis Metro area. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:01 PM PST - 7 comments

What do these particular signs mean? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:00 PM PST - 12 comments

What options are there for a real-time, open source, video streaming (ogg Theora?) codec/platform/service? I have heard of Flumotion but was wondering if there are others like it in the US or Asia.
posted by gen at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are the makers of custom-made, high-heel fetishy boots? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the maximum number of calories a human can digest in a day? [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 6:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Is there any way for me to tell if someone has installed software on my Macbook, like a keyboard logger, without my knowledge? I'm a bit of a Mac newbie, and I'm pretty sure my roomie is looking at my email to see if I've been corresponding with his ex-girlfriend (which I have NOT been doing, for what it's worth).
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 17 comments

It's easy to find information about acing an interview, but how to gracefully bow out if during that process you determine it isn't a great fit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

What was East Germany like immediately after the Wall fell? (Lives of Others spoiler alert) [more inside]
posted by neuron at 6:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Two-parter for the hard-core Blackberry Guru (BB Pearl 8100): Part the first--Sync-utopia; Part the second--sync-nirvana. There is, of course [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:23 PM PST - 1 comments

How would I add a subtitle file to a dvd? [more inside]
posted by kafziel at 6:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How to cook on electric stove? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 6:06 PM PST - 13 comments

The first of many food career related questions I'll be asking: What's the protocol for a young, unproven would-be to find himself a stage? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I best store homemade blueberry muffins so that they'll last up to six days? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What is a good "art cheer" for a K-6 art teacher's classroom? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

RSS2EmailFilter: Help me get individual RSS posts into my Gmail inbox. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 4:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to design a tattoo symbolizing a restless heart for my forearm, preferably one that will be only black (or contain just a small amount of color). Hit me with ideas, hive mind.
posted by Roman Graves at 3:42 PM PST - 13 comments

RentalFilter: Three couples looking for a house to rent in Santa Fe, NM, late July or early August, 2008. Preferably away from the plaza would be better. Two of us stayed at 10,000 Waves a few years ago and loved it, but that's too pricey for 6 people. Any recommendations beyond vrbo.com?
posted by billtron at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

VPN/Airport Express Filter: Here's my sad problem: I have Verizon Fiber Optics. Their modem is connected to my Apple Express via Ethernet. When I successfully connect to my office network via VPN I can no longer connect to the rest of the Internet. When I disconnect VPN I can immediately reconnect to the Internet... [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm at my ropes end, it's been a year since the new neighbors have moved in and the smoking problem is driving me out of my house. The neighbors are a family living next to me in an apartment, we half share a balcony (that is the condo designed these balconies to be half open to the next apartment with a full vertical partition that extends to the middle of the balcony and a horizontal one that goes the remainder about 2 feet from the floor). Here are the problems: [more inside]
posted by Melqart at 3:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Where to find B5 notebooks (preferably in the DC area)? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 3:14 PM PST - 7 comments

In this new red band trailer for No Country For Old Men, what is Javier Bardem using to kill people?
posted by andywolf at 2:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me build a new Immersive photography rig that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for software to project realtime video from a webcam with as little latency (delay) as possible. No web streaming, just projecting closeup video of a guitar fretboard to a lecture hall filled with students. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

What are a tenant's legal rights in Washington state? [more inside]
posted by vitrum at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Does this make sense? I'd like to use a credit card "convenience check" that is offering 1.99% APR for 12 months to pay down some of our home equity loan that is hovering at 8.25%. [more inside]
posted by tdabbott at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone know where I can purchase a kese (some examples here) in person in the Boston or NYC areas, or online? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Hangover question--why the "fuzzy" feeling? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

I dropped my science classes in grade 10, one of the major stupid decisions in my educational career. Now I want to catch up on my science knowledge. What's the least expensive way for me to catch up, either over the internet or through local classes? (I live in Toronto).
posted by pcameron at 12:41 PM PST - 24 comments

A couple of months ago my big toenail went black after a run. Maybe 10-15 days ago it came loose, but only on one side. Since the other side was still anchored I cut off the flapping half. Nothing's happened since then. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 12:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Another what-kind-of-laptop-should-I-get question. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

i want to buy one of those heads made out of pottery that show different bits of the brain; i can't for the life of me find out what they're called, but you see them on telly in doctor's surgeries and they look mighty fine. anyone got any ideas what they're called, despite my rather lame description?
posted by CliveDallas at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me your best advice for biking in a skirt. [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 11:45 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the most fun way to spend a Saturday in or around San Mateo, CA? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Shut my computer up...what's the best way to stop making my computer's fans work so hard. [more inside]
posted by melissam at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for suggestions and experience with doing cigarette smoke stink abatement for the small common area of a two family house. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How hard do you think it would be for a Mechanical Engineer to change careers to MRI technician or Radiological Technician? [more inside]
posted by senador at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

So I like to drink, drinking makes me happy. I've seriously upped my alcohol intake in the last three months and have been the happiest I've been in years, however I'm worried about problems down the road with addiction and my general health, so at what point do I need to worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 49 comments

Where can I find a transcription of Take Love Easy by Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald? [more inside]
posted by winterhat at 8:28 AM PST - 0 comments

Where can I find a map of Venice, Italy in Microsoft Pocket Streets 2002 format (.mps)? It's for a Dell Axim X50V (not smartphone, no GPS).
posted by Joleta at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone suggest websites/producers/organizations that will allow me to make buy things (food, gift, etc) in an ethical way? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Meeting and making friends from online dating sites? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 14 comments

What is life as a PM like at Microsoft? [more inside]
posted by adi at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm having a recurring problem backing up my mac. One specific file seems to be causing the problem, but I can't find it anywhere on my mac. Help? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:38 AM PST - 17 comments

What could have caused my cat's sudden lack of appetite? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger at 5:35 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 4:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Wondering if there's a Mac OS X program that I could drop an image file on and tell it "Make me a 'best quality' JPEG out of this that winds up being no more than 10 mb in size". [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 4:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there any good, preferably free, OS X software for the Garmin Forerunner? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 2:09 AM PST - 3 comments

How would one paint a wall with this effect. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 2:03 AM PST - 7 comments

.namefilter: A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by herichon at 12:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Cologne picking advice: it can't be as simple as "just pick what your like" or "bring a girl with you and buy what she likes"... can it?
posted by joshuaconner at 12:33 AM PST - 31 comments

August 25
I want to map out every possible profession / career. How would I start? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 11:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Medical Journal Advertising: need recommendations on firms or independant designers to create our advertisment. [more inside]
posted by Bob Dobbs at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I ask out a girl I go to school with? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 9:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Can the hive mind recommend a good road cycling group in San Francisco? I'm looking for a recreational (but serious) cycling group that has sociable members preferably in their mid 20s to early 30s.
posted by Juggermatt at 8:50 PM PST - 0 comments

I haven't dated anyone in several years now (I'm 35) because I have absolutely no faith that a relationship will work out - in fact to the contrary, I'm quite convinced that it will cause me nothing but pain. This lack of faith is inherent in other aspects of my life - work, personal time etc: I just don't do things because I visualize either pain or failure with great ease, and find it almost impossible to visualize success. How do I go about building faith in my endeavors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Movie Filter: An ambulance driver, his friend, some meth and/or other drugs. An crusty old guy who is also into drugs and at a nursing home(?). Please help me remember this one! [more inside]
posted by krisptoria at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice/tips/resource for a PHP programmer to pick up on ASP.NET/C#?
posted by parttimeninja at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to put some test score data into Excel that works with children's ages in years and months. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Jumpy mouse in one screen. My mouse pointer does not refresh fast enough in one screen but is fine in second screen. [more inside]
posted by rainy at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

VLC Player Filter - I would like to know if there is a command line that I can put in my VLC player shortcut to autoplay dvds without menus. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

I just had a baby, and I'm looking for ways to keep being the "strong one." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Emergency Mac Help Needed! I have a MacBook and I am taking an online class. The class starts tomorrow but I can't hear any sound. If anyone has a bit of time to help me on this, I'd reeeeeeeally appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 6:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Is there a way to find a locksmith (in particular in NYC) who'd make a key from, say, a scanned image (kind of like here: http://www.kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=3525896) -- for when you just need it faster than Fedexing the key...
posted by debedb at 6:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Riffing on a previous question, how do you deal with men who refer to you as 'Young Lady'? [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 6:03 PM PST - 58 comments

Where can I go online for custom vinyl decals? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Are you a female in a profession where females are rare enough that people ask you what it's "like" to be a female whatever-you-are (or just meet you with surprise because of your sex)? If so, what responses do you give to those people, and do they depend on context (stranger at a party, interviewer, etc.)?
posted by sparrows at 4:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Should I buy a new motherboard for my HP Pavillion Desktop? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you tell me what this font is? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I move my desktop computer across the Atlantic? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

A young professional Jewish woman of my acquaintance is moving to London for about a year and would love to find some community that might be welcoming to a stranger for the holidays. Suggestions as to places to meet (reform preferred) Jews, websites, etc. would be welcome.
posted by Patrick Graham at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Addressbook seems to be launching for no reason- Virus? [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get a creepy ex to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda at 1:29 PM PST - 44 comments

I remember (Late 90's) a Linux-oriented background image site that had a back story claiming that the cryogenically preserved J.F.K. was leading them in some sort of Linux Desktop Revolution. Did I hallucinate this? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 1:16 PM PST - 16 comments

NewDogFilter: We just got a new puggle about a week ago. 9 months old. He's the greatest. However... [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 1:15 PM PST - 13 comments

iTunesFilter: I have two playlists with ~21 songs. iTunes burns what it can fit onto CD #1, then I insert another blank CD. It burns the rest of the songs on playlist #1. Now I want to start on playlist #2 - but it won't burn the songs to the same CD. It insists on a blank CD. Is there anything I can do to avoid having multiple CDs with only 3 or 4 songs on them? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

I was at 8/24's epically late night Tigers/Yankees game, ending around 3:30 am, and am wondering where it ranks among the latest finishes of any professional sporting event. Has any game ever run later? I can't seem to find a list of late night finishes, baseball specific or otherwise - does one exist?
posted by boombot at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Who are these characters from 80's Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a UK clothing designer's website I saw a few years ago. As well as making tweed jackets and other garments, they had another "arm" of the business that specialised in vintage looking, quirky, World War 2 era replica work clothing that was trendy and quite pricey rather than historically accurate, as well as vintage kitchen and garden tools. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

How much fabric/yardage is necessary to make a man's shirt? details [more inside]
posted by tristanshout at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

I would like to know more about law school and being a lawyer. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 11:44 AM PST - 23 comments

How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

I just installed Parallels on my Macbook for a 15 day trial. Before I decide to shell out at the end of the trial period, can anyone suggest any "must have" windows apps (must have as in there is no os x comparator) that make it worthwhile?
posted by modernnomad at 11:12 AM PST - 23 comments

What ukulele should I choose? [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Spending the weekend in San Francisco. I have a rental car all day tomorrow for a lunch meeting in San Rafael. Suggest where to go after the meeting to take advantage of having a car in the city & being a tourist. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I forget an extremely disturbing and nightmarish hallucination/dream that I had, or at least stop being afraid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 19 comments

What is a good, web 2.0, alternative to Evite? Preferably one that doesn't require invitees to register in order to RSVP... [more inside]
posted by stilly at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Why does my Macbook keep losing it's wifi connection? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for guidelines, principles, etc. for grokking the decision process for splitting up a Ruby on Rails application into controllers. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there anywhere I can buy Japanese Canada Dry in the United States? Or, ideally, in the SF Bay Area?
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Want to display some items from my parent's past. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me be more outgoing in class. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Identity Theft Filter: How do I convince debt collectors of my innocence concerning an outstanding debt in my name (that isn't mine)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 15 comments

I've recently launched a website featuring weekly hour-long, downloadable "dj sets" - a few other obscure music fans and myself will mix together an hour of music and then offer the hour-long, mixed mp3 for free download on the site. I'm not selling advertising on the site, nor am I making any money off of it. Is this legal?
posted by ghastlyfop at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

When I'm looking for information on an old friend or doing a reverse phone lookup, it seems that the only places that have the information are sites like Intelius or US Search. Of course, we have to pay for the 'public records'. I'd like to know if it's possible to access these public records in another way without paying for them? It seems logical, but I haven't found an easy way to locate the information. Thanks!
posted by mcarthey at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this joint pain, and what can I do to alleviate it? [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 6:04 AM PST - 10 comments

How to deodorize a smelly second-hand book? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

I've read "The Dangerous Book for Boys" and I generally love those kind of books (information about anything with guides on doing stuff). What other books are out there that are in a similar vein? I'm a 21-year-old girl but would rather not have a "girly" book.
posted by divabat at 3:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Melburnians! Where is the best place to get a good deal on appliances like fridges, washing machines, and dishwashers? I'm having no trouble finding places through Google but I could really use some local knowledge (Melbourne, Australia).
posted by dbateman at 2:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Why was showing an exposed female navel considered so taboo in Hollywood films and television shows (and I suppose in culture-in-general), especially in light that cleavage was allowed? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for metal songs with clear classical influences. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 1:29 AM PST - 21 comments

From where in Melbourne, Australia can I borrow projectors (+ screens) for one night?
posted by PuGZ at 12:58 AM PST - 2 comments

What is something that you would feel comfortable telling your spouse/partner... but wouldn't want them to know, is not a good or bad thing, and won't change your relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 AM PST - 40 comments

August 24
Can you suggest a free image recovery software for corrupted images? Bonus question: is my flash card boned? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:50 PM PST - 11 comments

I have a doctor's appointment to get a mole looked at. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 PM PST - 19 comments

How do you calculate the burden a bit of code is likely to put on the server? Extra points for free and easily understood. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 10:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone recommend a good study/review guide for the math-related aspects of the Series 7 (General Securities Representative) Exam? [more inside]
posted by Poolio at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

would the trajecetory (twist) of a bullet shot from a handgun (Luger) change if the gun was shot in the right hand of the shooter versus the left hand of the shooter assuming everything else remained exactly the same? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 9:09 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the chances of contracting an STD from using a hookah (without a mouthpiece) with a group of people?
posted by jne1813 at 7:18 PM PST - 19 comments

I keep seeing a music video on MTV Europe in which two people are walking along and cartoon-like images - mostly words - keep appearing and mutating on the t-shirts. What song/group is this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 6:56 PM PST - 4 comments

St.LouisFilter: What e-mail lists and websites do you, as a St. Louisan or someone who lives nearby, consider essential for keeping up-to-date on local events, art, music, politics, food, etc.? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 6:18 PM PST - 10 comments

My wife and I are flying Boston to Sydney in the near future, and we'll have my laptop on the flight. I'm looking for some games (preferably free, or at least cheap) that I can install on the laptop, and we can both play together at the same time (more inside). [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I install Vista on my next computer or stick with XP? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 5:26 PM PST - 33 comments

What is the origin of the name "Ado Annie" in the musical Oklahoma? [more inside]
posted by nax at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone identify this hide bound clay drum. Bought in an Australian charity shop if that helps.
posted by singingfish at 5:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Can anyone find me some videos of Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire online? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

I am having a hard time understanding the law on who can claim who as a Dependant in my situation and need some help. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do surgeons have "attitude?" [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 3:35 PM PST - 50 comments

What's the best way to get a glowing molten lava effect in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

I need jokes that take more than one minute to tell, but no longer than two-and-a-half minutes. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 3:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Am I insane? I remember seeing a funny sketch comedy clip and the subject was a dad at the breakfast table verbally wailing on his family members using swear words that were all The-King-of-France related -- but I can't find any reference to it. I distinctly remember Kids in the Hall members, too. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Local secrets to family entertainment in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking recommendations for small ethernet switch - a "splitter for travellers", maybe? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to add a comments section to my website [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find late 70s/80s era wrestler pictures/portraits? [more inside]
posted by starr226 at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comments

Logistics of building an indoor tire swing... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Where in Chicago can I have old baseball / sports cards graded for condition, and how much can I expect to pay for this service? [more inside]
posted by white light at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

She's got a boyfriend. . .should I give it up or go full steam ahead? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 1:15 PM PST - 64 comments

I'm trying to identify two clips shown in the Disney video DTV Pop and Rock (from 1984 I think). The first one is a '50s style cartoon shown during the segment for "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors. The clip shows a bunch of kids in a hot rod and at a malt shop. The second clip is a black and white cartoon that has dancing skeletons. This is shown in the first video, "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha and the Vandellas. I couldn't find any information on the movie at IMDB and very little on Wikipedia. Thanks for any help.
posted by HSWilson at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Which cook-top should I buy: the more powerful one with a sketchy repair history or the wimpier one with a nearly spotless repair history? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

We need to install a hanging system on our conference room wall that will allow us to easily swap paper items of various sizes and thicknesses (posters, printer proofs, regular ol' paper). The space is about 4 feet wide. Does anyone have any experience with this thing? Hangman Products Clip-it Strip Reminds me of the strips that were installed at the top of chalkboards in grade school. It seems like they were never strong enough and teachers struggled to keep things in there. Any other product recommendations?
posted by Typographica at 12:29 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for very inexpensive, inbound-only telephone service. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any devices that I can plug my headphones into to give my complete silence so I can concentrate at work? [more inside]
posted by niwnfyc at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get rid of or repel mosquitos from my apartment? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

I need to have a phone jack put in for AT&T service in Chicago (Andersonville), because the previous tenants converted all the phone jacks to cable outlets. Can anyone recommend the services of a handyman, or even suggest who I would have to look up to get it done more quickly than AT&T will? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

tomorrow night I'm taking out a couple relatives who are visiting from Italy. they like the whole tourist scene, so i was thinking of taking them to some theme restaurant. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a recipe for what I think is a combination of vanilla sauce and vanilla pudding. My grandmother used to make it and would serve it poured over pound cake. It had eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. The pudding/sauce itself tasted a lot like the pudding in Kozy Shack's rice pudding but of a thinner consistency. I've found a lot of vanilla sauce recipes which seem similar except they all call for egg yolks instead of whole eggs. Does anyone know about the sauce/pudding that I'm referring to and do you happen to have a recipe for it?
posted by GlowWyrm at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my younger brother figure out what laptop to buy. He's finally decided to get a computer after surviving for most of his life with whatever's available at college, or now at work. He doesn't seem to be in the market for a Mac, and I've made it my business to know as little about PCs as possible. But this is family. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 11:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Why do we eat "breakfast foods"? When did this originate and why? [more inside]
posted by lubujackson at 9:57 AM PST - 23 comments

What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 9:56 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I control the size of the info window on my Google Maps? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Bachelor Party: My best man is trying to plan my bachelor party. I do not want to do the typical Vegas, strippers, drink-till-you-fall-down thing. Some of the guys that will be there will want to get wild / drunk, some will not. I don't mind getting hammered, but would like to do more than just that. I thought something like an amusement park might be fun, or maybe an all-inclusive resort. We would do this over the period of three days. What are some good ideas for a bachelor party on the east coast / florida for about 10 guys? I don't want to golf. Maybe some type of adventure / adrenaline rush? How can we have fun without going to jail or feeling guilty when coming home, while at the same time letting loose and getting wild? I am not averse to going to Mexico, Montreal, or Chicago. West coast is a little too far.
posted by kaizen at 9:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can we host a bridal shower in New York City? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Tour de France: what was the deal with the guys hanging on the support vehicles while interacting with them? I mean, I can see the advantages and by and large these vehicles were at the back of the pack, but it seems like you'd be getting -some- advantage...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

I just took a programming job in Atlanta. The job is great, but I work from home and the lack of structure is killing me. I would love to have a small room somewhere to separate work from home. It could even be a cubicle as long as there is internet access. Anyone been in a similar situation?
posted by shoesandships at 9:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I wait for Leopard or take the plunge now? Buying a MacBook. [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 8:30 AM PST - 21 comments

The movers put a big gouge in my living room ceiling. This is sad and annoying, but leads to a burning question: what the hell kind of ceiling do I have? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I have worked in human resources for 15 years (financial services and biotech industries) as a a manager/senior manager and am feeling a bit burnt on the office experience. I very much value the experience of providing counseling and training because I enjoy the process of problem solving with another person. Here's the question... I am 41 and considering going back to school, getting my teaching certificate and bailing out of corporate life. Has anyone else gone through the corporate office to school teacher transition? What was it like? What hadn't you anticipated?
posted by Mmothra at 8:16 AM PST - 7 comments

DIY fantasy toys -- I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, and my 2-year-old loves to watch and play along, to the point of sticking a foam sword down the back of shirt and running around with a Nerf slingshot and fishing pole. He turns 3 in September and in addition to his "nutritional" presents, I thought I would also get/make him some fantasy-enabling stuff. What are some existing toys that do a good job of mimicking Zelda-esque accoutrements, and/or what should be avoided, and/or what's easiest to make myself? An even bigger issue is finding "safe" stuff for him to swing his sword at ... some kind of indoor/outdoor monsters that are at least a foot tall or so. I can see making something out of pillows, or lampshades, or even buying a cheap toy if it's properly durable. Any ideas?
posted by blueshammer at 8:14 AM PST - 22 comments

iPod dreams and hacks. I'm in a band and we'd love to give out "demos" via an iPod at shows. We're envisioning a Device that may exist, may need to be hacked together, or may be fundamentally impossible to create. [more inside]
posted by pants at 7:41 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I stop my laptops internal Wifi card from disconnecting? [more inside]
posted by complience at 7:26 AM PST - 7 comments

In relation to printing/publishing history, I'm curious as to how and why latin was phased out in secular books. [more inside]
posted by peacay at 7:12 AM PST - 19 comments

I liked doing fun runs and half marathons. Are there any other sports which offer similar events? Are bike races as beginner friendly? [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to listen in on a GSM cell phone conversation? Don't worry, I'm not planning anything illegal. I'm just wondering if a certain service provider's denials are on the level. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 7:10 AM PST - 9 comments

I understand that it's, um, hard to be a male porn star. How do they do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 23 comments

I swallowed. . .now I have an upset stomach. Is there a way of getting my boyfriend to change the way he tastes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm gay, new at dating, and kind of overweight (though not morbidly so -- say ~ 20/22% body fat), though my face doesn't show it. I'm afraid dates will like me, in part based on that deceptive face, then discover my fatness during a moment of intimacy, and be repulsed. Am I being paranoid?
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I register my "company"? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:00 AM PST - 20 comments

They're changing the pension benefits. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does holding a strong magnet up to your brain not do anything bad? [more inside]
posted by zek at 4:51 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me build a really mediocre gaming PC! [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 4:40 AM PST - 11 comments

I've been working in IT all my life. I've been thinking of changing careers and the idea of becoming a therapist occurred to me. So now I'm curious: How does one train to become a therapist? What degrees and certifications would I need to accumulate on the way to becoming one? Are there evening programs in the Chicago area? Thanks for any insight!
posted by rsol44 at 4:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find clear plastic sleeves to hang 20+ photos on the wall? [more inside]
posted by PY at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting ties? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 3:01 AM PST - 18 comments

I need a good way to put up posters in an adobe house! Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 12:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get dry ice in Berkeley/Oakland area? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Father wants a website. I am the one to build it for him. Looking for easy ways to manage content. Already tried Wordpress, looking for alternatives. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 12:09 AM PST - 10 comments

August 23
Marriage and group assortation -- is it really as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 11:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Who made this neat picture of an abandoned and decaying New York City?
posted by cmonkey at 9:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me diagnose my car's weird lurching problem. This is mostly for curiosity's sake, as I do plan on taking it to the mechanic tomorrow or Saturday. But I sort of want to know what I'm in for. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:29 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the next step for a soon-to-be graduate of a large school in Pittsburgh, PA who has degrees in both Computer Science and Japanese? [more inside]
posted by EduTek at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I setup color profiles on my Macbook Pro? Frighteningly long description inside. [more inside]
posted by raheel at 9:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Wedding Etiquette filter: Who pays for what in a traditional wedding? Specifically I am looking for anything to back up the claim of my future parents in law that the costs for the reception is split between the two families. [more inside]
posted by remthewanderer at 8:03 PM PST - 74 comments

Is it possible to write a batch file that, when launched, would mount an FTP server as a network place in XP? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Having personally taken most mental health drugs, somebody set up a humorous and serious website to review them. Can you help me find it again? [more inside]
posted by rossmik at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I have an old 17" Apple Cinema Display, a first generation Macbook and an Xbox 360. Explain to me as though I were a small child how I can use my ACD (if at all) 1) with my Macbook and 2) with my Xbox 360. I know that there are probably all kinds of adapters involved but I read some past threads and being not at all savvy couldn't really make heads or tails of any of it. Inside there are photos of the port on my computer and the plug on the ACD. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 6:30 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the largest calibre artillery piece currently in service? Not historic pieces but modern.
posted by wilful at 6:15 PM PST - 24 comments

One of my best friends asked me to be godmother to her new daughter today. I cried, she cried, I said yes (of course). I'm over the moon about it. But the god thing has got me a bit concerned and I'd like some advice... [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Name that Australian film... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is a good online map depicting the U.S. as it appeared in 1865? I'm particularly interested in the topography of the Midwest and West. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

We are trying to get pregnant. Can people suggest lubricant which is okay to be used and does not affect pregnancy rates.
posted by tom123 at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. In a week I turn 40, so I’m doing a little reflection on my life. I have two kids, one in the final year of high school, the other with two years to go. I’m halfway through a degree – I’ll be done in 18 months, and I work part time. I haven’t had sex in 4 years (and very intermittently in the previous 5) because my husband has absolutely no interest. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:55 PM PST - 34 comments

What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 4:47 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me pick an unusual transportation method for a short commute. [more inside]
posted by topynate at 4:02 PM PST - 47 comments

Is there a widget for Yahoo! Widgets in that can embed/display a webpage? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

I moved into an apartment that is infested with cockroaches and i don't want them to follow me to my new place. [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 3:13 PM PST - 17 comments

My Powerbook is bent. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

The sluggishness of the textarea in Firefox is killing me. Have you gotten Mozex or "It's all Text" to work with OS x? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:02 PM PST - 2 comments

A couple years ago, I took the GMAT and thus got subscribed (to be fair, I think I opted in) to get on a bunch of schools' marketing lists. I seem to have fallen off of that list, despite the fact that right now I am starting to seriously look into MBA programs. How do I get back on the "please spam me" list for B-Schools?
posted by rorycberger at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

How does one go about getting a tailor to clone one's favorite item of clothing? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

I read and loved “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick. What other books should I read? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What are some bad weather alternatives to running? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments

In a few weeks I'll be moving into a new apartment. I have the option of painting the walls (as long as they go back to white when I move out), and I'd like to do something really cool. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 2:18 PM PST - 18 comments

drug testing filter: does niacin really clean out all the THC in your body? What is the effect of taking large doses of niacin? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 1:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Are there any digital cameras that can use a standard mini-USB port for transferring data AND charging the battery? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

USB drive search: I need a Google Desktop Search-like application to index (and search inside) MS Word documents stored on a portable USB drive. The catch is that I don't have administrator rights on my work machine, so this program can't be installed on the computer itself: it has to go solely on the USB drive. Help? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

My 501(c)3 was awarded a Google AdWords grant a couple of years ago. With the success of that program, Yahoo and MSN keep popping into conversations. Do either of them have a grant program?
posted by meindee at 1:10 PM PST - 0 comments

What do you guys know about "immature myelination" in infants? I'm trying to learn more about this condition and what it means for the future of the child. Specifically what sorts of special care will likely be necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you please tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of the following database: MorningStar , Value Line , Standard & Poor's , Lipper ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you pronounce "Eccyclema"? Are there variations?
posted by Julia F***ing Sugarbaker at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

What affects our perception of chilli heat? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Next year, I will likely purchase some meat goats for raising, breeding and eating. My plan currently is for 4-8 Boer goats, which gain weight quickly and allegedly pretty even-tempered. I'm looking for hints and tips for what I should know. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm an absolute electronics ditz. I'm hosting a gathering in a park and someone is going to give a speech, I need a portable thingy with a microphone that he can give a speech on. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there really no good gay bars in Boulder, CO? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Classic ectomorph looking to add weightlifting to exercise routine. [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

I am an American citizen. If I want to travel to Vietnam, all I need is a valid passport and visa; if I want to travel to Cuba, I either have to sign up for a special tour, be part of some pre-approved humanitarian/scientific/educational group, or be willing to break U.S. law. I know that there are extralegal ways for U.S-ians to travel to Cuba; this is not my main question. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 12:20 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm looking for Mac OSX software or a Firefox plug-in that will allow me to create local copies of web sites to be viewed later. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Stock Market Filter: How do stock exchanges like Nasdaq/NYSE figure out (based on supply and demand) what price to assign to a given stock? Its not 'pure' supply and demand. Given a steady volume, prices still oscillate within ranges. How do market makers make their decisions on the oscillation as they search for the most efficient price for a given market? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

I recently moved to Palm Bay, Florida from Ohio. In the process I left behind a beloved bi-weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show...er...showing. I've searched and searched for a cast that is closer than Orlando, but I've had no luck. If there does happen to be a local cast that I don't know about, can someone point me their direction? Alternatively...how difficult would it be to start up a cast/plan showings? [more inside]
posted by d13t_p3ps1 at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I attach drapery panels to a traverse rod? The panels don't have any pockets or slits or flaps. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to work in China - yes, I speak Chinese, and no, I don't want to teach English. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm 3 years out of college, and unemployed again. I feel like I should go back to school, but what for??! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

This morning, my wacom tablet (graphire 2) sytlus stopped working, and I would like to fix it until I can buy a new tablet [more inside]
posted by Iananan at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

I am about to interview for a job which I am vastly under qualified for. What the can I talk about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm trying to find an extremely bright light on a budget. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the origin of the phrase "(you're) a gentleman and a scholar", or what popularized it? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments

anyone know of a monitored parking lot we can leave a small uhaul (14') overnight in cambridge, ma? it's 10' tall, so parking garages are out. [more inside]
posted by noloveforned at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

I'd like to help some friends get better careers. What kind of entry-level jobs are available in the Internet industry these days? Specifically, are there any that let one work from home? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Toronto transit filter: What does "299 St. Clair West" mean? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Health Advocates Need Not Apply: Is there an American equivalent to Silk Cut cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

I have an extremely complicated relationship with a person I consider the love of my life. We failed miserably at our most recent (and 4th) try at making it work, so we're trying to do post-break up things differently this time -- in hopes we can get closure FOR REAL. There are more details inside, but my questions are: Is talking/keeping in touch post-breakup the stupidest idea ever? How do you accept the fact that you're in-love and always will be, but that you can't be together? How do you accept the failures/incompatiblities and move on without thinking things like, "oh the circumstances sucked and we just didn't get a fair shot"? And perhaps most importantly, how do you work to remain close without secretly praying it will eventually work out? I'm posting this because I need advice from people who have experienced similar situations, but I would also love any suggestions on relatable books or films. [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper at 9:44 AM PST - 42 comments

What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages? If you grew up speaking another language (for some weird reason) what English words still make you giggle?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:42 AM PST - 45 comments

Are U.S. Government publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? More specifically, are Federal Reserve publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? I'd like to be able to monkey with these comics, but am wary of violating copyright. (I've sent e-mail to the Federal Reserve asking this same question, but am skeptical that I'll receive a timely response.)
posted by jdroth at 9:33 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I run my AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at the actual rated speed and not have it overheat ridiculously? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Seeking out a sci-fi short story I read some time ago and would like to find again. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I make services publicly available behind a private network? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Is it possible to use dynamic fields in web pages and stay Section 508 compliant? [more inside]
posted by gerg at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to have a major anniversary dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to edit 2D .dwg files without spending any money on software. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by revbrian at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

I need advice on a thorny job interview problem. Do I mention that I have a nemesis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

I seem to have had kidney stones continuously since January. Should I be going to my doctor? And how do you manage to collect them for analysis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

CustomsFilter - Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 8:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Teach me your party tricks.
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 8:18 AM PST - 33 comments

My hands hurt. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to make calls from Israel to North America, and to let others from North America call me at little or no expense? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Need help naming a children's music class. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 7:35 AM PST - 12 comments

What programming language should I learn? And should I be a programmer at all? [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress at 7:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Why can't my PC see my Camera? Works on the Mac. It's not the cable, the software, the computer, or the camera. I have a Canon HV20 HD video camera that only has a firewire output. Link to camera specs. When I take it to the computer lab and connect it to the Macs there, it works perfectly. However, my desktop PC does not recognize it. [more inside]
posted by lotusmonster at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Lotion Filter: What order to you put on face stuff? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in or near Southwest Harbor / Acadia NP , Maine this rainy weekend with a 5 year old and a 75 year old in tow? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

I guess I'm going to have to get a water softener. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 5:48 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you set up bandwidth throttling / traffic shaping on Fedora Core 6? [more inside]
posted by remi at 5:42 AM PST - 2 comments

What are some good career development or vocational guidance web sites? Not looking for job postings, but advice, tests, articles, forums etc. about finding and then switching to a more rewarding career path. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Help a non-American pick a car for use in the US... [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 4:21 AM PST - 38 comments

When I see the word "titration," I think of pipettes, bunsen burners, and that stoner dude in high school chem class. Why is "titration" so ubiquitous in online discussions about certain kinds of meds these days? What's the best way of coming up with an effective titration schedule for a med? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Here in Oxford, every second lamp post has a coded sign on it, indicating that there is a movie filming location nearby. Sometimes, it's obvious which movie is involved -- e.g. 'LWS LOC' refers to the TV series 'Lewis'. In other cases, it's pretty hard to work out -- e.g. 'The Golden Compass' was signed by a jumble of letters that I've forgotten ('ICHR LOC' or similar). I remember seeing a similarly obscure code on Santa Monica Pier. I'd like to know what movies are being filmed where. Is there an online resource that would tell me which location code refers to which movie? I couldn't find this information in the IMDB.
posted by beniamino at 2:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Distance relationship 101 needed. [more inside]
posted by Baud at 2:04 AM PST - 16 comments

SouthAfricaFilter: Do you / have you lived in ZA? I've recently moved here and I have questions. Also, general questions on cell phone usage across the continent... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:18 AM PST - 5 comments

August 22
I just moved into Seattle, and my new apartment doesn't have a dishwasher. Yesterday I picked up a portable dishwasher I found on Craigslist, but I was too exhausted to carry it up the 1.5 flights up to my apartment. I don't know anybody in town, much less know somebody well enough to ask them to help me carry a dishwasher--does anybody know someone who can carry this thing up the stairs for me? [more inside]
posted by silverspeak at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How to stop feeling like I need to do my own work plus everyone else's? [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I reverse the negative attitudes of my employees? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:23 PM PST - 39 comments

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 9:41 PM PST - 29 comments

I am looking for a good computer mouse with certain criteria. It should fit my hand well (I like the rounded but flat mice like the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0. An "arrow-shaped" design is also an option.) And it needs to have a high-resolution sensor, ideally 2000dpi or higher. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 9:24 PM PST - 9 comments

My girlfriend and I are wondering about what her rights are as to prematurely terminating her lease with a negligent landlord (in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How to select and buy PCI card with PS/2 port for older keyboard [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

I was looking for a cat groomer on Yelp today and was struck by the comments: only place that will do lion cuts in the city, most places won't shave cats, please don't shave your cat, etc. I realized that I've seen this sentiment quite often on the interwebs... [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 9:17 PM PST - 28 comments

Calling online gamers! My husband is looking for a (seemingly) simple mapping program to make his life a little bit easier. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 8:58 PM PST - 12 comments

CollectionFilter: Our library's Special Collections dept. has just discovered an unusual matchbook in another item of the collection. After looking to see how these books are collected and stored, we found out that the actual matches are usually removed (due to fire hazard, I'm assuming) and the covers stored flat in plastic sleeve. In the case of our matchbook, though, the actual matches are printed to look like soldiers and we'd of course like to keep them. Is there something else we can do to neutralize the flammability of the matches while keeping them intact?
posted by ikahime at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Educate me on this one - how does HR evaluate and adjust employee pay grades? [more inside]
posted by dy at 8:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me figure out how to plan this honeymoon... [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 8:40 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm trying to find an historical novel about a visit to medieval Trebizond that I read years ago. It's in the style of Thomas B. Costain but not by him. I know it's not Rosemary Macauley's The Towers of Trebizond.
posted by Rain Man at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Sailors - I may have the opportunity to spend a week sailing with a personal instructor in San Diego in September or October in the bays and perhaps just off shore in a 28 ft sloop. Is this a good time of the year for sailing? What will the sailing weather be like? - air and water temperature, winds, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks.
posted by Jackson at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

My excellent mechanic has obviously been going through some personal problems the last few days. [more inside]
posted by brevator at 7:07 PM PST - 14 comments

What can you suggest for long term life planning? I would like to set up something like a time line for my life and goals. I want to manage what I will do in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, etc. Does anyone know of any useful software or other things I could do manually? I want to be able to adjust things as needed and see where I've been. I appreciate your help.
posted by Knigel at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What's to eat, drink and do in Eastham, Cape Cod? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I upgrade unicode? [more inside]
posted by quercus at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Can a stolen iphone be inactivated to brick status when AT&T is notified? [more inside]
posted by francesca too at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

i often get soreness at the back of my knee, almost every day. what do i do? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments

The song at the very end of "Irréversible". What is it? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

In PowerPoint 2002, it's supposed to be possible to have bulleted items at all levels appear one at a time, using "Effect options" and then the "Text animation" tab. However, that tab is missing, for some reason... [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next at 4:58 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to have an SMS sent to someone automatically at a later date. Recommend a reliable service to me? [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Please give me tips on how to make my aircheck/audition for a medium-size online radio station more apIaling. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Please recommend a good host of Java servlets, very preferably one that runs Tomcat 6. [more inside]
posted by badstone at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

How much do sponsors pay to underwrite a public radio show? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

I have a great mid-century dining set that I finally have the room to use (yay!). However, I don't like how the chairs were reupholstered in the '80s, but won't have the chance to (re-)reupholster them till next year. So I need seat covers -- NOT slipcovers! -- in the meantime. This has turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Help! [more inside]
posted by scody at 4:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Walnuts make my tongue hurt. Does this mean I'm allergic, or is it just their acidity? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 3:53 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a good going-away present? [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get B-List Celebrities to give me a quote for the back of my book? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Good massage therapist in Livermore, California? (If there aren't any, then in San Mateo.) Hellllp. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

The goal: Affordable real estate during housing uncertainty... Is there a local resource for foreclosures in Manhattan? Are there court documents available to the public regarding properties in at risk? Is there a web resource for this?
posted by Shanachie at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

I would like to make my Intel iMac dual boot a Linux variant. I'd appreciate any help you could provide me. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Do these diagonal-striped drinking straws actually exist in real life? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

I got into an accident with a ZipCar this week. How worried should I be about paying the hefty deductible. Experiences, advice sought...
posted by parmanparman at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do many suburban Philadelphians not use blinkers? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 1:42 PM PST - 33 comments

I have two fruit trees that seem to be ripening ...NOW. One is an apple tree and the other tree is a plum. I already know about making jam (which is what I'll probably do with the plums) and making apple butter/sauce. I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by deborah at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Any fun and exciting tips on visiting Bahrain? [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 1:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Please help me decide whether to get drunk or high every night. [more inside]
posted by metawabbit at 1:09 PM PST - 59 comments

I'm yearning for some solitary flyfishing within a 10 hour drive of Toronto or Detroit. Since coming to Canada I have not managed to get away and do some nice, private fly fishing and get in some alone time on a beautiful river. I'd like to rectify that this Fall. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I can achieve this? I don't like to share the river with more than one or two other folks and I don't want a guide.
posted by Umhlangan at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

There's a western from probably the mid to early 70's. I don't remember much except that the main cowboy character ate entire raw onions as a way to prove how badass he was. There was also a scene where he was stuck in the desert with some woman I think. Does anyone know what movie this was?
posted by edjusted at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the best free online resources for bicycle maintenance? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Wedding readings: I'm looking for a poem or a passage that will emphasize the couple's love of travel and their focus on the environment/outdoors. [more inside]
posted by barometer at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

What are these weird little balls magically appearing in my potted plant's soil? [more inside]
posted by missmle at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I fix it if Vista is causing my new off-brand laptop to choke while playing DVDs? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

My mum had a bad car accident with head injuries in 1984. She has been taking 100mg trimipramine daily since then. I only found out about the medication today after insisting she attend a doctor, and visiting with her. Ever since the accident, she exhibited a small amount of mental confusion, but not enough to interfere with her leading an independent life. Until now. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

What's a good name/slogan for a fake Canadian vegetarian eating club? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?
posted by paulinsanjuan at 10:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find this Qbert-esque shoe! I wasn't dreaming, was I? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there someplace I can find some creative commons licensed adult photos? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggest some 'love' songs with an uneasy obsessional edge to them? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 9:57 AM PST - 103 comments

A friend of someone I know has gone missing. For no reason other than my own morbid curiosity, I am looking for statistics concerning how long most American adult people go missing for, and whether most people that are found are alive or dead. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

What are some must-do things to see/do in Walla Walla, Washington? The SO and I will be there over Labor Day weekend to attend a wedding. We have one full day on our own. I know Walla Walla is a big wine region, but we don't drink, so wine tasting is out. We do like most cultural and outdoorsy stuff. I'm particularly interested in photography and he really digs history. Also, any recommendations for great restaurants?
posted by socrateaser at 9:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find archives of radio broadcasts of NFL football games from the 1920's? Preferably online, but I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.
posted by fac21 at 9:10 AM PST - 1 comments

[NoseBleedFilter] How to maintain a file library on Big Computer, and a small selection on Little Computer, so Big Computer Looks like Little Computer, but Little Computer doesn't need to carry all the files in file library? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Google wants to access the phone logs on my BlackBerry. Cancel or allow? [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

[Zombiefilter] What was the small brain-like item in my bowl of Korean soup? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 7:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does Bioshock make my WinXP computer completely shut off? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:08 AM PST - 20 comments

I'm having trouble thinking of any narrative movies with "forgiveness" as a theme...anyone?
posted by beautiful at 7:01 AM PST - 39 comments

I'd like to grow some vegetables, but I live in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Can you please identify and/or link me to a black & white flash animation of black birds marching and flying in repeated ranks... [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Nerve Damage Filter: Do I need medical attention for my medical attention? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Renting - It's been a while and I'm afraid we're gonna look bad on paper. Mid/late twenty year olds (one a musician) without a huge amount of $$ or history - are we screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Would employer urine tests be able to differentiate from cannabis and Marinol (dronabinol)? Alternatively, in my state medical marijuana is approved, do testing centers accept marijuana prescriptions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Have chance to become rich, successful, and famous, need publicist and other help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Onions give me stomach aches. So many recipes start out with fried onions (meats, sauces, soups, stews), and I have a craving for spaghetti tomato sauce. What can I use instead of the onions?
posted by mirileh at 3:10 AM PST - 27 comments

I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 2:21 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time in France (Paris and Bordeaux and Lyon) over the next 6 weeks. What's the cheapest way to get mobile internet (3G or wifi)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 1:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Make a DVD to play at 1 frame per minute? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 12:46 AM PST - 17 comments

What neat electronic project can I build out of this old USRobotics Courier modem? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 12:20 AM PST - 7 comments

HELP! I will be moving soon after 6 years in Southern California - 3 in LA and 3 in Orange County. I have two job offers at prestigious companies in my field - one in San Francisco, the other in Massachusetts (about 40 miles West of Boston.) I'm looking for some insight about life in these cities to help me make my choice. Important details inside... [more inside]
posted by hellhammer at 12:17 AM PST - 30 comments

August 21
I have a project coming up where I will need to capture (digitize) a full 8-10 hours of footage (to be captured on DV tape) and make DVD copies for 3 people by the end of the next day. Ok, so I know how to go from DV to MPEG2 via either Final Cut Pro (v. 5.1.4) or Avid Xpress. What I'm wondering is, is there a way to bypass capturing the footage to DV (then converting to MPEG2) and going straight from the tape to MPEG2 so I can save myself hours of encoding from DV to MPEG2 and then burning discs? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

I was in an office today where a window had been converted into a whiteboard by installing a translucent white film on the outside of the glass. Does anyone know what to ask for to get something like this? Bonus points if you can point to a supplier in Western Australia.
posted by krisjohn at 10:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Upgrading AMD Processor for 939 motherboard. Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or Opteron 170? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 10:52 PM PST - 12 comments

I have reason to believe that my boss may have caught word that I smelled of alcohol today at work. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by breakfast_yeti at 10:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Please point me to examples of well-designed websites for university research groups.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there anywhere online or in print that provides help programming Avaya Partner Messaging "Automated Attendants"? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make a private community-based mp3 blog, very much like, say... MeFi Music. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Does anybody know about the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, IL? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 8:10 PM PST - 13 comments

I recently switched from a Treo 650 to a Palm z22 for my organizing needs. It took me forever to get the initial Treo syncing to work with my Macbook, and the z22 syncs fine with my old Treo conduits, but I want to add the z22's Expense conduit, so there is [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some great miniature things? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 7:34 PM PST - 34 comments

how do I dispense a very hygroscopic powder in a very moist environment without causing clumping in the remaining powder and without clogging the dispenser? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 7:29 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm looking for funny sayings, expressions, idioms, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by Anoxs at 7:29 PM PST - 59 comments

Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Myself and 7 friends are about to visit Ann Arbor MI for Michigan's opening football game of the season. We pick one team each year and converge upon that city for opening day. Its a nice way for us all to get together once a year, revive the sleeping binge drinker in us and just have a good time. Since none of us have actually ever been to Ann Arbor before I was wondering what are the "must do" things during a football weekend? We're coming in from all over the country so none of us will have cars. Are cabs common in the area, or will we be walking alot? We're staying south of the stadium by the Briarwood Mall and had planned on walking up to the game. Is it possible to do a pub craw from the mall area to the game or vice versa? Google's Street View isn't rolled out there yet or I'd virtually crawl it.
posted by lairc at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Foodfilter: vegetable substitutes for pasta? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:15 PM PST - 32 comments

suggest some fun, upbeat, likeable songs that mention specific colours? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 5:44 PM PST - 55 comments

Piano Playing Filter: I play the piano at what I believe is considered the early intermediate level. I enjoy playing the Burgmuller op 100 pieces. I am familiar with Mikrokosmos. I have an easy piano complete beatles book that I LOVE. But, there is [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 5:18 PM PST - 1 comments

I often save files to three locations, for example two folders on the desktop and one on the USB. Is there any way of saving files to two or more locations on my computer at once - I'm tired of the extra time this takes!
posted by Nayano at 5:18 PM PST - 5 comments

JobFilter: Should I return to my high-paying summer job next summer? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 5:14 PM PST - 23 comments

I saw an interesting building while visiting Bratislava last year, and would like to know more about it [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 4:53 PM PST - 1 comments

This may be a dumb question, but when I am connected to my work's vpn from home (I use a vpn/remote desktop combo), is all of my traffic, even the stuff outside of the server, going through my work? In other words, can they see everything or only what I do through remote desktop?
posted by jules1651 at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

My sister works for a big entertainment company. Occasionally they give her free stuff from one of their projects...posters, mugs, etc. She wants to sell some of it. One of her coworkers thought that this might be unethical. We weren't sure why that would be. Is it ethically ok for her to sell some of her swag or not? Why?
posted by kms at 4:40 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm looking for a bandwidth monitoring tool for OSX. I need it to do some specific things. [more inside]
posted by jammnrose at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify this series of paintings [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Medical School Filter: Infectious Disease Department on the West Coast. Please recommend a good university for an overseas visiting professional. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm the Web systems manager at a large financial management company (in the Janus / Nuveen / SEI territory) and I'm having a hell of a time discovering industry-relevant staffing levels. Anybody have references or anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by gknauss at 4:11 PM PST - 1 comments

What the heck was just crawling on my arm and where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 4:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a website about Apple products and their release schedules. I know it exists, I just can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by Arturus at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from and what exactly does it mean? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Will the Saucony Grid Omni 5 Ultimates that I just bought ruin my feet? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

best broadband option in brooklyn, *without* bundled cable subscription or phone line? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for ideas on things I can "give" myself for my birthday to help me make a fresh start. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 2:20 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the difference between an accounting association vs. an accounting network? Also, how does this distinction relate, if at all, to the Parmalat scandal?
posted by josher71 at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comments

A friend who's not working right now has decided to travel across the US, in grand Kerouac style. Setting out from NYC, first destination Chicago. He has less than the total amount of money he'll need for this journey and plans to get throw-away jobs here and there as finances warrant. Assuming he sticks to metro areas, what are some good temporary jobs he can reasonably expect to find quickly (e.g. word processing) where he can make a decent wage yet not have to work full time so he can still play tourist, and get hired promptly so as to earn cash in near real time? (Fast food labor is a very last resort)
posted by Fupped Duck at 12:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Spanish nuance translation help needed. Topic is slighly NSFW and thus inside. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Archaeologyfilter: Where can one buy an archaeologist's trowel and calipers in London? [more inside]
posted by Kirjava at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd like to learn to cook. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking for an example of or appropriate font to recreate the 'Fin' appearing at the end of a (old) movie. I can't find anything.
posted by imaswinger at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm turning the Big Three-Oh and I really want to have a big bash. [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I transfer my current Ubuntu system to a new, larger hard drive? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Where did half of my processor go? 1.5ghz is showing up as 599mhz. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

What could cause a loud grinding sound in a '99 saturn? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Young couple visited France last year for about two weeks with few plans other than a couple of booked hotel rooms and a TGV pass. They fell in love with the country and would love to move there about 5 years out... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone know of a good psychic in the Denver area? [more inside]
posted by tika2000 at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I get MSN Instant Messaging or Gtalk on my Blackberry Pearl? [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How does the space shuttle landing affect air traffic control around Florida? [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

My brother's divorce is not quite finalized, but he has already started dating someone new. Should I be OK with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 44 comments

Taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA to Shaw Island in October - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a really, really quiet notebook (UK). [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 9:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do men need space ? [more inside]
posted by confused1965 at 8:48 AM PST - 85 comments

Is there a simple way to create a script to check if a specific file exists on a Windows network share? How can I learn to do this? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the best sites to find out what cool things are happening locally? [more inside]
posted by creeky at 8:04 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm looking for some non-smoking nightlife options for Chicago. Bars, music venues, clubs, etc - especially interested in somewhere for live music (jazz, rock) & drinks. I realize that the city is supposed to go non-smoking in January, but I'm looking for some options now.
posted by steinwald at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Which famous people speak/have spoken other languages? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 7:23 AM PST - 47 comments

What causes house centipedes and how can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 6:43 AM PST - 14 comments

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:41 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I be a good soccer coach for a team of first graders? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Dear Metafilter, Please help me save my favourite pearly white Lacoste shirt, which now looks as if I've been wearing it whilst rolling around in nuclear waste. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 1:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Could the speedometer built into my car be less accurate than the speed assessed by my GPS satellite navigation? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 12:49 AM PST - 15 comments

August 20
A professor revealed information about my chronic illness to a classroom full of people. Who do I talk to? [more inside]
posted by lemonwheel at 11:31 PM PST - 61 comments

What are my rights as a freelance writer? If I'm writing about employees competing on a company-sponsored team, do I have to clear everything I write with their PR people?? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 10:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find food-grade potassium nitrate (A.K.A. saltpetre")? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 10:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you recommend any cool locations to do a band photo shoot in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

where can I stay in Santa Barbara? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

I have no idea why, but I can listen to Damien Rice's Nine Lives over and over and over. Rest of his stuff, doesn't interest me. Same for Sia's Breathe Me. Based on those 2 songs, can you point me to other songs that I can give my CD player a respite?
posted by america5 at 8:03 PM PST - 19 comments

what rapper does prefuse 73 sample in "point to b" on the album "vocal studies and uprock narratives"? thanks.
posted by ofthestrait at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy really fresh raw seafood in DC? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

An older family member coming to stay with us in the Princeton NJ area eats a turkey sandwich for lunch EVERY day. Seeking recommendations for deli or grocery store that has actual fresh roasted turkey for sale (as opposed to deli-type pre-cooked turkey breast). Will go pretty much anywhere in the Mercer County area if necessary. Thank you for any direction!
posted by mmf at 7:08 PM PST - 13 comments

I've just installed ubuntu, and I'm looking to do C programming from the terminal. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

It started out as dating and turned into "friends with benefits." How do I regain my self-respect after all of this? Apologize in advance... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 43 comments

Photog friend going to Nepal/Tibet - what's a good gift? Some thin air-wind jacket with lots of pockets? Anything you can think of would be appreciated - especially if you have specific experience there - up to $200? Thanks. (she's with an experience group of friends but she's never been).
posted by jbelkin at 6:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me put together the best of Prairie Home Companion. [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the formal Latin name of this rhetorical device? [more inside]
posted by whir at 6:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Maybe obvious backup question: I want to achieve: an external hard drive with an exact copy of my main drive's contents that can, in the event of my main internal drive's failure, be swapped into the machine for instant everything-as-it-was. I also want incremental backup, so that I can keep this drive constantly up to date with a daily backup process. This is a Windows XP ThinkPad laptop; I've got the external backup drive in its little case already. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:54 PM PST - 35 comments

MYSQL question: I want to develop simple input form for our internal office MYSQL. We need to attach files to our product information. I'm using OO, but it doesn't deal with BLOBs what other software could I use to create forms to our database? [more inside]
posted by Yavsy at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Yet another "name that crunching minimal electro tune" question. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I stay awake while driving? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 5:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Is there a company (besides Kinkos) that can send me a print out of a PDF that I have? [more inside]
posted by enriquem at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Sudenmorsian: I'm very interested in finding a recording of this little radio opera by Pylkkänen, or at least a copy of the libretto to read (not the original story of Kallas that it was derived from). I'm nearly convinced no commercial recording exists, but AskMe is sometimes miraculous...
posted by Wolfdog at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

OK, my 16 yo kid bought a Bad Religion poster by Stainboy at the House of Blues in Orlando and I have a question about it. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:18 PM PST - 19 comments

My uncle recently sent me some money through my sister. And just as she always has done, she's frittered it away and I'll never see a cent of it. I don't really care because I'm used to it, and I don't care for the money either. But how can I warn my uncle without giving off a "Give me more money" message? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I deep clean my stainless steel BBQ grill without causing damage to the surface? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 4:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Obscure Video Game Question: Arcade + Roller Skates + Final Fight [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How bad is my roof? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

I just started dating this woman. She is 36 year old and has coeliac disease (although I don't think that is related to this question). A strange vibrating noise comes from her. [more inside]
posted by Jesco at 4:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it really that much harder to get a library job in Portland vs the Bay Area? How long do you think it would take for me to get a job after moving up there? [more inside]
posted by lulu103 at 4:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Diving the USS Oriskany - Has anyone been down to Pensacola to dive it? Any recommendations for a dive shop/charter, and or place to stay?
posted by gonadostat at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a Thunderbird extension or another programme that will allow me to save an entire email as an image? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some good recipes that use up a lot of garlic? Bonus points if they keep well or can be frozen, because I'm talking about 2 pounds of peeled cloves, here. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Help with Windows XP recovery console. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What tools do you use for commercial development in the Scheme language? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get full RSS instead of partial RSS. As many of you might know, the Freakonomics blog has moved to NY Times. They used to give full RSS feeds; now all we get is partial RSS. While this generated quite a buzz on the internets, no solution was provided. [more inside]
posted by eebs at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find out the current world record for NES Tetris (lines and/or score)? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 3:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Say I have a template document in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, and a spreadsheet with information. I need to put one row of that data into the template, print and/or save it, then put in the next row into the template, etc. Can this be automated? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Searching for an obscure 80's comic book. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do I hiccup and burp like a big damn frog? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I make a coconut milk-based sauce more healthy but still keep it creamy? I have some ideas and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 2:18 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I get short term health insurance in New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

X-Box Live scratch and play cards: I scratched the code right off. Now what? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 1:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How to handle a relationship with my boss that has deteriorated beyond salvage? [more inside]
posted by LN at 1:16 PM PST - 17 comments

My husband is impatient towards our 4 year old. Will he change or is our marriage doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 31 comments

I am looking to work with a credit counselor to manage our debt. Should I get this done before or after I am married next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I take a GCE A level exame outsite the UK? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you help me find the picture of Marion Barry giving the finger? [more inside]
posted by toxic at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find the name of a German song! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for the best combination of online/free software tools to keep notes during class lectures. Visual timeline, web clips, outline formatted text, etc. - the more options, the better. I know there have been similar questions before but hope there's a better answer out there than I've found before. [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Latin Scholars: How would you translate "Let the mermaids flirt with me"? [more inside]
posted by boots at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Docking solutions for MacBook: DIY or non-Bookendz options? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 11:23 AM PST - 2 comments

how can i easily - and cheaply! - round corners of photos? [more inside]
posted by sacho at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Real estate in Chicago - I found my place, now am I doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone tell me why the North Pacific high is so far south this year? [more inside]
posted by salishsea at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Fun things to do and cool places to go in Stockholm for a couple of adults with a couple of pre-teen children?
posted by londongeezer at 10:30 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm looking for online forums/community for politicians, especially for newbies, especially for independents, especially on how to get elected, best states to run in for different political bents, etc.
posted by libertaduno at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the difference between strong friendship and romantic love? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 22 comments

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in Portland (Oregon.) There are a lot of them. Anyone have any particular recommendations for or against? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find a recreational soccer team to join this fall in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

I need to get a tetanus shot as soon as possible, hopefully for as cheap as possible, and in Chicago. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

DATETIME, TIMESTAMP, TIME, DATE. Which should I use for general-purpose date storage in a recent MySQL version? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

My garden has been overtaken by weeds and ribbon grass, how can I start over? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments

When someone wins a "SPEND A DAY WITH [INSERT FAMOUS PERSON]" sweepstakes, what exactly happens on said day? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 9:14 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm in the process of sorting through communication options for my step-daughter who will be spending the next several months in France (We live in the US). I've narrowed it down to a combination of Skype (on Mac OS X at both ends), the purchase of a cell phone locally in France when she arrives, and the use of a prepaid phone card for international calls... I'm hoping for some feedback from those that have tried these methods, and any other ideas you might have, there is, of course.... [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 9:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a good nursery in the Austin, TX area. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any good criteria for identifying when you are being taken advantage of? I love to help people, but sometimes I think that I may help people too much. This tension makes me uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

What's a good university, where good means a high concentration of people interested in learning? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 8:09 AM PST - 56 comments

The boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Italy in late October. We are still struggling with one thing, though: what to do during planned day trips to Florence and Venice. If you had to recommend one or two destinations or experiences that really epitomize the spirit of these two cities, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by warble at 7:51 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm having a few non-technical people test a webapp. What's the best one pager you've seen that explains the proper way to report a bug to a developer?
posted by gwint at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Will my permanent resident visa be transferred to my new passport? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 7:43 AM PST - 16 comments

What is this? [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Your experiences with canine epilepsy? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for customizable & free Wordpress (or other) hosting [more inside]
posted by daksya at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm hoping one of the many other librarians on AskMefi can help me track down a resource I'm looking for. It was a semi-annual publication with descriptions of upcoming books--usually there was one published seasonally (and/or in time for ALA), plus various special issues. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

1 Year in Toronto: My wife and I are moving to Toronto for a year in January. She has a job already sorted (that's why we're going) and I'm probably going to carry on being a freelance WebDev/SysAdmin/etc whilst we're there. Questions are many, housing, work, tax, transport, fun, recommendations, advice... [more inside]
posted by gaby at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in Ibiza that are not clubbing and won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 6:54 AM PST - 2 comments

On a recent trip to the Orkney Islands off northern Scotland I found a runic inscription on the inside of the neolithic tomb at Cuween Hill. I'm having no luck translating them, some of the characters seem to be outside the runic alphabets I can find online. [more inside]
posted by hardcode at 6:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Find me a content management system that can hide posts! [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

I have a week to hunt down DH's employment information starting from 1988. Where do I begin? We definitely don't have any paperwork around from '88! TIA
posted by Jujee at 6:28 AM PST - 4 comments

I woke up this morning and felt GREAT. Not just physically well but emotionally too. I felt motivated to do my morning workout, actually spoke with my father instead of the usually morning grunts, sang aloud in the car to the slug line (HOV rideshare) and was in a general all-around-good mood. I kid you not. At one point while getting dressed I thought "today is the first day of the rest of my life" HA!! Crazy I know! I was actually thinking of ways to be productive and it wasn’t even 6 in the morning! My question is... How do I make that happen EVERYDAY, how can I enjoy such motivation and well feelings on a consistent basis? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:14 AM PST - 23 comments

What do I do when insomnia pays a call? I know how to avoid insomnia but when I don't succeed, what the hell do I do? I mean, aside from TV and books, is it an insane time to start a project? Do my taxes? How does the hive mind cope with the hours between 3:30 and 6:00 when not asleep?
posted by From Bklyn at 6:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Steve Jobs, business casual? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

An area of rural Norway I am very fond of is currently fighting a development bid by a possibly dodgy operation... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

ParanoidFilter: Is there *any* chance I could get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me with my car! [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Can the Cisco PIX 501 be upgraded with any firmware so that it is IP Version 6 (IPv6) Compatible? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 5:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Papercraft! Looking for two obscure things made from paper. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 3:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Hi There I am travelling from Dublin to Cong (30 miles north of Galway) in a couple of weeks. Can anyone recommend somewhere to stop off for a coffee and a bite to eat about halfway across? Thanks folks!
posted by Colin70 at 3:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find up-to-date information about how to survive a nuclear war, and the subsequent irradiated planet? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Why can't we use rail lines for local mass transit? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 2:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Dozens of white specks in my pupils, but what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 2:36 AM PST - 8 comments

My boyfriend dropped a bomb about his past. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 AM PST - 36 comments

August 19
Which vampire movie is this? [more inside]
posted by missed at 11:43 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me find some good movies in which the protagonist is an angry bitch-on-wheels, who eventually sweetens up by film's end. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 10:11 PM PST - 26 comments

I've the office web geek, a real one-man band, with 8 years of experience. It's time to change jobs, but the web employment world is more specialized than ever. What jobs should I be applying for? [more inside]
posted by dw at 9:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this currently-in-stores chaise recliner online! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are all these sketchy people going to my house's side door? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 8:15 PM PST - 46 comments

Help my dad win accolades for his photography. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 7:49 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the best way to drive from SeaTac through Seattle and out to the north? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 7:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me find a book or full picture of a certain Charles Rennie Mackintosh design. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

My boyfriend is bad with money. I knew this when I met him, and for the first year or so of our relationship it was mostly one of his more grating personality quirks, nothing truly irritating and definitely not a dealbreaker. At the time my attitude was that as long as it didn't affect me, as long as he wasn't asking for help, and as long as his poor decisions didn't render him homeless or hungry, it wasn't my problem. Except now it is. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu at 6:36 PM PST - 100 comments

One or two movies I remember seeing when I was at most 7. CAn you help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it tacky to email a letter of resignation while you're on vacation? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 6:05 PM PST - 17 comments

I need a word! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:13 PM PST - 35 comments

I need a new USB KVM switch. [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I repay my delinquent Canadian student loan? [more inside]
posted by bhkart at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Best portable device for watching TV shows? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

That painting of the scary giant rabbit hunting peasants to put in the wicker basket on its back. What's it called and who painted it? Will enslave or devour the farmer and his daughter?
posted by nowonmai at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I handle inheritance by proxy? It will actually be a gift from a parent out of the inheritance from a grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

How Should I Leverage My Network and Contacts for a New Job? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

What other song does this golden guitar-line from the new Jens Lekman album remind me of? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I Ship a 42" LCD Flat Planel TV from Ohio to California? and also shipping a used car from California to Ohio. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What the heck bird is this, seen walking around in Oakland several blocks from the bay front? [more inside]
posted by tula at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Find post code with latitude & longitude. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an interesting website I've forgotten the name of. [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a lot of help with DV cameras. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

I am trying to identify a painting. It was by a 20th century American painter whose name escapes me. It was of a suburban landscape and slightly Hopperish. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

To what degree to private weather forecasting companies (like Accuweather) rely on US government data in creating their forecasts? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

I've never been fond of coats, and usually stick out the winter shivering in sweaters, but I recently spotted a nice coat in a magazine ad. I contacted the company, but the ad was for shoes, and they couldn't give me any information on the coat. So I'm looking for a similar coat ... [more inside]
posted by book at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

AsceticRSSFilter: I'm looking for a program I found by chance awhile ago that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me decide what to embroider on a baby sleeper for my new nephew. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

What might be the cause of my cat's new odor? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for a list of changes wrought on the Bill of Rights by the Patriot Act, amendment by amendment. [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

My First Sony Tattoo: Help me get my tattoo the right way. [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Why was Cy Young so awesome? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

My ears keep popping... like when you are in an airplane... except I'm not going anywhere. [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

I have an 8.45 ounce bottle of Sam Adams Triple Bock, ca. 1994, an ale brewed w/ maple syrup, that I was given as a gift. I just found it again in a cabinet. It's been sealed well, kept in dark spaces in air conditioned spaces mostly. Safe to drink? Keep aging? Bury in a landfill?
posted by docpops at 8:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Can I use iTunes to tag the specific musicians playing on a track? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

what movie am i remembering? a comic scene where something crashes or goes too fast or otherwise goes wrong in a catastrophic way, and the guy exclaims, "not good! not good!" [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:08 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I (can I?) make my Airport Express expand my wireless network? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy a pet rabbit near Newton, MA? I can't believe I have to come here to find out. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a Mexican spice powder I used to eat in the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 7:05 AM PST - 11 comments

What are these waxy yellow fruit? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 at 6:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me become a responsible adult... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 AM PST - 37 comments

Which cartoon character says "Up. Up, and away" ? [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 2:22 AM PST - 23 comments

I would like to get a solar powered bird fountain for my backyard. I want to make sure that the fountain isn't constructed of a material that is going to be toxic to my cat if she drinks out of the fountain. She's an outdoor cat and loves to drink and play in running water. I suspect that she'll be drawn to the running water in the fountain and try to drink out of it. Does anyone know which solar powered bird fountains are made with materials that are safe for cats? [more inside]
posted by alleycatd at 1:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Best open source VPN (server-side) software for an iPhone user? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Pounding sound in my left ear: how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 12:16 AM PST - 15 comments

August 18
Anyone know where to buy these simple Starter stretchy shorts? Here's what they look like. [more inside]
posted by ssnickerer at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

There's a name for the principle stating that the bulk properties of a substance are a consequence of the ensemble average of the behaviors of the individual molecules comprising that substance. What is it? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 10:29 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm trying to recall a (likely) out-of-print book. It was released in the eighties (or perhaps very early nineties). It was largely a comedic/humorous encyclopedia of various forms of fictional characters (fairies, dwarves, elves, etc). But... with a twist [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

i need a memorial tattoo idea to honor my partner who has unfortunately passed. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 9:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Any recommendations/referrals for the most comprehensive and skilled home inspector or home inspection company in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by Jaqi at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I take up dancing? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 9:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help me find a picture of a specific Hello Kitty sticker. [more inside]
posted by ilsa at 8:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and that is challenging in some way? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you help me grow garlic? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Building a searchable database of back issue LIFE magazine contents (1936-1972); articles, features, subjects, stories etc. What tools and how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by X4ster at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

iBrowPiercingFilter:How do I take care of my dandy new eyebrow piercing? [more inside]
posted by alona at 6:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Photographers: know an artist with sublime fine original prints of landscape photography? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Can someone offer more information about this episode of "Dexter's Laboratory?" [more inside]
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips on preventing work burnout and handling job stress. How do you handle an overwhelming workload with grace and sanity? How can I quickly become a good project manager? What should I do until I have the project management skills to actually handle the workload I've been assigned? (I'm kind of freaking out here.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I bring up the lack of actual work at my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

I have come into a large collection of N-Scale trains, rolling stock and track and would like some pointers to good websites for small layout practices etc. moen-sigh. [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Sonically complex well recorded music in 2 channels to test my new hi-fi stereo system. So far, I've listened to... [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 5:22 PM PST - 52 comments

A recommendation for a place in London to get a hearty American-style breakfast? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 4:57 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I become less of a pessimist and less of a negative thinker? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 4:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Any hints on creating a transparent .gif that uses solely white content? [more inside]
posted by mattydavy at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Someone quoted to me a quote last night that was along the lines of, "War is a brutal and horrible thing, and the more brutal and horrible it is, the faster it's over." He used this both in defense of using nuclear bombs in WWII and in support of a similar approach for Iraq. I don't agree. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 3:08 PM PST - 30 comments

A matter of curiosity: What's a mortgage worth? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a program that can send an 'emergency email' at the click of a button/doubleclick of an icon, for a older relative with dialup internet access who lives alone. [more inside]
posted by tra at 2:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find summary information for a specific stock for days in the past? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a good document to help with determining the proper timing, method, and/or budget for installing Vista at a small business? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

This should be easy for someone: September Best Life magazine, page 81, Blackberry ad featuring Terry McBride of (the awesome) Nettwerk music label... what is that jacket he's wearing? I like.
posted by xenoworx at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Good--and cheap!--dim sum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a free mp3 music organizer that will move files into a multi level directory structure with the first level being the letters of the alphabet or groups of letters? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking to play soccer regularly, and live in Somerville, MA. Weekday evenings or weekends. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

What is a good user / "client-side" alternative to using the Internet Explorer right-click "export to Excel" feature? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone recommend a book (or online equivalent) that teaches the theory and practice of writing compilers, specifically those targeting the Microsoft CLR (ie .Net)? [more inside]
posted by Luddite at 10:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Please help me locate a suitable fixing for my posters. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

SymbolFilter: I have been at a few concerts of my favorite band, The Flaming Lips, over the summer, and several members of their crew have been wearing new red jumpsuits sporting this symbol. I'm hoping the hive mind can help me decipher it. [more inside]
posted by after_hours at 9:39 AM PST - 17 comments

"Scotland is / the petrified vomit / of a fish supper." Who wrote that little poem? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for a good recipe for hot pepper jelly [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Why hasn't anyone invented cheap space probes? Some kind of thing that could be sent up en mass to gather just base data we don't have on all the planets/moons/etc . . .? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:05 AM PST - 34 comments

Where can I go this afternoon in Chicago to watch the Tigers/Yankees baseball game? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Yesterday afternoon one of the neighbours knocked on the door to tell me there was a dead cat in our driveway. I went out to look and it was, distressingly, one of the feral kittens that lives in our neighborhood. However, the cause of death wasn't immediately apparent and the more I thought about it, the more the circumstances seemed kind of odd. [more inside]
posted by AV at 6:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by sara558 at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there any way to emulate a print server? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:46 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm picky about friends and lovers. How much should I compromise? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me fill a giftbag for my girlfriend. She is moving away for a year attending a school on professional gardening. I want to give her a few inexpensive things that she will find useful when we are away from each other. So far i only came up with a nice hand cream she can use after a day of digging. Would love some suggestions from mefiites.
posted by ilike at 3:58 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I get my daughter to eat her school lunches? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 3:26 AM PST - 35 comments

We received a menacing letter today from our electric provider. They stated that since our last few bills have been late (which I don't dispute) we will now be required to pay a $200 "security deposit"... BUT... We have a 13-year payment history with them, at the same address, so where is the logic in suddenly requiring a "security deposit" that we obviously can't afford? Is there any way I can convince them to not do this to us? Please read the background info inside before responding. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 1:00 AM PST - 30 comments

August 17
Where can I buy passion fruit in San Francisco?
posted by chrisalbon at 11:59 PM PST - 6 comments

What would cause my face to...smell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me burn my 100GB of Mp3s to DVD in some sort of organized fashion! (Mac) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 10:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the name of a relatively famous/successful documentary filmmaker I met in a plane a few months ago! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Does reverse product placement exist? By that I mean, placing a competitor's product in an uncool enviornment in order to discourage sales. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 10:05 PM PST - 18 comments

please help me identify this beautiful feather... [more inside]
posted by seeka at 9:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me name this tune. It was featured in "Summer Games" for the Commodore 64, but it's not the Olympic theme song nor a national anthem (or is it?).
posted by adrian_h at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me order tickets to see the Chemical Brothers live in Romania? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I determine computer drive speed? It's an old Dell Inspiron running XP.
posted by anticlock at 8:49 PM PST - 3 comments

I moved into a new apartment and in the closet was a discarded weight lifting kit: 3 bars and 100 lbs in weights, soplit between 2.5, 5 and 10 lb weights. How do I get into the routine? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Which are the top five wealthiest neighborhoods in Seattle or top five wealthiest cities in Washington? [more inside]
posted by Bob Dobbs at 6:59 PM PST - 7 comments

What guidebooks did you find helpful for the writing of a doctoral dissertation? (I'm writing a dissertation on literature, but guidebooks with a broader disciplinary scope are OK too, if you think they are particularly good.)
posted by limon at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

I have one computer and two hard drives. I'd like to emulate 2 completely separate computers. That is, each hard drive will have a separate Windows XP image and I will choose at startup which one to boot. OK so far, but, I do not want either Win XP image to ever see or interact with the other one in any way. If I am running from one hard drive, I want the other one to be completely invisible. Possible? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 6:33 PM PST - 34 comments

I'm looking for some walkie-talkies (two way radio) but I've been spoiled with military quality gear for most of my life. What are good commercial walkie-talkies, and where can I get them? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Fickle Foodworks filter: so I've just entered two recipes into foodworks. One of them has yielded all the macro/micronutrients by weight in the analysis pane, but the other one has just come up with "?g" next to every nutrient. I entered both recipes in in exactly the same way, so why isn't the second one giving me any love?
posted by lazy robot at 5:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Bioshock is looking awsome, along with several other games, but I will need an xbox360 or a PC upgrade. Which would the hivemind recommend? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 5:25 PM PST - 26 comments

I want to send a video on CD to an unsophisticated user of a Macintosh computer. [more inside]
posted by gum at 4:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Has anyone ever started or managed a company library? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 4:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find more songs featuring a xylophone. [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 4:16 PM PST - 49 comments

Where do muscular/broad-chested guys get their clothing? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 3:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there anything really wrong with (moderate? binge?) drinking while taking a course of antibiotics... or is my (frequently preachy, moralizing, unctuous, underfunded, dodgy-quality) free clinic just trying to pull one over on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Do we have any legal recourse if a car dealership lied to us about our car having been totaled before we bought it? [more inside]
posted by virtualcourtney at 3:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Has anyone tracked the historical accuracy of different types of hurricane trajectory prediction models? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

If all that ‘be yourself’ dating advice here ever annoyed you, then this question’s for you. Tips for stopping being oneself, when that is counterproductive? [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me name my WiFi AP in such a way that no one will want to connect to it. [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:55 PM PST - 55 comments

I'm currently on rather strong (NS) anti-inflammatories for a medical condition. As a side-effect, my (mild) acne has has cleared up almost entirely. I'm making the most of the situation by binging on chocolate now that I have the chance, but is this going to come back and bite me in the ass once I go off the anti-inflammatories? What purpose, if any, does the inflammation of acne serve, and what are the consequences of it being suppressed?
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I go to hear a sonic boom? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 1:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for decent online viewing, ideally science/documentary programming by public broadcasting networks. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments

When I import my 700 bookmarks into http://del.icio.us they are automatically set to "not shared." I understand this is to prevent spam, and I have been unable to find an alternative to manually setting each link to "share." Is there a solution I have overlooked? Or, is there a cooler/niftier alternative to del.icio.us that I should be using instead? Thank you.
posted by craniac at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

My mortgage lender sent an offer in the mail that I could change from monthly payments to payments every two weeks. This would be good for me, bad for them. Why? [more inside]
posted by poppo at 12:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Very occasionally, I'd like to be able to pull a **single** post from one of my blogs into another. In other words, not just link to it, but actually have the post in Blog A show up as a post in Blog B, without having to re-type it and duplicate content. Does anyone know a way to do this? I don't want to scrape the entire feed for all posts in Blog A into Blog B. Thanks!
posted by tamjl at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get bronchitis! (yes, you read that right.) [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath at 12:28 PM PST - 34 comments

Can anyone give specific, reasonable predictions regarding anticipated duration of delay on I-95 (Philly to Balto.) at various times of the weekend this fall? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 12:20 PM PST - 12 comments

selective muscle mass decrease? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I record high definition (HD) video at at least 24 fps using a webcam? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Where should I take sewing classes in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by alan at 11:57 AM PST - 9 comments

What's happening in Chicago end of Sept? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Did King Tutankhamun have to travel with a passport? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Anyone know why there are two F14 fighter jets flying back and forth over Chicago today? At one point I saw them escorting a much smaller plane that looks like it may be an old WWII fighter plane. I've been hearing these huge sonic booms for hours now.
posted by postergeist at 11:23 AM PST - 30 comments

I need some new men's cargo shorts. I used to get these Woolrich shorts, except they had a drawstring. I want the drawstring. I need the drawstring. I love the drawstring. I also want a short inseam (6"). Long shorts that come to my knees make me feel like I'm 5 years old. Tried LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy, REI, Land's End, Gap, and J Crew, but it all ended in sadness and despair. Ask Metafilter, please show me that there is still sunshine in this world.
posted by SampleSize at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone know of a good electronics hobbyist store in the East Bay? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Exploer views in XP: Is there a way to effectively manage these? The only way I know to change views is to a)change each folder view manually, or b) go to Tools>Options>View>Apply (this view) to all folders. Any software or tips? [more inside]
posted by Zimm at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

My mom and my husband have become bitter enemies. Is there anything I can do to make it better? If so, what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 63 comments

I have 4GB of photos spanning the last 7 years of my life - they're sitting on my linux webserver and the other day I compressed the directory using the gzip command while I reinstalled my photo album software. When I went to extract the gz file, it just gives me an extensionless file as opposed to the directory structure that it once was. I have a bad feeling the directory structure wasn't preserved when the file was compressed. I have tried extracting it but to no avail but I know there are photos in there, because when I head the file there's a clear file name in it. Is there anything I can do to get at least the files back? I don't care if I lose the directory structure at this point, just as long as I get the photos back.
posted by cubedweller at 10:34 AM PST - 24 comments

What should a man wear to a wedding with an "after five" dress code? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find Pentel RSVP Fine Point pens for cheap? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

I work in a public computer lab at the library. We're thinking it might be nice to have an easily-identifiable uniform so the computer users don't have to go around asking people if they work here. We're thinking shirts only, but we don't really want boring polo-style shirts. (And if you have ideas that include bottoms, bring 'em on.) [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 9:24 AM PST - 44 comments

My boss' Palm Treo 750 is just plain screwed-up, and this means my task for the day is fixing it. I have never laid eyes on this thing before. Help! [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

A relatively new client sent out a mass email this morning detailing the results of his recent biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 8:48 AM PST - 26 comments

I want to clean up my iTunes library. How do I rename my music folder? How do I get rid of duplicates? and dead links? [more inside]
posted by lou at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me choose a flash-based mp3 player that will be easy (and loud enough) for my almost-62-year old mom to use while exercising. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 8:33 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister at 8:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it really that dramatical/theatrical in a court of law? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:09 AM PST - 19 comments

On the advice of my attorney, I have created a living trust to be the official owner of all my possessions. That way, when I die, Sra. and Baby Carp don't have to wait for stuff to go through probate. The one part I am missing is that I have to put all real estate, financial accounts, and vehicles into the name of the trust. The accounts are easy, but I can't find where to change the title to our house in DC or to our vehicles, also in DC. So, how do I go about re-titling, well, everything?
posted by carpographer at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

In the movie "Thank You For Smoking", there is a scene of kidnapping and attempted murder by nicotine patch. Could this really happen, and if so, has it actually been used as "murder weapon" before? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Please help me find a good contractor on the north side of Chicago to fix my porch. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Lately I’m obsessed with movies featuring prison breaks. Some of the recent ones I’ve seen are: The Great Escape, Stalag 17, Escape from Alcatrez, Shawshank Redemption (of course), Papillon, No Escape, The Scarlet Pimpernel…. What are some good ones I haven’t seen yet?
posted by silverstatue at 7:25 AM PST - 54 comments

The wife and I moved from Dallas down to Austin just last week. As this is our first weekend in the new city without the burden of unpacking, we would like to go out and do something romantic in celebration of a new chapter in our lives. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me simplify my cash register reporting! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

If my home mortgage holder is Countrywide (it is), what happens, in practical terms, if Countrywide were to go bankrupt? Would they call the loan, forcing us to get financing elsewhere to cover it? Or would another lender assume the debt without our having to take any action? Or what?
posted by saulgoodman at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Just how good does your credit have to be to qualify for 0% financing on a car loan? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Whats the best cell/mobile phone camera for streetphotography/interior snapshots ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Several years ago on a (UK) computing magazine there was a music video by one of their columnists. I think it's called "On a PC". Any ideas if any copies still exist? [more inside]
posted by kg at 4:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Any clue about this song? [more inside]
posted by Bill Shinji at 4:23 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for Thai music for my restaurant [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 4:05 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I avoid killing my friend's cats? I'm taking care of them and I'm terrified that I'm doing a very bad job. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 3:51 AM PST - 17 comments

What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
posted by bam at 3:41 AM PST - 128 comments

In our new house, I can't work out how to get out of the double glazed sliding patio doors. They are locked, and I think I have the key (well, I have a key), but they just won't open. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by handee at 3:14 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for an Axe commercial from a few years ago. A girl sprays a mannequin with Axe, takes a big whiff and walks away. Enter another girl who smells him, then proceeds to incessentantly grope the mannequin. Orginial sprayer girl comes back and snaps "Get your hands off may MAN-nequin." Hilarious. Where, oh where, can I find it? Youtube and Google seem to be failing me.
posted by enaira at 1:00 AM PST - 6 comments

August 16
I work with a couple of 'staight-edge' kids- give me some smart background questions... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 11:01 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I find out who the agent for service of process is for very large banks?
posted by Kimpossible at 11:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Mac OS X question for you, MeFi. My fiancee's 120 gig hd has 40 gigs missing. [more inside]
posted by The Castle at 9:20 PM PST - 16 comments

I know the differences between the Xbox 360 Premium and Elite editions, but I cannot find anything about the size of downloads. How fast will I fill up a 20gb hard drive? Should I spring for the Elite and get the 120gb? Are the demos, movies, XBLA games, and TV shows going to fill 20gb in a week? Does anyone even use the downloads? Thanks!
posted by EduTek at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How does natural selection account for male pattern balding?
posted by airguitar at 8:28 PM PST - 54 comments

I cannot enter text with the Safari browser, in the main window (like to login into any site or post a comment here) with the keyboard, though I can enter text in the URL and search bars. Also, I can cut and paste text within a field, just not type it in, the cursor does blink and highlighting text to cut works as normal. Strange! [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 8:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Supplement (or other solution) for PMS cravings? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I put all pictures (videos, all extensions) on my computer into one folder, and then delete the duplicates-and pics with the same name should be renamed if different? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a way to search PDF metadata in Vista? [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are there ants setting up nests in my pot plants?! Every time I water my lavendar, Geraldton Wax (Aust native) and my mint bush, ants start pouring out of the ground in their hundreds. I suspect they are also making the dirt in my pots 'hard' - the water seems to just run off it instead of soaking in. I have tried stabbing the dirt with a chopstick around the plants to airate the soil and get some water down to the roots, but the ants persist. Any help/ suggestions?
posted by gerls at 7:09 PM PST - 11 comments

I found a relative bargain on a super comfortable rattan couch. It's still real expensive, but, at half price, it's conceivably within my splurge budget. And I love the couch. The problem is it's going in a room with a steam-powered radiator, and will sit quite close to that radiator. And someone knowledgable tells me that the moist heat of a radiator will ruin (or at least hasten the demise of) the rattan. I'd hate to see that happen, particularly at this price! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 6:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Places to tie up some time (and myself) in Bermuda. What to do and where to go? Big explanation and a 2-part question with potentially NSFW topics and links inside. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Need some advice on how to calculate 'efficiency' of a potential home-brew air conditioning set up. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it a good idea (or even practical) to disassemble an electric guitar for air travel? [more inside]
posted by lenny70 at 6:15 PM PST - 19 comments

MP3 tagging: I have hundreds and hundreds of songs tagged with the title like this: Stairway_To_Heaven. In a Word file, fixing this is trivial, and I could save that to a txt file. Is there tagging software that will rename by pulling from a text file? Windows only, please.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd like to make ice cream sandwiches at home, but don't want to use cookies or brownies. I'd like a recipe to make the cake-like part of the sandwich, as shown here. I'm having trouble finding a recipe - googling brings me a barrage of recipes using all the things I don't want. Does anyone know the recipe for the traditional chocolate 'cakes' I'm craving?
posted by youngergirl44 at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I anchor a heavy-load shelf to a drywall/plaster wall? The trick: there are no studs and a brick wall is directly behind the ~1"-2" thick wall. [more inside]
posted by Braeog at 5:27 PM PST - 16 comments

The end is near. Now, how do we expedite it? I'm talking about a house renovation, and a contractor who is trying to shake more money out of our pockets at the 11th hour. What would you pay for, knowing that this guy can make our lives a living hell with a mechanical lien or litigation. More inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me convince a co-worker, by pointing me to credible sources online (or offline, if necessary), that adding "web avatars" to web pages, such as those found at sitepal.com, are a HORRIBLE idea. I am primarily concerned with issues dealing with usability + accessibility problems and eye socket/ear drum bleeding caused by such things.
posted by basicchannel at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How can my friend market and sell his small phone business so that he can finally retire? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 3:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How to remove a deep blue Lysol toilet cleaner stain in the carpet [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

My school teacher SO would like to start posting the lesson plans she's written online. She'd like for others to be able to find them via search engines. What would be the best platform do this on an ongoing basis? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

I need to find software that will let me tweak the speed, hue, saturation, brightness, etc. of videos live -- and any other effects but those are the basics. Mac or PC. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find employers willing to train smart, talented folks in a new field. [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Anyone have any words of advice regarding the wisdom of traveling to Vietnam with our two twin seven year old daughters in March? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I pass my driving test? I live in London, so previous questions could be more specific to me. [more inside]
posted by Myeral at 12:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Wife and I finally got a proper fireproof document box. We have the usual birth certificates, kids SS cards etc. But one feature of the box is it claims it will keep digital media safe for 1/2 hour at 1500ºF. I want to put a USB stick in there but I am not sure what to put on it. Any suggestions?
posted by ShawnString at 12:56 PM PST - 21 comments

[PythonFilter] How does one handle specific errno of a built-in exception? [more inside]
posted by nilihm at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to mount paper to wood? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

So it turns out my kid brother might be a furry. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 44 comments

Why am I a sloppy kisser? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this stamp on my 50 dollar bill? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 12:33 PM PST - 73 comments

moving from chicago to london: recommend a cost-effective storage/shipping company, please... [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:27 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best font-management utility for Windows? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone suggest a noise generator to mask, er... bathroom noises? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for martial arts school in the New Orleans area [more inside]
posted by lawhound at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I extract the original HTML from a Plucker .pdb file? [more inside]
posted by L'homme armé at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

SexFilter - is kink curable? [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy at 10:59 AM PST - 22 comments

My friend's 1GB iPod Nano is recognized in iTunes, but only kind-of... [more inside]
posted by potch at 10:55 AM PST - 1 comments

I have two 12 year old boys who just started a new middle school. They have access to water only at lunch time and two hurried, grab 3-4 sips at the water fountain twice a day. A doctor’s note will allow them to have a water bottle available, but I need help composing a permanent, rather than a temporary allowance for the water. [more inside]
posted by aliksd at 10:26 AM PST - 76 comments

I'm looking for a song from any musical that starts off with two people arguing. Not a specific song, but any song like that. [more inside]
posted by duckierose at 10:19 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm trying to find a recipe for BBQ ribs that involves apple juice [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm Looking to do some fairly custom wireless setups in my area and I have no idea of a place that would supply everything I need for cheap. I live in Canada so this location needs to ship to Canada preferably located in Canada. Basically I need: -Really Low loss cable for wifi 802.11. (i have heard LMR-400 is good for 10foot lengths or so) -RP-TNC connectors -MC-card connectors -N-male connectors -N-female Chasis mounts In total im hoping to result in about 4-6 cables. I'm really hoping for a one stop shop but if i have to order from more than one place to get this cheaper thats fine too. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for a great breakfast taco joint in north Dallas... [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Why would a sink in a public bathroom which had an automatic water sensor suddenly turn on even though there was no one nearby? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

I spend way too much time surfing the web and checking e-mail when I should be working on my job. My job requires that I use the computer, so I cannot simply turn the computer off. Is there a way that I can disable my web browser (Mozilla Firefox) for a set amount of time? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Suddenly my Gateway notebook computer won't come out of standby (that is, sleep mode or hibernate mode). [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify these horror stories! Sounds like an everyday AskMe post, right? It's not. There's a twist here... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Not About Cookies: What the opposite of an "oreo"? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:33 AM PST - 48 comments

HomeRemedyFilter: Please help me with my incurvated toenails! [more inside]
posted by brina at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Sexy young Mitt Romney photograph? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 9:20 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

last spring, there were postings about this long and quite weird japanese film about some folk singer, a girl practicing with a tennis racket, a tiny adult with boring name... what was its title?
posted by njohnson23 at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Which programming languages should I learn? I'm a n00b interested in becoming a GIS analyst. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Power generation: Let's say we have a hydroelectric dam. My understanding is that water turns a dynamo, which provides electricty. It seems like there would be a way to use the same water flow more than once. Could we make raceways of some indeterminate length to get the water back up to speed with sufficient force to turn a second dynamo? Could this be repeated so that a single water flow powers some n dynamos? What kind of constraints keep dams all over the world from doing this sort of thing?
posted by boo_radley at 9:06 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm throwing a Balls Ball. You know, just a buncha dudes, enjoying balls, watching 300 and drinking together. That kind of thing. We have a reasonable menu already, but still, I would like you to suggest your favorite balls. Give me your balls. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:06 AM PST - 50 comments

The key in my wife's Camry wouldn't turn until I jiggled the steering wheel. [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 8:57 AM PST - 20 comments

DoINeedADoctorFilter: Yesterday, I was the bottom half of a two-car gokart pileup and the upper car landed on my right shin. [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Taxing question regarding "Cost Segregation": Does it actually work? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 8:51 AM PST - 0 comments

I need fulfillment companies in L.A. but can't seem to find any. [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

I would like to play games, download stuff, play poker, check fantasy football, etc. from work. But there is some sort of filter/blocking thing. Can you give me easy ways to beat the system and not get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Anyone know if/when the soundtrack to David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE is to be released? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:27 AM PST - 1 comments

Questions about and recommendations for buying an acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 7:23 AM PST - 29 comments

DC to Philly road trip - Any recommendations for neat antique or thrift stores along the way (ie, not far off I-95)? [more inside]
posted by citron at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

How does a group of people keep its priorities straight? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a recommendation on the best management bonus/incentive models. [more inside]
posted by tundro at 6:39 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for lists of things like: "How many strides in 100m?", "How many M&Ms in a packet?", "How many steps to the top of the Sears Tower?" Preferably with the answers too. [more inside]
posted by amcewen at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Using MEncoder on Fedora 7 Linux and a bt878 TV card, how do I avoid or work around duplicate frames when encoding video from a VHS tape? [more inside]
posted by remi at 4:45 AM PST - 9 comments

SPSS-filter: How can I change the same property field of all my variables simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 3:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Stabbing painfilter- Help diagnose my stabbing abdominal pain! [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket at 1:52 AM PST - 16 comments

How does one go about acquiring the permit for a band (not solo performer) to perform/busk on the streets of New York City? [more inside]
posted by Mali at 12:04 AM PST - 6 comments

August 15
What experiences have people had rolling 401(k)s over into traditional IRAs? [more inside]
posted by moz at 11:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Low result for a two-hour oral glucose tolerance test. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 10:43 PM PST - 9 comments

What driving software should my friend's British mum play to learn the American road sign system and develop the habit of driving on the (literal) right side of the road?
posted by jayCampbell at 10:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Toronto: What happens in Queen's Park after midnight? [more inside]
posted by anthill at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I get married wearing a tuxedo or a suit? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:57 PM PST - 35 comments

Is there some way to get DRM-protected .wmv files to play on a Mac? Flip4Mac says they aren't supported--is there some 3rd party application that would do the trick? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 9:21 PM PST - 9 comments

I heart my barista. I live in extremes and don't know how to subtly tell a cute boy that I like that I...um, like him, without sounding like I'm in 8th grade (which is how I feel, although I'm very much in my 20s.) [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! at 9:11 PM PST - 25 comments

OW, MY TOE! [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 9:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I go back to school for a second degree in something I feel very passionately about? [more inside]
posted by misled at 8:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Where do I find the contact information for the press people/managers of celebrities (actors and the like) to interview them? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

I need some help with porch paint. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

I shaved my head a while back and now I want to grow it out again. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm organizing a bachelor party for some old friends. One of them has just informed me that he has a outstanding ticket for driving with an expired license in the state the party will be in. He plans on paying this ticket, but probably won't be able to until some time after the party. Would he be held up at the airport for something like this? thanks
posted by debu at 8:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Two iTunes problems: changing individual track info and organizing my library. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Political filter: Question about libertarian belief and the government vs big business [more inside]
posted by aetg at 7:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Any opinions about foreign exchange brokers? How can one even tell who does only trades & who actually converts currency? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:31 PM PST - 13 comments

PantsFilter: They no longer make my favorite kind of pants (Allen B. Men's line) so I need some recommendations for good, comfortable men's pants. [more inside]
posted by Quazie at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to turn an iTunes (Mac) playlist into a self-contained Flash player that will play the music in that playlist? It seems like someone should have already figured this out and created some kind of script that can do it, but I haven't been able to find any such thing.
posted by emelenjr at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Dear electronic musicians: Can I route an audio track/instrument in Logic Pro (v6) to a Max/MSP dac~ object (or any object)? On OS X. I'm tired of having to bounce tracks.
posted by xmutex at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Why am I allergic to tylenol (all its forms: tylenol cold, tylenol allergy, regualr tylenol, etc.), but I am not allergic to other medicines including acetaminophen? [more inside]
posted by birdlady at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 6:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I determine or calculate the average amount a company pays for healthcare/benefits for a single full-time employee? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 6:23 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the best free sites for locating people and obtaining personal information on the 'net other than Zaba Search? Thanks!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

If I take (and pass) the CPA Exam in one state, will I have to retake the exam if I move to another state?
posted by bkpr at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

I am creating and publishing-by-download an episodic, story-driven 3D computer game. I want to make the code GPL, and I'd prefer to release the art under Creative Commons. I also want to make mad cash. How can I swing this? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

HTML/Javascript: I need to "hijack" website content so that it appears to be hosted by a different domain (with the full knowledge and cooperation of all parties). [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 5:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Have I got the right budget for my LA->SF drive? What are the hotels / motels really like? Are there any "bargain" towns or price blackspots? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

LinguisticsFilter: A friend of mine tends to unintentionally mix her words at times. What is this called? Examples within.... [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 5:07 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the best open-top bus line in London?
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find a paid internship or part-time job in mechanical engineering that will work around my school schedule (in Los Angeles)? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 4:15 PM PST - 4 comments

I am rereading John McFees "Coming Into The Country" and I find myself wondering the same thing that I did the last time I read it. That is, "What are all those people in Eagle, Alaska doing now?" I found a nice aerial view on Google maps, and a site for their historical museum, however, what I would like to find is another book. Any suggestions?
posted by haikuku at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

When I leave my PC on during the day while I'm out, it disconnects from the wireless router, stopping any downloads I have running. if I'm at home using it this never happens. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:19 PM PST - 10 comments

During a visit to my mother's fiancée's family in South Africa nearly 14 years ago, we picked up an interesting poster. If memory serves, it was large (perhaps 5x4) and showed a slow-shutter-speed closeup of a dove flying towards the viewer. Above the dove was written "The South African Police:" and below the dove it read "We're here for you". We thought this was hilarious, as all three of us are black and at the time, the South African police force was not known to be exactly warm and friendly. The poster has since been lost during our numerous moves, and my mother never married the gentleman. But I'd like to find the poster. Does anyone remember this or know where I can look to get it?
posted by mjbraun at 3:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Help a nervous kid sort through all the helpful AskMeFi threads already out there to answer this question: I'm moving from the Bay Area to Brooklyn - how can I do it effectively? [more inside]
posted by rmrudy at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the name of the picture site where you can search different categories of pictures (funny, sexy, sick, etc) and when You click on a pic, it shows you THAT picture and three others below it, smaller, in a similar vein? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

I went to a new doctor on a recommendation from a friend to get Implemnon (sp?). The ob-gyn performed a pap smear (it's been a year since my last one). At the end of it, he stuck his finger in my ass -- he was feeling my belly at the same time. Why did he do it?
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

My recovered stolen scooter is trashed. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cometwendy at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Ribbons criss-cross over a thin wall-mounted cushion so that lots of photos can be tucked between the ribbons to form a collage. What the heck is this frame/mount/doohickey called? Googling for obvious phrases like "collage pillow" and "photo ribbon" turn up only unrelated items.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

I could use some shaving tips, with regards to two specific questions: (i) how to achieve a much closer facial shave; and (ii) tips, anecdotes, etc. on headshaving. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:10 PM PST - 28 comments

My boyfriend's portable radios keep breaking. Help me find him something more durable... [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Is the written statement of an absent witness admissible in traffic court? [more inside]
posted by chudder at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Parents of children or young adults with developmental disabilities: how have you dealt with sexuality issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

In the UK, where can I buy Maes (the Belgian pilsner) in cans?
posted by samstarling at 1:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old? [more inside]
posted by chinston at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me help my 30 year-old friend get a date or something. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 43 comments

Why can't you put numbers in a stock trading symbol? (Or can you?) For example, 3M is MMM, which works out, but it would have been easier for them to simply have 3M. (I tried to Google for the answer, but there are so many irrelevant hits.)
posted by ObeyScient at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I better manage my projects? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

What's this song: There is a sample of a frustratingly familiar song used in the trailer for the upcoming HBO show "Tell Me You Love Me". (Click here to watch). [more inside]
posted by pants at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

I received a mix-tape a while ago with a really great band on it that I can't find. I'm pretty sure they're called "Album," and I think the song was called "hormigas." The song was quite bleak and beautiful and I think it was sung in Spanish. It sounded a little post-rockish. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

We want to find somewhere we can regularly visit, that is accessible from Birmingham by public transport (up to 3 hours) and not too expensive. Seaside would be the best option. A guesthouse or perhaps a caravan site. Where can we easily get to in that timescale? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

I wanna dance but I am driving the neighbors crazy. Can I stop the shaking? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

My adopted cat is freaked out about her new home, and getting more freaked out with each passing day. Now I'm afraid she's so freaked out she's not even emerging to eat or drink. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:59 AM PST - 23 comments

I'm looking to buy a raspado in New York City. A raspado apparently not only refers to the Mexican snow cone sold in the lower east side and in parts of Washington Heights from carts but also to the actual ice-scraping tool they use to make the snowcones. I'm looking to make mobile snowcones and these guy seem to know what they're doing. [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it the impact that causes the missile/torpedo/what-have-you to explode? Or some sort of 'on-board' electronic targeting system that tells it to detonate? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

LED Shirts! NYC? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 11:23 AM PST - 0 comments

One of the best bands ever on Earth was the London postpunky combo This Heat. But what was their tune "The Fall Of Saigon" actually about? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

How can someone get an anonymous physical? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Anyone had success with the micropledge.com funding service? I'm curious to know if anyone has had success funding a project (or having a project funded) through micropledge.com.
posted by arathorn at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

I am being pressured to make travel arrangements for a conference in October, but I plan on resigning sometime next week. How do I stall or get out of it without blowing my cover? I've already been stalling for a month, it's becoming more and more difficult to put it off. [more inside]
posted by yeti at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

So I think I gave myself diaper rash. How do I get rid of it, and how can I prevent it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get a custom bridesmaid dress made in the Washington, DC area? Any vendor recommendations, concepts of how much it might cost/how much time it will take to get a custom bridesmaid dress, and advice on how to work with the dressmaker? This is all new to me.... [more inside]
posted by xaire at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm tall (6'4"), I'm skinny (195lbs), and I need a black suit jacket before the end of the day today (I have the pants, but I'll buy new ones if need be). Obviously the time constraint eliminates any kind of custom garment. Basically, I need to know what stores I should be looking at in New York City -- I like a closer, more European fit, and I don't want to break the bank. First stop is H&M, but I'm not optimistic about what I'll find there. Other suggestions?
posted by logovisual at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

How to convert a Blogger blog to a printed book? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for a wireless adapter. Something I can just plug into an Ethernet port/cord and that will add wireless functionality to a non wired router? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 8:29 AM PST - 13 comments

How might one go about creating a shortcut to controlling monitor brightness with a Mac Powerbook running Tiger (this problem also existed in 10.3) for a Keyspan remote? [more inside]
posted by kenneth at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Headhunter filter: I know that companies can hire headhunters to fill available positions. I'd like to do the opposite: Can I hire someone to find a job for me?
posted by anastasiav at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I do? Recently, I was on a bike tour and had work done on my bike. The guy did not do a good job. [more inside]
posted by backwords at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a significant benefit to using a ficticious name when incorporating? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Updated XP now my computer doesn't download anything. [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm going on vacation in two weeks...the vacation was planned sort of on a whim about a month ago, and one thing I hadn't considered was vaccines. Now, being a worrywart and knowing I have hypochondriac potential, I am freaking out wondering if one of the planned activities is too risky. Please help me decide whether I should cancel this activity, or whether I am being insane. [more inside]
posted by catfood at 7:55 AM PST - 16 comments

EnglishMajorFilter: What class(es) should I take? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 7:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Where does the "hand shooting up from out of the grave" movie cliché come from? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup at 7:45 AM PST - 28 comments

I need to add a drop down list of email addresses to a basic html form, so you can pick who you are sending it to. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Shouldn't the uterus empty from above, not the side? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for suggestions for a clean/cheap hostel, hotel in San Francisco... within walking distance to Market/Van Ness if possible, or near public transportation that'll get me there.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Hired a contractor for a major renovation. Job was completed on time and according to spec. Then--at the end of the affair--my property is slapped with a lien for nonpayment by a third-party supplier! [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

We just moved to Austin, TX and have a new baby boy due next month. Of course I wait until the last minute, but does anyone have any recommendations for a mohel (ritual Jewish circumciser) in the Austin area? The ceremony will not be huge, since we do not know anyone here yet. My wife is not Jewish, so s/he would have to be accepting of that.
posted by JLobster at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

My wife and I like our Iced Tea different, She likes her's sweet and I like mine not so sweet. Our tea recipes are basically the same. Take a pot of water, add tea bags (8 or so), boil, add sugar, dilute with water. We're making a gallon at a time. Assuming that we both use 8 tea bags, boil the same amount of time, and add enough water to make a gallon of tea.... if we start with different amounts of water, do we end up with the same "strength" tea? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh at 6:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Traveling to Thailand, but we don't want to relive "The Beach." [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 6:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Why does Babelfish translate "primo piano" in Italian as "Association of Bologna" in English? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 6:34 AM PST - 4 comments

BMG sucks! Help me find a cd club that has artists such as Ani DiFranco, Old Crow Medicine Show, Cowboy Mouth, Colbie Caillat, Nickel Creek, and The Waifs. [more inside]
posted by NotInTheBox at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

I need advice on dealing with a car insurance claim. The insurance company's offer is too low and I think I may have screwed myself. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 5:08 AM PST - 8 comments

What are these pimples on my thigh? As you can see by the pics [1,2] my thigh is currently breaking out with some kind of pimples. This happens every so often, but I see no pattern. [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm at a point in my life where I have to break off some friendships I've made online and am finding it tough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Where and how can I purchase WWD Accessories Fall? I'm not in the US, obviously. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha at 3:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Any SQL / math ninja's on the green fancy a quick challenge..? So I've got this table containing number pairs, right, and I need to compute all the possible combinations. [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 3:38 AM PST - 25 comments

My wife's Macbook 60gb hard drive has started clicking and disappeared from startup. Can't access it it any way and would like to get our wedding and honeymoonn photos from it - any recommendations on data recovery services in London for mac sata hard drives? Best quote I've had so far is £300. [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 3:02 AM PST - 8 comments

How to balance sleep problems with a collegiate lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 2:40 AM PST - 11 comments

How much do the musical acts make on the county fair circuit? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 12:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Emigrating from the US: what would be the best countries to immigrate to? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 12:16 AM PST - 36 comments

So I just got the newest iMac today (the one that was announced last week). After 4 hours or so of use the fan has kicked on in a most noisy way and it won't shut down. Restarting does nothing. Take time to let it cool. Restart. Just more fan. So...anyone got a "here-n-now" fix or do I take it back to the store in the morning?
posted by sourwookie at 12:15 AM PST - 15 comments

August 14
In Singapore on business on my own - what to do when you have evenings free and a spare day (Sat) at the end? [more inside]
posted by dasfreak at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Did Johnny Mathis sing "Always and Forever"? Anyone know where I can find it (ie, CD, download)? [more inside]
posted by leticia at 10:42 PM PST - 5 comments

How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Can anyone help identify this mushroom that has emerged in our garden? We are in San Francisco and since these shots were taken, this critter has grown to approximately 13" across. Neither of us has seen anything this big here before... And critically, might it be edible? Mycophiles, your thoughts?
posted by Mmothra at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is black plastic tubing coming out of the ground next to trees in my street? [more inside]
posted by cwhitfcd at 10:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get my torch lighter on the the airplane? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the lightest, meanest, most-secure image of Windows XP Corporate I can install onto my MacBook Pro that will allow me to use Corporate MS Exchange Email, Visio, and IE-only intranet? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 10:11 PM PST - 1 comments

Hi I live in Houston,Tx. August is our hottest month, and my home ac unit is acting up. It seems that the filter never gets dirty. I doubt that the ac unit is sucking return air from my house. Please help!
posted by Noodles at 9:57 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 9:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me make an a really good veggie burger. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Need to find a php script. [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

What can I do to fix this DHCP problem with my Linksys router? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find someone to buy something from an IKEA store and mail it to me? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some quick & tasty recipes I can make with potatoes? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Have any recommendations for a glucometer for an adult newly diagnosed with Type II diabetes? Cost effective, low-blood, and low-pain preferred -- but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by rdn at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

My pc can't start Windows after the latest updates. What now? [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 7:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Step right up! I need some fun, cheap games & activities for a fall festival. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Which computer language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 7:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Is there any way to convert a playlist file that is downoaded to the desktop into one that is an mp3 to be put on an ipod (or burnt to disc)? The file as downloaded is called 20070812.m3u I have a feeling that this just may be daftness on my part. Please enlighten. (By the way, i am on a Mac if that makes a diff)
posted by snap_dragon at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

ExcelFilter: Help me count rows where one string appears in one column and a second string appears in a second! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Is "The Great Wave at Kanagawa" actually on display at the Met? Does anyone know exactly where it is?
posted by smackfu at 7:20 PM PST - 20 comments

How can my dad get his butt back in shape? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 7:19 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm sure this has been covered before but I'm in a small panic, so forgive the indulgence. I just spilled a small (maybe 1/4 oz.) of beer on my MacBookPro. I caught it very quickly and sopped up the liquid with an absorbent towel. However, a small discolored spot has developed in the LCD and I'm wondering what the best way to abate the liquid might be. [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

My dad is having a lot of knuckle problems. They are causing him a lot of pain and are so bad he can't even close his fist anymore. He has considered knuckle replacement surgery, but that seems like just a bad idea to me. I suggested that he try some ayurvedic massage of the joints with sesame oil. He said he already does massage, tho not with any oil or lotion. Any suggestions of other things he can do? Or any links I can show him?
posted by dbooster at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

A family member needs help. Any recommendations for Chicago-area psychiatric institutions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some other economic board games (besides Monopoly)? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 6:14 PM PST - 33 comments

What's the prettiest mid-size laptop? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 6:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Can you recommend a good product for stopping an old brick interior chimney from powdering and dusting - and to make the brick look beautiful and shiny? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 6:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Please give me your reccomendations for some nice-looking coloured contact lenses that are comfortable for full time wear. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

When I use Remote Desktop Connection to log into a Windows XP Pro box, why do i get a black screen? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone know of a digg/reddit/mefi type of site that tracks entended magazine-type pieces like you might find in the nyt magazine or the new yorker? I really enjoy reading extended length, in-depth kinds of articles through the course of a day as opposed to surfing many smaller links or articles. Some kind of categorizing would be nice, also. Ideas?
posted by milinar at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the average numbers (purchasing price as a multiple of yearly rental costs/income) for real estate in the US? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Has anyone taken an extended (one month+) trip to Iceland? What was your budget and what did you do? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

I have a vintage, formica-topped dinette set that I put out for a yard sale over the weekend. In the places that were exposed to the sunlight (i.e. not covered by the cash box or other items which were for sale) the yellow formica top turned to a smokey yellow color. The places that were covered are still pure yellow like they were before. Can anyone give me a solution to returning the smokey parts back to their original, bright color? [more inside]
posted by DJsKott at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?
posted by bingo at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How to removal medical tape without pain? [more inside]
posted by unceman at 4:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Do you know of any dog-friendly places for a weekend getaway within about 3 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

There's a song at 1:45 into this video. Can you identify it for me? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get free or cheap coin sorting in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I be worried about these weird noises my laptop is making? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get across Staten Island? [more inside]
posted by quite unimportant at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I secure from hacking if I open the router port for remote desktop to our win 2003 server? I will have a good password and limit logon attempts.
posted by canoehead at 1:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Help decorate my house in a week. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

HELP!!! My console.log file is growing in MBs by the second!!! (not even joking or exaggerating) and I don't know how to quench it's appetite for memory. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How do software engineers cope with the enormous stress levels that come with the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help me identify a deep-woods mystery novel. [more inside]
posted by tangerine at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a way to complete a mousedown/mouseup event cycle in JavaScript, when said cycle is interrupted by a dialog box. Not sure if there's a way to "manually" call the mouseup event after the fact, or what. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 12:13 PM PST - 3 comments

My husband's uncle was recently killed in a horrific car accident. The funeral is soon, and we have been debating on whether or not to bring our two-year old daughter to what will surely be an emotional event. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 11:57 AM PST - 49 comments

I'm looking to cook some desserts and mail them across the county but I've never mailed baked things before so I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

My cat has a drinking problem. He is incapable of drinking water out of his water dish without making an extraordinary mess. My husband & I are trying to come up with a solution so that we can either contain the mess or stop it altogether, and we need your help! [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 11:19 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm on the hunt for a flatbed scanner in the good-image-quality-under-$600 range to scan negatives and photos/documents. I've found that scanner software is frequently awful or overly complex -- I really want a simple workflow. Help? [more inside]
posted by whitelight at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Help my friend find a mental health professional for her 4-year-old in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

My husband and I have been in the process of getting him US citizenship for the last five years. We have been interviewed, submitted reams of forms, the usual. But it's not enough. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 11:10 AM PST - 29 comments

I have a couple of ongoing problems at work and at home that require a lot of work and attention to detail. This is quite stressful for me and my family. I need to get involved in family recreational activities because otherwise both I and they will get stressed out. Nonetheless, I can't help feeling irritated and angry by these activities, even if I am the one suggesting them, because they feel like a waste of time and energy compared to the problems that need sorting out. How can I change how I feel about these things?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Why would ripping up money make money more valuable? Would it? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 10:39 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the name of the old movie where the female lead uses a dog training book to train her man? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

What should a Mechanical Engineer make in NYC? Say at an entry-level job that requires a Masters degree in ME?
posted by spacefire at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

So, I used the wrong BIOS flash on a HP laptop ze5375us. It is now bricked. My girlfriend is rather pissed...... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

I have dirt in my front yard! Rather not grow (Kentucky blue) grass lawn this far north in Montreal. What's a native hearty plant that will serve a soft green bed? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

When I was a kid in the 70's, I was an avid solver of a series of mazes published in books by an author with a Russian name (I remember it as Vladimir something). They were the kind of paperback books sold in the games section of bookstores, that you were supposed to write in like you do with crossword puzzle books. The mazes were simple, black-and-white, in a variety of shapes, and not gimmicky, just quite challenging (they were intended for grownups, not kids). Does anyone remember these books and can help me find them again?
posted by matildaben at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do with almost 2-dozen novelty sticky hands? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I get my birth certificate changed to list my father? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

I've had this song for years but never known the title and the person who gave it to me doesn't know either. It sounds a bit like They Might Be Giants, but I'm pretty sure it isn't. Unknown Song
posted by Cogito at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Minneapolis: I want to find an observation deck downtown where I can take pictures of the city from above. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Sore muscles. Should I work out anyway? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 8:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Are there any good magazines left worth reading? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:07 AM PST - 51 comments

Non-Profit Website: How to allow non-techies to edit! [more inside]
posted by sirliberal at 8:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Need recommendations for places to try on wedding dresses this weekend in NYC. [more inside]
posted by ml98tu at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

My friend was evicted! How can he get his stuff back? [more inside]
posted by splatta at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Best 9-11 'Conspiracy Theory' book for the skeptic? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 7:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Got any quick, cheap, effective stress-reduction tips? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 7:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for advice on how to score invites to private BitTorrent sites- specificially Oink.cd. [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 7:31 AM PST - 25 comments

I am a father of a soon to be 14y/o son and an 11 y/o girl. Both me and my wife lost our fathers when we were about 10y/o (hers died, mine split) so we are blazing new territory here. We are basically clueless as far as how we should not only discipline but simply how to act or know what to expect in terms of what is normal for both our kids and ourselves with our kids. Is there anything out there that can be used as a guide to help us understand how to parent our children without having to pay someone to attend a touchy-feely conference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

My wife and I will be moving stateside from Bermuda next year. We will be moving into an empty house with NOTHING except outdated wardrobes and cash. With that said, we will be acquiring a lot of stuff. We will need cars, furniture, appliances, electronics, art, tools, clothes, insurance, etc. etc. How can we maximize our investments in all this stuff? What is your opinion on getting good deals in each of these categories? Our financial planner suggested we incorporate to get some tax write-offs. Another friend said to look into SwapLease. Yet another said to buy all of our furniture in North Carolina. If you were starting with nothing, how would you approach it? Should I walk into Best Buy and tell the manager to make me a deal? Should we buy used cars? Hit garage sales? Buy fine art and antiques? Get a part-time job at the Gap? Where and how can I find the best deals / best investments?
posted by jasondigitized at 7:28 AM PST - 12 comments

How do we find our dream home in London from 287 miles away? [more inside]
posted by Glinner at 7:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Top tips for making good food at music festivals [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

New iMac or new Macbook Pro? Details, details [more inside]
posted by sindas at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone know if there is an available multiple countdown clock for Mac or Windows that can move from one set countdown to the next automatically with an easy interface to enter new times? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:42 AM PST - 0 comments

I need a cheap place to stay in Washington DC or College Park, MD for a few days this weekend. Inexpensive is important, level of comfort is not (I'll be working the entire time and just need to crash someplace in the off hours). Suggestions?
posted by agent99 at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't live near Central Park, but I've always wanted to run in it. Assuming I'm in Manhattan for the day and I also have a day pack of non-running stuff, is there somewhere in or around the park where I can keep my stuff while I'm running around unencumbered? No, I don't have a car or any friends who live near there.
posted by CrazyJoel at 6:03 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the opposite of a pet peeve? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 5:54 AM PST - 26 comments

How can optimize my parking lot (that is, yard)? I share my house with a small business, which brings in up to 12 cars, plus our two. I'm wondering if there isn't some software, or an established method for figuring out the most efficient use of our limited space--taking into consideration turn-arounds and snow banks and all that? Any thoughts for a cramped little man?
posted by largecorp at 5:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Did Little Edie suffer from a specific mental illness?
posted by pieoverdone at 5:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Let's say I want to film an amateur, feature-length documentary. One can assume I'd use a digital camera for relative cheapness and expediency, but which cameras are good enough to do a professional-looking job? I'd be on a very tight budget. This does not take into account the sound equipment, but perhaps you could also comment on that? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 5:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Interior sliding door repair in New York City? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 5:23 AM PST - 2 comments

There are, apparently, four flowers on a ship. One is the compass rose. Any ideas on what the other three could be?
posted by Nugget at 5:21 AM PST - 12 comments

What "oldies" song starts with "Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie. Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie. Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie." "Woah-oh-oh-woah."
posted by Pants! at 4:45 AM PST - 16 comments

My girlfriend would like to have a copy of Keira Knightley's new Chanel Mademoiselle advert. Where can we find a poster? The usual poster sites don't seem to have it (yet?). Europe preferred, but North America is ok too.
posted by stereo at 4:16 AM PST - 3 comments

I don't suppose anyone knows where I could get a flower pot like this in the UK or Ireland? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 3:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I make a raised seal of my own design? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 12:20 AM PST - 12 comments

August 13
Web designers: help! My poor CSS skills are driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 10:39 PM PST - 16 comments

WillitsFilter: I'm taking the monster teens (an 18 year old, and two of his friends) to a cabin in Willits (Mendocino County) this Thursday for four days. My adult friends have bailed. When the kids start to drive me mad, is there a pub I can visit? Other places to check out, possibly meet locals?
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments

churros in NYC [more inside]
posted by octomato at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Our kitchen sponge starts to smell like mildew after less than a week of normal use. We use a standard "scrubby" sponge that has an abrasive side and an absorbent sponge side. Has anybody else experienced this problem, and if so, what did you do about it, or do you have any general advice about keeping sponges from mildewing quickly? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch at 9:10 PM PST - 37 comments

[Homemade Greeting Card Filter] I want to make greeting cards, for friends and family -- mainly for obscure holidays (and just to say hello!) But buying supplies at PaperSource is super expensive -- and stamps are not exactly cheap. Where do you buy specialty stock paper and other greeting card paraphernalia? [mi] [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 8:31 PM PST - 16 comments

What the crap? Vista won't let me delete a folder extracted from a .rar file. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 8:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you provide me advice on getting a work permit in Canada. Also does anyone know about a good agent that will find me a job in and process a work permit for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I know I need therapy, and I intend to get it as soon as my health insurance comes through in a few weeks. I'm under a lot of strain from a pending divorce and various related financial issues. I'm not just depressed, but I have the attention span of a gnat and I get caught in horrible, tormenting chains of obsessive thoughts. This is really crippling my ability to work and bill my customers, leading to more financial stress, leading to more emotional stress, etc. What solid things can I do in the short term to focus, work and get things done without pacing, obsessing and crying a lot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I switch to a Treo? Please help me figure out if it is right for me. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:33 PM PST - 26 comments

What modern protest song did I hear that reminded me of Arlo's "Alice's Restaurant?" [more inside]
posted by conch soup at 6:11 PM PST - 25 comments

How to run a program/script automatically when laptop connects to Home wireless network? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How should I prepare shrimp to be grilled in the shell? [more inside]
posted by polyhedron at 5:47 PM PST - 12 comments

I met a really great guy online, talked for hours (30+) across 4 days. We've got a lot in common, but the first in person meeting/date (dinner & a movie) went horribly when I forgot how to interact with human beings. After a couple of days of not talking we're back up to where we were: several hours of conversation a night. I'd like to ask him out again. Any suggestions on what to do or where to go? Any tips on how to actually remember to talk on a date? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 5:43 PM PST - 11 comments

My laptop screen randomly locks up and gets all 'snowy', I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone reccomend a fluff 'n fold north of Culver City in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a USB webcam that you have actually used in Mac OS X, please. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 5:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Which (American-style) electrical surge protector will most reliably and economically protect my precious computer equipment from unforeseeable disaster? [more inside]
posted by zachxman at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

When playing a DVD on my boss's computer, we get sound but no image in both WinDVD and Windows Media Player. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 4:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you recommend a shampoo that will make my scalp tingle? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 4:09 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm thinking about starting up a laundromat. I'm interested in the views of anyone who has ever owned (or knows someone who has owned) a laundromat, with a focus on such things as start-up costs, how profitable (generally speaking) they can be and what I should know about the laundromat trade (perks, pitfalls etc) before going in.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

(Two part question: part 1 – help me find a reference, part 2 – am I crazy?) I know I have read somewhere that on rare occasions fish and frogs can be dragged from their watery residences by waterspouts and deposited miles away. There are many references on the web referring to this type of phenomena, but there is a particularly extreme example which I seek… [more inside]
posted by kmadd at 3:20 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you shop for a new bed and pillows when they don't let you sleep at the store? [more inside]
posted by B-squared at 3:16 PM PST - 14 comments

I need a formula or actual php code to generate a new height and width that will constrain the image between a maximum height and a maximum width while retaining the correct proportions of the original image. [more inside]
posted by sjarvis at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Does fish oil last like any other oil? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

YANMD: Infant/mother thrush advice sought [more inside]
posted by Joh at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone recommend a recipe nutrition figure-outer? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

I am considering giving out my instant messenger in my work email signature. The question is "Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?" [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 2:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Is Divine Grace an exclusively Christian idea? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 2:22 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me find interesting, exotic, out-of-the-ordinary work/volunteer experience. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find this naughty matchstick dispenser? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 2:09 PM PST - 1 comments

How to make an informational cd to sell? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to find conferences for a micro cap biotech company to attend. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me balance a busy schedule, heavy exercise, and dietary constraints by suggesting the perfect meal. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Lost childhood books filter: This is a weird one [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

I've looked for and have not found a serial online timer (for circuit training) - an alarm that would go off every 90 seconds or 2 minutes etc. anyone know of one? thanks
posted by mrmarley at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of my flower "icon" in Mail? It only shows up in my own messages when I bcc myself, but it is really annoying.
posted by cg2 at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Our house is undergoing an extensive remodel and I would like to install a wired, press-to-talk intercom between the first and second floors (and the basement as well, if possible). Ideally, I would prefer a solution that draws no power when the PTT button is not pressed. Does something like this exist? At first glance it seems simple to make an intercom that only uses power to drive a speaker on the other end when the PTT switch is on.
posted by turbodog at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Contemporary pop culture term equivalent, in both meaning and ridiculousness, to "getting jiggy wit it"? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 1:18 PM PST - 18 comments

What fonts are used in the header on this webpage? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What issues we will encounter moving to a new city without an address? Is it a bad idea to live in a motel for a month? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find my favorite bean in upstate NY... I'm hungry! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I've heard that it's easy to get photo radar tickets thrown out, especially tickets that are delivered by mail. Is this realistic, or is it one of those "you don't have to pay federal income tax" things? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to know what the poets in Brazil are doing these days. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Possibility of a shower upon arrival at Heathrow Terminal 4? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me attract birds to my balcony [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I harness ideas into productive implementations? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Need to copy a VM image to multiple external hard drives. How can I automate this? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Why was "Boy Meets World" popular among black audiences? [more inside]
posted by Airhen at 10:58 AM PST - 20 comments

I need a decent alarm clock for my PC. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments