August 2007 Archives
culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
What does the asterisk mean on a US visa? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Has anyone here used Earthlink's Feather WiFi service? Especially in Philadelphia? [more inside]
I'm having problems converting digital photos to CMYK for print. Please help. [more inside]
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]
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]
Should I break up with my boyfriend? Or 'play the field'? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why do .jpg's I create for my web site appear grainy? [more inside]
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]
New Puppy filter: New addition to the pack. How do I keep all of my dogs happy? [more inside]
date things to due in Houston the weekend of September 14. [more inside]
How did *you* achieve a software RAID 10 (or 1+0) setup on your RHEL5 (or 4) box? [more inside]
Why do I see ads for U.S. companies on British sites (like guardian.co.uk)?
indiefilmfilter: recommend a good place to rent film equipment next week in toronto? [more inside]
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]
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]
Here I am, traveling for work and stuck in Loveland, CO over the long weekend. [more inside]
Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists [more inside]
"Ognuno Soffre" (Everybody Hurts) lyrics? [more inside]
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]
I have no money, but can travel for free.....could this work? [more inside]
Why don't toilets use foot pedals instead of the standard flush handle? [more inside]
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]
One on one online gaming without fuss. [more inside]
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?
Why don't sci-fi and fantasy novels indicate they're sequels or parts of series? [more inside]
Is there any simple way to encrypt the information in a web form and deliver it via email? [more inside]
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]
Shamelessly begging for your creative title ideas. I'm starting a new personal blog and have no clue what to call it. [more inside]
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?
A few days ago my roommate collapsed in our hallway. Did she have a seizure? [more inside]
Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen. [more inside]
Help, I can't swim the front crawl stroke without becoming completely exhausted in less then 20 seconds. [more inside]
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.
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?
Which is "greener"? Her metal & plastic mechanical pencils manufactured in Japan, or my Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils made in North America? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Dog Whisperer Filter: My 2 y/o neutered German Shepard has suddenly become dog aggressive. [more inside]
What are some fun, affordable places to take a date in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
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]
Can you actually refinish a laminate countertop with Rustoleum Stoneffects, or a similar product, and get an attractive and durable result? [more inside]
Has anyone used a remote online video editing suite, and what are the advantages/pitfalls? [more inside]
My 12-yr old German Shepard. It's not dysplasia, but is it more than arthritis? [more inside]
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?
help on fugues! im looking for analyses of the fugues in "Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach [more inside]
Am I getting strung along or should I wait this out? [more inside]
How to find a Trusted Mover [more inside]
When ripping some DVDs to my hard drive, why do the sound and video get out of synch? [more inside]
Does the new Airport Extreme support jumbo frames? [more inside]
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.
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]
Can I connect a PSP to wired Ethernet? [more inside]
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]
Framing over a dozen 11x14 photos on the cheap? [more inside]
How likely is it that someone would be falsely arrested for soliciting sex in a public restroom? [more inside]
Where can I find some truly dark skies in western Washington state? [more inside]
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]
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]
Is this [AskMe post] the best way to use American funds for living expenses in Glasgow? What other options are available? [more inside]
Looking for a mortgage calculator/spreadsheet (or help in creating a spreadsheet) that works for our situation. [more inside]
At what point is it not worth making student-loan debt into mortgage debt? [more inside]
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: email@example.com
What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment? [more inside]
I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
Road trip food? [more inside]
Please, need recommendations for best (your favorite) yoga studio in Vancouver, BC (west end preferrably). Iyengar would be best. Thanks!
What is the cheapest PC video card available that supports Pixel Shader. [more inside]
I am traveling to Oklahoma City next week and was looking for great local resturants.... [more inside]
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).
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]
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]
Any reputable and inexpensive services that provide mapping from an IP address to the nearest large city? [more inside]
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.
Why are the trolleys in Philadelphia so unfathomably slow? [more inside]
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]
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]
Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder. [more inside]
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]
Mysterious vanishing keyboard shortcuts... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
I'm officiating my younger sister's wedding, and want to find out what they want out of their ceremony. [more inside]
can you help me find this half-remembered education statistic? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I get hamburger grease out of my cat's fur without hurting him? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Asking for a friend: Facebook - is it possible to block friends (ie., not see their contributions) without them knowing about it? [more inside]
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?
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]
I am looking for advice from people who have legally changed their first name. [more inside]
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]
Please help me distract, amuse, and pamper my sick friend. [more inside]
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]
How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications? [more inside]
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.
Looking for some great interracial bisexual porn on DVD. [more inside]
I'm in the UK, working part-time for a large company. They're paying me too much. What now? [more inside]
I believe I need to replace my sprinkler controller. How hard is this? [more inside]
What are the quietest, least crowded public beaches within an hour and a half drive of Princeton, NJ? [more inside]
Please help me learn to run. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Homeowner insurance through Farmer's Insurance Group -- is this a Very Bad Idea? [more inside]
I'm in New York until September 9. What should I do? [more inside]
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]
Does my name sound weird to you English speakers? Help me find an alias! [more inside]
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.)
Thoughts on mini-fridge freezers? [more inside]
If your running shorts have an inner pant, and your underwear of choice is boxers, what do you wear when you're running? Manties?
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]
Need suggestions for a reasonably priced hotel near Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for Oct 11th-13th. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
Dietfilter: How do YOU deal with cravings? [more inside]
What the hell does an almost unemployed person put on their business cards? [more inside]
If wanted to arrive at the point in space where the big bang occurred, in which direction should I start traveling?
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]
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]
I have about 19 hours to decide which HDTV to buy. Thoughts? [more inside]
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.
After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
Are there still rock groupies? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need help with the name of some apparently obscure song I heard a while back... [more inside]
vconvert.net hates my macbook. Is it just me? [more inside]
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.
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]
Help me evaluate cooling system problems with my '86 Buick Century 2.5L 4. [more inside]
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?
How to mount a public awareness campaign? [more inside]
should you really replace your running shoes every 6 months? [more inside]
I want to use Arabic with Photoshop.... [more inside]
How might I find cheap marker ties? [more inside]
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]
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]
After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
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]
Please help me make the best choice for a tattoo parlour in the Tempe, AZ area for my first ink. [more inside]
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]
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]
If you were going to start shooting pictures for an alt weekly/A&E publication, what kinda of gear would you get? [more inside]
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]
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?
What's the best way to record and archive videogame play? [more inside]
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]
Why doesn't conditioner lather like shampoo? [more inside]
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]
What are your favorite podcast-hosting and -streaming services? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find the Irishest Irish bar in Boston. [more inside]
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?
Can I augment pre-paid postcards? [more inside]
Podcast business? [more inside]
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?
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]
Frustration high due to Excel problem - how do I make my sorted data update in the graph? [more inside]
Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
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]
my wife is pregnant; we need easy healthy things to cook. [more inside]
Where can I find tales of language learning? [more inside]
Great swiss-army-knife-type Windows app (preferably free) for resizing/downsampling/converting movie files from various formats? [more inside]
Where can I find outrageous fake mustachios in Chicago? [more inside]
What are the job responsibilities of a high-end furniture sales rep? [more inside]
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]
GiftFilter: Where can I buy high quality beans for an espresso lover in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick? [more inside]
I'm going to a song-themed costume party on Saturday, and I need ideas! [more inside]
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]
[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]
Is it time to break up? [more inside]
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?
Looking for two player computer games using the same computer. [more inside]
Please recommend good cheap(er) Brio/Thomas-compatible train sets. Anyone bought from woodentracks.com?
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.
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]
Niche bit torrent sites. [more inside]
Looking for help breaking into academe - fellow academic Mefites, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
Help me find high resolution images of Rachmaninoff/ov! [more inside]
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]
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?
MacUserFilter: Help me figure out which configuration I need for my new MacBook Pro. [more inside]
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]
Etiquettefilter -- So me and my girl were at a strip club... [more inside]
where's the best place to get a hamster in London? And a subtle black cage? [more inside]
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]
Why are my Adobe Illustrator files coming up blank? [more inside]
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]
Is there any reason for concern if my maid, a legal resident, just asked permission to report her bi-weekly payments from me on her Section 8 income report?
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.
How do you apply for (design) positions if all the work you've done is proprietary information? [more inside]
I own some restricted stock in an OTCBB company but I have lost the cert. What are my options if any?
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 :)
How long does it take a river to polish a jagged stone smooth?
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).
I'm looking for a resource to find current information on the price of housing in the NY metropolitan area. [more inside]
I have an old 486 Compaq laptop with a docking sation. I need someone to give it a good home. [more inside]
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.
Google Docs doesn't handle Word 7 (docx) documents. Will it ever?
How do I cite, in MLA format, a quote that is already in parentheses? [more inside]
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.
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]
How should I proceed in these dealings with Apple? I paid $310 for service on my computer and now they want $900!!!! [more inside]
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]
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
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]
Do airport x-ray machines damage external hard drives? [more inside]
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]
How do I be a good roommate to a gal with severe Asberger's? [more inside]
Help me make a playlist of cheesy, synth-heavy tracks from the 80's & early 90's. [more inside]
Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or scammer like Rupert?
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]
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]
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]
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.
There's a bat in our apartment, how do we remove it/ [more inside]
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]
Best way to up-syncing iPhoto galleries to the web? [more inside]
How can I expose myself to acute stress? [more inside]
Hard Drive Filter: Someone explain to me how SATA and AHCI work. [more inside]
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]
Help me find good dance tracks for the 35 - 55 set. [more inside]
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]
Please help me find a clock radio which can be switched to really really dim. [more inside]
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]
Suggestions for a quirky, small musical instrument that a music-newbie can learn to play on their own? [more inside]
Internet works everywhere but IE. [more inside]
Please suggest good high-BPM music for the gym! [more inside]
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]
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]
Flashcard program for OSX with Palm integration? [more inside]
After installing OpenSSH on your iPhone, is there a way to disable it except when needed? [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine said, "Noam Chomsky never went to college." [more inside]
How should payment be handled when freelancing with another person? [more inside]
Why is Jerry Lewis so popular with the French?
Any good Jimmy Buffet lines that would make a good name for a boat? [more inside]
I need to take night classes (mostly math) in NYC. [more inside]
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?
Starting a for-profit museum: Lots of questions inside. [more inside]
What schools (colleges/universities) are good for graphic design in NYC? [more inside]
Math puzzle filter. How do you go about solving this puzzle? [more inside]
Remote background GUI login to OSX? [more inside]
Help me pick an ergonomic mouse/trackball and ergonomic keyboard which suit my needs. [more inside]
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?
How do I get back a security deposit in New York City nearly a year after vacating? [more inside]
Why do Japanese game show contestants seem to feel no pain? [more inside]
How can I feel more gregarious? How to more deeply appreciate fellowship? [more inside]
Where can I find some scripts of the TV show Bones? [more inside]
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]
How much is too much bar exam preparation? [more inside]
How do I get a job outside the UK? ASAP. [more inside]
Where in Houston, Texas would you take a visiting guest to show off this town’s uniqueness & have fun? [more inside]
Could someone recommend options for very cheap website design for a Non-Profit/NGO? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an email whitelist system that works with my existing hosting service? I want to defeat the spam. [more inside]
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]
My significant other does not want to spend her birthday with me. I find it really strange. Am I being too "irrational"? [more inside]
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]
After a messy processor installation.... How can I remove spilt thermal paste from my best trousers?
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]
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]
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]
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.
Hey video game developers: how different is the code base for one game across different platforms? [more inside]
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?
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!
SongFilter: Has time and Daft Punk melted away my memories? I remember a song that doesn't seem to exist. [more inside]
My wife is going to be starting a (humanities) PhD in a few weeks' time. What gifts should I get her? [more inside]
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]
First car with automatic climate control. How does it work? [more inside]
Random strangers of the internet, please recommend a hobby to me. [more inside]
Why does Apple Mail stop receiving new messages? [more inside]
Help me find an affordable NAS that is between 500g-1TB, does Wifi, has iTunes Library support, BitTorrent, and FTP support please.
What font is this?
I'm moving to Columbus, Ohio and I need to find a new dermatologist, preferably one that will prescribe accutane. [more inside]
How do we discipline an adult aspergers son? [more inside]
Why do coffe-maker manufacturers design the carafe spouts so that they cannot pour well? [more inside]
Moving to Ireland for a year+, what are your tips? [more inside]
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]
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]
In Islamic discourse, how harsh a pejorative is the term "kafir"? Is it necessarily a pejorative at all?
How do I get Siouxsie on my Ipod while in London? [more inside]
Need some help moving from London to LA for a year to study film at LAfilm… please help [more inside]
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]
Are there any good brew pubs in London? [more inside]
My HP LC200 Netserver is haunted. [more inside]
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]
Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
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]
Does anyone teach a course in Synergetic Geometry in Los Angeles??? In the U.S.???? [more inside]
Teach a shy person on how to behave in a bar/party full of unfamiliar people [more inside]
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]
Wines: Help me pick one that will be nicely aged in five years. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good "multilingual" songs? [more inside]
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.
Can someone please explain to me the practice of smoking ants? [more inside]
What are the legal rules about booby traps? Are electrified security fences legal? Would sufficient labeling permit a nonlethal booby trap? [more inside]
What is your favorite place to buy toner and ink cartridges either online or in person? [more inside]
What level of education/training is typical of suburban and small town police officers in the US?
80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
Creating/editing Yamaha midi files? [more inside]
What are the most essential women’s shoes? [more inside]
How do you stay in love? [more inside]
Network a printer and password protect and page count the prints. [more inside]
What is CG 1.0? [more inside]
I need a very specific type of self help... [more inside]
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]
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]
What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
What software might a large Canadian IP and tech law firm use for scanning documents and records management? [more inside]
Calling Excel wizards: Splitting groceries in Excel between 3 people [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Advice on the best doggie kennel/boarding in Manhattan [more inside]
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?
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]
Why do ham/amateur radio operators so often have their call signs on their license plates (or license plate frames)? [more inside]
Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
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]
I need to write a simple, simple contract between myself and a freelance artist. [more inside]
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 :)
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]
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]
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]
PortFilter: What to do with open Firewire ports. [more inside]
I'm Sikh, I'm going to SF, I'm (irrationally) scared... [more inside]
Why is my girlfriend so irritated at me over the past week? Should I pre-emptively break up with her? [more inside]
MushroomsFilter: What causes a person to "lose their mind" temporarily on magic mushrooms? [more inside]
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]
Typographers of the world, help me! How does one get lines of type to line up precisely in a two-column format? [more inside]
I've been asked to give a talk on business blogging for a local group. What kinds of topics should I address? [more inside]
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?
GoingBackToSchoolFilter: does anyone have experience in being a conservator? In getting a degree in object conservation? [more inside]
Does anyone wear jewelry in this part of the ear? [more inside]
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]
Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights? (Ideally, Neverwinter Nights 2.) [more inside]
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?
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]
An easy way to turn widescreen DVDs anamorphic? [more inside]
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.
What should go in a welcome to grad school/welcome to California gift bag? [more inside]
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]
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]
What Verizon cell phone should I choose for my non-techie, but curious CEO? [more inside]
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]
[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]
Do you know of a (Windows or Linux) program to print a comic/booklet from JPG files? [more inside]
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]
I need tips for making chai at home [more inside]
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.
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]
I need help coming up with stage names for a horror/surf-themed band I'm in. [more inside]
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]
What do you do when you learn that the job you were just hired for (three months ago) is significantly undervalued? [more inside]
I want a quote to go on my phone case. 2 lines. 21 characters per line. Preferable inspirational, possibly latin. [more inside]
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.
What are some Spanish-language idioms or expressions for "Goodbye" (or similar) to put on a going-away cake? [more inside]
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]
StatisticsFilter: What is the easiest way to estimate parameters of a mixture model consisting of two normal distributions? [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for a shoe like a Camper that will actually fit my feet. [more inside]
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??
Car accident while driving for work, any chance of getting my deductible paid back? [more inside]
Help me find a Google Maps mashup to replace Wayfaring (for personal use). [more inside]
Help me recover a file from my expired iDisk! [more inside]
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]
Where can I find consultants/freelancers or other people who like to work in wireless cafés to be "co-workers" with? [more inside]
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!!
Teach me how to style my hair! [more inside]
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]
Which used car to buy: Infiniti I30 or Mazda 626? [more inside]
Advice for a gay man looking for long-term-relationship oriented prospects in the Minneapolis Metro area. [more inside]
What do these particular signs mean? [more inside]
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.
Where are the makers of custom-made, high-heel fetishy boots? [more inside]
What's the maximum number of calories a human can digest in a day? [more inside]
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).
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]
What was East Germany like immediately after the Wall fell? (Lives of Others spoiler alert) [more inside]
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]
How would I add a subtitle file to a dvd? [more inside]
How to cook on electric stove? [more inside]
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]
How can I best store homemade blueberry muffins so that they'll last up to six days? [more inside]
What is a good "art cheer" for a K-6 art teacher's classroom? [more inside]
RSS2EmailFilter: Help me get individual RSS posts into my Gmail inbox. [more inside]
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.
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?
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]
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]
Where to find B5 notebooks (preferably in the DC area)? [more inside]
In this new red band trailer for No Country For Old Men, what is Javier Bardem using to kill people?
Help me build a new Immersive photography rig that won't break the bank. [more inside]
Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
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]
What are a tenant's legal rights in Washington state? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know where I can purchase a kese (some examples here) in person in the Boston or NYC areas, or online? [more inside]
Hangover question--why the "fuzzy" feeling? [more inside]
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).
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]
Another what-kind-of-laptop-should-I-get question. [more inside]
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?
Give me your best advice for biking in a skirt. [more inside]
What's the most fun way to spend a Saturday in or around San Mateo, CA? [more inside]
Shut my computer up...what's the best way to stop making my computer's fans work so hard. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions and experience with doing cigarette smoke stink abatement for the small common area of a two family house. [more inside]
How hard do you think it would be for a Mechanical Engineer to change careers to MRI technician or Radiological Technician? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find a transcription of Take Love Easy by Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald? [more inside]
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).
Can anyone suggest websites/producers/organizations that will allow me to make buy things (food, gift, etc) in an ethical way? [more inside]
Meeting and making friends from online dating sites? [more inside]
What is life as a PM like at Microsoft? [more inside]
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]
What could have caused my cat's sudden lack of appetite? [more inside]
How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
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]
Is there any good, preferably free, OS X software for the Garmin Forerunner? [more inside]
.namefilter: A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it? [more inside]
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?
I want to map out every possible profession / career. How would I start? [more inside]
Medical Journal Advertising: need recommendations on firms or independant designers to create our advertisment. [more inside]
How do I ask out a girl I go to school with? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Advice/tips/resource for a PHP programmer to pick up on ASP.NET/C#?
I need to put some test score data into Excel that works with children's ages in years and months. [more inside]
Jumpy mouse in one screen. My mouse pointer does not refresh fast enough in one screen but is fine in second screen. [more inside]
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]
I just had a baby, and I'm looking for ways to keep being the "strong one." [more inside]
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]
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...
Riffing on a previous question, how do you deal with men who refer to you as 'Young Lady'? [more inside]
Where can I go online for custom vinyl decals? [more inside]
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.)?
Should I buy a new motherboard for my HP Pavillion Desktop? [more inside]
Can you tell me what this font is? [more inside]
How can I move my desktop computer across the Atlantic? [more inside]
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.
Addressbook seems to be launching for no reason- Virus? [more inside]
How do I get a creepy ex to leave me alone? [more inside]
Did somebody in the 90's run a 'Revolutionary' background images site claiming to be the reanimated JFK?
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]
How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
NewDogFilter: We just got a new puggle about a week ago. 9 months old. He's the greatest. However... [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
How much fabric/yardage is necessary to make a man's shirt? details [more inside]
I would like to know more about law school and being a lawyer. [more inside]
How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants? [more inside]
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?
What ukulele should I choose? [more inside]
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]
How can I forget an extremely disturbing and nightmarish hallucination/dream that I had, or at least stop being afraid of it?
How can I forget an extremely disturbing and nightmarish hallucination/dream that I had, or at least stop being afraid of it? [more inside]
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]
Why does my Macbook keep losing it's wifi connection? [more inside]
Looking for guidelines, principles, etc. for grokking the decision process for splitting up a Ruby on Rails application into controllers. [more inside]
Is there anywhere I can buy Japanese Canada Dry in the United States? Or, ideally, in the SF Bay Area?
Want to display some items from my parent's past. What is the best way? [more inside]
Help me be more outgoing in class. [more inside]
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]
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?
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!
What is this joint pain, and what can I do to alleviate it? [more inside]
How to deodorize a smelly second-hand book? [more inside]
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.
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).
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]
I'm looking for metal songs with clear classical influences. [more inside]
From where in Melbourne, Australia can I borrow projectors (+ screens) for one night?
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]
Can you suggest a free image recovery software for corrupted images? Bonus question: is my flash card boned? [more inside]
I have a doctor's appointment to get a mole looked at. What can I expect? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend a good study/review guide for the math-related aspects of the Series 7 (General Securities Representative) Exam? [more inside]
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]
What are the chances of contracting an STD from using a hookah (without a mouthpiece) with a group of people?
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]
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]
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]
Should I install Vista on my next computer or stick with XP? [more inside]
What is the origin of the name "Ado Annie" in the musical Oklahoma? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this hide bound clay drum. Bought in an Australian charity shop if that helps.
Can anyone find me some videos of Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire online? [more inside]
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]
Why do surgeons have "attitude?" [more inside]
What's the best way to get a glowing molten lava effect in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
I need jokes that take more than one minute to tell, but no longer than two-and-a-half minutes. [more inside]
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]
Local secrets to family entertainment in Seattle? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for small ethernet switch - a "splitter for travellers", maybe? [more inside]
I'd like to add a comments section to my website [more inside]
Where can I find late 70s/80s era wrestler pictures/portraits? [more inside]
Logistics of building an indoor tire swing... [more inside]
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]
She's got a boyfriend. . .should I give it up or go full steam ahead? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
I'm looking for very inexpensive, inbound-only telephone service. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Are there any devices that I can plug my headphones into to give my complete silence so I can concentrate at work? [more inside]
First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
How do I get rid of or repel mosquitos from my apartment? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Why do we eat "breakfast foods"? When did this originate and why? [more inside]
What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
How do I control the size of the info window on my Google Maps? [more inside]
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.
Where can we host a bridal shower in New York City? [more inside]
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...
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?
Should I wait for Leopard or take the plunge now? Buying a MacBook. [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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]
How do I stop my laptops internal Wifi card from disconnecting? [more inside]
In relation to printing/publishing history, I'm curious as to how and why latin was phased out in secular books. [more inside]
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]
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]
I understand that it's, um, hard to be a male porn star. How do they do it? [more inside]
I swallowed. . .now I have an upset stomach. Is there a way of getting my boyfriend to change the way he tastes? [more inside]
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?
Should I register my "company"? [more inside]
They're changing the pension benefits. Can anything be done? [more inside]
Why does holding a strong magnet up to your brain not do anything bad? [more inside]
Help me build a really mediocre gaming PC! [more inside]
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!
Where can I find clear plastic sleeves to hang 20+ photos on the wall? [more inside]
Interesting ties? [more inside]
I need a good way to put up posters in an adobe house! Any ideas? [more inside]
Where can I get dry ice in Berkeley/Oakland area? [more inside]
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]
Marriage and group assortation -- is it really as bad as it seems? [more inside]
Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
Who made this neat picture of an abandoned and decaying New York City?
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]
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]
How do I setup color profiles on my Macbook Pro? Frighteningly long description inside. [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to write a batch file that, when launched, would mount an FTP server as a network place in XP? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the largest calibre artillery piece currently in service? Not historic pieces but modern.
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]
Name that Australian film... [more inside]
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!
We are trying to get pregnant. Can people suggest lubricant which is okay to be used and does not affect pregnancy rates.
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]
What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
Help me pick an unusual transportation method for a short commute. [more inside]
Is there a widget for Yahoo! Widgets in that can embed/display a webpage? [more inside]
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]
My Powerbook is bent. [more inside]
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]
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?
How does one go about getting a tailor to clone one's favorite item of clothing? [more inside]
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]
What are some bad weather alternatives to running? [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there any digital cameras that can use a standard mini-USB port for transferring data AND charging the battery? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Can you please tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of the following database: MorningStar , Value Line , Standard & Poor's , Lipper ???
Can you please tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of the following database: MorningStar , Value Line , Standard & Poor's , Lipper ? [more inside]
How do you pronounce "Eccyclema"? Are there variations?
What affects our perception of chilli heat? [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there really no good gay bars in Boulder, CO? [more inside]
Classic ectomorph looking to add weightlifting to exercise routine. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco. [more inside]
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]
How can I attach drapery panels to a traverse rod? The panels don't have any pockets or slits or flaps. [more inside]
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]
I'm 3 years out of college, and unemployed again. I feel like I should go back to school, but what for??! [more inside]
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]
I am about to interview for a job which I am vastly under qualified for. What the can I talk about? [more inside]
I'm trying to find an extremely bright light on a budget. [more inside]
What is the origin of the phrase "(you're) a gentleman and a scholar", or what popularized it? [more inside]
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]
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]
Toronto transit filter: What does "299 St. Clair West" mean? [more inside]
Health Advocates Need Not Apply: Is there an American equivalent to Silk Cut cigarettes? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.)
How do I run my AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at the actual rated speed and not have it overheat ridiculously? [more inside]
Seeking out a sci-fi short story I read some time ago and would like to find again. [more inside]
How do I make services publicly available behind a private network? [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to use dynamic fields in web pages and stay Section 508 compliant? [more inside]
Where to have a major anniversary dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
I need to edit 2D .dwg files without spending any money on software. Is this possible? [more inside]
I need advice on a thorny job interview problem. Do I mention that I have a nemesis? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
CustomsFilter - Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is. [more inside]
Teach me your party tricks.
My hands hurt. [more inside]
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]
Need help naming a children's music class. [more inside]
What programming language should I learn? And should I be a programmer at all? [more inside]
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]
Lotion Filter: What order to you put on face stuff? [more inside]
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]
I guess I'm going to have to get a water softener. [more inside]
How do you set up bandwidth throttling / traffic shaping on Fedora Core 6? [more inside]
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]
Help a non-American pick a car for use in the US... [more inside]
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]
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.
Distance relationship 101 needed. [more inside]
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]
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]
How to stop feeling like I need to do my own work plus everyone else's? [more inside]
How do I reverse the negative attitudes of my employees? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How to select and buy PCI card with PS/2 port for older keyboard [more inside]
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]
Calling online gamers! My husband is looking for a (seemingly) simple mapping program to make his life a little bit easier. [more inside]
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?
Educate me on this one - how does HR evaluate and adjust employee pay grades? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to plan this honeymoon... [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
My excellent mechanic has obviously been going through some personal problems the last few days. [more inside]
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.
What's to eat, drink and do in Eastham, Cape Cod? [more inside]
How do I upgrade unicode? [more inside]
Can a stolen iphone be inactivated to brick status when AT&T is notified? [more inside]
i often get soreness at the back of my knee, almost every day. what do i do? [more inside]
The song at the very end of "Irréversible". What is it? [more inside]
I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
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]
I want to have an SMS sent to someone automatically at a later date. Recommend a reliable service to me? [more inside]
Please give me tips on how to make my aircheck/audition for a medium-size online radio station more apIaling. [more inside]
Please recommend a good host of Java servlets, very preferably one that runs Tomcat 6. [more inside]
How much do sponsors pay to underwrite a public radio show? [more inside]
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]
Walnuts make my tongue hurt. Does this mean I'm allergic, or is it just their acidity? [more inside]
What's a good going-away present? [more inside]
How can I get B-List Celebrities to give me a quote for the back of my book? [more inside]
Good massage therapist in Livermore, California? (If there aren't any, then in San Mateo.) Hellllp. [more inside]
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?
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]
I got into an accident with a ZipCar this week. How worried should I be about paying the hefty deductible. Experiences, advice sought...
Why do many suburban Philadelphians not use blinkers? [more inside]
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]
Any fun and exciting tips on visiting Bahrain? [more inside]
Please help me decide whether to get drunk or high every night. [more inside]
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.
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?
What are the best free online resources for bicycle maintenance? [more inside]
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]
What are these weird little balls magically appearing in my potted plant's soil? [more inside]
How do I fix it if Vista is causing my new off-brand laptop to choke while playing DVDs? [more inside]
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]
Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers [more inside]
If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?
Help me find this Qbert-esque shoe! I wasn't dreaming, was I? [more inside]
Is there someplace I can find some creative commons licensed adult photos? [more inside]
Suggest some 'love' songs with an uneasy obsessional edge to them? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
[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]
Google wants to access the phone logs on my BlackBerry. Cancel or allow? [more inside]
[Zombiefilter] What was the small brain-like item in my bowl of Korean soup? [more inside]
Why does Bioshock make my WinXP computer completely shut off? [more inside]
I'm having trouble thinking of any narrative movies with "forgiveness" as a theme...anyone?
I'd like to grow some vegetables, but I live in an apartment. [more inside]
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]
Nerve Damage Filter: Do I need medical attention for my medical attention? [more inside]
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]
Will a Marinol prescription allow my medical marijuana consumption to continue from a drug testers point of view?
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]
Have chance to become rich, successful, and famous, need publicist and other help! [more inside]
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?
I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
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]
Make a DVD to play at 1 frame per minute? [more inside]
What neat electronic project can I build out of this old USRobotics Courier modem? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Upgrading AMD Processor for 939 motherboard. Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or Opteron 170? [more inside]
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]
Please point me to examples of well-designed websites for university research groups.
Is there anywhere online or in print that provides help programming Avaya Partner Messaging "Automated Attendants"? [more inside]
Does anybody know about the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, IL? [more inside]
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]
What are some great miniature things? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for funny sayings, expressions, idioms, et cetera. [more inside]
Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
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.
Foodfilter: vegetable substitutes for pasta? [more inside]
suggest some fun, upbeat, likeable songs that mention specific colours? [more inside]
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]
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!
JobFilter: Should I return to my high-paying summer job next summer? [more inside]
I saw an interesting building while visiting Bratislava last year, and would like to know more about it [more inside]
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?
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?
I'm looking for a bandwidth monitoring tool for OSX. I need it to do some specific things. [more inside]
Help me identify this series of paintings [more inside]
Medical School Filter: Infectious Disease Department on the West Coast. Please recommend a good university for an overseas visiting professional. [more inside]
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]
What the heck was just crawling on my arm and where did it come from? [more inside]
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]
Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from and what exactly does it mean? [more inside]
Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
Will the Saucony Grid Omni 5 Ultimates that I just bought ruin my feet? [more inside]
best broadband option in brooklyn, *without* bundled cable subscription or phone line? [more inside]
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]
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?
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)
Spanish nuance translation help needed. Topic is slighly NSFW and thus inside. [more inside]
Archaeologyfilter: Where can one buy an archaeologist's trowel and calipers in London? [more inside]
I'd like to learn to cook. [more inside]
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.
I'm turning the Big Three-Oh and I really want to have a big bash. [more inside]
How do I transfer my current Ubuntu system to a new, larger hard drive? [more inside]
Where did half of my processor go? 1.5ghz is showing up as 599mhz. [more inside]
What could cause a loud grinding sound in a '99 saturn? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know of a good psychic in the Denver area? [more inside]
How can I get MSN Instant Messaging or Gtalk on my Blackberry Pearl? [more inside]
How does the space shuttle landing affect air traffic control around Florida? [more inside]
My brother's divorce is not quite finalized, but he has already started dating someone new. Should I be OK with this? [more inside]
Taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA to Shaw Island in October - help! [more inside]
Looking for a really, really quiet notebook (UK). [more inside]
Why do men need space ? [more inside]
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]
What are the best sites to find out what cool things are happening locally? [more inside]
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.
Which famous people speak/have spoken other languages? [more inside]
What causes house centipedes and how can I get rid of them? [more inside]
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]
How can I be a good soccer coach for a team of first graders? [more inside]
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]
Could the speedometer built into my car be less accurate than the speed assessed by my GPS satellite navigation? [more inside]
A professor revealed information about my chronic illness to a classroom full of people. Who do I talk to? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find food-grade potassium nitrate (A.K.A. saltpetre")? [more inside]
Can you recommend any cool locations to do a band photo shoot in Philadelphia? [more inside]
where can I stay in Santa Barbara? [more inside]
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?
what rapper does prefuse 73 sample in "point to b" on the album "vocal studies and uprock narratives"? thanks.
Where can I buy really fresh raw seafood in DC? [more inside]
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!
I've just installed ubuntu, and I'm looking to do C programming from the terminal. [more inside]
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]
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).
Please help me put together the best of Prairie Home Companion. [more inside]
What is the formal Latin name of this rhetorical device? [more inside]
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]
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]
Yet another "name that crunching minimal electro tune" question. [more inside]
How can I stay awake while driving? [more inside]
Is there a company (besides Kinkos) that can send me a print out of a PDF that I have? [more inside]
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...
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]
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]
How do I deep clean my stainless steel BBQ grill without causing damage to the surface? [more inside]
Obscure Video Game Question: Arcade + Roller Skates + Final Fight [more inside]
How bad is my roof? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Is there a Thunderbird extension or another programme that will allow me to save an entire email as an image? [more inside]
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]
Help with Windows XP recovery console. [more inside]
What tools do you use for commercial development in the Scheme language? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find out the current world record for NES Tetris (lines and/or score)? [more inside]
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]
Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain. [more inside]
Searching for an obscure 80's comic book. [more inside]
Why do I hiccup and burp like a big damn frog? [more inside]
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]
How do I get short term health insurance in New Jersey? [more inside]
X-Box Live scratch and play cards: I scratched the code right off. Now what? [more inside]
How to handle a relationship with my boss that has deteriorated beyond salvage? [more inside]
My husband is impatient towards our 4 year old. Will he change or is our marriage doomed? [more inside]
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]
How do I take a GCE A level exame outsite the UK? [more inside]
Can you help me find the picture of Marion Barry giving the finger? [more inside]
Help me find the name of a German song! [more inside]
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]
Latin Scholars: How would you translate "Let the mermaids flirt with me"? [more inside]
Docking solutions for MacBook: DIY or non-Bookendz options? [more inside]
how can i easily - and cheaply! - round corners of photos? [more inside]
Real estate in Chicago - I found my place, now am I doing the right thing? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me why the North Pacific high is so far south this year? [more inside]
Fun things to do and cool places to go in Stockholm for a couple of adults with a couple of pre-teen children?
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.
What's the difference between strong friendship and romantic love? [more inside]
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in Portland (Oregon.) There are a lot of them. Anyone have any particular recommendations for or against? [more inside]
How can I find a recreational soccer team to join this fall in the bay area? [more inside]
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]
DATETIME, TIMESTAMP, TIME, DATE. Which should I use for general-purpose date storage in a recent MySQL version? [more inside]
My garden has been overtaken by weeds and ribbon grass, how can I start over? [more inside]
When someone wins a "SPEND A DAY WITH [INSERT FAMOUS PERSON]" sweepstakes, what exactly happens on said day? [more inside]
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]
Looking for a good nursery in the Austin, TX area. [more inside]
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]
How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare? [more inside]
What's a good university, where good means a high concentration of people interested in learning? [more inside]
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]
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?
Will my permanent resident visa be transferred to my new passport? [more inside]
Your experiences with canine epilepsy? [more inside]
Looking for customizable & free Wordpress (or other) hosting [more inside]
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]
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]
Things to do in Ibiza that are not clubbing and won't break the bank. [more inside]
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]
Find me a content management system that can hide posts! [more inside]
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
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]
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?
Steve Jobs, business casual? [more inside]
An area of rural Norway I am very fond of is currently fighting a development bid by a possibly dodgy operation... [more inside]
ParanoidFilter: Is there *any* chance I could get pregnant? [more inside]
Help me with my car! [more inside]
Can the Cisco PIX 501 be upgraded with any firmware so that it is IP Version 6 (IPv6) Compatible? [more inside]
Papercraft! Looking for two obscure things made from paper. [more inside]
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!
Where can I find up-to-date information about how to survive a nuclear war, and the subsequent irradiated planet? [more inside]
Why can't we use rail lines for local mass transit? [more inside]
Dozens of white specks in my pupils, but what does it mean? [more inside]
My boyfriend dropped a bomb about his past. What do I do now? [more inside]
Which vampire movie is this? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find this currently-in-stores chaise recliner online! [more inside]
Why are all these sketchy people going to my house's side door? [more inside]
Help my dad win accolades for his photography. [more inside]
What's the best way to drive from SeaTac through Seattle and out to the north? [more inside]
Please help me find a book or full picture of a certain Charles Rennie Mackintosh design. [more inside]
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]
One or two movies I remember seeing when I was at most 7. CAn you help me identify them? [more inside]
Is it tacky to email a letter of resignation while you're on vacation? [more inside]
I need a word! [more inside]
I need a new USB KVM switch. [more inside]
How do I repay my delinquent Canadian student loan? [more inside]
Best portable device for watching TV shows? [more inside]
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?
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]
How Should I Leverage My Network and Contacts for a New Job? [more inside]
What other song does this golden guitar-line from the new Jens Lekman album remind me of? [more inside]
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]
What the heck bird is this, seen walking around in Oakland several blocks from the bay front? [more inside]
Find post code with latitude & longitude. [more inside]
Help me find an interesting website I've forgotten the name of. [more inside]
I need a lot of help with DV cameras. [more inside]
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]
To what degree to private weather forecasting companies (like Accuweather) rely on US government data in creating their forecasts? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a program that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes.
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]
Help me decide what to embroider on a baby sleeper for my new nephew. [more inside]
What might be the cause of my cat's new odor? [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of changes wrought on the Bill of Rights by the Patriot Act, amendment by amendment. [more inside]
Sony Tattoo: Help me get my tattoo the right way. [more inside]
Why was Cy Young so awesome? [more inside]
My ears keep popping... like when you are in an airplane... except I'm not going anywhere. [more inside]
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?
Can I use iTunes to tag the specific musicians playing on a track? [more inside]
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]
How do I (can I?) make my Airport Express expand my wireless network? [more inside]
Where can I buy a pet rabbit near Newton, MA? I can't believe I have to come here to find out. [more inside]
Looking for a Mexican spice powder I used to eat in the early 80s. [more inside]
Help me become a responsible adult... [more inside]
Which cartoon character says "Up. Up, and away" ? [more inside]
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]
Best open source VPN (server-side) software for an iPhone user? [more inside]
Pounding sound in my left ear: how worried should I be? [more inside]
Anyone know where to buy these simple Starter stretchy shorts? Here's what they look like. [more inside]
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]
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]
i need a memorial tattoo idea to honor my partner who has unfortunately passed. [more inside]
Any recommendations/referrals for the most comprehensive and skilled home inspector or home inspection company in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
Should I take up dancing? [more inside]
Please help me find a picture of a specific Hello Kitty sticker. [more inside]
What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and is challenging in some way?
What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and that is challenging in some way? [more inside]
Can you help me grow garlic? [more inside]
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]
iBrowPiercingFilter:How do I take care of my dandy new eyebrow piercing? [more inside]
Photographers: know an artist with sublime fine original prints of landscape photography? [more inside]
Can someone offer more information about this episode of "Dexter's Laboratory?" [more inside]
How do you maintain your sanity while managing an overwhelming workload with multiple large projects?
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]
How do I bring up the lack of actual work at my job? [more inside]
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]
Sonically complex well recorded music in 2 channels to test my new hi-fi stereo system. So far, I've listened to... [more inside]
A recommendation for a place in London to get a hearty American-style breakfast? [more inside]
How can I become less of a pessimist and less of a negative thinker? [more inside]
Any hints on creating a transparent .gif that uses solely white content? [more inside]
"In war, brutality is good because it makes the war end quickly." I disagree; help me think about why.
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]
A matter of curiosity: What's a mortgage worth? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find summary information for a specific stock for days in the past? [more inside]
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]
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.
Good--and cheap!--dim sum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking to play soccer regularly, and live in Somerville, MA. Weekday evenings or weekends. Where should I look? [more inside]
What is a good user / "client-side" alternative to using the Internet Explorer right-click "export to Excel" feature?
What is a good user / "client-side" alternative to using the Internet Explorer right-click "export to Excel" feature? [more inside]
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]
Please help me locate a suitable fixing for my posters. [more inside]
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]
"Scotland is / the petrified vomit / of a fish supper." Who wrote that little poem? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good recipe for hot pepper jelly [more inside]
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]
Where can I go this afternoon in Chicago to watch the Tigers/Yankees baseball game? [more inside]
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]
Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC? [more inside]
Is there any way to emulate a print server? [more inside]
I'm picky about friends and lovers. How much should I compromise? [more inside]
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.
How do I get my daughter to eat her school lunches? [more inside]
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]
Where can I buy passion fruit in San Francisco?
What would cause my face to...smell? [more inside]
Help me burn my 100GB of Mp3s to DVD in some sort of organized fashion! (Mac) [more inside]
Help me find the name of a relatively famous/successful documentary filmmaker I met in a plane a few months ago! [more inside]
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]
please help me identify this beautiful feather... [more inside]
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?).
Can you help me order tickets to see the Chemical Brothers live in Romania? [more inside]
How do I determine computer drive speed? It's an old Dell Inspiron running XP.
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]
Which are the top five wealthiest neighborhoods in Seattle or top five wealthiest cities in Washington? [more inside]
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.)
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]
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]
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?
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]
I want to send a video on CD to an unsophisticated user of a Macintosh computer. [more inside]
Has anyone ever started or managed a company library? [more inside]
Help me find more songs featuring a xylophone. [more inside]
Where do muscular/broad-chested guys get their clothing? [more inside]
Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
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]
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]
Has anyone tracked the historical accuracy of different types of hurricane trajectory prediction models? [more inside]
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]
Help me name my WiFi AP in such a way that no one will want to connect to it. [more inside]
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?
Where can I go to hear a sonic boom? [more inside]
Looking for decent online viewing, ideally science/documentary programming by public broadcasting networks. [more inside]
Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
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.
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]
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!
Help me get bronchitis! (yes, you read that right.) [more inside]
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]
selective muscle mass decrease? [more inside]
How do I record high definition (HD) video at at least 24 fps using a webcam? [more inside]
Where should I take sewing classes in Portland, OR? [more inside]
What's happening in Chicago end of Sept? [more inside]
Did King Tutankhamun have to travel with a passport? [more inside]
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.
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.
Does anyone know of a good electronics hobbyist store in the East Bay? [more inside]
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]
My mom and my husband have become bitter enemies. Is there anything I can do to make it better? If so, what? [more inside]
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.
What should a man wear to a wedding with an "after five" dress code? [more inside]
Where can I find Pentel RSVP Fine Point pens for cheap? [more inside]
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]
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]
If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
Is it really that dramatical/theatrical in a court of law? [more inside]
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?
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]
Please help me find a good contractor on the north side of Chicago to fix my porch. [more inside]
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?
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]
Help me simplify my cash register reporting! [more inside]
Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
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?
Just how good does your credit have to be to qualify for 0% financing on a car loan? [more inside]
Whats the best cell/mobile phone camera for streetphotography/interior snapshots ? [more inside]
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]
Any clue about this song? [more inside]
I'm looking for Thai music for my restaurant [more inside]
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]
What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
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]
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.
I work with a couple of 'staight-edge' kids- give me some smart background questions... [more inside]
How can I find out who the agent for service of process is for very large banks?
Mac OS X question for you, MeFi. My fiancee's 120 gig hd has 40 gigs missing. [more inside]
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!
How does natural selection account for male pattern balding?
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]
Supplement (or other solution) for PMS cravings? [more inside]
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]
Is there a way to search PDF metadata in Vista? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
Need some advice on how to calculate 'efficiency' of a potential home-brew air conditioning set up. [more inside]
Is it a good idea (or even practical) to disassemble an electric guitar for air travel? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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.
How can my friend market and sell his small phone business so that he can finally retire? [more inside]
How to remove a deep blue Lysol toilet cleaner stain in the carpet [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find employers willing to train smart, talented folks in a new field. [more inside]
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]
How can I pass my driving test? I live in London, so previous questions could be more specific to me. [more inside]
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?
[PythonFilter] How does one handle specific errno of a built-in exception? [more inside]
What is the best way to mount paper to wood? [more inside]
So it turns out my kid brother might be a furry. Is this normal? [more inside]
Why am I a sloppy kisser? [more inside]
What is this stamp on my 50 dollar bill? [more inside]
My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader.
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]
moving from chicago to london: recommend a cost-effective storage/shipping company, please... [more inside]
What is the best font-management utility for Windows? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a noise generator to mask, er... bathroom noises? [more inside]
Looking for martial arts school in the New Orleans area [more inside]
How can I extract the original HTML from a Plucker .pdb file? [more inside]
SexFilter - is kink curable? [more inside]
My friend's 1GB iPod Nano is recognized in iTunes, but only kind-of... [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm trying to find a recipe for BBQ ribs that involves apple juice [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a great breakfast taco joint in north Dallas... [more inside]
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]
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]
Suddenly my Gateway notebook computer won't come out of standby (that is, sleep mode or hibernate mode). [more inside]
Help me identify these horror stories! Sounds like an everyday AskMe post, right? It's not. There's a twist here... [more inside]
Not About Cookies: What the opposite of an "oreo"? [more inside]
HomeRemedyFilter: Please help me with my incurvated toenails! [more inside]
Sexy young Mitt Romney photograph? [more inside]
How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
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?
Which programming languages should I learn? I'm a n00b interested in becoming a GIS analyst. [more inside]
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?
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]
The key in my wife's Camry wouldn't turn until I jiggled the steering wheel. [more inside]
DoINeedADoctorFilter: Yesterday, I was the bottom half of a two-car gokart pileup and the upper car landed on my right shin. [more inside]
Taxing question regarding "Cost Segregation": Does it actually work? (More inside) [more inside]
I need fulfillment companies in L.A. but can't seem to find any. [more inside]
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]
Anyone know if/when the soundtrack to David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE is to be released? [more inside]
Questions about and recommendations for buying an acoustic guitar. [more inside]
DC to Philly road trip - Any recommendations for neat antique or thrift stores along the way (ie, not far off I-95)? [more inside]
How does a group of people keep its priorities straight? [more inside]
Need a recommendation on the best management bonus/incentive models. [more inside]
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]
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]
SPSS-filter: How can I change the same property field of all my variables simultaneously? [more inside]
Stabbing painfilter- Help diagnose my stabbing abdominal pain! [more inside]
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]
What experiences have people had rolling 401(k)s over into traditional IRAs? [more inside]
Low result for a two-hour oral glucose tolerance test. What does that mean? [more inside]
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?
Toronto: What happens in Queen's Park after midnight? [more inside]
Should I get married wearing a tuxedo or a suit? [more inside]
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]
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]
OW, MY TOE! [more inside]
Should I go back to school for a second degree in something I feel very passionately about? [more inside]
Where do I find the contact information for the press people/managers of celebrities (actors and the like) to interview them? [more inside]
I need some help with porch paint. [more inside]
I shaved my head a while back and now I want to grow it out again. [more inside]
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
Two iTunes problems: changing individual track info and organizing my library. [more inside]
Political filter: Question about libertarian belief and the government vs big business [more inside]
Any opinions about foreign exchange brokers? How can one even tell who does only trades & who actually converts currency? [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
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]
Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
How can I determine or calculate the average amount a company pays for healthcare/benefits for a single full-time employee? [more inside]
What are the best free sites for locating people and obtaining personal information on the 'net other than Zaba Search? Thanks!
If I take (and pass) the CPA Exam in one state, will I have to retake the exam if I move to another state?
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]
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]
LinguisticsFilter: A friend of mine tends to unintentionally mix her words at times. What is this called? Examples within.... [more inside]
What's the best open-top bus line in London?
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
My recovered stolen scooter is trashed. What can I do? [more inside]
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.
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]
My boyfriend's portable radios keep breaking. Help me find him something more durable... [more inside]
Is the written statement of an absent witness admissible in traffic court? [more inside]
Parents of children or young adults with developmental disabilities: how have you dealt with sexuality issues? [more inside]
In the UK, where can I buy Maes (the Belgian pilsner) in cans?
What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old? [more inside]
Help me help my 30 year-old friend get a date or something. [more inside]
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.)
How can I better manage my projects? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help us find a regular location for weekends away - starting in Birmingham, UK - by public transport
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]
I wanna dance but I am driving the neighbors crazy. Can I stop the shaking? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
LED Shirts! NYC? [more inside]
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]
How can someone get an anonymous physical? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
How to convert a Blogger blog to a printed book? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Is there a significant benefit to using a ficticious name when incorporating? [more inside]
Updated XP now my computer doesn't download anything. [more inside]
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]
EnglishMajorFilter: What class(es) should I take? [more inside]
Where does the "hand shooting up from out of the grave" movie cliché come from? [more inside]
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.
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]
Shouldn't the uterus empty from above, not the side? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Traveling to Thailand, but we don't want to relive "The Beach." [more inside]
Why does Babelfish translate "primo piano" in Italian as "Association of Bologna" in English? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where and how can I purchase WWD Accessories Fall? I'm not in the US, obviously. [more inside]
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]
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]
How to balance sleep problems with a collegiate lifestyle? [more inside]
How much do the musical acts make on the county fair circuit? [more inside]
Emigrating from the US: what would be the best countries to immigrate to? [more inside]
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?
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]
Did Johnny Mathis sing "Always and Forever"? Anyone know where I can find it (ie, CD, download)? [more inside]
How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss? [more inside]
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?
Why is black plastic tubing coming out of the ground next to trees in my street? [more inside]
How do I get my torch lighter on the the airplane? [more inside]
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]
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!
What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
Help me make an a really good veggie burger. [more inside]
Need to find a php script. [more inside]
What can I do to fix this DHCP problem with my Linksys router? [more inside]
Where can I find someone to buy something from an IKEA store and mail it to me? [more inside]
What are some quick & tasty recipes I can make with potatoes? [more inside]
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]
My pc can't start Windows after the latest updates. What now? [more inside]
Step right up! I need some fun, cheap games & activities for a fall festival. [more inside]
Which computer language should I learn? [more inside]
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)
ExcelFilter: Help me count rows where one string appears in one column and a second string appears in a second! [more inside]
Is "The Great Wave at Kanagawa" actually on display at the Met? Does anyone know exactly where it is?
How can my dad get his butt back in shape? [more inside]
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]
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?
A family member needs help. Any recommendations for Chicago-area psychiatric institutions? [more inside]
What are some other economic board games (besides Monopoly)? [more inside]
What's the prettiest mid-size laptop? [more inside]
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]
Please give me your reccomendations for some nice-looking coloured contact lenses that are comfortable for full time wear. [more inside]
When I use Remote Desktop Connection to log into a Windows XP Pro box, why do i get a black screen? [more inside]
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?
What are the average numbers (purchasing price as a multiple of yearly rental costs/income) for real estate in the US? [more inside]
Has anyone taken an extended (one month+) trip to Iceland? What was your budget and what did you do? [more inside]
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]
What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?
How to removal medical tape without pain? [more inside]
Do you know of any dog-friendly places for a weekend getaway within about 3 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
There's a song at 1:45 into this video. Can you identify it for me? [more inside]
Where can I get free or cheap coin sorting in Toronto? [more inside]
Should I be worried about these weird noises my laptop is making? [more inside]
How do I get across Staten Island? [more inside]
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.
Help decorate my house in a week. [more inside]
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]
How do software engineers cope with the enormous stress levels that come with the territory? [more inside]
Please help me identify a deep-woods mystery novel. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Help my friend find a mental health professional for her 4-year-old in Los Angeles. [more inside]
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]
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?
Why would ripping up money make money more valuable? Would it? [more inside]
What's the name of the old movie where the female lead uses a dog training book to train her man? [more inside]
What should a Mechanical Engineer make in NYC? Say at an entry-level job that requires a Masters degree in ME?
So, I used the wrong BIOS flash on a HP laptop ze5375us. It is now bricked. My girlfriend is rather pissed...... [more inside]
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]
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?
Can I get my birth certificate changed to list my father? [more inside]
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
Minneapolis: I want to find an observation deck downtown where I can take pictures of the city from above. [more inside]
Sore muscles. Should I work out anyway? [more inside]
Are there any good magazines left worth reading? [more inside]
Non-Profit Website: How to allow non-techies to edit! [more inside]
Need recommendations for places to try on wedding dresses this weekend in NYC. [more inside]
My friend was evicted! How can he get his stuff back? [more inside]
Best 9-11 'Conspiracy Theory' book for the skeptic? [more inside]
Got any quick, cheap, effective stress-reduction tips? [more inside]
Looking for advice on how to score invites to private BitTorrent sites- specificially Oink.cd. [more inside]
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]
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?
How do we find our dream home in London from 287 miles away? [more inside]
Top tips for making good food at music festivals [more inside]
New iMac or new Macbook Pro? Details, details [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
What is the opposite of a pet peeve? [more inside]
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?
Did Little Edie suffer from a specific mental illness?
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]
Interior sliding door repair in New York City? [more inside]
There are, apparently, four flowers on a ship. One is the compass rose. Any ideas on what the other three could be?
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."
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.
I don't suppose anyone knows where I could get a flower pot like this in the UK or Ireland? [more inside]
How can I make a raised seal of my own design? [more inside]
Web designers: help! My poor CSS skills are driving me nuts. [more inside]
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?
churros in NYC [more inside]
What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake? [more inside]
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]
[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]
What the crap? Vista won't let me delete a folder extracted from a .rar file. [more inside]
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]
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]
Should I switch to a Treo? Please help me figure out if it is right for me. [more inside]
What modern protest song did I hear that reminded me of Arlo's "Alice's Restaurant?" [more inside]
How to run a program/script automatically when laptop connects to Home wireless network? [more inside]
How should I prepare shrimp to be grilled in the shell? [more inside]
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]