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August 31
to medicate (again) or not to medicate?
Should I go back on the antidepressants before even my cat starts to hate me? [more inside]
posted by chicainthecity at 11:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Anti-social cat, help w/insulin regimen/travel/sociability?
Anti-social cat that needs twice-daily insulin shots and oral meds; solutions for travel? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 10:53 PM PST - 16 comments

It was, like, $100 per step!
How much does it usually cost to paint a three-story fire-escape-style metal staircase? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Which of us is the jerk?
Help me settle the argument I've been having with myself about my boyfriend's new behavior. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 47 comments

Worker, Parasite, and a Leopard.
How can I make an optimized "Work" account on my Macbook, with a few specific requirements? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there life after 30?
where do single women in their thirties hang out? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Who has delighted you?
What online shopping experiences have left you absolutely delighted? As in "I laughed with delight when I opened the box?" I want to start building a list of *great* places to buy gifts for my friends/family, and I'm sure some of you know some great places. My inspiration for this question.
posted by pjern at 9:11 PM PST - 25 comments

What onions have the most potent flavor?
What onions have the most potent flavor? How can I find them? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Thinking of moving to Toronto...Advice?
I have some questions about making the big move to Toronto...I feel it's right for me, but need additional information. [more inside]
posted by Alex930 at 8:11 PM PST - 45 comments

Thesite.tld instead of site.tld
Is it worth it to register a "the*.com" domain if "*.com/net/org" is already registered? Are there any SEO issues?
posted by Memo at 8:06 PM PST - 7 comments

WTF does "Space" Mean?
Relationship Filter: My boyfriend needs "space". Now what? [more inside]
posted by chara at 7:52 PM PST - 52 comments

Help my palms survive my love of the rowing machine
I exercise on a rowing machine ~4 times a week and while I love the benefit to my body, I hate what it does to my poor palms in the form of calluses. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 7:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Where's all the cool shops?
Where are all of the cool shops in downtown Toronto? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:30 PM PST - 23 comments

DSL works, but I can't get a dial tone. Why?
No dial tone inside my house, but the DSL is working. When I plug a phone directly into the grey box (a.k.a. Network Interface Device) on the outside wall of the house, at the same time disconnecting the link from the phone company's incoming line to the wiring inside the house, I get a dial tone! It seems that the phone company is still providing service. The evidence is exactly what I'd expect if there were a phone off the hook inside the house... but there isn't. What else could be going on? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 7:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me figure this out, eh?
Tell me, how the hell do a paint a sign in a font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 6:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Forty-year-old seeks teaching position; am I kidding myself?
Can a forty-year-old woman get a job as an English teacher in the public education system when so many twentysomethings are in competition for the same jobs? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Source for cheap platform beds online?
Short version: is there a secret source online (so not IKEA) for attractive, cheap platform beds? I can't drive to pick one up (unless the source is less than 50 miles from Champaign, IL), so online is the only option. [more inside]
posted by scrim at 5:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Help a windows n00b fix her wireless? Please?
Help a windows novice fix her wireless? Please?! [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 5:09 PM PST - 13 comments

How to become an alternative healer
How does one become an alternative health practitioner? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 4:44 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I arrive in style?
A new dress code at work requires suit and tie. So other than transporting my wardrobe to the office and changing there what is the best way to commute to work on a scooter and arrive in style? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

My Macbook pro won't start
Mac emergency! I was forced to shut my mac down in the middle of upgrading to Leopard and now it won't start up again! [more inside]
posted by Ringo at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

I want to have my cake and eat it too
My computer has a wireless adapter (for internet) and an ethernet cable to a router (not internet-connected). How can I let it access the internet while also being able to access the lan through 192.168.1.X? I can only set it to access one or the other, but not both. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 3:52 PM PST - 3 comments

ESL Career Crisis!
Should I stay an English teacher or move on to a new career? I have been working in the ESL industry for eight years. I have a Bachelor's degree and CELTA. I have taught babies, young children, as a high school teacher, Business English, and IELTS preparation classes. I am an IELTS invigilator, and have curriculum design experience. I will be moving to Toronto soon, and I'm wondering what the next step in my career ought to be. I feel as though I've reached the limit of what I can do as a classroom teacher, and am interested in a counselling or international marketing role. Has anyone made this transition? What qualifications or re-training were needed? Am I on the totally wrong track? Should I just make a totally different move into a new industry? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

trouble synching sent mail on IMAP
Trouble synching sent mail via IMAP over multiple devices (all of them set up with IMAP). [more inside]
posted by bingo at 3:29 PM PST - 1 comments

Data dilemma
JudgeMe: is it ethical to buy a hard drive enclosure for the express purpose of data recovery and then return the enclosure immediately after the data has been recovered? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 3:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Flag with a red eight-pointed star on a green field: what is it?
MovieTriviaFilter: I'm trying to identify this flag, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Vista Wifi Blues
Just bought the wife a new laptop loaded with Vista Home Premium, and despite being a smoking machine, we're experiencing all kinds of wifi problems. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Why doesn't it hurt so good?
Can exercise be good if it doesn't make me sore? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Why was this guy scoping out my house?
A few minutes ago, a young guy in a Cadillac pulled up in front of my house and then drove slowly slowly past it, lingering for almost a full minute. He stared intently at the windows especially, like he was trying to see inside. It's clear that he was scoping out the house, but why? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 2:31 PM PST - 23 comments

fig'et about it?
Fig Filter: Is it too late to buy or acquire 10-20 pounds of fresh figs in or near Austin? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

The scenes are "burned" into my memories, but not the title?!
What's-that-movie time! Featured character: a man wrapped in full-body bandages because he was in a fire. [more inside]
posted by curagea at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Social networking for fabric geeks?
I'm looking for a project management/social networking site for fabric craftspeople, artisans and hobbyists (can include sewing, weaving, whatever) on the MyFolia model. In other words someplace on line where I can organize my projects and connect with other craftspeople. The forums just aren't working for me-- too much chat, not enough organizing.
posted by nax at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy tall sweaters?
Do trendy sweaters exist for tall skinny men? Ideally size Medium Tall, and woolen. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by rocks009 at 1:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How much of a news clip can I use in a commercial without paying royalties?
How much of a news clip can I use in a commercial without paying royalties? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

If I at least knew what to blame...
Started with a god-awful headache early Thursday morning, developed back pain/spasms later in the day, and a fever (102.9F) that night. Everything else has subsided, but the back pain persists. So I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 12:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Gift guessing that involves height, weight, birth date, address?
Gift guessing filter: help me think of what this could be. [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 12:03 PM PST - 11 comments

How can a bipolar person stop worrying and learn to love the bomb?
Bipolar filter: is it normal to feel like everything's about to go wrong, and either way, how to move past it, sort yourself out, live in the present and get on with your life? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Weird feelings in my arms and legs-- is this just anxiety?
Weird feelings in my arms and legs-- is this just anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

How to set yahoo as Internet Options/Internet Properties Program?
On Windows XP I cannot seem to set YAHOO as a preference when clicking on Internet options/Internet properties/Programs. The pull-down window gives me only two options: Windows Live Mail or Outlook Express. How do I make Yahoo mail an option? I am moderately technologically-challenged, so please "speak slowly" when you respond! many thanks.
posted by Lylo at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me drop the bass.
Looking for a more in-depth audio controller for XP. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Tomatofilter: why won't mine ripen?
Tomatofilter: Why aren't my tomatoes red? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I cook fresh black beans?
What should I do with these fresh (not dried, not canned) black beans? [more inside]
posted by Airhen at 9:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Hello... hello... hello... is there anybody IN there? (iPod)
Anyone have experience with major iPod repairs? (Probably a busted disk) [more inside]
posted by el_lupino at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Beep beeeeep bang!
Please help me put a friends PC together. Right now I'm getting error codes. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Where Can I Buy A Cheap, Solid, Used Roadbike in San Francisco Tomorrow?
Where Can I Buy A Cheap, Solid, Used Roadbike in San Francisco Tomorrow? No Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

60's MusicFilter:
Help me make a playlist w/ 60's music? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow at 8:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Your mother wants to know how exactly you know the answer.
Will an earlobe keloid gauge up? Or am I doomed to fishhook earrings forever? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Good Eats in Philly
MeFi Foodies: Can you recommend good (cheap-ish) eats in or around Philly's Convention Center and Art Museum areas? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Horrible hatable roommate trouble!
My boyfriend would like me to move into his place when school starts (tomorrow). He has two roommates already, and one of them hates me. A few days ago my boyfriend mentioned my moving in and helping with rent to said hateable roommate, and said hateable roommate was uncooperative to say the least. What now? [more inside]
posted by shadowfelldown at 7:24 AM PST - 43 comments

I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start?
I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 7:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Need help with international shipping
Information on International shipping (US to India)? [more inside]
posted by rathikd at 7:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get a cheap laptop, long battery life, and if you could, while you're at it, get me the Ark of the Covenant...
I might be in the market for a new laptop. Should I bother trying to get a new laptop, or should I just buy a third battery for a current laptop and switch the batteries out mid-class? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find a silver ornate watch?
Where can I find a watch in this style? (silver/western/spanish/somewhat ornate) this is for a man bytheway. It's a "Fossil" brand watch, but they don't sell this style, nor could I find anything like it on amazon. ideas? suggestions?
posted by mrmarley at 7:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Not lazy just scared to work full time
I'm scared of having to work for a living. I'm terrified I'll feel hollow and depressed and unfulfilled. Is this normal and part of growing up and entering the real world? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 6:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Is it healthy to reenact childhood discipline as an adult?
Some of the disciplinary acts I endured as a child and teenager have spilled over into my adult sex life. Is this a healthy thing to encourage, or should I avoid these acts altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do I blackout so often?
Why do I blackout so often? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Where Does it Snow in Europe at Christmas?
Europe: Where does it Snow for Xmas? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Who creates those incredibly beautiful artworks which interpret literature graphically by theme, word usage etc.?
Art Filter: Who creates those incredibly beautiful artworks which interpret literature graphically by theme, word usage etc.? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 5:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Printing tickets at home.
Can I make tickets with my HP L7680 printer? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy a pre-paid iPhone 3G for Australia?
Where can I buy a new, 3G iPhone for the Optus network (in Australia) without having to sign a contract? Optus certainly won't let me... [more inside]
posted by TooManyGadgets at 4:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Wha's wrong with my MacBook screen?
Help me diagnose my MacBook Pro with a black, non-working screen. [more inside]
posted by blue mustard at 3:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Point me to some great examples of limited third person viewpoint.
Point me to some great examples of limited third person viewpoint. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 2:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Timbuk2, Tokyo
Where can I buy one of those Timbuk2 laptop messenger bags in Japan? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 12:32 AM PST - 9 comments

The art of showing, not telling?
What science fiction films are there, iyho, that really measure up to the best of written work in that genre? [more inside]
posted by protorp at 12:25 AM PST - 51 comments

My xbox - is it modded?
I just got an original xbox from a yard sale. Short of finding a game backup and trying to run it, or opening the case and looking for a hardware mod, is there any way to tell if it's modded?
posted by zippy at 12:14 AM PST - 4 comments

August 30
Demonstrations in Bangkok
I'm flying to Bangkok tomorrow morning. What should I know about the current situation? I booked this months ago and am most definitely going, but I'd like to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 11:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my overcome my oatmeal addiction
A little background: 5'2" female, quite fit/sporty. Over the past year I've been working towards eating better, more ethically and cleaning up my diet...The recent exception to this is oatmeal (rolled oats). Lovely, lovely oatmeal. [more inside]
posted by battle_angel at 11:37 PM PST - 52 comments

Favorite Family games?
What are your favorite family games? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 10:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Good Midrange iPhone Headset w/ Controls?
Looking for the best aftermarket iPhone headset I can afford so I don't have to keep switching between the standard white set and the over-ear headphones I use at work. I'd be willing to spend about $100, more if they were exquisite, but I'd love to stay around $50. [more inside]
posted by inkedmn at 10:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Two dogs or not two dogs? That is the question.
We've got two dogs. A neighbor approached us about one of hers. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I sync Outlook on a locked down computer?
How can I sync home and work Outlook 2003 when I don't have admin rights on the computer at work and even my Outlook profile is hidden from the portable syncing apps I've tried? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Coldstream Civic Week?
Can anyone fill me in on Coldstream Civic Week? [more inside]
posted by DickStock at 7:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Is he gonna die?
What's the difference between a concussion and drunk? Is he going to die? (OK not really—but is it safe for us to go to sleep?) [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 7:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I be worried?
I've recently started doing weed. The effect that it has had on me is quite noticeable--I feel much more relaxed and confident--like the real me should feel. I have no inhibitions of telling people what I think, which in any other circumstance I would be too ashamed to (thinking that I might not be worthy of having such opinions). But now, I hardly give a damn what anybody else feels. Just one question though: am I okay for thinking that Marijuana might actually not be harmful to me in the extremely small dose that I take it in? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 7:15 PM PST - 44 comments

GeekTool issues
Get GeekTool to print in columns? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 6:44 PM PST - 1 comments

Books on Japanese etymology?
Are there any layman-accessible, English-language books or (less preferably) websites on Japanese etymology or the development of Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 6:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Recommend me some moody Jazz . . .
Recommend me some moody Jazz . . . [more inside]
posted by querty at 5:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Wanted: Birthday ideas for 10 year old twin girls, on the double!
Tween Filter: My twin nieces turn ten in two weeks and my new reputation as the cool auntie is at stake. I know nothing about kid culture. Help me figure out what to give them for their birthdays, please! [more inside]
posted by carmicha at 5:22 PM PST - 22 comments

owie owie, owie owie, owie owie
I've got really distracting pain in one foot when I walk. It's dampening my night. Do you have some advice for this? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Are there natural disasters in the deep ocean?
Are there natural disasters in the deep ocean? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:59 PM PST - 15 comments

MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this?
MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by kenliu at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you ever travel east?
What does it mean to "travel east"? [more inside]
posted by frances1972 at 3:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Classic SNL bloopers?
SNLfilter: what are the classic Saturday Night Live sketches where the actors mess up and/or uncontrollably start laughing? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 3:50 PM PST - 37 comments

Looking for some inspiration about overcoming shame.
Looking for some inspiration about overcoming shame. [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust at 2:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Interaction designers: What do you want to hear about from an experienced interaction designer?
Interaction designers: What do you want to hear about from an experienced interaction designer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

How serious are intersecting coordinates in a font?
How serious are intersecting coordinates in a font? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the best way to include the same content on multiple web pages? (e.g. SSI, PHP, Javascript...)
What is the best way to include the same content on multiple web pages? (e.g. SSI, PHP, Javascript...) [more inside]
posted by Fluffy654 at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

buzzzzzzzzzz
How to get rid of Cicada Wasps? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for "at the time" criticism of famous, historically important speeches.
Can anyone point me towards particularly noteworthy "at the time" criticism of some of the United States' historically important speeches? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Whatever shall I do?
Is there anything to do in Wilmington, Delaware on a Saturday afternoon? (as in, right now) Preferably something near the train station downtown. That is all.
posted by wierdo at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

10k Preparation
I just signed up for a 10k on October 12th and I'm trying to figure out whether or not I'm going to be ready to do it. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

What happens to paralegals who don't go to law school or any other graduate programs?
What are some different career paths a paralegal career can take if they choose not to go to law school or any other kind of graduate program? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Who is Haruki Murakami's first cover artist?
Who is the cover artist for the original Japanese editions of Haruki Murakai's first three novels? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Help!!
Passport emergency!! (In the UK) [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Japanese knotweed nightmare
Japanese knotweed is extremely difficult to kill with herbicides such as round up and the like, does anyone have any other ideas or herbicides in mind? I have a commercial property that has a bad case of this stuff that I can't get control of. I have at least 1000 square feet of this invasive plant and it keeps spreading. I useually run over it with a skid steer loader and knock it down and crush it but it comes right back. Round up does not seem to do anything and I look ridiculous with a little spray bottle of Round Up up against a towering wall of this weed. Any help?
posted by CFMartin at 10:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Free furniture/room layout software?
I'm looking for free OS X or Windows software that will allow me to draw a room and furniture to scale and move things around to find the best layout. Extra points for simplicity and ease of use.
posted by JPDD at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving a relatively small load without a driver's license?
Moving Emergency: What would be the best way to move to a different apartment (locally) in Boston if I don't have a driver's license (i.e. can't rent/use UHAUL)? [more inside]
posted by the other side at 9:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are houses built with different materials
Why are houses built of wood in certain regions (U.S., U.K., Northern Europe, etc.) and of concrete and bricks in others (South America, Iberian Peninsula, Asia)? Climate would be a good explanation, except that South America and Iberian Peninsula also have very cold regions where temperatures fall below zero (Celsius) quite frequently. Examples are: the Andes, southern Brazil, Argentina, Spain. etc.
posted by dcrocha at 9:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Breaking up my friend's relationship. How?
I have a friend ("Rob") who has a girlfriend ("Emma"). This is a question about how Rob can break up with Emma and how (and if) I can help him do this. [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 7:26 AM PST - 44 comments

Looking for an e-guitar boot camp!
My wife and I are looking for a "boot camp" to learn to play electric guitar. Can you recommend any kind of retreats, workshops camps, schools, that offer intense one- or two-week e-guitar training in a pleasant, vacation-like surroundings? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 7:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Crash course in scientific journalism.
Crash course in journalism filter: I have a job interview for a scientific web-journalism position later this week. I have experience doing a wide variety of writing but have never done this sort of journalism before. Better yet, part of the interview involves a 45 minute test. I think this will test my journalistic skill. So does any have any crash-course in online journalism links, advice, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How to turn my line out into an external speaker out?
Wiring/music equipment question: I have a fairly cheap 30WVox guitar amplifier with a phone/line out jack on the back. When I plug something into the jack, sounds stops coming from the amp's speaker and starts coming out of whatever I plugged in instead. However, I would like it if the sound would come out of both at the same time. How easy or difficult would it be to rewire the amp so that it works this way? I'm good with a soldering iron, but not too great with circuit analysis.
posted by donkeymon at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can adults get advice from?
What might be some people for a grown man to go to for advice when his parents, spouse, and friends are... 'unavailable' for various reasons? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 5:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Concrete and vitreous enamel: can they go together?
I'd like to make concrete slabs and coat them with vitreous enamel, but concrete breaks down at high temperatures. Is there anything as long-lasting and beautiful as vitreous enamel that could be applied to concrete? Or is there anything with the properties of concrete that can withstand the application of vitreous enamel?
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Hey, iTunes? Knock it off.
iTunes has recently developed a new habit that makes me want to toss it out the window. When I play a song or go to "Get Info," iTunes adds to the "Album Artist," "Composer," and "Comment" fields, and changes my track numbers from "x of x" to just "x". I can't find any way to disable this. Do you folks know how? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 1:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me identify a classic car by this limited description.
Help me identify a classic car by this limited description. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 12:24 AM PST - 13 comments

What to do with 500 people?
How to transform a drunk college party into something more interesting/entertaining? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 12:16 AM PST - 22 comments

August 29
Name this plant
Name this (tropical?) plant. [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

how to park free or cheaply this weekend in fort worth, tx
I need to park my car in downtown fort worth, tx for two days beginning tomorrow. the hotel we are staying at charges 14. per day to valet (no self park). I would love to find a nice safe and inexpensive alternative. we are okay walking a few blocks, and are staying at Commerce and 6th. thanks in advance for helpful suggestions.
posted by rxbert at 9:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Chinatown bus from Providence to NYC: Does it exist?
Does anyone have any information about a Chinatown bus that goes from Providence to NYC? [more inside]
posted by goingonit at 9:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any Bowie/Cale collaborations?
Are there any David Bowie/John Cale collaborations? [more inside]
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 8:47 PM PST - 2 comments

But there's no such thing as international law!
If you had to write a paper on something related to international law, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 at 7:49 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I even start to fill out these short-term health care applications?
How do I fill out an application for short-term health care if I barely even remember which doctors/clinics I've been seen at, let alone why? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Prepare to have a song stuck in your head if you take this question.
Baio-Foster-Filter: In the song "You give a little Love" from the movie Bugsy Malone, played HERE there are two voices I can swear I know from saturday morning cartoons. Who are they? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Help finding a good mechanic north of Seattle
How to find a good mechanic north of Seattle [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

spontaneous generation /= peanut butter
Could you point me towards some good sci-fi about creating life? In particular, I'm interested in stories about the possibility of human scientists discovering a means to create life out of previously non-living matter. even more in particular, i'm looking for sci-fi that discusses the possible social/political/philosophical ramifications of such a discovery within a cultural climate analogous to our own. whew! [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 6:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Will there be TV stations in 5 years?
So, what will really happen to the mainstream media? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 6:11 PM PST - 27 comments

How to fix a website and make it compatible in firefox AND IE?
I need some help with a CSS/HTML issue as well as an Internet Explorer issue. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there cute, comfortable shoes for women with larger feet?
Comfortable-and-cute-shoes-filter: can my wife find a pair of shoes that don't blister her feet? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 5:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Is there an agency I should call?
Labor Law: I work for a company in Texas. A friend of mine in another department called in sick this Wednesday and took the day off. She called in sick on Thursday too, but her manager told her that even though she had a fever she needed to come in anyway since they're working on an important project. Additionally, he told her that she would be working on Labor Day in order to make up for her day off on Wednesday. I guess I could understand this kind of behavior in exceptional circumstances where deadlines and times are really tight, but some parts of the company seem to be perpetually operating in "crunch mode" where taking vacation / sick days is a lot harder than it "should" be. She's not happy and is beginning to look for another job, but this had me wondering, is this behavior by the company legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Learning to Teach
I need a good overview in recent Secondary Educational theory. Whatever is currently in fashion in Academia. Any books to recommend? Any journals that are especially helpful? I'm new to this field and not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by pywacket at 4:38 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to be smooth.
Question about best practices for hair removal in intimate areas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Parcelling out a program
I'm having an incredible amount of trouble parceling out my programming work. For those of you who are coders how do you successfully organize your projects?
posted by Rubbstone at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a good, cheap hotel in Melbourne, Australia?
Looking for a cheap place to stay for a week in Melbourne, the cheapest that meets these criteria: (1) Hotel is 30 minutes or less from the CBD by public transport; (2) I can get a two-person room with its own shower; (3) I will not get stabbed or robbed there. [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to put my personal e-mail?
What should I use for personal e-mail over IMAP? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Using laptop a sa second monitor, free software?
Are there free alternatives to Maxivista software for using laptop as a second monitor? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 3:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Slumber Party Suggestions
So our daughters are throwing a slumber party tomorrow night and I am looking for ideas for food and activities for the girls. We are looking at 10-15 girls, ages 5-10. Feel free to include any other advice that you feel is pertinent.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 3:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Lynden, WA to Burnaby, BC shortcut?
Is there a shortcut from Lynden, WA to Burnaby, BC via Hwy 0? [more inside]
posted by daymented at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Is ther an easier way to switch audio output?
On my computer, is there an easier way to switch between two output sources? [more inside]
posted by Kraki at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

What antenna should I buy to broadcast a wireless signal?
I'm looking to broadcast a wireless signal 100-200yds. How many dB/mW does my antenna need to be and what's the optimal frequency? [more inside]
posted by jammnrose at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

5 cats enter, 1 cat leaves
Catfilter: Combining a 3-cat household with a 2-cat household. Yes, that's a lot of cats. Help me figure out how to ensure my house doesn't turn into the Thunderdome! [more inside]
posted by oh really at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

having a ball with the watchmen?
What are they smoking in the Watchmen? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

CNAME a domain and delegate the subdomain
Can I CNAME a second-level domain, and delegate a subdomain to a nameserver? What if the nameserver is the same for both? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I need to replace parts of a breast pump after long disuse?
What, if anything, do I need to replace on my Ameda Purely Yours breast pump, after 2 years' hiatus? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 1:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Brain oscillations? Why?
Neurosciencefilter: Why does coordinated, oscillatory behavior spontaneously arise in networks of sparsely connected inhibitory neurons? (e.g. theta oscillations in the hippocampus) I know that complex, organized phenomena can arise from simple interactions (e.g. whirlpools down the bathtub drain), but I'm looking for deeper insight. Is there math that "explains" this? Chaos theory? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 1:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I automate this web browsing task?
Please help me automate a repetitive task (log in to website, then after successful login, load some pages, then log out), in a way that can be scheduled so that it runs at two different hours each day. [more inside]
posted by mebibyte at 12:49 PM PST - 15 comments

ex Neti Pot Devotee
For over seven years I used and loved my Neti Pot. It worked wonders, I wanted to tell everyone about it. Suddenly a few weeks ago, it stopped working for me. How can I breath again. Slightly nasal details inside. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

High-end presentations?
What are people using these days for high-end presentations and convention running? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm floored that I'm writing the HiveMind about THIS.
How best to protect hardwood floors from chairs? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Cost of moving a piano?
Have you ever had a piano moved professionally? About how much did it cost? I'll be calling around for estimates as soon as I get out of work, but am trying to find a ballpark figure before I do. [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for examples of marketing or blurb lies or bait-and-switch on book jackets.
Do you know any books that have blurbs on the back which incorrectly describe the plot of the book? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 11:37 AM PST - 20 comments

How to get someone I'm infatuated with out of my head?
How to get someone I'm infatuated with out of my head? [more inside]
posted by DOT333 at 11:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Speech Recognition and Recording Software
What (if any) are good speech-recognition programs that also serve as full-function recording software? I'm not sure if this is a dumb question, but I sure couldn't find the answer easily online or in the Ask MeFi archives (despite some good stuff about speech-recognition programs). What I'm hoping to find is a good speech-recognition program (I'm looking at the basic model of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for now) that also allows you to record and edit long blocks of text. I suppose I could buy two separate programs - I have also been looking at WavePad as a good recording/editing option - but I'd love to find one program that bundles both capabilities. If anyone has good suggestions - or even the simple answer to whether I can do the recording/editing stuff with NaturallySpeaking, I'd love to hear from you! (Another helpful possibility might be if you've got a good freeware option that can do the stuff WavePad does. Older posts here on Ask MeFi have indicated that Audacity might be a good option for this. Any other thoughts?) Thanks, all!
posted by AngerBoy at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

What would be a reasonable web-server performance in requests/sec?
I'm running a series of load-tests against my wordpress (WAMP) blog with the apache-benchmark tool. The server is a dedicated server with 2 dual-core xeon procs. and 2gb RAM running the blog only and nothing else. I'm getting 4-5 requests/sec on average. Is this normal? What would be a reasonable performance in requests/sec? Thanks!
posted by artie at 11:10 AM PST - 14 comments

To PSW or not to PSW....
Getting a Personal Support Worker certification in Ontario -- worth it? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Do you know of small towns in the Adirondacks?
What are some small towns in the Adirondacks (NY)- with nice community, local food, and art? [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc at 9:47 AM PST - 16 comments

How do we keep our dog from making a big fuss in the morning?
DogTrainingFilter: How do we keep our dog from making a big fuss in the morning? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 9:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Who recalls these posters?
Help me find a series of Democrat campaign posters from recent years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Jungian literary criticism
Help me find examples of literary criticism adopting the Jungian idea that all the characters are aspects of the same person. [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 8:49 AM PST - 22 comments

If people work on a startup as a side project, do their employers have any claim over what they create?
I have some interest in getting a little startup going. I'm thinking through who could help, and some of the people on my list are still at my former employer. I worked there for quite some time, and would like to ask a couple of folks there if they want to commit some off-hours to this as a side project. Problem is: will their employer (my former employer) have any claim on what we create - since they still work there? I'm thinking of the whole anything-you-invent-while-working-here clause we all sign when we get a new job. It's not a competitive idea, necessarily, though it is something the aforementioned company should do themselves and might even be interested in buying someday. Would I spoil things by involving folks who still work there? This is in California.
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

What can I use to write my PhD in?
PhD Filter: First year into my course, one chapter written, MS Word can no longer take the strain. It's a humanities PhD, I need a cheap/free alternative... all help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick at 8:38 AM PST - 37 comments

Detox Me!
I would like to detoxify myself. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 8:32 AM PST - 40 comments

Best fiction books set in Ireland
IrishFiction filter: What are some good, fiction novels or short story anthologies set in Ireland? [more inside]
posted by donajo at 8:18 AM PST - 25 comments

US Navy related charities for a Memorial Gift
The son of a dear friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday, from complications following minor surgery. This young man was serving in the US Navy on a sub, and now we are looking for a Navy-related charity we could make a donation to in memory of this young man. Suggestions?
posted by anastasiav at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me help him
OK. Let's do this fucking thing. I want to help Obama get elected. How can I have the biggest impact in the immediate run-up to Election Day? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 7:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Cloning a laptop hard drive
Replacing my laptop's hard drive. I think I've almost got it but have some questions about the cloning process. [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Rules Rage?
I seem to have a form of ... rules rage. I get truly angry over things that, afterward, seem insignificant. Help me find out why, or how to get past it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Sell my booty!
How to sell a large-ish quantity of silver bullion and gold coins? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 1 comments

DragonCon Tips?
I'm going to DragonCon in Atlanta this weekend. [more inside]
posted by lordrunningclam at 6:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me go to hell!
Halloween Filter: Help me make my demon's lair even more cool this year. [more inside]
posted by twiki at 6:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Extending the shelf life of my linen closet.
Home improvement gurus: I'm planning on installing shelving in my linen closet. What hints can you give me to make this task a roaring success? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Anyone know of a small device with an LCD for securely storing passwords?
Anyone know of a small device with an LCD for securely storing passwords? [more inside]
posted by paulyballs at 6:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I force my DVR to pick up a later showing of a program?
Is there a way to force our DVR to record a later showing of a program? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 5:19 AM PST - 6 comments

I live in the UK, where's the best place for me to save £10,000
I have £10,000 which I made from the sale of my house. Eventually I want to use it as a deposit to buy a new house, but don't envisage this happening within less than a year. Where's the best place in the UK for me to save this money?
posted by mairuzu at 5:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find the rest of this pro-woman poem?
Help me find the rest of this poem: "to be a woman/ you don't have to put on lipstick/ or wear makeup".... [more inside]
posted by potatopeople at 5:16 AM PST - 3 comments

What do you think is fun in Quebec City?
What do you think is fun in Quebec City? My wife and I are going to Quebec City for the long weekend. Any recommendations on what to see and do? We like street markets specifically but we're up for anything, especially touristy stuff. We're staying in the city center but we'll have a car. Neither of us has been there in at least 10 years.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:15 AM PST - 12 comments

What do you wish you had when you graduated?
What (item) do you wish you had when you graduated from college? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 5:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there power outlets in the "coach" class of Amtrak?
Is there power outlets in the "coach" class of Amtrak? Specifically for a trip from Montreal to New York City.
posted by Idiot Mittens at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

How to read the online Metra schedule?
Simple question about reading Metra schedules... [more inside]
posted by puffin at 4:41 AM PST - 6 comments

dead floaters?
Why are floating mussels to be discarded before cooking? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 3:26 AM PST - 9 comments

How to pronounce Stephenson
How does author Neal Stephenson pronounce his last name? [more inside]
posted by spasm at 3:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Happy camper. Or not...
I have scored a week long wilderness trip. Hurrah for me. Except the last time I went camping was when I was, oh, 14. And I hated it. This time, I'll be working as well as camping. So my question to you, gentle woodsfolk of Metafilter, is what can I do to make my week in the wild productive and fun? Rather than the living hell I remember camping to be. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 3:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Running shadow children on the TV
1980s kids' television with silhouettes of running/skipping/jumping children? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 2:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Halloween icons
Characters and icons specific to Halloween? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 2:14 AM PST - 3 comments

UK ISA account with MENA, Japan and US access.
I want to use up my UK ISA allowance investing in Japanese, American and Middle Eastern shares, anyone know of a good service provider? [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 1:39 AM PST - 4 comments

August 28
First Ramadan Single - what now?
Single Muslim Father. First Ramadan without wife to help make food in the morning or with 'fun' ideas for the kidlets. Help! [more inside]
posted by burhan at 11:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Cheap Camera
What's a good video/digital camera for a college student on a budget? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:09 PM PST - 2 comments

NotOKCupid
Does dating through craigslist actually work? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 11:06 PM PST - 40 comments

Fried laptop?
Did I fry my laptop? (I was really stupid) [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:05 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to hear this broadcast again!
About ten days ago I was listening to NPR in my car (KPCC in Pasadena, to be specific) and heard a hysterical piece on Great Britain's success at the Olympics. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by kepano at 11:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Priorities and Timing in a mans Life...
Priorities and Timing in a Mans Life... [more inside]
posted by CharlotteSarah at 10:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me fulfill my dream of seeing Liverpool live!
Does anyone here know anything about buying tickets to UEFA Champions League games? [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 10:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Obama Theme Song
What was the instrumental music that played after Obama's convention speech? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Another Vista workaround, please. How to create PDFs.
How can I view AND create PDFs without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 9:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Need a Somerville MA mechanic
Does anyone know a good, reliable auto mechanic in the Somerville, MA area? [more inside]
posted by Lisa S at 8:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I fix my Macbook's headphone output?
My Early 2007 Macbook makes a continuous popping sound (through the headphone jack) whenever anything is plugged into the headphone jack. Audio plays normally through the built in speakers, but only the thumping/popping sound through headphones or external speakers. [more inside]
posted by Dorri732 at 8:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Who narrated Obama's bio tonight?
Who narrated Barack Obama's DNC profile video that aired before his speech? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

empty PCMIA slot?
What can I put into my laptop's empty PCMCIA slot? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 8:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Tall ships and Flying saucers.
*For a Friend: I was looking for a specific book that is made up of mainly pictures. I think it was illustrated by one of the Star Wars conceptual artists. the image from the book that has stuck in my mind was of a tall ship with a huge flying saucer right next to it. No clue what the title was but I really wanted a copy of it so any help finding it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by meta87 at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

[LinuxFilter] Resources to help learn everything there is to know about Linux/Ubuntu. (kind of)
Greetings! I was hoping you guys might have some suggestions on the best resources to learn about linux and how to use it to its max potential. I am using Ubuntu 8.04, but I want to learn everything about using linux. The problem is I cant find good resources as usual. I want to learn about the terminal in depth, and every little knook and cranny. I want to know what the good programs are and so on. So any books/websites/etc. you guys could link me would be great. And i already know about ubuntuforums i browse there all the time!
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 7:56 PM PST - 16 comments

PDF = Pretty Damn Funky
How can I convert a Word document to a pdf while keeping the margins the same width? We are working on a 5 MB Word document, created with Word 2003 on a PC running Windows XP. The margins must be 1 inch wide. When we convert it to pdf, the right hand margin becomes 1.25 inches wide, and random phrases become boldface. We've tried Acrobat 8 and a freeware converter (dopdf).
posted by lukemeister at 7:25 PM PST - 16 comments

what we talk about when we talk about color
When I manipulate my digital photos what exactly am I doing? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Don't go chasin' waterfalls...
Campgrounds with cabin rentals near Niagara Falls? [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 7:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Is Big Brother listening?
Can FaceTime IM monitoring read the traffic on googletalk when it's being run via the browser? [more inside]
posted by Jase at 6:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Two tickets to anywhere, please.
American Airlines has announced plans to increase fees for their frequent flier program. My wife and I want to cash in our miles while we can. We've used up most of our vacation days this year, but where should we go next spring? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Internet Speed tests lie, my connection sucks!
Why is it when I take internet speed tests my rating is great, but overall my browsing is miserably sluggish? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 6:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Donor Base Enlightenment!
What does "donor base" really mean? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get Mac and Vista to share the same wireless internet access.
Why would my Vista-running laptop suddenly refuse to share Internet access with my Mac OS X 5.4? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by herc at 6:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Am I dumb to think I can use speed safely?
Any positive (or at least relatively benign) experiences with short-term usage of non-prescribed dex-amphetamine as a study aid and appetite suppressant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 15 comments

What can I do to make our unequally-yoked marriage better?
What can be done in a marriage where one spouse believes in God and the other doesn't? The wife is (sort of newly) atheist and the husband can't accept this fact. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 45 comments

my macbook is driving me insane
My macbook, running OSX 10.5.4, has been working really poorly lately [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help assuage my health paranoia.
My doctor has me coming in for a brain CT scan for, what I think, is just a digestive issue. Do I have any reason to freak out? Because I am. [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Nuanced discussions of sexuality
I want to read about sexuality. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 4:38 PM PST - 13 comments

How would you name a military startup?
How would you name an oddly positioned military startup? [more inside]
posted by speek at 4:08 PM PST - 28 comments

vehicle liability
If you rear-end someone in Washington State are you automatically "at-fault". [more inside]
posted by kevnmo at 3:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Subtle kink in popular culture?
Books and movies with BDSM overtones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 35 comments

Teach me how to unce unce
I want to learn, from a teacher face-to-face, to use the various tools in an electronic (as in "dance," including hip-hop) music producer's arsenal. Do classes/lessons exist? How about in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Fonts-be-gone (from my PDF)!
Why are there 20 Mb of embedded fonts in my PDF and how can I make them go away? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch at 3:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this sand-like dust under my rug?
What the hell is the sand-like dust under my rug, and why won't it go away? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How to replace a car's stock CD player with an aftermarket?
CD player in my car stopped working (everything else works tape and radio) and when I asked from the dealer I was quoted around $400 to repair it. Since it's not worthwhile spending $400 for a repair I thought of getting an aftermarket player. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 2:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I afford to retire?
I am 60 years old and thinking of retiring, but unsure about how much money I need to live without working. I have a net worth of $3 million, half of it in two pieces of rental propery with the other half in stocks, bonds and a pension, but live in an expensive area and have a spouse who likes to live well and travel a lot. Can anyone out there offer some good advice?
posted by jc1745 at 2:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Career filter: Interview then... personality test!?
Career filter: Interview then... personality test!? Um, what the heck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Glad you're back from the mountains
What is the best welcome back surprise I could give my manfriend after a month of absence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Best tools for capturing video and audio on a tradeshow floor?
Help me figure out the best video/audio recording gear for my company. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:16 PM PST - 1 comments

How to drink tea in a public high school?
I've started drinking tea during the summer in the middle of the day for a little pick-me-up. How would you suggest someone cope during the school-day without resorting to coming off of this wonderful addiction? [more inside]
posted by guptaxpn at 2:16 PM PST - 24 comments

I needs me some new duds.
I'm about to start my own company, one that will require some face time with clients and partners. I'd like to spruce up my wardrobe a bit, but in simple ways. Help? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 2:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find 'porn' (and decide on a toy) for my female friend.
Can you help me pick a toy and "porn" for my female friend? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 1:57 PM PST - 30 comments

How to see expired posts on Craigslist?
I did a Google search and came up with a link to a Craigslist posting, but the post is expired. Obviously, Google has the text of this because it shows me snippets of it in the search result list, but there is no "Cached" link for me to see it. How can I get this info out of Google or Craigslist? Or, alternatively, is there a website that has cached versions of Craigslist posts? The post in question is ten days old.
posted by MrZero at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can my dog go swimming in Ottawa?
Where can I go swimming with my dog near Ottawa, ON? [more inside]
posted by Chick Pea at 1:51 PM PST - 8 comments

MAC moisturizer mix up
I just ordered makeup from MAC and picked studio moisture fix instead of studio moisture cream. what's the difference between the two? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

"I liked your smooth, textured surface."
ResumeFilter: Preparing my resume to be sent out and wondering about addressing the envelope by hand or printing it off. Also, is it worth it to get some official resume paper? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help, tired arm from all the guitar rock.
Guitar Filter: I've been playing guitar for a couple years now and I find my strumming arm getting more & more tired as I try to play faster & more aggressively. Does anyone have any exercises or tips to help me out? [more inside]
posted by cuando at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

My co-worker might be trying to get me fired
Co-worker is rude and dismissive because of something I said. Is there anything I can do to prevent her from threatening my standing with the higher ups? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

If I setup an MTA to merely forward incoming email without attempting to filter spam will my MTA be 'blacklisted' along with the server at the spam's origin?
I manage over 150 (and growing) domains. I would like to provide email addresses to users at those domains. Rather than provide Pop/IMAP access, I would prefer to forward email to the users' Yahoo/Gmail/etc email addresses. If I setup an MTA to merely forward incoming email without attempting to filter spam will my MTA be 'blacklisted' along with the server at the spam's origin?
posted by anonymous at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Renters and Telephones
Telephone lines: whose obligation? Renting in an unincorporated area [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

What should a math grad do for a year?
I'll graduate with a BS in mathematics in June. I plan on taking exactly one year off before entering a PhD program. What should I do during this time off, and what steps should I be taking now? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stop an evil landlord?
What legal action can my aunt take against her landlord? He's basically trying to get her to buy the house or get out. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Coming Clean in Istanbul?
I'm looking for a tourist-friendly, woman-friendly but authentic Turkish Bath in Istanbul - anyone have any 'can't miss' suggestions? [more inside]
posted by scrute at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I buy stock in Capstone Microturbines?
Are microturbines a serious contender in the future of world energy production? And if so, is investing now prudent? [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Fat burning mysteries!
Attention Fitness Gurus and Gurettes: Let's set me straight on about these fitness misconceptions and mysteries. I gotta get in shape! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 12:50 PM PST - 26 comments

What do you know about Frankfurt?
What do you know about Frankfurt? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 12:42 PM PST - 13 comments

broadcast TV options for Obama acceptance speech?
Which broadcast network should I watch tonight to see Obama give his acceptance speech with minimal distraction-annoyance by commentators & talking heads? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 12:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Make ipod talk to speakers.
I have speakers. I have an ipod. What goes in between? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 12:32 PM PST - 19 comments

What's up with my weirdo kitten?
A couple of questions from a new cat owner. [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me use GMail Better
My company recently switched from a standard POP mail server to having GMail as our MX server and hosting all our business accounts. Overall the benefits are quite positive, but I'm having some usage issues that bug me. Can you help me use gmail better? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 12:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Got Any Mathematical Mnemonics?
Do you have some mnemonic you came up with to help memorize formulas or concepts in mathematics (particularly for university math)? Or was there a different way of looking at a concept that really helped it sink in? [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Need Audigy Adapter
Need to find an Audigy 2 ZS notebook adapter cord [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

HOW DO PEOPLE WHO... oh.
How do people who communicate in languages without capital letters yell at each other online? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 12:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Where do intelligent people go?
I have finally decided that though I'm smart, I'm mostly average. The only way for me to be able to make decisions that will lead to becoming really successful is if I have people around me who are smarter than me, and who can teach me stuff. I need a mentor, how do I find this mentor? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 11:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there a nice way to say 'thanks, but no' in online dating?
How do I politely say "thanks, but no thanks" when someone messages me from an online dating site? I've recently joined okcupid, mostly to meet new people, and so far have had some really nice conversations. However, I've also had some people contact me that I don't seem to have anything in common with. I don't want to just delete their messages - that seems rude, when they've gone out on a limb to message me. But what's a polite way to say I don't see anything to talk about, without that turning into its own conversation?
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 39 comments

Will my exercise/commuting plan work?
Will my exercise/commuting plan work? Maybe I just need some affirmation. Maybe I'm wrong and I need some advice. Let me know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I work with someone that has no desire to work with me?
My coworker doubts my abilities, hates my work, and tells everyone. Some advice, please on how to cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Fixed or floating
Prime rate prognosticators: if you had a choice between a five-year business loan at a fixed 7.5% or floating one point above prime, which would you go with?
posted by bjork24 at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a definite answer for approximately equal
Here's the deal: I've exhausted my neurons looking for some kind of answer to a mathematical symbol stumper. I'd love to know who invented, originated, or was the first individual to use the double-tilde (≈) as a means of expressing/denoting "approximately equal" in mathematics. I know that Robert-Recorde is supposed to have introduced the "equals" sign (=) in 1557. Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated. I await enlightenment.
posted by font_snob at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

How would a very large cash deposit affect a small bank?
Lets say you win a very large lottery (ie +$50 Mil), and you decide to just take the whole thing in to your local small town bank, what would that large of a deposit to do the bank?
posted by ShawnString at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

BBQ pee loo
BBQ filter: some questions about BBQ and a loo inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Mandarin courses in Seattle
Have you personal recommendations for Mandarin language classes in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

A first person account of self-amputation.
Help me find the first person account of a man who cut off his own hand and (successfully) made it look like an accident. [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Excel 2007: Filter one sheet based on a range of cells in another sheet
Excel 2007: How do I filter one worksheet based on values in a range of cells in a second worksheet. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Ethics of a Pseudonym
Up for serious discussion: What are the ethics of writing under a pseudonym? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 10:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Lamb, beets, and ?
Help me decide on a menu for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. Two requirements: lamb and beets. [more inside]
posted by LittleLisi at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do people assume he's a deadbeat?
Why do people assume my husband is a deadbeat (and what can I do about it?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 47 comments

What are the best ipod/regular speakers to use while studying abroad for a year?
What are the best ipod/regular speakers to use while studying abroad for a year? I will be studying abroad for a year and living in college-dorm type room (meaning cramped). I will have my iPod and my MacBook Pro with me. Right now I have the Harmon/Kardon Soundsticks II and love them, but they're too big to bring. What are the best speakers that I can get for uner $150? Thanks!
posted by daf81289 at 10:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Ride Captain Ride Upon Your Under-Powered Ship
An electric scooter friendly trip planner? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Better router / access point
Is there a stable router and or wifi access point for home or small office use? [more inside]
posted by rollo tomassi at 10:00 AM PST - 17 comments

How can we help abused kids?
How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 9:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Fixing FF3
FireFox3-filter: New pop-up windows open but don't display anything. Help? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Craigslist scam?
Is this apartment ad on Craigslist a scam? It seems too good to be true of course, and it links to a suspicious-looking URL where they ask that interested people fax them a credit score. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu at 9:36 AM PST - 14 comments

I just really don't want to plug another thing into the wall...
I have a cable modem provided by Time Warner Cable of NYC (seen here). The back of the device has one 10 Base-T port (ethernet jack) and one USB type B jack. Can I connect a laptop to the USB jack and my Xbox 360 to the ethernet jack? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I travel to Japan or Thailand in January?
Should I spend two weeks in January in Japan or Thailand? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 9:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Make me a platonic babe-magnet
I’m a girl. I have zero problems being friends with men. I try to be friends with other women, but they're not having it. I’m doing something wrong. What is it? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:04 AM PST - 51 comments

Seeking Family Reunion Destination Ideas
Seeking family reunion location ideas in the Mid-Atlantic states for crazy Irish clan. There are specific requests that folks are making... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Extract Text and Images From a PDF
I'd like to extract the text and images from a multi-page pdf to use on the web. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Running a data only website?
Any ideas on starting or running a website just for data and charts? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 8:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Wanted: Getaway Vehicle. And Pilot.
How does one charter a plane? [and how much would it cost?] [more inside]
posted by Acari at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

wondering about origin of snuff photos
Back in the mid 90s, in the early days of internetting, I visited the alt.tasteless.photos newsgroup for the first and last time; I saw a set of photos there that I still wonder about. (Gory inside) [more inside]
posted by luser at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?
What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 7:36 AM PST - 77 comments

Conversation and Impromptu Games
What are some fun impromptu games--I'm thinking like Punch Buggy, or Not It? AND, what are some fun conversation games--like Would You Rather, or The Dozens, or Questions, or Existential Rock Paper Scissors?
posted by Ollie at 7:13 AM PST - 24 comments

He's the employee from heaven AND from hell.
One of the folks on my payroll is somehow both the best and worst employee ever. How can I better manage his occasionally bad attitude in order to make my life and the lives of the other employees less traumatic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Guide books for MBA Candidates
I need suggestions for a good MBA program guidebook, and anything else that will help me be a good MBA candidate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to kitesurf in Europe?
What's the best spot in or close to Europe to learn how to kitesurf? [more inside]
posted by insouciant at 6:43 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm Bill Curtis and I've lost the iternets!
Airport Extreme de-bugging help please! Downloaded firmware updates Monday and now Macbook won't find my airport. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 6:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Love me some big concrete slabs
What buildings are considered "quintessential" examples of brutalist architecture?
posted by tylerfulltilt at 6:34 AM PST - 52 comments

Which water-well equipment for the healthiest drinking water?
Which water-well equipment for the healthiest drinking water? [more inside]
posted by kapec at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

bibliomania
Looking for book auctions in Ontario and Quebec... [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Matches versus lighters: which is more envionmentally friendly?
Which is more environmentally-friendly: matches or lighters? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 6:20 AM PST - 8 comments

What're some political blogs with video?
What are some good political blogs a la Crooks and Liars that feature lots of up-to-the-minute video clips. Clips of news, scandal, talking heads, speeches, events, etc. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:03 AM PST - 6 comments

My google-fu has failed: Which Australian university courses are the hardest to get into?
My Google-fu has failed me. Where can I find a sequenced list of the admission requirements for Australian university courses? Ideally, I'm looking for something like "Top 50 most difficult-to-get-into courses in Australia". [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 4:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Unusual breakfast ideas
I'm looking for unusual/exotic/foreign breakfast ideas - I've become tired of the usual cereal option, and would like something new. Doesn't matter if it needs cooking, because I have plenty of time, and should preferably be relatively healthy.
posted by PTCHFRKR at 2:56 AM PST - 40 comments

Buying jewelery in Thailand.
Buying jewellery in Thailand/Bangkok. Need good advice/website/stores to go to so that I don't get ripped off. [more inside]
posted by latentflip at 2:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Do-do-do-do dooo, ouch goes my ears...
Can anyone recommend a good piano tuner near Toronto? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 1:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Where Can I Receive Feedback on Research Ideas?
Are there any websites I can post research ideas and receive feedback on them? (compsci) [more inside]
posted by gadha at 1:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Which 117 problem banks?
I saw a news blurb recently that said..."FDIC sees 117 problem banks; most since 2003...". Do they make this list public? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 1:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Web based collaboration software
Recommendations for programmable web based collaboration software for team in multiple cities (such as basecamp or google docs) [more inside]
posted by london302 at 12:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Breakfast and Lunch in Vancouver
Recommendations for breakfast and lunch in/ around downtown Vancouver, BC, please. [more inside]
posted by queseyo at 12:20 AM PST - 18 comments

August 27
Scammed by the movers
Interstate movers gave a binding estimate ($2300) based on an accurate list that we supplied, but after all the furniture was loaded on the truck they told us it was more than twice the price ($5300)! What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 10:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Desperately seeking Erin Brokovich - need sliding scale family law attorney in San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula / South Bay)
Desperately seeking Erin Brokovich - need sliding scale family law attorney in San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula / South Bay) [more inside]
posted by ebellicosa at 10:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Puzzle filter: I'm looking for the name of this puzzle involving a cube...
Puzzle filter: I'm looking for the name of this puzzle involving a cube... [more inside]
posted by puloxor at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone tell me the artist and title of this Korean song?
Can anyone tell me the artist and title of this Korean song? [more inside]
posted by Fareed at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

And it wasn't just SF, that's just my bad example.
Years ago I saw a website that displayed authors' names in a rotatable 3D space, with genre, style, and theme indicated by proximity. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Graston technique?
Has anyone had any experiences with the Graston Technique of chiropractic care? [more inside]
posted by Janey Complainy at 10:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Sharing Windows computers on a home network
What's the best way for two people to collaborate on their Windows computers that are on the same home network? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Who was this this later famous supply clerk?
Which later-famous-for-something-else supply clerk began reporting on the number of flies that he'd killed? [more inside]
posted by dws at 9:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get my Jack Russell to quit peeing on everything.
How do I get my 4 year old Jack Rusell to stop peeing on things? He IS potty trained, and neutered, but still seems to be "marking" furniture and corners all over my apartment, and I NEVER catch him in the act. I've heard this is an issue that is more common in Jack Russells. Is there anything I can do to deter this so he won't pee on my new couch? [more inside]
posted by veronicacorningstone at 8:52 PM PST - 7 comments

How long does one smell skunk?
How long does one smell skunk? (ain't talkin' 'bout weed) [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 8:37 PM PST - 14 comments

The Teacher of Multiple Translations
Which translation/adaptation/version of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters should my high school students perform? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 8:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner
A not uncommon sexual quandary, but with the typical gender roles reversed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 PM PST - 19 comments

What does one do while getting a tattoo?
What does one do while getting a tattoo? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Please help me stand up straight, make a new plan, and dive in again.
I have never had to try very hard, and yet I've usually succeeded. Until now. How do I become better at dealing with failure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Help novice select a new cell phone
I know next to nothing about cell phones over the past year, but now find myself in the market. I need: simplicity, battery life, functionality most important is ease of use of phone including contacts import from outlook, calender syncing with outlook (my office doesn't seem to use the kind of MS exchange server that would easily allow that option), and occasional web browsing with maps for travel. what do folks recommend? I see Costco has a special today: free Blackberry Pearl with one year contract with Tmobile
posted by dougiedd at 8:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me make sense of small businss tax forms!
Starting a small, part-time, home-based eBay business in New York. What are the implications of registering for a Sale & Use Tax certificate? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 8:09 PM PST - 1 comments

How many students can you cram into a VW bug?
How many students are allowed to be crammed into a California public-elementary classroom? [more inside]
posted by metacort at 8:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Oeno! phile
A scorching hot day and a bottle of wine just arrived off the UPS truck. This bottle of cab must be 90-95F! How to care for this wine now? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

There's no free lunch
What is huhu ? [more inside]
posted by joewandy at 7:10 PM PST - 14 comments

A font for a hero
Could some kind soul clue me in as to the names of the fonts in this image? [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I make the telemarketing calls to my cell phone stop?
Anyone know where or how can I get a grancentral.com invite? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

international composer of mystery
If you know a non-English language (especially one written in a non-Western alphabet), will you please tell me whether your language's entry is correct in this list? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 6:06 PM PST - 36 comments

Etch a sketch
Metal art/craft question - I need to scratch a design into a lot of cold rolled 22 gauge steel. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Make ahead appetizer ideas?
Looking for some good make-ahead appetizer recipes for an upcoming afternoon get-together. [more inside]
posted by smalls at 5:12 PM PST - 14 comments

how do i sell my car registered in CT to an New York resident?
Selling my car (registered in Connecticut) to a New York state resident, who is not a US citizen. please help me with my forms checklist! [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Absorbing sound...as a bunny.
Hello all! I am looking for a particular kind of mask, and I am hoping you can help me find it. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How to succeed in AP English Literature?
Help a high school senior make the most out of AP English Literature. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 4:55 PM PST - 21 comments

What's that spicy smell in Park Slope?
There's something in the air around here lately - Park Slope, Brooklyn - that smells a lot like cloves or clove oil, and a bit like pipe tobacco. It came on strong yesterday afternoon and is still drifting around today. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice on Emailing Professors When Applying to Grad School?
Any advice concerning email communication with professors who I'll be contacting at the various schools that I will be applying to for PhD programs in Political Science? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 4:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Is all the hoopla about cacao kaka?
I've started eating raw cacao beans and I really like them. Are the nutritional claims true? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

MiniDV camera research
Suggestions and research sites for DV camera? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the coolest thing I can buy for $200?
What's the coolest thing I can buy for $200? [more inside]
posted by andreux at 3:28 PM PST - 48 comments

Resources wanted - cultural diversity, youth, arts
Cultural diversity, youth, and the arts/creative industries - where do I start looking for resources? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

NTSC needs to die, already.
My LCD TV, capable of displaying up to 720p content, doesn't (properly) deinterlace 480i cable content. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this how to website!
Ask me find this how to website! A series of videos with hipsters teaching you things like how to calm down a baby by turning on a tap, and wrapping your headphones' cord. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Swimsuit for not-so-clean pond
Please recommend a full-body swimsuit for a not-so-clean pond. It's the closest body of water to my house by far, and I really want to swim there, but the cleanliness of the water has got me worried. [more inside]
posted by portabella at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

We the People Divorce Help Please!
I was wondering if there is an equivalent to We the People, whom took care of my divorce paperwork in California, in Chicago for my sister unfortunately needs to file for divorce... [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 2:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What do you do when you first start to feel a cold or other sickness?
What do you do when you first start to feel a cold or other sickness? Are there any remedies that work best at the first sign of a cold [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 1:32 PM PST - 64 comments

Replacing Macbook hard drive. Please help me make sure I understand all the steps.
Replacing Macbook hard drive. Please help me make sure I understand all the steps. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Which self-catering flat in York, UK?
Colleague and I are staying in York, UK for a week in October. Help us decide which flat we should rent. One is at 16 Park Crescent, just off Monkgate. The other is in a converted warehouse on Peter Lane, near High Ousegate. We want good pubs and walks nearby, and we value quiet and safety. [more inside]
posted by infodiva at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Follow-up e-mail to fix a botched job interview?
I totally botched a job interview today. I really want the job, and am just starting to write a follow-up / thank-you e-mail. Help me do it well! [more inside]
posted by fogster at 1:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Take my mother-in-law.... back to her childhood
Looking for a song/lullaby that my mother-in-law's mother used to sing to her. Memories are fading and I can only offer one line (or one rememberance of one line) You boys and girls are your mother's pearls possible with a Remember in front of it. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize at 1:02 PM PST - 2 comments

foo.biz versus foosoftware.com
Which is better: mypreferrednamesoftware.com or mypreferredname.biz? Or do I have to keep trying to find anothergoodname.com that isn't already taken? [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

The Swedish Chef Would Answer This In Two Shakes
Which Nordic country should I visit? [more inside]
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness at 12:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Getting the Group out of Group Project
What's the best way to approach a professor about going solo on a group project? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 12:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Is hypnosis real?
Help me find reliable research on the validity of hypnosis. [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Cilantro and salmon don't go together. What does?
How do cooks figure out which tastes go well together? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 12:03 PM PST - 38 comments

What is the time scale of linguistic evolution?
Generally speaking, how long does it take for a root language to evolve into mutually incomprehensible offshoot languages? Or, conversely, how long would languages with a common root be understandable to one another's native speakers? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Feel like a kid again.
I own a Nintendo DS. What are some great, unheralded games I should probably know about?
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 11:55 AM PST - 35 comments

What is this plane?
Whilst backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a friend of mine came across what appeared to be the detritus of an aircraft crash. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Edible and adorable.
I want to make some animal-shaped food. I would prefer savory to sweet, and I do not want to use a mold or a cookie cutter to achieve the animal shape. [more inside]
posted by waltzing astronomers at 11:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Legal recourse for neighborhood denied access to coastline?
Hi. For my mom. In New Hampshire, is there any sort of recourse for a neighborhood that has recently been denied by a new homeowner a "traditional path" down to the water, where all kayak and canoe? More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

It's not class or ideology, colour creed or roots...
Where can I find a pair of the new UK made vintage Doc Martens? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Alternatives to conventional U.S. high school for a gifted student?
Alternatives to conventional U.S. high school for a gifted student? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 11:01 AM PST - 29 comments

What's the best way to create a 3D model from the "average" shape of real-world objects?
I'm beginning a project where I need to construct a 3D model based off the "average" shape (I'm not sure that's exactly the proper term) of a number of similar real-world objects, and I'm not sure on the best workflow or process. Example: I have 25 bananas and I want to create a 3D model based off the average shape of all these bananas. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 10:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Who is this flute-playing witch?
Is this witch with a flute a character from somewhere? [more inside]
posted by everichon at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Kitty needs to eat while I'm away - help!
Really worried about my kitty! I'm looking for a last minute cat-sitter for next week in London, UK (E2, Bethnal Green). [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Compiz vizualization problem
Linux filter: I've lost a feature since enabling the Compiz visualizations, little help? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Im in ur iphone, haxin ur safari...
Is it possible to create an iphone app that would read and respond to the subjects you're reading about? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

The Metric European Kitchen
Yet another baking question...this time I'm looking to figure out some good recipes to bake in Northern Europe [more inside]
posted by melissam at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

So it's my birthday, now what?
It's been a bad summer, what to do for birthday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Sources For Playground Grants?
I am involved in the design and construction of a six-classroom Head Start building in rural Oregon. While major northwest foundations are involved in funding the building itself, I now must find sources for grants to build the playgrounds. This may run in excess of 100k. Do any of you know of likely sources for such funds?
posted by partner at 9:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Television over internet
I just moved. I have terrible TV reception and 24 megabit internet. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by alby at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Light my fire.
I'm sitting on the Block Island ferry, enjoying a spicy bloody marry, and wondering if there are other alcoholic drinks with bite. What are your favorite fiery drinks?
posted by splatta at 9:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to buy an Asus EEE in SF
Does anyone know anywhere in San Francisco that stocks the linux version of the Asus eee 901 netbook other than Central Computers? [more inside]
posted by demagnetized at 9:09 AM PST - 0 comments

Where can I find the "recycled bag" fabric used by grocery stores?
Where can I find the fabric/material several grocery chains are using to make cheap reusable bags these days? Is it as cheap as it appears? [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Graduate School: Mixing Literature and Classical Political Philosophy
I'm interested in (further) graduate studies combining Political Philosophy/Theory and Literature. Any ideas about finding programs that mesh the two? [more inside]
posted by Outis at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Religion, the non-believer and worthwhile relationships.
Myself: atheist. SO: Lutheran. Not too long ago she sent me an email to say that at some point in the future she would like to talk about the religious card and its possible effect on our relationship. Any thoughts on how to approach this? Hints have been dropped here and there at her wanting to finally discuss this. [more inside]
posted by roooooot at 8:38 AM PST - 23 comments

What's your favorite app launcher?
What app launchers do you use on the PC? And is there something I'm missing about Enso? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Feed my literary appetite.
BookFilter: My reading list is getting very short and I'm looking to the hivemind to help me queue up a few more books to get me by. [more inside]
posted by wavering at 8:29 AM PST - 32 comments

How do you convert a font file with the extension ".scr" to TTF?
How do you convert a font file with the extension ".scr" to TTF? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Dumb, drunken credit card problem.
Dumb, horny, out of the country, drunk, paying for strippers with credit card. They ripped me off to the tune of $2600. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It was different from a typical American strip joint, more a 'get a private room' sort of place, not a big stage show, and no sex acts performed. I was offered and have no receipts. I only remember signing one. I have five separate charges from this place on my card. I wasn't there very long, maybe two hours. I'm 99% sure I'm being ripped off. I DO NOT want to do anything illegal, and am willing to pay what I really signed for. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 34 comments

I would like to convert 4000 records
I scanned with OmniPage 4,000 records and now have a single column of records saved as a text file each record is separated by a blank line. Each record is composed of 4, 5, 6 or 7 lines with the first 3 or 4 or 5 lines being the address the rest is fax, phone, email.. [more inside]
posted by Mauimarty at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Web Marketing/Usability Think Tank Exercises
What are some good “think tank” exercises for my team to get them to brainstorm a bit on some new initiatives for our major retail website? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Help my neck.
I sit at a computer all day and then like to play/compose at the piano in the evening. I've always had slight discomfort "sitting up strait" due to forward head posture, but I've been able to minimize the discomfort with frequent breaks, stretching and such. Recently the pain has increased. I've read up on posture and have started Alexander Technique lessons, but when I try to sit up strait as in all the ergonomic diagrams and as directed in lesson, the base of my neck and the area between my shoulder blades aches MORE. Shouldn't correct posture minimize this? Any advice, exercises, or techniques to get my body on board with the new posture? [more inside]
posted by distrakted at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there an economical way for me to switch cell phone providers mid-contract?
Is there any economical way to switch cell phone providers without waiting months for my contract to expire? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 8:06 AM PST - 9 comments

What band equipment do i need?
My buddy and I are trying to figure out what we need so we can have amplification and recording capabilities when we jam in the basement. I've played acoustic guitar and drums for years but am an absolute n00b when it comes to next steps. Meaning, I don't know the difference between a PA or an amp (is a PA an amp?). [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Downgrading multiple Vista machines with one XP Professional license
Can I "downgrade" multiple computers with Vista pre-installed using only one license of XP Professional? [more inside]
posted by danwalker at 7:12 AM PST - 8 comments

What is this drawing?
What is this drawing/painting/print I saw? It is in Grendel's Den at Harvard Square. It involves dog and a fancy dinner. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Talk, talk
Seeking good talk therapist in the greater Norfolk, Virginia Beach area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me protect my monitors!
Any recommendations on hard, non-reflective, non-privacy-shield-style, clear monitor covers meant to be left on the monitor at all times? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 6:57 AM PST - 6 comments

New job or wrong job?
New job may have been a bad move, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Frequent injuries
Is it normal that I get injured so easily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 AM PST - 16 comments

the Dr Frankenstein of collaborative software
Easiest, most effective way to stand up a collaborative portal? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 5:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Cannabisfilter
Cannabisfilter (haha) How would cannabis affect my Nerves and is it even a neurotoxin? How dangerous is it really? The internet gives me very split opinions on it.. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 4:37 AM PST - 13 comments

So I bought this tree...
What are the best carbon-offsetting schemes out there? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 1:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Free text to .mp3/.wav converter?
How do I convert text, .doc, or .pdf into a .mp3, .wav, or any other audio file for FREE?
posted by meta.mark at 12:01 AM PST - 10 comments

August 26
Do you remember a picture of a naked melting person?
I'm looking for back story on a somewhat disturbing photograph which was circulating around the internet around 10-15 years ago. Trouble is, I no longer have a copy of the file, and can't find it. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 11:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a cheap hotel.
Looking for a cheap hotel near(ish) Charing Cross Hospital in London. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 11:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Help my filling be less moist
Any ideas on a recipe to make a cream filling for my cookies that will approximate the texture of the filling in Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find a diet/nutrition plan that takes into account my lack of a kitchen.
Please help me find a diet/nutrition plan that takes into account my lack of a kitchen. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 10:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Is that word Persian for "flying"?
Help me identify my rug! It has a label on the back that says "OSMAN" across the top, with a picture of a mosque and some Arabic or Persian writing along the bottom. Where was it made, and what does the label say? [more inside]
posted by pmann at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy cheap, but quality, mid-century design furnitures?
Where to buy cheap, but quality, mid-century design furnitures? Eames LCW $500 budget. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 9:21 PM PST - 2 comments

List of new businesses in CO...should I fork over the dough or keep looking?
I need a list of new businesses/incorporations in Colorado. Is buying one my only option? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka at 8:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I take this product manager job?
A small software company has offered me a position as a product manager. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 8:39 PM PST - 19 comments

helpful? cult-like? both?
Re-evaluation Counseling- helpful or cult-ish? (or both?) [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting started in plastic welding/brazing
Getting started with (hobby) plastic welding/brazing? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Can milk cause constipation?
Can [cold] milk cause constipation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

iTunes/iPod conversion - temp file?
Help me solve an iTunes problem I hope I won't have. My poor little Dell has been working hard all day, processing a .M4V file using the "Convert Selection for iPod" feature in iTunes. After 12 hours it's about 75 percent done, but it's raining here. Our power has a bad habit of going out during storms, and I'll be really depressed if I lose this in-process file if/when the computer reboots. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Relocating with an outdoor cat
What sortve cities/towns should I consider moving w/ my indoor/outdoor cat? A yard, trees, plants, and small animals to hunt required...and things for me to do as well. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Casual relationships in high school?
Casual relationships in high school? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 7:35 PM PST - 39 comments

Beware the 2-year-old with a Game Boy.
My nephew is 2 and a half years old. What simple electronic toys should we buy for him? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 7:20 PM PST - 17 comments

What Do Dog Owners Want?
Help me to be the best dog trainer possible to my clients! Tell me what you look for in a dog trainer, and what you hope the experience will be like. Tell me your best and worst experiences. I teach group classes in basic and advanced obedience, work with owners whose dogs have serious behavior problems like aggression and anxiety, and everything in between, so all feedback is helpful. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Who serves Cleveland's favorite breakfast?
What's the best breakfast place in Cleveland, the one-of-a-kind place I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous at 7:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Oriental rugs on Ebay?
What is the deal with Persian rugs on ebay? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get AmEx to stop sending me so much junk mail?
3-5 times a week, every week, I receive promotional offers from American Express (with whom I am a current cardholder). How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 6:44 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I make full screen applications stop stretching on wide screen LCD?
How do I make it so that full screen applications won't stretch on my new wide screen LCD? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 6:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Do-My-Kid's-Homework-Filter
There is one sure way to keep water from comng into your home. What is it? [more inside]
posted by LoraxGuy at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a list of the sales rank of NFL jerseys?
How would you find a ranked list of professional sportsmens' jersey sales for a particular league during a particular season? For instance, where could you find a ranked list of the sales of NFL players' jerseys for 2007? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 5:05 PM PST - 1 comments

What books would you recommend for a David Schickler fan?
I'm looking for book recommendations along the lines of David Schickler's literary fiction. Fresh, tender, sweet, sexy, steamy, intimate, unabashedly earnest, contemporary literary romance. What has all that and more? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 4:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Question about sensitive data, erasing files, and backup drives.
Question about sensitive data, erasing files, and backup drives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Utility bills to my roommate and my credit score.
How do Utility Bills addressed to my roommate affect my credit score? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

It's not Leonard Nimoy, but it's good anyway
Where online I can view the opening sequence for the Franklin Institute's Imax theater? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme at 4:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Flex your brain!
What's the best way to learn Flash/Flex? Books? Certificate program? Online tutorials? My goal is to make fun games/rich apps and websites.
posted by scrumtralescent at 4:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What does a fit 40-year-old normal guy look like with his shirt off?
Got any photos and ideas of what a tall, reasonably fit, 40-year-old man look like with his shirt off? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:25 PM PST - 31 comments

divorce-filter: protect friend from his wife financially
divorce-filter: protect friend from his wife financially, her secret bank accounts, hostility, etc [more inside]
posted by evanrodge at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

spoon + disposal =poor outcome
Can you fix a 18/10 teaspoon that's had a run-in with a food disposal? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 4:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Post-poop dog won't move on walks, help!
Leash training question. Dog stops walking all of the sudden on walks and will not come. We end up having to carry him back to house every day. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Identity Theft 101
Identity Theft filter: long story short, my email, debit card #, first and last name, and home address were used fraudulently to open an account with ccbill.com. How does this happen? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 3:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Hacking the corporate sofa.
Is there any real way of making a firm foam corporate style sofa more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Swimming Holes Near San Francisco
Are there any good swimming holes in the San Francisco Bay Area or nearby? (Let's say, within a three hour drive.) I'd love to find some fresh water to swim in -- lakes, rivers, streams, something like that. Thanks for any suggestions! (And feel free to Mefi-mail me if you don't want to tell everyone your secret spot.)
posted by salvia at 3:01 PM PST - 18 comments

keeping track of yourself in python
How do you keep track of all your python libraries and modules and previous work? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I find this New York bar?
Help me identify a bar in New York from my friend's very vague description of its decor! [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 2:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Missed Community Service
How can I best help a friend get out of jail? He accidentally missed his community service gig. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:54 PM PST - 11 comments

TN Visa: Help me prepare!
American working in Canada: help me prepare for the TN Visa interview process! [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Batman & Neal Adams for Cheap?
I am trying to find out if if DC comics is sooner than later (if ever) going to release the Batman and Detective comics runs from artist Neal Adams era in the 60s and 70s. I know they have released expensive colored hardbounds but I am hoping for some cheap thick black and white Showcase versions like they are doing for other titles...I know they do the worst titles first...but even Marvel is releasing their good stuff in the Essential series. Any news would be good. Thanks.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Help ID this peach
Help me identify a peach! I work for an orchard. We planted what we were sold as doughnut peach trees but they're not bearing doughnut peaches; they're bearing mystery peaches. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

How to avoid the puddle in front of our home?
My landlord refuses to install rain gutters and so every time it rains we have to jump over a deep puddle that forms by our front steps. What can I put there temporarily that will keep us from stepping into the puddle? I'm thinking bricks of some kind but is there a better solution? The puddle is usually about four to six inches deep and a few feet around.
posted by ranunculus at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

NC is the weirdest state I've ever lived in.
Just moved to North Carolina. My husband is *trying* to get his NC driver's license, but they are insisting he have his social security card in order to do so. Why is this? He has a passport; why isn't this enough?
posted by All.star at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

European B&B Jobs
What are the best sites to search for jobs in B&B in Europe(particularly Italy and Greece)?
posted by lfeather at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I transform my short term spurts of motivation/adrenaline into constant motivation?
How do I transform my short term spurts of motivation/adrenaline into constant motivation? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 1:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Undelete after a copy/paste error?
I lost a big file in a cut-and-paste snafu. Help! [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

To fornicate, or not to fornicate
Looking for practical input from those familiar with dating members of the Christian/Protestant clergy [more inside]
posted by smallstatic at 1:24 PM PST - 16 comments

My Room Smells Disgusting. Help?
What is the absolute best/strongest/still-smells-good air freshener that money can buy? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 1:22 PM PST - 18 comments

What happened to the Holland Bar?
What happened to the Holland Bar in New York? I walked past and the gates were down! The phone is not being answered. Yet another NYC dive gone? What are my alternatives?
posted by monospace at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Sync calendars iPhone to iPhone
She has an iPhone, I have an iPhone, and we want to share a calendar that can be seen and edited by both of us from our iPhones. Should be easy but apparently not... [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

My MacBook won't stop ejecting discs that aren't there
My MacBook's optical drive makes constant eject noises. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

I am a recovering TV addict that is now suddenly able to watch TV online. Help me work through my resurfaced addiction.
I am addicted to TV. I struggled for years to limit my intake. Finally about 8 years ago, I gave my TV away. Success! Huzza! Lately I have been watching TV online. I have also been wasting time online. I have even been onlining online. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 12:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Color Crazy
What color should I paint my porch if I want to keep a fire engine red door? [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi at 12:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Before vs. Behind - which is correct here?
Which preposition is the correct choice in this context? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 12:33 PM PST - 35 comments

So i'm frugal, but what's next ?
I am a frugal person entering his senior year in college [age 21]. I have been following advice like the stuff in thread 84915and thread 99852 and living below my means. I sought advice in Financial books for college kids my age [for example, generation debt], but left feeling wanting more because they focus primarily on how to cut expenses [skipping the latte, etc]. So, I have some student loans already, but will need more for my senior year. I also have some money set aside, but I should I use this money to lower the loan amount that I'll take out or use this money for an investment (Roth IRA, index fund), and take out more for my student loans ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 12:28 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I store comic books?
I am looking for some uber-cool comic book storage ideas. I am not really down with the boring cardboard boxes; however the storage does need to be of of the box and/or cabinet variety. Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by AlliKat75 at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Brooklyn Brunch?
NYCFilter: I need to find the best Sunday brunch in Brooklyn, preferably around Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene or Crown Heights. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Are There Any Good General-Topic Blogs?
I've been doing some thinking lately about blogs. It seems that most of the really popular, successful blogs stick to one topic or another, pretty well defined (food, books, politics, celebrities, etc.). Are there any really popular or successful (in the sense of widely-read, or just good to read) blogs that are about a variety of topics, or that take the 'one person's views on a whole bunch of things' model?
posted by toomuchkatherine at 12:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Best Condenser Mics for Recording Drums?
What is a good set of condenser microphones for recording drums? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

what would you do with this hair?
Help me find a cool short(er) hairstyle for my thick wavy hair! [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Lovecraftian Lawsuits Pt II
This is a bit of a follow up to this question. I'm contemplating a small comics project staring a fictionalised version of HP Lovecraft (something I've done before but thsi will be slight higher profile) and the title will be something along the lnes of "H.P. Lovecraft's World of Weirdness". Is the use of his name in the title like that, which might imply some kind of authorship or endorsement or somesuch, likely to bring the Lovecraft estate down on me like a ton of bricks?
posted by Artw at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Imprinting in Blender
How to get an "imprint" of a model in Blender? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

On an Urban Photo Safari in T.O.
Aside from landmark buildings and tourist architecture, where can I take my out-of-town friend (an amateur photographer) to capture unique shots in Toronto this weekend? [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 11:29 AM PST - 14 comments

How to prevent tonsilloliths without surgery?
How do I prevent tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) without removing my tonsils? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Transhumanism in the Real World.
Real-life examples of "transhumanism" / the fusion of body and "machine". [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 10:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Children's Bento Box?
Suggestions for bento box dealers? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's give them someone to talk to
I'm looking for suggestions for video guest speakers for a class I'm teaching this fall. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the best open source search engine?
My company is looking to build a search engine to index our web site and I'm wondering if anyone has used any open package to do the task. Names, URLs, experience would be highly appreciated,
posted by seeminglee at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

please draw a heart for me
How can I find a freelance illustrator to do some work for a small web project I'm working on? How much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Central monitoring software needed. Does it exist?
There has to be a program that does this - user configurable Service Level monitoring of other systems, with 'actionable' events [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments

A simple matter-manager for a small law firm
Can anyone suggest a good, relatively simple open-source or low-cost file/client management program suitable for use by a small law firm? The software should be able to schedule/calendar, manage documents, track tasks/to-dos, and associate all of these things according to particular clients/matters. Something that syncs between machines is a definite plus, as is something that isn't a resource hog. We manage the accounting side separately, so that needn't be a component. [more inside]
posted by yeliabmit at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you help with my Mexico City move?
When we go to Mexico City, what should we leave behind? And what else should we consider? [more inside]
posted by phantroll at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Poster repair
Need low-tech repair options for vintage paper poster. Is tape okay? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

A ridiculous question about banana peels
Are banana peels contagious? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter at 9:36 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best DS homebrew hardware?
What is the easiest and best homebrew hardware for the Nintendo DS? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 9:23 AM PST - 29 comments

Where to go with the girlie?
Hive mind, I'm need of your help. My friend's birthday is coming up soon and I was hoping to plan a trip for her in the upcoming year. Help me choose where we should go. [more inside]
posted by patla at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I efficiently set up a mom-and-pop storefront website using HTML/CSS?
What is the best way to set up a virtual storefront website for a mom-and-pop outfit in the business of selling hand-painted porcelain dolls and ceramics? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I track simple library stats quickly?
I'm a librarian and general tech-assistance resource at a high school library. (So I also do password changes for school accounts, fix the copier, and put paper in the printer, besides reference questions and more involved projects.) The classic way to track what questions a librarian answers is with a piece of paper and hash marks. Due to our paper reduction desires (and my desire to not have a piece of paper taking up valuable desk space), I'd really like a way to track this via computer. We want to keep simple stats both so we can demonstrate what we're doing that isn't a big obvious project, but also so we can show if specific choices have a very high staff-time cost that keeps us from other things. (Like how they decided to handle student passwords this year.) [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia at 8:34 AM PST - 17 comments

which windows server?
Which version of Windows Server do I need? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Hotel recommendations in Kingston
Looking for recommendations for a reasonably priced hotel, B&B or other accomodation close to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Have medical license, will blog.
I'm a doctor in private practice. I love to blog, just not about medicine. I like to do more personal writing, post photos and links, creative projects, write about recent trips, my city, etc (i.e. nothing political, offensive). How would you feel if you found your doctor's personal blog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 33 comments

"Sorry I lost all of your data..."
I was working on someone's laptop and all of their data has been overwritten. How do I break it to them gently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Or maybe I should just get an extra brain.
Wannabe expert seeks efficient information recording/retainment/organization tools and techniques. [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

uploading/downloading huge files
How to code a Perl web app to upload/download HUGE files? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

What's your favorite bookstore in NYC?
I have the week off and want to visit some great bookstores I haven't been to before. What are your favorites in Manhattan and why? Thanks.
posted by captainscared at 7:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Thriller Centerfold Tiger
I'm looking for the picture from the centerfold of the Thriller LP. [more inside]
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Nose hair trimming and allergies.
Nose hair trimming and allergies. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Fitness swimsuit sizing for busty women
I would like to start swimming laps. I have big boobs. What size Speedo or Tyr-type woman's swimsuit should I get to prevent uncomfortable boob-flopping? [more inside]
posted by craichead at 6:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Wholesale Furnace Filter Help!
Where can I buy wholesale furnace filters direct from China or from the manufacturers? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Energy Recovery Ventilator: good idea for cleaner air?
I am looking at ways of improving indoor air quality, and am considering having an Energy Recovery Ventilator installed. Anyone have experience with one, if its a worth while expense. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

I need to become a Guitar Hero master in 3 months... HELP!
A co-worker and I are having an ultimate Guitar Hero Battle to the death in 3 months time. I need some tips/techniques so I can kick his ass! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 5:52 AM PST - 32 comments

I Can't Get Off, So How Can I Cool Down?
A problem with female masturbation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there an aquatic sport called zapping?
Is there an aquatic sport called zapping? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 5:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Punctuation
Punctuation filter: How would I hyphenate "... climate change related disclosures", or "... climate change specific patterns"? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 5:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Identify the artist behind this Velma pin-up.
Who drew this Velma pin-up? (not nude but NSFWish) [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 3:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a fix to Joomla's non-friendly content editor.
Joomla filter: I have a client with a Joomla site already built, but they do not like the built in editor for it. Is there any way of changing it, or is there a plug-in that can added? [more inside]
posted by wile e at 3:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Calorie counting 2.0?
Please help me find an online calorie counter/tracker that works for me! [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 2:01 AM PST - 20 comments

I hope they choke on the fumes...
Should I get a new catalytic converter for my truck? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Find this TDS clip?
Daily Show clip with John Oliver talking about his previous gaffes covering the Olympics - where can I watch it online?
posted by joshuaconner at 12:23 AM PST - 8 comments

I don't want to be guilted into explaining why I don't give blood!
How do I get coworkers to stop asking me to donate blood? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 12:11 AM PST - 59 comments

August 25
Solve my Sudoku
Is this a medium difficulty Sudoku puzzle? Am I a Sudoku idiot? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Widgets: Build my own or use a commericial site?
Widgets for embedding on other web sites: Write/host your own, or use one of the commercial services? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 10:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Chances for ex-lawyer to enter clinical psych PhD?
I'm a lawyer from a top law school with a year of work experience. I want to become an academic clinical psychologist (professor + therapist). After 9 months in a master's program, what will my admissions chances look like? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 9:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Increasing but not particularly disturbing numbness after a wisdom tooth extraction
About 84 hours ago I had four wisdom teeth extracted. The bottom left, though, has been the most painful and swollen post-op. I've also noticed a strip along the left underside of my tongue was numb and, more significantly, that strip has since spread around the tip of my tongue. Should I be worried/what should I ask my doctor (whom you are not)? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone have any ways to improve their Soul Calibre 4 online performance?
Does anyone have any ways to improve their Soul Calibre 4 online performance? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Who is barnstorming downtown Portland?
I am in my apartment in downtown Portland, OR, and it sounds like we're being swarmed by many smallish airplanes. What is this? Is it part of some event?
posted by Secretariat at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I let a guy know I want to sleep with him?
Is it a good idea to get back in touch with someone I dated briefly and ask for sex? If so, how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 PM PST - 33 comments

Vasectomy mixtape!
Vasectomy mixtape! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 32 comments

vista compatible podcatcher
Please tell me of a vista-compatible podcatcher. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I know if former library books for sale really are former library books?
I have some books I purchased online that are purportedly retired from their originating library's collection. How do I know if they are retired or on the lam? [more inside]
posted by jamaro at 6:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I return a HD under warranty if it contained personal info?
Hard Drive Crashed after a week... should I risk a return under warranty if it contains personal info? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 6:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Break the Cymbalta Cycle
Hellacious Cymbalta withdrawal (I'm two weeks in). The side effects are beginning to overwhelm me. What can I do to make this withdrawal process easier? [more inside]
posted by misha at 5:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Bakingfilter: Fridge to oven? A-OK or madness?
Bakingfilter: Fridge to oven? No problemo or madness? I want to bake a cake tonight (a pflaumenkuchen) that's been sitting in the fridge all day. Do I need to let it warm up to room temp before I bake it (recipe says 350 F for 40-45 min) or can it go straight from the fridge into the oven? It's in a metal pan, so I'm not worried about anything breaking. Burning the cake would be a sad thing, however.
posted by longdaysjourney at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I know going into a conversation about nicotine addiction?
I am seeing my doctor tomorrow about quitting smoking. I have tried quitting so many times I can no longer keep count. But nicotine has this tremendous hold on me. I have smoked for almost four years and would like to see my 29th birthday as a turning point. What questions should I be asking my doctor and what questions should I be prepared to answer?
posted by parmanparman at 4:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Cloning Vista SP1 OEM? Questions inside...
Cloning Vista SP1 OEM? Questions inside... [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How to money off rent for time spent without shower and washing machine? (UK)
Looking for information about how get to get recompense from a landlord for three weeks spent without a working shower or washing machine. (UK) [more inside]
posted by Urtylug at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Oh god, the smell! The horrible horrible smell!
Oh my god. Worst smell ever, of all time, in my kitchen. Best I can describe is a combination of fermented rice, lots of fish sauce, maybe a bit of turpentine...really horrible. Basically we waited a couple of days too long to empty the garbage, something fermented and leaked in the bag, then it got all over the floor when we tried to take the bag out. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 3:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Want to go back to school for photography
Where can I take a classroom photography course in Merrimack Valley (MA) or southern NH? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

My neighbors have poisoned the grass in my yard!
My neighbors have poisoned the grass in my yard! [more inside]
posted by lester at 3:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Casual Sex Caveats
If you're a straight male college student how do you signal to women of the same age that you're interested in sleeping with them - while avoiding the extremes of coming across as objectifying or amorous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 45 comments

smallest digital recoding device
What is the smallest digital (USB) recoding device that outputs mp3s? [more inside]
posted by clueless22 at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

How to choose a frame for a Rothko print?
What kind of frame should I use for a print of this Mark Rothko? [more inside]
posted by pines at 2:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Music identification!
Can anyone identify this piece of classical music which is featured in this video clip, it appears at the beginning and at 4:54. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 2:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Which Manhattan streets to avoid with a truck?
Rental truck to NYC: Which streets on my route forbid such vehicles? Which streets would be just plain inconvenient to drive on with such vehicles? [more inside]
posted by aswego at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

I just hope this isn't a memory from real life...
I have a vague memory of a dialogue between two people about bulimia. Is it from a movie, a tv show, or a strange dream? [more inside]
posted by naju at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Question about the current job market
How are entry level jobs in your career field (US) faring right now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Refurb Macbook Pros - How current?
A friend of mine (ahem) is eying a refurbished MacBook Pro. (Even though a new one is supposedly imminent, we're sticking with refurb in this scenario.) How many generations old are the units in Apple's refurb store? How can you tell? Does the 2.4GHz 15" model there today include the "new" LED monitor technology introduced in February, for example? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

How to find the cheapest phone service for someone who seems to be paying too much...
What phone service would be best for me? All I use my Verizon Wireless account for is the phone itself: calling and messaging people. But I think I'm paying far too much. I live in NYC. Suggestions? (description of bill here) [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 1:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I get a pole vaulter's physique without a pole and the limbo stick thingie?
Without actually pole vaulting, how would I, a woman who is a marathon runner, approach a closer approximation of the pole vaulter physique? [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 1:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Writing For Fun And Profit
Writing Filter: How do I get published, or to be exact, how do I network with editors, so I can do some freelance writing on the side? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:28 PM PST - 22 comments

moving old emails from outlook express to gmail
What is the simplest way of transferring old outlook express mails to gmail? I've set it up so that new mails received are forwarded automatically to gmail but moving old mails is proving more difficult
posted by conrad101 at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I help my girlfriend find work?
My girlfriend and I just moved to Austin, Texas and she's looking for a job in graphic design. She needs advice, and I want to know how I can best help and support her in her job search. [more inside]
posted by malthas at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Article on Chinese youth
I'm looking for a radio program or new article I heard/read in the past month about growing up in China and all of the pressures Chinese youth face to be successful in school and life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How does one get a start in the tourism / travel consultant business?
How does one get a start in the tourism / travel consultant business? Education or work experience? What kinds? More questions than answers, inside... [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Timescale display in Excel
Excel/Graphing - Time vs. usage (y/n) graph [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the story w/ football (soccer) nicknames?
What is the best online essay available for history, anecdotes, methodologies, etc. for the Brazilian (and elsewhere, to be sure) footballer practice of going by a single-word nickname?
posted by boombot at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay or should I go, etc.
As I increase Effexor dosage should I notice increased effectiveness or do we each have a threshold we have to pass before we start to feel anything? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Hoising an M10 engine
How do I lift an M10 engine (1976 BMW 2002)? Bonus points for suggestions on attaching it to a strand. [more inside]
posted by yetanother at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Data Recovery for an External Hard Drive Crash
My external hard drive just crashed so can anyone suggest a Portland, OR, based data recovery service?
posted by tangyraspberry at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice / Guidlines on handling floater laptops?
Any tips on "floater" (e.g. check out generic laptop #6 for the day) laptop policies and procedures? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this discoloration on my hand?
I recently got a stripe of mild discoloration on my hand about a half-inch long. I am almost certain that it isn't a bruise, as it has been on my hand for about a month now. It has faded, but doesn't look like it's going to go away on its own. What caused it? [more inside]
posted by Damn That Television at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Find out a listing agent after the sale?
Is there a way to find out the real estate agent who sold a property? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Why won't my pickup start?
Please help me figure out what's wrong with my truck. It's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by lysistrata at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

wooooooing from afar
What nice things can I do for my girlfriend over the next 2 weeks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you recommend some Good Books for my dad?
My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Sprinting in high G
If the earth's gravity was increased by 10%, would sprint runners be slower or faster? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 9:52 AM PST - 51 comments

Multi-State Tax Exemption
Can my New York State 501c3 non-profit buy something in New Jersey and avoid paying NJ sales tax? [more inside]
posted by slagerst at 9:42 AM PST - 1 comments

Verizon doesn't want it, I don't want it -- what now?
Three years ago Verizon sent my roommate a modem; she not only never used it, she never opened the box. Three months ago my roommate moved to Australia and left lots of stuff behind. Three days ago I found that box, opened it, and found what was in it. Three minutes ago Verizon finally told me they don't want it back. Ethically and practically -- what should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:40 AM PST - 13 comments

What Makes a Dubya 2000 Vote an Understandable Decision?
I'd honestly like to know why half of America voted for George W. Bush in 2000: what their reasoning was. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:38 AM PST - 110 comments

Bread for all seasons.
Good all-season low-temperature breads or tips? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I be apologetic or not about missing work?
Oops, I didn't go to work today. Thing is, I didn't know I was supposed to. Am I in the right or the wrong? Also, a little other anxiety about this new job. [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 9:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Should we use a doula?
Should we use a doula for our hospital birth? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:57 AM PST - 41 comments

how do we get rid of a lemon of a house?
What can we do to get out from under a lemon of a house? About 10 years ago, we bought a house that was a DIY fixer-upper with some serious issues. 10 years of graduate school poverty coupled with a couple of major illnesses that limited physical activity hindered our ability to make more than just the basic repairs. Now the house is even worse, and a new job has forced us to make an out-of-state move. [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Tired of vending machine food!
I've read all the food questions. I have a new one. I need portable foods that don't need refrigeration or heating that can keep me alert and satisfied for 12ish hours. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me understand what I need to make my website compliant with IE.
Is there a guide to the anticipated differences between IE and Firefox when coding a website? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Koi carps in Chinese restaurants
Ever notice the fish tanks with koi carp near the entrance in many Chinese restaurants? A friend told me that they are actually there to indicate (perhaps through the number or type of fish?) whether the restaurant owner has paid up to the local Chinese mafia (triad). Is there any truth to this or is it just another urban legend?
posted by sour cream at 8:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Do I flirt like it's 1955? (long explanation inside).
MeFites, I have a bit of a problem. I'm a twenty-year-old heterosexual college female with, it seems, a nerd problem. I have never dated or kissed anyone in my life, and I'm starting to wonder if it's my personality that's the issue. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 7:42 AM PST - 82 comments

Is driving in Ireland as terrifying as people say?
I'm having a last minute panic attack about the travel arrangements for my trip to Ireland and I leave tonight. Should I have stuck to the bus/train? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 7:29 AM PST - 24 comments

holesome bread (literally)
I'm following a recipe for bread I got from mom, but have ended up with too many loafs that look like this. What to do? [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 7:14 AM PST - 13 comments

What can I expect for my cat who has heart disease?
My cat has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by bluesky43 at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What type of bike should I get for pulling a trailer?
I'm planning to buy a bicycle for myself and a trailer for two children to ride in. For the bike, I'd like to get something like a simple three-speed cruiser, but I've been told that I'll need more gears to pull the trailer. What do I need to look for in a bike to make it a good trailer-puller? [more inside]
posted by winston at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

How much to charge for use of original music?
How much should an unknown band charge an acquaintance to use one of their songs in a podcast? Podcast is highly targeted and may initially be heard by 80-100 people.
posted by Area Control at 6:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me fix my credit score.
Should I dispute the adverse item on my credit report or just pay it off? Also, will a balance transfer help or hurt me? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:03 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best online information literacy tutorial for university-level literature students?
I'm looking for a good general information literacy tutorial with a focus on good search strategies, using bibliographic databases, etc. It needs to be suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate literature students. [more inside]
posted by Webbreader at 5:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Nickel and dime stuff
I've got a quantity of US coins, maybe $30-40. I'm in the UK, specifically London, and not likely to be visiting the US again. How can I do some good with this money? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 5:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Scabies?!?!
My housemate has scabies, and I (at least yet) do not. I have a vacation scheduled in a week that will have me staying in a condo with 6 other people. My doctor doesn't want to treat me unless I start to itch because "it's unpleasant," but I really don't want to infest my fellow travelers... What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Once the script is done, what's next?
Let's pretend I am not too far away from completing a feature-length screenplay on spec. I live far from LA with no connections to Hollywood, and I've got very little money squared away. Once the script itself is done, how would I most effectively pimp out my product to a studio? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Boston Filter: Help me get a cute haircut.
BostonFilter: Where can I get a cute, reasonably priced haircut in Boston? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:32 AM PST - 12 comments

all your TODO are belong to us
I want to know how you get things done. I'm not looking for a self-help book; I want to know what you do, on a daily basis, to get things accomplished. Anything goes.
posted by roygbv at 1:53 AM PST - 31 comments

I want cool shirts!
Where can I get some cool men's shirts? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 1:50 AM PST - 11 comments

How to make a theme from all of these numbers?
My nephews have some numerically coincidental birthdays coming up, anyone have any clever ideas that we can use for the occasion? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 12:41 AM PST - 6 comments

I know it's a commercial. I know.
I know this is going to sound stupid, but I must know; here in Arizona, Cox Communication's has been playing a commercial featuring little blue visored characters running around doing crap. In the background of one of the commercials, there's a really beautiful acoustic song playing. I don't know any of the words. I can't find it on google, I can't find it on Youtube. As awesome as I know Askmefi is, I'm pretty sure this will stump all ya'll... [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 12:14 AM PST - 6 comments

August 24
Capture the magic of the olympics--two weeks after it's over.
What's the best way to catch all of the olympics that I missed? It seems like NBC's coverage was narrow at best and I'd like to see some of the great stuff they didn't focus on. Is there the equivalent of a boxed set of olympic footage that will show up on netflix at some point, or am I just stuck cobbling together olympic torrents?
posted by mecran01 at 11:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Think I've might had too much mead.
At the risk of sounding daft, please explain this old 16th Century English Proverb for me. [more inside]
posted by CoinOp at 10:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Balcony Door Secret
Do theater balcony doors have secret unlocking mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:02 PM PST - 2 comments

can you help me find this experimental web navigation site?
can you help me find this experimental web navigation site? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 10:00 PM PST - 17 comments

If I want to drop into college courses, should I ask the professor for permission or should I just sit in?
If I want to drop into college courses, should I ask the professor for permission or should I just sit in? [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 9:20 PM PST - 60 comments

looking for hand lettered signs in NYC.
Where can I get hand lettered signs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

This photograph shows how we under-use the brains of intelligent animals
So... I was doing some light reading on feline behavior tonight (yes, I'm a cat nerd)... Scroll to page 34. Look at the cute photo of a cat on a file cabinet. Read the caption underneath the photo. [more inside]
posted by grippycat at 9:05 PM PST - 13 comments

I just can't rock the mainstream and be anywhere near happy- please advise!
Are there any artists/back to the landers/punk rockers/non-traditional folks out there that bridged their work with the "real world", made enough money while also doing their own work, and/or had satisfying careers? (I just left my grad school program & I'm going through a lot of big changes and soul searching!) [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the best way to react to a socially awkward situation?
What's the best way to react to a socially awkward situation? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Good oysters in Austin, TX?
Can I find good, interesting oysters in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me house myself on Corsica
Where is there to stay on Corsica? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 8:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Recipes for a rescued day, please.
How do you get away without going away? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 7:40 PM PST - 26 comments

How to get the Christian girl?
What do I do about crushing hard on a girl who is my spiritual opposite and my emotional match? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 43 comments

Amiguano, Italy? Did Gramps make this place up?
Can anybody tell me anything about Amiguano, Italy? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Who sang the US national anthem at the men's basketball final at the Olympics?
Who sang the US national anthem at the men's basketball final at the Beijing Olympics?
posted by cda at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Dealing with a negative parent
My father's paranoia and controlling behavior is driving me up the wall. What I can do to calm him down? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 6:36 PM PST - 33 comments

Not-quite-Canadian Rockies edible plants: what's the best reference?
I'm going backpacking for a couple of weeks in the Beartooth mountains next summer. I'll be above the tree line most of the time. I'd like to have some local herbs and greens to make trail food more palatable. Is the flora described in Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies going to be the right stuff for this trip? Is there another pack-reference which will better describe this biome? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:30 PM PST - 3 comments

(Fully) Online learning?
(Fully) online learning resources? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 6:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How to charge for editing a magazine?
How much should you charge for proofreading and editing? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 6:23 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I change jobs without letting my bosses know?
I work for Small Company A. I want to work for Small Company B. But Small Company A has close dealings with Small Company B, and I worry that Small Company A will find out if I apply to Small Company B. And there will be repercussions if my current bosses at Small Company A find out, because they are extremely petty. So what should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I start a private practice as a clinical social worker?
I am a clinical social worker looking to start a private practice. Are there any good books that cover the basics on how to do this? if you are in private practice, how did you start? What are the main things I should know? Is it possible to make a living doing this? Should managed care be avoided? [more inside]
posted by marlys27 at 5:31 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I investigate/remedy possibly misleading loan agreements from several years ago?
Debt/Loan Filter: I was stupid with credit and debt when I was younger. Is there anything I can do now? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 5:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Excel help for auction?
Excel filter: Help me optimize my auction! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Wah Wah Wake Up
Why do babies cry when they wake up? [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 5:05 PM PST - 21 comments

MCredibility of McCain's POW experience
Where can I find well-researched accounts of McCain's POW experience in order to judge the credibility of his and his supporters claims?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

It's not okay. I mind. Worry about it.
What do you say to someone who apologizes for something they've done that you're not okay with at all? This would be in a non-personal type relationship... more of a setting where you're the customer. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 4:28 PM PST - 30 comments

gimme authorised or gimme death.
How does one become a biographer? What's the usual route in, and how do publishers approach it? How does one approach and involve people? Vague specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 4:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How to care for my geek husband?
I need help understanding how my hyper-smart geek husband's brain works. I want to give him the understanding he craves but am having a hard time inhabiting his plane. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 63 comments

Books whose title is a specific year?
Looking for popular history books whose title is or starts with a specific year - 1776, 1491, 69 A.D., etc. A subtitle after the year is fine, but the title needs to start with a specific date. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 4:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Name that alternative file viewer
A few years ago I came across an alternative to Windows Explorer that let you browse the contents of your drives by disk space used. The display was a kind of Mondrian grid, with the files and folders taking up the most disk space having the largest area on the display. Can anyone point me to this utility (or something similar)?
posted by Lokheed at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

How to protect my car from being broken into at a motel?
I'm driving from San Jose to Seattle with all my belongings on Tuesday. It's a 14 hour trip so I plan to stay one night at a motel. How can I best protect my car from being broken into and robbed at night? And any suggestions for places to stay?
posted by lpctstr; at 3:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Stories 'bout learnin
I'm looking for short stories/poems/creative non-fiction and the like about school, schooling, education, and/or learning to write/self-expression. Should be suitable for college freshpersons.
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Were can I find a list of the wealth of the members of the US Senate?
Were can I find a list of the wealth of the current members of the US Senate?
posted by mac-way at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Traditional Irish music?
Suggestions for traditional Irish music? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 3:33 PM PST - 16 comments

children's apparel industry publications
Are there any children's fashion/apparel magazines? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

8 days in Egypt, 3 days in Athens...what to do?
8 days in Egypt, 3 days in Athens...help with itinerary, please! [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Paris for the Tragically Unhip
Where should two young, but not incredibly hip, people stay in Paris for 4 nights? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I recover My Documents from an XP Installation?
Will an installation of XP over 98 re-write over My Documents? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me choose my December beach vacation
Where should I go for a relaxing, warm, beach vacation in December? I'm in New York City and would like to stay in North/Central America and/or the Caribbean due to flight times. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

(Non-trophy) Hunting in Southern California?
I'm an avid primitive outdoorsman living in Temecula, California one hour north of San Diego, 45 minutes east of Oceanside, and one hour south of San Bernardino (including Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Devore). I'm seeking any sort of hunting, fishing, or collecting. On land I plan to using primarily a bow and, when hunting on private property with permission, an atlatl or sling. [more inside]
posted by bone.eater at 2:15 PM PST - 10 comments

filthy fan no more?
Help me clean my desk fan! [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for pureed food for a 30-something who is really picky
Help "a meat-atarian" nourish herself post-jaw surgery. She needs ideas or recipes for pureed-consistency foods "that aren't gross". (Her words in quotation marks - she's very picky about food.) [more inside]
posted by jb at 1:19 PM PST - 32 comments

I am getting rickets!
The girlfriend and I cannot take another mm of rain in Scotland. We want to go somewhere hot (europe...anywhere!...hot!) for 4-5 nights (leaving tomorrow) but cannot find anywhere helpful to book a place to go. Please... help... somebody.... impulsive.. to find a website that'll help so WE CAN BE DRY!! [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once at 12:58 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I tastefully hide my new HDTV when not in use?
In our living room (new construction), we have a space for my new HDTV, but we want it "hidden", "tucked away" or "invisible" when not in use. What are some great ways to do this? [more inside]
posted by 925 at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Who's the woman in the "Chips Ahoy!" video by The Hold Steady?
Who is the woman in the video for the song "Chips Ahoy!" by the band The Hold Steady? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 12:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice on hoodia
Does anyone have any real life experience with taking hoodia? Does it work? Have you noticed any unfortunate or alarming side effects?
posted by AuntieRuth at 12:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Best English-language print lierary journal?
What's the best English-language print literary journal going these days?
posted by xmutex at 12:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Windows CD does not see my Hard Drive... help
For a friend... who has a virus on their gateway laptop, and the windows boot disk tells me the hard drive is not found... suggestions on formatting the disk? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

unexpected day off filter:
my band's last two shows got cancelled due to Tropical Storm Fay, and we are faced with a day off in Baton Rouge, LA. Whatever shall we do?
posted by TheCoug at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Casting and Recreating Wood
I am trying to recreate some intricate wood molding on a piece of furniture. I have a mirrored piece to cast from, but dont know what to cast it with. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 10:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Prior Pryor
What is the Richard Pryor quote about everybody screwing each other till we're all the same shade of light brown?
posted by wsg at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

The Ex-Files
How do continuing relationships with opposite sex friends (and some former lovers) affect one's primary relationship? Can these relationships negatively impact the SO relationship even though there is no desire on either SO's part to cheat? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Making friends (again)
How can I re-start a friendship that I kinda ruined? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Fun Chicago Daytrips?
What are some fun, scenic, interesting daytrip destinations from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 8:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Getting the Best out of an interview with a prof
I'm going to be writing a profile of a business professor who has won some teaching awards. I'll be interviewing him on the phone. What questions should I ask that would help me raise the interview above the lame threshold? I'd like the profile to be insightful and interesting.
posted by storybored at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

How to support my mother after her sister's death?
What kinds of things can/should I do for my Mother, upon the death of her sister (my Aunt), in order to make her more at ease, both now, and over the ensuing months/years? [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me with clothes for my lifestyle--SAHM/Travel/exercise/errands/small town/comfort/classic
I would like some direction about making my wardrobe work well for my lifestyle that I see as diverse. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

It's NOT an REM song about the end of the world, I know that much.
I'm looking for a poem whose first lines are "When the sun dies there will be eight minutes of light/Not enough time to hoard lemons or bulbs . . . " and it goes on from there. Next line is something like "or let the camera record the slow explosion of a rose." Can't find it anywhere! Ungoogleable. It's driving me nuts! (I heard it a decade ago.)
posted by liketitanic at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Do head gasket sealers in a bottle work?
Do head gasket "repair" liquids work at all? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I kick her out?
I have a really messed-up break-up situation. Is what I am about to do fair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 36 comments

iTunes is not listening to me
My iTunes has a mind of its own. It keeps restarting even though I quit the program every time. What is wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by monocot at 4:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Scrambled keyboard is not dfb. Sorry, I meant 'fun.'
Sometimes, my keyboard switches to Dvorak for no apparent reason. We can't find a trigger for it--it occurs when typing in word, when playing TF2, when entering an address in the address bar, etc. Only a restart can restore QWERTY. Even though the text input on TF2 will be scrambled, the TF2 controls work as though on QUERTY--'W' is still forward, even though it types out 'E'. Incidents can be anywhere from hours to weeks apart. I've personally only seen it happen inside TF2, but my sister swears it happens other times, too. Googling only returns 'how to switch to/learn Dvorak' pages. The computer runs Windows XP, and only happens to that computer. Can you help me stop Dvorak?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 1:52 AM PST - 6 comments

"Embrace your code with the elegant grip of Python...-" Wait, what?
An overly romantic person in a non-romantic world... help! [more inside]
posted by curagea at 12:45 AM PST - 28 comments

Trying to locate a picture
Please help me find the most romantic equation [more inside]
posted by twistedmetal at 12:31 AM PST - 8 comments

The Christmas special which might have been
NameThatMovieFilter: I need help remembering the name of an old black-and-white Christmas special from the BBC. Problem: it may not have been a Christmas special, or from the BBC! [more inside]
posted by wsp at 12:27 AM PST - 9 comments

August 23
Help me identify this version of "The Patriot Game"
Please help me identify the singer of "The Patriot Game" in this YouTube video commercial for The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Bonus gratitude awarded if you can point me to an album on which it appears. (Suggestions of recordings of other Irish Republican songs with similiar arrangements or in similar styles are welcome, but I'm most keen to find this one.)
posted by bradlands at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Did I invent the memory of a murderous conspiracy?
Did a journalist investigating the 2000 election in Florida die under suspicious circumstances? If you remember this story even slightly, help me find it. [more inside]
posted by damehex at 10:06 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for individual track mp3's from film scores
Is there a way to buy individual film score tracks without buying the album? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 10:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Retool this dog trick
I need a wittier command for the dog trick "lick your chops," and the only alternative I can think of is "wipe your nose." Obviously I need your help! [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 9:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Seeking nice blue corduroy jacket
What started out as a casual interest, has now grown into an obsession...can anyone help me locate a nice dark blue corduroy jacket? Has to be new, not used, good quality, has to be dark blue, not brown, beige or black. Price range $300 to $800. I've looked on the web but have been unsuccessful. If anyone has made that purchase, or can point me in the right direction, would be greatly appreciated.
posted by america4 at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Heartwarming Movies. The Morning After.
Have you ever seen a film that seemed like a heartwarming / triumph-of-the-human-soul / love-wins-in-the-end / good-guy-wins type of movie, but the morning after, you realize it convinced you to root for something you otherwise wouldn't? [without the help of tear-jerking music and well-placed one-liners?] What was the movie? I want examples I can watch! [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 7:58 PM PST - 53 comments

I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film.
I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film. [more inside]
posted by eWesley at 6:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I have anxiety at dinnertime.
I've begun to dread eating dinner in my apartment, thanks to my frisky cat and lack of proper eating space. What can help? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:17 PM PST - 27 comments

What's a good collaborative drawing program?
Can you recommend a program besides Opencanvas that will let me draw with my friends online? [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me buy and have fun with my first bike in New York City
After thinking about it for half the summer, I am buying bikes for me and my wife. I need tips about buying a bike and also pointers on recreational biking in New York City. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 5:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Hello?
Looking for a hip-hop song I heard with "Hello" repeated as part of the beat/background. [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 5:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Meditation Classes in San Francisco?
I'm looking for some sort of meditation class in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 5:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an anti-duplicate file finder.
Can someone suggest a Windows utility to search for non-duplicated files on different hard drives? I've got multiple hard drives with tens of thousands of files on them. Many are duplicates, but not necessarily in the same directories. I need to identify the files that are on one drive, but not on the other, regardless of their location in the directory tree. [more inside]
posted by cosmac at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my Father to meet Muhammad Ali?
Muhammad Ali / Parkinson's Filter. [more inside]
posted by Eekacat at 4:52 PM PST - 5 comments

History of the Great Depression?
What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 4:14 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I do to make it easier for my dog to pee?
Desert Dwelling Dog Owners: any tips for a puppy used to relieving himself on nice, cool, North Dakota grass? [more inside]
posted by whiskey point at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

She came, she toyed, I conquered?
I like her a lot. We tried it out and she said that "we should just be friends." Problem is I see her a lot and I don't know what the hell is going on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Confession: I really miss the McPizza. Take me back to those glory days!
Help me, I want to be a corporate guinea pig! A friend of mine is headed to a city known for its preponderance of market testing (Columbus, OH), which got me thinking... are there any sites or blogs that could inform me as to chains undergoing market testing in particular regions of the country? I'd love to sample some of these wacky, soon-to-abandoned products of retail R&D departments everywhere... if only when I visit my friend in a few months. Any ideas as to how I can do this?
posted by Keter at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I write, and give to him the last day of a friendly brake up?
What do I write, and give to him the last day of a friendly break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators?
Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators? [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu at 3:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I backup/copy just the new stuff?
I recently did a Dumb Backup of my media library -- just bought another drive and copied the whole thing over. Since then, in the working library I've added a number of items within the general directory structure. Now I want to copy over just the new stuff to the backup drive, with everything winding up in the same-named directories over on that one. How do I do it? I'm using XP. [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 3:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Faster than polynomials, Slower than exponentials
Is there anything "in between" polynomials and exponentials? [more inside]
posted by metastability at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Why aren't my images showing up on my (drupal powered) RSS feed?
Why aren't images showing up in my blog RSS feed? (Drupal CMS question) [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Is running a lamp cable under a pile of sleeping bags dangerous?
Greetings, Hive Mind. I need to know if I'm going to start a house fire. [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime at 2:19 PM PST - 26 comments

How to avoid boredom if I have an internet connection?
The Internet: the perfect weapon against boredom? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 2:07 PM PST - 25 comments

Vedic Sanskrit Phonology
Papers on Vedic Sanskrit phonology please. I've looked at a few papers e.g HH Hock Kessler etc. Any more resources?
posted by Taksi Putra at 1:59 PM PST - 1 comments

My Samsung DLP has required multiple repairs since July
My out-of-warranty Samsung DLP has been plagued with issues for the last 6 weeks. Routine issues, or do I have recourse? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

What software is used to make these videos?
Are these done in Flash or something else? (click the cover to preview the videos) One Two And how about these? Three Four
posted by SampleSize at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Dammit, IRS, I'm an actor not a tax lawyer.
Where can a theater company get legal and tax advice in NYC? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Which lens do I buy?
Photofilter: Which lens should I buy? I'm in the market for a new prime. I've narrowed it down (for various reasons) to either Canon 85/1.8 or the new Sigma 50/1.4. Do any fellow photogs out there have experience with either one or have a recommendation. Eventually, I want to go with the 85/1.2II but it'll be awhile before I have the cash. I'm looking for something with good bokeh as I like to shoot wide open and get short DOF. Currently, I'm using an old OM Zuiko 50/1.4 to achieve that but since it's not autofocus, I miss more in-focus shots than I like. In case you need to know to answer I shoot on a 30D and a 5D. Thanks!
posted by damiano99 at 1:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Natural-looking (read: undetectable) highlights in New York?
So I am a female in my 20s, just moved to NYC, and need to find a top rate hair salon that does natural-looking highlights--which, as all we women know, requires word-of-mouth recommendations. Please, beauty junkie mefites, help! [more inside]
posted by pearl228 at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to get non-english maps?
Does anyone know of a website (or heck, even a brick and mortar store in the SF Bay Area) where I (in the US) can purchase wall maps of either the world or other countries with place names and labels in their native language and not English? [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I copy one project into another in iMovie 08?
How can I copy one project into another in iMovie 08? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 12:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Best general discussion forums?
Best general discussion forums? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 12:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Thinkpad hard disk trouble
Is my thinkpad hard disk controller dead? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

chew chew chew
I have an iphone, I have a dog. Help me keep both! [more inside]
posted by outsider at 11:13 AM PST - 15 comments

All angular fields of pastel color atop each other
Was there a name for this '80s kitsch art aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 11:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Google Archive Search
Is there a way to search Google for what a URL Web page looked like on a certain date? [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Do Muslims watch women's sports?
Do they show women's Olympics competitions in conservative Muslim countries? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Polling procedure question
I was talking about the polls in the presidential election yesterday and someone mentioned that the polls are skewed towards McCain because the polling companies only call people who still have landlines, or generally older people (I guess). She claimed this was for geographic demographic reasons. Is it true that polling companies do this and don't call cell phones?
posted by josher71 at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Did Dvorak and Saint-Saens know each other?
Did Dvorak and Saint-Saens know each other? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Support for partners & spouses of people with ADD/ADHD
I'm looking for a support group for partners/spouses of people with ADD/ADHD. I recognize some codependent tendencies in myself and I need to learn how to empower myself and unconditionally love my spouse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

I need Math People to help me find out how long it takes 2 Last (Wo)Men on Earth to meet.
How long should it reasonably take before 2 "Last Men on Earth" meet? [more inside]
posted by mr_book at 9:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can we swim with the fishies?
Fresh water creek/lake swimming in Central NJ? Recently went swimming in Double Trouble Park in South Jersey (official stance there is "no swimming" but no one bothered us), looking for similar experience in central NJ. [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Measure sunlight in yard to determine new garden spot
Is there a way to measure how much sunlight different parts of my yard get over the course of a day? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Huge multicity Japan tour suggestions
Massive Japan tour: Suggestions for short blocks of time in: Takamatsu, Kobe, Tokushima, Matsuyama, Fukuoka, Gifu, Kofu, Kyoto, Sapporo, Hakodate, Toyohashi, Tokyo, Narita [more inside]
posted by sirion at 6:44 AM PST - 11 comments

gotta find my purpose; gotta find me.
I'm not quite hikikomori, but I'm scarily close, given I am neither Japanese, nor male. I have no friends; I don't talk to anyone I'm not related to, and I haven't left my house since May. I feel like I have no purpose in life, and that, at almost 22, I'm far too old to not have done anything yet, but I can't leave my room long enough to do a damn thing. Help. Please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 35 comments

not sweet desserts
Desserts for people who don't like sweet stuff? [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 6:39 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me move my stuff to my new Edinburgh flat!
Where can I park a van with all my possessions in it safely for a few hours in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin at 3:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Questions about sitemap.xml
Sitemaps seem like a huge pain in the butt. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Delete or not to delete...
Quick and easy - do you delete your photos after you've imported them to iPhoto? I'm a recent mac convert and I'm enjoying iPhoto but I'm not sure if one deletes the original photo after importing to iPhoto. Thoughts?
posted by cubedweller at 2:54 AM PST - 7 comments

What molecule is this building?
Does this building's layout represent a particular molecule? [more inside]
posted by Huw at 2:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Can having 1 truck tire smaller than the others be dangerous or cause damage?
Nearly a year ago I blew out my right from tire on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma. It is also a PreRunner and TRD. My tires are Dayton Timberline AT (all terrain) size 265/75R16. I could only afford on at the time but knew I would be needing three more soon. I checked my tire size in order to get multiple estimates from all the local companies and I realized they had put on a 265/70R16 on accident. I have driven nearly 20,000 miles on the oddly matched tires and had them rotated 6 months ago. Should I be worried about and damage to my truck? I've called the company and they apologized and offered to give me 4 new tires, one for free and all at the 75 size. They also said they would match the competitors price which was 50 dollars cheaper because I was a loyal customer.He then assured me that no damaged could have been done from their error. They were unable to acquire the 4 new tires I originally had and are now looking for something of equivalently quality. Should I go to a mechanic or trust the tire place who already charged me for one tire and delivered a smaller cheaper one .
posted by isopropyl at 1:15 AM PST - 10 comments

August 22
Sex with ponies (video). Yes, ponies. Where do I find it?
So. I'm looking for a video that was forwarded to me 4 or so years ago. It's about a guy working in a corporate office, who opens an email sent to him as a joke to find women having sex with ponies. Someone sees it on his screen, he gets fired, his gf leaves him, he moves in with his parents, etc. In the last scene he is dead and the mortician performs a dance on top of his body. Does anybody know the video I'm talking about? Is it anywhere online?
posted by bokononito at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?
How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.) [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Watching media together in a virtual living room, is it possible?
Are there any sites online that let people watch movies or listen to music in sync with each other? [more inside]
posted by Syntoad at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Are all contact lens solutions created equal?
Is there any evidence (scientific, anecdotal or otherwise) to suggest that cheap store-brand contact lens solution is inferior to name brands like Opti-Free or Renu? I'm specifically referring to multi-purpose solution for disposable soft contact lenses. What are your solution experiences? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 7:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Alternative to MotionBased and Garmin Connect?
Alternatives to MotionBased and Garmin Connect for tracking running workouts with a Garmin Forerunner 305? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What Is YOUR Best Photography Tip, Secret, Trick, Lesson, Technique, or Hack?
What Is YOUR Best Photography Tip, Secret, Trick, Lesson, Technique, or Hack? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 5:46 PM PST - 83 comments

2 kitties + 1 human = square footage?
How small an apartment is too small for one person and two 1 year old kitties (they are litter mates and generally get along well)? Failing that, what should I look for in a kitty-friendly small apartment? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 5:40 PM PST - 15 comments

I am good at arguing
I seem to be really good at debating. How can I use this "talent"? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 5:38 PM PST - 28 comments

A game without a title.
I'm trying to remember a PC game I played about 15 years ago. What I remember is an interface like Breakout or Pong with some logical puzzles to be completed with the ball going back and forth and passing over items that would then change states. The only puzzle I remember was entitled "Get Your Ducks In A Row" that involved just that, getting an array of ducks in a row. Does anyone remember this game? I'm in a bit of an abandonware mode right now, and would love to play it again.
posted by avocet at 5:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I handle my parents who only possibly mean well?
My parents cleaned my apartment when I was away - and went through EVERYTHING - how should I feel? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 5:24 PM PST - 52 comments

Cheap Reader/Writers for Mifare classic cards
whats the cheapest RFID card reader/writer I can get for Mifare classic cards? [more inside]
posted by complience at 5:14 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm thinking marzipan is out.
What kinds of foods could I make (cookies, etc) and put in a care package that would be good for someone who is on a weight loss plan? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 5:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Revision/version control software for stuff that isn't source code...
Is there such a thing as version/revision control software for printed documents? Software developers have version control for their source code, but what about people who write sales brochures? [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 4:40 PM PST - 12 comments

I have a GIS question.
Basically, I want to build mapping system, similar to google maps, using something like Map server & open layers. Take in my own image, such as a building map, define roads or “hallways”, and import points via a XML or RSS feed. I want an interface that I can take the xml feed and run it under the map in a box, displaying it under the map, allowing users to click on the event, and being able to see where they need to go, and using a current fixed position, being able to see how to get there.
posted by BoldStepDesign at 4:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Classic Cocktail
Help me become a better drinker. [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 4:35 PM PST - 36 comments

Too small for Mirena IUD
Why don't they make a special IUD that's a better size for nulliparous women? Is there anything I can do about the fact that I'm too small? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Different types of therapy
Different types of therapy [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:18 PM PST - 15 comments

When gas goes above 4 bucks a gallon, it's the premium cars who hurt the most...
I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Barley Bread?
Anyone know where I can get whole grain barley bread? Possibly barley bread without wheat flour? Or perhaps a recipe that would allow me to make it myself.
posted by exhilaration at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a new desk chair!
I need a new desk chair. My last desk chair is about 5 years old and on its last legs. It was a rather pricey chair, and I really can't afford that level of expense again. I need a good, ergonomic chair for around $200. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 3:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Texting Trouble
There's only one person in the world that has trouble getting my text messages. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 3:29 PM PST - 9 comments

I made an involuntary donation for the sake of art
My favorite web comic took my money, didn't send the T-shirt...I feel robbed! And torn! But also robbed! [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 3:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Name that TV ad tune (or suggest something similar)
What/whose music is used in WeCanSolveIt.org's latest "To Our Leaders" TV ad? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

college crisis: playing PC games on a mac at college...
Windows gaming on a Mac... new college student is very nervous about which laptop will give him good performance... [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Gotta Be a Way
I want to easily port my cocoa app (osx) to windows. What are my options? Do I have any?
posted by thedoctorpants at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

How much for Exchange for 500-800 users?
MS Exchange railroad: How much does it really cost for an in-house Microsoft Exchange system? [more inside]
posted by jimjam at 2:29 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I sell to norse companies?
Norwegian Businessfilter: How would an american with almost no understanding of Bokmål go about getting contracts from Norwegian companies? [more inside]
posted by MaxK at 2:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Archie Bunker lived in an Archie Bunker
Did the term "Archie Bunkers" for the detached houses in Queens, NY come from "All in the Family," or did Norman Lear name the character after the term?
posted by SansPoint at 2:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Mysterious rash
Over the past ten days or so, I've developed a severe rash on my arms and legs. What could it be, and how can I treat it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Volunteering at conference: How to talk to an exhibitor about a interview and how to approach a VIP?
Two related questions about an upcoming industry conference I'm volunteering at. First concerning talking to an exhibitor I interviewed with recently but haven't heard an offer or rejection from. Second is about approaching a speaker at the conference I really look up to. More inside ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

where do i get a credit report?
where do i get a credit report? wikipedia says annualcreditreport.com is the way to go, is this correct? do i have other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 PM PST - 15 comments

A sound board as an office desk toy?
Have you seen the Staples big red button you can press and you get a loud "That was easy"? A co-worker has one and uses it sometimes. But what about a programmable maybe 4 X 4 or 5 X 5 button grid that you can put sound bites on and play at will? Could potentially make a great office toy, given the right type of office environment, and some tact. Hasn't anyone created something like this? I'd like to buy one. (Everything I search for, like "Sound board", bring up the popular flash-based sound boards.)
posted by GenTso at 1:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a MAME Classic!
Recommend an awesome vintage arcade game for me to play on MAME! [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:29 PM PST - 34 comments

McCain vs Obama website
Website that compares McCain and Obama's policies in a non-biased way with references/sources?
posted by paulinsanjuan at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this version of The Annunciation
Help me find a particular version of "The Annunciation". [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 1:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Shout out to the dead
What software should I use for a collaborative memorial blog? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 1:16 PM PST - 3 comments

What CMS does BNET.COM use? What CMS is similar?
What content management system (CMS) does the site BNET.com use? Or, what is the currently available CMS that most closely matches the capabilities of this CMS? Bonus points to open source....
posted by omidius at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Any battle where there were no survivors?
Any battle where there were no survivors? Last two men standing kill each other as well? History preferred, literature accepted.
posted by IndigoJones at 1:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Internet 101 for someone over the age of 8.
Internet safety for beginners. Where do I find a simple guide to print out for my techno-phobe father? [more inside]
posted by giraffe at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

National Steel
What is the best method of "mic"ing a single-cone National steel guitar for live work? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

cancer risk in general population
If you take 10,000 random 40 year old US citizens right now, how many of them will be dead from cancer 20 years from now? I don't care about risk factors - the people are just selected randomly. Is there any way to get this number? Thanks.
posted by crapples at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What's this handwritten font?
Can anyone identify the font in this picture? [more inside]
posted by MythMaker at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Staying dry on two wheels.
I need to find the best gear for riding my scooter in the rain. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

24 hours in Belgrade
I've got 24 hours in Belgrade. What should i do and see? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

The sun and the clouds are a wavy sea, and Foltin sails on...
Musicfilter: Help me find similar music to the sounds of this or that album. More heartwrenching info follows... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a dentist in the house?
Can you please recommend a dentist in Washington DC? I am almost certainly going to need a couple fillings, or maybe root canals, so I want to make sure I've got the right dentist for the job! [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

I need my Rare Visions fix...in HD?
Keep me entertained on my new 20" widescreen. How small can I encode my DVDs and what's the most cost-effective way to get broadcast TV on it? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Howdunit?
[FilmmakingFilter] Can someone tell me how this music video was made? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 11:44 AM PST - 19 comments

I don't trust my gut
Should I take the job or hope I get another offer? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 11:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Do guys really mean "just be friends?"
I'm in my early 20's and asked a guy in my cooking class to hang out via email. The guy said we could but added, "I want to be clear that if we do hang out it will only be as friends." Does this mean I am on the "would not hit it" list? An internet profile say's he's into girls, single and looking for "friendship."
posted by ShadePlant at 11:37 AM PST - 52 comments

Lymphoma/Chemo stories and info?
My girlfriend has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I'm looking for any mefites that have been through this. She starts chemo this week. [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

I feel like the Flash at a disco.
Why is MP3 playback sssuuudddeennllyy gggrriiinnddiinngg doowwnnnn? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my Bedroom Community Survive
Help me with this Urban Planning problem. I live in your typical bedroom community on the perimeter of a large metropolitan area. We have about 30,000 residents and a lot going for us in terms of community and location. We're going to get hooked up on the regions new commuter rail system, but it's on the far side of the community and I don't see it getting much use without a feeder system of some kind. Our regional mass transit system sucks otherwise; so we're on our own to develop an intra-community system that will keep our community vibrant, green, and support commuter rail. [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I uninstall AVG 8 antivirus software, when normal uninstall doesn't work?
Botched AVG 8 install on Windows XP machine, now setup program (uninstall/repair/install) hangs. The partial install is causing problems. How can we get AVG off the machine when normal uninstall won't work? Details inside on the many things we've tried. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Because the alternative is to have her drive me everywhere.
Auto insurance in Illinois: what to get, where to get it? Caveat: the car is insured already; I'm not. [more inside]
posted by sinfony at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

maximizing late-night workouts
Maximizing the benefits of my late-night bike rides....? I like to go out for a vigorous (to me) bike ride late at night (around 1am). I can do about 30km in 55 minutes or so. However, I'm at a loss as to how to ensure that I'm reaping the most benefit from my effort. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

how to post myspace comments to multiple friends on a mac?
is there an application that works on a mac that will allow me to post comments to multiple myspace friends at once? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Papers written in a spidery hand
Today I had a reason to be looking up a family document, and once again I became fascinated looking at the old family certificates and documents I have in my files. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 9:53 AM PST - 15 comments

What's good about widescreen besides movies?
After many happy years using standard aspect monitors, I will soon break down and buy a widescreen (14" or 15") laptop. Please give me your tips for improving my widescreen experience. [more inside]
posted by steadystate at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

English Translation of Hebrew Name
Babynamefilter: I need help finding the English translation of a Hebrew name [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I make simple dynamic web pages using perl?
How should I develop simple dynamic web pages using perl? Does anyone have any suggestions on how best to produce simple web pages in perl that execute logic (e.g., opening property documents to retrieve property values and saving back changes). I am new to perl and would like some detail instructions or links to tutorials. Would a framework like Mason be overkill?
posted by zzztimbo at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Fantasy Football Newb Query
Why are so many RBs ranked above QBs who scored more fantasy points? [more inside]
posted by blapst at 9:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Coaxial cable HD converter?
HDTV filter: I accidentally tore out my coaxial input. Can I still get the HD signal from my cable into my TV via a converter? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Need suggestions for OCR software
Any good free (or really inexpensive) OCR software out there? I looked through the archives here but couldn't find any info that was quite right for my needs. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Kill my orbs! Please!!!
Digital photo filter (-orbs, please!): What's with the light blotches that have suddenly started appearing in my pix of very dark things? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Adult baptism gift
My wife is getting baptized into her new church this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Hugh2d2 at 8:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Hip-hop Flash 6 Degrees of Separation Program?
I remember seeing a flash "6-degrees of separation" simulation for Hip-Hop/Rap artists, probably 2-3 years ago. Is this still around? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

how to find out who was supposed to go to jury duty yesterday?
Let's say a friend of mine was on telephone stand by jury duty in New York, and forgot to call Wednesday evening to see if she needed to report for Thursday. Cached through google search, are the ranges that were supposed to report Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but not for Thursday August 21, 2008. How can this friend check to see if she was supposed to report yesterday? [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 7:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find the lyrics to Everything is Borrowed by The Streets
Where can I find the Lyrics to Everything is Borrowed the upcoming single by The Streets. Currently the first song on his MySpace
posted by therubettes at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I assign unique codes to my DIY tickets?
Is there a way to merge data from a spreadsheet with Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 7:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Yet Another Cat Euthanasia Question
Is it time to put our Crabby Abby to sleep? [more inside]
posted by pookzilla at 7:43 AM PST - 17 comments

What is the business model for saturation retail banking?
What is the business model for saturation retail banking? [more inside]
posted by workerant at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Fun Northern California kid-friendly day-trip ideas...
Help me plan a short father-daughter outing! [more inside]
posted by Echidna882003 at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

From Michigan To Florida, Where to Visit?
We are driving from Michigan to Florida in October on our way to a Disney Cruise. Travelers consist of Me, Pregnant wife (will be 20 weeks in October) and our 3 year old daughter. We plan to take it easy and make a bunch of stops along the way. Any suggestions were to stop? Wife mentioned mammoth cave or a visit to a plantation in the south. We are on a budget so cheap and free would be ideal.
posted by bleucube at 6:54 AM PST - 15 comments

building a life
I'm looking for ways to change my behavior. It's important for various reasons that I start reinforcing some behaviors and stopping others. I'm a procrastinator for one, and tend to start projects and not finish them for another. Is there a research backed methodology for doing so? [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Slightly dynamic .ram files in IIS?
Slightly dynamic .ram files in IIS? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 6:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting to the SF Amtrak Station?
How do I get from San Francisco airport to the Amtrak station in Emeryville very, very fast? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo at 6:35 AM PST - 22 comments

Spread the word.
Where can I download health-related educational materials to distribute in rural Peru? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Grant writing 101
Best book for grant writing? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 6:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Crank it up to 11.
I have an idea for an art project involving sound but I'm stumped on the logistics. Help? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:10 AM PST - 10 comments

ITunes Issue
iTunes has suddenly started launching a new explorer window showing H:/Ipod_Control every time I play or move a file in Itunes. It's driving me nuts. How can I make it stop?
posted by punkfloyd at 5:57 AM PST - 2 comments

When is a donation not a donation?
How can I accept online contributions to my blog without running through tax-status hoops? [more inside]
posted by luke at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I eat -- er, solder -- this? On the aging and toughness of ceramic disc capacitors.
Should I eat – er, solder – this? I'm building a preamp and I just discovered that I'm low on 0.1μF 50v ceramic disc capacitors. My question is about whether it's worth trying to salvage more from another (already disassembled) piece of equipment. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 4:30 AM PST - 10 comments

bluetooth headset as PC presenter remote?
bluetooth headset as PC presenter remote? requirements: inexpensive; two input buttons; work with some free software [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 4:25 AM PST - 4 comments

I give good brief, baby.
How do I give good briefings? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:04 AM PST - 6 comments

PHP newbie: teach me how to speak it
I'm looking to learn PHP. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Wall-to-wall carpet--should I take the plunge?
Coping with a squeaky floor overhead. Will a thick carpet on the floor solve the problem? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Mmmm. Xiao lung bao
Where can I get a copy of Jeffrey Steingarten's Beijing Restaurant Guide? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 2:32 AM PST - 4 comments

It's all in the hand.
[pedestrian-filter] According to a news-story in Swedens leading paper, there's a hidden, religious symbol in a ordinary pedestrian sign - a symbol that get's taped over in islamic countries. Calling all pedestrians to verify or falisfy this claim. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 1:57 AM PST - 8 comments

August 21
Why on Earth did 17th Century Dutch painter Emanuel de Witte repeatedly depict dogs pissing on columns inside of churches?
Why on Earth did 17th Century Dutch painter Emanuel de Witte repeatedly depict dogs pissing on columns inside of churches? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 11:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me go from PHP to VB.net.
Help me go from PHP to VB.net. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Need To Score Some Hope Pronto
I feel incredibly stupid for asking this, but where can I find Obama bumper stickers, buttons, and other materials in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me make my apartment smell like a sexy man's home should smell!
Help me make my apartment smell like a sexy man's home should smell! I'm especially looking for thoughts from women... What works? What doesn't? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 10:02 PM PST - 60 comments

MySQL joins
I have a problem joining three tables in MYSQL. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 9:58 PM PST - 19 comments

St Louis
What to do in St Louis tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 9:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me choose a book to travel with.
I need a longish, interesting, well-written book (fiction) to read on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 9:38 PM PST - 58 comments

Help me, my mother is a drama queen!
Help me endure my unbelievably self-absorbed and recklessly-impulsive mother just a little longer. [more inside]
posted by Yoshi Ayarane at 9:26 PM PST - 44 comments

My shoulder left its holder
Have I truly dislocated my shoulder? If not, is there anything special I should do? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Olympic number crunching.
How do you rate which country is "leading" in the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 9:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Can someone just tell me what time the men's Olympic basketball game is on?
Can someone just tell me what time the men's Olympic basketball game is on? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me identify this diagram.
Please help me identify this diagram. It is a Chinese or Taoist diagram for change. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

can hotels dispense aspirin complimentarily, like razors or toothpaste?
Is there a reason the hotel I stayed at offered toothpaste, toothbrushes and razors to guests who forgot them, but not aspirin? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:12 PM PST - 37 comments

How to get from Newport, RI to JFK without driving?
Is there any practical way for an individual to get from Newport, Rhode Island to JFK airport for an 11:30am flight on Monday, September 2nd, 2008 without driving? Something like LimoLiner or a bus or something?
posted by jeb at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of gas do I want?
ManyRelatedQuestionsFilter: Can I convert an indoor stove from natural gas to propane? Is it safe? Is it difficult? Do I need to buy a special stove and/or special kit? How often would I have to change a standard propane tank? Does anyone have any experiences converting or cooking with a converted range? Should I convert a gas stove or rewire for an electric stove? Thanks!!!
posted by walla at 8:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I summon the Name Gods!
Namefilter: I'm launching a local version of Stray Cinema and I need a new name for it! [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 7:36 PM PST - 3 comments

What systems do illustrators use today?
I worked in printing directly for nearly 11 years. My last job that had anything to do with the industry ended in 2002. In 2002, the design side was still pretty Mac-centric. How is it today? Have people stayed with OS X and Macs? Or have they gone to PCs? I am asking for a niece who is interested in persuing 2D illustration in her college studies.
posted by tcv at 7:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Make 10g of podcasts play nice.
Why won't my ipod touch update my podcasts properly? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Good vegan eats in Manhattan?
Where is a good place to get a vegan breakfast (around 8 a.m.) in or around the Village in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:47 PM PST - 21 comments

How to project manage for a website redesign?
I work for a performing arts ensemble/non-profit. We need to start a full redesign of our website (with a huge emphasis on multimedia). I will be project manager, but I haven't gone through a website redesign project like this before. This makes me a bit unsure about how to proceed. Lots of associated questions inside... [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me find this statue?
I found this image of a(n angel?) statue with the title "Greece Burning" but i can't find any other details. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Help my Mum! Please.
Help my mum! Mum needs help transbribing lectures on PC. Are there any tricks or tips or nifty prggrams that can help her type, while being able to pause and rewind audio at the same time? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

How to fix rubygems?
I upgraded ruby on OS 10.5.4 from 1.8.6 to 1.8.7 and rubygems stopped working. How do I get rubygems to see where I've installed ruby? [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I network around the cold, impersonal government job hiring process?
There's a job opening and it turns out I have a contact there. How can I make the most of it without just being told to "apply online"? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I better sync contacts between my Macbook and iPod Touch.
I am trying to sync my Macbook's (Leopard) Address Book with my iPod Touch. The problem is that fields on the Mac like "spouse" and "children" do not show up on the Touch. Is there a fix for this? Thanks.
posted by 4ster at 6:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Red States vs Blue Pills
Dumb birth control pill question: why don't I need to use a backup method while taking the sugar pills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I try to rescue data off my dead macbook?
Looks like my macbook's harddrive just failed. Sucks. Some of my data is not backed up. What should I do before taking it to the apple store? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 4:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should I set up my War Room?
Where should I start my political consulting business? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 4:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Red stains face of white dog?
Little Maltese and Papillion mix gets those nasty red/blackish fluids which come from his eyes and cake all over his muzzle. We try to clean it up but its really bad and gets embedded in his fur. Any ideas on how to get rid of this stuff or to nip it in the bud? His once-a- month groomer does a good job on him, overall, but she can't offer anything on how to deal with these nasty stains. Thanks for any help.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Calling Boris and Natasha....
Squirrel! Crazy squirrel is eating my tomatoes! What can I do besides offering it napkins? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:39 PM PST - 21 comments

10th Accident font?
Help me find this font! [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

A complete misjudgment of character
Our Landlord wrongly kept 5700 of our 6100 dollar deposit. Things were just made up to charge us for. What can one do? Sticky situations inside [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy electronic components near Philly?
Anyone know of any non-Radio-Shack retail outlets for electronic components near Philadelphia? I know there are tons of online outlets, but I'm looking for a brick and mortar supplier, and I need more variety than Radio Shack can offer.
posted by potch at 4:20 PM PST - 2 comments

I am not Lilah, but I could be
I'd like to be able to play "The Night" by Morphine on the bass guitar, and other tunes that sound like that. Can you help me get started? Or find a better place to ask this question? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Tiny reader seeks education.
My daughter is on her 5th day of Kindergarten and it is quickly becoming apparent she is not being challenged at her reading level. What can I do to challenge her growing mind? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 4:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Brief discoloration of bath water at turn-on
I've been staying for about a week at a friend of a friend's apartment while he's on vacation and pretty much out of contact. Every time I turn on the bath there's a yellow discoloration of the water for the first half-second or so, and then it becomes completely clear. I haven't noticed any like discoloration when I turn on any of the faucets or the shower, but I'm nevertheless getting worried about drinking the water here. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks in advance.
posted by electric water kettle at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Yes we can... help me be punctual
How long, approximately, do you think the Barack Obama rally this Saturday in Springfield, IL will last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

when silence is *not* golden.
is volvo liable for my car alarm not going off during a break in? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 3:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Teach me to breakdance!
BBOYZ! Teach me how to dance, specifically popping, locking, and breakdancing. Any tips you can give will be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 3:30 PM PST - 7 comments

One more week to find a place
Is apartment moving always this hard? For everyone? I feel like I must be missing something. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 3:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Best online ad networks for blogs?
Can anyone recommend quality online ad networks for a website with about 300,000 page views per month? [more inside]
posted by puffl at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Roseanne Barr's towel folding advice?
Does anyone remember Roseanne Barr's rant about pre-menopausal women and towel folding/hanging as means to waylay the beast? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Nice, caring place in West LA to board my cats for a few weeks?
I'll be out of town for two weeks over the holidays and I'm already starting to worry about care for my two cats. [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Are there any made-to-order bobblehead sites?
Are there any made-to-order bobblehead sites? I've got an idea for a bobblehead that I'd like to offer to readers on my blog, but I don't want to incur the risk of buying 100 of them up front. There are loads of t-shirt sites that charge a flat fee, let the designer tack on a few bucks and then take care of all the rest, does such a thing exist for bobbleheads?
posted by bflora at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there anything wrong with taking pictures of Library books and then posting said pictures to a blog?
Is there anything wrong with taking pictures of Library books and then posting said pictures to a blog? [more inside]
posted by inviolable at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me show him the truth
Help me convince my friend of a basic networking truth. He sent me an e-mail saying he was assigning static IPs to all the devices on his home network so the signal would be stronger. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by arniec at 12:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to go between Key West and NYC?
Road trip from Florida to NYC. Where to go, what to do? [more inside]
posted by lodev at 12:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Need to find photodocumentation of antisemitic incidents in W. Germany in the early '60s
Help! I need to find a documentary photograph related to the wave of anti-Semitic incidents in West Germany in the early 1960s. Surely the power of the green can help? [more inside]
posted by scody at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I lock iPhone orientation in Mobile Safari?
Is there a way to lock or hack an iPhone's orientation in mobile safari using CSS, HTML, Javascript or a combination there of? [more inside]
posted by wmeredith at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Can any Mac Project Planing Software export to Microsoft Project?
Is there anyway to export something from OmniPlan or similar Mac Project planner and get it to open in Microsoft Project? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 11:40 AM PST - 1 comments

High-acidity Tomato Variety Wanted
Tomato grower expertise needed. [more inside]
posted by sluglicker at 11:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Need a pedometer that measures miles.
Hi there, I walk approx. 2 1/4 miles a day with a pedometer that shows steps only. Is there an accurate mile measurer that will show how many miles I've walked? If so where might I obtain one?
posted by joaniek at 11:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Weird birthday dessert request
A friend has requested that I make him a birthday dessert with the following ingredients: cheesecake, bananas, and chocolate. [more inside]
posted by angiewriter at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find details of the latest UK "high-street" fashion for men?
I'm having trouble finding websites showing what's hot in the high-street fashion world for "normal" men - not those 6'4", emaciated, androgynous models designers always hire to make their clothes look good. I'm 5'8", 85Kg, have fair skin, and a bit of a tummy. I know what kind of things to wear to make myself look slimmer but I don't know what the current trend is. I know it was layers last year, but that's about as much as I know. Are there any websites/blogs that follow the trends which I can bookmark/subscribe to and keep my style up-to-date?
posted by refactored at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Where should I go?
Where in the continental US should I go? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 11:00 AM PST - 36 comments

What to do in VA Beach
Where can 2 vegetarians eat, drink and be merry this weekend in Virginia Beach? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

A job for a smart, annoying, musically gifted ex-con?
What career paths are available for someone in their 60's who has spent much of his life in and out of prison? (the long, not too gory details inside) [more inside]
posted by verevi at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the metallic looking spots that float on top of my iced tea?
What are the metallic looking spots that float on top of my iced tea? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 10:40 AM PST - 12 comments

how do I make a uk company pay up?
how do I make a uk company pay up? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Graphics driver issues for XP on an iMac
We can't boot into Windows XP, except in VGA mode, without the screen going black after the Windows XP "loading bar screen"; we can still hear everything, though. This is on an Intel iMac running Boot Camp, and the Mac side (Leopard) works fine, which leads me to believe this isn't a problem with hardware. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

WinAVI crapped out on Vista Premium 64-bit. What other friendly converter such as WinAVI can I use instead to convert xvid/divx/etc to .vob files so I can burn them as a DVD with Nero and such.
WinAVI crapped out on Vista Premium 64-bit. What other friendly converter such as WinAVI can I use instead to convert xvid/divx/etc to .vob files so I can burn them as a DVD with Nero and such? Thanks in advance [more inside]
posted by cheero at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

500 MHZ PIII + FreeNAS + OpenVPN + m0n0wall = love?
My girlfriend has expanded her theater management business, hired some employees, and wants to have a file server, have a firewall, and have remote access to the office network. Can I do all this with a Dell PowerEdge 500Mhz PIII? If so.. [more inside]
posted by pegstar at 10:17 AM PST - 9 comments

I left my bicycle in Berkeley.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, I left a bicycle locked up in Berkeley before I left California. What now? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:17 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I quickly learn as much general knowledge as possible?
How would you go about cramming for a general knowledge quiz? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on?
My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by bend2squares at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Humorous Army Songs?
Help me find songs for a CD of humorous songs about the Army. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 9:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Wanted: Companion Point and Shoot
I'm looking for a companion point and shoot camera to my much-loved SLR. I'm looking for a camera with a super simple (even dumbed down) interface, a small size so I can keep it in my purse at all times, the ability to easily shoot short movies (very important!), and as cheap as possible. What I don't care about: photo quality. [more inside]
posted by warble at 9:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Any free or low cost options for Remote Desktop software?
Are there any free or low cost options for having a Remote Desktop tool for Windows Vista Home Premium? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice for A/V Setup
I'm buying a completely new A/V setup (the audio portion). Any advice? [more inside]
posted by atodedeus at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

PSP Hack/Mod advice needed
I need advice with modding/hacking my PSP. I have info and have tried and failed. Help! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 9:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Good sad moving songs
In about a week I'll be moving with some friends across multiple state lines, and it's the first big move any of us have ever made. Suffice it to say we're all a little nervous, so I'd like to commemorate the occasion with a special mix tape. Specifically, I'm looking for any songs about the pain and struggle of moving to and/or living in a new place. [more inside]
posted by ictow at 9:07 AM PST - 47 comments

Let's restrict the internet!
Help me lock down a Mac! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Socialised health care really is better.
I've been recruited by a large firm in the US, who are going to relocate me to their offices in Washington. How do I deal with your weird health-care system? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 AM PST - 33 comments

Name this Firefix bug
Can anyone think of a reason for this strange firefox bug? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 8:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this a Flash product
Can anyone tell me if Erwin Olafs photography site (arty nsfw) uses commercially available Flash gallery products, or if it most likely a one off? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Windows XP SP2 hangs on install. Why?
Help me with a weird Windows install problem. [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

What can do with this loose brat?
What can I do with a pound of un-cased bratwurst? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Boston area laptop bag store?
I need a durable waterproof laptop bag for under $100, and I need to buy it in the Boston area today. [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

I need to improve problem solving skills and information processing skills
I have concentration, focus, work efficiency, and motivation issues. I am much more motivated at this point in my life than ever before, but working inefficiently and focus issues make it difficult to sustain. I am looking for lifestyle changes, mental exercises, diet changes, and maybe an inexpensive over-the-counter supplements to help sharpen my problem solving and information processing skills. [more inside]
posted by Niomi at 7:13 AM PST - 16 comments

proper order of operations involving a minor accident.
URGENT: Proper handling (e.g. legal/insurance) of the situation - my motorcycle was knocked over when parked, there are witnesses. [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 7:06 AM PST - 9 comments

I can name that tune in less than 90 seconds.
What is this song? Sharon Jones? Alice Russell? Googling lyrics yields nothing, but AskMe has to know...Obviously I need an iPhone with Listen.
posted by deliriouscool at 6:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it safe to use a step-down transformer with a Hair Styler?
My girlfriend has a GHD hair straightener purchased in the USA, it's labelled "120Vac 35W", I want to use it in Ireland (where the standard voltage is 220Vac). Is it safe to use this with a step-down (220V -> 110V) transformer? [more inside]
posted by nfg at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

my friends suck
What to do when you find out that one of your friends cheated on his girlfriend (who is also a friend?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 84 comments

Weatherproof Power Supply
A probably-out-of-his-depth n00b asks: Weatherproof, "high" wattage electronics power supply? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Why has the dentist left blue marks on my teeth?
I've just had 3 white enamel fillings in the bottom-left corner of my mouth. Looking in the mirror, I now have a small bluish-gray mark at the nearest 'peak' of each molar. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 4:46 AM PST - 3 comments

One- or two-sitting video games?
One- or two-sitting video games? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:17 AM PST - 25 comments

How to improve new client relationship?
Getting to know you... I'm new to client service but have extensive client-side experience in the marketing field. Just joined an agency and the client complained to my boss that I'm 'too professional' in my demeanor. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by urbanette at 3:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Can someone advise on whether this food will still be okay to eat?
Can someone advise on whether this food will still be okay to eat? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 2:59 AM PST - 40 comments

How to fix a warped book?
I've just laid out money on a very expensive book, and to my chagrin it arrived with its pages warped and wavy from humidity (I live in a very humid city in the southeastern US), even though it was shrinkwrapped. How should I go about fixing this?
posted by Merzbau at 12:52 AM PST - 16 comments

My head hurts
What do you do when you have a headache? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 12:34 AM PST - 34 comments

August 20
help me avoid burnout!
How to I keep my sanity while balancing school and a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by chicainthecity at 11:55 PM PST - 19 comments

One install is better than many
How can I create a Windows install image (ISO) from an already installed XP installation? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 10:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Help free me from a telco dictatorship, so to speak.
Rogers Mobile Locked my Blackberry Pearl and Threw away the key, what are some ways for me to unlock my phone. Links and direct solutions are more than welcome I can provide my IMEP key if anyone knows someone with a calculator but thats the only way i can find online and i know there are other, better ways to do this. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 10:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me sleep again!
I have to listen to the radio in order to fall asleep. I have used WHYY 91 FM in Philadelphia as my crutch for the past 8+ tears. We live near Princeton, NJ, and I have always had good reception through several previous address changes. We moved 2 weeks ago, literally 4 houses away fron our old place, I have perfect reception all day, but sometime after 1:00 in the morning, I lose the signal, and the sudden silence can actually wake me up. I've gone online and confirmed thathe station is broadcasting -- I can stream the audio on my computer -- but no signal comes through the radio. Then, at 8:30, I wake up and there is a normal signal again. I am literally losing sleep over this, so would appreciate any suggestions, explanations or help,
posted by mmf at 9:50 PM PST - 15 comments

"Spanish Lice"?
What exactly is wrong with this Spanish advertisement in which the Spanish basketball teams are slanting their eyes so as to appear stereotypically Asian? [more inside]
posted by Third at 9:46 PM PST - 58 comments

roundtrip NC to WA by Train? how bad an idea?
Travel from Raleigh NC to Seattle WA and back by Train: Bad Idea or the "baddest" idea? Specifically cost wise? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me Activate and unlock my iPhone!
Can someone help me find a step-by-step guide to Activating (w/o iTunes), Jailbreaking, and SIM Unlocking my new (to me) 1st Generation iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner at 8:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Low-end laptop
What's a good netbook or netbook-like computer for my mom and sister? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Stream Video to Wii without Orb
Is there a way to stream video to my Wii from my Mac using VLC? I am currently running Orb from the virtual windows machine on the mac I access via vmware fusion, but I am not too impressed with the video quality.
posted by jules1651 at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Finger Cancer, most likely.
For the love of God, what is wrong with my finger? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Which password?
Cannot connect to my friend's wireless Apple network. What gives? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 8:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me name my documentary!
Please help me name my documentary on urban farming! [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 7:51 PM PST - 25 comments

ReligionBookfilter: History of Protestant Christianity for a Lapsed Catholic?
Help me find a book that explains the taxonomy of Christian churches and sects! [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 7:38 PM PST - 16 comments

where to live in san fran?
I'm heading to San Francisco to go work for six-seven months - and i'll be working in downtown San Francisco. Looking for a good place to live (with roommates), and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 7:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you know of a digital frame that can play high quality video well?
Do you know of a digital frame that can play high quality video well? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a cute business name
Help! I need a cute and quirky name for a small baking business - more catering than not, and definitely on the cute-and-quirky side, since it specializes in cupcakes. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 7:00 PM PST - 60 comments

OSX: Future as a programmer dashed by failure to interpret Terminal error
Multiple sources credit this Hivelogic post as the definitive guide to getting MySQL up and running on a Mac OS X. But I can't get past the first few steps. [more inside]
posted by metajc at 6:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Why won't my car start?
Why won't my car start? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 6:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Citizens of Glendale: Do not worry. He is dead.
What are the definitive lyrics to the chorus in the song "A Train Robbery" on Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer album? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 6:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Bathroom renovation project help, please.
How can I get paint off a porcelain bathtub? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 6:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Pick your team (as long as its not the Yankees)
For those of you in areas that have multiple teams in the your area, like New York has the Giants and Jets, Chicago has the Cubs and White Sox, and Los Angeles has the Lakers and the Clippers, how did you choose which team to be a fan of?
posted by toaster at 6:04 PM PST - 63 comments

eThis or iThat
Please give me tasks for the Nokia E71 and the iPhone that will highlight the advantages/disadvantages of each. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 5:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a self publishing service provider who support storefront branding
Is there a self publishing service kind of like lulu.com but which lets you "brand" the storefront with your own stylesheet and logo? One that lets customer buy electronic copies as well as printed versions? One that you've had good experiences with? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Checking Gmail on Mac.com Issue
I'd like to check my GMail via Mac.com. I set up the incoming mail server as smtp.gmail.com, but still cannot sync. What am I doing wrong?
posted by miltoncat at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

my metabolism is broken
How can I get my metabolism back up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 33 comments

An embarassment of oysters
I seriously overbought on oysters and clams and need to figure out what to do with them (other than raw). [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

I need help using Voiceover to access my dead-screen MacBook Pro
Anybody out there proficient with Apple OS X Voiceover, the interface for sight-impaired users? My MacBook Pro screen is completely dead but the computer is alive. I want to use Voiceover to navigate to the Sharing Preferences and turn on screen sharing so I can access the screenless computer across the network. [more inside]
posted by timwindsor at 4:47 PM PST - 9 comments

(chocolate cake - chocolate) + x = yellow cake; solve for x
How to convert a chocolate cake to a yellow cake? [more inside]
posted by asras at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Here we go again, I love my best friend!
I'm in love with my best friend and she loves me too, but doesn't want to sleep with me. Has this any hope of working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 31 comments

Sync Blackberry memopad to the web?
How do I sync my notes in my Blackberry Curve's memopad to a web-based service? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 4:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I file a complaint about a 401k rollover problem?
Is there any regulation governing how long an employer can take to process a terminated employee's request to withdraw her money from the employer's 401k plan and send to a roll-over IRA (there was 0 employer contribution to the 401k)? [more inside]
posted by mayann at 3:56 PM PST - 2 comments

How to add a physical hard disk in VMWare Fusion?
How can I make VMWare Fusion recognize my additional (physical) hard disks? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Who might appreciate all these quality mags?
Where can I donate 4 years' worth of Harper's & New Yorkers, in London? [more inside]
posted by Flashman at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Help a novice with weight training!
Beginning weight training advice: I have recently begun a cardiovascular exercise program, and want to add weights to my routine. My goals are as follows: 1.) Lose weight 2.) Improve endurance 3.) Increase strength. Any advice re: number of reps/sets... [more inside]
posted by muxnaw at 3:21 PM PST - 13 comments

sole proprietor to LLC in California
Experiencing turning a sole proprietorship into an LLC in California? [more inside]
posted by supermedusa at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me become a Flash guru in a flash
What are your recommendations for teaching myself Adobe Flash quickly? [more inside]
posted by dosterm at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Hi, I'm from AT&T & I'm here to help you. Right.
I'm considering upgrading my internet service. I currently have basic DSL from AT&T bundled with a landline. Today a couple of guys with "AT&T uverse solutions provider" ID's came to the door and want to sell me this Uverse service. I'm suspicious. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 2:44 PM PST - 10 comments

I've missed about a month of the Venture Bros due to travel, how can I catch up
Due to travel I've missed out on the last 3 episodes of The Venture Bros, is there any possible way I could view these episodes before the season 3 dvd comes out ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How do the eff do we make them stop?
Why am I getting snail mail and phone calls for two people who never lived in my apartment, but who share my last name? [more inside]
posted by lbo at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Yes, I enjoy predictably irrational long tail freakonomics.
Recommend some works similar to The Long Tail, Predictably Irrational, and Freakonomics. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 2:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Interesting GPS applications?
What are useful/fun/collaborative things that can be done with a PDA, computer and a small GPS device these days?
posted by vizsla at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

is there a supply for my demand?
Why can't I buy the rental shoes at bowling alleys? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 2:09 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I make an OpenOffice spreadsheet display a cell in bold if the date in the cell is in the past?
How do I make an OpenOffice spreadsheet display a cell in bold if the date in the cell is in the past? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Buying stocks quickly
Is there any way to buy stocks without an account online? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I find clarity in a breakup?
How would you choose between leaving a girl after 5 years that you could be happy with in marriage, but who doesn’t want to wait for you, in order to follow your dream of checking out day to day life in the country you were born. Fear of regret and resentment later in life a big factor here.(long explanation follows) [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 1:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me brainstorm a witch's apothecary worth of Halloween props
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Halloween is fast approaching and I need help creating some apothecary style props from the Bard's well known witches chant based on the introduction to That Scottish Play. Most of my audience isn't going to remember much past "eye of newt and toe of frog" but being a geek about details I'd like to try to create a tableaux of the entire contents of that cauldron. [more inside]
posted by rosebengal at 1:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Suggestions for activism on a college campus?
How can I make volunteering/charity fun or interesting for college students? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Resume distribution for the technologically unsophisticated
I'm going to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference next month and want to know the latest, greatest (and cheapest) gadgets available for handing out my resume. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 1:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Upgrading to Adobe CS3
I currently own the educational version (no real difference beyond the price) of Adobe CS2 Premium Web Bundle which includes Macromedia Studio 8. I need to upgrade to CS3 for school, but I can't find the "bundle" that has the programs I need. [more inside]
posted by niles at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find information on hotels recommended by airline crews?
Where can I find information on hotels recommended by airline crews? We're looking for info on things like shuttles, breakfast options, location relative to terminal, and price. [more inside]
posted by ladynicole7 at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find the ultimate montage music!
I am editing together a "best of" wedding montage for a friend's anniversary. Give me a piece of music that speaks of beauty, love triumphant, joy and happiness, with a good measure of mysticism, mystery, or, uh, ethereal-ness (?). Bonus points if we can make 'em cry... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 1:01 PM PST - 50 comments

If I had a hammer...
What are some youth organizations that my organization can present to/get involved with? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 12:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Death of a salesman
Why do some successful salesmen get fired by their employers after a really big commission sale? Logically, one would suppose that employers would want to keep talented salesmen. What incentives would an employer have to do so?
posted by Zipf at 12:39 PM PST - 19 comments

The needs of the midi
Midi keyboard software experts! I'd like to hook up an old midi piano keyboard to my XP laptop and learn to play. Is there an outstanding software package that teaches piano skills? The internet based reviews I've seen so far range from lukewarm to chilly. [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comments

Hello? Can you hear me now? YES, I CAN! THAT'S THE FRICKIN' PROBLEM!
How do I tell my boss, whom I share a small office with, that her constant use of speaker phone is extremely distracting? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 12:29 PM PST - 27 comments

What else can I grind in a pepper mill?
What else can I grind in a pepper mill? [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 12:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Natural media animation
Are there any natural media programs (like Painter or ArtRage) that support animation?
posted by jma at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What happened to HSM? No, not High School Musical...
Are there any "personal" Hierarchical Storage Manager packages around? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

(Un)connecting Domains
If I host 2 domains (for example, www.work.com and www.family.com) on the same basic Dreamhost hosting package, is there any way for someone -- other than Dreamhost -- to associate the two domains?
posted by probablysteve at 11:37 AM PST - 18 comments

CSV Help!
I need to save an Excel csv file of numbers with leading zeroes (e.g., 00987654). [more inside]
posted by archimago at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

What to do with 25 mins of extra free time every day?
I moved closer to work. What can I do with the 25 minutes of extra free time that I will have due to the shorter commute? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 11:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Is there an easy way to break pivot table rows or pages down into non-linked workbooks
I have an Excel pivot table for sales performance data. I want to break that down for regional managers so that they only have access to their own offices' data while preserving the nice formatting that the pivot table provides. Is there an easy way to do that? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Grad school panic
I'm panicking right now about the prospects going back to grad school at the end of the summer. I've lost the ability to think straight about my situation. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack at 11:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Getting back to training after mid-plan overtraining symptoms?
Marathon training filter: How long has it taken you to recover from the symptoms of overuse and get back to your training plan? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Plug your favorite band!
Looking for indie song suggestions for a community radio public affairs show. [more inside]
posted by levijk at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

A desk with doors?
Can you recommend a specific secretary, armoire, or rolltop desk that will hold (and hide) a large-ish computer? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

What "power management concerns," exactly?
Is there a good reason not to enable atrun on a desktop OSX machine? [more inside]
posted by ook at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Telemarketers are Big Fat Liars!!!!
How can I get rid of Telemarketers that call and falsely say they know my boss? [more inside]
posted by genniangel0 at 10:34 AM PST - 28 comments

How to redecorate a tiny apartment?
What are your favourite blogs and sites (and publications) for home decorating ideas? [more inside]
posted by different at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

I wanna vote!
I passed my U.S. citizenship test last month (woo!). But I still haven't received notice of when my swearing-in ceremony will be, and D.C.'s voter registration deadline is coming up (Oct. 4). Can I somehow officially get my citizenship without waiting for the official swearing-in ceremony? I really don't want to miss out on being able to vote just because of this stupid delay. [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

I love the smell of a damp futon in the morning ... wait, no I don't.
I just discovered an absent-minded guest left a damp towel on top of my futon, which of course got the futon damp. It was there about a day before I discovered it, and now both the towel and the futon have a very slight musty smell. I figure I can run the towel and the futon cover through the wash with some baking soda or something to get rid of the smell there, but I'm concerned about the futon (which is cotton with a foam core). Should I just let it finish drying out and hope for the best, or is there something I can do now to prevent a lingering odor and/or futon ickyness?
posted by I Said, I've Got A Big Stick at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a home print server
Need a recommendation for a specific printer server for home use. [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Engraved gift for 11-year-old girl?
I am looking for a small I'm-going-away/she's-starting-middle-school gift for my 11-year-old sister. I'm hoping to spend <$30, and I prefer something that can be engraved, but preferably not jewelry. Anything that means "I'll miss you" or "congratulations on starting to grow up"? Any keepsake you would have loved at 11?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 9:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Waterproof sex toys?
Just got a new Jacuzzi tub. Looking for recommendations for, um, waterproof toys and other items that will help my wife and I enjoy it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe?
Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe? [more inside]
posted by diogenes at 9:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Proving I was out of the UK...
How can I prove my location when I purchased something online? [more inside]
posted by RufusW at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Need daily worldwide wind data...
I'm looking for daily data about current global wind patterns. [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 9:39 AM PST - 2 comments

No, I don't listen to Trivium.
Musicfilter: Please help me find bands similar to two very distinct sounds within the various metal subgenres. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

CSS, JQuery, PHP and Caching: Best practices?
CSS, JQuery, PHP and Caching: What are the best practices for creating dynamic CSS with JQuery and PHP? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

How to quantify OS X productivity gains?
Is there a good way to quantify productivity gains on Apple computers? [more inside]
posted by oostevo at 8:53 AM PST - 19 comments

What happened to Wired's professional bettors?
Remember this Wired article about "computer teams" analyzing horse races in Asia? What became of that? Were the theories sound? What exactly were they doing? Are there any other articles, academic or otherwise, about modeling horse races? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

"Don't be a jerk"?
Something about a wise man and fools? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Sofa so good?
We're reconfiguring our house to make room for a second child. We'd like to continue to have someplace comfortable for guests to sleep, but we're short on space. [more inside]
posted by larsks at 8:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Wii are the champions / Wii will, Wii will rock you!
I need help planning a Wii Sports and Guitar Hero competition. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I want to live in Daddy Day Care?
What sort of agreements should I make or information should I consider before moving into an apartment that would be used as a daycare during the day when my roommate and I aren't around? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 7:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Should I water my house foundation to keep it from cracking, and if so, what is the science behind how that helps?
Should I water my house foundation to keep it from cracking, and if so, what is the science behind how that helps? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Anxiety before HIV test
How do I deal with HIV test window period anxiety? I had a risky encounter (unprotected sex) with a girl last week -- I trusted her when she said she'd been tested, which she told me on the way to the bedroom (had she not said anything I wouldn't have asked, and just used a condom). Before the encounter, I thought I knew her pretty well as she'd been a friend for a few months. Shortly afterwards she announces that she has a new boyfriend and cuts off all contact with me. I know I should get tested, but HIV tests aren't conclusive until after 3 months since it takes time for the antibodies to show up. I wouldn't be so worried if she'd still be talking to me. My question is ... how do I deal with the anxiety for the next three months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 22 comments

I don't want my mother to see these photos, and I don't want strangers seeing them, either.
As a gift for my husband, I took some saucy pictures. The pictures are nothing by the standards of the internet, but not the type of thing I'd be comfortable sending to Target or Wal-Mart to print out. Are there any discrete online digital photo printing services you'd recommend? Or should I just buy a photo printer? Which one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Recording decent audio with a lousy digicam
We're taking a road trip from Boston to Michigan this weekend, and would like to record some video along the way, just for fun. Problem is, we've got a cheap digicam with a lousy built-in mic. How can we record audio (two people talking, mostly) on the übercheap? [more inside]
posted by SamuelF at 6:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Bupapest to Prague Cost?
Help me settle a debate. Can anyone give me the cost of a 1st class ticket by train from Budapest to Prague (mid-week)? [more inside]
posted by robabroad at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Powerpoint)
Is there a way to track changes to a document in MS Powerpoint (the way there is in Word)?
posted by joannemerriam at 6:49 AM PST - 1 comments

Shouldn't there be some signs of sun damage by now?
It's been 25 years since the Violent Femmes released their self titled debut, and the thing still sounds as if it was written last week. What explains its timeless quality? [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks at 6:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Is the amount of matter in the universe infinite?
Is the amount of matter in the universe infinite, too? How does that work? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 6:31 AM PST - 51 comments

Re-setting a mac for a new user.
How do I talk a new Mac user through the process of deleting/optimizing a new-to-her computer over the phone? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 6:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Magnet on my Face
I've just bought a pair of Clic glasses that open at the centre of the frame, held together by a magnet. Is there any reason why I wouldn't want a Neodymium magnet on the bridge of my nose?
posted by ikp at 5:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to find the perfect chaise sofa?
I'm trying to find a more affordable version of this sofa. [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What charity project shall I support?
I'd like to donate a sum of money to a charity project, preferably an educational one, but I need some advice on which one to choose. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 5:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Need Cat Herding Video
I need a download of the EDS cat herding video. I'm having a difficult time finding it available for download. Does anyone have a copy or know where I can download it for embedding in a powerpoint presentation?
posted by Juicylicious at 4:36 AM PST - 6 comments

LHR: Designed by Satan himself?
Connecting through London Heathrow: I already know I'm going to have to run, but I'd prefer to run in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 4:24 AM PST - 13 comments

This Nagging Question
How does a husband and a wife deal with nagging and the resultant arguments? My wife is a self-admitted nag. I am a self-admitted procrastinator. She likes to make decisions and do things now. I would rather sleep on it and let things develop a bit. I don't have a problem with leaving a dish or two in the sink. She needs the place to be near spotless. I am not a slob. She is not anal-retentive. When she wants me to hang curtains, she wants it done now. If I need something done, I will do it myself on a deadline I feel will not impact the situation. I don't think this problem is unique to our relationship. How have you and your wife better dealt with this proverbial problem? A good answer to this question is not 'just pick up your sh*t!'.
posted by kaizen at 4:23 AM PST - 38 comments

Statistics on Overdose
I am looking for statistics about accidents and deaths due to overdose on prescribed drugs vs overdose on Illegal drugs.
posted by zouhair at 12:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Personality-Based Design/Arts/Fashion Blogging - new trend?
Is there a specific term/genre that defines bloggers such as Gala Darling, Nubby Twiglet, Queen Gilda, Doe Deere, This is Star, and Agent Lover? Has anyone tracked this? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 12:02 AM PST - 8 comments

August 19
Ex-criminal thinking of committing new crimes.
Ex-criminal thinking of committing new crimes. [more inside]
posted by TooSlick at 11:17 PM PST - 27 comments

How to find a good wordpress designer?
I'm seeking recommendations for a wordpress designer. For a culture/design/style blog. Fresh & modern look desired. Assume I would like someone to do all of the work (back end & graphics)! Who's good out there? Where's a good place to look?
posted by teststrip at 10:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Stories where Character Lives Eternally
I’m looking for books/stories where the main character lives a vast amount of time. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 10:31 PM PST - 63 comments

China!
What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 9:48 PM PST - 7 comments

College Knowledge
What are some good ways to motivate underprivileged high school juniors and seniors to pursue a college education? [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Do you think it's likely that the unfair judging in Olympic gymnastics could be mafia related?
How likely is it that the unfair judging in Olympic gymnastics is mafia related? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Have you used atiflights.com?
Has anyone ever used http://atiflights.com/? [more inside]
posted by ascheele at 9:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I purchase AC 110V-35W bulbs?
Where can I purchase 6400k AC 110V-35W bulbs? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Zafu shopping in Toronto
I'd like to get a zafu and zabuton[?] for meditation, but I'd like to actually sit on a couple to find out what I find comfortable. Where can I try out and buy a zafu and zabuton, in person, in or near Toronto?
posted by mendel at 8:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Somewhat stylish wide-brimmed hats for living on the surface of the sun?
Full-brimmed hats for sun protection of a male mid-30's scalp that aren't lame? Lame defined as fedoras, cowboy hats, 6 dollar buckets, or those floppy Vietnam combat things. [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 8:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Disgusting Office Fridge Filter
What is the best system for keeping an office fridge in a break room free of funky, old food and food theft? What does your office do? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 8:18 PM PST - 26 comments

How to choose a lawyer?
How can I choose the best lawyer? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 8:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I take better notes?
I need help modernizing my note-taking methodology. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you choose tires for a car?
How do you choose tires for a car? In particular, what is the best deal on all-season long lasting tires for a 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Front Wheel Drive, size 215/50/R17 in Southern Ontario. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 7:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Carrot Halwa as ice cream?
How would you adapt this carrot halwa recipe to make ice cream?
posted by Morpeth at 7:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Tien Tsin vs de Arbol
Tien Tsin vs. Arbol - Can I use Chili de Arbol in place of the traditional Tien Tsin peppers that I know chinese food recipes call for? Chili de Arbol was the only thing I could find in my (rural, Texas) area easily.
posted by SpecialK at 7:36 PM PST - 1 comments

invest 1 million dollars guaranteed income
Where should one invest 1 million dollars for guaranteed income ? I have been reading that there are Fidelity and Vanguard income funds guaranteed for life. Please suggest how/where to invest 1 million dollars for at least 10% interest per year. Thank You. endless
posted by endlessknot at 7:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Extroverts, please speak up!
This one is for the extroverts. As someone who has struggled with social anxiety/shyness to varying degrees my entire life, I'm very curious to know what your inner dialogue is like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Tricky Insurance Guidance Needed for Counseling
How do I get insurance approval for counseling in a tricky situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make Microsoft Word print a complete document wirelessly?
Why are we getting incomplete printouts when attempting to print wirelessly from a laptop? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Oh no you didn't!
Why did my cat just pee on the bed? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 7:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I get a job in the States with an MA from an online UK program?
I'm looking at online degrees (needed for work), and I'd like to know if a Masters in education from British universities are considered valid (or equal to) for employment in America. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

stucco yucko
Mrs Baggers and I have just bought a house, and one of the rooms has walls covered with this ugly, bumpy stucco like stuff (photo here). What's the best option for getting rid of it? Should we sand it down or try and cover it over?
posted by baggers at 6:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Good self-help audiobooks
I am looking for good self-help audiobooks/books on cd for building self-esteem and fighting depression. I'm not religious, just looking for something inspiring (scientific validity also a plus).
posted by veterinarian at 6:36 PM PST - 7 comments

My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer.
My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 6:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Give me a reason to not go to Boulder
I think the mothership may be in Boulder, Co and I have a burning desire to go there. I'm so in love with the place that I'm probably missing the bad stuff. Is there anything bad about Boulder? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 6:08 PM PST - 30 comments

Where can I find complete lyrics to Mahalia Jackson song?
How do I find the complete lyrics of "Sometime I Wonder" aka "Will I Ever Rest?" I have a recording by Mahalia Jackson but cannot understand some of the words.
posted by woman at 6:04 PM PST - 2 comments

How to convert shapes drawn with ActionScript to movie clips?
How do I convert a shape drawn with ActionScript to a movie clip that can have mouse actions in Flash (ActionScript 2)? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I copy browser histories & saved passwords from one machine to another on XP?
How do I copy browser histories & saved passwords from one machine to another on XP? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Mobiles & Calling Cards - can they live happily ever after?
Is there a way to make using my calling card with my mobile phone suck less? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

How to buy Office 2003 online ?
Buying Office 2007 Small Business Edition online - new, sealed, licensed and legit. Where from ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:57 PM PST - 11 comments

No One In This House Goes To Your School-- Stop Calling Me!
Getting non-harassing but repeated misdirected phone calls on a cell: help! [more inside]
posted by saveyoursanity at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me build a better frownie!
Creative crafting filter: I want to combat my frown lines by making a stick-on splint for my forehead-- something like a frownie, but reusable and easier to remove (in the way, say, a post-it is). What adhesives/plastics/gels (or other, hackable, toy/household items) might be sticky enough to adhere firmly to my face, but unsticky enough to peel off gently when I'm done? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Making Chapbook/Zine! Need help on how to format Microsoft Word! Please help
I am making a chapbook/zine that needs to be completed by noon on Thursday. I need help on how to format Microsoft Word so I can get the job done, printed and out to public. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Fogster's "Navigating the MBTA: Prudential Tower Edition"
BostonFilter: I need to get to the Prudential tomorrow, and I'm coming from out of state. I'll probably take the T rather than drive in directly. Help me not get lost! [more inside]
posted by fogster at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

login as www user?
How do I log in as www? I am running a bunch of scripts on my webserver/svn server, but they are having some problems, so as a troubleshooting measure, I would like to log in as the user so I can test scripts and other random things. [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I take a roadtrip with a guy who is probably going to break up with me?
I'm leaving shortly on a roadtrip with someone I've been seeing but I think the relationship is cooling off and now I'm feeling ill about the trip...help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:23 PM PST - 10 comments

No ambulance to chase
My car was rearended hard today by someone who has no insurance. I'm physically fine so far. Assuming I stay that way, should I consider suing him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:23 PM PST - 11 comments

What is therapy like?
What is therapy like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Turn your key, sir.
Are there any documented instances of disaster/apocalypse training exercises where the participants could not be sure if it was real or not? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 4:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Name that disease please.
I need to find out the name of the uncommon kidney disease that my mother had so that I can be tested for it. The problem is she died in 1997 so I have no idea where (or if) any medical records are being kept. Can anyone tell me how to find out? Details and a description of the disease inside [more inside]
posted by Kioki-Silver at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me not be an idiot
I have made several purchases from a small on-line company. They have always shipped the order out correctly and on time. I just received and email from them stating that they had a problem with my payment. If they genuinely had a problem, I want to help them fix it. If this is a scam, I don't want to be an idiot. I'm confused by them telling me not to reply to the email, but to send a new one. I would appreciate any help or advice that anyone could give me. [more inside]
posted by colt45 at 3:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Would we save money by moving the debt to a lower interest credit card?
Personal Finance 101: Is it smart to pay off an auto loan at 10.25% interest with a credit card that has a 6% interest rate? [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

How's the tap water in Seoul?
How's the tap water in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

The Anti-Bollywood.
Indian Movies Filter: Hive mind, put your Indian Movie caps on -- What NON-singing/dancing Indian movies would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 3:07 PM PST - 26 comments

How to get my posts from Wordpress.com to Blogger?
I want to migrate entries from Wordpress.com to Blogger. Is there any easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to transport motorcycles?
I'm taking two motorcycles on vacation. Should I use a trailer or put them in the bed of my pickup? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 2:46 PM PST - 11 comments

What conditions do banjos dislike?
How can I store my banjo long-term to preserve the best possible sound? I have a hard case (not a soft "gig bag") and the instrument is in a dark closet. We keep the humidity between 40-55% whenever possible... [more inside]
posted by homelystar at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

DIY-Filter: Attaching sliding-door tracks to hardwood floors without damaging the floor?
DIY-Filter: Any suggestions on how to attach a sliding-door track to a hardwood floor without damaging the floor? [more inside]
posted by andrewmarc at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

So many names, so little time
My recently married friend is having some doubts about her name change. If you or your spouse did a name change after you got married, could you offer some insights about her situation? [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Checking for links to bad people?
Is there any way to search a website for links to pages like this? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Sand Castle 101
Do you have any great hints for building great sandcastles? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 1:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Insert Jewish Pirate Joke Here
Any recommendations for a movie to show my Jewish youth group (grades 8-12), when we meet on Talk Like a Pirate Day? Bonus points if it's either a) Depp-free, and/or b) tangentially related to the themes of the high holidays. I love my job.
posted by ericbop at 1:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Smushing data
How can I merge two different Access databases? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Mucus-y lips?
The last few days I've noticed that my lips, mainly the in-my-mouth part, have been feeling kind of numb after I brush my teeth, and they have like a sticky, mucus-y membrane on them all day, as well. Don't think I've ever had this before...any ideas on what this is and how to get rid of it?
posted by rbf1138 at 1:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Appropriate bandanna colors?
Bandannas. I love them. I wear them to garden or anytime I'm going to sweat. The problem, though, is that whole gang thing. Help me sort this out. What colors can I wear? Or should I just avoid bandannas and get some other kind of kerchief? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 1:03 PM PST - 33 comments

comfortable wedding shoes?
Wedding Shoes that Won't Kill My Feet. I am getting married in November. I have a medical condition that makes my left foot swell to about three times its normal size. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 12:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Software to power an academic resource-sharing site?
My new grad school class (of about 140, if it matters) needs an easy way to post and share categorized notes, study guides, and sundry other files and documents with one another. What simple, easy-to-use open-source Web knowledgebase and/or document-management software might work well for this purpose?
posted by killdevil at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me cut costs without feeling the pinch.
Obvious or creative--shameless or shady, even!--ways to cut costs and live cheap? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:38 PM PST - 70 comments

What does the word "стахоўскі" mean?
What does the word "стахоўскі" mean? I think it's Russian or Belarusian and it appears in the "Remarks" section of my fiancée's visa for her trip to Belarus. Is it a name? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

I have 2 routers, 1 wired and 1 wireless, can I get devices connected to the wireless router to see eachother?
I have two routers, one wired one wireless. The wired router is connected to the internet and the wireless router is connected to the wired router. My iPhone and MacBook are both connected to the internet via the wireless router and in turn the wired router. I'm trying to get them to see each other. How? [more inside]
posted by anglaise at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Wordpress does not like apostrophes, apparently
I'm trying to add a username in Wordpress that has an apostrophe in it (like Jerry O'Connell). It's telling me this is not allowed. Can I work around this? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Great papers in ethics?
I'm looking for paradigmatic ethics papers. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Deutsche Bahn ban: binding?
Based on your own experience in Germany over the last year: is Deutsche Bahn's systemwide smoking ban inside Germany being enforced? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 12:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Flickering lights in peripheral vision
Why do lights flicker in my peripheral vision? [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Keep my rolls puffy and pretty!
Why do my crescent rolls always seem to go flat? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting Back Into Digital Photography
Getting Back Into Travel Photography. Five Questions [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 11:36 AM PST - 15 comments

The Conference Room Is Too Loud
In my office there is a small conference room, 81"x96", maybe 18' ceiling. The walls are sheetrock. The echo is extremely irritating. In order to quiet the room a bit I want to mount squares of corkboard, 12"x12"x1/4". I will use 12 to 20 of these squares on one of the 81" walls. Will this be reasonably effective in lessening the echo? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 11:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Find the brazilian song
Identify this brazilian song about the misfortune of the poor, Part 2. Here are as many details as I can find about the song: [more inside]
posted by markovich at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comments

External hard drive problem with XP
Can I get my WD external hard drive back to the way it was? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

What to do now to improve the human race in the long term?
What things could one person do now to best progress human civilization in the long term (ie, millions of years)? [more inside]
posted by fabius at 10:38 AM PST - 63 comments

Needing the expertise (or expert memory) of MeFi's music-loving crew
Please help us identify this song and/or band. The group was/is French, or at least sung in French. The CD was in our county library's collection in the early 90's (but beyond that we have little idea of when it was released). The album was not classical or other clear genre: it seemed like it might be French pop. The song in particular features a two- or three-voiced vocal track, accompanied by the sound of a chainmail-gloved hand, rhythmically punching a large bowl of gravel. The effect eerily replicated the sound of a marching army. The vocals were dirge-like. [more inside]
posted by CitizenD at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for mp3s to use for my alarm clock
Looking for mp3s to use for my alarm clock. I'd like to wake up to a 5-10 minute track that progressively gets louder so that my awakening feels more natural. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 9:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Cheapest/Best solution for remote file access?
I have a three person Mac OS X office where we need to have remote access to about 4GB of files. I have looked around extensively for a solution and so far have not found an acceptable one. We have tried to use Back to my Mac and Apple Remote Desktop but the other two users are not that technically adept and it seem too complicated for them. Out problem is further complicated by the fact that we sometimes access the same files, so we can have version problems as well. Back to my Mac has never worked period. Could I use Amazon S3 storage? And manage with Subversion or Git? Are there reasonable clients for Subversion and Git. Drobo with network card seem over the top and too costly. Having the files on the cloud would be a perfect solution, however a local solution that could be accessed from anywhere will work as well. To further complicate we are thinking of having one person access via PC.
posted by thinktwice at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Geeky things to see in San Francisco without a car?
I'll be in San Francisco in two weeks (Aug 30-Sep 1). What are some geeky things to see (without a car)? I've already covered the Exploratorium and City Lights several times, but that's the sort of thing my tastes run towards.
posted by dmd at 9:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Smartphone for Vista 64?
I am jonesin' for a smartphone. The catch: Which ones will work with 64-bit Vista? [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the technical bible of the cell phone industry?
Asking for a friend: What is a very good technical text for understanding current and future wireless telephony standards, beginning with the basics about CDMA and TDMA and covering through 3G, LTE, LTE-Advanced, WiMax and beyond? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

A letter to Steely Dan
Thoughts on where/how to send a letter to Donald Fagen and/or Walter Becker of Steely Dan? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

How can my wireless base station and extender play nice?
How can my wireless router and extender make my entire network seamless? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 9:03 AM PST - 1 comments

My Google-fu only works in English.
Where can I get a poster of Moritz von Schwind's Katzensymphonie? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Boxers, briefs or what?
What sort of men's underwear is socially acceptable (or perhaps even fashionable) for people in their 20s? What's to avoid? Bonus points if it can be had cheaply. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 61 comments

Looking for a wallet card - if it exists, help me find it.
Medical wallet card summary thing - is there one? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

It's gettin' hot in herre...
Help me keep cool! Ok, I'm a bit OCD about this I realize. I'm wondering if there's some way to test the AC in my apartment to see if it's working properly. Is there a special thermometer to use to test the air temperature coming out of the vents? If so, what should that temperature be? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Please, be my librarian
Mark Leyner wrote a puff piece about the Women of CNN (or HNN) in the early/mid 90's. It ends with a really great thing about the world ending while he is soothed by their explaining it to him. I can't find it online. Anyone know this piece and what publication it ran in (and when)? Or--this would be swell--seen it reproduced somewhere online?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Macbook for school- buy now or wait for a revision?
Getting ready to go back to school and make The Switch at the same time- when to buy my Mac? [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 8:18 AM PST - 23 comments

Is the Fontainebleau hotel too far north on Miami beach?
Is the Fontainebleau hotel too far north on Miami beach? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Backing up bootable image over a LAN?
I'd like to create a bootable backup of my MacBook's hard drive 150GB hard drive. I've got a 500GB drive, but it's in an Ubuntu server on my LAN. Is there a good way to back up a bootable backup to another computer? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions wanted for portable speakers
Help me to disco disco on holiday! Suggest some portable speakers, sub$100, for non-ipod player. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I dry out the insulation under my car's carpeting after a big leak?
How can I dry out the insulation under my car's carpeting after a big leak? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Sack and crack wax in NoVa?
Recommendations please for a brazilian wax for a guy, in Northern VA / Washington, DC... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Stats-filter. Ugh.
Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Statview. Anyone know how to set up a datasheet to do this analysis in this program? I know this is an incredible longshot. [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 7:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Database suggestions
Database Olympics: File Maker Pro vs. MySQL! Help us pick a database system (Anko or Firebrand). Which do you think is superior to run a print publication database? [more inside]
posted by spakto at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Designing detailed treehouse plans
Where can I find some quick design / architecture talent to build a set of detailed treehouse plans? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 7:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Best keyboard skin for Mac Air? Best shell?
Best keyboard skin for Macbook Air? Best shell case (not for carrying)? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre at 7:11 AM PST - 1 comments

What are the best printing companies in Manhattan?
What are the best printing companies in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Best easy way to print photos from a Diana Camera?
I'm wondering about Medium Format 120 film processing and printing for a Diana Camera? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow at 7:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Test their medal.
Who's the first person to bite their medal (photos or it never happened) during the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 7:07 AM PST - 3 comments

points management needed for frequent flier, frequent sleeper, frequent shopper
Hotel points, airline points, credit card points, fast food points -- is there an app out there that helps you track all the various loyalty/awards programs? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 6:48 AM PST - 5 comments

outlook is sending my meeting planners everywhere but the right place
In Outlook 2003, all my appointments are being put on calendars associated with my *.pst files, instead of the calendar in the main Exchange folder. It's totally screwing up my workdays, as you might guess. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Save this dog!
Help me help this dog. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 6:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Best GPS software for Mac or PC?
I have a Macbook Pro with OS X and Vista on it. I also have the opportunity to borrow a USB GPS device. The plan is to drive around Estonia and Latvia, so decent maps of Eastern Europe are a must. What GPS software should I use?
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 5:35 AM PST - 5 comments

What equation should I use to calculate the number of miles in a degree of longitude for a given latitude?
What equation can I use to calculate the number of miles in a degree of longitude for a given latitude? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 4:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Simple paper people kids book
What is this children's papercraft book? Simple cut-out paper people (like gingerbread men) go on adventures (at sea, in the forest?) [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 3:18 AM PST - 0 comments

searching for a specific type of cable
hello all; I am trying to locate a previous iteration of the HDMI cable. it seems that my Akai TV does not function with the current flavors of HDMI (1.3). the tech support desk at Akai tells me that I need to use a 1.1 or 1.2 cable, and that they are readily available. they are not. I've tried Radio Shack and ebay (admitedly, that isn't a comprehensive search); just trying to cut through the clutter here. thanks in advance.
posted by rxbert at 3:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is the Olympic medal table different in American media?
Why do Olympic medal tables in US media look different to medal tables in media in the rest of the world? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 12:54 AM PST - 30 comments

August 18
Jailbreaking the iPhone 3G
Considering jailbreaking my iPhone 3G with Pwnage. A few concerns. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:38 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the worst part of being an archivist?
I'm thinking of going back to school to study public history, but I'm not sure what angle yet. Tell me all the juicy (read: horrible) details about being an archivist. The stuff I'm not likely to get from schools or job descriptions.
posted by Roman Graves at 11:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How can two freelancers schedule in a baby?
How do two self-employed people who work at home (writers) deal with having their first child? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Where Are the Roses in the Rose City?
Where can I buy a whole lot of roses in Portland, OR? Or online? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 10:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Easiest way to change my name?
Has anyone used this service or another similar service to change your name after getting married? [more inside]
posted by Tren at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find a cycling specific training plan.
Please help me find a cycling specific training plan. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Design a Timbuk2
I want to buy a new Timbuk2 Large Messenger but I can't decide what colors I want. Please help me design a custom one!
posted by stevechemist at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I find this wing sauce recipe?
There's a wing place in town called 'Just Wing'n it' that has a wing sauce called "Hot Boston" that I crave. Im posting in hopes that someone who works / worked there can tell me how to make it.
posted by Hellafiles at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What Sounds Like DMST+ASMZ?
Music recommendations in a very particular vein (well, maybe two): 1. Do Make Say Think and A Silver Mt. Zion collide in a near-fatal accident, the honorable Steve Reich presiding. What (band) results from this impossibly gorgeous union? 2. Rachel's is exquisitely beautiful, yet I've found nothing in the world like them. Is there anything, anywhere at all, that manages to sound something like Rachel's and something like Arovane's "Tides" album? I think it would blow my mind... If it isn't immediately obvious, I like post-rock with purpose, and BEATS. If you can't answer either question, throw me something exciting and intriguing in that vein worth checking out :) [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized at 8:21 PM PST - 48 comments

Trying to get the title of an old EC comic
I'd like to get a copy EC (or similar publisher) comic about a comic book letterer who murders an inker. I haven't had any response from any of the of forums I've asked in. Ghoulish story synopsis ahead... [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How long can you tread water?
If everyone in the world got in the ocean at the same time, how much would sea levels rise? [more inside]
posted by doift at 8:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Why the hard sell on REI memberships?
Why do REI employees always push membership so hard? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 7:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Where in the tubes can I find a quality pinata, fast?
I need a pinata before Saturday, where in the tubes does one order such a thing and how do I tell a good pinata from a bad one? Any fun ideas for fillings? Additional creative queries inside. [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 7:39 PM PST - 18 comments

RFIDs makin' life rad! lol
Please tell me where I can find a simple, comprehensive list of codes for all the produce sticker numbers? [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 7:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Wrong. Shockingly wrong!
Extremely long shot horror movie question involving cats and the French subway system. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Go on take the money and run?
Use the new Federal Housing Tax Credit as an investment seed? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 6:51 PM PST - 13 comments

breaking up is hard to do
How do you break up with someone you love, for purely selfish reasons? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Is there a blog host that won't bogart my Amazon links?
Book-blog hosting: Is there a free and easy blog host that allows me to use my own Amazon affiliate links? [more inside]
posted by RogerB at 6:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Un-tattooed Olympians?
Are competitors in the Beijing Olympics required to cover up or mute their tattoos? Or is my mind playing tricks on me. [more inside]
posted by chookibing at 5:53 PM PST - 17 comments

So it's a cult. What now?
I think I've accidentally got myself involved in a cult. What should I do? (warning - very long post inside) [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:52 PM PST - 31 comments

Principal components factor analysis and scale construction (PCFASCfilter) again
Principal components factor analysis and scale construction (filter) again. [more inside]
posted by proj at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Did I read the signs wrong, or am I being lied to?
I just got rejected by a girl whom I was certain had wanted me to make a move. I am very confused now. If anyone wants to venture a guess as to what happened I would appreciate it. Long story after the jump. [more inside]
posted by thescientificmethhead at 5:29 PM PST - 96 comments

70s movie help
Help me find a movie - It might have been a made-for-TV movie, probably in the early 70s. [more inside]
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

My photos to DVD player
This should be easy, but I can't make it work. I simply want to make a DVD containing a slideshow of my photos that will play on a regular DVDplayer and TV. Background music and titles are a bonus. [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Several Star Trek Episode Names
How do I find the names of several Star Trek Episodes? I know what happens in the episodes, but I don't know the names of the actual episodes. ex: In one TNG episode, 4 or 5 crew member go to the holodeck and have the computer make a table or bed they all dreamed they were tortured on. I've got several questions like this! [more inside]
posted by libraryman at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a hint. What to do with my life?
JobFilter: At a loss to figure out where to go from here. Please help me make a career jump! [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

I Vant To Drink Your Blood!
RidiculousHypotheticalQuestion: If someone were to drink a mouthful of HIV/AIDS infected blood, what would the chances of becoming infected be? (This was spawned from one of those ridiculous back-and-forths, about infected candy, at work.)
posted by P.o.B. at 4:26 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I make a iced coffee cheaply and cleanly?
What’s the cleanest way to make a large quantity of strong, iced coffee? -or- What should my next coffee maker purchase be? [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 4:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Webmail can get hosed too?
Is there a nastyware lurking in this computer? Strange Yahoo! Mail contact list kidnapping observed... [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 3:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Camping 2-3 hours W/NW from ATL?
4 people looking for a camping spot this weekend (out of car/ not hike-in) 2-3 hours WEST or NORTHWEST of Atlanta (we're trying to avoid rain from Fay) preferably at/near a body of water allows alcohol (bonus: easy/moderate short hikes and/or falls, not tons of people) any suggestions? please and thank you!
posted by mrmarley at 3:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Every man's home is his weekend project
Every 3,000 miles, I change the motor oil. But what about the house? I need a home repair and maintenance schedule? I'm looking for the best books and online resources that describe optimum home repair schedules and practices. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

What bicycle floor pump fits well in a transport case?
I am looking for a bicycle floor pump that is particularly slim, suitable for packing inside a Trico Iron case with my road bike for air travel. The pump I have now is too fat in one dimension. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 3:26 PM PST - 7 comments

70's and 80's songs to play in a business.
What are some good 70's and 80's songs suitable for playing in a pharmacy? My father owns a family pharmacy and we have an iPod with nice 70's and 80's songs set to play for the customers. Can you tell me some that I can add to the playlist? Remember nice calm easy listening ones are best, and no dirty or bad songs about dying etc.. To get an idea of some of the songs I have here's a link to the playlist so far. Specific songs are great, but I will also take artists. Try not to give duplicates. If 10 people give 10 songs that's 100 new songs! Thanks!
posted by ptsampras14 at 3:15 PM PST - 42 comments

FTS Systems Dura-Dry Service Provider in SoCal
I am looking for a reputable FTS Systems Dura-Dry/ Lyophiliser service provider/ repair/PM technician in the SoCal (San Diego) area. Thanks!
posted by strangelove at 2:53 PM PST - 0 comments

Dropping Spouse on COBRA coverage?
COBRA (health) question: If I currently have health coverage through my employer for Employee(me) and Spouse, can I COBRA for Single only or do I have to keep it at Employee/Spouse? [more inside]
posted by mmangano at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Strange Electical Sounds
What is causing the strange metallic "clank" sounds that appear to be coming from one of the junction boxes on my ceiling? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me get the boy to the Park
MBTA-Filter: In need of some hotel recommendations in the Boston area that are close to the Green-Line [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Audiobook rentals
What Netflix-like service do you use to rent audiobooks on CD? [more inside]
posted by schoenbc at 1:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Good uses for an old memory foam mattress topper?
I have an old 3" memory foam full size mattress topper laying out in my garage. Looking for some DIY projects or ideas as to what I can do with this foam, as opposed to tossing it out or trying to sell on craigslist. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Identity of orange stuffed animal with large eyes?
I'm hoping to find and own this stuffed animal. It is a large eyed orange thing with arms, legs, and a small tuff of dark hair on top of its head. Any ideas on who makes or sells it? [more inside]
posted by Feisty at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

From Politically Passive to Politically Active
How to talk to my non-political friends about politics? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 12:34 PM PST - 33 comments

How much is my tablet worth?
I'm trying to determine the value of my Fujitsu Tablet pc. It is a Fujitsu Lifebook T2010. I bought it in May ('08), and have barely used it since June... Specs to follow: [more inside]
posted by smartless at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Make me a Master Tailor...
Make me a Master Tailor: I know how to plug in a sewing machine and use a cloth ruler. Assuming nothing more, where do I begin... [more inside]
posted by Hollowman at 12:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Potential roommate issues. Am I out of line here?
I'm planning on moving to DC with a guy I've been friends with since junior year of college (3 years ago). I graduated and immediately accepted a position and have worked in said position for one year and am now moving on to another one. For that same year, he sat around at home and was too lazy to find an engineering job and worked a few $10 an hour construction jobs. I'm having mixed feelings about getting a place with this guy. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 12:08 PM PST - 52 comments

Should i give him one more chance?
To get back together or not to get back together....that is the question....(of course it's a lot messier than that.........) [more inside]
posted by Waterbear at 12:00 PM PST - 40 comments

A robot short haunts us.
About 9 years ago, my brother and I saw a short animated film on the Independent Film Channel (he says). It was about floating robot-things residing in a place similar to that of the one Homer went to the time he slipped into the third dimension. Our heads are exploding, because we cannot figure out what this freaking short was named, or anything else about it. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some sources of peace journalism?
Are there any sources out there for Peace Journalism? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Federal Homestead Act Question
In Wisconsin, what does someone mean when they say their land is on the Federal Homestead Act, and how does that make their land different from mine? [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Give me that old time Photoshop key command
How do I switch windows in Photoshop CS3/Mac? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 11:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Please don't let me live in a box!
Montreal Housing Crunch Filter: I still don't have an apartment and I'm supposed to show up in Montreal in two weeks. How the heck do I nab a place for a single female McGill student, when I'm out of province? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 11:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Gandhigh Jump
After looking at this map, I'm curious as to why South Asian and Middle Eastern countries are vastly underrepresented in the Olympic games. What exactly are the economic, political, religious, or cultural factors that play into this?
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 11:20 AM PST - 19 comments

Travel sites for small business?
Best travel sites for small business? [more inside]
posted by nikko at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Website donation for nonprofits?
I'm developing a site for a new nonprofit that would like to accept online donations. I'd love advice on which sites I can sign them up with to accept donations with the least amount of fees. Is there anything better than PayPal - perhaps a site specifically dedicated to nonprofits? Thanks!
posted by AONeal79 at 10:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Anywhere American Airline Flies
Where to travel with the follow criteria: expensive flight, strong dollar, late fall or winter trip, and under a week to visit. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:41 AM PST - 20 comments

"Do I need a new transmission?"
Have you ever had your car's axle stuck in the transmission? What did you do about it? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive at 10:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Bug Hunters
UK 80s gaming magazine question: Who drew "Bug Hunters", the comic strip with the big four armed robot, for CRASH and C&VG magazine? [more inside]
posted by Artw at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

I've Seen Fire And I've Seen Rain
Name that DVD: A requiem performance, a burnt-out building, and footage of the fire that gutted the building. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Active Directory is not trusting
I'm working with an Active Directory domain that has had a rash of PCs losing trust with the domain. Whenever users log on to the domain and try to access shares on the server, they are denied access. I've found a way to fix this, but would like to know the root problem. [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Where do I find the right camera lens?
I know nothing of photography but want to buy a telephoto lens for my brother's Canon Powershot S3 IS as a surprise gift. I have no idea where to start; heck, I don't even know if they make telephoto lenses for that particular camera. Please advise.
posted by jackypaper at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

ESHER IDEAS
I need IDEAS!! - Working on a piece/pieces inspired by Escher and need your help!!! PLEASE READ [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I make time slow down?
How can I make time slow down? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 9:44 AM PST - 41 comments

How to get temporary broadband as a foreigner in Germany?
Berlin / Germany internet installation: I might stay a few months in an apartment in Berlin, where there currently is no internet connection installed. What (if any) are my options? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 9:27 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get my PIN from Google Adsense?
How do I get a Google Adsense PIN if I've ordered it twice and still not received it? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Utility Company Security?? Who Manages?
Who runs physical plant security at utility companies?? Think: cell towers, eletrical utilities, water utlities, etc... any company that has remote locations... [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Let's put on a show!
A friend is writing a very silly musical version of a 90's era B-movie. He's determined to stage a production of this masterpiece, but it seems doubtful that he could get permission from the film's owners. Can he get away with this? [more inside]
posted by kc8nod at 9:05 AM PST - 17 comments

What are the most common types of hazmat in the U.S.?
Ok, so: esoterica time. I'm curious about hazardous materials. Where can I find out (statistically, not anecdotally) what are the most common types of hazmat circulating out there in each class, by volume, in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get a blog attached to my phpBB?
I have a phpBB forum. I want to add a multi-user blog on the same sate as this forum. The catch is that I want the comments on the blog posts to instead become forum topics automagically. In other words, rather than commenting on the blog itself, they'd be commenting on an auto-created forum post. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

What do accountants do after failing the CPA exam?
What do accountants who fail the CPA exam/fail to get CPA designation do for a living? How much do they get paid? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 8:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Where's a good breakfast in the Cape?
Spending the week in Cape Cod with my wife's parents. Need things to do as well as 1 great breakfast/brunch suggestion. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Help us see our new house
We're looking to purchase a house with a not so great exterior shape. Where do we start to help visualize exterior renovation possibilities and building costs? Some pics inside for those who want to give their thoughts... [more inside]
posted by remlapm at 7:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a Mac use a PC's internet connection without wireless?
Mac/PC Internet Sharing: My work PC (running XP) has an internet connect, but no wireless. Is there a way to connect my MacBook Air to my PC via USB so that my Mac can use my PC's internet connection? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 7:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to really fall in love after knowing someone for only 5 days?
Is it possible to really fall in love after knowing someone for only 5 days? Cute, slightly sappy, and true story to follow. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:47 AM PST - 39 comments

Man Attempting to Move Leopard
Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Prague, Vienna, Barcelona: what to do
I am going to Prague, Barcelona and Vienna. What should I do there? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 7:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Staying on good terms with SO's ex?
Staying on good terms with SO's ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I get through a terrible vacation without a meltdown?
How do I de-stress during and after an awful, expensive vacation? I am in the midst of a disappointing, stressful vacation and will be returning in a couple of days to my stressful, low-paying job. The breaking point is near. Help it to not happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 34 comments

Tent recommendations
Looking for recommendations for a two person tent that is similar to North Face's Peregrine, which is no longer made. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheaper alternatives to Adobe Contribute?
What is the best way for someone without HTML knowledge (and no wish to learn) to make simple edits to an existing website? We used to use Adobe Contribute -- are there cheaper alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Idcoytco at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Where is the Napa Valley of the East?
Planning a wine tour vacation in the spring (late April) and wondering where the Napa Valley of the Eastern US is? [more inside]
posted by genial at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

The World's Most Extraordinary Rooms
Strange as it might sound, I am compiling a list of rooms. I am eager to draw upon the travels, explorations, and creative minds of metafilter to help flesh out the list. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:24 AM PST - 27 comments

You're as cold as ice
Is it cheaper to buy or make 10 pounds of ice cubes? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 7:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Massive conspiracy or Olympic peace?
What news am I missing at the Olympics - what has been covered up or ignored by the Chinese regulators providing the video feed to NBC etc? I have to imagine there have been some outbursts or protests and the Chinese are not letting the media cover it (at least on live TV). Is there a good site noting these occurrences, or have the games just gone off nearly flawlessly? (excepting the drum tower murder last week.)
posted by pithy comment at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is one eye all blurry?
Eye Problem Filter: My mother (age 62) woke up today with blurred vision in one eye. Over the next couple hours it changed to double vision (in one eye, not in both) and now it's getting better but still a little blurry. She has no other health problems. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 7:08 AM PST - 12 comments

what to take to Twente? and what to do once there?
little brother is going off to Twente, Netherlands for a year. What is there to do there (besides study)? Any tips on living there? What should he bring (=me stuff in his bag ;-))?
posted by mirileh at 6:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Basic webcam programs wanted
I just got a new webcam and the picture quality on MSN now rocks. However, when I take normal pics with dorgem, the pictures come out looking like something a VGA camera would take, rather than a clear crisp 5mp webcam. Would like suggestions for Windows webcam programs that will allow me to just take photos. Note: I don't want a webcam program with motion detection, photo booth, etc. Just a simple one-click take-this-photo program. Many thanks in advance!
posted by Naoko Kensaku at 6:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this silly Peanuts/Snoopy comic strip!
I'd like to track down a specific Peanuts strip from my childhood memories, but I have no idea how to search for it. [more inside]
posted by melorama at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

automatic back-up solution for someone who doesn't understand computers
I'm helping out an elderly lady who is using a laptop with XP which is showing signs of unreliability. It is now permanently sat on a table so it doesn't get moved around. She is especially concerned about a failure leading to a loss of outlook express e-mails. This person is easily confused by all things computer related so it has to work with minimum intervention and be as simple as possible. I was thinking of using an external drive and Acronis true image 11 home. I would set up True image to mirror on to the external drive. I was also thinking of automatically forwarding all outlook express mails to a web mail account - yahoo mail - as she has a yahoo account already. Being able to read from a webmail account would allow uninteruped service should anything go wrong. Is there anything wrong with this?
posted by conrad101 at 6:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Shower us with insight
Help! We are at an unfamilar beach house for the week, and for our lives we can't get two of the showers here to work. They are both configured the same (see crappy cell phone pic 1 and pic 2). [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba at 5:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Who knows what darkness likes in the heart of my left eye?
One of my eyes adjusts to darkness much faster than the other. In fact, I'm pretty much blind in one eye for at least half an hour after the lights go out. I've always had this and assumed it was just me. But it turns out my mother has this as well. I'm not worried about it, but what is it? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 5:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Tennis Elbow? Burn yourself.
Help me find an article I remember reading about someone who cured their tennis elbow by (accidentally?) burning their elbow with a soldering iron. [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 5:27 AM PST - 4 comments

I really don't want to take it all with me.
What is the most secure and cost effective way to start moving a small number of things to the US from France? [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 5:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Moço, me da uma cervejinha bem geladinha, por favor!!
I have just started reading 'The Mystery of Capital' by the celebrated Peruvian economist, Hernando de Soto. Having lived in Brazil for many years and seen, on a daily basis, the irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit of which he writes, I can relate to the book and whole-heartedly support the fundamental idea running through it that clearly-defined property rights and simplified procedures for starting new businesses represent the best solution to eradicating poverty in the Third World. I have an 18,000-word Masters in International Business thesis to submit by June 2009. I'd appreciate your suggestions, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 3:54 AM PST - 8 comments

PHP/MySQL Database solution for newbie?!
I usually design sites using either plain html/css or Wordpress for its CMS capabilities. However, one client has just asked if there can be a database on his site, which they can add to and visitors/members of the site can purchase "entities" from. This obviously needs a database with a usable front-end for the client and an ability to connect to a payment gateway to purchase "entities". Can anyone help advise on a PHP/MySQL package to do this? I do not have the skills to build a database from scratch (I plan to learn, but cannot do so in the timescales needed for this potential assignment), and I'm presuming there must be a solution out there...
posted by wibbler at 2:28 AM PST - 4 comments

If I must have a title, make it some pithy comment about the Yukon's Menstruation, I suppose.
What is this? 60°24'37.66"N 130°48'59.78"W. View it in satellite on Google Maps or Earth. [more inside]
posted by converge at 2:02 AM PST - 15 comments

romantic rustic getaway in washington?
Where should we camp/stay to feel isolated and romantic within 1-5 hour drive from Olympia, WA? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 1:52 AM PST - 5 comments

August 17
Is leaning trespassing?
Am I trespassing if I am standing on a public sidewalk, leaning against a wall that directly abuts the sidewalk? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 11:29 PM PST - 24 comments

How did your abortion affect your relationship?
After a lot of soul searching and discussion, my partner and I have decided that we're going to terminate this pregnancy we've found ourselves in the middle of. In light of this impending (and quite probably emotionally draining) event, we would like to know the experiences of other couples who have had an abortion, specifically how it affected your relationship with one another. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me pick a route into Manhattan
NYC Move: I'm driving a UHaul from Brooklyn to Morningside Heights in Manhattan. What's the best route? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar at 10:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Who was this artist?
I'm looking for the name of an artist who drew for Commodore Magazine in the 80s. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 10:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Plexiglass woes!
What's the best to mount a 3'x6' sheet of plexiglass to my wall? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 9:53 PM PST - 9 comments

hello, world (of programming)
What should my first programming language be, if I just want to have fun? And what are good books or websites for learning said language? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 9:37 PM PST - 45 comments

Help me find a knee PT in San Francisco
Help me find a physical therapist (especially for knees) in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

What to send to a friend in Thailand, from the US?
Putting together a fun-filled mail package for my friend. He is currently studying abroad in Thailand. What things are unobtainable, nearly unobtainable, or coveted, that I can send him? I'm in the US. Help me be awesome.
posted by Xere at 9:13 PM PST - 12 comments

How to pass the time during hysterectomy recovery?
I just discovered that a family member has cancer. She'll be having a hysterectomy within the next month. She was wondering how she would pass the time during post-operation recovery. I wanted to send her a package filled with stuff she could work on during that time, but I'm not sure what would be appropriate for her recovery (how she'll be feeling). So far, we've thought of sudokus. She likes crafts, but I don't think she knits or does any other sort of needlecraft. Can you help me think of something? Would an Amazon giftcard be better? Is there anything that would be especially helpful in a care package for this situation? Or, would it be better to just send flowers? I want to send something, but I just can't think.. Sorry that this is badly written, but I just can't pose the question any better right now. Thank you very very much for any ideas.
posted by Mael Oui at 9:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Headhunting Herbie Hancock's glasses
In Possiblities, among other places, Herbie Hancock wears these slightly tinted, curved glasses, which come to a bit of a point right over his nose. My question, is where can I find a pair? [more inside]
posted by paisley henosis at 8:52 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some examples of how (online) social networks have influenced international and/or political events?
What are some examples of how (online) social networks have influenced international and/or political events? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a European travel guide!
Please give me your recommendations for a European travelguide for the clueless traveler. [more inside]
posted by sah at 8:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?
RelationshipFilter: Do I move out to a new city with my new boyfriend where the old boyfriend lives? Long back story inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I limit/moniter net usage?
How do I monitor and/or limit Internet usage? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 7:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How to help a parent and her adult children cope with an assault that happened 40 years ago?
How to help a parent and her adult children cope with an assault that happened 40 years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Ham and potato casserole?
What's your favorite recipe for ham and potato casserole that doesn't use milk or cream of mushroom soup as the binding agent?
posted by Janey Complainy at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with Linpus on the Aspire One One
So I bought an Acer Aspire One, a netbook/UMPC/whatever you want to call it, and it comes with Linpus and I know next to nothing about Linuxish stuff let alone this flavour, please help with some basic questions? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 7:01 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm so sick of being fat
I'm thinking about having gastric bypass surgery. Anyone have experience with this who would like to share? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 33 comments

What should I do with myself?
What to do with myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does my Mac power adapter spark?
When I plug my MacBook Pro Power Adapter into most/all outlets, I see a blue spark as the prongs enter the outlet. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

And I think a Baldwin brother is in it too?
Help me remember the name of an obscure B-movie that came out around 2005. [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 6:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Incompatible RAM chips: the mystery of the memory
To my dear friends of the hive mind: Yours truly is trying to upgrade RAM memory and running into problems with incompatible chips, slots, or both. [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Car camping recommendations in NW North Carolina?
I’m looking for some help picking out a spot for a group camping trip in late September. Focused on NW NC because we haven’t camped there much. We’ve done lots around Mt Rogers in VA but looking for someplace new. Normally happy to explore on our own, but since I’m leading others along I would like pick a cool spot and have some prior sense of what we are getting into. [more inside]
posted by jethrographic at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do I get headaches from resistance training?
Why did I start getting sudden, brief, migraine-like headaches when performing a high number of repetitions of a strength training exercise? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for an animated French music video and song from a few years back
What is the name of that French song from maybe five years back which had an animated music video of a little girl running through the pastures and playing? After a certain time, she stops playing, and she exits what turns out to be a big stage. A line of children are waiting their turn to enter the stage and play. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Correcting Posture in 12-year-old
How can I help my 12-year-old daughter correct her posture? She’s fit, physically active, has decent self esteem…and perpetually rounded shoulders. When I remind her to stand tall, she temporarily straightens up, but then she’s slouched again soon after. At this point I’m concerned that her body doesn’t know what it’s supposed to feel like to stand straight, and that it will be even harder to correct later. I hate to be constantly nagging her, and it doesn’t seem to be working anyways. Suggestions?
posted by rsclark at 5:56 PM PST - 50 comments

Dude! Can I surf the waves in your area rug?
What are your personal experiences with products or methods to keep your area rugs from moving around on your carpet? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do in Adelaide for two evenings?
What to do in Adelaide for two evenings by myself? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Delicious Dupefilter?
When watching a tag on Delicious, whether through subscribing on-site or to the tag's RSS feed, I find reading through the deluge of posts quite cumbersome. Is there a way to filter out duplicate links to the same site that have been posted by different users? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 5:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for booking central/south america?
Trip for 2 to central/south America. I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

recommend a bike?
What not-too-expensive but somewhat kickass bike should I buy? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 5:07 PM PST - 16 comments

What's left of the old Whitby Psychiatric Ward?
What's left of the old Whitby Psychiatric Ward? I heard a lot of it has been torn down so I wanted to make sure there was still something there before I spend the money on gas to get there. [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 4:42 PM PST - 2 comments

help me help others
i'm donating my hair to charity. help me find pictures of beautiful, chic, stylish short haircuts! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 3:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Couch causing pain? No way!
How come my couch makes everyone's shoulders sore? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my power supply dead?
I just noticed that my Macbook's battery is running down even though the power supply is plugged in. Do I need a new power supply or could it be something I can fix?
posted by Andy Harwood at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Competence and self-assessment
What is this study? A study that found that competent people rate their own capabilities pretty accurately, whereas less competent people tend to over-estimate their capabilities. [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 3:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Excuse me, Sir/Madam
I'm trying to grow out the straightest hair in the world, from pixie-short. I'm a woman. It's going fast, but I need some in-between styles or tricks to avoid looking like I'm 15 in the meantime. Bonus question about really loose perms. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 2:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking For A Data Recovery Company
Please recommend a data recovery/harddrive recovery firm, familiarity with HFS+ filesystems a plus. I've got a dead harddrive that spins up and shows one partition, but I cannot repair it either under OS X or with a Linux live CD. I've tried a few software packages, but none of them get any data off the drive. (Though Data Rescue II does show a list of the file names, when I restored a file, it didn't open, so it can see the files, it's just returning corrupt data.) [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I focus while reading?
How can I learn to focus better (especially while reading)? [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 2:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there fresh & tasty pizza in Westchester County?
Where can I find fresh & tasty made-to-order pizza in the Mamaroneck/Rye/Larchmont, NY area? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 2:18 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm sick in bed and depressed
I am so discouraged. I have been trying for the last 5 years to exercise to lose weight. I always do well, until about 6 weeks in I become ill. Usually with a chest cold, a fever, sometimes bronchitis. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 2:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Is cat pee a capital offense?
Very Bad Cat: I need advice on what to do about a cat that is chronically peeing inappropriately in the house. We have ruled out medical issues (diabetes, UTI, etc) and believe it's behavioral. We have tried all the usually recommended solutions (keeping the litter box pristine, Feliway, Rx food for urine crystals, etc). What are our options? (Probably too much detail inside.) [more inside]
posted by jay dee bee at 1:49 PM PST - 36 comments

Neue Deutsche Welle song identification
Any Neue Deutsche Welle experts around? I recently came across an old cassette (probably from '82 or '83) with a bunch of Neue Deutsche Welle songs on it. It could be a homemade mix-tape, or it could be a copy of an officially released compilation. I've been able to tentatively identify about half of the songs, but haven't had any luck with the others. Anyone want to take a crack at them? The first side of the tape is posted here, and the second side (with mostly unidentified songs) is posted here. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 1:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How to use the Lexmark Z605 printer with Mac OSX 10.5.4
I am using a Lexmark Z605 printer with a Mac OSX 10.5.4 laptop. When I try to print documents it doesn't give me several options (they are crossed out): color options, advanced layout, quality, or printer services. When I click on them (for example, color options) it says: "The bundle 'ColorOptions' could not be loaded because it does not contain a version for the current architecture. Contact the bundle's creator listed here for the latest version. 1.0.3 2000-2003 Lexmark International Inc." What to do? Is the "current architecture" my laptop? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm depressed. Should I still go to work? What should I tell my boss?
I just started a new job about 2 months ago, have a history of depression, and can feel a bout of it coming on right now. Basically I don't know what to tell my employer--I've already missed 4 days in my first month or so because of sickness (related to stress/depression/etc.). Obviously, this concerns my boss because if I'm going to miss so many days then we have an issue. What do I tell him? Or should I quit?: [more inside]
posted by theposterboy at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Expectant first time father looking for advice on preparing for my child
Is there anything you wish you did for your child before they were born? Or anything you DID do that you could recommend? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 12:40 PM PST - 17 comments

What Steve Martin movie is this?
What was that Steve Martin movie? [more inside]
posted by expletivization at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Iconoclasts need wedding location.
I need to find an outdoor, semi-secluded, kind of non-traditional venue for a summer wedding in Portland. Preferably cheap and public, but private is ok. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Searching for activation number for debit card.
I have a debit card from my credit union. I tore the activation sticker off of it before calling the number. Any way I can find the number somehow?
posted by ofthestrait at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me cushion the leaving-home blow.
I'm moving from Boston to Cincinnati in a few weeks, and am doing the drive to OH on my own. I'd like to stop halfway through and stay the night - someplace not expensive, but hopefully someplace nice (to help cushion the blow of leaving 'home' for good). However, Travelocity et. al. are just giving me HoJos, Holiday Inns, etc, all for quite a bit of money per night and generally with questionable cleanliness. It seems logical to get off the highway to find a place that's not going to rip me off - but how do I find a nice, clean, mostly inexpensive place while knowing nothing about the area I'm hoping to stop (Rochester/Buffalo/Erie, PA)? Can you help? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 11:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Is self-deprecating humor a sign of weakness?
Is self-deprecating humor a sign of weakness? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 11:15 AM PST - 33 comments

Animals on the Ark?
Can you point me to a list of animals that were on Noah's Ark? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 11:07 AM PST - 16 comments

How to unzip my iTunes Library backup?
OS X filter: How can I recursively unzip files (in directories that are not zipped)? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

i got $10 burnin a hole...
Where are the best dollar stores (widest selection/ best housewares/ best toys-that-don't-fall-apart-when-touched/ weirdest other stuff) either in the Washington metro area or on-line?
posted by mistsandrain at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I record the music at concerts that I'm filming?
What is the best way to record live music from a PA soundboard and a backup plan for when there is no soundboard? [more inside]
posted by keepmathy at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Personal trainers who do house visits?
I want to solicit a personal trainer to come to my father's apartment twice a week and do a session with him in the building's gym. He's too depressed and demotivated to go on his own accord, but he'll comply if someone shows up at his door. How do I do this without paying a fortune? Are there Human Kinetics students around looking for part-time work? How would I go about finding them? There's also a swimming pool, so a swimming instructor would also be possible, but my dad can't swim, so it'd have to be someone patient enough to coach a cranky 57-year-old in swimming. [more inside]
posted by simona at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Levi's Has Forsaken Me
What brand of jeans should I buy? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 9:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Buying a Short Sale Property
I just saw a house in NY that is being offered as a short sale. It needs work, but the investment would be smart. My real estate agent was trying to dissuade me about considering the house by saying that the house needs so much work. It does need work, but not as extensive as the agent is suggesting. How do I negotiate the process of making an offer and have it accepted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Automatic switching between bluetooth handsfree and handset use?
Are there any handsfree kits on the US market which will automatically switch from handsfree to handset use when stepping far enough away from the car? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Watch the Olympics
I really want to watch the olympics. Here's why I can't: [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 8:14 AM PST - 31 comments

Convert my thoughts to music.
My husband and I are working on a project together, and this part is much more his forte than mine. We're writing a song to represent each novel of the Dark Tower by Stephen King, one of my all-time favorite series. But we're quickly becoming frustrated with each other, because, simply put, I cannot wrap the creating music part of this around my head. [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap, nice studio within 30-45 mins of Manhattan?
Where can you get a clean, safe studio apartment, if possible in a cool area with cheap good restaurants, for under $700/month or less, within 30-45 minutes via mass-transport of Manhattan?
posted by shivohum at 7:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Where can I see more circus cabarets in London?
Yesterday I spent an incredibly enjoyable night at Miss Behave's Variety Nighty, a cabaret night at the Roundhouse in London, UK. People of Mefi, please help me have many more such evenings. Where can I see more of this kind of thing in and around London? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney at 6:56 AM PST - 2 comments

creating circles from rectangles
Math filter: How many equally sized rectangles will fit into a circle, and how should I arrange them in order to make the best-looking approximation? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting up in the morning
Does anyone have tips for a speedier getting-up routine in the morning? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 6:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Grieving for my mom; looking for a DBT perspective; she was young
I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area (live in upper far east side, work in lower far east side) and am looking for grief resources for any of the following: people with a DBT background who are grieving, people in their 20s who are grieving, people whose parents died young, "radical Catholics" or "glass-half-full agnostics" who are grieving, Italian-Americans who are grieving a fellow Italian, people who are grieving a loved one that died of a liver ailment. I am kind of an introvert, so while getting a feel for what groups are out there is good, I could also use websites, books, etc. re: same. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart at 6:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Any decent places to rent bikes around park slope?
Any decent places to rent bikes around park slope? [more inside]
posted by pooya at 6:00 AM PST - 1 comments

Should I study Finance or Management?
Is it better to get any degree or to get the degree that I want? I'm about to start my senior year of college but I find myself wanting to switch majors! What to do? [more inside]
posted by Theloupgarou at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Has my cat lost her mind?
Why does my cat take a victory lap when she poops? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 3:50 AM PST - 31 comments

Get me from Thailand to Cairo in 3 1/2 weeks.
I'll arrive in Bangkok on September 18th and need to be in Cairo on October 15th.. Inspire an adventure:
posted by mrunderhill at 2:51 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I decide what to do with my life?
Good News: I'm a 1L enrolled in a Top 20 law school. Bad News: I'm no longer sure I want to be a lawyer. [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 12:40 AM PST - 28 comments

August 16
Original slipped mask?
Where does the "mask fell off" expression/meme from this comment come from, if anywhere? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 11:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a good Calc I/II workbook.
Planning on teaching myself Calculus I and II in order to take the AP Calculus BC exam this May. If you've taught or taken either class, at a high school, university, or independently, read on. [more inside]
posted by Precision at 11:28 PM PST - 28 comments

How do i get better at pronouncing r's and l's
My pronunciation of r's and l's is the same - for example, I pronounce lot and rot the same. English is my first (and only) language. When listening, i have no problems distinguishing between the two. No problems with writing either. Only with pronunciation. How do I become better at pronouncing those sounds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Fetish vs. Phobia: recipe for disaster?
A potential romantic partner has a very specific phobia. As luck would have it, it happens to be pretty much the exact thing that is my very private fetish. I have never shared it with anyone and don't plan to share it with anyone. Are we doomed, or could we somehow make this work to our advantage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 PM PST - 36 comments

Three eHailMarys and Five iOurFathers 2.0
Help me devise an online voting system that doesn't hurt people's feelings. [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 10:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Do I buy a new laptop before I know if I need it?
LaptopFilter: Do I get a new one tomorrow because I'll have the money and it's a good machine, or do I keep on with my trusty older machine that hasn't given me a touch of trouble yet? Much (maybe too much) [more inside]
posted by Galt at 9:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to buy a roadtrip bag in L.A.?
Where can I buy a cool piece of luggage in Los Angeles tomorrow (Sunday)? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

How did Po the Panda do that thing he did?
I have a (probably stupid, definitely spoiler) question about Kung Fu Panda. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Name my podcast
I'm planning to start a new podcast focused on mathematics. The problem is that I'm having trouble coming up with a name for it. My goal is to introduce interesting topics and how they relate to everyday life. It'll be directed at making mathematics more accessible to the layman. So, anyone have ideas for a name?
posted by Proginoskes at 8:16 PM PST - 28 comments

Can I find deadlines and bottom lines?
I am a journalist, but having done media business on both the non-profit and private side I am convinced that what will save journalism are publishers rather than just good writing. Problem is that I can't find a publishing school that trains people beyond editorial assistance and layout. Is there an institute anywhere in the world that trains people for careers on the business side of newspaper/magazine publishing? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy this photo?
Who took this photo? Where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Um, I already know that...
It's that time of the year again, fall semester is beginning in a few days. I want to improve some of my writing and presentation skills. One of them, getting my point across without being condescending. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 6:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Bulking up to shoot?
Why would someone who is competing in shooting in the Olympics need to dope up? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Engraved moleskines?
So it's almost time for me to get a new moleskine, but I wanted the cover engraved and I see engraveyourbook.com has stopped doing business. Are there any other places I can engraved moleskines? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Either way, it's disturbing...
Does my cat hate reading, or have a really, REALLY un-natural love of books? [more inside]
posted by InfinateJane at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you get php date based text display?
I need a php script that displays, as an include, an .html file depending on the day of the week. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Mongol Nazis?!
A friend of mine has just returned from Mongolia and was describing roving mad-max style gangs of men using Nazi symbols, with apparently limited understanding of their meaning in the west. Where can I read more about Mongolian Nazis? Is this really prevalent? How did they come to hear about Nazis in the first place? Do they get along with western neo-nazis (despite being ethnically Mongolian)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 3:59 PM PST - 21 comments

help me figure out why my latex isn't working?!
I'm learning latex by trying to write a paper in it... and it's going all awry. I'm getting a bunch of bizarre error messages when I try and add formulas ... help?! [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I pop this fine French red?
Meta Oenophiles... Should I open my '86-vintage fine French grape? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Identify this horror movie from two brief memories.
Help me identify this horror movie from my youth. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Engineering Skills
Engineers: What skills do you use most often that you learned in college or anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer at 2:52 PM PST - 17 comments

I hate you computer. No. Really.
Now I'm just mad. Before I drag my stupid, crap laptop over to the Geek Squad, help me figure out some solutions for what's like a malware/adware problem. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 12:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Full-length classic rock ready for the construction site?
A friend of mine recently went to work for a construction team. Their current music selection on their field boom box is limited to CDs of Journey's Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin 3 and 4, and Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil. "Tragically," they recently lost their Huey Lewis and the News Sports CD as well. We (mostly) agree that these are perfectly fine records, but there's only so much of this one can stand in a 40-hour week. I was going to help out my buddy track down some new music, but all I'm coming up with is Bob Seger, Eagles, and Steve Perry's Street Talk solo lp. What construction-and-hard-work-friendly full-length releases could be introduced to this stack of CDs to make both my friend and his co-workers happy? He works with men in their late 30s and early 40s, so nothing too outré (No Lightning Bolt or Hair Police.)
posted by porn in the woods at 12:30 PM PST - 55 comments

Flash for the win?
Meeting question, take II. Full screen sentance display in a presentation room. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Applying to law school -- but the recommendations might say something else!
Help me figure out whether I need to ask for new recommendations for law school! Would old ones (two years old) be too general if they do not indicate my new-found but serious interest in law? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Headphone help!
Are there any similar replacements for the Sony MDR-Q66 headphones? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Where should we live in London with a baby?
Where should we live in London with a baby? [more inside]
posted by DefendBrooklyn at 11:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Toddler nudity: how much is too much?
Toddler nudity: how much is too much? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 11:24 AM PST - 30 comments

Cow insertion?
It's going to drive me bonkers if I don't ask was this cow photoshopped in? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:16 AM PST - 24 comments

How to turn East Village apartment into speakeasy joint
How to turn East Village apartment into 'speakeasy joint' for dinner parties [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Sports massage in NYC, please.
Can you recommend a good sports massage in New York City? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 10:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Last-minute wedding reception music - HELP!
We're looking for dinner music for our wedding reception in a week! More behind the cut... [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 10:34 AM PST - 17 comments

DogFilter: Should I adopt a male or female Boston Terrier pup?
DogFilter: Should I adopt a male or female Boston Terrier pup? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

When I went into the woods today, I found an edible surprise....
What is the best/easiest/clearest guide book to edible wild plants, especially or specific to Western Canada? I want to go into the woods prepared to come out with real food.
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments

When I was young me and my mama had beef
How do I let go of the past? [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 9:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Newspaper's here, it's covered in mud!
How can I get my morning newspaper delivered closer to my door, and farther away from the street? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 9:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Instant search solution for an external hard drive?
Is there a desktop search solution that will index my external hard drives? So far I have had no luck with Google Desktop search.
posted by greenknightwatch at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Neither co-optin nor hatin.
Looking for a commuting bike for San Francisco. I have about $1000 to spend and am considering a single speed. Details on that, plus my commute, inside. (And yes, I have seen this and this. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I setup a blog within OS X on an EarthLink-hosted domain?
Resources for setting up a blog under OS X on a domain hosted at EarthLink. [more inside]
posted by Lucy2Times at 8:16 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm in love with my roommate
Study abroad roommate-love 101! Help me detach! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Aside from all being great places to live...
I'd like to know more about social, cultural and economic differences between Scandinavian countries. I've seen this and have a few acquaintances that introduced me to national stereotypes, but I'm sure it gets more complex. How does life really vary across Scandinavia?
posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Giant black lung building?
What is this building, and where is it? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 6:43 AM PST - 2 comments

How to create a large empty file in osx?
How do I create a very large (+10gb) empty file in OSX? [more inside]
posted by greggish at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Fundamentalist/Evangelical
What is the difference of belief system between conservative Christianity, evangical Christianity, and fundamentalism?
posted by snap_dragon at 4:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Mother troubles
Mother troubles from a high-school teen [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Button won't obey finger
I am working with a laptop with one of those buttons that can enable or disable the wireless functionality. It seems that this button needs to be pressed each time that the computer is turned on, and doesn't just automatically remain on through reboots. [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How to overcome social stratification , and as a consecuence a brokenheart ?
Social stratification is braking my heart . Can any of you out there, help me translate this situation and maybe give me some guidance as to how to go forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for freeware PC music composition software?
Soundtrackers and music composition software - OctaMED for today? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 2:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Name that book?
BookFilter: I read a story a long time ago about a sort of near-future sci-fi-ish setting where all human beings in the world were rendered sterile thanks to a man-made virus, but I can't remember what it was called. Help! [more inside]
posted by Xany at 1:57 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there a program/script for finding passively scanning wireless cards?
Is there a way to scan for passively scanning wireless cards. [more inside]
posted by bjtitus at 12:49 AM PST - 10 comments

August 15
Voices inside my head/Echoes of things that you said. Repeat.
When it's really quiet as I try to fall asleep, I'll sometimes hear faint sounds that seem to have been things I'd heard earlier in the day, with what's almost like a residual effect. It mostly seems comprised of co-workers talking, TV/radio broadcasts, and the vocal parts of songs (which doesn't include "Helter Skelter"). It's almost like hearing one's own "inner voice" (at least, I'm assuming), but more faint and on auto pilot. Is this a fairly common occurrence, and what's the cause of it? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Rockin' in the Eastern Hemisphere, or would be if I wasn't in the US
Calling all Germanic (and Slavic) rockers, ravers and, uh, *insert classical term that starts with "r"*! Help me expand my music collection with European melodies! [more inside]
posted by curagea at 11:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Non-alcoholic drinks that aren't sweet and are available in the UK?
Can you recommend non-alcoholic drinks that aren't sweet and are available in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian at 11:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Curse you, estrogen!
You're not my docs, and I will call my doc on Monday and try to hammer out a solution. What the heck do you other female MeFites do for menstrually-related migraines? Anything really work for you? [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Where can I buy edible rosebuds?
Where can I buy edible rosebuds? [more inside]
posted by robtf3 at 10:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Where was this photo taken?
Do you know where this photo was taken? [more inside]
posted by monkeymcgee at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that dingbat
Name this dingbat font [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 10:18 PM PST - 4 comments

What the heck is wrong with my laptop??!!
What the heck is wrong with my computer?? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 9:36 PM PST - 13 comments

How to set up an Event/RSVP system in Drupal 6.x?
I'm setting up a website for a Community Service group that I am a part of. I have Drupal 6.4 installed on my server and need something set up where we a user can add an event, and others can RSVP for that event. [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 8:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find high-resolution music videos?
Where can I find high-quality, downloadable music videos for free? [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Weird Star?
AstronomyFilter: What was that crazy thing I saw in the sky? [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat at 8:01 PM PST - 21 comments

name this band/singer
who is the singer or band? I remember seeing a music video on youtube about 8 months ago? in it the female singer is singing while riding a bike the whole time. Behind her, kids on freestyle bikes come out of the woodwork and are doing trick throughout the video. The song was good. something like modest mouse meets regina spektor on a bike... help me.
posted by Paleoindian at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us stay dry!
What's the best way to stay dry while camping? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 7:21 PM PST - 32 comments

What is going wrong when I record from CD to cassette?
What is going wrong when I try to record tapes from CD? Regardless of circumstance, the cassettes go weird near the ends of each side. [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

It's big and it's standing at attention
Broken tibia & fibula, 3.5 months ago, clean snap. I got an intramedullary rod in the tibia, screws at the ankle and knee, and absolutely no recommendations for PT other than some exercises to do at home from the doctor. Everything else seems to have healed well enough, but - my big toe ain't movin', and it's stuck in permanent "up". [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 7:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Help my father troubleshoot a pesky virus.
ParentTechSupportFilter: My father has a virus. *sigh* before I send him to Geek Squad, what else should I tell him to do that he hasn't done already? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 6:37 PM PST - 23 comments

What to do with all these extra finger condoms?
What to do with all these extra finger condoms? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

I want to turn my DS into an FX processor. How?
My Nintendo DS has a mic-in and headphone jack. I want to be able to send a signal from my amp/mixer/etc. to the DS for processing in the DS audio homebrew I've downloaded and send the processed signal out to the mixer/amp/etc. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 6:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Simple commenting system
Is there a simple PHP/MYSQL commenting system available anywhere on the internets? The Google has failed me. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting Excel to count the number of repititions in a column?
Excel Filter : I've got a list of a lot of names. All the names are in one column with a different name on each row. The names repeat a varying number of times. How can I get Excel to count how many times each name repeats and then put that number in a column next to the name? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Scary Nikon AF problem
Autofocus no longer works on my Nikon D50, nor on my Nikkor 18-200 VR lens. [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 5:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
My father just had a heart attack. I am dropping everything to go and visit him this weekend, but he keeps insisting I do not come and visit. Am I being a jerk for going anyway? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 5:00 PM PST - 45 comments

How to Improve My Grad School Chances
Is there anything I can do to help myself get into grad school (PhD, political science/international relate) between now and January? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 4:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Why does my phone SMS me when I check voice mail?
Why does my cell phone send me a text message whenever I retrieve my voice mail? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Konichiwa, Baby!
Kid that I watched grow up is having a baby. My daughter is in Japan. What cool gift could daughter ship me from Japan that would say "Japanese baby thing" and is not available in the US. [more inside]
posted by nax at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Book reviews and when not to care about them
Question about small presses and book reviews. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Best international/world cell phone options?
I live in Canada and will be traveling to India (one month) Nepal (two weeks) and Thailand (one week). I would like to call or text home to Canada, check e-mails and google maps, and make some local calls (India only). What are my best options for a cell phone??
posted by gfroese at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting an Xbox360 cheaply connected to a wireless network
I'd like to connect an Xbox360 to a home (AirPort-based) wireless network on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find an old cooking book.
Help me find a 35+ year-old text about the science and myriad other whys/wherefores/and hows behind all kinds of cooking endeavors. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

No, really, they're not for keeping drugs
Where can I go in the Los Angeles area today or tomorrow to buy small glassine envelopes - say, 2 inches square or so? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 2:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Guardian, guard thyself from the Firefox
Why does Firefox always crash when I try to access the Guardian website? [more inside]
posted by clair-de-lune at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a water gun in Boston? (or how can I make one?)
Where can I find a water gun in the Boston area today? (Or, how can I make my own?) [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Weight Lifter Musical Instrument Stand
Searching for Weight Lifter Music Instrument Stand [more inside]
posted by KRS at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find this funny story about the German language?
Can you help me find a particular funny story about the German language? [more inside]
posted by dalesd at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Make me make you laugh.
How can I be funnier in person? [more inside]
posted by uxo at 12:48 PM PST - 53 comments

Teacher Tunes
I get to play one song a week for a group of teachers and am looking for suggestions. It's going to be played over the school loudspeakers each Friday, and is meant to be a kind of shot in the arm after the kids have gone for the day. Today is going to be 'Welcome Back Kotter.' I'd love more ideas, though. Someone suggested 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin, for example. Any other good ideas?
posted by richmondparker at 12:42 PM PST - 33 comments

current state of competitive gaming
What video game competitions award the most prize money? How much are kids pulling down per month or per year? Playing which games? This is mostly an international question. From what I can tell, this isn't as big in the US as it is in Korea, Sweden, and ... where else? Are kids in the US making a living playing games competitively?
posted by low affect at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Slow Net Acces on One Macbook in the House
One particular Mac on my home network is experiencing really slow internet connectivity. I have tried a lot of different stuff so far... [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 12:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Something kinda like the Peace Corps, but not?
Alternatives to the Peace Corps for a non-US Citizen (Permanent Resident) living in the US? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

"Like the cast of a Fellini movie."
How do I meet other bookish people in New York City? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Is Claritin giving me terrible allergy attacks?
ClaritinFilter: Does daily use of Claritin give you strange once/month insane sneezing/sinus attacks? Please let me know if you've experienced this side effect (or not)... [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 11:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Good workout today?
Is this girl at the gym trying to get me to notice her? [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 11:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Network filtering on the cheap
Network filtering on the cheap: Small office network filtering....yet need to be able to bypass (for some.) [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Why must Javascript from http://a.example.com talking to http://b.example.com be full of hate?
How can I pass data via Javascript from http://a.example.com to http://b.example.com without using http://example.com? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comments

familial
Why does Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin's father Valeri Liukin keep kissing her?
posted by plexi at 10:47 AM PST - 40 comments

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world...
Looking for classy bar or lounge reccomendations in Connecticut, but willing to visit Southern Mass area as well. Went to the Tunnel Bar in Northhampton, MA some time ago and truly enjoyed the cozy, quiet setting with the lovely ambiance, big leather armchairs, and tasty drinks. Can I get one of those around here? [more inside]
posted by potatopeople at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Why is handball such a popular sport in Europe but not in the UK?
Why is handball such a popular sport in Europe but not in the UK?
posted by ndaguiar at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Is Capital One going to Capital Own me?
Are Capital One "card upgrades" for real? [more inside]
posted by melvinwang at 9:52 AM PST - 10 comments

What is this raw beef dish from Texas or Louisiana?
I can't remember or successfully Google the name of a raw meat dish that may have originated in East Texas or Louisiana. It involved raw ground beef and possibly raw onions, peppers, and maybe egg -- very much like steak tartare. (Another comparison: as with citrus in ceviche, the "heat" of the onions/peppers was supposed to have some effect on the meat.) [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:50 AM PST - 11 comments

rubbing shoulders on the bus isn't exactly networking
Public transit personal space etiquette question. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:43 AM PST - 28 comments

What is this Mies floor plan?
Can anyone provide more information about this Mies van der Rohe floor plan? [more inside]
posted by GaGaLoc at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Science Anecdotes for 9-year-olds
Help me brainstorm anecdotes from the history of science that kids will enjoy. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 9:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Barnett Newman's Abraham
I've been searching for a couple of years for a print of Barnett Newman's painting "Abraham," but no amount of Googling has helped. Does anybody know where I could buy a print of the painting or a catalogue that contains a good reproduction? The painting appears on page 4 of this pdf
posted by eisenkr at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

30 Rock Music ID
What instrument is featured on 30 Rock? During the first season of the TV sitcom 30 Rock Liz's scenes are sometimes introduced with a few notes of wistful music, played with what sounds like a woodwind instrument. Usually solo. Can anyone identify the instrument?
posted by Jeff Howard at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

A Good 'pick'em' Site?
My friends and I play a College Football pick 'em game. What's a good website to administer this? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Need some help with electrical sums
Need some help working out electrical sums. [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 7:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Macbook Gives Airport Express Silent Treatment, Enrages Owner
My Black Macbook (five months old, running the latest OS) suddenly, inexplicably, cannot recognize my Airport Express (the new one) or find my Wireless Network. [more inside]
posted by kosem at 7:23 AM PST - 25 comments

Default media player problem
When downloading a file from Rapidshare sometimes the default video player on my computer (windows xp) switches to something called “Nero Cover Designer,” and I cannot play the video. I have Nero software, and can’t seem to stop my computer defaulting to this, no matter how many times I go into the control panel and try to ensure all files go via windows media player. I am not at all I.T. savvy, so any suggestions in the most simple language possible would be much appreciated.
posted by ricardo at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments

West London two-bed flat search.
LondonFlatSearchFilter: Ms. Kreiger and I need a two-bedroom flat in West London. Where should we be looking for leads? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 6:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I order melatonin online, which will ship internationally?
What are some reputable American websites which will ship supplements internationally? More inside specifically regarding melatonin. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 6:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Adam up in smoke
AmsterdamFilter: Decent hotels w/smoking rooms? Looking for centrally located hotel with smoking rooms. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 6:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Keeping my hot side hot and my cool side crisp
When is a heat pump worth it? [warning: a bit long] [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 6:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Taste Buds Screaming!
My taste buds, when awakened, almost hurt, and certainly make me cringe. [more inside]
posted by ChickenringNYC at 6:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Robots 3, Humans 0
Wireless Internet Woe - I recently switched from the horrific Verizon wireless to Alltel wireless. I need to boot my signal in a home with 6 computers, desperate times calls for desperate questions... [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead at 5:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Booze + chocolate pairing question
Booze + chocolate pairing question. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 5:33 AM PST - 43 comments

I'm starting to think that its just me.....
Gmail: I've been getting the Gmail 502 Error that they said was resolved on Monday for almost a solid 24 hours now (24 hours without Gmail - argh!). Since there's nothing posted about it in Announcements and Alerts, I'm starting to wonder if the Gmail folks are unaware there is a problem. How do I contact Gmail about this given, that, you know, my only email is currently not working. Is there a "trouble report form" or some such thing somewhere that I'm not finding?
posted by anastasiav at 4:39 AM PST - 5 comments

eeepc as a vista remote control?
Trying to control the screen of my windows vista desktop from my linux laptop. details inside. [more inside]
posted by meowN at 3:27 AM PST - 7 comments

August 14
do right!
How does a 40-yr-old guy scrub the juvenile racism/sexism off of a used Animal Crossing/ Nintendo DS chip?
posted by red cell at 11:21 PM PST - 22 comments

New Voting System?
So a while back I heard a story describing a "new" voting system that was being tried out in either Vermont or New York State. The major difference I remember was that this new system gave voters the chance to tell the candidate what positions they supported and, what they didn't though in a more precise way than we do now by simply voting for or against a particular candidate based on their positions on many issues. Does this sound familiar to anyone or am I living on another planet? And what is this system called?
posted by lowlight at 11:06 PM PST - 6 comments

KITCHEN GADGET FILTER: Where can I buy an Alton Brown Salt Cellar in the Toronto, Canada area
I love the salt dish used by chef Alton Brown on "Good Eats". Google tells me that this is a Salt Cellar. I saw one on eBay but would like to see one in person as I am worried about the quality. Alton Brown sells them on his website but will not ship to Canada. Has anyone out there see one IRL?
posted by saradarlin at 10:47 PM PST - 21 comments

What happens when you're the last nonprofit gal standing?
NonprofitChaosFilter: The grants fell through, and I'm the last full-timer in an office of 2. What's the most ethical thing to do when I'm the last employee left, there's no money left, and I've become the director's right-hand gal? [more inside]
posted by vindyloo at 9:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Video Conference
Job interview via video conference - How to? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to give her a Gift, but without all the dying twice.
Buffy Birthday Gift Filter: Ack! I got my dates mixed up, and my friend's birthday is this Saturday, not next! Help me think of Buffy The Vampire Slayer themed (not necessarily branded) gift ideas. Looking for stuff that'd be easy to find in the next day or so. Here's what I've got planned so far... [more inside]
posted by aristan at 9:38 PM PST - 31 comments

Where can I find English translations of European comics?
Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent at 9:13 PM PST - 2 comments

I've got the opposite sleep problem!
Instead of not being able to get up in the mornings, I have a problem with waking up TOO early. Typically I go to sleep around midnight-1:00 am (it's when I start getting tired) but for the last 2 months or so I've been waking up anywhere between 5:00 am to 7ish, and my alarm doesn't go off until 8:15. [more inside]