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August 31
How do I transfer a specific album from my iPad to my PC?
Trying to transfer a single photo album from my iPad to my Win7 PC. Why is this so freaking difficult? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does my shell stick to my egg?
Simple question. How to hard boil an egg so that it peels easily. After 30 years of cooking for myself, I have lost my mojo and ability to do this. I just want to be able to peel my hard boiled boneless chicken without the shell sticking to the white and creating pock marks on my whites. [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 8:38 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I go about learning Braille?
Does anyone have experience learning to read braille (using my fingers)? How difficult is it? [more inside]
posted by Struan at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Harbingers of doom or bringers of light?
What are some great myths about animals? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 6:19 PM PST - 13 comments

I suspect there is hidden mold in my new apartment. What now?
I suspect there is hidden mold in my new apartment. How do I know for sure, and what do I do to remove it/get the manager to remove it? I'm allergic so letting it be is not an option. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 6:10 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get my ex back in this complicated situation?
My first love broke up with me 4 months ago. I had taken her for granted, albeit under difficult circumstances. I want to rekindle things but I know I've hurt her. If I don't try to rekindle, I think I'll regret it forever. How do I do that while respecting her feelings? [more inside]
posted by alxnrwd at 5:52 PM PST - 121 comments

What laptop do you recommend for a frugal CS student?
What laptop do you recommend for a frugal CS student? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 5:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Does anyone know where this .gif is from?
Does anyone know which movie / show / video this .gif is from? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Walking-around recommendations for downtown Philadelphia?
Walking-around recommendations for downtown Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 5:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Law clerk at small firm, partner lost his shit. Stay or go?
Lawyer filter. I'm a full time law clerk and part-time law student and need serious, objective advice regarding my boss and whether I should continue at the firm. [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino at 4:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Drip Drip Drip
Am I stuck with shouldering this or can I still go after the contractor? Water leaks from the upstairs shower into the kitchen on the first floor. This, after the bathroom was completely gutted and new plumbing, fixtures and tile installed. Problem is, the renovation was completed just over five years ago. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Worth Teaching Old Dog New Tricks...?
Is it worth it for me to pursue higher education? Middle-aged, single parent, seasoned corporate employee and.... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 4:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Replace my discontinued face illuminator makeup
Looking for a facial highlighter/blush to replace my discontinued favourite. [more inside]
posted by pink_gorilla at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Chopping open the onion
I want to read about the dark side of the Internet, preferably in the form of a narrative. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 3:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find my cable jack.
I can't find my cable jack. Help? [more inside]
posted by jcatus at 3:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for some dialogue, maybe from Jane Austen
I'm trying to track down a piece of dialogue from a book, possibly written by Jane Austen, about people who seek out a friendship and then decide they don't like the other person. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 3:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What's hot in Japanese drama?
What are the recent most popular Japanese dramas? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Good habits for the highly effective computer scientist
I'm a physics graduate student and my PhD work is going to involve a fair amount of programming. Aside from the coding part, what habits and skills do I need to develop to become a competent programmer? [more inside]
posted by Zalzidrax at 3:08 PM PST - 22 comments

The Great Meatball Mystery
This weekend, IKEA is offering a food special where the price of your meal is deducted from furniture orders of $100 or more. In the fine print, I noticed an unusual clause: "Swedish meatballs not included in restaurant offer at IKEA Carson." Everyone loves Ikea's Swedish meatballs, but is the meatball market really THAT much more robust in Carson, CA? What's the deal?
posted by bowbeacon at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs to lift me up
I'm looking for recommendations for music that might make me feel better about myself. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:32 PM PST - 34 comments

Ikea bed and mattress suggestions
Our bedframe is broken beyond repair. Perhaps this would be a good time to get a bed that is larger than a full. Our budget is Ikea level—so I have two questions: 1) Will their queen size beds comfortably support our combined weight of 500-550 lbs? 2) Are there any Ikea beds or mattresses that you particularly like?
posted by ocherdraco at 2:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I get dried spices?
Where can I get tasty bulk spices at awesome prices online? I'm particularly looking for dried whole ancho chiles (which seem to cost upwards of $10/lb online) [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Surely sleep-driving is not the explanation...
Weird credit card charge..can you help? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

How to handle job interviews while going through chemo/radiation for cancer?
I'm in the middle of treatment for breast cancer (chemo and radiation) and am unsure how to handle sharing this information (if I should at all) during my job interviews. What is my legal obligation? What is my moral obligation? What makes the most sense for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Tips and tricks for using Oxiclean.
I bought a box of Oxiclean. I have a bunch of dirty clothes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 12:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?
How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme at 12:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me be age-appropriate!
I recently realized I look, dress, and act like my mother. No, my grandmother. I'm 26 and I need help knowing how to look my age. Help? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 12:17 PM PST - 39 comments

You're only pretending to be my friend
For the past week or so I have been receiving phishing emails at my non-Facebook email account which appear to be from my Facebook friends. The sender's name is one of my Facebook friends, but the email addresses are not their real email address. The subject line reads FOR (MY FIRST NAME) and the message contains a link (which I never click, of course). Clearly there has been some access to my friend list and my email address. I am not using any apps on Facebook, and never give apps access to my info—my privacy settings are pretty locked down, or so I thought. Facebook is absolutely no help on this. I can't find a way to even report this to them because their reporting mechanism asks for links and there are none. I've changed my password, and locked down my privacy settings even more. Any ideas about how this happened and how to fix the security hole?
posted by ljshapiro at 12:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Overnight parking in the Outer Banks?
Where can I park my car for a week in the Outer Banks (Nags Head, NC)? [more inside]
posted by backupjesus at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there a better way to do this?
How do you make sure you have a car seat waiting for you at a rental car company when you are travelling internationally? Details and crazy plan inside. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 12:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Tell me why I should or should not incorporate in Ontario, Canada
I'm a web developer in Toronto who is currently operating as a sole proprietor. A prospective new client would really like to hire me for a major new project, but they can only deal with incorporated companies and cannot hire a sole prop. I'm looking for advice on incorporating from a) people in Canada and especially Ontario, but also from b) anyone who has any relevant advice about the experience of becoming an Inc., even if you are not Canadian. Yes, I will be engaging an accountant or lawyer for specific advice if I do decide to move forward, so I'm not worried that some specific advice may not be appropriate for my jurisdiction: I'm just trying to get a broad picture of what it's like (and some recommendations for lawyers/accountants). [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

How can my sister start her new specialty retail food business?
How can my sister start her new specialty retail food business? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

How to take the mix tape online?
We used to swap mix CDs at Music Night, but one of us moved. How can we keep it up across the miles? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Unwilling threesome
My boyfriend has been sneaking porn into bed to secretly look at while having sex with me (pictures on cell phone while behind me). He has been doing this for a year. How do I deal with my resulting body issues and how do we repair intimacy? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter at 11:16 AM PST - 104 comments

Life like Walden
After many years of living a very social life in a very big city I find myself living alone in a very remote part of the world. Seeking advice and insight into a life of solitude. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Do I tell the debt collection firm I have nothing?
Question about debt collections. Do I tell them I have no assets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Young woman health care San Francisco
Assisting young adult female in San Francisco with primary care and birth control -- best options? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Large capacity PDF 2 Fax service?
PDF to Fax service that can handle ludicrously large files and number of pages? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Awesome, unusual, old, poignant audio interviews or speeches
Can you help me find some really interesting, slightly obscure, and (hopefully) poignant interviews, speeches, or recordings of texts? Ideally online? Extra-ideally for FREE? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to know what I'm doing and when I need to do it.
I am looking for a wonderful timer program for Mac (OS X 10.7.4 +). It needs to have a Cocoa GUI (meaning a GUI that isn't ugly, and isn't unnecessarily complicated), the ability to run multiple timers, and the ability to name timers with a decent amount of detail. Sound is an important feature, too. Command line alternatives are also cool, but not ideal. More information inside: [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Another hymn from the cathedral of drift.
Help me ID this vintage Brazilian tropicalia (???) song! [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Can Quickbooks reports be customized for a 5-4-4 fiscal quarter?
My retail business has non-calendar fiscal months on a 5-4-4, 13 week quarter. How can I assign custom fiscal month dates to Quickbooks to create budgets and reports based on the right periods? Or, what other accounting software handles this well? [more inside]
posted by ioesf at 10:14 AM PST - 0 comments

Household Magic
What modern products and technologies work "like magic"? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 10:11 AM PST - 60 comments

Oxford: Open Sesame!
Visiting researcher (also, a rower) at Oxford- in a land of gated communities- how do I 'get involved'/'dive in'? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

What PHP frameworks and libraries make you more productive?
New PHP project in the works that I'm going to us as an excuse to learn a new-to-me framework. Kohana and Laravel are at the top of my list, but is there anything else I should consider? The project will be relatively simple, so a microframework might also be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Custom printer t-shirt & hat wanted
Recommendations for printing a custom t-shirt and baseball cap? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Nice looking net radio player for Mac.
I'm looking for a Mac app that can play internet radio and has a nice looking and easy-to-use interface. [more inside]
posted by nevan at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Kids' Microscope in Montreal?
I want to buy a microscope for an 8-year-old kid. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Book recommendation for Software Product Management Interviews
Looking for book recommendations for Software Product Manager interview questions. [more inside]
posted by unmodern at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Baby on a bus situation
So it looks like I might need to start taking the baby on the bus to her daycare, which is downtown. I say baby… she's pretty much a toddler now, being just under one and a half, and pretty squirmy with it to. My preferred travel option with her when on foot is to put her in a backpack, which she loves and which chills her right out, but we also have a stroller. So… what is the best way to carry her on the bus? I've considered just standing with her in the backpack the whole way, but it seems like there might be a safety concern. There's taking the backpack off and keeping her in it, which seems like it might have similar concerns. Taking her right out of the backpack and putting her in my lap seems like it might be the most safety conscious option, but that assumes a seat and that she will stay put - that later condition being highly unlikely. And then it may be the same deal with the stroller. Thoughts?
posted by Artw at 8:58 AM PST - 35 comments

One Day in Chicago
I'm going to be in Chicago for 30 hours at the end of September on an international layover. I've never been before and want to squeeze in a lot in the time that I have. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

They thought they were just here to do something vaguely sciencey. UNTIL EVERYTHING WENT HORRIBLY WRONG. Also there's a hurricane or something.
In need of some guilty pleasure sci-fi thriller books à la Michael Crichton. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:30 AM PST - 35 comments

Chicken versus egg versus back pain
Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Actually PHP, your mom is an unexpected T_ELSE
PHP / Wordpress filter: I need to hide some aspects of my site behind if ( is_user_logged_in() ) functions, but being a newbie to PHP I don't think I'm getting the syntax right. Specific code is beneath the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Information security info via Twitter?
Following Jacob Appelbaum and Bruce Schneier on Twitter has led me to some interesting articles / videos, etc. RE: information security, surveillance, and online censorship -who else should I be keeping an eye on?
posted by ryanshepard at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Locate fuses on old GE stove
My neighbor has an old GE Automatic Calrod stove. Recently the oven stopped working (baking and Grilling) Assuming that the elements are ok, I'm guessing that a fuse somewhere in the stove needs to be replaced. If so does anyone know where the fuses are on these things. I'm asking Meta Filter because I'm reluctant to have a good poke around as the stove is really dirty. Link to the picture is obviously not the actual stove in question.
posted by jdcasey at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I have to go shopping before this wedding?
Some friends of mine got married last month in India, and they're having a large evening reception this weekend. I know that colorful is the way to go, but all of my colorful dresses are too casual. What I have left is a mostly black dress with a few grey panels, and a mostly white dress with a light blue floral print. Would either of those be ok, or should I go shopping this weekend? The bride had previously said that "a dress you would wear to an American wedding" is fine, and I don't want to pester her asking for specifics when I'm sure she has other things on her mind right now!
posted by amarynth at 7:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Saving an Excel file with images as web page - why are thumbnails being created?
Saving an Excel file with images as web page - why are thumbnails being created? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 7:34 AM PST - 2 comments

What's a warm low-key place in Europe in November?
I'll be recovering from some cosmetic surgery in mid-November of this year and looking to combine the downtime with a month-long working vacation somewhere in Europe, someplace warm. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you eliminate the Apple ID login popup window on a Mountain Lion install for newly created users? In both 10.8 and 10.8.1?
How do you eliminate the Apple ID login popup window on a Mountain Lion install for newly created users? In both 10.8 and 10.8.1? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 6:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Master's in disaster
What's the 'right' reason for taking a master's course? [more inside]
posted by Fen at 5:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Public baths in Berlin
I am lucky enough to be going to Berlin for a week in September, and would like to know if some recommended public baths are okay. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 3:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Gorillas in the midst
I'm going to be in Tanzania with a friend in a couple of months after some medical volunteering in Kenya, and I'd like to see gorillas while they're still around. Does anyone have a recommended group to do this through, or one with a good reputation?
posted by Silentgoldfish at 2:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me get the most out of my commute
My commute is now me driving alone - what can I do to stay "busy" in the car? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel at 1:19 AM PST - 24 comments

IIS with nested virtual directories
I have a situation with aliases/virtual directories that would be easy for me to solve in Apache, but with IIS I'm jumping through some hoops. Am I on the right track, or is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 12:58 AM PST - 5 comments

My long-distance best friend is depressed and suicidal. Help me help her!
My extremely-gifted best friend halfway across the world was depressed and then recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she's nearly suicidal. I'm in over my head and I don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors at 12:32 AM PST - 11 comments

August 30
Can anyone recommend a good female primary care physician in the Worcester, MA area?
Can anyone recommend a good female primary care physician in the Worcester, MA area? Someone fat-friendly or HAES-promoting is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 11:24 PM PST - 0 comments

Selling loads of householed stuff, alternatives to ebay and craigslist
Selling stuff without using eBay or Craigslist: what are those app/photo driven services, or other alternatives? [more inside]
posted by cgk at 10:52 PM PST - 9 comments

how do I de-fatstinkybutt my cat
My cat is fat, lazy and does not groom nearly as much as she should. How do I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by electriic at 10:13 PM PST - 31 comments

How To Sell Comics in a Post-Wizard World?
Please help me make as much money as is possible from liquidating my comicbook collection. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:03 PM PST - 12 comments

B-A-N-A-N-A bread recipe
WANTED: your finest banana bread recipe that doesn't require eggs. BONUS: the bread travels well in the US mail. TRIPLE WORD SCORE: the recipe requires yogurt. [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 9:41 PM PST - 9 comments

The dedicated detectives who investigate these super-random internet questions are members of an elite squad...
Ridiculous question: Doppelganger or actor? Who is the guy in this Scott Brown campaign ad?! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need a cleaner or an organizer for my disaster of an apartment?
Do I need a housekeeper / cleaner or an organizer? I think I'm somewhere in the middle but there's no one in the middle apparently, so which way should I go? (USA, DC area) [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 9:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I arrange a day boat cruise in alappuzha, India?
Three friends and I are staying in Cochin this January. We want to take the train to alappuzha for a day. Most of the online searches I've done have involved multi-day house boat cruises. Has anyone taken a day cruise in alappuzha, and if so, how did you arrange it?
posted by The Ted at 9:24 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business?
How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 9:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Jumping cholla batman!
Where can I legally collect cholla cactus wood in the Palm Springs area? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene at 8:56 PM PST - 2 comments

20-something seeks reassurance about lack of headway in life
I am in my mid twenties having some kind of ridiculous quarter life crisis. How can I constructively think about a Timeline For My Life? What are the things I should actually be putting my energy toward worrying about at this point in my life? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer at 8:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Very confused and nervous
How do I support my friend with postpartum depression without being judgmental, even though I am sometimes concerned about her baby? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness at 8:34 PM PST - 32 comments

How to unscrew very tight screws?
Looking for tips for unscrewing very tight screws that are down in a well. [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Breaking an unhealthy thinking pattern
How can I encourage myself that it's okay to do something even if other people have done/experienced that very same thing? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 7:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Pie chart in Word with dollar amounts?
How to make a pie chart in Word with dollar amounts, not percentages? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation?
Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation? We are making a video documentary about college students and their attitudes towards dating and sex. Much of the documentary involves one interviewer interviewing different people on the same set. As you might guess, many of the potential subjects are reluctant to speak candidly onscreen, BUT, most of them will consent to their voices being used…I am wondering if there is some not-crazily-expensive way to take a video interview and, using some kind of software, animate it, turning the interviewer and subject into animated avatars. The animation does not have to be super super high quality—a fairly simple avatar for each of the people onscreen will do…We have a lot of technical and post-production people on the crew, so someone involved probably has access to almost any software program available…Any help—especially specific programs or plug-ins—would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid at 7:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Is he or isn't he "into it"?
He's just not that into you. How much of this is true and how can one ever really know? Scenario/question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by patientpatient at 7:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Games and Apps Deveopment 101 for a Teen?
I'm asking for my 14 year old son...how does one get started in developing games and apps? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:00 PM PST - 23 comments

How do multiple users update conditions from the field?
What's the best way for mulitple users to update an online "conditions report" via cellphone? [more inside]
posted by bethnull at 6:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Photos/Timelapse on a Trip
I'm going to be taking a five-day motorcycle ride, and would like to do a few things with digital photos along the way. Canon S95, Gopro, tablet questions inside. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Like A Flashcard
App suggestions iOS - need a random card generator app. Extremely simple requirements. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 6:09 PM PST - 1 comments

The loose translation must have lost her...
What are some good examples of popular English songs translated into another language? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 5:33 PM PST - 57 comments

How to be considered for multiple, unrelated jobs at the same company?
I am looking for advice on applying for multiple jobs at the same company. [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 5:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Central American school marching bands?
Private school drum-focused marching bands in central America-- what kind of music is that? Where can I read more about it? Where can I find examples online? [more inside]
posted by empath at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

After the break; what does it mean and where did it originate?
After the break; what does it mean and where did the phrase originate? [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank at 4:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers
Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers [more inside]
posted by deeman at 4:32 PM PST - 32 comments

Eat your dinner or you get it for breakfast. Cat.
Cat food filter: When presented with the same brand and same flavor of wet cat food, my cat will wolf it down at my mother's house and at a friend's house, but not at my house. He used to eat it constantly at my house as well, but suddenly stopped last spring. What gives? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 3:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Yes, another pet question: I want to exercise my kitty more.
My cat, Mister has gotten lazier since we got him back from my friend. I'd like to find something to perk him up and make life interesting for him because I don't think it's good for him to just sit around and be bored, or more likely sleep, all day. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 3:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Does (Canadian) campus/community radio airplay earn royalties via SOCAN?
If I release a new album to CANADIAN campus/community radio stations for airplay, and it is played, can I potentially earn royalties if the album is registered with SOCAN? [more inside]
posted by CarrotAdventure at 3:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Warm (Cracked) Leatherette
How do I keep a leatherette sofa from cracking (and deteriorating)? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 2:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Can We Move Kindle Content to a New Account?
My wife would like to de-register her Kindle from my account and move it to her own Amazon account that she has sole control of. Is it possible for us to move some (but not all) of the digital content to her new account? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 2:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I carpool over the GWB?
I want to take advantage of the carpool lane ($3.50 vs $12)on the GWB coming in from NJ. What's the best way to do this if I am forever alone, and not travelling during rush hour to pick up sluggers?
posted by MrMulan at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to meet a development exec near Penn Station?
I'm meeting a network development exec near Penn Station next week for a mid-morning coffee over which we'll be discussing a show I've pitched. His assistant has asked me to pick the spot. Help? [more inside]
posted by bassomatic at 2:13 PM PST - 13 comments

A way to keep my recent past from being forgotten?
Is there a use for the Samsung Galaxy Mini Diary App that doesn't publish to Facebook? [more inside]
posted by readery at 2:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Zoloft didn't work well. Now on Stablon (tianpetine). Any experiences?
Zoloft didn't work well. Now on Stablon (tianpetine). Any experiences? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite at 1:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Seasonal variation in UK Airbnb/ hotel seaside occupancy rates,
Seasonal variation in demand for seaside resorts, especially with AirBnb in Brighton, UK. I am thinking of taking on a two bed flat, but part of my decision rests on the ability to rent out the spare room on a short term basis. I have a fair idea what summer demand is like, in Brighton for AirBnb, but no idea about winter demand . Any anecdotal advice about booking hotels or Airbnb in Brighton (or any similar place) would be very useful. Do you reckon 50% down? More?
posted by choppyes at 1:49 PM PST - 1 comments

Dear Employer: Take a chance on meeee <3, Me
What should I do after I graduate (museum/non-profit/other)? Where should I live (stay in New York or go elsewhere)? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Something well-designed to get me well organized
Tell me of the most beautifully designed, paper-based gtd / organizers / planners in the land! I want nice typography, attractive materials and maximum usability in one package. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 100kb at 1:22 PM PST - 11 comments

You helped me stay light... now help me rejoin the dark side
Another help me not screw up my hair question. MeFites helped me through my last at home hair event, hoping you guys can do the same now! [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 1:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Negotiating a Salary for New Job Offer in Libraryland.
I have been offered a position as librarian in a very rich area of California. Though my qualifications (5 yrs experience w/ MLS as librarian in busy urban area), they offered the base amount in salary range, when adjusted to where I live now, is somewhat less as far as I can tell by about $2000. I asked to negotiate salary. This field is tough to move around and this is one of the best libraries in the country. Pay is low in libraries regardless and lower now because of the glut of degrees. The HR person is contacting me soon and I am not sure how to negotiate and feel in a position of little power. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon at 1:08 PM PST - 19 comments

How to build muscle with bodyweight alone
Looking for a bodyweight training program that doesn't involve chin-up bars or any equipment. [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 1:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Did the restaurant really serve me dyed tuna sashimi?
I ordered sashimi at a sushi restaurant a few days ago, and the piece of tuna left red smudges on the pile of daikon it was placed on. Are there any reasonable explanations for this? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I pay $300 more for a plane ticket to Europe to keep the peace with friends?
Traveling to Europe with friends. They want to combine plane fares and split the ticket costs evenly. Problem: this means I'll be paying $300 more than what my round-trip ticket would cost if I bought it separately. Should I agree to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 77 comments

Skyfoam
Any idea how I could get my hands on a foam printer? To rent, preferably. To buy, maybe. Or building one, doable? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How to construct an online playlist?
I want to be able to upload MP3s to a server and then play those audio files in a playlist on a website. I know one can manually link to each audio file. but it would be great if there was some online software that would display the audio files in a good looking playlist. What are the options, both free and cheapwise?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

They don't bore you! Give me your favorite examples of effective reports.
Here's a question for all you designers, policy people, business and non-profit types. Can you think of your favorite examples of reports available online- whether they be policy papers, business plans, annual reports or otherwise? "Favorite" can mean any number of criteria, such as use of design, video, narrative structure, how information is presented, or style and structure of organization. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Feeling like a fraud when faced with compliments about my looks: How to Deal
How do I stop from feeling like I am a fraud (because I have a lot of flaws) when people tell me I'm physically beautiful? This insecurity in my looks/my reaction to compliments is affecting my life in a lot of ways. I'd appreciate any and all advice on how to deal with this! [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 11:22 AM PST - 67 comments

Of Fathers and Sons and DNA
My father's grandfather was adopted with very little paperwork or evidence trail as to his biological origins. Earlier this year, my father's uncle got his DNA tested. Unfortunately, the closest Y-DNA relative we've isolated from the tests is 13 generations back. But, I have a related question: All of the matches, through multiple services (having manually entered the data into other services) have a wide variety of non-repeating last names. Given that Y-DNA matches father-to-son, wouldn't there be at least some names repeating? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 11:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Starting a non-profit in architecture - where to start?
I am an architect and recently laid-off. I want to use this time as an opportunity to start an architecture non-profit that assists communities to create their own public spaces. Think community centers, playgrounds, libraries, farmer's markets, etc. I am relatively young, naive, and idealistic. Where do begin? Whom do I speak to? How do I start? Any words of advice will do. [more inside]
posted by spoons at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommendations for Cleveland Neighborhoods
Clevelandfilter!  Moving to Cleveland, please help me choose which neighborhood would be best for me. [more inside]
posted by princelyfox at 10:50 AM PST - 19 comments

How long will it take me to learn Wordpress and create/implement a theme?
I am fairly new to Wordpress. Will I be able turn wireframes I design into a useable theme for a somewhat-complex website in 3-4 weeks? [more inside]
posted by Grafix at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

My imagination has been debunked!
In the past 24 hours I've discovered that both of my "million dollar" ideas (for websites/services/apps) are already out there and established. To me, these weren't just "good ideas", they were "innovations" I was emotionally invested in and slowly working towards. How do I move on? (in two parts) [more inside]
posted by itesser at 10:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Flap and Jacket Copywriting
Many of you have worked with book jacket writing, according to answers to this question in 2007. I have the perfect background to do this: years of editorial experience in book publishing and a fledgling copywriting career. What can you tell me about it now? And who should I approach for freelance work? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 10:19 AM PST - 10 comments

the canine's incisor
I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Spotify controls in the iPhone tray?
Trick with Spotify and iPhone 4S that I did accidentally but can't replicate. Help? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Help her learn Alg II by Tuesday
Sister just learned she has to take an Algebra II test on Tuesday that covers the whole shebang. She's forgotten (repressed?) most of it. What's her best bet for an Algebra II crash course that will go over all the topics? She's very smart, but not a math person.
posted by goosechasing at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Kindle Fire settings question
How can I set my Kindle Fire so that the screen doesn't shift from portrait to landscape and back, depending on how I hold it? What I want to do is to lie on my side in bed reading on my Kindle Fire, but the text stays vertical no matter what I do. Is this even possible?
posted by janey47 at 9:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Inform my kid without scarring her psyche
Wanted: daily news source for upper elementary student. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Spa town between Verona and Venice
Is there a small town, possibly a spa town like Merano or Wiesbaden, between Verona and Venice? That's not too expensive? And I don't need to hire a car for?
posted by Busoni at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

ZOOM!
What percentage of desktop web browsers are set to a zoom level of 100%? [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Supporting someone in psychiatric care
My brother is being admitted to an inpatient facility. How can I support him, and can you calm me down about the long-term picture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I write my dissertation at home?
How can I write my dissertation at home? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 9:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Where in Boston can I enjoy a Scofflaw cocktail?
Where in Boston can I enjoy a Scofflaw cocktail?
posted by krisken at 9:22 AM PST - 7 comments

When does the flu vaccine get updated, and how do I know?
How do I know when the "new" flu shots come out? CDC and similar web sites say that I should get my flu shot "as soon as they become available", but most drugstores now offer the flu shot year-round. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 9:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Can the bank really send my grandmother's savings to the state for inactivity?
My grandmother just received a notice from her bank that if she didn't act soon, her bank account would be closed for inactivity and the money given to the state. Is this real, or a misinterpretation? Is it legal? If so, what can she do to stop this and also avoid it in the future? [more inside]
posted by corb at 8:47 AM PST - 26 comments

She'll Love Them, Yeah Yeah Yeah
I am seeking a very specific item to freak out/delight a friend - those lifesize cardboard standup things, but depicting all four of the Beatles from the ABBEY ROAD cover. Anyone have any leads on where I can find this? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:39 AM PST - 4 comments

True North Ereader
Canadians who own Kindle or Kobo, opinions please [more inside]
posted by canoehead at 8:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Normally the awkwardness is part of my charm
How do I minimize awkwardness when I see a couple I stopped being friends with because, in part, I found myself falling very hard for one of them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Wait until losing last 15 lbs before upgrading wardrobe?
Wait until losing last 15 lbs before upgrading wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 at 7:51 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I elegantly present tabular, statistical data online?
How do I elegantly present tabular, statistical data online and automatically? I'd love some examples of beautifully presented tabular data online - something that works natively in a browser, ideally also on a tablet and mobile as well. Some interactivity (sorting, filtering) also OK but priority is usability and elegance like you'd find in printed statistical abstracts. Bonus points for open source web tools / frameworks that could help automate this from a database! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Hope for an Intractable Situation?
I am in what seems to be an intractable situation, due to a number of major errors on my part. Help needed for someone on the edge of a precipice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 20 comments

NYC accountant for tax delinquent?
I have several years of un-filed taxes. I'm in NYC. I've been, mostly, a freelancer. Things are getting scary. I need an understanding, skilled, non-judgmental accountant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 20 comments

VPN NAS H.E.L.P
What router / NAS combination (or just NAS) do I need to pre-configure and ship to a friend of mine so that I can send files to the NAS over the internet? He is not at all computer savy. What I am hoping for is a VPN or similar that I can log into without his help and push files / pull files from the drive.
posted by CodeMonkey at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Eastern European history book recommendations
Reading recommendations for a trip through Europe? [more inside]
posted by azathoth at 6:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Quotes for a coworker's goodbye card
Need a movie, comic, or not-sappy quote to write in a card for a geeky coworker who is moving on to a better job. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Okay to move out but still be together?
Moving out but not breaking up? [more inside]
posted by Confusedteacher at 5:43 AM PST - 66 comments

Amtrak shipping for dummies
Shipping stuff tonight on Amtrak for a cross-country move. Give me the nitty-gritty details! [more inside]
posted by jabes at 5:43 AM PST - 12 comments

How might I have better conversations with my in-laws?
How can I change the conversation dynamic with my in-laws? I'm so frustrated!!! Help! [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 5:06 AM PST - 39 comments

Can I get ownership transferred on an FB business page?
A business was leased to another party and they set up and curated a business page on FB. When the lease expired they left and set up a competing business. They took the FB page with them and changed the name on the business page - keeping all the old content and relationships. How do I get the page back? [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo at 4:57 AM PST - 7 comments

The bells, the bells, they deafen me
So we've discussed what to do if you're wanting to have fun with call-center scammers who claim they're from Microsoft. What to do to stop them, though? [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 3:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Rollercoaster video
Please help me find the perfect roller coaster video. It is a first person view of a roller coaster ride with a speed value on the video. [more inside]
posted by Morsey at 1:51 AM PST - 1 comments

"Somebody That I Used to Know" is an Elliott Smith song, godammit
Catch me up on what's happened in rock music in the last 10 years? [more inside]
posted by joshwa at 1:07 AM PST - 24 comments

Gear geekin
Starting package of gear for live electronic music? [more inside]
posted by aesacus at 12:32 AM PST - 8 comments

August 29
Should-I-eat-this-filter: Should I drink day-old green tea?
Silly question but, is it ok to drink green tea I brewed yesterday and left in the fridge overnight? It's kinda weird - dark and bitter. [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 10:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Casual dinner near Bart in SF
What are your suggestions for a casual, inexpensive restaurant close to a Bart station in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 10:32 PM PST - 11 comments

How can a US resident watch episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey?
I'd like to supply my wife with the new season, Season 3, of Downton Abbey as soon as possible. The complication is that it doesn't air here in the US until January 2013, whereas it reportedly goes to air in the UK in September 2012. Is there some way I can (legally) do this? For example, can I exchange money for this convenience? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew at 10:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me build a DIY UAV to make small DEMs!
I want to put together an unmanned aerial vehicle for capturing aerial photos over a small area (probably <1 km2). Ultimately, I would like to be able to extract a digital elevation model from those photos. How can I get started? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia at 9:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Simple web site creation
Path for simple website. [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Death of the Magii?
Classic Movie Question: Movie where the wife and husband kill each other. [more inside]
posted by roboton666 at 9:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I have to pay this debt?
Do I have to pay this debt? It's a seven year-old health bill in the state of Wisconsin that I don't remember incurring. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

important question
Hi, I have heard many opinions about this but need a final answer: vulva should be washed with soap or not?
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:30 PM PST - 28 comments

Not getting any younger
Lately when I look at myself in the mirror I look old for my age (36). But I don’t want to look old for my age. I want to look amazing for my age! What are some daily regimens I can follow to preserve what’s left of my fading beauty (hah) for as long as possible? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 7:59 PM PST - 29 comments

Confused about paying credit card in full - how does it work?
Confused about paying credit card in full - how does it work? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 7:39 PM PST - 15 comments

How to _easily_ encode a CD to MP3 using LAME with full tags?
How can I easily RIP a CD to MP3 using the LAME encoder, with full tags? I'm essentially looking for a LAME encoder that has the convenience and tagging abilities of iTunes. [more inside]
posted by Drewstre at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Help Bi-Polar Partner
My partner suffers from bi-polar disorder, manic mood swings, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I need help. Books and personal experience please. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Shit Mittens at 7:13 PM PST - 6 comments

hello world?
I have a home imac and a work mac mini. I would like to drive the mini via the imac, while the mini is connected to a VPN. [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 7:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it safe? Is it?!
How safe is a virtual machine for testing unknown software or browsing unknown websites? [more inside]
posted by apip at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Give me your rules of thumb!
What are some quick tricks or rules-of-thumb you use to help plan/organize/live your life? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 5:46 PM PST - 66 comments

How to survive a marital separation arrangement?
Please help me buckle down and survive the 16 months I have left before my husband abandons me and our kids. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 5:23 PM PST - 146 comments

Bad ideas quickly pushed through
Does this phenomenon, that happens in small startups have a name? Can you point me to any discussion on the topic? [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm at 5:18 PM PST - 24 comments

How early to buy Seoul baseball tickets?
Buying Seoul baseball tickets in advance for a group: How early? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Research experience for grad school
As an undergrad looking to apply to grad school, I have been looking into getting some research experience in my field (Psychology) for all the obvious reasons. I possibly have a lead and now a question. [more inside]
posted by Rocket Surgeon at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Awesome up my trip, Winnipeg edition.
What is awesome to do in Winnipeg or Grand Forks? Food, science, art, outdoors all welcome. Weirder is gooderer. Guy Maddin tours? Ukrainian men's baths? Nerd stuff? Veg friendly food especially welcome. Mefite guided tour suggestions will be entertained.
posted by gregglind at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Knitters are to Ravelry as Sewers are to....?
Is there a community web site for sewers that is comparable to what Ravelry is for knitters? This means, in case you're not familiar with Ravelry, that I can use it to document my sewing projects, look at other people's sewing projects, search for patterns (or pattern reviews), and share information with other sewers in the forums.
posted by orange swan at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you suggest some books for an Ebola leisure reader?
Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and the following titles? [more inside]
posted by pupus at 4:02 PM PST - 24 comments

dealing with two cars at sacramento airport
What's the best way to drive from San Francisco to Sacramento airport, with luggage of my own, meet a couple who are flying in, drop my car off at long-term parking, and pick up the rental car we'll share? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 3:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Why doesn't my boyfriend respond to my jokes and stories?
Sometimes I can't tell if my boyfriend likes me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 53 comments

Do P&C agents and adjusters love giving referrals to restoration co's?
P&C agents and adjusters: are you marketed to by restoration companies (water, smoke, mold, and so on)? Is it helpful or annoying, and do you make referrals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Navigating dysfunctional friends breakup
A couple who I am friends with are going through a bad breakup. Can I remain supportive, neutral, and also safe? How? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 3:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Fuck iTunes
Can't figure out how to transfer music from old iPod Classic to new iPod Touch on PC. [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 3:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Russian translation of Sun Tzu's "Art of War"?
I'm looking for a Russian translation - public domain, or otherwise - of Sun Tzu's "Art of War". Thanks for help, in advance.
posted by Vibrissae at 3:00 PM PST - 1 comments

What is the best way to get to San Francisco Airport from the East Bay?
What is the best way to get to San Francisco Airport from the East Bay? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 3:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Cat Feeding Advice?
I have a few questions about feeding our four month old indoor cat, Captain Tightpants, a grain free diet. [more inside]
posted by radiopaste at 2:47 PM PST - 16 comments

In Russia, State Fairs are Sexy
Why are Russian dating and adult sites linking to my blog, and should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Cold storage.
I would like some sort of cooler to store a pint of microgreens from Union Square Market this Saturday, for ≈2 hours. [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Adding A Thumbnail To Chrome's Most Visited Page
Can I edit the thumbnails on the "Most Visited" page in Google Chrome? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Mortgage math is hard.
Please help me understand this mortgage math. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is the soda fountain foamy?
Two soda fountains. Two paper cups full of ice. The first fountain consistently dispenses soda into its cup with very little foam. You could fill it all the way up to the top without having to stop once to let the foam subside. The second consistently produces a very foamy drink, so that you have to stop, let the foam subside, fill again, stop, start, etc. until your cup is full. What's the difference? Why the foamy soda? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Sound system gonna bring me back up
Can you help me figure out the right sound system for my parents? [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 1:54 PM PST - 2 comments

How to at least break even on my broken car?
How do I sell a non-working car and potentially purchase another as economically as possible? [more inside]
posted by JackT at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Transportation: check. Location: check. Grub:...
Help me find a great caterer for an employee event in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

High blood iron, contradicting blood results. How do I advocate for myself at my next appointments?
Went to the doctor for extreme fatigue, breathlessness, hair thinning, joint pain, and irritability. Blood results show high iron. How do I advocate for myself properly during my upcoming appointments? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Good toys to encourage a two-year-old to play by herself?
My daughter's second birthday is coming up. I'd like to see her begin to play more on her own (she has no siblings). What toys or games have occupied your two-year-old in independent play? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Train Of The Damned
How to fix a lousy afternoon commute routine? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 1:02 PM PST - 31 comments

I don't fit in to the speedy culture.
What are careers that value perfectionism and meticulousness over speed? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 12:46 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I help my husband recover from extensive hemorrhoid surgery from a thousand miles away?
My husband will be having big hemorrhoid surgery while I am unavoidably out of town. What can I do before I leave to help him as much as possible until I return? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Girl, you're a woman ALREADY so stop lazing around!
Help me be a grown-up. I am turning 25 soon, and I'm beginning to realize that I don't really enjoy living like an irresponsible kid anymore! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:04 PM PST - 38 comments

I want to archive a page with a bunch of live video streams.
I have, for work, a web page that is a thumbnail view of 12 (eventually 20) low frame-rate video streams. Think security cameras. I need to record this. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How do American programs get footage of Cuba?
Cuba featured heavily in last night's Covert Affairs. How does a film company feature Cuba without hitting the USA's anti-Cuban financial rules? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 11:55 AM PST - 19 comments

N is for Neville who died of ennui while working a $10/hr temp job
How can I entertain myself at a super boring temp job? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 11:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Men: How was your mom awesome during your teen years?
Men: how was your mom awesome during your teenage years? [more inside]
posted by SinAesthetic at 11:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Finding a comedy site ca. 2001-2 featuring a guy dressed as a robot?
Anyone remember a very old comedy site/blog that featured a guy dressed as a robot staging antics all over Plattsburgh, NY? [more inside]
posted by BJE at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Portland : help my girlfriend and I plan a couple awesome walking tours!
Help my girlfriend and I plan two awesome walking tours of Portland, OR! [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Legit? Or crappy mechanic?
Should I be responsible for auto mechanic snapping my wheel studs? [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco at 10:34 AM PST - 13 comments

How to Cover Gaps between wood planks?
I have a small paddock in my horse pasture that is used for both tack and hay storage and grooming. It is very crude: tin roof and wood planks with large gaps in between them. Last winter, I used tarp to cover the walls in the tack/hay storage room, but the wind blew them in and over time it was not effective. Without re-building the paddock and spending a lot of money, what is the best way to cover those gaps in between the wood planks? The gaps are probably around 2". Thank you!
posted by nurgle at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

When do Miranda Rights need to be read?
Are there any time that the police don't have to read you Miranda rights, when you are arrested? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 10:16 AM PST - 17 comments

How to balance time together in a relationship?
What's a normal amount of "together time" in a committed relationship? I've been with my boyfriend for about 6 months, and have known him much longer than that (many years) as friends. We are both in our 40s and both are separated from our spouses. [more inside]
posted by DianaV at 10:15 AM PST - 28 comments

What to do about Facebook Hate Ads?
How can I report or block an offensive sponsored post on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there anything I can do to prevent loose skin after weight loss?
I feel like I'm right at the point in my weight-loss journey where I'm about to start getting loose skin on my belly and butt -- I'm talking about the kind of skin people have after weight loss that kind of hangs from their formerly-larger parts and can be quite uncomfortable. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone
Please recommend books that are similar to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (not just ones about autism). [more inside]
posted by fix at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

DIY Thermochromism
Where do I find a small square of material that changes colour by touch? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

winging a diaper change
Can you wing changing a diaper? [more inside]
posted by dysh at 9:26 AM PST - 43 comments

The number you have reached.....
I blocked a phone number thinking it would you know prevent someone from calling me. I've since seen on various forums (like ask yahoo) that the call will go through but will show up on my phone as "blocked number." Is that true? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Do you have a talent?
I'm trying to remember a comedian who did a stand-up bit about his family members all having a talent. [more inside]
posted by madred at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Smörgåsbord
Where to eat in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Moscow? [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should I take my wife for a birthday surprise?
Help me plan an awesome and affordable surprise birthday trip for my pregnant wife between Christmas and New Years. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by avrobie at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

How have gay men interacted with and regarded lesbians, and vice versa
Would like insight and education into the various ways that gay men -- both as individuals and as a group, both historically and currently -- relate to, regard, and interact with gay/lesbian women, and vice versa. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does everyone whisper and mumble on phones nowadays?
Please help me with recommendations for a mobile/cell phone for my hard of hearing Father in Law. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do with this stray cat family?
What do I do about this stray cat family with kittens? I would be OK doing TNR, but I don't want to return them to my backyard because my neighbors catch strays and kittens and kill them. I've reached out to local groups for help but they have no room and won't lend me traps because I don't want to return the cats to the same location. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:55 AM PST - 15 comments

More notice vs. more stress?
How do I time submitting my resignation, in order to best give my employer(s) time to prepare, without adding too much additional stress to a big upcoming project? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you go through international sperm donation and artificial insemination without breaking the bank?
How do you go about international sperm donation with a specific donor? Single, fertile (I think) woman in US; single infertile man in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Sorry, but we can't actually have penetrative sex...
How to handle dealing with vaginismus and dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

How to know if it's safe to leave windows open?
How do I gauge whether it is safe in my neighborhood to leave the windows in my house open/unlocked (a) when we are asleep, and (b) when we're not home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 7:33 AM PST - 34 comments

It's raining, it's pouring, the drip drip is boring
How do subsequent insurance claims work in conjunction with previous claims? Isaacy Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Long-sleeve shirts that don't make me sweat
I'm looking for very cool, light-weight long-sleeve shirts. I have scars on my forearms that I don't like to answer questions about, but my work uniform is short-sleeved. In the past I've worn long-sleeve t-shirts underneath, but I already have a tendency to overheat and these can make me really hot. So what are the lightest weight, thinnest long-sleeve shirts available? They need to be fairly tight-fitting to go comfortably under my work outfit. I'm a lady, if that matters.
posted by bookish at 7:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Lost 100lbs, had a baby & gained it all back. Help?
Before I had my child, I lost almost 100lbs. I have since gained it all back due to post partum depression. How do I get back on track with a child? More detail inside [more inside]
posted by AbsolutelyHonest at 7:27 AM PST - 31 comments

Railway Signal Geodata Translation
Does anyone know of a way to convert Network Rail Engineering Line Reference linear positional data into OSM Eastings and Northings En Masse? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

All together now: "Eat the Rich!"
How can I keep editorializing out of my upcoming speech, and make it as straightforward and educational as possible? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Why kill the tiger?
This report from a few days ago got me thinking. When a dangerous zoo animal, like a tiger or a lion, kills a (negligent?) caretaker or escapes and kills another human, why is it (usually?) killed? I know that humans kill dogs that have bitten someone, but these animals are in a cage anyway, so I don't get it. They're in the cage to prevent them from killing humans, right? So what's the point? Not vengeance, surely?
posted by Skyanth at 6:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Knee feels fine now. How long should I wait before I go back to running?
About a 10 days ago I tweaked my knee while running. It feels fine now. How long should I wait before I go back to running? [more inside]
posted by usonian at 6:19 AM PST - 8 comments

What qualifies as entrapment?
Could one argue entrapment successfully for illegal use of car pool lane if there is heavy traffic caused by ongoing traffic enforcement? [more inside]
posted by The Violet Cypher at 5:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Health-focused, fat-friendly dietician, pls
Can you recommend a registered dietician in NYC (or who does Skype appointments) who focuses on health at every size instead of weight-loss and fat shaming? [more inside]
posted by AnonymousPervert at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

What typeface is this?
What typeface is this?
posted by Kattullus at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Recipe incorporating preserved cumquats?
I preserved a lot of cumquats in liquor. The liquor is nice, but the cumquats themselves too are sour and bitter to eat. Is there a recipe I could use them in? I'm thinking something like a fruitcake, but I don't know how to incorporate them.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Acoustic guitar song from This American Life's David Rakoff feature?
Name that tune? Background intro music for This American Life, the episode "Our Friend David." Slow acoustic guitar chords are the only key feature I can identify. [more inside]
posted by misformargaret at 4:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Renting in the UK
Moving to England! Help us make our UK renting experience go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by harujion at 4:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Delicate Situation, a bit complicated
How long should I wait to tell my friend about my feelings? So here goes (sorry in advance for the very long post, please stick with me). First time around that I ask for advice on any website... [more inside]
posted by 560fence_cat at 2:36 AM PST - 31 comments

Suggest Brazilian positive hip hop artists
Please suggest Brazilian hip hop/rap artists for me to check out that have a very positive/happy vibe rather than a gangster-y, macho-y sounding delivery. I don’t speak Portuguese, but love the sounds of the Brazilian accent (no English please), combined with fluid lyrical delivery. Actually, if you know any Portuguese artists, I’ll take those too. Thanks
posted by guy72277 at 2:09 AM PST - 13 comments

HTML Job Search
Can I use a form/survey on an HTML page to enter data and have the entered code append to the end of a URL that, apart from the variable suffix, remains constant? [more inside]
posted by kreestar at 1:10 AM PST - 3 comments

August 28
Price benchmaks
What are your benchmark items for determining if a store is expensive or not? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 11:45 PM PST - 38 comments

My older mother needs a very simple but cool camera
Very Simple Camera For Older Person [more inside]
posted by metasav at 11:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Alternatives to Mint/Yodlee in 2012
For being 2012, I am frustrated in not being able to find alternatives to Mint and Yodlee, both of which I despise both for lack of decent support and poor execution in design and performance. There MUST be beta's out there that google fails to reveal, by eager entrepreneurs wanting to take advantage of the opportunity by the poor performance of these financial management programs. Any leads you can provide?
posted by america4 at 11:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Instagram/Facebook?
Instagram/Facebook issues - How do I get pictures not just on the little instagram portion of the timeline and get it to post them to my Facebook page? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I also have the right to interview several lawyers?
Don't talk to the police is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Beauty Privilege?
Is woman's value really only physical? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl at 9:41 PM PST - 64 comments

help (transport) computer
Anywhere to get custom-custom messenger bags? No, not like the Timbuk2 website. Must hold enormous laptop. [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 9:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I find an LDS missionary to be penpals with?
Is there a way to find an LDS/Mormon Missionary to be penpals with? [more inside]
posted by jennybento at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Want
Anyone know what kind of glasses Steve Carell was sporting on his last appearance on The Daily Show? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Unique RPG Dice please!
Help me find unique dice! [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Goodbye, good old tree!
How would you go about celebrating a tree? Ideas for a small group art party, BBQ, tree-love, silly thing.... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 8:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas!
Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

How to heat our home this winter?
Is it worth it to use space heaters (instead of the built-in baseboard heaters) to keep warm this winter? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by CutaneousRabbit at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

You sunk my battleship!
How do I pick my battles in everyday life? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 7:23 PM PST - 20 comments

What do you think about the new Google tablet?
Is the new Google tablet worth it or practical? As a non-tech savvy person, who has only ever used a desktop, and would like to buy an affordable tablet it would be great to get experienced tech savvy thoughts about this new gizmo that popped up on the Google front page today. Is it safe to walk around with one's tablet connected to wifi, if one's tablet is meshed with one's Google account? Can hackers then access one's Google account easily?
posted by nickyskye at 7:14 PM PST - 37 comments

A cost-effective way to flexibly back up 200GB~ of photos online?
A cost-effective way to flexibly back up 200GB~ of photos online? [more inside]
posted by petah at 7:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Ideas for Campus Campaign Against Chick-fil-A
What ideas do people have for a college campaign to get our Chick-fil-A removed from campus? A group of us have been meeting, talking, planning, strategizing, and I would love to hear any thoughts from other people about how to be effective and efficient with this. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 6:35 PM PST - 34 comments

endoscopy expectations
Upper Endoscopy experiences please. I'm freaking out. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 6:29 PM PST - 40 comments

How to deal with uncomfortably flirty behavior at work?
Not sexual harassment but still uncomfortable. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by ADent at 6:16 PM PST - 37 comments

A recommendation for a psychotherapist in DC?
I'm looking for a psychotherapist in Washington, D.C. and would appreciate a recommendation. I've been seeing a psychiatrist for a year, but don't feel that I'm making much progress with her. Though she's been helpful in certain ways, she jumps too quickly to (often-erroneous) conclusions, she puts too much weight on things I said months ago in passing and she doesn't inspire confidence in me that she sees a bigger picture or is connecting the dots in a way that I can't alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Deal with Lots of Photos
How do you use iPhoto on a regular basis if you keep your library on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

A Room of One's Own
Looking for a artist studio/workspace kind of deal in Manhattan. Challenges: affordable, soundproof, pay-per-use. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 4:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking GeekSquad alternatice for business locations.
Need a GeekSquad alternative for business. Must serve all (or most) of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

addicted to praise
I am utterly enthralled with validation and praise, to an unhealthy extent. I want to change this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Book recommendations for Marine with PTSD
Book recommendations for a Marine with PTSD? I'm looking for some escapist adventure/expedition books that do NOT involve people dying at the end or eating their friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:29 PM PST - 21 comments

One-person freezer meals?
Teach me how to make, freeze, and reheat meals for one person quickly, cheaply, and easily... [more inside]
posted by meesha at 2:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Roam, roam on the range?
Can you help me understand how cellphone roaming works in 2012? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 2:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Rehabilitation motivation
Please recommend books or blogs that document full/near-full recovery and rehabilitation after an injury. [more inside]
posted by mimo at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

ask.lawyerfilter?
I am currently involved with a criminal case. I have a lawyer, but would like a resource for multiple opinions on some questions I have related to the case. Is there a forum frequented by lawyerly types? A paid website where I can poll a panel of lawyers? Any offline resources? Thanks you.
posted by The Dutchman at 2:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a variety of good music criticism
Crowdsource my syllabus: I'm looking for the best relatively short music review essays, in a wide variety of writing styles and formats. [more inside]
posted by bahngerama at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

When the Big One Hits
Best way to store contacts online for a headcount during a natural disaster? [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Would you write a billion-dollar check?
So Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple ONE BILLION DOLLARS. Let's assume this is final, and ignores appeal, etc. How would this actually happen? I can't see it being a big check delivered on stage. Bank transfer? Scheduled payments over the course of XX years? (Freightcars loaded with pennies delivered in spite?)
posted by turbogeezer at 1:22 PM PST - 18 comments

How could one avoid detection by ANPR cameras? Hypothetically, of course.
An article about ANPR cameras in the paper today had a quote from a policeman saying that a particular driving style could prevent detection. I am curious about what he meant by that, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gregjones at 1:06 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I de-stink my cast iron pan?
I need advice on cleaning a seasoned cast iron skillet: how to remove lingering odor without damaging the pan. [more inside]
posted by maryrussell at 1:06 PM PST - 28 comments

After all those papers, how do I not know how to reference this?
Having some difficulties with figures and my MSc thesis. Help? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 1:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Comfy walking sandals needed
I guess it's been a long time since I've looked for walking sandals, but still I'm shocked that my old standby is no longer available. What should I wear now that Doc Martens no longer makes shoes I want to wear? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 1:02 PM PST - 16 comments

What should I put in a care package?
A family member is having brain surgery next week. What can I put in a care package to make her recovery more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't get me wrong, syllabus week sucks.
The semester has just started, and I'm feeling extremely overwhelmed. Some advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 12:38 PM PST - 19 comments

...and all I got is dirty looks by the neighbors.
Other than grass, what can I plant in my pervious concrete paver driveway in Seattle, WA? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 12:22 PM PST - 12 comments

A city where time stands still?
FictionFilter: I was going to use a fictional city, but decided to opt for realism. What is the most white bread, vanilla, time-stands-still city in the United States? I'm thinking 1958 in 2012. I know that is 'literally' impossible, but as close as you can come. [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 12:08 PM PST - 58 comments

Building an online dropbox for magazine photo submissions
What's my best option for a skinnable, low-fuss, online “mail slot” where people can submit photos and descriptions for a magazine? Me: reasonably Web-capable, have my own hosting service. The readership: largely seniors, not very Web-savvy. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Female doctor recommendations for 60 yr. old woman in East Bay, CA with a host of neglected medical issues.
Female doctor recommendations for 60 yr. old woman in East Bay, CA with a host of neglected medical issues. [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Help a sister out!
How do I make my much younger half-sibling a part of my life? Last week, I found out that my dad's wife is pregnant and due in December. I am 24. Aside from being pretty weirded out, I'm worried that my half-sister will never know who I am. Beanplating inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 11:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Oh look, more lembas bread.
Going to DragonCon. Help me feed myself with minimal fuss. Snowcones inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 11:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Myths about lawyers
What are some common myths about the lawyer-client relationship? What common expectations from clients are unethical if the lawyer were to perform them? For example, loaning money to a client against a future settlement.
posted by Ardiril at 11:13 AM PST - 27 comments

Photo Hunt
Where can all of my wedding guests post their photos to a group site, in the most painless way possible? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 11:12 AM PST - 21 comments

oh no no bo bo!
im finding it hard to balance giving my new cat attention without reinforcing negative behavior. he seems starved for attention, but also shouldn't even be rewarded with even a glance when acting up. the problems seem small enough to nip in the bud. but how? are there any cat whispering techniques? [more inside]
posted by c at 11:09 AM PST - 29 comments

What are these tiny white pellets on my desk?
What are these mystery pellets on my desk? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Uses for an iPad in a house full of tech?
As a person who has a good laptop and an iPhone, what uses for the iPad (2nd Gen, 16 gb) am I overlooking? Differences from this question under the fold. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Mass customization of URLs/QR Codes
I want to have a large number of unique URLs, all pointing to the same content. Like a million of 'em, so we can track individual recipients' behaviors online; one URL (or set of related URLs) per recipient (say we're sending them an email or a postcard with a QR code). [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

How to use up a freezer filled with bananas
What are some interesting recipes with frozen bananas as an ingredient that aren't smoothies or banana bread? [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Coming to a head but not getting ahead
My employer seems to be pushing me toward filing an EEOC complaint or resigning my job. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Which Internet Should I Get, Internet?
Who do you recommend as an Internet provider? [more inside]
posted by xenization at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Where should a Chicago girl move?
Is there a place in this world for a picky Chicagoland girl to move? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune at 9:56 AM PST - 28 comments

Whatever turns your crank?
Resourceful mefites, can you help me crank my hand crank radio with a stationary bicycle or elliptical trainer? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Lampshade painter?
Help me find a lampshade artist I can commission to paint chandelier shades. [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 9:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Minority-friendly dentist in Portland, OR?
Is there a good, honest, minority-friendly (esp. Asian) dentist on the west side of Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Name my new company please?
Help me name my new service! I'm opening a consulting service specialised in improving listings for bed&breakfast websites like airbnb, home away from home, 9flats etc... and I'm struggling to chose a name. Tell me what you think? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 8:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a new or different High School math test generator, and Apple programs or apps for use in the classroom
I'm looking for software for a high school math teacher: first, a better/newer test generator, and second, in-classroom programs, bonus points for apps for an Apple laptop and/or an iPod touch. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:48 AM PST - 2 comments

How to balance my career and my health!
How can I balance managing a chronic condition with advancing in my career? [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some good nearby NYC travel destinations?
New York City to where? We have multiple four-day weekends coming up and some wanderlust. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 8:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me get my dad's lovelife on track
My dad has not been in a relationship since his split from my mom 19 years ago. He's turning 60 next year and I want him to finally be able to find someone to grow old with. He lives a few Provinces away - how do I broach this with him. [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 8:16 AM PST - 29 comments

Hi-temp indicators?
Is there anything which will give a visible indication when the temperature is between 180-195deg C? Indicator needs to be multiple use, so reversible operation. Also needs to be passive. Strips would be ideal, but dont go hot enough. The only thing I can find is sodium which goes red around this temperature. This is not a particularly practical solution though! Is there anything produced for ovens, or industrial processes which I'm missing?
posted by BadMiker at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Air conditioned spaces at the MN State Fair
Where are the air conditioned spaces at the MN State Fair? [more inside]
posted by thatguyjeff at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Great fight scenes from literature
I'm looking for great fight scenes from literature. I've seen the questions on fight scenes from movies and I'm not looking for those (or TV or comics). Books only, please (I suppose plays count, but you can safely assume I'm familiar with every fight scene from Shakespeare). [more inside]
posted by zanni at 8:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Portrait of the artist as...
Name-it filter: blog of artists’/designers’ early work [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow at 8:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Patching paint
Emergency repair advice needed [Asking for a friend] Difficulty level: illegal sublet and probably not legal security deposit [more inside]
posted by dry white toast at 7:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I/should I get a "prescription cat?"
Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Pimpin' my Mac-in'
Is there an app that does for Macs what Rainmeter does for desktop? I'm not just talking monitoring, like Geektool does; I'm looking for folder/bookmark opening and app launching. I'd like a desktop that gives me one-click access to various places on my computer and online, but that also lets me customize it visually. If there's no one app that does that, how might I go about creating that kind of environment on my own?
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:39 AM PST - 13 comments

weather modification as art?
I'm looking for examples of fiction, serious proposals, or maybe even actual events in which weather modification technology was used as an art form. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Why Is It So Hard To Contact Facebook FFS?!
Someone has set up a Facebook account using my work email address. This person has the same first name as me, but a different last name. I am now receiving messages from Facebook meant for her. I have no idea how to contact this person about this, nor have I been able to find a way to contact Facebook about this. Help! [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 6:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I move files *from* my Mac *to* my iPhone?
MacBook -> iPhone Filter: I have a MacBook Pro (running 10.6.8), and I have an iPhone (the last model before Siri; not jail broken and would prefer to keep it that way). Since I spend more time on the Macbook, I generate most of my files there, besides .mp3s (such as documents/text files, PDFs, and .jpegs found on line or taken with Photo Booth, etc.), whereas except for listening to iTunes and making actual calls, I mostly use the iPhone for killing time, or would like to anyway, only I haven't found a good way to move my text files, PDFs, and .jpgs from the MacBook over to the iPhone. How do? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Random photos without context sought
Help me find photos from a wide variety of sources without any context [more inside]
posted by stonepharisee at 5:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a digital time clock solution for work!
Help me find a digital time clock solution for work. Snowflakey details inside.. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 5:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Tax my HSA!
I'm straightening out my taxes for 2010 and 2011, and I had a couple of questions about HSAs that I hoped you guys would be able to help me answer. (I know you're not my lawyer). [more inside]
posted by Stephanie Duy at 5:26 AM PST - 8 comments

What to expect when you expect to be a dad?
Are there solo participation (as in not couples) classes for expectant fathers in any high schools or colleges in the USA or Canada?
posted by parmanparman at 4:44 AM PST - 6 comments

The sweat that killed my pretty
Super last minute plea for help: I am going out for a super fancy pants dinner tomorrow night with my partner. The problem is that it is going to be hot as hell and I'm a person who sweats a fair bit. Help me save my hair, makeup and keep the back of my dress from getting soaked with sweat. Please... I beg of you... For once I want to end the date as pretty and put together as I was when the date started. :( [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 4:26 AM PST - 48 comments

Strategy for removing hardcoded links from a Wordpress theme?
Strategy for removing hardcoded links from a Wordpress theme? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 3:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Keeping a dozen balls in the air.
I'm the middle of some very stressful life-events... What can I do to keep my stress levels down and my temper in check? My strategy for previous stressful situations is just accepting the stress and the misery and knowing it will pass. Does anyone have any ideas on how to counteract the misery? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:09 AM PST - 19 comments

August 27
Specific resource recommendations for kitten placement in the South Bay Area?
My SO's parents have been hosting a pair of foster kittens since said kittens were born to a feral momcat in their yard on May 26 of this year. They're now old enough to be adopted...but I'm having a terribly hard time figuring out how to help find them homes. I'm in the Bay Area, California (near San Jose) and while there seem to be a number of cat rescue groups, I have no idea how to choose one or go about contacting them. Flurry of kitten-shaped snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 11:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Lock lock!
What to do with this weird key? [more inside]
posted by bendy at 11:13 PM PST - 9 comments

A short time from now, in a land far, far away
You guys have been great to me so far. So I want to try again: Anywhere in the world, 3-5 days, flight time doesn't matter, all that's needed is beauty, seclusion (or close to it), and a feeling that all I am comfortable with has melted away. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 10:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Wads of small bills at JFK Airport - how to change?
This past weekend I had a huge moving sale, and ended up with about $1500 in small bills ($1s, $5s, $10s, $20s). Between cleaning my apartment and packing everything up today, I forgot to go to the bank and deposit the money into my account. Tomorrow morning I fly out of JFK (Terminal 4, specifically) to move to San Francisco, and since my flight is early there's no time to go to a bank. I feel weird traveling with these huge wads of cash, especially as it's all small bills. Right now it's all stuffed into a cigar box in my carry-on. I don't think it will fit in my wallet. Will the currency exchange places give me $100s (or better yet a money order) for my cash, and will I find one before passing through security? Will TSA steal from me, or give me a hard time for carrying these wads of bills? Is there possibly a Bank of America branch in JFK? What should I do? I don't think I'm comfortable depositing this much cash through an ATM, and anyway it would take forever.
posted by betsbillabong at 10:30 PM PST - 18 comments

DJ Roomba in the hizzouse
My husband wants a hackable Roomba for his birthday. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

What tech is out there for babies and their geek parents?
I'm a gadget geek about to have my first baby. What tech do I now have an excuse to get that might help make things easier or even more fun? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 9:48 PM PST - 16 comments

This American Life Song ID Request
Song ID request: This American Life episode "Special Ed," roughly at the 51:00 mark. Instrumental, post-rock maybe? Link inside. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 9:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Screen capture software options for application documentation
What are good tools for making app documentation videos, which focus on the specific region of interest? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Also do those exist/work
Therapist or dating coach? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 9:00 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I display the image from my telescope on my computer screen?
I'd like suggestions/recommendations on a solution that will let me display the image from my telescope onto a computer screen. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Im an Industrial Engineering Major student.
Is Macbook Pro with Retina display worth it for college? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 8:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Easy side dishes to go with chili?
Easy side dishes to go with chili? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 7:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a medical term for my spelling goofs?
I am finding lately that as I type things in a hurry I'm increasingly misspelling common words. Is there a name for this oddity? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 7:44 PM PST - 13 comments

"Best Video Downloader" a gift or harbinger or doom?
Why did "Best Video Downloader" attach itself spontaneously to YouTube? It's an icon below the little video screen, and it works perfectly. I did nothing to get this. I like it. I'm downloading like a downloading fiend. Am I doomed? Is my computer set up for tragedy? What's the catch?
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:40 PM PST - 2 comments

My son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Tips and advice for coping please!
My 12 year old son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Please help me to not catastrophize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Is my apache/php server being hacked?
I have a simple php script. A few times a day, some user has reported that he is seeing the php source code. I can't reproduce it. But I was able to see the source as it appeared on their screen, and there is a weird anomaly. [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 7:30 PM PST - 15 comments

sad swelling music
Looking for sad music: instrumental, ambient, classical or swelling musical scores. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 7:18 PM PST - 27 comments

um .. uh .. ok?
Can a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, give an ADHD diagnosis? My health insurance people really tried to steer me towards a psychologist and not a psychiatrist. Why might they do that? The cynic in me says it's cheaper for them and less likely to lead to a diagnosis.
posted by cupcake1337 at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Sudoku-esque game search
Have you played the game The Heist from the app store? It features four different puzzle types. I am really fond of the sudoku-esque puzzle that uses figures instead of numbers and a different grid layout. Is there a name for this type of game? Can you recommend similar games? I don't really like the other three puzzle types and I have played all 15 of the one I do like. TIA!
posted by morganannie at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Our bed is sagging: Can we fix it?
My now-wife (then-girlfriend) purchased a new queen-sized mattress from Macy's about 3 years ago. We've recently noticed that the bed is sagging on both sides where we sleep, and the middle and sides are firmer and the way they were when she purchased it. It has a split box spring so that it could fit up her narrow staircase in her former apartment. We no longer have that restriction. So, is this the fault of the split box spring (and should we replace it with a normal one), or is it simply a problem with the mattress? What can we do to fix it, if anything? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 6:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Cool clothes for the discriminating kindergartner
Where to buy girls' clothes that aren't pink and/or sparkly? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 6:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Venue for longer short stories
What print fiction magazines accept longer short stories? [more inside]
posted by pavane at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I give this friendship another chance?
A close friend, "Tom" has just gotten engaged to somebody, "Jane", who, in the recent past, despised me for reasons unknown and said terribly hurtful things to me. I am 100% ready to be pleasant and graceful about this, but Tom wants me (and my spouse) to be good friends with Jane. I am not interested in this. Help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 6:04 PM PST - 62 comments

What should I do?
I've only been at this job a few weeks, but I'm worried it's going to interfere with my college work (it hasn't yet). Should I stay at it or no? How could I get out of it if I left? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Mystery writing on teapot
Can anyone figure out the language/writing on the bottom of this teapot? If it helps, it was probably purchased in the NYC area between 1940 - 1970.
posted by mikepop at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

My Paper of Record
I want to subscribe to a news publication, printed on paper, that will be delivered in the (United States) mail (remember that? neat service!). I'm looking for your recommendations for something that will make me happy in a few different ways: [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 5:51 PM PST - 16 comments

novels where protagonist gets in shape
I'm looking for novels where the protagonist loses weight / gets fit. This doesn't need to be the central thing in the book, but while the protagonist saves the world from the zombie apocalypse, finds true love or destroys the ring in the fires of Mordor, can s/he also get in shape? [more inside]
posted by uncreative at 5:39 PM PST - 44 comments

Spice variety is the spice variety of life
I need new Seasoning. What should I season eggs with, for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 5:34 PM PST - 63 comments

Help me pick out my new slow cooker
What size slow-cooker should I get? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 5:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Netflix with Dolby Digital+, older receiver
Netflix using Roku now appears to only support Dolby Digital Plus. My existing receiver does not support Dolby Digital Plus. What are my best options? My Receiver has 7.1 analog plugs, plus supports dolby digital and dts ex. It has coax and optical inputs but no HDMI. (I am currently using an external HDMI switch that has these as an output, but as I understand it DD+ does not work with optical.) [more inside]
posted by santogold at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Waiting, waiting, waiting....
My mother is going to die, probably very soon. How do I deal with waiting for it to happen? [more inside]
posted by heurtebise at 5:29 PM PST - 28 comments

Blackberry/iPhone sim compatibility
Can I put my iPhone 4 AT&T sim card in an AT&T Blackberry Curve 8310 and still send and receive calls and SMS messages without accruing additional fees or contract extensions? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 4:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Anxious and depressed
I find day to day life really stressful, and I'm not sure what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Is my podiatrist making stuff up about nerve damage and rashes?
Is my podiatrist making stuff up about nerve damage and rashes? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Approach to organ donation question once on permanent deferral?
Asking for a friend: how should one fill out the organ donation question on forms if it is already known that s/he would be permanently deferred from donation of any organs, blood, or other tissue? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Unexpected Phone Interview!
Posting for a friend, who writes: I am currently an academic with a humanities PhD, doing the whole adjunct thing. I have been pursuing non-academic careers for a while, and things might finally be starting to pay off in the form of a phone interview. Trouble is, I haven't had an interview for anything in ten years. [more inside]
posted by pised at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Uni of Redlands vs Uni of Arizona for MS-GIS
I got accepted to the MS-GIS program at the University of Redlands as well as the MS-GIST program at the University of Arizona. Looking for experiences, advice, opinions. [more inside]
posted by tillei at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I pronounce al-jabr and al-Khwarizmi?
In a lecture I am planning, I will mention that the words "algebra" and "algorithm" come from a book called al-Jabr w'al-Muqabala by Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī. I don't speak Arabic but would like to pronounce the names as accurately as possible. Can anyone advise me on Arabic pronunciation?
posted by espertus at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

SATA3 splitter
SATA3 Channel Splitter or Convert SATA2 Channel to SATA3? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Monsterize him!
Weren't there some websites where you could "monsterize" photos? The ones I can find are defunct - maybe they're seasonal. He's begging to be Eddie Munster-ed for his October birthday.
posted by tizzie at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Kinder Eggs and Codeine Cough Syrup: Contraband across the Canadian border
I'm taking my boyfriend to Canada for the weekend. We're looking for small items that you would find in Canada but not in the USA. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 3:06 PM PST - 75 comments

What to do about a freeloading brother and an enabling mother?
What to do about a mentally unstable brother who's taking advantage of my elderly mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What is 10,000 Acres?
I am trying to find common equivalents for various acre sizes. What is a thing/place many people are familiar with that is (more or less) 50 acres? 100 acres? 200 acres? 1000 acres? 2000 acres? 10,000 acres? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 3:00 PM PST - 18 comments

What Would John Wooden Do?
Old-school self-help and/or philosophy in the style of John Wooden? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:47 PM PST - 2 comments

The Nitty-Gritty of Grainy Mustard
I want to fall into the world of homemade mustard, as parodied in this Onion article. I've spent today looking for dedicated mustard making sites, forums, communities, and have come up relatively dry. [more inside]
posted by gilrain at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Rugelach Help
Baked too many rugelach...can I freeze them? [more inside]
posted by honey badger at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

How to prevent ex-wife from using my house for custody
My ex-wife told me she's using my house to keep our kids after school on her custody days. Aside from the issue of whether it's OK for a 9 year old to be alone at home for up to 3 hours a day, she has BPD (or whatever it's now called) as well as a history of snooping and taking my things without asking. I don't want her in and around my house when I'm not there. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Any suggestions for strategies or resources for finding jobs abroad?
Any suggestions for strategies or resources for finding jobs abroad? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comments

Basic, boring, but durable t-shirts
Help me find durable, affordable basic t's and tops for ladies. (Size XXL) Preferably online. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I talk more good?
Can you give me some resources and tips for improving fluency in a language I can speak, but not speak well? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me plan the best seventh birthday ever.
Help me throw an awesome birthday party for an about-to-be seven-year-old. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you know the point at which your car becomes a money pit?
At what point with my current used car (2001 Honda Accord) is it financially smarter to try to sell it and find a new used car than to keep putting money into repairs? How do previous and future repairs, age, mileage, brand, location, and the current economy affect this decision? Somewhat detailed history of the car inside. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 12:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me use my barcode scanner please
Hi - I would really like some advice on how I can improve my shop's ordering/stock level management. I'd like to go for a technological solution. [more inside]
posted by dance at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

There are members only jackets, what about members only neckties?
Can I wear these ties if I'm not a member of the Legion? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a private shared address book
Looking for a shared private address book phone app. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Connectivity issues--can ping out, no browsing, can't reach email servers
Can ping, can get DNS, machine says its connected to the internet, but no browsing and no email [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 11:29 AM PST - 31 comments

I'm at the end of my server-related rope
My lab has a Django database and MoinMoin wiki on a severely aging Mac (Leopard, 10.5) server. Please, people who keep up with this sort of software, tell me: what's my best course of action for modernizing it? More info and options inside. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

All it's cracked up to be?
The college experience: How important is it really, and other questions. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 11:02 AM PST - 40 comments

Help clue me in on the meaning/significance of this souvenir.
What is this Greek pendant? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this management company for Independent Contractors
While researching healthcare, I came across a firm that works sort of like a back office for independent contractors. You set your rates, clients, but for a fee the billing goes through them, they take out taxes, offer benefits, etc. I can't find the link or recall their name. Help?
posted by Jase at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get more quality REM sleep?
I'm not a poor sleeper, but I want to sleep more and especially get more REM sleep. How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 10:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting Grandma on FaceTime
Getting Grandma on FaceTime [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Accepting credit cards when you are broke
Is there any way to accept credit cards via Square or similar WITHOUT having an expensive cell phone plan or shelling out lots of money? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles at 10:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me get started with a tea garden
What herbs can I grow to make my own tasty, medicinal, and/or magical teas? I'd love to hear your tea recipes, too.
posted by swift at 10:17 AM PST - 11 comments

What's my loan payoff strategy?
I need some help with student loans. I took loans out in 2008 and 2009. Two subsidized and two unsubsidized. Now I'm on half-time school deferment and I'd like to take advantage of this! [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me pick a new road bike!
I'm thinking of getting a new road bike, and would like some help in picking one. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 9:51 AM PST - 45 comments

Removing plaster from wood paneling
What is the quickest/easiest way to remove, what seems to be, a very thin layer of plaster that was applied over wood paneling. [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Fair price of old TV
Hi I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now) Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then. What is a fair price that I should pay? How do I make a convincing reply ? ....please help....
posted by daveg02 at 9:40 AM PST - 19 comments

hiding from spammers
Does obscuring email address and telelphone numbers using hexadecimal notation or other techniques in the source code still inhibit spambots? And does blocking IP addresses that the spambots use have any effect? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell?
Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 9:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for Classical Greece themed art
Help me look for Classical Greece themed art for Monty Python-esque animation backgrounds! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

HSA = Health Sadly Absent
What's the best way to sell my company on getting better health insurance? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 9:02 AM PST - 9 comments

How to tell when (or even if) it's safe to force a hard drive to dismount on a server?
How can I know what harm I could do by dismounting a secondary drive on my server? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this prof hitting on a lesbian student?
I am getting an "icky feeling" from a professor from a nearby university. He hasn't said anything suggestive, but he keeps trying to get me (and just me) to hang out with him. I can't tell if he is a lonely old dude without friends or what. Also, I am a lesbian. How do I make sure I send a clear message that we are only friends and absolutely nothing more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Don't want drama but don't want other girls being lied to
I recently broke up with my boyfriend of three and a half years. In the time we were still living together but broken up I found out he was starting several relationships. Should I let these women know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 95 comments

.NET Game Developer Seeks Peers For Learning
You are a .NET developer who has written turn-based games in .NET and would be willing to discuss architecture concepts with someone who wants to learn from your experience. I am a .NET developer who is up to his eyeballs in writing a turn-based game for .NET and is stumbling over some architecture items. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Frequent moving - with Stuff
Sturdy furniture for the often-moving. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to go in Turkey
I am going to Turkey for two weeks next spring -- the last week of April and the first week of May. Other than Istanbul, where should I consider going? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 7:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Hobbies! Culture! Art! Beauty!
Developing cultural taste/becoming an expert at new hobbies... are there general principles? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

My wallet's the one that says busy mother f*cker...
Don't-have-time-to-do-my-own-research filter: I want to get my friend one of those "Bad Mother F*cker" wallets. But I try not to buy leather products so would prefer one that isn't made from an animal. I live in Australia. Which site should I buy from? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 5:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Canapes & Logistics
Canapes & Logistics: how to create a great, professional party in limited space [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 5:24 AM PST - 7 comments

how best to care for old and cherished books?
I need a more in-depth guide on the proper care of my old (1800-1960) books. I know the basics, (no sun, no moisture, no dirty hands) but I have some questions whose answers I cannot find. [more inside]
posted by windykites at 5:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Website design tools
Simple HTML coding question: what tools do people use to replicate header and footers across pages when hand coding HTML websites? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 4:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Am I sleep-spilling?
What caused this mysterious wet spot on my bed? No, I didn't wet the bed, and it's not sweat. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons at 4:28 AM PST - 29 comments

Appliance color
I am remodeling my kitchen. All walls are traditional square 50s white tile with black borders from floor to ceiling. The counters will be white linoleum, the cupboards white, and the floor will be wood (brown). The stove is a white 1940's gas range. Should I buy white fridge and dishwasher, or stainless steel? I'm leaning toward white to maintain continuity with the cupboards but think stainless steel will keep the look more modern, but the entire house (a 1915 bungalow) has a strong retro vibe. Pastel appliances are out of my price range. What do you think?
posted by waving at 3:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Is it alright to piss in a wetsuit in the sea?
Is it alright to piss in a wetsuit in the sea? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me find some dubstep.
I don't know much about electronic music. I know I like the deep, twisting, inertial sounds and rhythms of stereotypical dubstep. But whenever I go through "best album"-type lists of dubstep albums, almost all of them are more subdued. That's not to say I don't like them -- the oft-recommended London Zoo and Untrue now have a permanent spot in my music rotation -- but they just don't have that intense WUB WUB WUB feel. Here's a good example of what I'm looking for. What are some great albums with music in this style?
posted by archagon at 2:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Need a "Swedish" phone but I live in the US
I will be travelling a lot to Sweden and I would like to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3 made for Europe/Sweden while still in the US. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 1:04 AM PST - 7 comments

IF: 'Are you sure you want to quit? Y/N?'
I like the idea of playing interactive fiction, but my (limited) experience so far has almost convinced me I'm too obtuse for it! How do I learn to play well, or are some minds just not IF-inclined? [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 12:56 AM PST - 9 comments

August 26
Help me have the best Melbourne break EVER.
I'll have four days in Melbourne a couple of weeks from now. What should I do? I'll be alone, staying in the central city and hiring a bike. I'm interested in: scenic cycle routes, standup comedy, hanging out in pleasant places with a book, cheap but delicious ethnic food, contemporary theatre, massage and other spa-like pampering, outdoor markets, interesting bike shops, nice bars for a quiet solo drink, small music venues and artisan chocolate/baking/sweets. And anything else wonderful and uniquely Melbourne that you think someone with those sorts of interests might like. (Vintage shopping too, but I've already got lots of advice on that from this question) Melburnians, I am so desperately in need of a break. Please help me have the best weekend ever!
posted by embrangled at 11:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Forwarding from SIP to landline, no monthly fee?
How can I forward a sip address to a landline, with only a fee for the call itself? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 11:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Should I stay or should I go (ski trip edition)?
How much harder is it to ski (x-country) carrying a heavy pack? How much harder is a four day trip than a two-day one? How hard is it to switch from one type of ski to another? Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 10:20 PM PST - 21 comments

seeking near misses (musically speaking)
What's your favorite NON-hit these days (musically speaking)? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 10:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Got any futuristic exploration or research concept websites?
I'm looking for "what-if" websites that combine words, imagery, and other media to project cool science or exploration concepts onto the web. Two examples I have are here and here although I'm open to more than just Mars exploration stuff. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog?
Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog? [more inside]
posted by *phoenix* at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you drive a 1985 Mercedes 300d or are you familiar with them?
Do you drive a 1985 Mercedes 300d or are you familiar with them? Do you know why my driver and front passenger seat belts are suddenly not engaging? [more inside]
posted by justjess at 8:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What am I gonna do with all this ass inside these jeans?
For my girlfriend: Often the waist on my jeans is too loose, and I look like a plumber when I don't wear a belt. Are there any brands of jeans that have butt/thigh room without a loose waist, perhaps? Or is this a problem for a tailor to solve? I am in NYC, so I have access to approximately every store in the world, but I don't like spending all of the money. I usually wear size 6 or 4 or so.
posted by akgerber at 8:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me pick a shrink!
Please recommend for me a psychiatrist in the Tampa Bay area, specializing in anxiety and relationships. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 7:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Growing apple trees in RI?
Can anyone tell me about growing an apple tree in Rhode Island (zone 6b) without too many chemicals? Is it possible? Are Golden Delicious a good choice? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Career Choice: Information Architecture or Public Health Evaluation?
Which field should I pursue--information architecture or public health program evaluation? Two very different directions, and I'm not sure how to decide between them for graduate school and my career path. [more inside]
posted by oiseau at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Ice Ice Baby
Metafilter, please fill my new freezer! Double bonus points for teaching me how to freeze PIE. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 6:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Unfortunately Libre Office is not where I want to go today
Where can I download a legit installer for MS Office Standard Edition 2003 with volume licensing? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me make the best tomato marinara sauce in the world. I want to make it from scratch. I want it to be the sort of thing youd see in Godfather or Goodfellas where it has to stay on the stove for like 3 months to achieve perfection. This is my holy grail.
Help me make the best tomato marinara sauce in the world. I want to make it from scratch. I want it to be the sort of thing youd see in Godfather or Goodfellas where it has to stay on the stove for like 3 months to achieve perfection. This is my holy grail. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 6:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Not another refurbished phone, ohgodpleaseno
Will an iPhone meet my needs? After the last couple weeks I am fed up with Droids and need something that is going to reliably do what I need for work... mainly take a large number of pictures. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 6:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Who diagnoses add anyways?
I don't have a primary care doctor, who should I see about referrals for ADD/ADHD evaluation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Customer Service Rep Bored With Routine
What can I do to make my job as a customer service representative more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Sweet olive oil tortas?
I bought a package of sweet olive oil tortas. Now what? [more inside]
posted by HeartAuntBee at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me make my quiz bowl team awesome!
I'm starting a middle school quiz bowl team. How do I make it ridiculously fun? [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 5:45 PM PST - 19 comments

What plant is this? (KY)
What plant is this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Rap song with indian singing sample
Identify-that-song-filter: What is the current top-40's rap song with sample of high-pictched male(?) indian singing looping repeatedly in the beat? [more inside]
posted by wrok at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get internet working with Motorola 3360 and WRT160N V2
Internet connection stops when connecting wireless router (WRT160N) to DSL modem (Motorola 3360). [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I change careers into the UX field without further education?
What's the best way to move into a career in UX/interaction design without professional experience or the degree to match? I'm moving to Chicago and looking to start a career change, and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by summerteeth at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find the gold-level things to do in Silver Lake
(L.A. Filter) Introduce me to Silver Lake, CA and environs, please. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Identify this classical music.
Can you identify this piece of cello music? It's been driving my friend nuts for years . http://youtu.be/kTnIB61Hjiw?t=21m27s The music starts at 0:21:29, but the link should start at that point automatically.
posted by molloy at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Metal in Medford
Anyone have experience or advice booking gigs in Northern California and Southern Oregon? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 4:07 PM PST - 4 comments

My son plans to work FT for a year to save for college. How can he invest his $ to get more bang for his buck?
My son plans to work FT for a year to save for college. How can he invest his $ to get more bang for his buck? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 3:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house
Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 3:07 PM PST - 10 comments

To prof or not to prof
Recommendation Letters filter: grad school in MPH and no academic references? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Clearly too dumb to be doing this, Ubuntu wireless no worky
Wireless no longer working after upgrade to Ubuntu's Precise Pangolin. I've got just enough knowledge to be confused. Please explain what to do like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing?
Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Digital TV converter box and Computer DVR suggestions
Looking for recommendations for two tv things. 1) A Digital Converter Box for television 2) Something that would allow me to DVR over-the-air tv using my computer. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

I broked my computer in every possible way, how do I fix it?
How do I access the contents of an HDD from an iMac G5 (PPC) without the original computer? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Goggle Sanitation on the Cheap
How do I build a UV sanitizing goggle cabinet? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Moving to the Washington or California: A question in many parts
Several opportunities for my family to move to the States from Canada have come up and we are considering moving however we, early 30's SAHM and Husband + toddler, have no idea how basics such as down payments, mortgages, health insurance and retirement accounts work down there. We are considering a move to Bellevue, WA or Mountain View, CA so any advise on deciding between these two would also be great :) We are well versed in how all of these things work in Canada and are current home owners, so Bonus points for any side by side comparisons of how the American and Canadian systems differ or are similar. [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 1:08 PM PST - 20 comments

How real is this reality TV I'm watching?
Reality TV: How "real" are the dangers, how "neutral" are the camera crews? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 12:57 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I *actually* find cheap hotels and flights
I'm organising a "big" holiday for this Christmas. I've searched for cheap flights and hotels but there are a million different websites out there. How do I actually get the best value for money? Which websites would MeFites recommend? Are there any good (step-by-step?) guides available? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

My tongue feels burned and hurts whenever I swallow, what would help it heal?
What will help me heal a tongue "burned" by an old Cold-Eeze lozenge? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

I swear I did not cut down the apple tree!
How can I improve backyard fruit tree fruit? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Throat pain
I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

snakeplant help please
My snake plant is dying, and growing some kind of fungus. The leaves were coming out, one by one, looking like this: I thought I was overwatering, until I turned the whole plant around, and saw this: ; I assume these are related to each other, but what is it, and what should I do? I'm guessing that just digging out the whatever-it-is won't be enough.
posted by uans at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Encrypting a partitioned backup drive with TrueCrypt
How do I encrypt a partitioned backup drive with TrueCrypt? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you name the location in this picture? From a magazine ad
Saw this ad in the New York Times magazine, and we were wondering where in the world this is. Can anyone name this location? Click Here For Picture
posted by christiehawk at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Camel Lights remind me of my friends down on the West Coast
Why do people choose - or stick with - the brand of cigarettes that they smoke? Is it taste, image, or habit? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 11:06 AM PST - 63 comments

HELP! (Theft of our info)
Burglary - 2 computers, and ALL of our documents. What steps to take? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 10:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Lashes are lashing out
I developed a mascara allergy on Thursday at a dentist appointment. No, it doesn't make any sense to me either. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 10:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Hope me buy a computer!
Help me buy a new desktop computer when I'm not really sure what I need. [more inside]
posted by Nightman at 10:31 AM PST - 16 comments

What do I need to know for a short trip to Bogota, Colombia?
I'm traveling to Bogota, Colombia for work in a couple of weeks and am looking for advice and suggestions on several aspects of the trip. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

When you come to a fork in the road, take it: Seattle or San Francisco?
You've been offered the same position with the same company in your choice of two offices: Seattle or San Francisco. The salary is the same in both positions but, due to a cost of living adjustment, the pay is higher in SF. What are some of the factors you'd consider in deciding where to go? Which would you choose and why? [more inside]
posted by IdRatherNotSay at 9:51 AM PST - 51 comments

What should we serve for a delicious wedding brunch buffet?
Have you been to a wedding that served a brunch buffet? What did you eat that you loved? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 9:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Mawwiage, Mawwiage Weception Is What Bwings Us Togever Today.
What are some good restaurant/bar venues in DC to host a medium-sized reception in mid-October? It's for a low-key wedding reception for friends. Considerations are: availability of private or semi-private space that can accomodate 40-50 people, relatively inexpensive catering menu, and a huge bonus would be something that offers outdoor/rooftop space. [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Very nervous about my upcoming move!
Is it normal to be petrified about a move? Wondering if what I am feeling is normal fears/doubts or a sign that I am making a mistake? [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Tax on Early iRA Withdrawal
Looking at cashing in a post-tax IRA for purchase of a second home. Realizing there are tax and penalties to be applied, this still may make sense. Because the IRA funds are post-tax, however, what exactly will be our total tax liability be? [more inside]
posted by flyingrock at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

"Your favorite show is Dancing with the Stars? Um. Wow, okay, next?"
Wise ones: I am having trouble coming up with a ice break activity thing for my required lit class [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 8:58 AM PST - 34 comments

Doctor won't take low T possibility seriously.
How do I get a doctor to take my concerns about low testosterone seriously? [more inside]
posted by minorcadence at 8:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a poster of this tarot card!
Where can I find a poster of the Two of Swords tarot card from the Rider-Waite deck?
posted by aaanastasia at 8:01 AM PST - 1 comments

English copyediting rates in the EU
What is the going rate for freelance English copyediting in the EU (specifically the Netherlands)? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with overbearing parents?
How do I get along with my opinionated, controlling and overbearing mom during her visit without fighting thereby worsening our relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 23 comments

I've overinflated my car tyres. What's the worst that can happen?
I have inflated my car tyres to just under the "max inflate" number, printed on the tyres (they're at 42 PSI, max inflate is 44). I then looked in the vehicle manual, which said that they should be at 33 front, 30-32 back depending on load. Now for my actual question(s): Do I need to go back to the garage and let some air out? What's the worst that could happen? [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Save my home from the 1980s!
I recently moved to (West) London from overseas and have to do some reasonably major renovation work on a 2-bed flat. This will include re-doing the floors, removing the dreaded "woodchip" wallpaper and therefore possibly re-plastering, replacing or fixing Artex-ed ceilings and possibly some dated/inefficient windows, and re-doing a kitchen. I am not sure what type of professional to call to get an overall plan and estimates or where to look for such professionals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Help picking out a CNC Machine
Looking for advice on purchasing a CNC machine. I know there are a lot of crafty people on here and thought this might be a good place to ask. [more inside]
posted by Astalon at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Mystery boat filter.
Can you identify my mystery sailboat and sail? [more inside]
posted by slateyness at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

New laptop vs. iPad: What would work best?
My MacBook is starting to die on me. I've been thinking about my options for a new computer. The thought crossed my mind the other day, "Why don't I just get an iPad to replace my laptop and call it a day?" But I have a few questions, mostly pertaining to being a writer with an iPad. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 12:15 AM PST - 25 comments

August 25
Japanese translation. Difficulty: penguins.
Can you help me translate the kanji on this shirt? [more inside]
posted by stefanie at 11:25 PM PST - 6 comments

It's closest I'll ever get to time-traveling
Is there a resource online for searching films/shows by time period depicted? [more inside]
posted by stroke_count at 9:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Trains...no planes or automobiles.
I would like to know if the Amtrak station in your city is right in the heart of the city or requires additional transportation (i.e. more than a mile or two of walking, bus or taxi) to get to the "things to do." [more inside]
posted by thorny at 8:23 PM PST - 97 comments

MLB.com GameDay for the Flappers and Fords Crowd
I remember reading about, and maybe seeing pictures of, baseball scoreboards for people who couldn't go to the ballpark could follow the game back in the early twentieth century. I want to know everything about them. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Pie-less cultures and fraction learning?
Are there cultures that don't have pie and/or how did you learn about fractions? [more inside]
posted by long at 7:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Why did my friend stop talking?
Why do friends sometimes stop talking to you for no reason? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 7:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Doctor told me I don't need HIV test
Does it make sense for my doctor to tell me I don't need an HIV test, because I'm a heterosexual male and I only had unprotected sex with one person in the last 6 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 PM PST - 33 comments

How to come up with story ideas in a flash?
Help me prepare for a writing contest! In September I signed up for a competition where I will have 48 hours to come up with a short (<8 min) film script. They will reveal a specific "catch", a theme, prop or other constraint which must be incorporated into every entry. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 6:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Remembering a Viennese Expressionist play
Trying to remember a Viennese Expressionist play: psychological black comedy about a prostitute, an evil old degenerate, and an epic mind-game battle to see who's first to drink a glass of poison. [more inside]
posted by doreur at 6:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a good substitute for family connection?
How can I help my grandma feel less lonely? She has dementia and alzheimers, but it still pretty together most of the time. She should be surrounded by family, but isn't- we are all so spread apart. . . [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 6:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Wireless internet up, PC internet down
My wireless internet works fine. My PC, with ethernet line to same router, has no internet connectivity. What could be happening? [more inside]
posted by ormondsacker at 6:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Friends: 10 down, 4 to go
Susan talks non-stop and believes many conspiracy theories. Help me understand her so I can remain her friend. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 5:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Light up her life: find an LED version of a 40W incandescent
Looking for a LED light that gives an equivalent brightness and spectrum as a 40W incandescent. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Mint.com Really Secure?
A member of my family insists that using Mint.com to track my spending and all of my accounts in one place = a bad news bears security problem. Read this old thread. What's the latest on Mint's safety levels? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Helloooooo Canada!
Two single girls driving up to Toronto from Indianapolis for a 4 day weekend.. what should we do and other questions! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:20 PM PST - 21 comments

tell me more about Margaret Fishback [Antolini]?
help me further get to know my favorite poet. [more inside]
posted by quiteliterally at 5:13 PM PST - 2 comments

give me a home
Thinking of retiring in 10 years. Where? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 5:12 PM PST - 7 comments

When home decor ideas hit a brick wall
Help me decorate to divert attention from a large expanse of exposed brick in a small bedroom. [more inside]
posted by harmless at 5:01 PM PST - 14 comments

El Paso After Hours
Late night food options in El Paso? Difficulty: Sunday night, downtown, after midnight.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Who decides when to call the Life Flight?
I am unconscious, I've been in a terrible accident and I am in a rural area in the United States. Who decides whether I should be flown to the nearest city or taken to the local rural hospital that may not be equipped to handle my emergency? [more inside]
posted by cda at 4:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Would You Move for Better Schools?
Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 19 comments

How to read Google eBooks on a Kindle?
No longer a Luddite! I've finally given into reading books electronically on my Droid phone, and am now hooked. Paper no more! I've amassed a nice collection of Overdrive library books, Kindle titles and Google eBooks (depending on whose prices were better) on my phone but it's too tiny for extended reading, and doesn't do well in sunshine, and the battery gets rapidly drained. [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

The light, it burns!
Best non-comedogenic physical sunblock on the market? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 3:44 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the essentials for remote computing?
What tech specs are most essential for working remotely via Citrix? Longtime Mac user here, have never bought a Windows machine. I need to buy a laptop to work remotely for my job (paralegal at a mid-size law firm). I will be logged into my Firm's network, and running a variety of software programs off Citrix (iManage Desksite, Filesurf, Word, Hotdocs template manager, Adobe Professional, etc). What key features should I be looking for? Is 8GB of RAM enough? Recommendations for specific brand names are also welcome.
posted by invisible ink at 3:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for scanner suggestions
My Doxie Go scanner (and Eye-Fi card) got boosted, and I need to replace it. I was happy with my Doxie, but before buying another, I'd like to see what other options I have, and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 3:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Internet friendship ends badly. What now?
I'm posting this anonymously because "Angie" read it (unlikely, but not impossible), I think it would genuinely hurt her feelings. Also, I feel like an idiot to be posting this at all. This is kind of long and pathetic. Sorry. Summary: Internet friendship crashed & burned, I feel badly about it, what can I do to get over myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Stand and deliver! Your Money or Your Wife('s)!
Should I pay off my wife's student loans? Should we file our taxes jointly? 60K in student debt! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Piano substitute for a traveller?
What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone at 2:49 PM PST - 20 comments

I am looking for a site that aggregates all the Apps in Apple's App Store and arranges them in order by their average rating (five star being the highest) and the number of people who voted for it.
I am looking for a site that aggregates all the Apps in Apple's App Store and arranges them in order by their average rating (five star being the highest) and the number of people who voted for it. I'd like to use this as info for crowdsourcing and finding apps that might be of use to me and that have been of great help to other users. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

I need recommendations for tasty side dishes
I'm looking for 2 recipes for side dishes that are: unique, okay to be served cold, and will bowl over a potluck dinner crowd full of foodies. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 2:02 PM PST - 33 comments

How will Dolphin Browser be ruined in order to make it profitable?
How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me leave New Orleans before I even get there
I would like to take a two day trip less than 4 hours from New Orleans on public transportation. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by unbearablylight at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

KPop: A History?
What are some good resources and musical groups for someone who would like to get into kpop? [more inside]
posted by winna at 12:51 PM PST - 4 comments

To pseudonym or not to pseudonym?
Is using a pseudonym right for me? I'm a fiction writer, not a talk-radio host! [more inside]
posted by Eldritch at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Friend on Bike Tour Needs Place Tonight in PDX
Friend is on bike tour, just got food poisoning. Needs place to stay in Portland, OR tonight. Hostels are full. He says he is not throwing up any more just has no energy. Anyone know any cheap hotels between downtown and north (he will be heading north as soon as he gets better).
posted by fieldtrip at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Should we teach our baby to sign?
Should we teach our baby sign language? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 12:20 PM PST - 26 comments

What should we do in RDU? Days: two.
We are visiting Raleigh/Durham for a weekend to see if it's a good fit. What kinds of things should we do? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Career anxiety
From public policy research to software consulting... tips how to find my niche? [more inside]
posted by twentyfoursummers at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

x + y = A in pre-calc. Help me solve for x and y!
What do I need to know to be ready for pre-calculus? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 11:30 AM PST - 16 comments

the banchan is my favorite part
I've been enjoying eating at restaurants in LA's Koreatown that cater to a mostly Korean crowd. Please help me figure out how eat politely, or at least not rudely. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 11:26 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do in Barcelona?
I'll be in Barcelona for a few days this upcoming week with a friend, and we're staying in the Las Ramblas area. What are some fun things to check out while there? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Stay home with kids or accept an entry-level job?
After being out of the job market for two years and becoming a stay-at-home mom, should I take an entry-level job, even if it's a big step down financially? [more inside]
posted by clarequilty at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Is my boyfriend entitled or am I being a jerk?
My boyfriend of 6 months is great in many ways: kind, supportive, funny, etc. But (of course) there's one thing about him that's been bugging me, and I can't tell if I'm being unreasonable or not. The best way I can come up with to describe it is that he seems to feel... entitled. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Name that Instrument
What is the breathy instrument playing the melody heard at 2:36 of this song? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

The ancient Chinese developed a pun-based system of message-coding...
A (white, American) friend's parents gave me a clock as a gift, which in China is really not done. This was clearly not malicious, so I'm not offended and my parents are getting over it, but I'm wondering whether there's any way to tell them not to give this particular gift to any other Chinese people they may know. The problem is that I don't know any way to broach the subject that wouldn't call attention to their faux pas, and it's entirely possible that they just don't know any other Chinese people, in which case I'd much rather avoid embarrassing them. Should I say anything, either to them or to my friend their son?
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 38 comments

Should I go coocoo for Coocan?
I have an opportunity to buy Coocan Korean cookware. Should I give them a go? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Who will wash my clothes?!
Trying to find a laundry/dry cleaning service in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me find a therapist
I need a bus-accessible therapist/grief counselor in Austin, TX [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Who to hire to improve Curb Appeal
We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
posted by rvrlvr at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a good outlet for me?
I'm looking for literary/media outlets specifically relevant to purveyors of rambly, tangential narrative mostly-autobiographical non sequiturs (i.e. the sort of writing that's my stock in trade). The recent death of David Rakoff has managed to make my old joke about just accumulating all my writing in a well-marked little box so I can be discovered posthumously seem a little less funny, given that I'm only a few years younger than he is and have been steadfast in my dedication to purposely sabotaging every opportunity that comes my way. Thing is, I have a terrible confession— [more inside]
posted by sonascope at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance
My mother is physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance. We need to reduce costs some how but don't know where to turn. [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Would an accounting diploma program help me get a job?
It's time for a career change, but I'd like some help confirming if this diploma program in accounting would help me land jobs, despite not having a university degree. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Selecting from Cursor to End of Line in Word 2010
In Word 2010, when I hit Shift-End, it selects the whole line I'm on. I thought it was supposed to select from the cursor's present location to the end of the line, not the whole line itself. Anyway for me to get the desired behavior?
posted by WCityMike at 6:26 AM PST - 8 comments

New Start, New Location
My boyfriend and I want to move far enough away from where we live now that we're able to start something *new*. Help us figure out where to move that we will enjoy and how to move there. Details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 6:09 AM PST - 23 comments

August 24
Looking for bird guides to Asia.
I'm in Japan and looking for the best bird guides for the whole of South-East Asia. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 11:39 PM PST - 2 comments

What is "Breath of the dead lover?"
Has anyone heard of an alcoholic drink possibly of Czech origin, called "Breath of the dead lover?" [more inside]
posted by the_artificer at 11:14 PM PST - 14 comments

So now I have anatidaephobia but for pumpkins
Anyone remember a terrifying children's book about fleeing from a slowly rolling pumpkin? [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

New or refurbished iPad "3"?
Is it better to buy a new or refurbished ipad "3"? Apple is selling a refurbished current generation iPad 16GB Wireless for $50 off the retail price. Comes with 1-yr warranty too. My husband thinks it's not a good enough deal and that I should go for a new one. I'm tempted to save the $50. What would you recommend?
posted by lirael2008 at 9:02 PM PST - 18 comments

What should we see on the next six days of our cross-US drive?
We are currently on the move to Kingston, ON from Vancouver BC, and we are looking at finding interesting things to do along our cross-US trip. Here is a map of the next six days of driving. What absolute must-sees are there along this path? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 8:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't want to bend over to put on my exercising shoes!
I want a women's slip-on walking shoe with enough support to walk several miles in without making my feet hurt. Suggestions for brands or styles needed. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 8:27 PM PST - 20 comments

star spangled banner, mefi
Help me find this book I read in 7th grade [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet at 8:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Kind of maybe moving, Mr. Landlord
Job opportunity has quickly come up in new city, but nothing settled. Would have to be there October 1 though, what do I tell landlord? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Skinny people die
I have been overweight all my life, as has all of my family. I have noticed that as we age, get sick, and eventually die, between the sick and die part they get skinny! So each time I lose weight and look at myself I look like a cancer patient waiting to die and I gain it back. I've talked to a counselor who did a lot of hmmm and mmms which was too expensive to repeat. Any ideas how to fix my psyche and eventually fix my physique?
posted by msleann at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

I am too old for a sexy sexy texting relationship...
After taking some time off from romance, I found myself happily being circled by a guy I'm attracted to... but so far he appears to be the flirty "all talk, no action" sort. I've not dated many of this breed so I'm out of my element and have just been laying low and staying patiently ladylike. I'm in my 40s though, and I'm not gonna lie... I'm in the mood for some action and too old for games. My patience is wearing thin. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Good books about Houston/the Houston area?
What are some good non-fiction books about Houston, TX and environs? [more inside]
posted by DaDaDaDave at 6:30 PM PST - 10 comments

I am interested in using a journal for self-improvement and personal growth and need some suggestions for resources and aids to take my practice further.
I am interested in using a journal for self-improvement and personal growth and need some suggestions for resources and aids to take my practice further. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Like me, only better.
I want to make a fake dating profile to do research. Is this unethical? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 6:17 PM PST - 44 comments

Top Gear Car Rental Edition
What is the best car (make/model) for me to rent? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 5:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What was this insect the burrowed into my hair?
Calling all Mefi Entomologists! On a trip in the Peruvian Amazon (Manu National Park), I broke a small log that was suspended over a shallow creek. Apparently, it held an insect nest, because ten seconds later everyone in our group was jumping around and batting at these tiny flying insects which buzzed straight into our hair and got tangled up. They didn't sting, but our guide described them as "haircutter bees" and said they would bite through strands of hair. They were smaller than honeybees and all black, I believe. Anyone have any idea what this insect was or a Latin name?
posted by dahliachewswell at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

My car won't start! Sometimes!
I know you're not my mechanic, but are you a mechanic? Because I have a very strange electrical problem with my Jetta that I can't begin to troubleshoot. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 4:58 PM PST - 17 comments

desperately seeking shirtdress
I am looking for a very specific type of item: a shirt dress (or shirtwaist dress, even) in navy blue, preferably with long sleeves (though negotiable here) in a U.S. women's 16 or 18. Have you seen such a thing? Help. I'd like to spend under $200.
posted by liketitanic at 3:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Have you tried a meal-planning recipe subscription?
If you've used a meal-planning service: how was it? Do you recommend it? I read this article in the New York Times and am intrigued. The companies mentioned in the article are Saving Dinner, the Fresh 20, the Six O'Clock Scramble, and eMeals.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Just one for breakfast, thanks: what shake mix should I buy?
What meal-replacement solution will give me the easiest, most tasty breakfast without requiring a second mortgage? It should be something that can either be kept in a file cabinet at work and grabbed at need or something that I can grab out of the fridge on my way out the door. [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

USA house name?
Does anyone in the USA officially name their main residential house, along the lines of how some people name their houses in the UK? [more inside]
posted by lstanley at 2:49 PM PST - 53 comments

On purchasing a hand built bicycle
On purchasing a hand built bicycle, similar to this one. I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno at 2:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Perhaps a bit too late to ask...
Spending tomorrow in Amsterdam with my family. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 2:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400?
Photographers & photo enthusiasts: Can I find a good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 2:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Morning Outings for Small Kids
Suggest a novel activity for small (2 & 3.5 yo) kids for a (preferably east-) Bay Area Saturday morning. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Vulgate H's in Names
In the Latin Vulgate, what is the story of the extra H's in proper names? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

INS vs True Love
Immigration Calibration: if the love-of-his-life returns to the Phillipines, will he ever see her again? Or rather, give me a general sense of how easy it would be for her to get another tourist visa to US; get visa to travel here for wedding, live here after marriage. [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

We're going Krazy Glue crazy!
Is there a heavy duty lock made that is tamper-proof from pranksters wielding Crazy Glue? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

So, two priests are sitting in a tree...
I am looking for the name of a painting, may have been in a version of The Art Book. Google has failed me for years. [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Possible pairing of prozac and paxil?
(YANMD filter) Would (according to your personal/second-hand experience) taking paxil (10 mg a day for 2 days, leftover from a previous prescription) over the weekend until I can get back to the doctor to refill my routine long-ish term 20 mg a day prozac prescription: [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you keep your place in an audiobook on an Android device?
How do you keep your place in an audiobook on an Android device? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Should a 6 year old play games on the iPhone?
6 year old playing games on the iPhone? Too early? [more inside]
posted by alshain at 12:25 PM PST - 44 comments

Will I ever trust him again?
Can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 12:01 PM PST - 86 comments

I've run out of tiles to count
What kinds of mental games can you play to soak up time? You're in a meeting or sitting through a presentation. You don't need to pay attention, but you can't leave. What do you do?
posted by leotrotsky at 11:55 AM PST - 61 comments

Logo/Branding - Help?
Should I buy a logo, a huge branding package, or something in between? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Grant to make public high school auditorium handicapped-accessible?
Are there any grants available for public high schools to make their facilities (specifically the auditorium) handicapped and wheelchair-accessible? I've been told that there might be federal funds available for this purpose but I don't know where to start looking. We're in New Jersey, could there be state funds for the same purpose?
posted by exhilaration at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Spinning Beach Ball of Doom
Mac Lion Filter: Autosave in Word = GIANT FAIL. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone recognize this music? [Radiohead Coachella 2012]
Does anyone know the intro music to this Radiohead concert? There are 3 tracks before Radiohead takes to the stage, and I was wondering who it was. Thanks.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Remove header image on image post pages in Wordpress
Wordpress: help me get rid of the header image on image post pages. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

talking to strangers waaaahaa
Studying abroad for a semester. I'm rather shy, so any advice for getting out of my shell and making the most of my time in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by myntu at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

The old Cat and his Box
I need some suggestions on how to deal with problems with my geriatric cat and his litter box. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 9:46 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the statute of limitations on a fist high stack of parking tickets in the Big Apple?
Let's say I have a stack of parking tickets in NYC in the 1990's and early 2000's. What are the chances they're going to come up if I get a license in NYS again? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a recent article/blog about people behaving like corporations?
I read (and failed to bookmark) an article or blog post a week or two ago that drew parallels between the idea of "corporate personhood" and the "quantify everything, optimize your own happiness" ethos shared by many young people today. Basically the gist of it was that many people were emulating corporate "persons" rather than real people as role models. Can you help me find it?
posted by idontlikewords at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Accessible attractions in Barcelona
My sister is travelling to Barcelona, Spain in November. She'll be at a hotel on the Plaza Catalunya for 3 days before leaving on a cruise ship. Sadly, she's on oxygen 24/7 and will be using a walker for short distances and an electric scooter to tour around the city. She'd like recommendations for food and must-see attractions within scootering distance. We've collected info from Google travel results, but they don't address accessibility concerns She plans to go to the Dali museum on a day trip, but other suggestions would be wonderful.
posted by path at 8:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get body art quality henna in Austin, Texas, this evening, or in Philadelphia this weekend?
Where can I get body art quality henna in Austin, Texas, this evening, or in Philadelphia tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 8:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Video card recommendations
I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj at 8:51 AM PST - 37 comments

Google Apps for small biz
I'm helping someone setup google apps for a small biz. Already signed up for google apps and bought the domain name through google (enom.com). Need help building a document repo out of GDocs and redirecting the main domain (example.com and www.example.com) to a website hosted on an outside hosting server. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 8:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Any android based game suggestions for a 30 minute workout?
I'm looking for new games to play on my Android phone while I'm doing cardio. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

I am not an artist but I play one at work?
Employer is holding a staff art show. I would like to participate but I am not an artist. Is this a horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 8:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Identification Multiplication
Is it possible to have a driver's license from one state and a state ID card from a different state? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash at 7:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Cloning Apples
Part of a project I'm working on involves getting around 20 iPad 2s to all be the same. I'm not an Apple person at all, and this is the first time I've seriously used either the iDevice ecosystem or iTunes in any real capacity. Is there a way to make this as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

The woman I've been dating did something to hurt me really badly, and I don't know how to proceed.
The woman I've been dating did something to hurt me really badly, and I don't know how to proceed. Yes, this is long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 84 comments

What is ADD diagnosis / testing like as an adult?
Did you go through diagnosis / testing for ADD as an adult? Please tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Restaurants for groups in Manhattan
I need to organize a breakfast, lunch and dinner in Manhattan the third week of September, and need some help deciding on where to go - there are just too many places to wade through on Google/Yelp/etc. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 6:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Interesting "alternative" things to do in / around Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?
Interesting "alternative" things to do in / around Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 5:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Anyone know anything about Vipassana Retreats?
Anyone know anything about Vipassana Retreats? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 5:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Help us find and Mac and PC compatible multi-user drawing app
My friend and I want to draw together. Two potential problems: First, I'm in Seattle, she's in Michigan. [more inside]
posted by gc at 5:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Educational games on Mac for young kids?
My pre-k boy LOVES video games and adventure/superhero TV shows. It would be great to harness some of that love for learning purposes. What are your recommendations for software or online games that do that? We're a Mac household. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway at 4:45 AM PST - 5 comments

30th birthday present for an older brother living in Japan. Home comforts need not apply.
In two weeks it is my sibling's 30th birthday. He lives in Japan. I live in Western Europe. What can I get him? Inspire me! [more inside]
posted by fakelvis at 2:28 AM PST - 10 comments

My wife and I have no watched a movie in 5 years. What should we see?
My wife and I have no watched a movie in 5 years. What should we see? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 2:17 AM PST - 40 comments

Digital Electronic Signature Capture for android
I would like customers to be able to digitally sign an electronic invoice on a Samsung SII. I see there are a few apps out there that do this but they seem to get mixed reviews. Do you have specific experience with an app of this type (signature capture) that you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 1:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can we dance to Vonda??
Do bars like the one on Ally McBeal really exist? Tell me where! Anywhere in the world will do, but it must fit the bill. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 12:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Welcome me to the working world, maybe
Career Starter Q: If you are working a job that's a bad fit for you- 1) how did you get it? 2) how do you survive it (especially workplace dynamics)? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 12:24 AM PST - 3 comments

How does electricity work?
I need a primer on how (electrical) power works. [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance at 12:15 AM PST - 6 comments

is there an aliexpress for online lessons?
What do you know about learning Mandarin via Skype? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 12:10 AM PST - 3 comments

August 23
How to Quit a teaching gig in Japan a little ovet a week before starting?
Teaching job for a dispatch company in Japan starting in two weeks. Had a panic attack and decided I want to quit, with no time for 30 days notice - how to do so with as few problems as possible? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 11:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Flathead Valley help
I need place to stay (hotel, motel, hostel, airbnb,vrbo, share) this weekend. Would like to be close to Kalispell Regional Hospital in Kalispell, Montana 8/24 - 8/27. [more inside]
posted by Duffington at 11:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Exterminating in one's car
Quickest way to get rid of tiny black ants in your car? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 9:52 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm *not* going to stand outside holding a boombox over my head.
How to get a company to reconsider me for a job? [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 8:53 PM PST - 11 comments

bring back the vocal please
I got a new PC, it turns songs into Karaoke songs, the beautiful vocal channel is missing. Help! it's so annoying to be stuck with this situation. Thanks [more inside]
posted by akomom at 8:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Father-son weekend in Milwaukee
Help me plan an awesome father-son trip to Milwaukee with my 7-year-old! [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 8:47 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get sense of humour back?
I feel like I am losing my sense of humour and am Lady Serious so much of the time. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by scuza at 8:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Seeking nice dinner for two in Hoboken
What are some tasty places to eat dinner in Hoboken? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

I really like my ex. Help!
First time round, he got his heart broken. Five years later, we meet again. I really like him but he’s not long out of a relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 10 comments

What is your experience of escorting, first or second-hand?
A close friend thinks she might try working as an escort, and I'm worried that my reaction to this is based on limited and biased information. Do you have first or second-hand experience of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Eww-lbow
So... over the course of the day my elbow has gone weird looking - it's red and swollen and sort of squooshy feeling. The skin feels warm to the touch and it is tender. Doctor Google tells me it's probably Bursitis. So... I should probably go get it checked out. But is it a rush to the docs tonight thing or a wait to tomorrow thing?
posted by Artw at 7:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Invest $60000
$60000. How to best invest my money? I recently purchased a home and am thinking about putting most of it towards the principal and using some to pay off my student loans. I'm also thinking about using the money towards investments but don't know much about the investment world. I would love to invest in something safe with a good return. I'm also somewhat young, 34, and feel like I should really be thinking about my family's future. Any suggestions on how to best use/invest my money would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time!
posted by Direwolf at 7:14 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm in ur general vicinity makin u sneeze ur face off - Cat allergen super powers
Why is one of my cats capable of causing great sneezing and burning eyes from mere contact, and the other seemingly powerless to cause more than a little itchy nose if hair is practically inhaled? Obligatory photos at the end. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I upgrade the SSD I boot from?
What's the best way to upgrade my hard drive on my desktop? I have a 40GB SSD that I boot from, and I want to upgrade that to an 80GB SSD. What's the best way to move all of my information from the old drive to the new one, and then have the computer boot from the new drive? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Ain't the first $10, won't be the last $10...
Steam newbie screw up: Have I wasted $10 on this game, or is this fixable? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Are babies immune to claustrophobia after 9 months in the womb?
How do I choose between a day care that is logistically superior but in a depressing basement and a snazzy day care that has better facilities but is more inconvenient? Both take good care of babies. [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 6:49 PM PST - 34 comments

The Iceman Wondereth
How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 6:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Streaming for DJs?
Is there a Streaming track service specifically for DJs? [more inside]
posted by alextprice at 6:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts
Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 6:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Book with man depriving senile mother of water?
There's a book (possibly a movie or tv show) with a scene in it of an evil man slowly depriving his senile mother of water and keeping her in a very hot room in a bed with the covers on until she dies after several days. There is one moment when she regains lucidity and almost calls the police, but he stops her. What am I remembering?
posted by shivohum at 6:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I start over in my own town?
New leaf, same old city? Seeking advice—both practical and symbolic—on attempting a "fresh start" in a city I've lived in for 10 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-fluffy flexibility-promoting exercise classes in Philadelphia?
Where can I get the body workout without the soul workout - in Philadelphia? I'd like to find an exercise class that focuses on flexibility and reducing tension - without the spiritual stuff usually abundant in yoga classes. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Off the sauce, now what?
Made a big healthy change but now feeling distant in my relationship. Is this normal? So what's the next step? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 34 comments

Bored out of my gourd.
Bored out of my gourd! Help a SAHM cope with all the children in school full-time now. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Tired of dr's and Fat.
Looking for suggestions to handle the medical proffesion constantly telling me that my only problem is that I am FAT. [more inside]
posted by Weeping Angel at 3:50 PM PST - 43 comments

Crew-Themed Bake Sale
I need ideas for homemade items for a crew-themed bake sale. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 3:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?
I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 12 comments

My Pussy Is Not Rioting, Thanks.
So I've got some questions about my (aging) vagina. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for female recording engineers in Chicago.
Looking for female recording engineers in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by january at 2:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Barack-ing the vote?
Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl at 2:49 PM PST - 60 comments

Site navigation examples
I'm looking for websites that use tabbed site navigation on the site. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

This article is wrong, right?
This article about the economy has me scared. How much of it is (possibly) right? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Serve me up some political news
I need a (daily?) podcast to keep up with (mostly?) American politics. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

What is your home-made sports drink and why those ingredients?
What is your go-to recipe for home-made gatorade-type sport drink? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 1:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Recovery from trauma - help me educate myself?
I was in a traumatic event a few years ago which was followed by shock and near complete amnesia. Recently I've been getting memories back, and, following different triggers, experiencing physical and emotional exhaustion. Help me understand what to expect, and how best to deal with it ? (More specific qs after the cut) [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Slow-paced, no-death video games?
What video games might I like? Difficulty level: very picky. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 1:45 PM PST - 56 comments

Mixing business with pleasure
Boss found out I'm applying to grad school- am I in trouble? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Movies where the bad guy was right?
Can you think of some movies where the bad guy is sort of right, or at least has a good point? [more inside]
posted by notmydesk at 1:32 PM PST - 42 comments

How can I be more effective at business development?
Do you work in business development? Please tell me how you spend your time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother?
Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Make me a super-photographer
Please suggest a Canon lens for a trip to Yellowstone. Long story. [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 12:32 PM PST - 20 comments

They work, but is it worth it?
Looking to buy an old gas stove and old electric chest freezer (pre-60's). Advice wanted! [more inside]
posted by katyh at 12:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Highway 16
Doing fieldwork along Highway 16 in northern BC for the next few days – traveling from Prince George to Prince Rupert and back. Anyone been there and have any last-minute travel advice? Thanks!
posted by avocet at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Safe and restricted chat program to use with 12yo niece?
Safe and restricted chat program to use with my niece? (12yo) [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

WOMEN who get lash extensions - is this a good business idea?
FOR WOMEN WHO GET EYELASH EXTENSIONS: Is this a good business idea (i.e. - would you buy this service?) [more inside]
posted by soooo at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Things to do in the Miami area... during a tropical storm.
I am meeting my parents (both in their late 60s - early 70s, but fairly active) in Miami for the whole of next week. They're flying in from abroad and I am flying from California. We had plans to drive around the area a little bit and see the sights with not a lot of planning, but that was before Isaac came along. I haven't seen my parents in a while and it will be good to spend some time together, so I am not cancelling the trip. What are some good things to do in the Miami area in the wake of a tropical storm? We'll be staying in South Beach and we have a car. Tips of great restaurants, museums and (indoor?) activities are appreciated.
posted by gertzedek at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

I would like to fit the entirety of my brain into a plain-text database.
Android and Win7 compatible. Tag-based and cross-referenceable. Future-proof. Fast. I have a feeling that my perfect, personal information database solution is lurking right under my nose. But where is it? [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this solution as awesome as it seems?
Does your business or organization use NeonCRM? How do you like it? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 11:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Help Me Get My DIY On In The Bay
I just moved back to the Bay Area and am trying to get my DIY on again. Please recommend resources and spaces for ceramics, knitting, and sewing lessons/classes/circles in the East Bay or SF. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Mac-compatible headset for Skype
Looking for a headset w/mic for Skype. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find the commercial for Federal IT services that includes a GLaDOS-like voice
What is that radio commercial for Federal IT services that sounds like GLaDOS from Portal, and how can I find a copy of the ad? [Washington, D.C. area radio] [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Seeking healthier perspectives during a rough time
I will soon be breaking up with my very dear partner. Typically, this is the point at which my life goes off-track for the next few years and I lose all perspective and any mental health I've achieved. I want to approach this period in a very different way this time. My question is how to avoid both zoning out/creating a protective fog/rewriting the past to be less dramatic than it is, and avoiding the other extreme of drowning in guilt for my partner's pain and their wasted energy and my destruction of our planned future. [more inside]
posted by teslateslatesla at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Random Instapaper article selector
Is there any app, function in an app, website, script, or anything of the kind that will take my Instapaper Read Later list and select one of the articles there at random for me to read? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 11:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Back me up on this
What are the best backup solutions for Windows 7 these days? Looking at all types of backups - whole system restores including installed programs, manually/automatically copying data to a second hard drive/flash drive/SD card, and cloud storage. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I mail in a care package to friends that are going to Burning Man?
I want to send a care package to my friends at Burning Man, what should I include? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 10:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Jeez, are you okay over there?
I'm fairly new at my job (about six weeks in), and I have a co-worker who coughs all day long at ~30-second intervals. All. Day. Long. [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 10:15 AM PST - 33 comments

NECCO Wafers at the South Pole?
Admiral Byrd took 2 1/2 tons of NECCO Wafers to Antarctica? Citation needed. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by RevRob330 at 10:13 AM PST - 35 comments

Paging MeFi Medical Sleuths!
Name that medication! Vaguely remembered medication from the early to mid-1980s. I was mildly depressed, feeling in a rut. I went to a Kaiser psychiatrist in San Diego, CA. He prescribed a small, white pill that I took for a relatively short time (don't think I refilled the 'scrip)--it was great, no side effects, just elevated my mood enough that I could do other stuff to help myself: started exercising, lost some weight, got out of the house more...just felt better. The records from that time are long gone--I checked. Any ideas about what it might have been? [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha at 10:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Identify this board game...
Identify-this-board/card-game-filter: you play 'answer' cards and the most appropriate one wins. [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

First Love Issues
Why do I often dream of my ex? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 9:45 AM PST - 28 comments

What is the model of this car's engine?
Where can I find information about the engine specifications of a car down to its manufacturer and model number? [more inside]
posted by jacobw at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Please assist my mental pull up
My gym has an assisted pull up machine that provides varying degrees of assistance depending on how much weight is selected. I'm pretty sure it's lying. [more inside]
posted by Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific at 9:38 AM PST - 9 comments

How to pick a table clamp for an arcade controller?
What kind of clamp would you use for holding a small control panel on a table firmly? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to camping/cabin-ing near NYC with no car?
What are the best spots for camping/cabin-ing near NYC if you don't have a car? [more inside]
posted by brother at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

lovestory
(re)met the daughter of a family friend last weekend at a wedding. We hadn't seen each other since we were 6 or 7 and she is two years younger than I am. The challenge--spent three hours together, live 600 miles apart, and I can't stop thinking about her. A few more details, but the question is "How can I see if this has potential to go somewhere?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Video lectures for the knowledge hungry
You are probably familiar with TED, a fantastic collection of talks on a wide range of topics available online. What other, similar collections are there? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to stay and what to do in SF?
Where to stay and what to do in San Francisco for our honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by malthas at 7:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Did I break my face?
10 days after a particularly potent dose of MDMA, I'm experiencing jaw popping and soreness. Can I do something to make this go away or have I caused permanent damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Modifications for house
Modifications to house to walker/wheelchair... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Privacy from ISP?
An un-sketchy (not free? not ad-supported?) ssh web proxy? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Largest Civil War Cemetery
Is Vicksburg National Cemetery the largest Civil War cemetery?
posted by rzperllian at 6:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Fluoroboric Acid and Zinc
Will hydrogen tetrafluoborate (fluoroboric acid) dissolve zinc? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

101 Ways to Entertain a 6 Year Old
In a couple of weeks, I'm going to be babysitting my 6-year-old nephew for several days. What are some fun ways I can keep him entertained at home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 6:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Which dictionaries are prescriptivist/descriptivist?
Is there some super-secret linguistics resource that sorts dictionaries by prescriptivism/descriptivism? Either in a binary chart or along a spectrum? Which dictionaries are known to fit these categories, and which are known to straddle them?
posted by aswego at 5:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Facebook's 'eavesdrop' setting?
So what function of Facebook is it that lets my friends see the comments I've made on pages I like - which they have NOT liked - and comment on them? I've gotten into several conversations lately made more uncomfortable by someone not in the community I'm commenting to jumping in and making a comment about my participation. I thought I had my settings pretty nailed down, but can't figure out where this one is. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 5:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Can you identify the origin of this beret flash?
Help me identify this beret flash. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 4:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me go wireless.
I want to be able to access my hard drives wirelessly, and I don't know where to start. Plus bonus question. Help! [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 4:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Should we switch daycares?
After a transition to a new room at daycare, our ratios went way up and the teacher seems very overworked. Is it time to switch centers? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 4:13 AM PST - 15 comments

How do other cultures deal with diabetes?
I recently discovered that I am well on my way to Type 2 diabetes. So I am taking the steps recommended by my docotor and everyone else: trying to lose weight, cut out sugar and simple carbs, etc. I am curious about cross-cultural recommendations for pre-diabetics. For example, perhaps some European countries seem to think that taking B vitamins can keep diabetes at bay? Or there is some folk wisdom that recommends using teaspoons of vinegar before (after?) meals to help regulate blood sugar? And yes, I realize that type 2 diabetes is much more common in the US than elsewhere. I'm hoping to steer this conversation away from "Americans are lazy gluttons" and more toward "here are some potentially helpful things to do that an American doctor wouldn't know to mention."
posted by Jane Austen at 4:02 AM PST - 26 comments

How do they get cranes down from the top of skyscrapers when they've finished with them?
How do they get cranes down from the top of skyscrapers when they've finished with them? [more inside]
posted by caek at 3:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does my PC lose Internet connectivity when I connect to a VPN service?
I am trying to setup a router with DD-WRT & OpenVPN so that I can stream content from Netflix/Hulu etc. when living outside the US. However, every time I connect to the VPN service my PC connected to the router loses internet connectivity. [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 2:50 AM PST - 10 comments

August 22
Frightened dog is frightened... I'd rather she not be.
So, my dog, Brandy, is having difficulties with our new place and it has me confounded. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 11:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Bought a Toyota, how do I make it last a long time?
I recently bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 37,000 miles on it, it's Toyota certified. I drive about 2000 miles per month (probably more). When I'm done with college, I'm hoping to move closer to work at reduce my overall commute by 50% or more, but right now I'm stuck at 2000ish miles a month (lots of alone car time). [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 9:25 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I find the right neighborhood to live in?
What should I be doing to find the right area for me and my family? [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 8:05 PM PST - 16 comments

RStudio equivalent for Python
What is the closest equivalent to RStudio for Python? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 7:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Could well water cause kidney stones?
Could my kidney stone have been caused by the copious minerals precipitating out of my well water? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

I queried the HiveMind; I wrote my question
Can anyone tell me what this Aztec literary/oratorical technique is called? [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it better to be officially autistic rather than openly strange?
Is it useful for me, as someone in my late forties, to seek a diagnosis as a high-ish functioning autistic (which, after some research, I'm fairly sure I am) in order to have a clear identity rather than being "that creepy old man". Which isn't terribly good for my self-esteem among other things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I go back into academia?
I'm in desperate need of direction in my career and don't know how to make a decision. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Survey sayyyss..... ASMR!
Filling out surveys gives me ASMR! Please help me find more surveys to complete, and thus ensure endless nights of tingly brain. [more inside]
posted by hasna at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me support my dad after the death of both his parents.
My father's parents just passed away, two weeks apart exactly. How do I support my dad through this time? [more inside]
posted by dil.emma at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I best use social media to promote women in computer science on campus?
I'm newly in charge of social media for my campus' Women in Computer Science group. What should I do to be the best at this? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 5:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Name that blog
Starting a blog that shares snippets of advice from old books. Help us name it, please. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 5:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Amazon pays non-USA affiliates directly ?
Non-USAian Amazon Affiliates - do you get paid directly from amazon and in money rather than Amazon credits ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Who can recommend Spanish-language music and PC games?
I like PC games and metal music. I also need to learn Spanish. I'd like to use Spanish-language media. Can anyone recommend any good Spanish-language PC games? Or bands similar to Bad Religion in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

You Got Me Workin' Workin' Day And Night (I'm So Tired Tired Now)
I'm starting a new weekend overnight shift. Got any tips or tricks to help me be at my best while doing this? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Need quality driving lessons in Toronto.
Where's a good place for an adult to take driving lessons in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Straight girls, man
I have a massive schoolgirl crush on this girl I know, and it's growing. I'm going to see her again after a few weeks of being away...how can I (relatively) quickly and tactfully find out if she's gay? I have no idea how often I'll see her after this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there anything I can do to help my ill friend?
My friend is ill with a condition that might be psychosomatic. She doesn't believe or trust her doctors, and she is continually diagnosing herself with new illnesses. What's the best way I can be supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Baby/Toddler likes to bite mama while breastfeeding...what do we do?
Our lovely baby boy (11 months old, with two sharp and pointy bottom incisors with two more coming in on top) has started biting mama fairly regularly while breastfeeding over the past few days. What are some things we can do? [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup at 3:23 PM PST - 27 comments

The ows are not what they seem?
¡Left Handed Typing Alert! After a week of basic tenderness/muscle pull feeling centered between my shoulderblades, I've awoken today with an incredibly acute pain that's basically taken away the use of my right (dominant) arm. Help me pre-game the upcoming doctor's appointment to try and narrow down/assuage the cause as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 3:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Phantom push notifications from Words With Friends. WTF?
Phantom push notifications from Words With Friends. WTF? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Is my salary holding me hostage?
I have a job. It's a pretty good job and I've been around here for a while. Some recent changes (some at work, some in life) and some things that haven't panned out like I envisioned have me looking around. But in my brief survey of the landscape, I think I may be stuck here because the salary ranges in my area for the skills I have are around 30% lower than the ~$85k I make in my current situation, which would simply not work for my budget. What fields or opportunities might I be overlooking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

What to expect from a fibroadenoma removal?
I am having a benign fibroadenoma removed from my breast. What can I expect during and after the surgery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

"We've met before, haven't we?"
I love Robot Chicken. I love the 100th Episode. When our hero escapes, he returns home to find a dvd waiting to be played. What movie does this scene reference, when the Mad Scientist catches himself in the mirror? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. at 1:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Make like a tree and leaf
How do I get rid of a tree? Catch: The tree is already in pieces. [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Real hobbies... I want them!
I want to gain new hobbies that will help me make friends. Problem - I don't really like sports, games, nature, crafty things, or creative things. What else am I not thinking of?! [more inside]
posted by leedly at 1:15 PM PST - 45 comments

Please help me book a killer company outing
Where to take a company group of 18 people for a 3-hour activity in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Torn between shielding my daughter and needing her help
How can I encourage my adult daughter from my first marriage to voice her opinions in my current divorce proceedings (of my second marriage) without it feeling like I'm dragging her into battle? [more inside]
posted by punocchio at 12:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Renaming my company
Help me rename my company! [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Personal shopper please
I want to upgrade my point'n'shoot from a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 to something else. Camera people, please help me out. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Heaven sounds
Looking for "angelic" music. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 12:30 PM PST - 40 comments

My boyfriend doesn't brush his teeth at night. I think it's gross.
My boyfriend doesn't brush his teeth at night. I think it's gross. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 53 comments

Applying for a job for the third time
I want to apply for a job with a small organisation. This would be my third time to apply in three years. How should I approach it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

The Kids' Thesaurus is not a Thesaurus
Trying to find the title/author of a book called, I think, "The Kids' Thesaurus". It was not a thesaurus. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 11:40 AM PST - 2 comments

checkButton1 = Tkinter.Checkbutton(master=root, command=lambd GAH FORGET IT I GIVE UP
I'd like your recommendations for online learn-to-touch-type software! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 11:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Nexus 7 wifi connectivity problem
I got them ol' wifi blues: I took the plunge and bought a Nexus 7, primarily to use for reading textbooks. While it works great on my home wifi, at school, it is unable to connect (apparently Jelly Bean and enterprise wifi don't play nice). Can you help me identify what's causing the problem and fix it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Automated Garage Door Broken
After record heat waves here in Wisconsin, one day my automatic garage door closed, and as it touched the ground, I heard the top panel of the door "pop" into place. From that point on, it won't open without someone there to manually lift it through about 50% of the way open. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

What Bird Did I See?
Need help identifying a bird I saw today. I was driving along Jordan Lake, near Chapel Hill, NC. A large bird flying over the lake folded its wings in slightly, and glided down, in a slight partial spiral, to the lake surface and grabbed a fish. I'd guess I was about 200 feet away. I've seen eagles and osprey at the lake. This bird was that size, with a very large wingspan. Coloring: Appeared black; may have been dark brown. Markings: White on the trailing underside of the wings, at least one-half the width of the wing, beginning at the body and continuing approx. 80 percent of the way to the wing tip. I didn't notice any other markings.
posted by justcorbly at 11:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Refresher History Books for Dummies?
What are your favorite US/World/European history books to re-educate a woefully forgetful 23-year-old mind? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 10:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Sister wants to try to make a bad relationship work. What do I say?
My sister is engaged to a man who has been displaying controlling, dismissive, manipulative behavior. From her description, it doesn't sound like it crosses the line into outright abuse. The relationship is failing, but she still wants to try to make it work because he moved across states to be with her. How can I talk to her without alienating her? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne at 10:58 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find this hinge off my kitchen cabinet
Help me find this hinge off my kitchen cabinet- [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

COBRA, no Starship
How precisely do we handle payments for medical appointments until COBRA kicks in? And is there anything new I should know about COBRA post-Obamacare? [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Name those socks.
These are the best socks. Please tell me who makes them. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Some of my favorite parts are VERY unhappy right now.
Clothes Detergent Filter! What are good and easily available fragrance-free detergents that work well when hand-washing garments? [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 9:40 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I network by e-mail in a business environment? I am a student.
How do I stay in touch with people that I meet at networking events at my school and in the Atlanta area (I go to Georgia State)? [more inside]
posted by locussst at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

A Buddhist reader
I would like to read some of the Buddhist sutras but I have no idea where to start. I am looking for both A) a wide (not limited to a single tradition) anthology I could use to get an overview of what is available and to guide further reading and B) sutras that are particularly well translated into English and/or have a particularly good commentary.
posted by jarekr at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking double-decker trains out of Boston.
Boston commuter rail double-deckers (bilevel trains). Can anyone confirm which routes and/or times are serviced by double-deckers? Neither the MBTA website nor customer service seems to know. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the best method to project my Windows 7 laptop's screen wirelessly to my HDTV?
What is the best method to project my Windows 7 laptop's screen wirelessly to my HDTV? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Parents vs. Job.
Parents vs. Job offer... [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace at 9:02 AM PST - 49 comments

*insert witty title here*
Can anyone help a glazing (pottery, not cinnamon buns) newbie find or formulate a glaze recipe that will match our existing dishes? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments

More on-line pants please
If you wear Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, what other pants (brands, models) fit you? Hate in-person shopping, and would love to buy more pants on line. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

What to Expect with High Doses of Vitamin D to Correct Deficiency?
I was just diagnosed with moderate Vitamin D deficiency. Can you tell me about your experience on the 50,000 IU once a week treatment and Vitamin D deficiency in general? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 8:28 AM PST - 32 comments

New garage construction reco in Chicago
Recommendation for garage builder in Chicago area, and any tips or thoughts on getting an old garage demolished and a new garage built? [more inside]
posted by j810c at 8:24 AM PST - 3 comments

original price Selectric 3
I just bought an IBM Correcting Selectric 3 typewriter. I am obsessed. I just can't find the original 1980 selling price. Does anyone know?
posted by JohnR at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Searching for snub-nosed spoons
Where can I buy silverware with flat-tipped spoons like this? My old roommate had some, but he doesn't recall where they came from.
posted by SemiSophos at 8:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How much gas can a furnace use when it's 85F outside?
I haven't even turned the heat on yet and my gas bill is already as high as it was last winter. WTF? [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Readings on changes of power?
Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 8:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Where were you when the lights went out?
It looks like we are going to have a tropical storm pass by where I live tomorrow. From my experience this means a couple of days without electricity. Could you suggest activities that will help keep my five year old son (and wife and mother-in-law and myself) engaged if there is going to be no television, internet, kindergarten, and lights? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:03 AM PST - 11 comments

AllSummerInADay-Filter
It's time to play "Name That Book/Story Based on a Few Maddeningly Vague Details, Sci-Fi Edition". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Short of packing myself in a box...
I'm moving. I want to do it in the most efficient way possible. Absent a magic wand, any tips/best practices/suggestions/lessons learned? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 7:58 AM PST - 28 comments

Northern California and Oregon Coast road trip questions
Northern California and Oregon Coast road trip questions: specifically a place to stay on the coast within 2 hours North of San Francisco, advice on Sonoma and where to camp on South and Central Oregon Coast! [more inside]
posted by sinical at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Goosebumps-like book
A sci-fi teen book from the 90's? [more inside]
posted by lain at 7:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Floorplan for the shop of our dreams
I'd like to purchase floorplans for a building / shop / barn that looks like this or this. [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time.
Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time. [more inside]
posted by hought20 at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the recovery time on transplant surgery?
I'm starting a master's course soon. My mother is giving my brother a kidney a month later. Am I going to be needed at home? [more inside]
posted by Fen at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

UK Android tethering on the cheap?
At the end of this month I'm coming to the end of my mobile 'phone contract with T-Mobile UK and am looking for the cheapest way (presumably SIM only) to run my Android smartphone whilst being able to tether it to my Android tablet - does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for plans/providers/cunning ruses to get a great deal, please?
posted by timpollard at 6:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me be the best consultant I can be
I am in a great position (professionally speaking) and I don't know how to best take advantage of it. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Xany at 6:22 AM PST - 7 comments

You mean I'm only spending two hours a week on Project X?
Is it possible to extract all meeting data from Outlook to quantify time use? [more inside]
posted by simulacra at 6:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Re-registering my car out-of-state
Registered car out of state and not living in that state. Will I run into any trouble? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 5:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Help!
I need to make some life changing decisions right now. I finish my bachelors degree in business administration soon and need to specialise myself for my masters. I want to stay in business, but I havent found my "niche" yet. More inside! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 5:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Third world woman needs consciousness raised
Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini at 2:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Should I read Hunger Games 1? I've already seen the movie.
Stupid question: Should I read Hunger Games 1? I've already seen the movie. This is normally a no-brainer because usually book >> movie: in this case, I have seen the movie first and have the book on-hand already, plus tonight I have a book swap and dibs on many other books that I don't know yet! Bonus: your opinion on reading parts 2&3.
posted by whatzit at 12:40 AM PST - 32 comments

August 21
Woman or Man? Guess or Known quantity?
I am dating a guy because I am a dumbshit. Now I have met a wonderful girl. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 10:50 PM PST - 32 comments

Affordable Student Housing in SF
I'm looking for the San Francisco equivalent of Australia's UniLodge - basic student housing without tons of frills. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:41 PM PST - 3 comments

macbook old keyboard coffee
I spilled coffee on my old (2006 polycarbonate) MacBook. Now the trackpad works, but not the keys. How can I diagnose and fix my laptop keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:21 PM PST - 7 comments

DMSO? DM SO what.
Best gloves for incidental DMSO exposure? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 10:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Freeing myself from paxil; suggestions welcome!
On paxil for 10 years and want to go through life med-free. Please share specific tips or knowledge about managing my experience. Snowflake inside... [more inside]
posted by sb3 at 9:40 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I need to know before seeing Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice?
What do I need to know before seeing Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 9:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Selling a car from afar, help me avoid pitfalls!
I am moving from Colorado to New Jersey and unfortunately have not managed to sell my car. I am at a loss as what to do with the car but taking it with me is not an option in the short term. I have a friend who can take care of the car and possibly show it to interested buyers but I am unaware of the limitations or pitfalls of this process (aside from inconveniencing my friend). What would be the issues I would have to deal with? Is there a way other than craigslist that I should by trying? Carmax is too far to try out. Any other ideas?
posted by occidental at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I go to the emergency room?
YANMD - I'm on vacation (different state) and have been in pain for about the past week. The pain has gotten worse. Should I head to the ER, or suck it up until Thursday, when I take a flight back home? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 9:17 PM PST - 12 comments

The oldest story ever told.
Do we all need therapy? What in the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 9:03 PM PST - 40 comments

Powerpoint tabs like they used to be
Powerpoint Windows 7 -- I'd like the slide show to be a separate tab on the task bar the way that it used to be in xp.
posted by notned at 8:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Leaving Portland
Fastest breakfast on the northbound way out of Portland (OR)? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Best CMS for a simple site?
Best CMS for a simple site? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 9 comments

If you give a dog a donut...?
Pre-school filter: I'm looking for children's books about food. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 8:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Permissions on files, so many files
I have an old hard drive that was password locked. I can't boot from it, but I can get to the files. I have to change permissions for every single file before I can copy it over, is there a way to do that for everything at once? [more inside]
posted by Dynex at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I quit being a lawyer to become a counselor?
I'm a lawyer who's thinking about going back to school to get my masters in counseling to become a counselor. Is this a bad idea? What's it really like to be a counselor? Would I like it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 11 comments

How good is NRAS?
Do you have any experience of investing in an NRAS (National Rent Assistance Scheme) house in Australia? Or the Australian property market in general? [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I stop IR remotes interfering with my other electronics?
My subwoofer and amp both respond to the other's IR remote control. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Short funny stuff.
I need some great short texts (video clips, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, pictures) that are funny. Ideally, I want a range of humour here: from Jackass to Shakespeare, from xkcd to Twain...pretty much anything someone finds funny at any level. Should be appropriate for mature 17-18 year olds. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 6:09 PM PST - 23 comments

greener grass is itchy
Sometimes when I run through tall grass it makes my legs itch. Why does this happen? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 5:21 PM PST - 10 comments

How is webbe formd?
Durrrrrrr... What's a startup? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 4:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Recovering from child sexual abuse online
I'm finally processing the reality of being a victim of online enticement by a child predator. Besides therapy, are there any good resources for helping deal with the shame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 13 comments

New job, old job, school, and ageing
New job, old job, school, and ageing? Or just a failure? [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm in a terrible fix
How do you NOT have sex on the first or second date? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 60 comments

Who will sell me the perfect black jacket?
I lost my perfect black jacket. What now? [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 3:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Does maintain premises in good repair mean I need to fix the washer?
Washer broke and we think it's the motor. Landlord said it's old and it's on us to repair if we want but she wouldn't be surprised if the machine's time was just up and she wasn't going to replace it (nor ding us on our security deposit if we moved out and it was still broken). I don't agree that we should just deal with it. How would you, as a normal human who has rented places before, interpret the relevant section of the lease (inside) and take this up with her? [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 at 3:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Need movie suggestions!
What would be a good movie choice? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 3:27 PM PST - 23 comments

DIY Brass instrument repair?
How do I hammer my brass instrument back into shape? [more inside]
posted by rdhatt at 3:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Vague description filter
What was this long essay about World War II that I read on the internet a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Photo projects to iPad
Replacement for Pixelsync? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx at 2:31 PM PST - 0 comments

Two lemons don't make lemonade (car question)
I have two vehicles: a 1998 Toyota Tacoma (220k mi.) and a 2003 Honda Civic (90k mi.) that I use alternately for my daily 80 mile commute to work. Each vehicle is in need of repairs that are approx. $600-1000 per car. Having two vehicles is getting to be more trouble that it's worth, but I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by jingo74 at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Step 1. ??? Step 2. ???? Step 3. Deliciousness!
What are some good template recipes? Series of such recipes are especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Best iPad musette for keyboard and ...
Musette bag for iPad plus keyboard or small laptop? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking hair color inspiration
So after bottle-dying my hair a few times, I'm at the point I think I want to take the plunge and get my hair colored by a professional. Yay! Except I'm not sure exactly what I want... [more inside]
posted by thirdletter at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Fastest thumb drive for less than $100?
What is currently the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drive I can get for less than $100? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 1:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Pay for Not-Play?
Should my kids have to do their chores in order to earn their allowances? We are going to start paying allowances to the two oldest of our children. They will be allowed to spend only some of the money and will have to save a portion and donate a portion (we'll give them each four charities to choose from at the end of the year). However, my wife and I can't decide whether the kids should be required to complete their chores in order to earn their allowances. [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 1:33 PM PST - 42 comments

To switch or not to switch?
Thinking of leaving one of the larger banks for either a community bank or credit union. The problem? My only two credit cards are also through the bank I'm considering leaving. What to do? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Cut it out you yahoos!
My wife's computer keeps opening widgets.yahoo.com in a new window again and again and again.... I've poked around, disabled the one thing I thought might be involved in the issue and nothing's changed. Does anyone know how to kill this thing? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How to buy a used scooter?
How should I go about buying a used scooter? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Access 2010 Headache! Please help provide relief.
Access 2010 stumper! I need to be able to query for members, submembers, and sub-submembers! Oye! [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 12:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Moving sucks.
Possibly moving to Denver from out of state. How do I find a school for my small children? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes?
How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes? [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me show my mother-in-law that the iPad "just works"
My 70+ year old mother-in-law just bought herself an iPad. Great! Except that she has LITERALLY never used a computer in her life. How should I approach teaching her how to use it? [more inside]
posted by photovox at 11:31 AM PST - 32 comments

I don't want to hit you, Visio, but I will if I have to.
How do I add a whole lot of pictures to Visio 2010? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Need recommendations for brands of lens filters
Photographers: Please recommend good, relatively inexpensive clear and polarized lens filters. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Seeking Info on Best Practices for increasing quality of life for rural low income families
I'm looking for Best Practices worldwide for improving conditions for low-income families. Do any of you know of organizations with available data on specific ways that their programs have increased opportunities and quality of life for low income children and families? [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me verify the electrical work of my apartment maintenance high-schooler.
Please help me verify the electrical work of my apartment maintenance high-schooler. I don't trust the work he has done. [more inside]
posted by Dunwitty at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.
Applying for PhD programs. My GRE scores have expired, and I'm signed up to take both the general test and the EngLit subject test within a month of each other. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Acoustic Guitar Shopping Filter
Does anyone make something like a Yamaha APX Thinline but with a thicker neck? [more inside]
posted by VTX at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Coupons and Meal Planning
Someone please explain the basics of grocery store coupons and meal-planning as if I were a child. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Don't you dare do those delicious buttermilk pancakes in front of my children, you monster.
What would happen if you used "bath salts" as bath salts? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:12 AM PST - 28 comments

What happened to the lock on this door?
Why does my apartment door no longer lock the way it did? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 9:41 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get Mac mail to use the right account?
Mac mail sends with one gmail account but the recipient sees it sent from another gmail account. Help? [more inside]
posted by sarae at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Mystery blue powder from the 1920s for polishing crystal?
What is this mystery substance? In an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs, Rose and Daisy are cleaning crystals from the chandelier. Rose explains that "...then you give the pieces a wipe-over with this powder blue before the final polish and that gives the glass an extra sparkle." Screengrab here. [more inside]
posted by mimi at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

"It only hurts when I exist"
Is this a symptom of a panic attack? Is there a medical term for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Opening the World of Open Mapping?
Please give me a thorough, basic summary of open mapping (open source mapping) so I can add pretty, complex maps to websites without making it a full-time job. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How to talk about odiforous intimate parts
How do you go about asking the girlfriend about the way her lady-bits smell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 AM PST - 45 comments

spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam
Getting spam through the contact form on my site - a lot of it seems to be text from posts on a public forum - what's the point of that? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Why not lower income taxes and increase capital gains taxes?
Has there been any serious discussion or analysis of "swapping" capital gains tax rates (by raising them) and income tax rates (by lowering them)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me get the stank outta this coat?
Is this coat machine washable? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Square, squat and framed
Help me hunt down more/larger rectangular frame cosmetic bags [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I reveal to my upcoming quasi-blind quasi-date that I look different than he expects me to?
Should I (and if so, how should I) reveal to my upcoming quasi-blind quasi-date that I look different than he expects me to? [more inside]
posted by mauvest at 9:01 AM PST - 46 comments

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?
What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by minedev at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

I want seven swans a-swimming.... in tea
I received this swan teapot for Christmas 2011. Now I'm on a mission to turn it into a tea set by buying a tea tray, sugar bowl, creamer and half a dozen cups and saucers that go with it. And I also need to learn to make tea properly, as opposed to thowing a tea bag in hot water, Canadian-style. I think my best bet for getting a swan tea tray is to keep an eye out for a secondhand wooden tray I can paint with a swan motif, but I haven't found the other items yet. Super Shoppers of MeFi, what items can you suggest that will be perfect for my swan tea set?
posted by orange swan at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments

what is a downthemall equivalent for safari
Mac osx 10.6. Sick of the spinning ball when I use firefox. Slowly moving to safari however I am married to some of the mozilla plugins. What is a downthemall equivalent for safari that is free? Thanks hive
posted by citybuddha at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Need spine and pocket label printer options
The library's decades-old Okidata label printer is on its way out. How does your library print spine and pocket labels? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 8:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a good laptop bag.
I need a good, hip, stylish, messenger-type laptop bag. Not Timbuk-2, not Chrome, not anything too "Hi! I do business!" looking... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:00 AM PST - 33 comments

Password manager for Windows and Android?
I'm looking for a password manager that will work seamlessly across multiple PCs and my Android phone. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember this book
Help me remember this book that I checked out of the library... ghost story set in New England (I think Maine, but I'm not positive), begins in more or less present day, with an old woman telling the story of the summer she was a teenager and fell in love for the first time. Most of the story takes place in that summer, but also a lot of scenes from the mid-to-late 1800s. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 7:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Ebay selling strategies for men's suits?
What is the "best" way to dispose of a closet full of men's suits and shirts? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Q briefs (no, we're not talking underwear)
What is your take on qualifications briefs? Are they really better / more useful than resumes? Has anyone used a qualifications brief and gotten job offers? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list.
Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 7:35 AM PST - 10 comments

How Can I Retrieve the Self?
Where did my "old self" go, and how can I get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Correcting without Lecturing
How do indicate your disapproval with a superior's action without lecturing? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

First Things First. What Was the First Thing Again?
If I wrote down all the witty/funny/odd/insightful things that cross my mind all day long, I'd have tons of ideas for creative projects. The problem: I'm missing the part of my brain that says "Hey, write that down!" [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I ask my mentor for a recommendation letter?
Should I ask the mentor from my current employer (who doesn't know I'm leaving) for a recommendation letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommendations for couples' counseling in PDX
Can you suggest a good marriage/couples' counselor or therapist in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a visitor to Secaucus get to NYC for the evening.
Secaucus and NYC evening travel questions [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

What are the economics of an independent Quebec?
Can anyone point me to a financial analysis of what would happen if Quebec separated from Canada? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 6:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Need Google+ photogroups help?
Need idiots guide to Google+ photo hosting pages? On holidays with sporadic Internet, so limited ability to google or view instruction videos. Spanish friend asked for help por fa [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 6:00 AM PST - 0 comments

Busted.
What do you do for stress relief when you can't work out? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 4:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find this striking web site.
Help me find a striking web site belonging to a London design agency - its design centres around a very bold typographical navigation system. The company has a simple, short, one word name. [more inside]
posted by Glum at 4:32 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns?
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns (accent)? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 4:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Skinner and the talking throat
Calling all behaviorists! Did B. F. Skinner write that the throat, not the mind, is doing the talking when someone speaks? I believe I have read somewhere in his writings that the only thing that can be known about human speech is that the throat makes certain sounds as a response to certain stimuli. I'd like to find the source for this. Do I misremember him? That would be equally helpful to know.
posted by Termite at 3:20 AM PST - 6 comments

The Authority on Asiatic cooking methods...
Larousse Gastronomique and Julia Childs cookbooks are in some sense considered reputable authorities on French Cooking, similarly The Silver Spoon is a reputable encyclopedic study of Italian cuisine and cooking. Are there similar reputable and exhaustive books for various Asiatic Cuisines such as; Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, South East Asia etc? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 1:45 AM PST - 21 comments

August 20
What hardware should I choose for my guitar build?
I'm taking a guitar building class as an elective, but have little to no knowledge about guitars. Advice/opinions on my build options? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD at 10:51 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I impress upon my doctors that a prescribed medicine is contraindicated?
How do I talk to doctors when they prescribe something that I believe is contraindicated for me if they don't believe or care? This keeps happening and I'm kind of sick of being a guinea pig to only have exactly what I said would happen, happen. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Book with razor foot tickles and burning baths?
Bookfinder filter: Book from 60s or 70s. People on a tropical island, who would have their feet tickled with razor blades, and would bathe in scalding hot water.
posted by Remote Network at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

I told a girl that I still have feelings for her and now she has stopped talking to me
I told a girl that I still have feelings for her and now she has stopped talking to me. I feel like such a loser right now, I'm not sure what to do next. [more inside]
posted by johnx at 9:48 PM PST - 30 comments

Couch to 5k for biking?
Is there an equivalent of the Couch to 5k program for biking?
posted by Proginoskes at 9:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a new 4+ button scroll mouse for Win 7
I'm looking for computer mouse suggestions: at least 4 button (right, left, forward and backward for internet browsing) plus a scroll wheel, for Windows 7, your best buys for the money. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Good options for young adult novels I can read with my community college developmental writing classes?
What are some good options for young adult novels I can read with my community college developmental writing classes? The novels don't have to be "young adult" per se, but they should be engaging and high interest. [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir at 8:04 PM PST - 19 comments

If you take a walk out in the street, chances are there's someone that you'll meet.
Becoming a "regular" at a bar or cafe: is that even a real thing? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 8:03 PM PST - 108 comments

Storage key combination lockbox for a big key?
What's a good storage key combination lockbox (the kind realtors/landlords sometimes attached to the front door of properties) that can accommodate a big rental car key fob? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Suggestions for good online resume generators now that emurse is gone?
In the past I really liked emurse.com for resume writing. I could enter my information, build and customize resumes easily, and export them (in various styles) as attractive Word documents. Now that AOL has killed emurse, the two sites it offers as alternatives don't have the above functionality. Can the hive mind recommend a replacement? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Zeus for Toddlers?
Looking for picture books of classical mythology (especially Greek) diluted for a 3-4 year old! [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 6:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptangya Ziiinnggggggg Ni!
Where can I purchase a plastic herring between 1-3' long? (Or, failing that, a plastic fish about that size that can be brandished as a sword/saw)? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Choosing a Premier League team—Spurs or West Brom?
Should I back Tottenham Hotspur or West Bromwich Albion? [more inside]
posted by baronessa at 6:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Screen protector for new ipad?
I heard the glass on the new ipad is Gorilla Glass and does not need a screen protector. Is that true? I will be using a stylus, so I want to get a screen protector if I need one right away. If you are using a screen protector, which one are you using? Thanks!
posted by mikedelic at 6:11 PM PST - 23 comments

0 to hero - need help to run a 12+ mile fire/ice-water/barb-wire/mud obstacle course in only 39 days!
0 to hero - need help to run a 12+ mile fire/ice-water/barb-wire/mud obstacle course in only 39 days! [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Vegan marshmallows in T.O.
Where can I find vegan (non-gelatin) marshmallows in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 6:06 PM PST - 13 comments

I know you like to think your ish don't stink.
In the Outkast song "Roses," is Andre saying "Poo-poo" or "boo-boo"? This seems to be a popular point of debate on the Internet.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 4:51 PM PST - 47 comments

Looking for World Wars as movies link
Help me find this World War 2 discussion. [more inside]
posted by Bokmakierie at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need therapy to shake off my paralyzing feeling of loneliness?
Incredibly lonely and unmotivated. Do I need therapy? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune at 4:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Lone Wolf, the early years
What should I do for my new puppy when I have to be away for long periods? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:14 PM PST - 27 comments

baby playlist
Happy baby playlist! Looking for suggestions for a playlist of happy rock/pop songs (not lullabies) to sing to Baby Yarly. So far, I've got Feelin' Groovy, Three Little Birds, and Good Day Sunshine. What else?
posted by yarly at 4:02 PM PST - 25 comments

OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion.
OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion. 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16 GB of ram... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can in get a bag like this in the UK?
What's the nearest thing to this Aeronaut bag that I can buy in the UK? Essentials are carry-on size plus convertibility to a backpack.
posted by janecr at 3:13 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get Amazon to think I'm in France?
How do I get Amazon to think I'm in France? Amazon-filter: I live in the U.S. and would like buy Kindle-books from the Amazon.fr (France) store. How do I get Amazon to think I'm in France? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 3:13 PM PST - 11 comments

My lifetime ran out, so I guess I need zombie hosting
What would be the best hosting option for good control over email and basic web capabilities? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Why am I being woken up by phantom odours?
What might be causing nocturnal phantom odours? For the last couple of months, I have woken up abruptly from deep sleep by a very strong odour (scent varies). My partner is not awoken by these "smells" and I don't think it's worth disturbing his sleep over for corroboration, because the smell goes away right after I wake up, which has led me to believe I am dreaming/imagining it. [more inside]
posted by Secret Sockdentity at 2:48 PM PST - 16 comments

The perfect bicycle?
Help me build (and paint) my perfect bicycle. Or get the next best thing. Or go with something cheap. In London. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Strength and Conditioning for a nearly 10-year-old?
[KidsSportTraining/StrengtheningFilter]My son has been asked to play "up" an age division in soccer (football). He is excited about this, but a little nervous about some things... [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there anything I can do to get rid of old self injury scars?
Is there anything I can do to get rid of old self injury scars? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Birth Options in Iowa City
I'm looking into having a midwife assisted birth in the Iowa City area in March. Anybody have any suggestions? I am completely unfamiliar with the options available there. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How to resolve fix-it ticket on car I no longer own?
In California, I got a fix-it ticket because my license plate had some of the reflective sheen scraped off. I have since sold the car without getting the fix-it ticket signed off. My appearance date is in a couple of weeks. I don't have the car anymore, so I can't get it signed off. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

When should I struggle against my frugal nature?
Which groceries are worth spending more money on and which are not? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 1:49 PM PST - 67 comments

Which router for sis?
Which wireless router for my sister? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 1:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Hang on scoby, scoby hang on.
Can I save my scoby? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Too bad I can't paddle to work...
A potentially great kayak-buying opportunity. What should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I make ridiculously good coffee at my desk?
How can I make a fantastic cup of coffee at my desk at work? What equipment do I need? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 12:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Please don't give me that pitying look of horror.
Anyone have any positive stories to share involving simultaneous end of marriage, job departure and moving? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 12:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Fifth grade appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary?
I've been trying to help my wife with this over the last week. She's looking for "school-appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary." They have three main requirements: 1. The lyrics have vocabulary and other literary devices that they can use as teaching points. 2. The song is "catchy". (something 10- and 11-year-olds and their teachers will enjoy) 3. The song has a positive message. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 12:41 PM PST - 28 comments

Major Mistress Mystery Missed: Madame Makes Masses Manic!
In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

What laptop or tablet has everything I want?
Help me work out the best laptop/tablet to take away from home! [more inside]
posted by missix at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Song identification filer: Indie Folk Version of Feste's Song?
Song identification filter: I heard a song on Los Angeles independent radio the other day that included lyrics from "Feste's Song" from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Some how my duckduckgofu hath failed. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I expect my partner to distance himself from someone who hurt me?
You have been in a healthy relationship for a long time? Help me figuring out how to feel and what to do about a conflict of interest between my partner and me concerning a third person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:07 PM PST - 21 comments

A better ink is possible!
What kind of screen printing ink doesn't make a thick plastic-y layer on clothes? [more inside]
posted by scose at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How long does trigger finger last?
I have developed trigger finger in the ring finger of my non-dominant hand. How long should I expect this to last? [more inside]
posted by blurker at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the most useful iPhone apps for Boston?
What are the most useful iPhone apps for Boston? [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Chisel me of a chunk of dessert, will ya?
Food chemists! Help me make a sorbet! Challenge level: Spoonable AND sugar free. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Open source biology software projects
What open source medicine/biology related software should I get involved with? [more inside]
posted by Raidallinen at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Insert line here from that song about short people
Fellow short people, how do you deal with movies, concerts, and theater? I'm 5'1" and frustrated. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 10:56 AM PST - 38 comments

Forgotten gem.
I'm trying to recall a Star Trek short story published 25-30 years ago. I have no author or title. It was in an anthology. [more inside]
posted by Mblue at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me grow delicious produce!
I am in Guelph, Ontario. My partner and I just bought a house, so I have a yard of my own for the first time ever. Point me to some resources for a gardening novice in this part of the world to dig into (no pun intended) over the cold months! [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I make any of these plugins work with Adobe Audition?
Can I make any of these plugins work with Adobe Audition? I've tried to install them, but they won't appear in the menus. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Cost savings outweighed by hassle of change?
Do you find that the hassle of changing vendors sometimes outweighs the savings you would receive from changing? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 9:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Convert a route on a Google map into a list of directions
How can I convert a route on Google Maps into a list of directions? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Books/advice on how to let go of perfection and be happy with where you are?
Books/advice on how to let go of perfection and be happy with where you are? [more inside]
posted by mcav at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

What's a reasonable hourly rate for private consulting?
How much should I charge for consulting, when it's about something (grad school admissions) where consulting is uncommon? I've never done this, so I'm not sure what a reasonable hourly rate would be. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 9:26 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend?
How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend? I am the only "real friend" X has, so I don't feel comfortable totally breaking off the friendship, but interacting with X frequently leaves me wanting to scream. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 31 comments

Good books about a bad thing.
Looking for good books on cancer. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

The Quest for the Forbidden Snacks
Help me find Reduced Fat Doritos in NYC [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

What with, brass buttons?
Is it worth having a Kindle when I have no money? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 9:24 AM PST - 34 comments

What are "vital minimum wages" in Ecuador?
What are "vital minimum wages" in Ecuador? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 8:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Remove Acer front panel
How do I get the front panel off to install a second hard drive in my new computer? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.
Lots of leather, lots of products. Are leather care products interchangeable? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Something old, something new
Do you have any short story recommendations? Difficulty level: In the public domain. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere at 8:33 AM PST - 26 comments

resume gap vs retail?
Which would look better: a four year post-grad gap on my resume, or having worked those four years in a supermarket? Also, ideas for picking up relevant experience? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Last minute dash
Life falling apart filter. Under consultation for redundnacy at work and have just moved out of marital home following break down of marriage. On waiting list for marriage counselling to determine next steps and now living in a spare room locally whilst I take stock of recent events. I have a week vaction booked off work next week (w/b 27th) and my wife has said I can take our kids away (5 year old and 2 year old). I'm in the UK and looking for suggestions of places to take them on a relatively modest budget next week. I would like to go abroad if possible and there is availability on the Eurotunnel to Calais but I have never driven in France and I am a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of the Continent. Ideally I would like to find somewhere with activities for the kids, appropiate accomodation and a bit of space / quiet in a rural location. Last minute to Spain is anything but cheap given lack of flights. Should I look to stay local or should I take the plunge and head to France? Availability of self-catering cottages / campsites in the UK is problematic at this late stage [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 8:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Dreamy atlantic blue song
Song ID help: spacey, dreampop, female vocalist(s), with the refrain 'memories of Atlantic blue.' [more inside]
posted by googly at 7:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Sleeping in Switzerland
I am taking a last-minute, whirlwind tour of Switzerland from August 29-Sept 7th, and need budget lodging recommendations. [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

What's a ballpark price to move a two bedroom apartment's worth of stuff about fifteen blocks in NYC?
What's a ballpark price to move a two bedroom apartment's worth of stuff about fifteen blocks in NYC? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 7:33 AM PST - 28 comments

I wanna stitch on the edge!
Hand Embroidery Filter: How do you keep something taut enough (ie handkerchief, tablecloth) to embroider around the edge of it? [more inside]
posted by koucha at 7:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Tyrell Corp logo?
Blade Runner nerd question: I'm trying to confirm that the logo for the Tyrell Corporation that shows up in this google image search is actually found somewhere in the film. Screenshot or time code anyone?
posted by gwint at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Ideas for iphone plan...
Another iPhone question. My iPhone 4S was included in the severance when I left my job a couple of months ago (that is, I was allowed to buy it for a reduced price). I was offered the option to "assume billing responsibility" but let the deadline pass - partly out of laziness and partly because I suspect the company hadn't paid the bill and wanted to pass it on to me. What's my best option for using my iphone at this point? It'd be nice to keep the number but not a huge cost if I don't. I'd be happy to go pre-paid rather than a contract. I use text and data a lot more than voice. I occasionally send and receive international texts. I also have a google voice number and would be happy to be able to link with that, or even use that number exclusively.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 7:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Cable-ese to standard phone number?
I found this phone number in a diplomatic memo, and am interested to know how it would be rendered in the traditional XXX-XXX-XXXX U.S. phone number format: (81-3) 3XXX-5XXX.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Thickness vs. PSI in Concrete
I am in the process of replacing my almost 20 year old asphalt driveway with concrete and am looking for some advice on what I should be looking out for when picking a contractor. One guy quoted me $5.75/sq. ft for a 4.25" thick driveway, rated at 6500PSI. Another guy quoted me $6/sq. ft for a 6" thick driveway at 4500PSI. Both will be reinforced with steel rebar and I am doing just under 900 sq. ft. This will be completed in the Twin Cities, MN metro area so it will have to withstand the harsh winters the years we do have them.
posted by dyno04 at 6:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Trying not to get kidnapped
Is it safe to travel to Egypt right now? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 6:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Pitfalls or advice for a family of 4 driving a rental car from upstate NY to FL right before X-mas?
Got any advice or pitfall warnings for a family of 4 who may be driving a rental car from upstate NY to St. Augustine, FL, on December 22-23 (weekend)? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:05 AM PST - 15 comments

What kind of a name is ZaReason anyway?
What kind of power supply (and cooling system) should I get for a tower with an 8-core processor? [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel at 6:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I voluntarily provide information from my doctor to my employer?
My employer wants all employees to provide lab results in order to receive a deduction in insurance premiums. OK, or a little too Big Brother-ish? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 4:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Home rental lease for 18 year old daughter?
My 18 year old daughter is renting a "college rental" house with three other 18 year old females. I've just read her lease and I have a question about the portion I have to sign... [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome at 4:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising?
Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 3:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Social Anxiety - Best prescription for you?
For those of you with true social anxiety or generalized anxiety, what prescription drug worked the best for you with the fewest side effects? How much better did you feel on a daily basis, and were the side effects worth it?
posted by denverco at 2:56 AM PST - 31 comments

What am I doing wrong with my eye makeup?
I volunteered to do my own makeup for a wedding in which I am one of the bridesmaids. I don't typically wear much makeup, but I thought, how hard could it be? I got a bunch of nice stuff from Aveda and am testing it out, watching tutorials, etc. but I seem to be having an eyeshadow fail (and maybe some other stuff). [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon at 2:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I trying to rationalize a relationship that doesn't work
A man is in love with a woman but admits to disliking and resenting her children. Am I trying to rationalize a relationship that doesn't (and will never) work? [more inside]
posted by passing.by at 2:00 AM PST - 76 comments

Lets play scrabble
I'm pretty good at Scrabble. I'd like to get even better and maybe play in tournaments. What does it take to get to this level? And how can I tell whether I have what it takes? Is there any chance of making a part-time income from this or would it just be for the love of Scrabble? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 1:44 AM PST - 14 comments

getting the real deal about colleges
As an international student (equivalent 'rising senior') in high school, how can I discern what a college or university is really like, past all the glossy paper? More questions, and details, within. [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 12:40 AM PST - 14 comments

August 19
How to get the most out of a trip to Jordan
My employers are paying me to travel somewhere in the Middle East for two to three weeks for "professional development," with the aim of getting Arabic immersion experience outside of the gulf. I'm looking for some interesting things to do. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cirgue at 11:48 PM PST - 4 comments

SF eviction: before, during, and after
A troubled tenant in my San Francisco building is at risk of eviction. How will this unfold? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 PM PST - 1 comments

Good Masters Programs in Urban Planning?
What are some good MA programs in Urban planning in the US? With emphasis on working from the architectural side on large scale developments, particularly in relation to tourism. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque at 11:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I win my ex back?
First date with ex-boyfriend went well... what's the next step to eventually winning him back? [more inside]
posted by enantio at 10:53 PM PST - 35 comments

Fashionable shoes that will stand up to lots of walking without breaking down?
Female urban walkers: please recommend to me some stylish shoes that i can pound the pavement in, without the shoes falling apart after five or six months of wear. I'm ready to spend the money to buy some shoes that i can love for at least a couple of years! [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 10:35 PM PST - 18 comments

How come you can't hear yourself speaking on a cell phone?
Why can't you hear yourself on a cell phone? Land lines, even old analog ones, feed the sound of your own voice back to you, so you can more easily gauge how loudly you are talking. Why don't cell phones do that? [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 10:08 PM PST - 17 comments

My dog has fleas
My dog has fleas. Please help me get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 9:23 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I approach contract negotiation without making things really tense?
What are some common "win-win-style" tactics or phrases used during contract negotiation to get portions changed/removed? From time to time I need to write or talk about those issues without escalating any tensions. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:08 PM PST - 11 comments

When did I move to the UK?
How do I get a Nexus 7 weather card actually display the weather for my area. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 8:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Prepaid iPhone plans for Aussies road tripping the USA
Arriving in Los Angeles with Australian unlocked iPhone 4S in two days. Need a good data, international text plan with ability to hotspot to run a wifi only iPad. Pre-paid T-Mobile or AT&T seem the go. But what's the catch if any? [more inside]
posted by dinoworx at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Lost Title Replacement in Ohio
Does anyone know if in Ohio replacement titles are given on the spot, or mailed in weeks? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 8:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Please don't think of this as political
Regarding legitimate rape (ignoring the peculiarity of this phrase) is there actually a mechanism or mechanisms in human females that prevents pregnancies following a rape? [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 8:22 PM PST - 49 comments

Was it a bad idea to put Advantage II in the refrigerator?
What is the best place to store my pets' flea medication. I had it in the fridge for the last few weeks. Is it ruined? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

When eat meets shovel
How do I get my toddler to stop shoveling in his food and take his time? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Clean wax out of my carpet?
How to get liquid car wax out of my carpet? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 7:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Windows DVD Maker centering videos?
Windows DVD Maker - the files I want to burn are 16:9. The setting for DVD Aspect Ratio in WDM is 16:9. The TV it is being played on is 16:9. The resulting DVD is 16:9 but... [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Women's Lingerie
Women's Lingerie stores (online or offline) [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Senkaku/Diaoyu
Please help me understand, or point me to resources that will help me understand, what is going on in the Japan/China Senkaku/Diaoyu dust up: analysis of root causes, ideas about the broader implications, particular reasons why this is so fraught, &c. Thanks.
posted by davidjmcgee at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Spaghetti Surprise!
I added some red wine to a hot pan containing some carmelized onions and garlic and spices and just-added cold ground turkey. FWOOM the wine ignited as if it were brandy in souvlaki. Wha? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 6:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Establish A Double Life
I enjoy using Facebook for entertainment purposes - I get a ton of party invites and information about my friends that way. However, I believe Facebook can also be a useful networking tool for my professional career, and I've underutilized it in that capacity because I'm hesitant to friend my co-workers or managers. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 6:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Do other countries do this?
Cheap clothing worldwide: OK I see ads for very low dollar cost clothing which leads to short lifespans for those clothes and a never ending repeat cycle. Is this something other countries outside the US do for their garments? Do say German middle class parents buy cheap items for school or do they buy better grade products and buy them less often? Is the Wal-Mart/Ross/K-Mart junk clothing limited to the US? Same with cheap shoes, are the quality shoes found in German or Swiss or French stores better and therefore longer lived?
posted by Freedomboy at 6:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Graphing Politics
Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized at 5:51 PM PST - 22 comments

How does science education work?
What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents? [more inside]
posted by violetish at 5:44 PM PST - 2 comments

(oven) stoveTopIron
ISO awesome cast iron skillet recipes (wait for it...) which specifically start on the stove top, finish in the oven. I've been searching Google and I've found a couple I like, including pan pizza (who knew? not me...) [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 5:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Help a geek out in the kitchen!
Please help me figure out how to select good recipes for day-to-day cooking, as a functional cook with plenty of cookbooks and reasonable cooking abilities, but limited instincts/experience! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 4:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Finding a lost camera?
What other avenues should I be pursuing to find the camera we lost on our honeymoon in Utah? [more inside]
posted by anotherthink at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support?
What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support? [more inside]
posted by Geektox at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Southern California Weird Honeymoon Destinations?
What are the most creative and cool honey moon ideas for southern california? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 4:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Bangkok & Toyko this November: What area to stay?
My husband and I (both 27) are going to be traveling to Bangkok and Toyko in late November and are trying to figure out what neighborhood is best to stay. Budget isn't an issue. Ideally we'd like to be close to the subway/public transportation in both places. Any ideas on good hotels in neighborhoods you'd recommend? For Bangkok we've heard that Sukhumvit is a great area. For Toyko, we heard Keio Plaza in the Shinjuku area. Not sure if that it is too much of a business/corporate area. We appreciate your help!
posted by jenmcee at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Bra-buying in Berlin for Beginners
Where should I go in Berlin to buy good bras? What are the good European brands that can accommodate a plus size, busty gal (I think my Euro size is ~85E)? I've recently moved here from the U.S., where I know how to do all this. I'm prepared to spend some money for quality. I don't think I need a fitting, but I need to know where to go and what brands to look for. And what's bra buying etiquette here, i.e., can I try them on in the store? I don't want to do it wrong! Those Karstadt shop ladies can be really bitchy, and I don't want to get yelled at.
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Air Canada: Easy to buy. Impossible to refund.
I have a cash voucher from an airline. HELP! [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Is the IMac faster than the MacBook Pro?
My older Mac mini cant handle my music making needs anymore. I use it to run Logic, Reason, and many soft synths. as well as record 8 channels of audio and applying effects etc. I am not sure if I should get an Imac or a MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

comfy shoes for women
Wife is getting shin splits. Walks a lot for her job. You chics out there--what is the most comfortable athletic or casual shoe you've ever worn?
posted by luvmywife at 3:03 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I build a rear bicycle wheel for use on the indoor trainer?
I want to get a new rear wheel for my bike so I can swap it out when I put it on the indoor trainer and not wear out my current tires. How do I do this? Do I just need another wheel, another hub and another cassette? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 2:51 PM PST - 9 comments

DIY Budget Natural & Organic beauty podcasts wanted
Does the podcast equivalent of bella sugar or the beauty section of xo jane exist? I'm looking for lighthearted, fun, podcasts about beauty, makeup, hair, nail polish, etc. Especially for ones with a focus on cheaper budget/diy/drugstore/natural& organic beauty things. I don't mind hearing about some expensive stuff, but if the entire pocast is just shilling really expensive brand name stuff I'm not interested.
posted by skjønn at 2:47 PM PST - 1 comments

Off to the Highlands I go!
Where should I go for a short trip (3 days) to the Scottish Highlands? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

2 dimensions isn't enough!
I'm looking turn a topo/height map into a 3-D model. Where can I cheaply print a one-off 3-D model? I don't want to sink too much money into buying my own printer yet. [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do with my hair?
I'm 32 years old and I've never learned how to properly care for my hair. How can I make it look appropriate for my professional job? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 1:44 PM PST - 39 comments

Any helpful hints/tips to guide me in my meeting with a club manager regarding events I would like to throw?
I have a meeting tomorrow with an university club manager regarding events that I would like to throw. I have never done this before - any tips/tricks on what I should bring, what I should have prepared and how to negotiate the best pay for me? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How open can/should I be with my boss/manager?
How open can/should I be with my boss/manager? [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 12:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Where can I find actual currants in Chicago?
Where in Chicago can I buy black or red currants? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Charging and loading a Kindle abroad
US Kindle usable in UK/Europe? How to charge and how to load books? [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

South London adventures
What should we do and where should we eat in Brixton, UK? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Chess Pie for Dummies
Can I use stone-ground cornmeal in a recipe for chess pie? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

My kingdom for some GOOD soy margarine!
Food locator question for SoCal Mefites: Where (and what brand) can I buy a soy margarine, no dairy component, that comes in sticks, that is NOT Nucoa? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Dark days for the middle class
What has Obama done to help the economy? [more inside]
posted by duvatney at 11:55 AM PST - 34 comments

How do I grab all tweets from a hashtag?
How do I download all tweets associated with a particular hashtag? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Backups...
Offsite backup options that are not Dropbox? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

New Orleans wedding musicians
Can anyone recommend a small jazz or blues band (3 or fewer musicians) to play a short wedding reception in a small space in New Orleans in October? [more inside]
posted by Latifolia at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get better at managing multiple social cues?
How do I get better at managing multiple social cues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

The Commish
I might be the commissioner for a 12 team fantasy football (NFL) league this year. What can I do to be the best commissioner possible? I'm looking for any and all suggestions, annecdata, and websites that would help me make the season fun and engaging for all parties involved. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Was my behavior disrespectful?
I would like some outside opinions on an incident that occurred yesterday that is still bothering me. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 10:52 AM PST - 35 comments

Surely my teeth won't fall out if I wish hard enough, right?
Do cavities ever just... go away? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 10:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Drawing Lines in the Sand
My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:18 AM PST - 18 comments

How do you embed or stream a video via a swf?
I need to embed a video in a swf banner ad. I have no idea how to do this. Can someone walk me through it? [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Hack my chicken stock!
I want to make the best chicken stock/broth imaginable (and thereby, the best risotto). I have a pressure cooker, I have a recipe to start with. Any other hacks to amp up the flavor? [more inside]
posted by supercres at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Adventures of the lazy cook
Vegetarian cooking on the quick, in advance [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Everyone is leaving me! How I do deal with everyone else moving away and moving on while I'm stuck here?
Everyone is leaving me! How I do deal with everyone else moving away and moving on while I'm stuck here? [more inside]
posted by gumtree at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for advice on choosing not to engage in discussions of politics, personal beliefs, and morals.
Looking for advice on choosing not to engage in discussions of politics, personal beliefs, and morals. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 9:22 AM PST - 26 comments

Mars related art photography
Help me find a photograph from the seventies or eighties of a space-suit-clad person climbing a martian mountain. [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 8:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Replacing Skype?
I use call forwarding, Skype-to-go, and Skype online numbers extensively. Recently they changed their cost scheme. What can I use to replace it? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

If three-quarters of Washington isn't already on on psych meds, they should be
Does being treated for anxiety disorder pose a threat to the career of a mid-level Treasury employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Big League Football
How do I create a fantasy football league with 20 or more participants? [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Timely London Suggestions.
[visiting London post-Olympics filter] Is there anything in London this week that is not to be missed? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Want a compact multimedia player
What is a good modern music player? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 8:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Questioning the Water Bobble
I've been using the Watter Bobble filter bottle, but I'm having misgivings about cost and hygiene. Mostly hygiene. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Painting pixels
Looking for advice, tips, links, book recommendations etc about getting into digital art. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Poor cell signal in new flat. Cellphone repeater question.
Poor cell signal in new flat. Cellphone repeater question. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:53 AM PST - 10 comments

August 18
Without insurance, 24-year-old dies of toothache...
I have gingivitis. I don't have health insurance, nor do I really have money. [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 11:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Will Hamachi get my kid in deep sushi?
My twelve-year old is asking me to install Hamachi so that he can play Terraria over the Internet. Should I do it? What are the risks? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 10:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Passing position of public trust investigation?
My employer is going to soon require that myself and other employees receive a "Position of Public Trust - High" classification. My credit is not good and I'm married to a person who is not a US citizen, though is a permanent resident and is from a country that the US likes. There's a couple of other minor snowflake bits, but, overall, how big of a deal is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Resources on Adult Attachment Therapy?
I may be starting adult attachment therapy in the next week, on the advice of a crisis counselor and after a few years of on-and-off treatment for anxiety and depression that's not getting me very far. Point me to some quality, hopefully easy to find resources that can spell out what the experience might be like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC?
Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 9:44 PM PST - 3 comments

She won't eat green eggs and ham.
Cat food: wet/dry beanplate version. [more inside]
posted by brina at 9:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Film noir-ish writing spots in Manhattan?
I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 9:10 PM PST - 6 comments

tips and tricks for rag curls for fine hair?
i feel like everytime i do rag curls i'm doing it wrong - my hair ends up like i used my crimper from the 80s, instead of hypercurly. advice? (hair is well-conditioned and naturally wavy.)
posted by jambina at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Perpetually friendzoned? No idea what I'm doing
I need a crash course in how to pick up/approach girls. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 46 comments

Should we vote to approve our NYC co-op board's proposed 2% flip tax (transfer fee)?
Should we vote to approve our NYC co-op board's proposed 2% flip tax (transfer fee)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm going to have an awesome freezer
BakingFilter: I'm trying to clean out the fridge and use up some things - and one thing I want to do is make up a whole bunch of turnovers using jam and puff pastry, and then freeze them. The question is: WHEN should I freeze them, before or after baking? (Bonus question - if after baking, how would I reheat them?)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

One night in New Orleans and Nashville
One night in New Orleans and Nashville. Where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Blink and You'll Miss It
Where can I find the wallpaper from the beginning of the Doctor Who episode Blink? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

When was the French printer "Panet & Imbert" in operation?
I have an antique French olive oil label. The printer's name and location appear in small print at the bottom: "Panet & Imbert" - Marseille". I would like to know when this printer was in operation. I have not found anything useful about this on the Internet.
posted by kirsti at 6:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Desalinated Drinking Water Price
What is the selling price of desalinated drinking water? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 6:37 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the housing situation like in Yellowknife for single guys?
What is the housing situation like in Yellowknife? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Good car rental place in Manhattan?
We live in Manhattan NYC and need to rent a minivan to take our son's stuff up to his college on Sunday September 2nd (two weeks from tomorrow)...but it's getting complicated... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:51 PM PST - 15 comments

fondue partay!
My lady is at home prepping for a small fondue party that we are hosting this evening (less than 10 people) while I am stuck at work and unable to help. Beer, cheese, and dipping accouterment have been purchased. What can I pick up on my way home from work that would serve as a fantastic side dish? [more inside]
posted by justjess at 3:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Grating grates!
I recently had the hardwood floors redone. The floor guy did a great job, except dropped the ball in the floor registers, now what? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 3:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How to develop a viper's tongue?
How can I learn to think on my feet and be quick with witty/snarky responses? [more inside]
posted by never nice at 3:33 PM PST - 41 comments

I'd really like to like this job
I have a job that I like (or at least I like sometimes) with a boss who alternately micromanages and is totally hands-off. Morale at the store is really low, particularly lately, as we've had several big tasks to juggle. I need advice on how to deal with it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I screen scrap a changing website?
How do I save a (that is constantly getting updated) webpage automatically every time it changes so that I can parse the page later with a program? Note I am trying to save someone else's website that is being updated. I want to extract their data. Screen Scrapers I have seen don't do what I want and I am not sure what this feature is called if it exists. [more inside]
posted by santogold at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

calling all HR/recruiters...resume update?
I've recently (yesterday) been promoted to a new position at work. I have been actively applying for jobs for some time now. As I continue my search, should I alter and update my resume to reflect the new impressive job title? Or will the recentness of the promotion look odd to recruiters and HR? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me come up with the youtube kpop playlist to end all youtube kpop playlists
Help me come up with the youtube kpop playlist to end all youtube kpop playlists [more inside]
posted by wooh at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

I must have control!
I need a recommendation for a wireless gamepad for my late 2008 iMac running Mountain Lion; OR advice/troubleshooting on how to get a PS3 wireless Sixaxis working. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 2:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find engineering work off the beaten path?
Asking for a friend: just out of college and looking for a job. I've gotten as far as I can through Googling and my personal network, but browsing through endless generic online job sites hasn't brought results. I can move anywhere, commit to any length of time, and don't much care about the pay. How do I narrow it down? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Seattle children potential homelessness
Seattle child services question: pending homelessness for 2 undocumented children... [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Potatoes okay after a hot summer in the ground?
Should-I-Eat-ThisFilter, gardening edition: while cleaning my garden after months of neglect, I found a ton of gorgeous fingerling potatoes. The bad part: they've been in hot soil all summer. I didn't even know they were there. [more inside]
posted by liet at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Have leaders of non-Christian religious faiths spoken out publicly on the immigration issue in the United States?
Have leaders of non-Christian religious faiths spoken out publicly on the immigration issue in the United States? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

An Apple mouse costs 5 times a much!
Can I get a PC mouse to work on an iMac? [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Pre-teen boy in Chicago in mid-September: what should he do/see? The sky's the limit....
Fun things for an eleven-year-old boy to do in the city of Chicago, September 14-17. Money is no object. I need as many interesting suggestions as possible! [more inside]
posted by chonus at 12:58 PM PST - 28 comments

What was the EC Comic with this alien story?
Please identify this science-fiction EC Comics story involving a mind-controlling alien. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

How to best show off partly curly hair?
After a lifetime of stick-straight limp hair, I've finally gone curly! . . . partly. What do do with hair that is half straight and half curly? What haircut can I get to maximize the curl? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Cardio/calorie blasters for upper-body?
As a woman, is there cardio I can do to help build strength and some bulk in my upper body? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie at 12:42 PM PST - 18 comments

enery shot without artificial sweeteners
Where can I find a 2oz energy shot that's not made with artificial sweetener? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s?
Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s? It was shown repeatedly on either IFC or Sundance in that period. Set in LA, it seems now like a precursor to "mumblecore" films with non-actors poorly recorded with only a bit of a plot. The protagonist was male, shorter, dark-haired, and kind of aggressive in the way he would talk to people; I especially remember he would mostly repeat what other people would say, maybe two or three times, rapidly, with this angry tone. [more inside]
posted by stevil at 12:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Stranger than Fiction
What film is this? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find fabulous, head-turning fall shoes or boots for $300-$500.
Can you help me find fabulous, head-turning fall shoes or boots for $300-$500? [more inside]
posted by slenderloris at 11:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Future proofing against being passed over for a job?
I'm a web developer, and I'm growing concerned that somewhere down the line from my career, I'll be passed over for jobs because of younger people. Is this concern justified, and if so, what steps can I take to prevent it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 19 comments

How to dispute a move-out bill?
How do I go about disputing this apartment move-out bill? [more inside]
posted by graymouser at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Slow Rider
How do I slow down traffic on my quiet residential street? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 10:34 AM PST - 15 comments

All the King's horses and all the King's men
Suppose there is a person who was broken into many pieces. Scientists can look at bones and say where on the body they came from. Can they do the same for pieces of flesh and muscle? [more inside]
posted by bugmuncher at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Launched myself into uncertainty, now what?
I quit my "Dream Job" after 5 months, currently face-to-face with the unknown. Advice? [more inside]
posted by twentyfoursummers at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Not so funmood
How do I completely remove the funmoods search toolbar from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 9:41 AM PST - 10 comments

SEA -> JAC by Air and Land
What's the most scenic way to make a combined flight / drive to Jackson, Wyoming from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bbuda at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Or I can just start slappin' 2x4s together.
I have designed a house (in Google Sketch Up) that I intend to build. I have not insignificant relevant experience, but I'm neither an engineer nor an architect. Can I just give my design to any old architect and have them turn it into a coherent blueprint for a house that won't collapse? How much should I expect a thing like that to cost? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Too many Pintos on the Dance Floor
So many pinto beans . . . [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 9:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Do candidates outside the US release tax returns?
Do presidential/prime minister candidates in countries other than the United States release tax returns? [more inside]
posted by dsfan at 8:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Setting up an iPad via Wifi
Can you set up an iPad via wifi? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

DIY Satellite Dish Realignment
My satellite dish may have slipped slightly out of alignment. Is realigning it a DIY job, or should I call a professional? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 7:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Sesame Street Song
Asking for a friend: long lost song from Sesame Street. [more inside]
posted by kelseyfrost at 7:04 AM PST - 4 comments

overthinking a plate of house mice.
Mousefilter: a house mouse got its back half stuck in a box fan last night. We heard it squeaking and rescued it (and I got nipped). Nurse line tells us to keep the mouse, just in case, and page our doctor. We did. This morning, when we came out, it was on its back and non-responsive, but still breathing. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 5:22 AM PST - 20 comments

I would like to learn more about the Australian Aborigines
I would like to learn more about the Australian Aborigines [more inside]
posted by poxandplague at 4:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Bellboyyyyyy!
I missed the 2012 Olympics. I've heard there was a great scooter portion. I'd like to see this, but can only find video from within the club that rode. Does anyone know a link to video of the scooter ride from the audience/media viewpoint?
posted by _paegan_ at 12:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How many stars we see are already gone?
How many of the stars whose light we see at night are actually already dead/gone/disintegrated? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 12:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I just pay off my student loan?
Should I just pay off my student loan? I owe $4800 for federal subsidized/unsubsidized loans. I have a three month grace period and already paid off $700. The thing is, I have $6000 in my bank, and if I pay off my loans, I'll have about $1000 (enough to keep my bank from charging me minimum balance fee) and also qualify for food stamps. The food stamp would really help because I have physical illnesses that keep me on a strict diet, and I don't see myself going desperate only with a $1000 now that I have a job that fully pays my rent. I don't really need $6000 for anything. It pretty much just sits there. [more inside]
posted by kopi at 12:26 AM PST - 37 comments

August 17
Meeting the sexual needs of a disabled man
How to meet the sexual needs a disabled person? [more inside]
posted by loveandlife at 11:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Help a mental case when it comes to sex
Help me understand the psychology of Orgasm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Security Clearance Blues
What are my options with a lengthy wait on an interim security clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Oh my God, they're so...
What other bands have a similar sound to Gotye's State of The Art, Hearts A Mess and Thanks For Your Time? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 10:34 PM PST - 4 comments

CSS Filter: Can I get some auto-height up in this biach?!
CSS Filter: I have a standard three column layout. I cannot figure out how to get the left and right columns to have a height that automatically stretches to the length of the center column. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for empty stomach heartburn?
I'm fairly certain I have GERD & I am making an appointment with a specialist, but in the meantime, what are your tricks for avoiding or quashing ye olde heartburn? [more inside]
posted by katemcd at 10:19 PM PST - 35 comments

What is it like to work as a care worker?
Asking for a friend: What's it like to work as an in-home, community care worker for the elderly? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

harding icefield trail turn back point
How far along Alaska's Harding Icefield trail did I get? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I Tumbl my blog?
How can I set up my Blogspot blog to automatically also post to Tumblr? [more inside]
posted by Levi Stahl at 7:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Do You Know What It Means to Rediscover New Orleans?
Best way to rediscover New Orleans for a former resident and a best way to discover it for her newbie husband? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Old Cassette tapes - keep 'em or chuck 'em?
40 + years of sermons on cassette tape - now all converted to .WAV. Throw away the tapes or keep them? [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 6:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Automatic photo slideshow from Facebook feed
Wedding slideshow brainstorm: Is there a way to have an automatically updated slideshow running from a Facebook photo feed? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

We require more dictatorial duck-billed diplodocuses
Alternatives to Tintin that are not Asterix for a 5 year old? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 5:33 PM PST - 21 comments

What is this brown-bodied, red-headed, winged insect?
Another insect ID question: what's this thing that was in my NYC apartment? It might be a biting insect, but it's obviously not a bedbug. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the happy medium?
How do I come to terms with the fact that my apartment will never be as neat as I would like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 21 comments

How to interact with the person my wife had an emotional affair with?
My wife has been having an emotional affair with another man, a married co-worker. Help me get what I want out of my first social interaction with him since the news broke. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 45 comments

Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust?
Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust? [more inside]
posted by picapica at 3:22 PM PST - 25 comments

What the heck ARE these things?
Can you help us identify this interesting little garden insect? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 3:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I explain that I've never had a salary?
My salary history is ridiculous and piecemeal, in part due to working abroad for much less money than I would have made in the U.S. and also just being generally underpaid. I am not opposed to disclosing it to employers when asked, but am afraid the complexity would be a turn-off. How do I signal to employers that I'm not trying to be coy but that I don't really have a salary history that is going to be useful for them in determining my potential salary? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 3:01 PM PST - 20 comments

A Nice Night Out Near Augusta, Maine?
Recommend me a nice/ special occasioin restaurant within an hour's drive of Augusta, ME? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I ask my doctor to test for?
Chronic fatigue + thinning hair, what should I ask the doctor to test for? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:41 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I sleep sleep with my partner?
How do I sleep (as in, catch some z's) with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson at 2:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Why Don't Westerners Wear Robes in the Desert?
In the heat, Bedouins wear long, flowing robes. Westerners wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. What are the advantages of the robes? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 2:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Should we live on a yacht in London?
My boyfriend and I are moving to London in the next few months. Are we crazy to consider sailing his 10m yacht there and living on it in a marina, especially going into the winter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I learn how to work on my new 30-year-old VW Rabbit (Diesel)?
Best shop manuals and online forums for vintage VW Diesel Rabbit owners? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

therapist/life coach in southeastern Michigan
Need a therapist, or help.. something. Preferably one that uses a sliding pay scale. Somewhere in southeastern Michigan.. ideally somewhere wayne county or the eastern end of washtenaw county. [more inside]
posted by previously at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the best way to "slick" my hair a bit, but won't make me look like a creep?
Male, late 30s - what is the best way to "slick" my hair a bit, and won't make me look like a creep? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 1:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Glass-casing a laptop?
A certain relatively expensive, recent (2011) but not current computer is for my needs the apotheosis of laptops. I can buy another one, but how long should I think it can be glass-cased before it starts to rot? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

search Twitter by date + hashtag?
Is there a simple way to search Twitter for all posts containing a specific hash tag across a specific date range, e.g. search for #humblebrag for the period April 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012? I'm trying to avoid the slow process of working the infinite scroll to view older posts that I have yet to read. Using Win7 and Firefox 14. Thanks.
posted by paphun123 at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Help finding cheap college text books
What are some sources for inexpensive college text books (used, rentals, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by MikeKD at 12:55 PM PST - 27 comments

What does it take to be a genetic engineer?
What does it take to be a genetic engineer? The sort that modify gene sequences to make organisms better suited for humanity. Is it possible to be a self taught genetic engineer with textbooks and home made lab equipment without endangering myself? I can spend 10-20 hrs a week on this endeavor. Going to college doesn't seem like a good idea due to my work schedule and because I already have an advanced degree and don't see the appeal. [more inside]
posted by savitarka at 12:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Oh iced coffee, why you make me feel this way?
I drink iced coffee from Starbucks once or twice a week. My standard order is a grande with two Splendas and 2% milk. I've noticed that by the time I get to the end of my drink I have that shaky and empty feeling that usually means my blood sugar is low. I don't notice any particular sugar/caffeine high while I'm drinking it. I usually sip on it while I'm working at the computer, so it takes about 45 minutes to finish the drink. What could be causing the sugar-crash feeling? Is it all in my head? [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead at 11:32 AM PST - 31 comments

Budget rivets for budget fidgets?
What store would have a rivet-like thing (small!) that I could pick up today or tomorrow to make a more discreet version of this style bracelet? [more inside]
posted by tilde at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

ID this book, 1970s YA edition.
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me. Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s: 1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water. 2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter. Any ideas?
posted by Bourbonesque at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the best way to clean sleeping bags?
I forgot to remove my sleeping bags from the attic when the exterminator fired off a bug bomb to deal with our scorpion incursion. Now the bags are coated in fine white dust, and I'm terrified to use them. How can I safely clean them without ruining them? (For that matter, is the dust that big of a deal? Can I simply wipe it off and get on with life?)
posted by jackypaper at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

How to handle theft from a hotel in Ireland when visiting from USA?
While on vacation in Dublin, Ireland, my cousins' cellphones and some cash were stolen from their hotel room. The hotel staff were less than helpful about the situation. How do they proceed? [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 10:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Worry about Anemia or let it slide?
Having a hard time getting a doctor's appointment, feeling run down and probably anemia has gotten VERY bad. Ok to wait, or step up the urgency? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 10:50 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I make my time with a Nordstrom personal shopper awesome? Also, what is a reasonable budget for a quality work wardrobe?
I'm meeting with one of Nordstrom's personal stylists tomorrow to update my work wardrobe. It needs a pretty serious overhaul. How can I make the best use of this time? How much should I budget for this trip? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 10:48 AM PST - 31 comments

Movie sequels which feature original as movie within a movie
Movie within a movie sequel? Both Beethoven II and Seed of Chucky, are sequels where there is a movie being filmed, and the movie being filmed is the original movie of the series. Are there more like this? [more inside]
posted by dipolemoment at 10:46 AM PST - 21 comments

my favorite poem in Japanese
Quick Japanese translation request ^_^ 天も地もなしただ雪の降りしきる I've seen the googled translations, but would like a bit more in depth of how its being translated and other workings. E.g. is the snow pouring (heavy snow) is there no land or no earth, or what is not in existence here, what is? Thank you Japanese friends!
posted by 1inabillionmistake at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Rune priest ability tracker?
Nerd alert: I'm playing a new rune priest in D&D. The class has tons of active and passive area effects to keep track of, which makes it both fun and challenging. Does anyone know of a worksheet I can use to make this easier? Something that I could glance at quickly to see what effects are active. I can certainly write one myself, but I'd like to save time if possible. Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani at 10:41 AM PST - 3 comments

How to backup remote web server and email on servers?
Backing up a web server and the email on it to a local machine, how to do? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I start being skechy?
What are good resources for someone looking to start writing sketch comedy? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround at 10:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Transplanting success in the hot sun
Tell me your suggestions for transplanting plants when the temperature is hot. [more inside]
posted by surfgator at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Fiddle Me This.
Any violin geeks out there? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a phone to hold me over until my upgrade on Verizon
I need a Verizon phone to carry me over until the new iphone release. What's a decent cheap phone to get without doing the contract renewal or using up my upgrade? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 10:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommendation for CBT therapist in Raleigh?
Recommendations for a CBT therapist in Raleigh or downtown Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

i'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours
help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Accounting Invoice
How can I best handle an invoice from an accountant that does not seem reasonable to me? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

I can do this. I once promoted a dinner party that got 15 people. So, I just need to do that again, times 100.
I suddenly find myself in a position where I am trying to promote an event to get thousands of participants. But I have never promoted an event before, and I have no budget! Help me get some ideas on how to get the word out. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting an entry-level job in a medical office. (Medical assisting vs. front office stuff)
How should I go about getting an entry-level job in a medical office? Medical assisting vs. front office stuff. (Snowflakes inside.) [more inside]
posted by aphorist at 9:19 AM PST - 16 comments

What is this type of chart called and/or how do you create one in Excel?
What is this type of chart called and/or how do you create one in Excel? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

what breed are these puppies?
What breed are these puppies?
posted by mmiddle at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about a fictional peoples.
Does there exist a demographic of humans currently living in the United States of America that are "on the fence" about who they will be voting for in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections? Additionally, I'd like some sort of description of these people. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad at 8:56 AM PST - 26 comments

Secular songs of communal joy
Secular songs of communal joy? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen at 8:48 AM PST - 33 comments

The United States of Polos?
Are there are any attempts to catalog the different American regional fashion (hair, clothing etc) styles? I'm looking at blogs, books, infographics (in humorous or non humorous fashion) that discuss my observation that Americans dress differently, even during similar temperatures and situations or certain categories of people (i.e. college aged male frat guys). [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Professor Creepy Comes to Town
Former professor made a pass at me. This was upsetting because I consider him a mentor and didn't think he had those kind of motivations towards me. Now he is in town and wants to take me out. What should I say? [more inside]
posted by idle at 7:47 AM PST - 64 comments

Recommend a weapon and duty gear.
I'm going to be working as an armed guard and would like your recommendations for firearm and duty gear! [more inside]
posted by kavasa at 7:42 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I watch this years Vuelta a España online?
How can I watch this years Vuelta a España online? [more inside]
posted by u17tw at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

An array of choices....
Looking for advice from other mefites on how to best use the additional disks I've purchased to expand my current home Linux server. RAID5/6? Native ZFS raidz? Something else? Also curious about use of iSCSI instead of SMB for things like Time Machine, etc. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

keeping the crush crushy while apart?
new lover-type going away for a month... thoughtful gestures for the duration? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

No really, I need more songs like Call Me Maybe.
The things we do for our kids: Music edition. I need music to dance with with my baby during his night time fussy periods. Embarrassing examples of what works well inside. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 7:05 AM PST - 26 comments

I used to have nightmares about this
Assuming I'm not crazy, how do I stop my hair from thinning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Is it common for people to compartmentalize their friends and not introduce their friends to each other?
Is it common for people to compartmentalize their friends and not introduce their friends to each other? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 52 comments

Lac Leman Statue Hunt
Help identify this Geneve statue! [more inside]
posted by keasby at 6:19 AM PST - 1 comments

Recommendations for great books about probability and risk.
Recommendations for great books about probability and risk. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 5:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Where to get powdered paint from?
Where do I get powdered paint from similar to Holi, the Indian Festival of Colour? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque at 3:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get offsite backup for the 5gb data a day my library volunteer role generates?
Help me back up offsite the huge files I'm generating in my new voluntary role (c. 5Gb per session)! [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin at 3:24 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the best hardware solutions for a good Go To Meeting conference call?
Is there a non-headset way of eliminating echo and feedback in Go To Meeting? [more inside]
posted by nangua at 1:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Asking for letters of recommendation by email?
Thinking about applying to graduate school while living off-campus-- when and how to ask for letters? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 1:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get steamed cake?
Where I can get "steamed cake"? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Is Assange more at risk of deportation in Sweden?
Is Julian Assange at greater risk of being extradited to the US in Sweden than he is in the UK? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 12:09 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm Making a Messenger Bag
I'm making a messenger bag, and I seek a particular type of fastener. [more inside]
posted by Chasuk at 12:06 AM PST - 4 comments

How long do babies play?
Google and Google Scholar are not helping me answer this. I'd like to know what the typical/bell curve range of attention span and play episodes (not eye contact) are for infants and young toddlers (under 2). I can find decent info for older kids, but all the child development studies I've found seem to assume an implicit range for "short/long". I'm especially interested in solitary play episode length with a single object.
posted by viggorlijah at 12:00 AM PST - 3 comments

August 16
Is there anything worth seeing at the Yolo County Fair?
Has anyone ever attended the Yolo County Fair? How good is it? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:10 PM PST - 8 comments

My life is a tangled mess...
I'm a 20 year old college student and I was recently cut off from my parents. I have literally NOTHING -- no health and car insurance, no money, no extra clothes other than the ones I ran away wearing, no car, no phone, and etc. Please help me get my life back together! [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 10:48 PM PST - 40 comments

Jung and the Shadow
When and it what volume did Jung introduce the concept of the shadow, and what else should i read about it? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Negotiating on benefits: Sure, you can supplement my take-home pay with chocolate.
I know how to negotiate on salary. Tell be about negotiating on benefits. What have you asked for and received that really sweetened a job offer for you? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 10:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Calligraphy in my yard, perhaps.
This patio seems to be calligraphy. I can't read it. [more inside]
posted by ptm at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How bad is it?
Moment of crisis. Wife was fired from nursing job; now she's concerned that future nursing jobs may be partly or entirely beyond her reach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me kill my eMac
Help me kill my eMac (snowball) [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

sleeping near the fishes.
Looking for an affordable, funky inn or B and B in Monterey so we can hit the aquarium first thing the next morning. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 8:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a job (with MS) in Seattle
A recent diagnosis of MS, a year of living off my savings (no unemployment) and a need for some thoughtful advice from the hive mind. More inside. [more inside]
posted by superguppy at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it okay to ask my depressed partner not to tell me certain things when he is upset?
Is it okay to ask my depressed partner not to tell me certain things when he is upset? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 38 comments

Where can I find the right mental health provider for my friend?
Central Texas Filter: I need recommendations for mental health providers (especially in the Austin area) who specialize in treating profoundly gifted adults with severe mental health issues (including suicidal ideation) and/or sleep disorders. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Inoculation against the Dotty
Advice needed for how to play nice with a neighbour-relative who is sweet to the point of cloying and whose opinions and behaviours frequently illustrate that we share a different reality. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 7:16 PM PST - 34 comments

Canon 5d video n00b
Canon 5D filter: I'm going on a trip to Honduras with a NGO in November to photograph their work developing clean cookstoves for families. I'm cool on the photography front, but need help figuring out a relatively lightweight rig for video using my 5d mk ii. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Touring Turin?
Going to Turin for a couple of days in September... probably. What should we see and where should we stay? Or should we go somewhere else close other than Turin? This will be after Venice and Florence and before Milan.
posted by smackfu at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

What would an early 50's man with MS like to volunteer for?
What would an early 50's man with MS like to volunteer for? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 5:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Garden of Eden treasure?
I'm familiar with Genesis 2:11-12 which briefly mentions the existence of gold in the area surrounding the Garden of Eden. But are there any other ancient references, be they apocryphal, Talmudic, or in folklore, that links Eden with some sort of material treasure? [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit at 5:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Where should I take the kids before going to Disneyland?
Where should I take the kids before going to Disneyland? Our family of four, including a tween and young teen are scheduled to arrive in Anaheim on a Saturday about noon, and we are going to the park the following day. What can we do the afternoon and evening of arrival? Huntington beach? I don't want to wear anyone out the first night.
posted by nedpwolf at 5:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I use a French sim card with my Droid Razr?
Can I use a French sim card in my Droid Razr? [more inside]
posted by mollywas at 5:05 PM PST - 2 comments

I seem to have misplaced my motivation.
What motivated you to get through college successfully? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump at 4:25 PM PST - 51 comments

Might be getting CRPS, what do I need to do?
Might be getting CRPS, what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by mxmm at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Tips and Tricks for a large group at Disney World?
I've seen questions about Disney parks on here, but I'm looking for specific tips for a trip with tons of little kids - both in Florida theme parks and on the Disney Dream ship. What has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by tacodave at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

iOS Developers! Take My Money! Photo App Neede!
I'm a very happy owner of a new iPad. I also have the cheap, Chinese knockoff equivalents of the Apple Camera Connection Kit (1 for CF cards, another for SDHC and variants). They work great and cost me next to nothing. I shoot raw and fine quality jpeg pictures. How can I transfer only my jpegs to the iPad without tranferring the raw files (in this case .NEF at the same time? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 3:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Travel blogging with the iPad
I'm about to embark on a 5 1/2 month gig playing on a cruise ship in Europe and The Caribbean, and I would love to regularly publish a blog for my friends and family to follow my journey. Level of difficulty: iPad only. [more inside]
posted by pedmands at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Tutoring student with likely neuro problem isn't getting help. Course of action?
I have been tutoring a teenage student for several months and have observed some unusual things, some of them quite worrying. His parents asked me to help him get his online classwork done (he's in a full-time online high school). He had done next to no work on his own, but it seemed he was capable enough, especially with his math assignments, although he needed a lot of prompting and hand-holding for written work. However, he seemed to have trouble walking (odd gait, sometimes crashes into walls) and couldn't type or write very well (holds a pen very awkwardly, very poor handwriting, types with one finger and literally can't strike two keys at the same time). More worryingly, he can't seem to concentrate and often just stares off into space with his eyelids drooping. This problem seems to be getting worse, and on a recent day he told me he needed to "keep [his] brain absolutely empty to get rid of [his] tiredness." I get the impression his vision may be deteriorating too; he seems to have trouble reading text on his computer screen now, which I had not noticed until recently. [more inside]
posted by molybdenumblue at 3:29 PM PST - 31 comments

Dressing as Mr. Wednesday: How can I fake a glass eye?
Dressing as Mr. Wednesday: How can I fake a glass eye? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

trying to find a This American Life episode...
trying to find a This American Life episode.... [more inside]
posted by space cat at 3:14 PM PST - 2 comments

What happened to the Japanese blog Pink Tentacle?
Will Pink Tentacle ever come back? [more inside]
posted by nevan at 3:11 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to start to learn PHP *TONIGHT* on a Mac! What the hell do I need and is there a good site/tutorial/book that is best suited for the job?
I want to start to learn PHP *TONIGHT* on a Mac! What the hell do I need and is there a good site/tutorial/book that is best suited for the job? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

We had to go deeper
Does anyone have any experience with using cell phone signal amplifiers? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 2:03 PM PST - 9 comments

God screw the goddamn queen
Universal swear words in latin-american spanish? All I know is Mexican. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 1:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Where did this come from?
USMAIL Filter: I received an envelope, with one blank sheet of paper inside. Any way to identify exactly where it came from? [more inside]
posted by thatgirld at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to help a depressed houseguest
How can we help our houseguest who is severely depressed? Is it okay for us to require our friend and daughter move out, even if she hasn't been able to find somewhere else to live? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I handle an ultimatum from my girlfriend?
My girlfriend has given me an ultimatum regarding anxiety and travel. Is this a problem or an opportunity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 64 comments

Healthy coping mechanisms for being a trans teen
How to help a trans teenager feel like he has more control over his life? [more inside]
posted by lover at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me plan a trip to Cuba!
Cuba vacation! Leaving from Montreal, mid-late October. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 1:22 PM PST - 1 comments

What kind of cockroach is this?
Please help me identify this cockroach species. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Knee deep in fun fur and EL wire
What are your recommendations for Burning Man clothes for a female? [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 1:01 PM PST - 25 comments

a helping hand in finding a helping hands?
Helping Hands -- the adjustable magnifying glass with attached clips thingie for soldering and crafts and such -- does anyone have recommendations for a specific model? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Take this job and shove it.
Where can I read online stories of day-to-day work drudgery? Looking for true stories involving the Sunday Evening Blues™, sick feeling in the stomach upon arriving at work, wardrobe anxiety, things like that. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Which microSD/SDHC cards are best for Zoom H1?
Which microSD/SDHC cards are best for Zoom H1?: I have a Zoom H1, and plan to get a few more microSD/SDHC cards for it. Are there any rankings, rules-of-thumb, opinions or other considerations wrt best choices? [more inside]
posted by Tuesday After Lunch at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Prevent Electrical Tape Designs from Peeling Back?
Have you ever heard of people using duct tape and electrical tape to create art? I've been doing it since middle school, but lately, my designs are suffering from the tape refusing to hold its place, and it eventually will wrinkle, shift, and completely come undone. Need help thinking of a solution to prevent it from happening. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How to find people on the internet?
Best online services for finding lost friends? [more inside]
posted by caveatz at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies?
How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:36 AM PST - 27 comments

This isn't one of the "figure flaws" they list in magazines.
I'm just under 5'5". Unusually (I think?) for someone of average height, I have long legs *and* a long-ish waist. This is possible because the distance between my shoulders and under-arms is, apparently, according to the shirts of the world, unusually short. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 11:21 AM PST - 7 comments

What is a reasonable expectation for couple time?
What is a reasonable expectation for 'couple time' on a typical evening? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:20 AM PST - 35 comments

Multiple successful musicians?
What musicians were members of more than one big, successful band? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:07 AM PST - 134 comments

Most Reliable & Best MPG used Car
UsedCarFilter: My budget is $8500...What is the most reliable and best MPG used car can i get? 90 percent of my driving will be Highway. Reliable and high mpg are a must. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:05 AM PST - 22 comments

I have a terrific recipe to marinate Mahi for fish tacos. Can this be used to make a tofu/tempeh version with much success?
I have a terrific recipe to marinate Mahi for fish tacos. Can this be used to make a tofu/tempeh version with much success? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Am I going to be audited?
So I was just wired ~$23,000 into my checking account from a foreign bank. How much (if any) tax do I have to pay on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I clear up my acne scars?
I'm in in my 40s. I have scars on my face from teenage acne. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Keep me healthy and happy
Bored with lunch. Healthiest salad combos? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Plumplumplumplumplum
Once again, we have an overabundance of plums. Hit me with your best plum recipes-sweet, savory, canning, whatever. We have Santa Rosa, Italian prune, and some unknown purple variety that's pretty sweet. I'm a competent canner and also have a dehydrator. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 10:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Ehrlichia tests?
Any advice or experience with Ehrlichia in dogs? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 10:04 AM PST - 1 comments

Firewall between work and personal writing.
How can I build a wall between writing I do for my employer and writing I do on my own time? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

The perfect birthday poem for an adolescent girl.
Help! Looking for a poem to include in a birthday card to my daughter who turns 13 tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by incandissonance at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How many houseguests can I accommodate after giving birth?
How many houseguests can I accommodate after giving birth? [more inside]
posted by saratravels at 9:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Underground Uppsala?
Where do all the weirdos hang out in Uppsala? What are the good punk/metal/jazz/whatever venues? Are there any social centers/autonomous spaces/hacker spaces? Which organizations are dealing with leftist politics? Are there any cooperatives? ETC! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 9:40 AM PST - 1 comments

I'd kill for her
Vegetarian parenting, infant edition. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Complex market research project needs hope
How can I use some sort of GIS or market analysis software in the project I've been assigned? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Who is responsible for repairs after a rental house fire?
Asking for a friend- Who is responsible for the cost of repairs after a house fire? I am renting the house. I have renters insurance. The fire report said no negligence on my part. I'm located in California. [more inside]
posted by Secretariat at 9:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Need recommendations on stories of journalists living in exotic locales and covering colonial life, OR stories of people traveling on long voyages by ship.
I need recommendations on stories of journalists living in exotic locales and covering colonial life, OR stories of people traveling on long voyages by ship. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 8:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles?
Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles? [more inside]
posted by tzb at 8:04 AM PST - 16 comments

What makes this game genre so popular?
What makes you gravitate toward time management and city simulation games? Looking for anecdata and citable studies. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Total Annihilation
Is it possible to play the original Total Annihilation online (on e-WarZone etc.) on my mac? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I save to a text file in Excel 2011?
I'm on a mac. A colleague sent me an Excel file (.xls) which I looked at in Excel 2011. It looks fine. I would like to save the file in some sort of text format, so that I can open Terminal and look at it in less. I realize that the columns won't align nicely, that's fine. What I don't want are all the weird characters that show up (from differently formatted line endings, etc). I've tried saving as "Tab delimited text," but that has the problem with the line endings. Which format should I use?
posted by bluefly at 7:22 AM PST - 9 comments

We are visiting Paris for 5 days in mid-September. Where should we stay?
We are visiting Paris for 5 days in mid-September but don't yet have a place to stay. We'd like to find something unique, central to the city, friendly, and affordable (<$100/night). Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 7:20 AM PST - 16 comments

making friends in a second language
Making friends in a second language: Can you explain to me why it doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 6:52 AM PST - 53 comments

Extra people listed on a foreclosure action
My mother in law was placed permanently in a nursing home last year. It took about 14 months, but her home has finally gone into foreclosure. This is fine with us. We were served with the papers on her behalf last night, and I noticed that there were additional defendants besides her listed on the form. Are these corporations/people responsible for having themselves removed from the suit if they are not actually involved? [more inside]
posted by crankylex at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pry open my oyster, please.
How should I approach planning for my new goals? [more inside]
posted by mibo at 6:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Dining while driving
What are some dinner foods that I can eat while driving? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 6:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Commute to Rowayton , CT
Is a daily commute from Manhattan 34th St , 9av to Rowayton, CT doable? Has anyone done that? Is it like more than 2 hours? [more inside]
posted by jassi at 5:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Can we chat about it?
Need a chat/forum-solution for a limited time. Since I've been out of the loop for some time I look to you, mighty Mefites, to hear you personal choises and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 4:49 AM PST - 2 comments

how do i fix this fake iphone?
My friend bought a fake iphone online. Now it isn't working properly - it resets randomly and plays music randomly. I can't find any docs online. How do I fix it? It is a Java phone, adual sim i5 tv. Many thanks.
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Need help finding Khan Academy's phyical address
I'm trying to find the exact physical location of Khan Academy offices. I think they're in Mountain View, CA, but they may have moved a short distance away. I can find no reference on their website to a physical office; they have a PO Box listed, but I need to know where their physical offices are located. Any help is very much appreciated.
posted by Vibrissae at 2:11 AM PST - 4 comments

TV to watch irons go by
I like watching light drama/90s sitcoms while I'm doing chores or want to relax for a bit. I've run out of my favourites, and there's probably a lot of stuff I've missed due to being too young or not staying in enough when they were broadcast. What next? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 1:50 AM PST - 61 comments

Suggestions wanted for internet blocking software.
Suggestions for internet-blocking software for OS X 10.8 wanted; alternatives to Freedom and Anti Social. [more inside]
posted by FrereKhan at 1:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Preparing for an interview with a thin resume
How do I prepare for an interview for a job that I want, but am most likely not qualified for? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi at 1:08 AM PST - 9 comments

August 15
Can you help me find a copy of this court case?
I found a link to an old court case involving a relative of mine. Google Books won't show me the whole thing - can anyone find it elsewhere or suggest how I can get a copy? I don't have access to legal databases. This is the link, and my relative referred to is Erno Scheiner.
posted by Joe in Australia at 11:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us figure out where to celebrate NYE in Europe!
Where to travel for Xmas/New Year's in Europe? [more inside]
posted by picarosado at 10:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the name of an obscure mlb relief pitcher?
Trying to figure out the name of an obscure MLB relief pitcher with a unique windup [more inside]
posted by aviwarner at 9:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Two Years Too Late Apology
How to go about sending an apology after two years of no contact with a former friend? Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 9:39 PM PST - 19 comments

How to build my own artificial jellyfish?
I've been obsessing about the artificial jellyfish lately and I want to know how difficult it would be to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 9:38 PM PST - 2 comments

"Treat him mean to keep him keen"?
I'm a nice, friendly person, not a passive doormat, just... nice. But apparently I need to be a mean bitch. I thought "men love bitches" was just a cliche... [more inside]
posted by rose-selavy at 8:44 PM PST - 35 comments

I am getting fired. Help my life not fall apart around me.
I know that I am going to be fired. I do not know how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 39 comments

What can I *add* to my life to help with my binge eating and/or desire to lose weight?
What can I *add* to my life to help with my binge eating and/or desire to lose weight? Additionally, what texts or exercises helped you work past bingeing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 26 comments

MetaBiography
Help me find a way to get others to tell stories about my long-deceased father online. I'm thinking a Wikipedia-type, open-source place where folks can go and log in (or not) and add their portions of the story of his life. I imagine childhood friends sharing vignettes from 5th grade, high school girlfriends, co-workers, people I don't have access to adding stories.
posted by kristymcj at 8:00 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do about my mother in law and her parenting?
My Mother-in-law is sending her children to my house as punishment and it makes me very uncomfortable and I need help figuring out how to get her to stop. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 7:39 PM PST - 43 comments

navigating SEPTA
Going to Philadelphia for the first time in a couple of weeks and need tips about making the best use of public transportation. [more inside]
posted by missriss89 at 7:15 PM PST - 36 comments

How can I order a basket of tasty treats for family vacationing in Switzerland?
My in-laws are vacationing in Beatenberg in Switzerland. I want to get them a basket of great food delivered to their apartment. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 7:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Family Ties
Relative robbed our grandma who has Alzheimer's... took $10,000 worth of gold belonging to me. Not the first time. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 6:47 PM PST - 21 comments

It sounds awesome, unless it doesn't! How is the perceived pitch of my recording changing on different sound systems?
My recording sounds fine on some sound systems, but occasionally seems off-pitch on other setups. I have no idea what's going on. Help me understand this, and prevent it in future? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

vacationing with my phone
Seeking hotel recommendations in either the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Baby monitors please!
Please recommend a baby monitor. [more inside]
posted by bq at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

How to prevent art theft without watermarks?
What is the best way to prevent art theft without putting a huge watermark on a piece? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Newborn insurance?
Is there an insurance option for this snowflake situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Where and How to Watch Non-US TV Series?
Forbrydelsen, The Bridge, Borgen - all these great Danish and Swedish television series. Where and how the heck can I watch them? [more inside]
posted by henry scobie at 4:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Moving clips from iMovieHD to iMovie '11
I have many short movies in iMovie HD. I need to select clips from these movies and paste them into a new movie in iMovie '11. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Bluetooth headphone recommendation with Windows 7
Looking for Bluetooth headphone recommendation to replace Motorola S305 which don't work with Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 3:41 PM PST - 0 comments

Kittens cannot live on motor oil and fan belts alone. Right?
You might remember me from such questions as "There's a cat wedged in my car" and now that the cat isn't wedged in there but instead entertaining the entire household with hysterical kitten antics I have a concern about feeding him. [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 3:37 PM PST - 21 comments

How do you promote yourself with a pen name while keeping your 'real' name as private as possible?
How do you promote yourself with a pen name while keeping your 'real' name as private as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books?
Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 3:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Moving away to university in September. What can I do to meet people, and improve my abysmal social life, confidence, and interpersonal skills?
Moving away to university in September. What can I do to meet people, and improve my abysmal social life, confidence, and interpersonal skills? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax at 3:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Safe physical activity while on coumadin
How cautious do I need to be with physical activity while on blood thinners (coumadin/warfarin)? [more inside]
posted by Leontine at 2:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Spanish reading for the beginner?
Recommendations for beginning Spanish reading? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Gamification of Dissertations!
I am in a cohort of a few PhD fellows who, at the time we could really use each other for support, find ourselves scattered to various corners of New England. How can we motivate each other when we don't see each other on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate at 2:27 PM PST - 5 comments

where can I pre-present my paper?
I have to do a 45 minute presentation at a summit next month. I need to give this presentation the practice it deserves. But, everyone is on vacation in England and the school year does not begin until after the summit. I am in England, I have little money, and I really need an audience who know about social enterprise and journalism to tell me what I need to do more clearly for this presentation. can you give me any advice? the conference is in four weeks.
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Can This Sauce Be Saved?
Is this mexican-type enchilada sauce redeemable? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 2:06 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get awesome
What does it take to get movie star super-buff? Like Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrel, Jessica Biel level buff? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 2:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Need help with restaurants in Washington DC please.
Need help with two types of restaurants in Washington DC please. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:55 PM PST - 33 comments

Time to fly?
How did you - or someone you know - decide the time had come to get your own business off the ground?
posted by st starseed at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

What to watch after Breaking Bad?
Have loved Breaking Bad, but it's nearing its end. What are some other high production value TV thrillers should I watch? I like season-long story arcs, suspense, and excellent writing and acting. I love BBC's Sherlock, 24, Dexter, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones.
posted by shivohum at 1:37 PM PST - 66 comments

Is a nearly free masters degree worth it?
Can get a bioinformatics masters degree for nearly free - should I do it? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Anti-choice except for my daughter
Is there a link to something moderately believable on the internet talking about an encounter with an anti-choice protester and her daughter in a Planned Parenthood waiting room? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 1:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can we memorialize our dad OUTSIDE a cemetery?
Park benches, Disneyland bricks, memorial reefs... what are some other ways to memorialize someone outside of a cemetery? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty at 1:14 PM PST - 16 comments

How stupid is this stupid hard drive question?
How bad an idea is storing my backup disks (hard drives in my car)? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me support him without being his mother.
New-ish guy friend I've been dating is experiencing a (potential) flare-up of an old, painful and worrying health issue/injury. How can I support him without going overboard into mothering mode, overstepping his/my boundaries, or otherwise screwing things up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

The amount of movies set in Paris is too damn high
Help me find a romantic movie set in Paris, further details are fuzzy. [more inside]
posted by starzero at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Agencies in Sweden that work with refugees?
Is anyone here familiar with organizations in Sweden that work with Iraqi refugees, especially in the Stockholm area? [more inside]
posted by Papagayo at 12:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me write a pretty syllabus.
Help me write a pretty syllabus. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

What nootropics work?
How many users have experience with nootropics? The ones who do; what do you use/do? [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank at 11:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Do people marry someone similar?
My friend has heard that people marry those who are similar to themselves (in looks, age, social class, education etc). He worries this will rule out all the "good" women. Help me advise him how marriages really work. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 11:41 AM PST - 36 comments

Moved back to the Netherlands, and I'm hungry.
Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad. Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
posted by digitalprimate at 11:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Factors to consider when choosing a cancer treatment center
Please give me recommendations on good Bay Area cancer treatment centers. [more inside]
posted by pluot at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

finding good student violins
My daughter has been taking violin lessons for about 5 years now. Her current violin was a beginner/student violin we bought from a music rental company in the northeast. Her instructor has recommended that we need to get a better violin for her, as she is progressing and is reaching the limits of this violin. Living in Maine, there aren't that many local outlets for reasonably priced/good quality student violins, so there are few options other than the internet. Please help me narrow down my choices. [more inside]
posted by rudy26 at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

What do I do now that I don't do drugs?
Please help me find some alternative activities to drugs and booze - stuff to keep me diverted and entertained during the long nights of insomnia and loneliness I'm looking forward to over the next few months. I'm looking for both general and specific recommendations - books to read, films to watch, games to play, things to cook and activities outside the house I could get involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me solve my problem
I have issues with anxiety in relationships, but I recently started seeing a wonderful man, and will start going to a therapist soon. However, I'm looking for techniques or ideas to help manage my anxiety while I'm searching for a steady therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Is an online MBA worth it?
I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 10:33 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I hack my appliances?
I am interested in the Internet of Things and would like to learn how to make machines, specifically appliances and the like, respond to sensor data, price signals, etc. Where do I start? Arduino? Zigbee? Is it even possible to augment a toaster or refrigerator or washing machine in this way? Specific book and/or website recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.
posted by theexpgen at 10:16 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do and where to go in and around Asheville, NC?
What to do or where to go in and around Asheville, NC? [more inside]
posted by item at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

I need to get all of these DVDs out of my living room
How do I convert my movie library to digital? [more inside]
posted by lindseyg at 9:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Apps for tracking restaurant recommendations?
Is there a good app for tracking restaurant recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us decide if our budget allows us to purchase a multi family home!
[BudgetFilter] We're about to purchase a 3-unit multi family home in a desirable downtown area near a large park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The rental market in our city is very strong and continues to get stronger. Does this potential budget make sense and put us in a good financial position for the future? Details and actual budget numbers within. [more inside]
posted by elisenavidad at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I do with this year to increase my chances of teaching next year?
I am just finishing up a phd. I'll be defending in September, getting the actual degree in October (I hope). I'd like to get a job teaching English in a private high school, but obviously I'd be applying for the following school year, not the year that's about to start. So what should I be doing this year? I need to support myself, of course, but I'd like to do so in a way that will make me more attractive to schools. I already sub at one school, and am planning on trying to get on the sub lists for some other schools. But is there anything else? What are some short-term or part-time means of employment that school administrators would like to see on my resume?
posted by Ragged Richard at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for the Energizer Bunny of gum.
What's the longest lasting (in terms of flavor) gum? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Songs/Poems/Writing (brief) done by people near the end of their life, especially those who knew it was near their death.
We have a venue and put on a monthly variety show. Up until now there hasn't really been a theme, just lot's of variety. I'd like to focus one of these on Songs/Poems/brief writings that were done by people who were dying and knew it. I think Freddy Mercury did a few songs celebrating life, I know that Warren Zevon did. Anything you can give me would be appreciated. And it doesn't really have to be celebratory.
posted by kenaldo at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I encourage my friend to come out of his shell?
O wisest MeFites, do you have any ideas about how to foster intimacy in a friendship with someone who is emotionally guarded and shut down? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia at 9:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Suggest some quicker ways for producing 20-30 traditional mail shots.
Suggest some quicker ways for producing 20-30 traditional mail shots. [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I do in Palo Alto tomorrow?
I'm going to Palo Alto/Menlo Park tomorrow. I'm going to have an afternoon to kill by myself -- if I only have one afternoon, what should I do, and where should I eat in the South Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 9:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Paying Mom Back
Should I give my mom money so she can stop working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 29 comments

Different parenting styles.
I have been married for around 5 years, it's a good marriage. My wife suffers from depression, which has made it difficult at times, however we have worked through these periods. Now we have a daughter, she is 11 months old and perfect in every way. My wife has very restrictive views on parenting, which are pretty different to mine, how do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Can quads and denim mix?
Leads for finding sexy fitting jeans for a short lady with massive thighs and some booty? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 9:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Please help find a source for a specific ghost story
Please help me ID/ find a source for a specific ghost story about starved ghost children eating the new occupants of a house! Quickly... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 9:07 AM PST - 0 comments

HTML not supported
I am using Serif Webplus Free Edition to build a website. But I am unable to link the pages to each other as the built in site checker recommends. I can't generate .html or insert .html. The pages themselves are labled index.html, page1.html, etc. But when I preview it in Internet Explorer, the navigation bar won't take me to following or preceeding pages. Is the problem with me or the software? What am I doing wrong?
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Renter's Insurance in California?
Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

To resuscitate or not to resuscitate
How do you reconcile end-of-life decisions with your partner? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 8:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Validating data for data validation.
[ExcelFilter] Can I use one data validation list drop-down menu to specify which values will show up in a separate data validation list drop-down menu? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Wondering if a new S1500 scanner is worth the expense
Document Scanning -- I have a fairly old Fujitsu FI-4120c scanner I use for scanning double sided documents. I'm wondering whether a newer S1500 is worth a buy? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

This is a joke, right?
Rather out of the blue, my husband of 7 years brought up the baby question, about 5 years after our last conversation on the topic. I came back to him later that evening with one "neutral" (and sufficient) class of reasons why I was not interested in forming another babby: I don't want to give up my current freedoms to go back to the baby/preschooler parenting lifestyle. But behind that there is a big pile of more emotionally charged reasons that I didn't mention, and I don't know if I should. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 7:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Whence this feline other?
Please help me learn about the evolution and cognition of house cats. [more inside]
posted by farishta at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting while configuring updates during startup?
Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting *while* configuring updates during startup? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Enable my addiction
Search interface for Zappos.com that includes more granular price information? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Charge!
I'm trying to find a USB hub with at *least* 4 ports that will charge all my devices as a standalone charging station, not plugged into a computer. It is difficult to distinguish from product descriptions which devices expect to have a computer attached. [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 7:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Computer-liquid interaction
Can my laptop be repaired? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 7:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Cleaning up my alcoholic sister's poo...
Found my sister yesterday in a poo covered apartment. I had her sent to the hospital (which she was released from 2 weeks ago). She was drinking again but now her apt, carpet, floors, mattress and sofa is covered with poo. I just opened the windows and locked the door when they carted her out. It needs to be cleaned up but should SHE do it or hire someone to do it or should I get it cleaned up and/or present her with the bill? Will a regular cleaning service do this or do I need some sort of specialized service? I've talked to some people and arguments for having me clean it up is: someone out of the hospital really doesn't have the strength to deal with this. arguments against is: she needs to see/be responsible for her life and the results. I don't know what to do. Any thoughts?
posted by CodeMonkey at 6:49 AM PST - 45 comments

My mom won't bathe.
Ideas to help a mom who won't shower or bathe. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find this olympics gif.
Help me find this olympics gif. [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 6:00 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get PDFs from shared drive onto multiple iPads?
Help me set up a system to make PDFs available from our corporate network to our users' iPads. [more inside]
posted by Infinite Jest at 5:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Nature's egg timer?
What readily available materials change state at a constant, predictable rate in an easily observable manner? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 5:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Egyptian Arabic Translation into English please
Eyptian Arabic Translation Needed: انا دلوقت فى القطر لما اروح هكتبه وابعتهولك What does this mean in English? I tried Google translator and Bing, but it came back gobbledygook. Thank you!
posted by thatgirl1985 at 4:45 AM PST - 8 comments

How to fix my gums
My gums appear to be falling apart. Is there ANYTHING I can do about them before I get scolded by my dentist? Tell me about the time you fixed your gums on your own. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 4:41 AM PST - 55 comments

Well I gave it five stars David
I've seen very few movies. Educate me about the classics of world cinema. [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 4:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Uniquely Columbian recipes?
A relative is about to head off to Bogota for work. What uniquely Columbian food can I make for the going-away picnic?
posted by stefnet at 4:05 AM PST - 8 comments

My turntable's too fast
My turntable plays records too fast. It has no adjustment knob. How can I slow it down? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 2:03 AM PST - 10 comments

I need your used laptop expertise
Pre-Used Laptops - Recommend a Workhorse [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

August 14
My first heartbreak and confusion is keeping me from moving on
My ex-boyfriend and I (27 and 28, respectively) were together for 9 months. The last 3 months were a little rough because he has serious insecurity issues and they manifested in our relationship in multiple ways. As soon as I thought we were hitting our stride around the 9 month mark, he went away for the weekend for a "boys' trip" to the beach and sent me a Facebook message to break up, to not speak or see each other ever again, and refused to give me a reason. Since then he calls me, crying, begging for guidance...what is happening? [more inside]
posted by orumi at 10:55 PM PST - 93 comments

Photoshop stroked objects and drop shadows
Photoshop semi-newbie here, using CS5. When I create a rectangular selection on a new layer over a layer with a photo, then apply a stroke to create a simple frame, I'd also like to create a subtle drop shadow that would stay outside the shape. That is, the drop shadow should show up on the outside edges of 2 of the sides of the entire rectangular selection, but not inside the other 2 edges. The drop shadow should not be applied to the stroke itself. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts at 10:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Are old friendships really that much richer than new ones?
Is it really so bad that I don't have friends from high school anymore? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee at 8:28 PM PST - 57 comments

For f's sake
How do you write your lowercase 'f's? All above the line or partly below? I'm trying to work out if this is a US/UK-specific thing. [more inside]
posted by atlantica at 7:52 PM PST - 64 comments

Who is this Hindu icon?
Who is this Hindu avatar depicted on the temple in Changu Narayan, Nepal? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County
I'm seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 7:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Is my hamster sick?
My dwarf hamster has dirty back and bottom, I immediately thought it was a case of wet tail having heard of the disease before but she shows no other signs of this or any other illness. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Crickets, Singing Crickets -- Where to find them in Seattle
We, my tenants and I, have been buying crickets from Prtvo and letting them loose in the flower beds so as to provide a summer night's ambiance for our urban courtyards. And it works, after a fashion. But pet store crickets intended for iguana maws are not the singingest of crickets. They chirp. Which is OK but... [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

"Why am I supposed to divide here?"
I need books that are good at explaining how to explain things to children. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

When my husband files for divorce, what is my next step?
YANAL, but I need some direction. I think my husband is going to ask for a divorce, and I am clueless as to the next steps. He significantly outearns me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 30 comments

What's the best way to close a deal with a client?
What's the best way to close a deal with a client? [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik at 6:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for songs about grasslands and prairies
Looking for songs about and inspired by grasslands/prairie. [more inside]
posted by scrambles at 6:03 PM PST - 27 comments

I need a time machine
A little more than a month ago, I started a full-time telecommuting job that I thought was my dream job. When I took it, I was working part-time (and had been since my son was born two years ago). This is my first full-time job since becoming a mom. I now think I made a big mistake. [more inside]
posted by trillian at 5:04 PM PST - 21 comments

What to do with large two-trunk tree in garden?
I have a large tree with two trunks in my garden. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by oliverst at 4:15 PM PST - 9 comments

How much will fixing my car cost? Is it safe to drive?
My relative backed into my '09 Civic in the driveway. The front emblem and fender are bent; it appears that the radiator is bent as well. The car starts without problems. What am I looking at? Should I drive it into the shop, or have it towed? Relative doesn't have the wherewithal to fix this; should I make a claim against my own insurance?
posted by sonic meat machine at 4:14 PM PST - 23 comments

A Gay is Looking for Fashion Advice
What are the best agressive, alternative, out, fun, political, pro-gay shirts? I'm looking to update my wardrobe with some more queer clothing and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 4:02 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I manage this hellish office?
How does one 'fix' the culture of a toxic office? How do you get employees with resentments and a variety of interpersonal issues to work together as a team? [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card at 3:34 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I talk about my family
How do I talk to potential romantic partners about my rough childhood and my mentally ill mother? [more inside]
posted by minorcadence at 3:19 PM PST - 32 comments

How do you get "eyes on the back of your head"?
How to have eyes on the back of your head and stop a teenager in their tracks when bullshitting and breaking the rules? [more inside]
posted by misspony at 3:02 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm tired of sitting in a leaky rowboat... I wanna run a tight ship!
I am *finally* getting an assistant to help me tackle my workload and upcoming projects, which has been a chaotic undertaking for one person. She's really smart and retentive in exactly the way an awesome assistant should be... we're determined to get super organized as a team so I want to start off on the right foot and be able to focusing on monetizing instead of answering email all day. Here's my question: what are the best apps/sites/software nowadays to manage and document big workloads, contacts, meetings, tasks brainstorms, and overall projects and stay organized easily as a team? I know there has to be some great new stuff out there that I haven't heard of. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 2:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Reading textbooks on an Android tablet
If I get a Google Nexus 7, will I be able to use it to reliably read textbooks? My college primarily uses Pearson textbooks for the courses I'm taking. Does anyone have experience with those textbooks on an Android tablet? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Hey, I have a great idea: Pinterest for web sites. Oh, wait.
What is a good substitute for delicious? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Browser based programming environment?
I want to set up a browser-based programming environment for my projects that I can access from the web whenever I'm not at home. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Making sense of Sun Control Window Film
Should Solar/Sun Control Window Film be applied to these windows? I'm trying and failing to make sense of the specifications/numbers... [more inside]
posted by maya at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me plan a three week honeymoon to Australia?
Can you help me plan a three week honeymoon to Australia? Looking for general travel tips as well as recommendations for individual places to visit and stay. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Simon_ at 1:15 PM PST - 21 comments

What novels will nurture my inner entrepreneur?
There are plenty of non-fiction books on the subject of startups and entrepreneurship. But what about when you don't have the energy to learn? Please recommend me some novels on the subjects of creating products, building companies, etc. Inspiring tales of business and innovation... [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find an antique/vintage pearl ring in the Toronto area
Recommend jewellers in the Toronto area where I might be able to find an antique/vintage pearl ring to give my partner for our 5th wedding anniversary! [more inside]
posted by colourmebrad at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Just Say Yes or No!
What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
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