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September 30
Hey, watch out for my pho*SMACK*
Why does it seem that all modern phone/answ. machines when wall-mounted stick out VERY FAR? [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 10:57 PM PST - 8 comments

What's with this knife?
Anything interesting to know about a little chinese knife that has a smaller knife attached to the front of the case? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

NOITROTSID
(The original) The Shining: filmed on a 1.37:1 negative for display on a 1.33:1 TV or matting to 1.85:1 in theater (see 1, 2, 3 and many other sources). So why does my PC's DVD player grab screenshots at 1.50:1? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 8:57 PM PST - 15 comments

speak no evil
Can you think of a good monologue or short story that would translate well to being told/described using only body language, without words? [more inside]
posted by stray at 8:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Custom Postcard
Does anyone know of an online photo processing website that will allow me to upload photos and get them printed off as postcards? I've only found a few sites that will do this and they tend to be rather expensive (i.e. $2 per postcard). Also, the website would need to ship to Canada. Thanks
posted by jplank at 7:58 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I control iTunes with my laptop's media buttons?
How can I control iTunes when it's not in focus with the media buttons on my Dell laptop? [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Final scene of
In the final scene of the novel "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick.... [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 5:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me deliver a manuscript from Vancouver to NYC by end of business Monday Oct 2nd.
Help me deliver a manuscript from Vancouver to NYC by end of business Monday Oct 2nd. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

CAD programs that don't suck
Looking for a decent free CAD program that can import an existing blueprint in TIFF or JPG format. [more inside]
posted by Jawn at 5:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Cox Cable Webstar Modem with Redhat Linux or Alternatives?
My father-in-law (retired blue-collar aluminum worker, widowed, fixed-income, screwed out of health benefits when his former corporate employer filed bankruptcy) has an old Win 98 computer. Last year I installed major upgrades and switched him to Redhat Linux. All was well until Cox Cable swapped his old cable modem for a Webstar that is not Linux compatible. Can I get him back on Cox Cable with Redhat Linux without having to buy a new computer? Would a new cable modem work and if so, what brand?
posted by Didaskalos at 3:36 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I unsubscribe from American Public Media's e-mail newsletters?
I'm currently subscribed to, and wish to unsubscribe from, American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith" and "Writer's Almanac" e-mail newsletters. Neither APM's site nor the newsletters themselves seem to offer an unsubscribe function. I even e-mailed APM several months ago to request that I be removed from their mailing list, but haven't heard back. Short of adding APM to my ISP's or mail client's spam filter, how can I stop these newsletters?
posted by cmyers at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

A realistic A-10 joystick?
A friend needs help finding a realistic A-10 joystick. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 3:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Where is the Ben Hammersley Reboot8 podcast?
Why is it so hard to find a podcast or MP3 of Ben Hammersley’s presentation “How to Be a Renaissance Person” at Reboot8 (2006)? [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

How to access broadband from rural locations in Ireland
What are the alternatives for accessing broadband with a laptop while traveling in rural Ireland--internet cafes not acceptable. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Secure Wireless Internet
How can I make a wireless internet connection as secure as possible? This question is actually for my father, whose practice is set up in a building that offers free wireless access to its tenants. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Ajax design tips
Ajax design - The more little UI widgets I add to my project, the harder it is to maintain a coherent directory structure. Any tips or articles on how to maintain an intelligent directory/site structure on Ajax projects, where you have N number of little UI widgets that are retrieved on demand?
posted by xmutex at 1:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find a javascript slider bar widget?
I need a javascript slider bar widget with a couple of special features. [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 12:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Pickled sausages? Do tell.
You know those pickled sausages you can buy at convenience stores? The ones wrapped in plastic with a little bit of brine? I love those things. Especially if they're spicy hot. My dad used to buy them at the grocery store back when they had to be fished from a jar with a pair of tongs. How do I make pickled sausages of my own? Has anyone done this before? I'm willing to go to a lot of effort in order to have a jar of tasty pickled sausages that I can access at a whim: boiling, cooking, canning, whatever. Though it's going to limit responses, I'm mostly interested in recipes that you've tried yourself and know to be good. (I'm also open to recipes for other pickled meat, as well.) Nutrition not a factor.
posted by jdroth at 12:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Hoping the hive can help me find the full text of "Aphorisms on Future" somewhere on the interweb
[FailedGoogleFuFilter] Please help me find the full text of "Aphorisms on Futurism" online [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Can someone identify the muic from this advertisement?
Can someone identify the music in this french advertisement? [more inside]
posted by rom1 at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

A tough drive to mount . . .
Every time I boot up my Intel Imac, I have to unplug and then replug my external hard drive in order for it to mount. It's a 160GB Seagate SATA internal that I put in an iRocks 3.5 enclosure (USB). When I open up Disk Utility, the drive is not displayed in the left column (until I unplug, then plug). It's just storage for my EyeTV files, but still annoying to have to do that every time. Ideas?
posted by drewcopeland at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Options for Unwanted Kids
Adoption? Foster parents? What are the options for two neglected children of a crack addict mother? [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Cosmetics Help, Please!
I found a great antique Elizabeth Arden sterling pressed powder compact that would make a great birthday gift for my wife. But there's [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Internal hard drive to external?
I have a hard disk that I pulled out of a dead computer. It has been formated and has data on it. Are there any external adapters that I can plug it into so that I can use it as an external drive?
posted by mtstover at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I buy legitimate Office 2004 for Mac at 50% of list?
I am purchasing a couple of Mac Minis for a little project, and I need legit copies of MS Office 2004 for Mac. I can find plenty of places online selling the "Full, Standard" version of the software, which is what I want, for $125-$175. This is over 50% off list. Are these discounters selling illegitimate copies? Can you suggest a good place to buy this software? I need to purchase it by midnight tonight (we expense software for tax purposes).
posted by Kwantsar at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

San Jose/South Bay: Where to shop outside of the big box?
I am looking for fun/funky one-of-a-kind type places. Places that you take a visitor because they don't have a shop like that in their town. [more inside]
posted by deedeep at 10:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Boot Problems with CD Drive
My Dell Inspiron 5100 Laptop will not boot from any burned Live CDs, and in Windows XP the CDs appear blank. Other computers will load from the same LiveCDs, and my laptop will boot from the Dell diagnostic CD that came with the computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 9:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Why won't my new USB drive autoplay?
I got a new USB drive, but when I plug it into my computer at work, it does not automatically launch an Explorer window, not does it recognize the autoplay icon I have on there. [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 8:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How old is my AIM screen name?
How do I figure out how long my AIM screen name has been active?
posted by honorguy7 at 7:08 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I dual boot Ubuntu and XP using entirely different disks?
How do I dual boot Ubuntu and XP using entirely different disks? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 6:57 AM PST - 6 comments

The duck goes quack quack
Do you know the name of this song and the artist? It's a female singer. The only way that I can think of to describe the style is French or Brazilian jazz. The only lyrics that I remember are "and the duck goes quack quack" and also something about a goose going "honk" and "summer." (MI) [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 4:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Make Room for the Make Room For The Mushrooms Ad
I have been searching for video of a 1980s UK advert quite possibly for mushrooms, which featured lines of mushrooms marching towards the viewer chanting "Make Room For The Mushrooms!" I have looked on YouTube, etc and searched vaguely around torrent sites. Does anyone have it on VHS just waiting to be capped and uploaded or (more realistically) any ideas where I might find it or where else I might ask
posted by criticalbill at 2:30 AM PST - 8 comments

September 29
Anal mp3 tagging question
Anal mp3 tagging question: I'm organizing my mp3 collection and frustrated with how inaccurate the genre tags are. Does anyone know of any good programs that can automatically scan mp3 and update accurate and more specific mp3 genres? (iam currently using fixtunes which uses the amazon database, which is quite awful.)
posted by nyu2 at 11:22 PM PST - 17 comments

How does this sex thing work anyway?
Possibly NSFW question about sex and positioning inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 45 comments

what movies have good reenactment scenes concerning the american revolution?
What movies or documentaries have good scenes that could help me demonstrate important topics surrounding the American Revolution? I teach 8th grade. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 8:11 PM PST - 18 comments

DSL is impossible, T1 is expensive. Is there another option?
How can I get internet access for less than $400 a month? [more inside]
posted by turducken at 7:09 PM PST - 29 comments

What are the lyrics to Meredith Wilson's "Iowa, It's a Beautiful Name"?
"Iowa, It's a Beautiful Name" by (I think) Meredith Wilson. Does anybody know the lyrics or a songbook that contains it? It was published around the time of WWII. Thank You.
posted by davereed at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

What tools will help me extract the delicious goodness of butternut squash from its hard waxy peel?
What tools are best for peeling and cubing butternut squashes? I'm not looking for recipes; I need recommendations for knives or vegetable peelers or whatever works best. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 6:45 PM PST - 23 comments

iSad
I have a new iMac, a g4 iBook, a new Airport and a Westell router delivering Verizon DSL. They're not playing nicely. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

What laptop brand won't break?
[laptop filter] My girlfriend is looking for a new laptop, that will stand up to all the abuse she gives computers. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 4:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Digital Camera for Archival Work?
Best digital camera to use in archives? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 4:43 PM PST - 20 comments

How would I represent this logo in heraldic language?
Hey, SCAdians and genealogists: how would I represent this logo in heraldic language? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

How you say?
How does one pronounce the word "exquisitos"? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 4:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Love Type Mix Tape - Nerdy Version
Suggestions for indie/alt (ish) rock type love songs? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 4:18 PM PST - 40 comments

school network security software
The alumni association wants to buy me some network security software for the students to block "non educational sites," prevent them from downloading related software, and can revert back to a specified login setup. Looking for suggestions inside. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

What was that video I saw?
Name that animated internet meme [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

External hard drive doesn't play nice with computer.
Can you help make my computer talk to my external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 3:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Where did all the propagandists go?
Are any of the old Soviet poster designers still working? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Practical Astronomy
I've heard astronomy has given us great insights about basic physics (and could be seen as a form of basic physics research). What technologies do we have today that can trace their gensis to astronomical findings?
posted by phrontist at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Where are all the smart people?
Are people in general really this stupid or am I just expecting too much? [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 3:33 PM PST - 59 comments

Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life?
Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life? It would be an added bonus if it s/he had worked out the different value in different parts of the world. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 3:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Has craigslist really destroyed the local paper's rental listings? What now?
Is craigslist now the only place to search for apartments in urban areas of the U.S.? What does this mean for the significant share of the population that is not computer literate? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 3:14 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I bake bread with great crust?
I really, really love good crusty bread. Crust that's chewy and you have to really pull to get off the loaf. Could you please share your tips.
posted by ok at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Security problems.
Sending many different encrypted strings as URL arguments and want to decode them via a shared public key. How much security is necessary and possible? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 1:52 PM PST - 32 comments

Jury duty questionnaire in Ontario
Realistically, what will happen to me if I don't return my "Questionnaire as to Qualifications for Jury Service" in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by ParsonWreck at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Save money or brain cells?
We're about to have our house exterior repainted, and it will need sanding and grinding. Should we use a regular painter, or do we need a lead abatement specialist? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

How to do a software release party?
Help me plan an event to celebrate our new software release [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

So much to do, so little time.
Weddingfilter/Catererfilter/Photographerfilter--Los Angeles Co., anyone have first hand experience with any of these in the LA Co. area? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Oh WOW this will be bad!
Today I find myself in a precarious situation. I am a college student who happens to live in a four bedroom apartment with two other guys; however, I have discoverd that one of my roommates is flying his internet girlfriend in from Alaska on Saturday morning so that they can live together (The story gets better/worse - they developed their relationship through playing Warcraft). [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 12:39 PM PST - 107 comments

Chinese Inscription Translation
What do the Chinese inscriptions on my art say? [more inside]
posted by thomascrown at 12:39 PM PST - 2 comments

What's a grognard to do?
Help me find collaborative hex-mapping software. [more inside]
posted by jammer at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Hangover cure?
Wow, not one "cure" question under the "hangover" tag. Anyhow my wife has a bit of a hangover from wine last night and I'd like to help her out. What do you suggest for a remedy? Anything that you swear by? She's got mostly a splitting headache and a little nausea. I know water prevents it, but it's already happened.
posted by zek at 12:16 PM PST - 55 comments

Where can a schizophrenic live?
Where can a schizophrenic live? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Drivers license query
Where online can I look up how many points are on my Pennsylvania drivers license? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get out of the helpdesk!
Help me get out of the helpdesk! [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Does the music industry sponsor spyware companies ?
Does the music industry sponsor spyware companies ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find Kona Sugarloaf?
Where can I purchase a fresh pineapple variant that I can't find at the supermarket? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 10:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there an open source software ap like Pageflakes or Netvibes?
Does anybody know of an open source web application similar to Pageflakes, Netvibes, or Google Personalized that I can run on my own web server, and extend for my own needs? [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Font Identification Jamboree 2006
Pretty simple font identification question with bonus small caps discussion! [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Help! My computer freezes instantly!
Help! My computer freezes almost instantly after power-on! [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

It keeps going and going and going . . .
I can orgasm, but when my boyfriend's there it takes an hour and a half. What gives? Obviously not safe for work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Is this extraordinarily insane or just ordinarily so?
What kind of hours are typical requirements for a political campaign job? What kind of hours are actually legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I treat play tires so that they dont shed rubber?
How do I treat sun weathered tractor tires so my kids dont get so dirty? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 9:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me get my SanDisk mp3 player working again.
I have a new SanDisk Sansa m230 512MB. I had it loaded up and plugged into my Thinkpad T23 (with Ubuntu Dapper on it). I accidentally unplugged it while it was ejecting, and when I next tried plugging it in, the unit was read-only. [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

TGP or not TGP, that is the question
A friend and I are starting an adult TGP. We're both highly skilled web designers / programmers and realize that the only way we'll have a shot in the crowded world of online porn is to make our site as unique as possible. So what features (existing or not) have you always wanted to see on a TGP site? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 9:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
I'm looking for opinions on the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L series lens. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Calling all roof rack ninjas.
Help me quickly disassemble a set of Yakima racks. [more inside]
posted by mragreeable at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a fair price for used computer equipment between friends?
What is a fair price on an older, used computer? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 8:02 AM PST - 23 comments

Job Identity Crisis!
What am I? (Job title question) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me feed by acquarium obsession!
Acquarium hobbyist looking for suggestions on her new-found obsession. I've had a freshwater tank for years and just now really got into having it heavily planted and aquascaped. Now I'm really wanting to expand and possibly develop a cichlid or saltwater tank. There's just a few problems, (and lots of questions) [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 7:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Why does my phone sometimes say it's 'restricted'?
Is using a new SIM card confusing my mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What's up with my forearm?
Ow! What can I do about a pain I'm experiencing in my forearm assocated with weight lifting? [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Blow Up
Where can I get an inflatable mattress in metro DC? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 7:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Is Habitat for Humanity fun?
Is Habitat for Humanity fun? How does living (or not living) in the volunteer housing affect the experience? Tell me about your experiences...
posted by shivohum at 6:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Fastest way to get a u.s. passport
HELP! What is fastest way to get a U.S.Passport? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 6:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Why is my baby's sleep inconsistent?
I have a 7 month old son. We love him to death, but he's currently driving us crazy with his wildly inconsistent sleeping habits. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 27 comments

what does this sticker mean?
bumperstickerfilter: what does "m'alp you!" mean? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 6:18 AM PST - 10 comments

$100? Can I pay you in Bugs Bunny stamps?
Are stamps a legal form of currency? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:15 AM PST - 16 comments

DOS, FTP & Incremental Backups
DOSFilter: I want to create regular backups of a certain file, but details may change as well as folders - how do I do this? [more inside]
posted by samstarling at 6:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Nothing but .net
Why don't the New York Times Reader, Doppler, and Juice work? Doppler and Juice started crashing on my XP (SP2) box after a period of normal use, and I can't get the Times Reader to run at all. The common thread seems to be that these applications use various versions of .NET. The Times Reader requires the NET 3.0 Framework, which supposedly was downloaded as part of the Reader install. Any suggestions?
posted by lukemeister at 6:02 AM PST - 7 comments

How Do I Get My Quotation Marks To Play Together Nicely?
MicrosoftWordfilter: This program is vexing the heck out of me. I need some help with quotation marks. But not the wiggling finger kind. [more inside]
posted by willmize at 5:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Save the Sunflower!
How can I save my iMac G4? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 5:49 AM PST - 5 comments

What's wrong with my TV?
My Toshiba DLP (44NHM) that is a little over a year old turns itself off after about 5 seconds of being on. Turn it on, warms up everything looks fine it turns off after 5 seconds. Does the bulb need replacing? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a little help with javascript and webpage dropdowns..
Need a little help with javascript.. [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 4:26 AM PST - 8 comments

My Mac(Book) Sucks
Any advice for my MacBook Word / Excel / Powerpoint woes? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:09 AM PST - 17 comments

The big toe seems like it's pretty usefull
Every time I bend over and touch my toes, my left big one goes numb. That can't be good, right? [more inside]
posted by Drunken_munky at 2:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How to dispose of gently used cosmetics?
What do do with barely used cosmetics? Any ideas on how to give them a more useful life? [more inside]
posted by irian at 12:30 AM PST - 15 comments

September 28
Can my speakers be saved?
Oops, a really loud "boom" went over my computer speakers, and now they hiss way more than they should. Here's the thing. This isn't the first time. Oh yes, there will be... [more inside]
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 11:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Because Steve would have wanted to hear it.
Has anyone heard any Steve Irwin jokes? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 10:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Everything is Black and White... there are no shades of gray
Printing in black and white on an HP PSC 1610 from a mac. I can't believe that this is so hard to do, but I must be missing something. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

What do I taste at the GABF?
What to taste at the Great American Beer Festival? [more inside]
posted by iloveit at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Does any mp3 player have this list of features?
Is there any flash-based mp3 player that plays WAV files, has an FM tuner, records standard (44.1) WAV files from this FM tuner, has a 1GB or higher capacity, and is not much over $100? (I'm also grateful for any "almost" answers, since those might help me refine my Googling.)
posted by lorimer at 10:06 PM PST - 16 comments

To smooch or not to smooch
Chivalry filter: If a lady offers her hand to a gentleman, palm down, and they're someowhere causual like say, a coffee shop, should the gent kiss the lady's hand? Is there a formal way to receive the hand besides smooching it?
posted by serazin at 10:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Lost blog
A friend has (accidentally) deleted a blog on Blogspot. If Blogspot says they can't bring it back, is there some other way to bring it back from the great beyond? [more inside]
posted by divka at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Need Body Shop in Los Angeles
Good recommendations for auto body shops in Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:54 PM PST - 1 comments

What would be a good way to calculate "fuck-you money"?
What would be a good way to calculate "fuck-you money"? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 7:27 PM PST - 34 comments

The Robotic Fanfare
What's with that awful, seemingly random series of electronic notes played over the Fox logo at the end of the credits on the Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Strumming Pattern for "Wheat Kings"?
What is the rhythm guitar strumming pattern for the song "Wheat Kings" by Canadian band The Tragically Hip? [more inside]
posted by Ark_Light at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I help a loved one (who is not human) overcome insomnia?
My Mac mini can no longer dream of electric sheep. [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I get a cat?
I'm thinking of adopting a kitten (or possibly an adult cat) but... [more inside]
posted by keswick at 4:47 PM PST - 24 comments

Linguophiles: Help me settle this debate on the Chompskyian model of linguistics.
Linguophiles: Help me settle this debate on the Chompskyian model of linguistics. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 4:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Is this song lyric a real quote?
Elton John has a new album out. One of the songs contains this lyric: "And I don't recall who said it at this time / That 'your enemies grow strong on what you leave behind'". Is that a real quote from somewhere? Searching Google for more details just returns page after page of lyrics sites all with the lyrics for this song.
posted by Servo5678 at 4:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Pretenders Lyrics... or... What Is Reet... or... Special Reet Service
Is this really the right lyric to Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders? If so, what on earth does it mean? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 3:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Making Sense of AdSense
Approximately how much does Google's AdSense pay? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 3:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Meet the Kids
So this person I love wants to see my children. Does he get to? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 3:11 PM PST - 28 comments

LAME mp3 downsample
I need to batch process mp3 files from high bitrate to lower bitrate. LAME can do that - I think, but can anyone help me optimize for spoken mp3 files? I need a command line example and it might need a lowpass filter setting. Thanks BB
posted by bright77blue at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Good Van Morrison albums?
Van Morrison - where do I start? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:55 PM PST - 36 comments

A Pilgrimage of High-End Kipple
MovingFilter - Alright, Mefi, one last time. In about 24 hours, we need to load up our car with our worldy possesions and ship the rest for our move cross country. How best to ship about a dozen boxes of a standard size? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 1:54 PM PST - 17 comments

I Would Like My Cell Phone to "Ring"
Where can I download ringtones that sound like actual "ring tones"? I don't want Black Eyed Peas or Justin Timberlake. A beeping or a ringing sound will do. I can't believe how difficult this has been to find. Thanks.
posted by wfc123 at 1:41 PM PST - 18 comments

iTunes problem
I recently upgraded an old Mac G4 733mhz to iTunes 7. Yeah, big mistake. Beachballs galore. Is there a way to switch back to the previous version? Or could I install a faster processor (If I had read the system requirements it called for 1 ghz chip or faster)? This is a secondary computer that was basically used as a music player, so some light tinkering would be acceptable.
posted by vronsky at 1:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me optimize a list in Excel.
Help me optimize a list in Excel. (Excel gurus welcome!) [more inside]
posted by pealco at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Converting to a vector image
Talk to me like I'm 12: Is there a good way to convert a .jpg to a vector image? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 1:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Singles therapy for couples?
The spouse and I would like to go to counseling together - not because of any problems in our relationship, but because we both have issues with being forthcoming in individual therapy and in initiating a dialogue with the therapist. We figure that if we went together, we could enable each other to open up and at the very least support each other through what is (for us anyway) an unpleasant experience. (And if it makes us a happier couple, that's just a nice side effect.) Does anyone have any experience with this sort of arrangement? Should we pursue someone who specializes in marriage counseling, or someone who specializes in individual therapy? We each have psychiatrists and are on medication for anxiety and depression - this is talk or cognitive therapy we're talking about. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

When should I get tested?
Is there any use in me getting tested for any/all STD/STI's after only a few months since possible exposure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Shipping food cross-country
What would be the level of ease, as well as likely cost, of shipping a food item from Washington, DC to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

qsort comparison function with large structures. Best Methods?
What is the best way to create a function which compares two structures consisting of LOTS of elements for a C-based qsort routine? [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Why are some days bluer than others?
On some days, my Outlook calendar has blue and white diagonal lines on the sides of the day. Why is this? I know these lines mean "tenative," but I only really know one way to set appointments. Why do some days have these and others do not. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Old photos that look so... real
I'm curious about OLD historical photos that are in color and have such accurate color rendition that they look like they could have been taken in the past few years. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

What does a grey double border mean in Illustrator?
What is this mysterious double-bordered grey box that appears in Illustrator CS? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 12:08 PM PST - 2 comments

How doi I export a playlist as a single WAV file
I am looking to export an entire playlist to one .wav file. I am willing to download and install any software that is necessary to do so. [more inside]
posted by lukeomalley at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I use brick chunks instead of gravel for drainage?
Can I use broken chunks of brick in place of gravel for landscape drainage? I don't have access to gravel right now but I have some old bricks and I need to make a small ditch next to a house drain well. [more inside]
posted by cda at 12:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Us Find an E-mail Server
We need a new e-mail server for our (very) small, growing company. Who do you recommend that could set up our service tomorrow, today, yesterday? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Mac recovery
Help me recover a file on my mac! [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a painless way to move from Drupal to Wordpress?
I'd like to move my blog from Drupal to Wordpress. Is there a program out there that can help and automate the process or am I going to have to physically cut and paste about 700 entries?
posted by tozturk at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I ground copper water pipes to old iron water pipes?
How do I ground copper water pipes to old iron water pipes? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

The Mystery of the 4 Color JPEG
Is there actually such a thing as a "4 color JPEG"? And if so, why? [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 11:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Help a non-Cosmo girl find a good magazine
What women's fashion magazine do you like and feel is worth the cost? Or failing that, which ones don't make you hate yourself for buying them? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 11:21 AM PST - 51 comments

Help with Halloween Theme
Our office Halloween theme this year is Carnival Freakshow. Any ideas for costumes, props, general mischief? Thanks in advance.
posted by philad at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Making PDFs out of Word Docs and Preserving Embedded Links
How can I make a .pdf of a .doc file that maintains the copious hyperlinks in the original MS Word doc on Mac OS 10.4? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice for a modern international traveller?
EuroFilter: My mom is going to Munich the first week of November. She needs some help...see [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Feature or bug?
Any idea how this giant bug ended up on google maps? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 10:44 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I decrease FM reception for my car?
How can I decrease FM reception for my car? I have taken off the antenna, but would like to proceed further. [more inside]
posted by poppo at 10:42 AM PST - 17 comments

This wide and universal theatre presents more woeful pageants than the scene wherein we play in.
Shakespeare/Elizabethan History Filter: I am writing a story set within As You Like It. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the best options for a very cheap used car?
I need to buy a car for under $3000 to get me to and from work (11 miles each way). Any suggestions for the best make and model?
posted by gogomickey at 10:17 AM PST - 32 comments

Inexpensive (and unscary) hotels: Seattle/Portland
We're two recent grad-school graduates on a budget, travelling to Portland and Seattle in a couple of weeks. Any recommendations for relatively inexpensive hotels in both cities? (Previous Seattle questions have brought up the Moore Hotel, but in case they're booked, any alternative suggestions?) Thanks!
posted by hazelshade at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Toxic mould in my rice cooker?
What is this red mould in my rice cooker? [more inside]
posted by 999 at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

let the sunshine in
Has anyone had any experience with light therapy for SAD? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 9:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me make the best of two days in Arizona
I'll be in Tempe, AZ for a week on business in late October and I get the weekend to myself. What would you see if you had two days and two nights to yourself in the area? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

PCB Prototyping
Is there a simple way to do a PCB prototype? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I use Gallery or something like it as a CMS for presenting designs to clients?
I work for a small print and web design firm. We have clients all over the world and, while someone generally meets a client in person, it isn't always possible to present designs in person every time. I suggested creating a web site to handle this. When I made the suggestion I was thinking of Gallery, a program I haven't used in three years. Before I go further with development of this project, I thought I'd ask if anyone here had found an off the shelf solution to meet most or all of our needs. You'll find these points and [more inside]
posted by Grod at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Can airplanes really check your speed when you're driving?
You know those "Speed Checked By Aircraft" highway signs? I always use those as guide to knowing when there are no cops around whatsoever. But it got me to thinking: if there were in fact such aircraft COULD they check our car speed with radar? Is such a thing even possible?
posted by rileyray3000 at 8:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Should I go with Google maps API for my business?
Is there a reason I should or should not use Google Maps API for my business' search for dealers? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 8:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking up name variations
I find myself often having to look up several lists of names in a database. I would like to automate the process, but the problem is I'm usually given a nickname or variant on a person's full name (i.e. I'm given "Jim" and the name is "James" in the database). [more inside]
posted by zixyer at 8:33 AM PST - 5 comments

new career direction for a Chinese immigrant
Help with a new career direction for a Chinese immigrant to the US. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Animal in a coma?
Can an animal fall into a coma? [more inside]
posted by ob at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Do we really need a realtor in this situation?
Do we really need to use a realtor to buy this condo? [more inside]
posted by arco at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

How can an introvert survive?
How does an introverted step-parent deal with an extroverted child? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 7:53 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I properly frame a 19th C. albumen print?
What is the proper way to protect a 19th-century albumen photograph in a frame? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

My car was beeping when a state trooper wanted to pass me. How come?
My car was beeping when a state trooper wanted to pass me. How come? [more inside]
posted by good for you! at 7:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Since when do FBI agents wear camo?
What film was being shot in Washington Square Park yesterday? [more inside]
posted by schustafa at 7:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I COMPLETELY turn off Excel autoformatting?
How do I completely turn off all autoformatting in Excel? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it worth getting the hinge to a 2 + year old PowerBook repaired?
The hinge on my 2 + year old PowerBook is broken. Is it worth sending it out to be repaired (and does anybody have a recommendation for a reputable company to do the repair), or should I just buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Rename files with EXIF data?
DigitalPhotoFilter: I'm really bad for remembering when I took certain pictures so I need to batch rename a bunch of photos using the date and time EXIF info. Is there an easy way to do this on a Windows XP machine? [more inside]
posted by ChazB at 6:58 AM PST - 9 comments

White pants in Autumn? Are you CRAZY?!
Where to find white pants for men this time of year? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Has noscript killed my Firefox?
Has noscript killed my Firefox, and if so what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you suggest me some security software which supports remote management
I have recently started a new job in charge of IT in a small lab <10 people. A while back the lab was badly hacked into and data etc. was lost (there is evidence this was an inside job btw). As part of my remit I am in charge of making sure this doesn't happen again. The company has a site license for anti-virus software so that is not an issue however we currently have no anti-spyware, personal firewall or rootkit / trojan detector etc. What I'm looking for is one or more products which I can install on the user's workstations which are effective in these areas. The most important point apart from actually working of course is that I can centrally administer the software and monitor what is going on - edit firewall rules etc. So what products would you recommend that might satisfy these requirements. Oh yeah all users including myself are running Windows XP so cross platform is not a problem.
posted by empedia at 6:37 AM PST - 6 comments

help me get a fair shake.
I am leaving my fiancee, we bought a house together a year and a half ago. What kind of property rights do I have? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find online spanish programming
I manage a Language Lab at a University and our satellite programming is on the fritz. As an alternative while we get a new system purchased I wondered if there was any online television programming in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by genial at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Yet another request for SF info
Yet another San Francisco question (bear with me) but it's more specific and of course there's [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 6:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Neurological disease identification help?
Does anybody know the name of the neurological disease which breaks the connections of your passive feeling nerves but still leaves you able to control your limbs? [more inside]
posted by unrequited at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

encrypted IMAP storage?
Almost all my incoming mail messages are unencrypted. I use IMAP and access my mail from multiple macintoshes (using Mail.app). I want to store all my mail on my IMAP server encrypted so that my admins can't read it. [more inside]
posted by about_time at 6:05 AM PST - 7 comments

New books suitable for elderly aunt
What are some good books for my elderly old maid aunt? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 5:58 AM PST - 23 comments

NameTheShortHorrorStoryFilter
NameTheShortHorrorStoryFilter: Guy's reflection tries to come out of the mirror and kill him [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 5:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Sad lightboxes make me happy
How does the kelvin and lux ratings of a light relate to how effective that light will be for treating SAD? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Am I allergic to water?!!!
Please help me with my itchy and painful skin after a shower - it's driving me crazy!! [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 3:39 AM PST - 28 comments

bicycling restoration clues
My 20+ year old low end racing Trek bicycle is coming back to me. I need to restore it to working condition. I'm going to go to the bicycle kitchen to do the work but before I do that I'd like to read a bit. What books can a mechanically naive cyclist read to learn about tuning a bike?
posted by rdr at 3:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Philosophy or physics?
The Pre-Socratic philosophers came up with a lot of theories on what primitive parts our world is made up of. What is it that makes these theories philosophy? Why aren't these guys called the Pre-Socratic physicists? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 3:00 AM PST - 13 comments

email marketing software
what is best email marketing software to use when price is a big factor and only functionality i seek is tracking opens ?
posted by finnstones at 2:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking to get the word out to users
I've just gotten an open source project off the ground and am wondering about respectable ways to get the word out. [more inside]
posted by ephemerae at 12:29 AM PST - 10 comments

September 27
Spam / Snooping in Vietnam
I move to Vietnam. Nobody here has my gmail address and suddenly I get Vietnamese spam. How come? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 11:57 PM PST - 10 comments

tokaj recommendations?
Tokaj/Tokaji. I'm buying a gift for some friends who are Tokaj afficionados, and would love some recommendations for excellent Tokaj wines (ideally Hungarian or Czech rather than French/Italian Tokay or Tocai wines). They prefer the sweeter wines (5+ puttonyos) and it would be swell if I could find a 2001 vintage, as it's a 5th anniversary gift.
posted by judith at 10:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Lots of undercooked pork alert!
PorkFilter: Is there anything medically wrong with eating large amounts of pork, sometimes irregularly prepared? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 10:04 PM PST - 46 comments

Bootleg Trading Software?
Are there any free PHP and MySQL based apps for setting up a bootleg trading site? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 10:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Antideppressants & fatal heart arrhythmia??
Link between antideppressants & fatal heart arrhythmia?? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Finding Old Email
Help me find an old insightful email commentary (one that did the rounds on email) on the chauvinism of American network coverage of the Olympics in mid-90s. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Server on an iBook
Help me put an interactive web site on an iBook. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 8:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Angry Letter by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I'm looking for the full text of an angry letter written by P.B. Shelley. It's a scathing letter written by Shelley to the father of a lady-friend he had. Shelley's relationship with the woman was non-amorous, but her father, the proprietor of an inn and a brute of sorts, thought it was and prevented Shelley from seeing his daughter. This angered Shelley and provoked him to write the said letter. The letter ended with a sentence like this: "Neither the laws of nature nor of England have made children Private Property".
posted by ernestworthing at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone outdone Orson?
Has there been anything like the radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds since? [more inside]
posted by starman at 8:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Calculate the mean of a frequency distribution on an HP 48SX?
How do I calculate the mean of a frequency distribution on an HP 48SX calculator? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

What email scam is this?
What email scam is this? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:59 PM PST - 9 comments

A nice dinner in Medway
A good restaurant within +/- 15 miles of Medway, MA? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a Cabos alternative?
Thanks to a post on MeFi a while back, I have been using Cabos to download individual songs. I am looking for mostly 80s new wave and vintage, so Cabos worked out rather nicely. I obviously torrent, but I like to have something that can quickly grab songs here and there. Well, Cabos has been buggy for a while and seems to be having problems establishing and maintaining a connection to the respective networks. Any recommendations for alternative programs or methods? Thank you kindly.
posted by ChaoticIndustry at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Why won't Adobe Reader search on a document?
"Search" function in Adobe Reader seems to be a bit lazy. [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me read the train schedule
I can't read the LIRR schedule, can you help me? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

I am a fool in love
so, the man I am in love with (secretly) for several months is in love with another woman. [more inside]
posted by chimera at 6:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Good usability books
I'm looking for books dealing with usability for web and software applications. Not so much books that focus on coding or theory, but instead books that primarily relate to usability methods and the execution of usability studies [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Achtung Boilermakers!
What's it like to live in Lafayette, IN? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How to tell if people use votebots online?
Is it possible to tell if other people are using votebots or scripts in an online contest? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 5:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Translation Memory Software
Are there any recommendations for commercial computer-aided translation programs? More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 5:14 PM PST - 4 comments

designer clothes on ebay
Does anyone have any experience with buying designer clothes on ebay? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Psychology of Auctions?
I have a question about the psychology and ethics of auctions. I have only participated in a handful of online auctions, but the other day I got caught up in an eBay auction that has got me thinking about the nature of auctions ... and curious about whether my actions were ethical. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 5:09 PM PST - 32 comments

What's going on in female power dynamics?
Inspired by the question about male power dynamics on the sidewalk, what similar interactions happen between women that men would be totally unaware of? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:42 PM PST - 48 comments

famous photographers.
we're to recreate a famous photo/piece of art for an assignment in my photography class, but i'm not finding what i want. [more inside]
posted by kooop at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Regex assistance for htaccess puzzle.
Regex assistant for redirecting affiliate links. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you verify the broker you are dealing with is legit?
How do you verify the broker you are dealing with is legit? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

looking for mr. psychopharmaceutical
how do you know when you're on the right antidepressant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 27 comments

mid-semester burnout
I teach several required college courses. My enthusiasm is dwindling, and it is starting to show. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 PM PST - 27 comments

Academic writer's block.
Academic writer's block: tips, strategies, experiences, psychology for dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by RogerB at 2:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Cheapskate seeks Ericsson phones!
I'm a big fan of the Ericsson interface, though my current phone (T637) is on its last legs. Sony has come out with a ton of great phones recently, all vast improvements on what I have, and almost none of which I afford. A few years ago, major wireless carriers could be counted on to heavily discount the newest latest freshest phones, especially Ericssons, and now only ONE carrier (Cingular) sells ANY of them, and they only have the two bottom-of-the-line models. Anyone have any advice or inside information before I bite the bullet and get the cheapo model? [more inside]
posted by stuckie at 2:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Any advice on dealing with HSP?
Has anyone had any experience with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP)? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

HTML + Time
I would like a "Next" button to be invisible for a set duration of time. So far, my endevors have proved unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Longhorned Vista?
The next generation of Microsoft Windows server OS is called...? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I scroll a window using the keyboard when an app doesn't want to let me?
I am using a program (MapInfo Professional) that doesn't have the keyboard mapped to control the scrollbars. I want to be able to use the keyboard to move a whole screen left or right, just like clicking on the scrollbar. (There is no option to enable this.) Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by public at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Forgotten text game from the 90s
I played a text-based adventure game in the early 90's but I can't remember its name. [more inside]
posted by jragon at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone read these anyway?
Probablynotfilter: Is there a way I can keep usb on during standby mode on my laptop, so I can charge my mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I keep the field updated?
In a Windows environment, what's the best way to keep a folder with large files sync'ed across multiple pc's? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

eastern medicine
Calling all Japanese-speakers! Help me identify some medicaments. [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Freelancer wants to send classy holiday cards to clients. Where to go?
Where (online) should I order some holiday cards to send to my clients? And, what should I write inside? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Name of author of "Hubert" kids' stories?
Last night on Boing Boing, I asked readers to help me remember the name of a kids' author. He wrote a series of children's stories from the mid-20th century. They were about a boy with a name that begins with the letter H (I think), and in each story, they boy had some kind of improbable adventure. It's not Harold (Purple Crayon kid) or Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary), or Homer Price (I thought it was, but in the middle of the night I decided it wasn't). Who is it? [more inside]
posted by ottomatik at 11:36 AM PST - 19 comments

The Beatles "White Album" Just Means They Were Too Busy To Do It
So I'd like to start a site where people can submit/dl alternative album art for music. More inside? Yes, please. [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 11:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Why don't churches lose their tax exempt status when used as polling places during elections?
Why don't churches lose their tax exempt status when used as polling places during elections?
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Needed: damn good bar reading
I like to go to dark, smoky, dive bars and sit there with a drink and a book for hours. Unfortunately, I'm running out of good bar reading. Can you help me find more? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 11:16 AM PST - 48 comments

why do you wear makeup?
why do you wear makeup? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:49 AM PST - 103 comments

Amsterdam 2007
I just found out I won a scholarship for a month-long research trip to Amsterdam (yay me). I'm planning to go in January or February 2007 and need help with 2 things: 1- Cheap, central, decent accomadations. My wife will be going with, so we need a private room and bathroom. A private room in a hostel would be fine. A private house would be better. I'm aware of craigslist amsterdam, but wonder if their are other resources/networks I could tap. 2- I know I don't have time to actually learn the language, but would like to pick up the basic getting around, ordering food stuff, and do not have the time or money to take formal classes. What good internet resources could help me learn basic dutch?
posted by signal at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

how to draw arrows on a webpage
What's the lightest weight way to draw arrows between text on a web page? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Why can't firefox display text correctly?
Why can't firefox display some punctuation characters correctly? [more inside]
posted by Gamblor at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

A Line of Pretty, Yet Empty, Bags
I need to know what was the best stuff you ever got in a grab-bag. Naturally, there is [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 10:35 AM PST - 9 comments

How to confront a cheating, abroad girlfriend?
How to confront an abroad girlfriend about cheating. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:17 AM PST - 53 comments

What online ads work best for nonprofits?
Are Google ads a good use for my very limited advertising dollars? If not, what works? I'm trying to promote a small science museum and I need help primarily with online marketing. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:13 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get the Ookseer Principle?
Van Allen Belts, Brownian Motion, Celsius... How do things get named after scientists? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Excellent disjointed writing
Can you think of any examples of "disjointed" writing -- writing with abrupt transitions -- that works? Faulkners Sound and Fury is a good example but shorter pieces are better for my purposes. Can be fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by Aghast. at 9:57 AM PST - 17 comments

The drafting chair of tomorrow, today!
Drafting/Art Director's chair recommendations? [more inside]
posted by joe_from_accounting at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I get drugs cheaper?
I need to find a cheaper way to get proscriptions for Lexapro and Ambien filled. Basically there are 3 options A) Drive to Mexico and hope I can get them across the border there B) Try to get it from one of those online Canadian Pharmacies C) Get Another Job and buy them here in the US. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 9:01 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I reprogram my samsung phone's soft keys?
How do I reprogram my samsung phone's soft keys? [more inside]
posted by buybelen at 8:58 AM PST - 1 comments

What does an American need to know about an Irish work party?
Tell me about the office Christmas party in Ireland. [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking Help with Some CPAP/Apnea Issues
Do you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, or do you know someone who does? Help a CPAP newbie who's having a rough ride by answering a few questions and/or giving advice. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Imaginary video card?
Does the Geforce 7600 GT for the AGP bus really exist? And where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 8:18 AM PST - 17 comments

What happens when men pass each other on the sidewalk?
Help me understand the power dynamics in play when two men pass each other on the sidewalk. [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 7:49 AM PST - 110 comments

Stories
I would like to find more little stories like these - [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 7:12 AM PST - 18 comments

What's wrong with my glasses?
Just picked up my (expensive) new glasses and noticed the left lens is significantly thicker than the right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 6:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Help my parents.
Looking for a computer / networking person in the San Fernando Valley to help my parents out from time to time. [more inside]
posted by rbs at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Zombie: The Musical
NotReallyPlaylistFilter: Help me find songs for "Zombie: the Musical". [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 6:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Homer Henderson
I want to buy music by Homer Henderson. [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 6:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Light, cheap portable video/DVD with excellent audio?
Portable DVD player, or video player, or custom-built Frankendevice, with VERY high-quality audio output?? Video quality doesn't matter (could even be b/w), but screen should be 8"+ and unit should be as lightweight as possible. For live concerts where I need to see video, just for my own reference, that's exactly in sync with my pre-recorded audio (so I would make DVDs or video files with my audio + the visuals I need). Laptop = expensive/heavy/overkill.
posted by allterrainbrain at 1:40 AM PST - 5 comments

US Government wee sized offices?
On the hunt for unique and odd US government offices (somewhat for entertainment, seriously for a job.) [Oh yes, there is somewhat more inside.] [more inside]
posted by sperose at 1:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Better red than dead!
I would like to throw a red-themed party. Help me come up with some ideas for food, decorations and debauchery! [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy at 12:16 AM PST - 35 comments

VISA to Canada
I need advice on getting a visitor visa, Temporary Resident Visa(TRV) for a Cambodian to come visit Canada. [more inside]
posted by Iax at 12:14 AM PST - 3 comments

September 26
Why do boxers wear hoods?
Why do boxers wear hooded robes before entering the ring? [more inside]
posted by hypersloth at 11:40 PM PST - 13 comments

For surely nobody would charge $3000 for a set of MA lines you could get for free...
I need a replacement for day trading program WizeTrade for my mother. Neither of us know anything about the day trading scene. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 11:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Wanted: C Compiler
Does anybody know of a free C compiler for DOS that generates 16-bit code and allows in-line assembly?
posted by iconjack at 10:40 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get started with homebrew, emulation, and more on my Nintendo DS Lite?
How do I get started with homebrew, emulation, and more on my Nintendo DS Lite? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 10:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Random translation
A friend needs to know what this means: "mouichido mitai" (Japanese?).
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments

flickr filename find
How can I find 4799490_11a9544ee3.jpg on flickr? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 9:48 PM PST - 6 comments

what to look out for when buying a condo?
I have made an offer on a condo and it's been accepted. I'm in the contingency period and now is my chance to investigate/negotiate anything that might be a problem down the road. I'd like general advice on what to watch out for in a condo situation, and have included more specific details and questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 8:54 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm all grown up now, and I need to dress like a man
Lemme axe you a question about custom made suits . . . [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 8:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find this pre-Harry Potter book series!
Help-me-find-this-book: Series about 2 girls who get into adventures involving magic. I remember one where they had some kind of invisibility cloak and another where a forest grew inside one of the girls' rooms. They tried to keep the magic hidden from others. I remember reading these books in the mid 1970s.
posted by mattholomew at 8:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Fossil hunting daytrips around Vancouver
Where can I go for successful fossil hunting for a day-trip around the Vancouver (BC, Canada) area? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this free hot tub worth the effort?
Are the discoloration marks in this hot tub signs that the fiberglass is rotten? [more inside]
posted by GeneticFreek at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

One paper airplane, every day, for the next two years.
What to do with 750+ sheets of used letter-sized paper? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:13 PM PST - 30 comments

How to ensure that my cash stays on me?
In about a month I'm spending 2 weeks in Europe with my girlfriend. We'll be in Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Rome. Most of my research on these places mentions pickpocketing as being problematic (in some moreso than others)- what trademark methods should we watch out for and what are the best strategies for keeping our money safe? [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 8:04 PM PST - 29 comments

Pimp my job title!
JobTitleFilter: Help me re-name my job! [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:44 PM PST - 27 comments

What Is The Word For?
Another what-is-the-word-for question... [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 7:41 PM PST - 25 comments

QT. Are you kidding me?
Which poker site has the best players? Or am I just a terrible poker player? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 7:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Is it possible to be happy as a lawyer?
What alternatives are there for a young, bored lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 38 comments

I lost my Grey's Anatomy collection...
For whatever reason, my RAID 0 array has crashed. Help me recover it, please? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Hey Nice Laaaaaady!
I need (well maybe not need, more like really really want) an mp3 of Jerry Lewis (playing Buddy Love) performing that Old Black Magic from The Nutty Professor... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 6:09 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I make an MP3 jukebox on my site?
What's a good PHP script to make a "jukebox" to play/stream MP3s on a web site? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What does an old bunny want?
Does anyone have any tips for caring for an elderly rabbit? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

"Local" networking
File transfer from mac to pc. How to SSH or FTP? Simple explanations please. (Alternate solutions accepted). [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What was it like to be a hobo?
I am interested in 1930's America, specifically, the political climate of the time and the lives of hobos and workin' folk. What books, fiction or nonfiction, could you suggest to broaden my knowledge about this era?
posted by lazy robot at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Should one disclose personal information in a law school application personal statement?
For a student of mine: Is it a good idea or a bad idea, on a law school application, to disclose past drug use and rehabilitation, sexual orientation, and family issues to explain why one has a problematic academic history? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:05 PM PST - 27 comments

What'cha Gonna Do When They Google You?
Police procedure filter: If you're a police officer (sworn, U.S. law enforcement), can you just run whatever license plates and/or I.D.s you want? Does it leave a paper trail of some sort? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 4:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I make my kitchen sink drain fully?
How to fix the drain of my kitchen sink? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Home Networking Filter: Why do I have to keep resetting my cable modem?
Internet access at home comes and goes, but can be resolved by resetting (powering on/off) the cable modem. Sometimes has to be done once a day, sometimes once every 30mins. No obvious pattern. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 4:23 PM PST - 15 comments

how do I best get static off old tapes that I can't let out of my sight?
How do I best convert borrowed valuable audiotapes into a hiss and static reduced output? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Best DVD ripper for Windows?
Please recommend the easiest-to-use DVD ripping/burning software for Windows.... [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 4:11 PM PST - 17 comments

First Gouda pun?
What was the first documented pun on the word "Gouda"? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 3:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Bittorrent at Uni?
Okay, so I'm now at Uni and I have the internet in my room: However, I'd forgotten that they have a very stringent access policy: now mefites, can you help me set up Bittorent using SSH tunnels or equivalent? [more inside]
posted by philsi at 3:03 PM PST - 11 comments

What would you call logical action with an illogical premise?
Is there a word for when somebody does something completely illogical but does it in a perfectly logical manner?
posted by Skorgu at 2:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Pink peanuts?
Styrofoam packing peanuts - why pink? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Help picking web page applications please !
I'm asking for advice on which web applications you would recommend to a person wanting to start their own web-page. I am new to web-page design and want to get up and running on a simple web-page relatively quickly and easily. I'm not afraid of trying to create some of my own design as I know a little HTML and the bare basics of web design - CSS etc -- it's just I haven't used it in real life yet. My e-mail provider (runbox) provides free web-site hosting and I needed to buy a domain name which I did. I want to start my own web page for personal use on items such as pictures, surveys or polls, blogs, discussions etc. My domain provider uses the following applications and I'm asking for advice on which applications a new user, relatively green on the tech side, should use. See below for the list of supplied web applications (if that is what you call them). [more inside]
posted by orlin at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

64th birthday ideas ?
I have a friend who is turning 64 this week, and I would like to get her 64 "units" of something, but I am kind of at a loss as to the "what" of it. I need it to be relatively inexpensive, ( say under $50 total) and "original" i.e. not chocolates or flowers. I have thought of several ideas, but each is either flawed somehow ( fruit for example: it would be too much quantity-wise and would likely go bad before she could eat it) or impossible to mail, which is the other criteria: it must be deliverable by either mail or courier by Friday. Any cool suggestions?
posted by frizelli at 2:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Pickles and grapefruit
Is there a link between deli-style pickles and grapefruits that both cause a baby's face to have a skin allergy? Do they share any traits or ingredients that would have that reaction? Are their juices too acidic/basic?
posted by fijiwriter at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

WordPress calendar plugin?
I am looking for a calendar plugin for WordPress. All of the calendar plugins I've been trying do not offer the infuriatingly simple feature of showing the event information in the same table cell as the day it is on. This is all I want, like it looks here. Any ideas?
posted by delladlux at 2:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Why can't I hear Jimmy Page?
I'm having issues playing back music. It all has to do with the left or right channel being washed out: Sometimes the lead vocals or lead guitar from a radio signal isn't heard, sometimes its the same for listening through an ipod with headphones and through a computer with headphones. There is a bit > [more inside]
posted by premortem at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

The Question Hit the Fan
Where did the phrase "the shit hit the fan" originate from? My googling has revealed one claim that it is from 1930's jazz lingo, although no explanantion is given as to what it meant at the time, and another site gives a story that describes the origin that doesn't seem believable. (the last paragraph here: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=shit Does anyone know where the phrase came from? Thanks!
posted by andoatnp at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Tunafied.
Tunafied, and not the food- if you don't know what I mean, you're missing out. [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

find childhood medical records
How can track down childhood medical records? My pediatrician seems to have disappeared without a trace. [more inside]
posted by saffron at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

"Obnoxious" isn’t quite it either
Is there a word to describe a person who repeatedly becomes convinced that someone else is sick with various obscure ailments, based on flimsy or imagined evidence? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Who has the most icons?
You know those little icons for digg, delicious, reddit, etc. that are appearing on blogs and websites practically everywhere now? Which site has the most in a row? Or: What site caters to the most types of social tagging software? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Toxic Gas!
PoisonousGasFilter: So, I was cleaning my bathroom at school, and I noticed some really nasty blood stains from the previous occupant. I tried using a bleach/water solution to get them out, and when that didn't work, I tried pure bleach. Too much pure bleach. Like enough to make the whole floor smell like the pool. I've already dried it up, and the windows and fans are open and on... but the smell persists, and I feel dizzy. What else can I do to neutralize the smell of bleach? What is the health risk from inhaling this quantity of bleach fumes? Does anyone have suggestions for getting this blood out that don't involve me getting out as well?
posted by fvox13 at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Know any good cleaners in south London?
Know any good cleaners in south London? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 12:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Skip bad feeds in Sage?
How can I get Sage to just skip bad feeds that won't load? In particular, Metafilter and Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there really a Bizarro World?
What is anti-matter? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get the RSS URL in javascript?
How do I access the RSS URL defined in the tag of a page, using javascript? [more inside]
posted by teaperson at 12:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Big Apple Cider?
My girlfriend and I miss the countryside of upstate New York where we went to school. Specifically, we long for the region's excellent, home-made, freshly pressed, piping hot, unpasteurized [!] apple cider. We're now in New York City looking for that wonderfully nostalgic autumn taste. Where should we go?
posted by themadjuggler at 12:23 PM PST - 15 comments

We'd 'let our freak flag fly', but it needs some TLC first.
Flag-Craft 101: fabric and stitching advice needed . . . [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Can ideological differences make or break a relationship?
Increasingly, my fiancee and I have become distant in our ideological views. I realize that this is likely to happen in any relationship as people age but I still feel rather strongly about some of these issues (as she did early on in our relationship) and I don't appreciate the increasing pressure from her and her family to "grow-up". How common is this situation? And, if so, is there any advice you can offer to work through the problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 69 comments

What do they have that I don't have?
Why can I access Gmail with no problems on campus, but not at all at home? What can I do about it? (Problem arose today) [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

A joke for all seasons... er, each season
I'm looking for short jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, or funny sayings about each month of the year. Think "April showers bring May flowers, so what do Mayflowers bring?" Anyone have more? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 10:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Hieronymous Bosch Forgery?
Hieronymous Bosch - Filter: I saw a painting in the Mimara museum in Zagreb which claims to be The Temptation of St. Anthony by Bosch. But...I suspect its a fake... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

bollywood, anyone?
Does anyone know the title of this movie?
posted by defmute at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

I need an exterior lock set for a very thick door.
I have searched online, and been to 2 different hardware stores, including one with an extensive lock collection, and no one seems to have anything available. The door is 2 1/4" thick, and most lock hardware is for doors 1 1/2-1 3/4" thick. Any suggestions?
posted by getupandgo at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

How well does Modafinil work?
Has anyone here taken Modafinil (Provigil) or any similar drug? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 9:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Nike + iPod Sport Kit transmitter positioning: Does it matter?
Nike + iPod Sport Kit, transmitter hacked into the tongue of my New Balance shoes: I run the same 4 mile route every time, but occasionally my pace is WAY off. Yesterday it read 3.19 miles at the end of my run, and I took a look at the transmitter to see that it was sideways inside the tongue. Is that why? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Why Does Superman Hide Kandor?
A question about the Alan Moore Superman story "For the Man Who Has Everything..." [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Hi! We're blocking all traffic for this one guy!
Why do the motorcycle cops leading up a motorcade wave (both hands) when they go around a corner? What are they signaling? [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Private Home Health Agencies in NYC?
A friend is dealing with the chronic illness of an elderly parent. Currently, insurance is paying for a home health aide to come in four hours a day during the week, but the family really needs to have some help on weekends, too. [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 8:49 AM PST - 2 comments

GPS logger with big memory?
GPS with extremely large memory? I'm looking for something pretty much exactly like the Sony GPS-CS1 (reviewed here )... but that will allow me to download the data to a Mac when I'm done. (Though the GPS-CS1 mounts as a regular drive on a PC, it won't on a Mac...) [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Advantages and disadvantages of other materials compared to steel ?
What are the main advantages and disadvantages of materials like glass, concrete, wood, and plastics, compared to steel ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 8:13 AM PST - 21 comments

How does one get a corporate website built. Who can do it and what is the process?
How does one find, and choose, a designer or company to build a website? What companies (in Seattle) can you recommend? I have a friend who has a medium sized business in Seattle. He has a budget of $20,000 to $50,000 to build an Internet presence. He has no clue what to do or where to start. [more inside]
posted by limitedpie at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

What is this substance that adheres to my armpit hair?
What is this substance that adheres to my armpit hair? Sebum? How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Non-fiduciary costs to using insurance for therapy?
What's the real story with using health insurance for mental health services, related privacy issues, and how it affects one's ability to get insurance coverage in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Grampa, Interrupted.
Somewhat of a follow-up to a previous question about my grandfather, I have some vague questions about law enforcement and the mental health system in 1950s America. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Will there someday be a pedophile rights group?
I've seen a fairly frequent amount of letters to the editor of our local paper about protecting children from pedophiles and heard in the news with increasing frequency about child sex offenders, so I was wondering.. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 7:59 AM PST - 33 comments

Where to buy a safety razor in Boston and/or San Diego?
Recommendations on where to buy a safety razor in Boston or San Diego? [more inside]
posted by sbrollins at 6:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Who sings the old rocksteady version of I'm in The Mood for Love, playing in a tv commercial now?
Who sings that rock-steady-ish-sounding version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" that's playing in some current tv commercial? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 6:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Brake woes.
I'm having an extremely weird brake problem with my '94 Grand Am. [more inside]
posted by booticon at 6:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Fixing an intermittent network fault
This intermittent fault on our small company network makes me bang my head on the wall. Metafilter: help me troubleshoot this annoyance. Roughly once a day at no particular time I get the classic windows 'A network cable is unplugged' balloon appear on my desktop. About 50% of the time, this affects the rest of the 20-odd staff in the office and at least one person will lose some work due to application failure or somesuch. [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 6:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Teaching via video
Academic video conferencing: I've just found out I'm going to be doing some teaching via video conference, some tips would be very handy. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 6:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Car insurance through AAA?
Anyone here have car and/or home owner's insurance through AAA? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 6:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Work firewall radio
My work blocks everything but port 80 outgoing. O Hoardes, give me a variety of good high-bitrate radio stations on that port! Or, explain how I can relay radio stations on other ports to my work using my home DSL computer or something!
posted by riotgrrl69 at 5:25 AM PST - 20 comments

Firefox will not load a single site on my computer, but Interner Explorer 7 will work just fine.
I have an issue with Firefox as of late. Firefox will not load a single site on my computer, but Interner Explorer 7 will work just fine. I have a portable Firefox on my flash drive which loads just fine, but it does not make sense any the Firefox that is installed on my machine does not work. [more inside]
posted by cheero at 5:22 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a source for "alternative" cubicle walls.
I'm looking for a source for "alternative" cubicle walls. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:51 AM PST - 8 comments

A Marzipan broke my iPod Mini
A Marzipan broke my iPod Mini screen? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 4:48 AM PST - 8 comments

mcnulty and kima fistfight in heaven
Is Baltimore really as much of a complete shithole as it's made out to be on The Wire?
posted by bingo at 4:35 AM PST - 31 comments

Changing gnome wallpaper
Linux / Ubuntu / Gnome question - how do I tell Gnome "Hey, the jpg you're using as desktop wallpaper has been updated with a new image. Go reload it and display the new version?" in a Python or Bash script? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:18 AM PST - 6 comments

techniques for creating new habits needed
Does anyone know any techniques for creating new habits. I find it fraustrating that the habits I do have and don't want, are hard to break, and the habits I want are hard to establish. Thanks [more inside]
posted by matholio at 3:05 AM PST - 11 comments

morning sickness
Pregnancy filter: How soon after fertilization of the egg can morning sickness start?
posted by josher71 at 1:56 AM PST - 23 comments

What's happening to our tomatoes?
What's wrong with the tomatoes in our garden? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 12:03 AM PST - 8 comments

September 25
ID this Bulgarian song, please.
Okay, Hive Ear. Identify this Bulgarian tune. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Pedicure tips?
What do I need to know for my first trip to the pedicurist? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 10:52 PM PST - 16 comments

The time travelling tourist takes a picture
You're a time traveling tourist from our near future, visiting our present day world. While here, you take a picture with a digital camera, and you plan to post the JPEG file on some web site for your buddies in the future to admire. Is it possible to encrypt or encode the file in such a way so that both your identity and the time it was encoded can be verified by your buddies in the future? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 10:28 PM PST - 27 comments

mean and median differences?
In a least squares regression model what does it mean when the median is larger than the mean? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 9:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify an oldish animated short!
Help me identify an oldish animated short! ! I believe it was black and white or sepia toned, but more modern than that suggests--maybe the 80s. It was 4-5 five men on a square plane in the middle of a nothingness and they had to work together in order to balance the four corners of plane, so that it didn't tip and drop them all into the void. Slowly, however, each man became greedy and wanted the others off the plane so that he could have it to himself. Each one eventually dropped off until only one remained...and...? i CANNOT remember the ending! argh [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper at 9:27 PM PST - 9 comments

car insurance conundrum
My son has an apartment in San Francisco. He works in Marin and uses our(his parents) address for stuff. He also spends time at our house.Is it ok for him to use our address for his car insurance or must he use his rented address(which would also cost more)?
posted by ellke at 9:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Cow and/or Pig model?
I'm looking for a particular cow/pig figure... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Could Warhol Do His Thing Today?
Could Andy Warhol do his art today or would he be sued to from here to Pluto for copyright infringement? I'm talking specifically about his silkscreen paintings where he used source imagery by others (Elvis, Marilyn, the disaster series, etc.) [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a frazzled chic find a place to chill.
I have been told by many (including boss) I need to take a vacation...so I am looking for somewhere to go this wknd...within a 3-4 hr drive of DC area where I can relax and not spend a ton of cash either. I am a 30-something female who likes a little bit of everything (not a nature nut, but I appreciate it, same with museums.) [more inside]
posted by psususe at 8:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Pre-wiring for a flat panel TV and AV system
Help me pre-wire my folks' new condo for a bitchin flat panel TV... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 8:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Did women in the 1940s keep their veil down while smoking and kissing?
In the 1942 movie, Bette Davis is transformed from an old maid to a glamorous woman through pyschotherapy. In one romantic scene with Paul Henreid, she is wearing a veil, and then proceeds to, I think, smoke a cigarette and kiss him, all without lifting her veil. Was this the fashion back then--to do everything without lifting one's veil? Did this include eating?
posted by quintno at 8:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Senator Kerry...
Tomorrow I will able to ask Senator John F. Kerry ONE question on C-SPAN. What should it be and why? Make this good people.
posted by jne1813 at 7:34 PM PST - 62 comments

Should we take the money and run?
Our landlords didn't give us the full security deposit and now that the hearing date is approaching, they offered to finally pay it to us in full. Should we or shouldn't we accept their offer? You just know that there is much... [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 7:34 PM PST - 34 comments

Stupid F'ing Birth Control
Tell me about your experiences with getting a Paragard IUD. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 7:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I buy a socket 478 motherboard in Manhattan or Williamsburg?
Where can I buy a socket 478 motherboard in Manhattan or Williamsburg? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 7:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice for living in Lake Tahoe for Ski Season 2006-07
Living in Lake Tahoe(!) My sister-in-law has a chance to live out in Lake Tahoe for the ski season. She'll be working, either on a mountain or off, but she doesn't have a job lined up yet. My question (after a chat with her) is about where she might want to live. Been to Tahoe? Lived there? Help a recent college grad have a blast. [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Shake dog shake
Why do dogs shake out? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the pros/cons of working for Aflac?
What are the pros/cons of working for Aflac? I was recently recruited for one of their sales/representative positions. Does anyone out there have any experience either working for the company or as a policy holder? Good/bad? Is this a telemarketing thing? I have not accepted the position yet or started their training process. I need the meta to help me. . .
posted by whimsicalnymph at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Help indentify this reggae song.
reggaefilter: Can someone identify the old reggae song excerpt at the beginning of the video of Rancid's Ruby Soho? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 6:39 PM PST - 4 comments

My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening?
My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 6:27 PM PST - 8 comments

I shall walk into the wild...
I shall walk into the wild maybe for a week or so, depending on the weather, blisters, etc. Who has recommendations for (relatively safe) *long* solitary walks in the U.S. or Canada? Specifically, I'm looking for a hike/trail/path that I can follow -- walking 7-10 hours a day, for 5-7 days in a row. No cell phone, no computer, no schedule. This would be a sort of annual retreat/walk/vacation/time-to-reset-my-body, that I'd like to do every year. Time to think, lose a few pounds, kick-up my metabolism, detox, chill out, regroup, spiritually recharge, etc. Assuming I don't want to carry a gun into the wild (to protect against critters or humans), where are some interesting, safe destinations??? I'm not a survivalist and I'm not looking for an adventure per se. Prefer a minimum of life-threatening hazards and/or 100+ degree temperatures or freezing nights.
posted by pallen123 at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Decaf tea is a necessary evil
Is there such a thing as good decaffeinated tea? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 6:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Nintendo DS party games?
I bought a Nintendo DS on the weekend when I finally found a copy of Bomberman DS. Can anyone recommend other party (multiplayer) titles? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:14 PM PST - 15 comments

get my mac on?
Apologies for yet another mac vs pc question, but... [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Habla Marlboro?
Quick Idiomatic Spanish Translation - help me make my point. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Blint at 5:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What did Woosnam say at the 2006 Ryder Cup?
My husband is a big golf fan and watched the Ryder Cup this past weekend. What was it that Ian Woosnam said to Darren Clarke after his win? [more inside]
posted by quietfish at 5:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I visit Mount Rainier inside a day?
A weekend in Seattle - whats the best way to see Mount Rainer? [more inside]
posted by mattr at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Our first fight :(
My boyfriend is really confused about American beer. He's banned from this site but he still reads it sometimes, so please give us some advice. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 5:02 PM PST - 62 comments

How To Handle A Puppy and Older Dog?
Our 6 month old golden retriever is a lovely girl, smart, active and generally pretty obedient. But, her one difficult behavior is intense dominance wrestling with our 14 year old lab. Nobody gets hurt, but Doc, the 14 year old, clearly gets fed-up and Daisy, the baby, seems to find it irresistible. She puts her mouth on his ears, neck, feet - not biting, but annoying. I want her to stop, so that we can all be together without having to separate them. When we're out walking or running them, or when Daisy is in a calm mood, they're great together. On the other side of the equation, Doc, who usually couldn't care less about toys, will take one or two and just lie there with them in his mouth or between his paws and it drives Daisy crazy! I'm sure these are natural dominance games, but I want to be able to control them better. Any ideas? Will all this tend to stop as she grows up?
posted by madstop1 at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Cohabitation
Me and mine are moving in together. How do 2 single wage earners merge their $$ incomes and outflows in a way that keeps it simple for bookkeeping and tax returns? [More] [more inside]
posted by Fupped Duck at 4:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Is it lunch time yet?
ID badge question: Help me find a badge reel that tells me what time it is. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this mystery object?
What the heck is this mystery object? [more inside]
posted by kcds at 3:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me improve my PHP and MySQL skills with useful resources on the web.
Help me improve my PHP and MySQL skills with useful resources on the web. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 3:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I buy T-shirts like the members from the old 70's cartoon "Battle of the Planets"?
Where can I buy T-shirts like the members from the old 70's cartoon "Battle of the Planets"? [more inside]
posted by smallsociety at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

1970s US Pop Culture anomaly
What was it about 70s America that made Suzi Quatro so huge in Europe and Australia but a flop in the US? Also who was the song "48 Crash" written about?
posted by zaebiz at 2:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a simple web site monitoring tool
I'm Looking for a simple windows-based web server monitoring tool (preferably free) that can sit and run (as a service would be nice) and ping a remote website at a pre-determined interval and just fire off an e-mail notification if it does not get a response. I checked out IPCheck but it does way more than I need. Any suggestions?
posted by RedMosquito at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this a diamond?
While walking back to my house a little while ago, I found what looks like a ~2 carat round cut clear stone on the sidewalk. Is it a diamond? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 2:46 PM PST - 20 comments

A can of whoopass on the superhero question
Comics question. Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the most powerful superhero of them all? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:05 PM PST - 55 comments

President who?
Does a potential presidential candidates' (sur)name matter in the US? [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 1:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Stuck in a series of tubes!
Science Fiction Story Identification: Protagonists are in an endless maze of hallways that connect different worlds. There are evenly-spaced new doors. They are trying to get back to Earth, but can't find it. Some characters will decide to stay on 'good enough' worlds - one was like earth but with a fractured moon, I think. [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I pitch a book idea?
I have an awesome idea for a non-fiction adventure-type book that would require a small, but not insignificant amount of capital. Is it even worth my time to pitch this to a company, what sort should I approach and how would I go about doing it?
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Costs associated with ordering clothes from USA to Spain
I am living in Spain and would like to order clothes from online stores in USA and the US version of eBay. How much can I order for without risking to pay any tax or/and import "fees"?
posted by toreo at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you clean slug trails off a cushion?
Cleaning slug trails! My girlfriend left the window open last night... [more inside]
posted by saintsguy at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments

NZ with kids - where to stay, what not to miss?
Me, my wife, and our 2 sons (3 and 6) need a peaceful, pleasant, and somewhat inexpensive place to stay for 3 days or so near Auckland, NZ. We will have a rental car. Got any suggestions? (Bonus - what's not to be missed with kids, 'round Auckland, Wellington, and Nelson areas?) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 12:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Top Open Source CMS on the web
Top open source CMS on the web? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy Vinyl Paint...
Where can I buy Vinyl Paint... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

What percentage of Muslims and/or Asians vote in the UK?
I'm looking for recent statistics on the voting rate of Asian communities and/or Muslim communities in Britain. Broken down by country (Scotland, England, Wales) would be great. Exit poll type info of which parties they vote for would be great.
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:28 PM PST - 1 comments

How to further customize Wordpress
How do I create plain category pages and related headline files for inclusion on other sites in Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by missed at 12:26 PM PST - 1 comments

Savings or sanity?
Should I rent an apartment or live with my difficult parents for six months and buy a house? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 12:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Analyzing mutual fund performance
How do I best analyze the performance of my mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by contessa at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

SK-II - is it safe?
I just recently purchased some SK-II cosmetics for my mom for her birthday but recent stories in Chinese newspapers indicate that the products may contain traces of chromium and neodymium which are known to cause cancer. Is this just fear-mongering by a competitor brand with backing by the Chinese government or should I be bringing the product back to where I bought it and asking for a refund?
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Diet recommendation for fasting?
Diet recommendation for fasting? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

What can I expect in my wrongfull dismissal case?
Canada Labor Law: wrongfull dismissal - suing, what can I expect? I have a very strong case for my end of employment a few weeks ago. I was dismissed with clearly no reasonable cause. The law firm I am working with has sent my former employer a certified letter, first step in my case. I was given only one week salary at my dismissal. This employer came to get me from at my previous job, bonified my first refusal and I accepted the second offer. I had been working at this previous job for more then 3 years. There are many missing details here for anyone to accurately comment and I realize that. I am looking for the steps I should expect in this legal battle as this employer received the certified letter signed by the law firm sent last week and has not responded. He is basically ignoring my lawyerrs request for compensation on my behalf. What should I expect?
posted by sandrapbrady at 11:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Razor bumps
What do you recommend to get rid of razor bumps? Products, shaving techniques, whatever. We're talking about shaving a face here, although I am under the impression it's the same issue with legs/pits.
posted by kavasa at 11:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Fiction vs. Copyright
Enrique Vila-Matas is an author known by using other author's quotations into his own fiction books. Bartleby & Co. and El mal de Montano quote dozens of works by other authors. How can he do this, legally? [more inside]
posted by dfreire at 11:41 AM PST - 2 comments

or maybe that one with the fox, goose, and grain.
Please help me with a Hard Drive "Tower of Hanoi" puzzle. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I do about these automated billing calls to my cell phone?
What should I do about these automated billing calls to my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by lemuria at 11:33 AM PST - 12 comments

More than a monkey
I've recently become aware that my boss only sees value in a small part of what I do. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Is a text sex story that involves kids considered child porn?
Are stories (text) about children engaging in adult-only activities (and I don't mean paying their taxes) considered child pornography? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Eclipsing constructors?
EclipseFilter: I'm trying to switch over to eclipse (for java), but one little thing is bothering me. For some reason, constructor parameters don't pop up and auto complete the way regular function calls do. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 11:12 AM PST - 1 comments

What's the best way to clean a camera lens that is recessed into the camera's casing?
What's the best way to clean a camera lens that is recessed into the camera's casing? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is my air filter making me sick?
I get really, really nauseous when I'm in the same room as my ioniser/ air filter and it's turned on. The sick feeling goes away as soon as the machine is turned off. Why?
posted by goo at 11:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Property Line Dispute, with a neighbor who is selling.
Property Line Dispute, with a neighbor who is selling. Should we resolve it now, or hope for the best with the new neighbor? [more inside]
posted by krudiger at 11:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Can I invest my retirement money in my own mortgage?
Can I invest my retirement money in my own mortgage? [more inside]
posted by portabella at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Human guinea pig
I'm thinking of volunteering for a drug trial at Guy's Drug Research Unit in London -- it's the one run by this company that's been advertising in all the free papers recently. It's testing a new flu vaccine, and a quick chat with them tells me that I'll get around £3,000 for taking part. My question is, 'elephant men' aside, what's the real story? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 10:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Online Shoe Purchase, Help
I am considering the online purchase of some Le Coq Sportif shoes. Undortunately there is no where in Santa Fe where i can try some on first, so I can find my size. For instance, I wear an 11 in new balances but a 10 in mephistos. Are there any websites that compare shoe fit by brand? Or does anyone have info on the fit of Le Coq Sportif? thanks
posted by MNDZ at 10:37 AM PST - 3 comments

All's fair in love and...statistics?
I just discovered that my math professor is recycling homework assignments verbatim from prior years. I have a friend that took the course a couple years ago, and has all the answer keys. Is it ethical for me to use them? [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 at 10:36 AM PST - 93 comments

Why can't I hit the DoubleClick domains?
Why can no one in my office hit any of DoubleClick's servers? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Help With Scanning Documents
How can I easily build a simple (read cheap) scanning system? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Who's blocking my Web site, and why?
Is there any way I can figure out how a Web site is classified by different Web filtering services and systems? If they classify it incorrectly, is it difficult to make my case and get the classification changed? [more inside]
posted by elmwood at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Cotton is the second anniversary...
Where in New York City (preferably Manhattan) can I buy cotton candy? [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 10:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I get Redovisningsrådets Akutgrupp information in English?
Swedish Business-Filter: Where can I find the actual text of the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council’s recommendations RR 30 – RR 32? Preferably translated into English? [more inside]
posted by Darke at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

I just want to bang on the drum all day.
I just bought a set of conga drums. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

What qualifications would help me pursue a career in charitable organizations?
I have decided that the career path I want to follow is in private foundations and/or charities. What steps should I take? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 9:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a PC equivalent to AppleScript?
Is there a Windows scripting language that is equivalent to AppleScript? [more inside]
posted by hooray at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Sell my house, quit work, travel?
Sell my house, quit work, travel? Is this something I should seriously consider? Who has done this, how did it go? Do you know others who have and it turned into a huge mistake? [more inside]
posted by killyb at 9:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Good Filipino restaurant in Seattle?
Where's a good place to get Filipino food in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

ethical repair
so i'm "borrowing" a wireless connection from my neighbors... after having done this with no problems for almost four months, it's now become a pattern that every fifteen minutes i have to repair my connection using winXP's "repair" function. this works great until i have to do it again. what gives? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

What to do with a countertop convection/grill oven?
What sorts of things can I cook in a countertop convection/grill oven? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Tailgating in Buffalo, NY
I will be attending a NFL-Buffalo Bills game in Buffalo on November 5. I’m looking for some tailgating advice. [more inside]
posted by beachhead2 at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Big Brother 7 season finale?
How can I watch the big brother 7 (US) season finale? Its mysteriously missing from the internet. [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

A Good Gay Science Fiction Website Or BLog Please
I am looking for a good science-fiction website or blog with reliable reviews, preferably covering gay/queer issues.
posted by kolophon at 8:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Three-column two-line layout in Thunderbird?
I'm using Thunderbird in three-column view. How can I make the middle column use a two-line format, like Outlook does? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 8:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Can you identify the source of this animated Japanese .gif?
More animated Japanese .gif filter. Can you identify the source? [more inside]
posted by dreamsign at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Help for Excel
Excel help please: Is there a keystroke for Insert->Name->Define? Can I make one? How? I use this a ton in my work.
posted by eatdonuts at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Do all cultures anthropomorphize?
Are there any cultures that don't anthropomorphize animals and other things (living or otherwise) in their myths, legends, folktales, etc.? Is this a universal thing? And if it is universal, are there any layman accessible books or articles on why?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Olfactorily Offense Officemate!
The guy over my cube wall is over dosing his body on some bad deodorant and it's whiggin' me out all day long. Any suggestions on how to breathe normally again short of using respirators and other obnoxiously strong smells?
posted by unmodern at 7:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Automatically upload and order prints?
My wife says I never order digital prints. Is there a way to have a folder that I can put photos into, and at the end of say, every month, uploads and orders them to be shipped to me by a service like snapfish or winkflash?
posted by jkh2828 at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Tattoo in Amsterdam
What's the best tattoo shop in Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 7:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Mean People Suck
Mean school employees. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 7:04 AM PST - 22 comments

My browsers won't work.
HELP! My computer is connected to the internet, but the browsers (I.E., Firefox) will not open and websites!? I know I'm connected because my google-talk thing is updating my incoming mail in the toolbar (and my LAN is showing connected). I have restarted my computer a few times to no avail. What to do?
posted by curiocity at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

batch conversion (Corel WordPerfect > txt or Word files)
I have close to 3000 files in Corel WordPerfect 11 that I need to switch to a program that I can use in Mac. I'd prefer a simple txt file, but Word will do if it must. Given that my Mac cannot open the original file, I need a script or something that will work in Windows. [more inside]
posted by cg1 at 6:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Car Filter: Slightly too much oil?
How bad is it to run an engine with slightly too much oil? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

How to reduce the amount of computer towers in my home?
how possible/ difficult would it be to link two or more monitors to the same tower and be able to have different users working on the same system from different monitors? better asked, could you use some sort of log in system for windows xp which would enable multiple users to use the same system from different areas, having separate files, programs, etc.?
posted by localhuman at 5:00 AM PST - 14 comments

What is my heart up to?
Can anyone explain what happens to my heart rate when I visit the facilities? [more inside]
posted by talitha at 4:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Name that rock tune
Can anyone name this tune? (MP3 file) This is my primitive recreation of a song I heard the other day. More information about the context inside. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur at 2:14 AM PST - 6 comments

September 24
Sound editing: Getting rid of regular clicks?
How do I get rid of these tiny clicks in the left channel of this audio file, every 10 seconds? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 11:47 PM PST - 8 comments

I must only use my powers for good.
How can I transfer a large file from a secure Windows XP computer? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 10:17 PM PST - 21 comments

There's a reason why they don't play this up
Can we get into other amusement parks for free*? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 10:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How old is this photo?
Approximately when was this photo taken, and for what purpose? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Slow P2P downloads.
As of two weeks ago, my (entirely legal) Soulseek downloads won't go any faster than exactly 4.1 k/s. If I download more than one file at a time, they'll each go at 2 k/s; four at a time go at 1 k/s each; any more than that and they all fail. My internet is otherwise speedy and the relevant ports are forwarded. Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong?
posted by stammer at 9:30 PM PST - 6 comments

"Life is a combination of magic and pasta."
What are your favourite pasta recipes?
posted by oxford blue at 9:13 PM PST - 36 comments

OS X: copy/paste filenames
In OS X, if you select a series of files in a folder and paste them into a text editor (say, BBEdit) the order of the filenames seems completely random. Why doesn't it just paste a list of the filenames in the order in which they appear in the folder (or in the order they were selected)? And is there any way to get this result using the Finder (i.e. without going into Terminal and using ls)?
posted by gwint at 8:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Two different sets of speakers on amp/receiver.
Will two different pairs of speakers work and play well with my new Onkyo receiver? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:33 PM PST - 4 comments

One TV antenna per town?
Why can't a community use tax $ to put up a single large television mast antenna and allow, say, the 100 highest bidding networks to broadcast, all from that same tower? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 8:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Dengue fever or sinusitis? How to stop a recurrent infection?
Dengue fever or sinusitis? How to stop a recurrent infection? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Artist Website Service
Any recomendations for a blog/space service good for artists who want to showcase their paintings - something like the "music" category on myspace? [more inside]
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the life of the obese?
What's it like being morbidly obese? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 8:12 PM PST - 60 comments

I'm Going Blind and Blacking Out. Please Advise!
I have neurocardiogenic syncope and my eyes are going. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by feloniousmonk at 8:10 PM PST - 9 comments

I need to buy some cool, cheap clothing in the Inland Empire/LA area
[SoCalShoppingFilter] I'm a broke grad student, and I need some new clothes, and am looking for good stores in the SoCal area. Some specifics... [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 7:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Whatever happened to TrackBack?
Whatever happened to TrackBack? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I replace the water pressure regulator in my home by myself or do I have to have a licensed plumber do it?
Can I replace the water pressure regulator in my home by myself or do I have to have a licensed plumber do it? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

ICE: dept of homeland security
Can anyone give me extra info on the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE)? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can we get 40s and 50s-style pinup photos done?
I'm looking for a place, preferably in New Jersey or surrounding (Philly, NYC count), where a quite lovely young woman can get 40's and 50's style pinup photos done. Both dressed and not-so. Any guidance?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Mmm, how gothic
Name that typeface: used on the Michelin road signs in France. I've tried all the usual Gothic suspects.
posted by avocet at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with a brand-new geek boyfriend?
My new lover is one of those lovely geeks. He’s never had a girlfriend. He has no frame of reference for the odd sexual awkwardness, the occasional times of coolness, the unapologetic want to be alone. I’ve had lovers and know this can be worked through, but he doesn’t. Do any former geeks have advice? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 5:44 PM PST - 42 comments

Baboon ripping Ren's face off?
I'm trying to find a specific Ren & Stimpy episode - the one in which a baboon tears Ren's face off and hangs it on a tree. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:55 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"?
What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 4:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Resitence training at home without weights.
I am interested in using resitance bands for strength training. I'd like to be able to put on mass rather than just tone. Any advice or product recomendations? [more inside]
posted by I Foody at 4:28 PM PST - 10 comments

MySQL performance tuning
How to improve MySQL (5.0.22-max-log, PPC) + InnoDB table performance? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding part of the DC Municipal Regs?
Does anyone happen to know how to find an electronic version of Title 18 Chapter 3 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations? Damn that DC, only certain titles of the DCMR have been made available online (apparently for the simple reason that DC can't muster the staff to put them all online, bleah). I'm hunting for the actual law that establishes DC's driving infraction point system, something that's apparently codified in said Title 18 Chapter 3, and would love to get a version of the law that I can keep archived on my computer! (Apparently, the entirety of the DCMR is available on Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw, but non-law peons like myself don't get the benefit of this. Double bleah.)
posted by delfuego at 4:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Easy Spanish-language typing on a U.S.-type keyboard?
Easy Spanish-language typing with a U.S. computer keyboard? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 3:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Good information about plague doctor attire?
I want to make a plague doctor costume for Halloween, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. [more inside]
posted by bookish at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How to crack a disk image
How can I run a dictionary attack against a password-protected disk image file on OS X? [more inside]
posted by alms at 3:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Avoiding cross cultural gaffes
Chinese Hong Kong audience: What should I take into account when designing a PowerPoint presentation for an academic to present in Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Cross-platform chat software that runs without installation on a PC?
I'm looking for a good, cross-platform chat client that I can run on a Mac, and my S.O. can run on a Win2K box on which he's not allowed to install software? e.g., something he can run from a USB drive? We're currently using google talk, but want something with more functionality.
posted by stonerose at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

All-night drinks in Paris?
Late night Paris. Where can we drink and/or eat between midnight and when the first Eurostar leaves Gare Du Nord? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Online Storage Option Wanted
Looking for a decent online storage option, someplace that i can automatically back up and keep updated my entire hard drive and won't cost me an arm and a leg. I've googled but there seem to be a zillion sites, and wondered if anyone has any particular one to recommend over another? Thanks!
posted by america4 at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Viewing PC output on my Powerbook
I have a Mac PowerBook G4. Is there any way to hook up another computer (Windows XP) and view it's content on my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by largecorp at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I tell me friend I'm crazy about her?
Hey Metafilter, should I tell my friend - on whom I have a huge crush - that I want more? It's a long story, so of course there's [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 1:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Wireless connection dropping
Compaq Presario 900 laptop loses its connection to the network when the screen is moved? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:56 PM PST - 2 comments

firewalled?
What might be blocking downloads on my friend's Macbook? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Scan my receipts, baby!
What software should I use to archive/organize scans of personal finance information? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How best to format photography portfolio CD for gallery submissions?
How best to format photography portfolio CD for gallery submissions? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 10:18 AM PST - 4 comments

I'll show ya tough
What is the origin of the Tough Guys video? [more inside]
posted by Operation Afterglow at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Tire tread styles on front and rear
Question about difference between tire tread styles on front and rear. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

single bare light bulb seeks cover
Glass globe for my room's ceiling light was crusty and bug-filled -- unscrewed it and put it away for a temporary fix! What options do I have for covering the ugly bare light bulb? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 10:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Any competitors to Airfoil?
Are their any competitors to Airfoil for Mac? I like the program and can't find anything else, but want to make sure I'm not missing something cheaper and/or better b/f I shell out 25 bucks. Thanks.
posted by gregoryc at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Who was Hitler before Hitler?
Before Hitler, what historical figure did people refer to as the pure archetype of evil?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:52 AM PST - 47 comments

Which wiki will work?
I need a new wiki. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Live streaming TV on the Internet
Is it possible to pick up free-to-air satellite TV signals via Internet streaming? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Which of these books won't bring me to tears?
Which of these books won't bring me to tears? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 9:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Application to darken non active windows
Is there a windows application to darken the screen around your active window? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Online social music creation?
I'm trying to find a place that I found a few weeks back. it's a social networking site, but designed around building music. It has a "sequencer" built into the website, and people can jointly build music on it. Anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by wflanagan at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I make our dog stop whining every time we are in a separate room?
How can I make our dog stop whining every time we are in a separate room? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Are we too young?
LongDistanceFilter: Ok, well technically we're broken up but its purely for strategic reasons. But we both believe that we both have serious long term potencial, the only problem is that circumstances are against us. [more inside]
posted by apfel at 7:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Gatorade on a digicam... too corrosive to salvage?
Gatorade on a digicam... too corrosive to salvage? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the basics of a well-rounded self-education?
What are the basics of a well-rounded self-education? I've always been the kind of person who immerses herself in a topic when I get an interest, but I feel like there are HUGE gaps in my basic knowledge. Of course, the nature of gaps is that I'm not exactly sure with what to fill them! [more inside]
posted by polexxia at 5:51 AM PST - 29 comments

Help entertain the kids at our party!
Please help quick! Need something to entertain 10-15 kids at a party this afternoon...original plans fell through due to rain. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I get the money?
British Inheritance Tax question: help me foil a dying man's wishes. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 2:11 AM PST - 8 comments

$1099 Macbook: am I selling myself short?
Will I be at any disadvantage if I buy the most basic of the Macbooks? What would I NOT be able to do that I might have to do? This would be my first laptop, I'm on a limited budget (less than $1300), and I live both inside and outside the United States, so I have a few (sub-)questions. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 12:41 AM PST - 17 comments

removal of minimal hail damage
are there any methods to remove very minimal hail damage that work well? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 12:29 AM PST - 5 comments

A small thing, but annoying.
Why must I have an avatar? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 12:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is my coconut milk blue?
Why did my coconut milk turn blue? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 12:19 AM PST - 16 comments

September 23
Jesus wept
Is there an explanation for why Jesus is never said to be smiling or laughing (he must have at some stage surely)?
posted by tellurian at 11:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Why won't my DVD player work?
DVD Drive suddenly stopped working... why oh why? [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 11:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Universal Teenage Experience?
Are teenagers the same around the world and through all cultures? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Where to get 100's of photos of people (face shots preferred) for free?
These photos will populate my local database with photos of people for a dating site (this is just for dev purposes, a work in progress). I thought I'd write something to scrape them off hotornot.com or something similar, but perhaps there's an easier route (for free)?
posted by masymas at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Organizing photos on a mac
Handling digital photos and movies on a mac. Ex-PC user here! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for interesting floor/table lamps.
Looking for a unique or stylin' a) table lamp and b) floor lamp. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Why so many interrupts.
I'm seeing a large number of interrupts on one processor of an AMD Opteron SMP system. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 9:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What kind of bird is this?
What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
posted by dweingart at 8:36 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I grow orchids hydroponically?
I would like to find a beginner's guide to growing orchids hydroponically. [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

BBW costume ideas
I'm a plus size BBW looking for unique (and cheap!) costume ideas for Halloween. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 7:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Palm or Windows Mobile?
I am trying to decide between the iPaq rx1955 and the Palm TX. Can anyone offer any insight? [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 7:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Apparently, it's best not to drop television sets.
I dropped my TV a few times, and now the color is messed up in a few spots. Is there anything to be done? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Anything coming up on the Nintendo DS Lite?
Is there any reason I should not buy a Nintendo DS Lite? [more inside]
posted by Not in my backyard at 6:54 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me be a more moderate drinker.
What are some tips for moderating one's drinking? I love to drink two, sometimes three, times a week, and it's a positive experience for me when I keep it moderate. For me, moderate = no more than three mixed drinks, no more than half a bottle of wine, no more than three beers. My problem (duh) is that sometimes when I get started I keep drinking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Last minute running tips?
RunningFilter: I'm running my first competitive 5K race tomorrow morning. Any last minute tips? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 6:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Driving with only 3 brakes connected?
CarFilter: With regard to brakes... 3 out of 4 ain't bad? [more inside]
posted by knave at 5:48 PM PST - 11 comments

i want to be handsome ;)
I need help with skincare products for my face! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by veol at 5:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Robot to grab web page thumbnails
Let's say I have a nice big list of URLs, and I want to capture thumbnail images of the page at each one. Can you recommend software to do this? Commercial product, open source, programming module, anything.
posted by gimonca at 4:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Mirrors or Photographs: Which is more accurate?
In terms of providing an accurate representation of how things actually appear in real life, is there any scientific data to suggest whether a mirror or a photograph provides the more realistic image? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Cadillac DTS TV ad
Has anyone seen the Cadillac DTS TV commerical in which the four young hip guys pull up to a diner? Am I insane, or is that Adrian Grenier from Entourage and Joaquin Phoenix in the commercial?
posted by alexg23 at 4:13 PM PST - 11 comments

need worlds top telecoms destinations
Telecoms help Need worlds top 50 destinations [more inside]
posted by patphelan at 3:24 PM PST - 1 comments

My hot tub drained for no apparent reason. What happened?
My hot tub drained for no apparent reason. What happened? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Sports Nutrition: New protein and meal-replacement powders?
SportsNutritionFilter: Help me find a good protein and a good meal-replacement powder. [more inside]
posted by Loto at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Jewelry like Niwaka in San Francisco?
San Francisco/Los Angeles: I'm interested in a ring from Niwaka. Unfortunately we'd have to fly to Kyoto or New York to try it. Is there anywhere in SF with similar designs? I've already been to the jewelry mart on 8th and Brannan and a few shops on Union. I'll be in LA next week, so that's an option too. Thanks.
posted by Señor Pantalones at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

WebKit Javascript Woes
I'm having a strange problem with WebKit's Javascript engine. Please help. Copious explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Snow Plowing with an Automatic Transmission Truck?
Can a truck with an automatic transmission run a front-mounted snow plow? [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Agriculture for boomer tots
Help me track down images from, or if possible a video link to, a Saturday-morning cartoon-type in heavy rotation in the 50s that I remember zoning to: The growth of farm plant-foods depicted as a kind of underground assembly-line process, maybe assisted by some gnomish creature-lings, shown as lots of happy rhythmic mechanical activity leading to swelling carrots, filled-up pea-pods, etc., all over a classical music track... Ring any bells, boomers?
posted by dpcoffin at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I drink just juice and not actually have to eat vegetables?
Do juices of fruits or vegetables count as part the daily recommmended intake for vegetables or juices? What is better about actually eating the fruit / vegetables?
posted by vionnett at 9:45 AM PST - 27 comments

Searching for newspapers that have featured travelogues.
I'm looking for online examples of major newspapers (from cities with a population of, say, 100,000+) that have published a special blog or column featuring dispatches from someone traveling around the world or to a different country--like the NY Times did with Frugal Traveler on the Road. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Double, double toilet trouble
Why does my toilet sometimes bubble? [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend at 9:19 AM PST - 7 comments

ipods / itunes best practices
im about to undertake the task of organising my mp3 collection and would like to ask for advice / suggestions on what is the best approach to adopt with regards to organisation within harddisk / itunes / ipod [more inside]
posted by toocan at 9:09 AM PST - 24 comments

Are all world religions connected somehow?
Is there a theory that links world religions as a progression of each other? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 9:06 AM PST - 14 comments

A Taxing Question
UK: I've thought of a way to earn a little pocket money. Will the taxman be bothered? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

If some apples are windows, then some windows are apples.
Why can't I install an Intel version of OS X on my Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Best free makeover for a makeup newbie?
Which department store makeup counter will provide me with the best makeup tips and tools? I need some serious help, but I'm not trying to look like a clown. [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a lady parts doctor
I'm looking for a good ob / gyn in NYC. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 7:39 AM PST - 3 comments

What do Jews think of converts?
What do Jews think of converts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 47 comments

Should an impotent man stay single or settle?
I am in my first serious relationship in my 30s, and am no catch - overweight, balding, and impotent (what a winning combination). My girlfriend is also my best friend, she is a virgin and the lack of sex she can live with (perhaps it's true that you don't miss what you never had). However I'm not sure if we should be boyfriend and girlfriend or just friends. I enjoy the companship and the cuddles but miss the independance of being single, and don't really feel any physical attraction for her and never have. I am wondering if I am "settling" which I always read that I should never do, however I am really not much of a catch for the reasons above (although I am kind, caring, and a good friend) so perhaps this is as good as it gets? Without going into personal details, can anyone relate or advise? We have been going out for three years now and she speaks hopefully of the future and of moving in with me, but much as my life would be simpler if I was able to love her the way she wants what I feel is more like strong caring, friendship and deep companionship. Since I have so little relationship experience, should I stay single or try to find a way to create some romantic feelings for me?
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 22 comments

My latest pipe dream.
I have an Epic faucet that's never been used. The company hasn't existed in 12 years (it was a Delta company, but they can't help me). The box is missing a mixing tee that would connect the hot/cold hoses to the central spout, so right now all I have is a few chunks of metal that vaguely resemble a nice faucet. The difficulty in building a tee to match is that the pipe coming down from the spout seems to be proprietary: it's not quite 3/8" pipe, and it's not quite 1/2" compression (but it's very close). How can I create a custom fitting to match what I need? Is there anyone in NYC that can machine a part like this at a reasonable price? Could a piece that would marry up to it somehow be cast from the thread? I recognize it's a longshot and a waste of time and energy, but I really want to use this fixture.
posted by thejoshu at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

"even bad sex is still pretty good"
I'm trying to remember the name of a movie from the 70s or 80s which featured a woman who met up on a ski slope with an amputee gentleman (please pardon if that is not the correct term); he skied with one ski, and had a line, "Even bad sex is still pretty good" which he delivered with a French accent
posted by mikebailey at 4:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Issue reinstalling OSX 10.4 (Tiger) on my MacBook Pro
I've got a MacBook Pro that currently has Max OS X 10.4.7 installed on a single partition (no boot camp). I'd like to wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall OSX 10.4 from scratch, but I'm running into some issues. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 3:50 AM PST - 5 comments

September 22
transcoding mp3s? To aac?
I just bought a new 8gb ipod nano. I've got about 11gbs I want to shove onto the player. So, I'm thinking about stepping down the bit rates of my mp3s. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 11:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Baking rice
How do you make rice for 40 people? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Tell me in plain english what my Mac is doing
I want to know what's going on when my mac is churning the HD, or becomes unresponsive due to apps loading, or doing maintenance. Does such an app exist? [more inside]
posted by slater at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Where are good web design schools in the United States?
What are some good web design schools in the United States? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie at 10:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Phone Sex Tips?
Phone Sex tips? My SO thinks phone sex will help us remain close while he is out of town (consulting work) for the next few months. I have problems letting go under even the most ideal circumstances; the idea of phone sex seems awkward and uncomfortable. Any tips on how to make phone sex seem less awkward and more natural? To be honest, I kind of cringe at the thought of phone sex. Potentially relevant: it is still a newish relationship so there isn't an intense amount of emotional closeness yet.
posted by anonymous at 10:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Night time paranoia
Small problems or worries that are nothing during daylight, seem huge and insurmoutable during the hours of darkness, bordering on paranoia. Is this some form of mild depression, or a SAD related thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I keep my new coat looking new?
How do I properly care for my new suede jacket? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:33 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me find out the title of this book
When I was a kid, I read a science fiction book. I'd like now to find out what its name was, but, since I didn't read it in English, and it was about 20 years ago, I would have not a clue where to look. [more inside]
posted by bokononito at 7:05 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I turn off single-window mode in Powerpoint?
MS Office question: How do I stop Powerpoint from using a single window to display all documents? I'd like to be able to look at two powerpoint files side by side and copy/paste between them, but powerpoint insists on opening them in the same window. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 6:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I need glasses?
Am I farsighted, or Should I Visit the Optometrist? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

How to best respond to wrong headed eMail
What is an appropriate response to these chain eMails pounding out more fear for the sake of the wingnuts. There is [more inside]
posted by ptm at 5:14 PM PST - 29 comments

I felt like a heel.
What kind of massage did I have in Osaka last night? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I come back?
Travel while on practical training visa [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 4:20 PM PST - 1 comments

2006 weblog tool market share
Looking for 2006 stats or reports on weblog tool market share. Ideally include installed systems like MovableType and hosted platforms like TypePad.
posted by will at 4:18 PM PST - 1 comments

why are children so expensive?
Please help me pick out a reasonably good, yet cheap digital camera for my teenager's school program. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Unified Messaging: Fax, Voicemail, Storage - Help?
I am looking for a unified messaging service that would ideally provide fax (receive/send), voicemail, file storage, maybe email, ssl would be a big bonus. I've looked at several fax services, but they don't provide voicemail. I know there are many of these services available, but positive experiences and recommendations from Mefites would be most appreciated! Thanks in advance. BTW, $20 or under would be perfect.
posted by Gerard Sorme at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Why did PayPal call me?
PayPal called me on the phone. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 3:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Cooking up a storm
Looking for good dishes/recipes for me to make when I entertain guests at home, I am no emeril but by no means a novice either. Looking to start easy, so looking for 2-person lunch/dinner ideas. Appetizer, main course, dessert is ideal - cuisine no bar. bonus for presentation tips. Uh, Vegetarian only. Okay, GO.
posted by cusecase at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to have a small social banquet in Center City Philadelphia?
PhiladelphiaSocialFilter: What are my organization's choices for a decent place to have a banquet with good food and a decent social atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Arrgh pipet
Biochem lab question: How do I clean the barrel of my pipettor? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 3:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Why am I so hot?
My whole life, people have been telling me that my skin feels very hot to the touch. When I touch other people, they almost always feel cool to me. I am sensitive to heat, and I dehydrate and get sun stroke easily. I also tend not to sweat very much, which it has occurred to me might keep me from cooling down. But doctors have always found my body temperature to be normal. I doubt it affects my health, but I am curious as to why I might be like this. Any ideas?
posted by walla at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Hate Crimes Against My Eye
My Bigoted Left Eye: Have you successfully treated your contact lens intolerance, and how? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

1972 Datsun 510
Tell me more about a Datsun 510 [more inside]
posted by Orbitalmovment at 2:47 PM PST - 15 comments

How to solder flexible printed circuit?
Tips for hand soldering leads to printed flexible circuits? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

There is no such thing as a chocolate martini.
Chicago Filter: Where can I drink excellent, properly made classic cocktails? Save me from the caramel-corn-nipple-tini. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Remembering myself
What would a child adopted from a foreign country at the age of five, and brought up as a Westerner, remember of their infancy, and mother tongue? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 2:29 PM PST - 19 comments

do plastic skid-plates on cars actually do anything?
the plastic netherparts under the engine of my jetta have finally fallen out, after some altercations with those concrete front-tire stops in parking lots. is it important for the future of the engine/mechanical bits to get these replaced? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Do you remember this article on fascism?
Does somebody know which short article on fascism I dimly remember? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with my busted laptop backlight?
Should I attempt to repair my broken laptop screen? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:52 PM PST - 10 comments

tattoo bleeding ink?
I got a touch up on a 3 month old tattoo yesterday. Today it is sort of bleeding ink. (I can press a white piece of paper to it after applying A+D ointment and get a print of the tattoo) Is this normal? It did not do this when I first got it done.
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

A delicate Yorkshire Riesling, robust Canadian Cabernet?
A delicate Yorkshire Riesling, robust Canadian Cabernet? If global warming raises temperatures, an often mentioned consequence is the growing of wine grapes in the far North (for example the article in Slate today). Does this really follow? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 12:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Food, clothing, tourism in Shanghai and Beijing China.
My SO and I are in Beijing 1-11 October, Shanghai 11-18. 1st-6th is taken up by travel and a conference, but vacation after that. Help us have an awesome vacation... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 12:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Sex in Space?
Has anyone ever had sex in space? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 12:21 PM PST - 46 comments

How should I fix or replace my electronic dictionary?
How can I fix dead lines on the screen of a Canon Wordtank IDF-3000 electronic dictionary? Or, can you suggest an affordable (sub-$120) kanji-enabled Japanese-English electronic dictionary as a replacement? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

the pure, pulsing night / of snouts sticking out of slime
Books about people and animals -- the less cheesy the better -- any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 12:04 PM PST - 43 comments

OneNote novice ISO assistance
How do I link to (not insert) a task in OneNote? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Taking notes at an interview
JobInterviewFilter: Should you or should you not take a pad of paper with you to the interview? If so, should you use it for any of the following purposes (inside)? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 11:20 AM PST - 26 comments

Solutions for a sound-leaky door?
Help me muffle (or eliminate) the sound escaping from my badly-hung door so that my roommates are less likely to figure out what sort of shenanigans I'm up to in my room... [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Setting up a dedicated web server
A dedicated Fedora Plesk server has been set up for me at a hosting company, and as a site admin I'm not sure what to do next. Is there a good guide or tutorial anywhere that will get me up to speed on preparing a dedicated server for a website that uses PHP and mysql? Will I have to install Apache? Are those programs normally installed by default with run-of-the-mill dedicated hosting? This company's documentation is scarce and I think I'm in over my head.
posted by rolypolyman at 11:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me pick a small, high quality, high definition, flat panel television.
Please help me choose a small, high quality, high definition, flat pannel television. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

What are your favorite clothing lines?
What are your favorite clothing lines? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

How to Create a Calendar Feed for Favorite TV Shows?
Are there any websites or services that allow me to create a calendar feed for my favorite TV shows? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Locally owned restaurants in Loveland Colorado?
Any good locally owned restaurants in Loveland Colorado? Good (but not necessarily healthy) breakfast joints and good dinner spots with both meaty and veggie options are what we're looking for. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 10:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Annoying Windows XP networking issue
Annoying Windows XP network connection issue [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 9:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Teaching music to the blind
I've been asked to give music lessons to a young blind boy. He has been blind since birth, and he is a music fanatic. Please help me figure out the best approach to take in teaching him about music. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 8:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Lowfat cake recipe?
Birthdayfilter: What's your favorite low-fat(-ish) cake recipe? [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath at 8:27 AM PST - 20 comments

How do i find an icon in Microsoft Word (which I suspect may not exist)?
How do I get back a lost icon in microsoft office (specifically word)? [more inside]
posted by muthecow at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Healthy romantic relationships after sexual abuse in past?
My significant other revealed to me that he was sexually abused as a little boy by a friend of his, who was also a boy. The incident, without describing it in detail, was one of sexual humiliation. The shame and suffering he now feels is immense and has carried over into other areas of his life, including his relationships. He told me what had happenned because I knew something was wrong and pressed him. We are now college-age (and in college too) and he had never told anyone before me. I have said to him that many other people have been sexually abused and have learned to accept their past, but I have said this without knowing if it's really true. Because of the problems caused by the event and other events that followed, I have broken up with him but am serious about being with him after he takes care of himself in therapy. Does anyone have insight on the possibility of moving forward after such a traumatizing event?
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 21 comments

VoIP kills my Bittorrent ability. Help!
Bittorrent worked fine till I got VoIP (Vonage). Now, no worky. Can anyone help? I'm on OSX. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 8:20 AM PST - 18 comments

a trained monkey, Tutankhamun's mummy, and a drunken sailor muttering into his beer?
a trained monkey, Tutankhamun's mummy, and a drunken sailor muttering into his beer [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Remedies for asthma and bronchitis
How can I help myself until I can get to the Doctor? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I be worried about an upcoming IRS audit?
I have an audit meeting with the IRS coming up. What can I/should I expect? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 7:27 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a non-crappy home exercise bike?
Is there a worthwhile stationary (preferably recumbent) exercise bike choice available for consumer purchase under $1,000? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 7:17 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a really dramatic, beautiful instrumental song, possibly with a big crescendo.
I need a really dramatic, beautiful instrumental song, possibly with a big crescendo. [more inside]
posted by saucy at 7:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Will o' the WISP
How can I redirect the signal from a line-of-sight WISP provider around objects that are between the tower and my house? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 6:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Tips for a life in London
My wife and I just moved to London, and will be here for at least two years. We are trying to make it feel like home; and there are a lot of things that can make a place feel like home ... or make it feel like a strange new country. I have many specific questions, and also welcome general advice pertaining to life in London. [more inside]
posted by louigi at 6:43 AM PST - 33 comments

Clamp Clamp!
Help me find a motorized clamp/press [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

I am in ur webz, aksin ur questins
MemeFilter: What is the origin of the "I am in ur [something], [doing something]" meme? It usually uses JeffK-esque spelling ("ur", and a lot of z-endings). Some examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

I want my hands to make love to the camera
Last night a friend remarked that I have beautiful hands. I have heard that before from many people. Inspired by vodka, the two of us decided that my lifetime calling is to become a hand model... [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to perform my solo music project live
I want to perform my solo music project live and I'd like suggestions on how to do it. My music involves a keyboard, guitar, drum loops, multiple vocal tracks and random sound effects. [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 5:54 AM PST - 7 comments

No cell coverage in our new home. What to do?
Our cell phones don't get coverage in our new home. Can I get out of my contract, and how do I find out who had coverage for our street/area? [more inside]
posted by mgarnhum at 4:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Quasimodo of the future?
Help me identify this youth science fiction book-filter! [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 4:30 AM PST - 18 comments

I am now free to move about the country
Rapid Rewards Filter: Am I going insane? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Death's Rose Garden
ArtFilter: A skeleton crowned by roses holding a posy of same in a garden with rose petals drifting down on the breeze. A little... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 12:01 AM PST - 6 comments

September 21
Yen to Pounds : Best Exchange Rates?
Currency Exchange: I have a handful of Japanese Yen and a desire the British pound wasn't so strong. What are my best options for getting my Yen converted into Sterling? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 11:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Cyclists refused service at fastfood drive-thrus?
Refused service at a Wendy's drive-thru window because you're on a bike. Why? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 10:25 PM PST - 43 comments

Racoon Eyes
I've got a ridiculous looking sunburn... [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 10:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a part time job or earn extra money
Flat broke-need a part time job filter. It's been a rough year financially, I'm thinking about getting a part time job to make the ends meet. Just a bit..... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 9:47 PM PST - 16 comments

I Need to ship items to NY but don't know a soul there anymore.
I need to ship a few large boxes of clothing and personal items from the West coast to NYC. However I don't know anyone in NY to ship them to. Does anyone have suggestions on how to do this, or know of a trustworthy service that will accept shipped items until I get there?
posted by debu at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Favorite ear plugs for sleeping?
Ear Plugs: What's your favorite ear plug for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:46 PM PST - 12 comments

My short, solidly-built FTM friend needs office attire!
I've just been asked to help a friend shop for a business wardrobe, but it's going to be a bit tricky. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 9:42 PM PST - 16 comments

It crawled out of where now?
Why is my anus suddenly itching relentlessly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Teach my boy cunnilingus!
How can my boy and I have better sex? And in particular, how can I teach him to go down on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Silent Magnetic Resistance exercise bike is dead
Silent Magnetic Resistance exercise bike is dead. Can I manually adjust the resistance? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find historical radio station playlists?
Where to find historical radio station playlists? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 8:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Another Dish Network Question
I'm thinking of biting the bullet and upgrading my Dishnetwork equipment to this Should I? Current Dish customers (and anyone else with insight) please read on! [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

"I don't know why you're asking that, you're just going to break your neck when you try it."
Martial arts filter: The move that you see in so many martial arts movies where someone is knocked to the ground on their back and they roll backwards and then flip themselves forward onto their feet... what is that called? Also... [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for Portland OR restaurant
Recommendation for a nice Portland Oregon restaurant? (Both an immediate need and future wish list) [more inside]
posted by donovan at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can we let Kitty run?
New York City Dog Lovers: Where can two car-less Manhattanites (and one miniature poodle) go for the weekend? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 8:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I pay $500 for to replace my engine?
Short story: I got a tune up including an oil change. That night, the car died, and now they say the engine needs to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 6:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Using Dotster as a host
Does anyone use Dotster for hosting? [more inside]
posted by 27 at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Hamburger + Wok = Inevitable Smoke?
Have fun and hilarity at my expense! So I tried to pan fry a hamburger in a wok and my apartment is now full of smoke... [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 6:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Girls who eat salad? hot or not?
Are girls who eat salad and watch every calorie worth it? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:26 PM PST - 39 comments

Website maintenance.
How do you keep your websites properly maintained? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:23 PM PST - 13 comments

A great costume
Creative, witty, funny, or just plain great costume? [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 6:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Love it or leave it
What's the best way to get a job abroad? Specifically in the broad field of computers? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 6:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Recommendations on Arabic/English translation software/websites?
Can anyone recommend a free or cheap online translator for Arabic/English? (Actually, recommendations on more expensive ones are welcome too since I might be able to make a case for having my boss pay for it.) All I need is to get the basic gist of the Arabic. I know it's not going to be pretty -- that's okay. I've been using Google Translator which seems decent. I'm just wondering if there is an "industry standard." Ideally, I would LOVE to find something where I can feed in a Word document in Arabic and the translator spits out (an understandably rough) equivalent in English. But does such a thing exist?
posted by zharptitsa at 6:14 PM PST - 4 comments

what mp3 player should I get?
what mp3 player should I get? [more inside]
posted by tundro at 6:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Build Mr. Met head
I'm interested in constructing a replica of the head piece worn by Mr. Met. [more inside]
posted by blim8183 at 5:57 PM PST - 1 comments

Searching for low risk, high yield, low timeframe investments.
I'm trying to get some decent, low risk investment income in the short term, as I am in a state where I may need access to my funds as early as 6 months to a year from now. Where should I put my money? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find somewhere to publish
Linguistic/Etymology academics: I wrote a 2,000 word paper / article which friends say is of publishable quality and interesting, but not sure what venue to try. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

MyDocuments Go Boom?
[FirefoxProfileFilter]: My brother just inadvertently deleted everything in his My Documents folder when he deleted a Firefox Profile. Lil' help? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

An Act of Propaganda
Help me find a quotation. I have a vague memory of a quote from a respected literary figure (perhaps Orwell) which states that the name given to a piece of legislation will always denote the opposite of the purpose of the legislation. In effect, the names of our laws are propaganda. The USA PATRIOT Act springs immediately to mind. Are you familiar with this alleged quote? Who said it and what did they say? Or did my drug-addled brain make the whole thing up?
posted by oncogenesis at 5:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you spare a hand? Both my hands, even.
Can you recommend a portable USB keyboard? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

USB switchbox with switching on a per-device basis?
I have a handful of USB devices that I'd like to share between the 2-4 workstations/laptops at my desk. I don't need simultaneous access to a given device from multiple PC's, just the ability to switch which PC each device is assigned to. Here's the catch, though: I want to do the switching on a per-device basis, so standard USB switchboxes (that switch all USB devices at once) won't do the trick. Does such a device exist? [more inside]
posted by arathorn at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Override fonts for specific websites
My eyesight just isn't what it used to be. How do I force specific websites to show up with a larger font in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 4:11 PM PST - 20 comments

upgrading laserjet ram?
Does anyone know how to put more memory in an HP Laserjet 4700? There is an access panel on the rear right-hand side, and four screws holding in two slot covers labeled EIO, I believe. I downloaded the service manuals but nothing in there I could use. I can pay someone to do a service call but it seems like it should be something I could do myself.
posted by mecran01 at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

كيف حالك ؟ Arabic Filter: Help me settle this question about cases.
كيف حالك ؟ Arabic Filter: Help me settle this question about cases. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 3:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Vista: worth it yet?
Windows Vista RC1: worth the upgrade? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Working out hard without working up food
How can I ensure that I don't puke (or get nauseous) when I start working out with a trainer? [more inside]
posted by EastCoastBias at 1:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Quiet places to work and drink in New York
New Yorkers: where are the best coffee shops, cafes, bars for a spot of work or a quiet read? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 1:44 PM PST - 32 comments

What's with this inverse correlation?
I recently increased my dosage of lamictal from 100mg/day to 200mg/day. I was prescribed 100mg pills, whereas before I had 25mg pills. For a month's supply of 100mg/daily in 25mg units, the bill sent to my insurance was over $500. For 200mg in 100mg units, it was just under $300. Why would more of the active ingredient cost less? I know the difference in pill count can't account for that much of a differential. What's the creative economics here?
posted by jammer at 1:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I being discriminated against?
I just had a great job interview, and I should be a lock for this job. But I'm worried they might not hire me because I have a baby. Is this sex discrimination? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 1:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Going to Vegas! Tips for getting into clubs (for a bunch of guys)?
Going to Vegas! Tips on getting into clubs (for guys)? Or.......Are these types of passes a legit deal? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

bedsit? bedsh*t more like!
I made a hasty decision and now I'm regretting it. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

"Picking" the Right Birthday Celebration
Autumn in New York City & Birthday Celebration filters: My gf wants to go apple-picking (again!). [more inside]
posted by NYCinephile at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

SartorialFilter: keeping cool in men's business attire?
It's interview season for me, which means suits and ties. I don't mind suits in cool weather, but it's been very warm here recently, and sweating all the way through an interview doesn't exactly scream "professionalism." How can I stay cool? [more inside]
posted by tellumo at 12:32 PM PST - 28 comments

Names of Veterans of the Vietnam War?
For a scholarly research project, it would very helpful if I had the names of all veterans of the Vietnam War. Does anyone know if this data is publicly available? If so, where could I find it? Advice about specific offices or sources is especially appreciated.
posted by fdhidalgo at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me clothe my geek!
I want to buy a t-shirt for a friend with the Mac spinning circle - the one you see when you're waiting for something to happen - not the one that is the spinning beach ball. I swear I saw one on the internet once, but now I can't find it. Any idea who sells them?
posted by serazin at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

What leverage does Wal-Mart have?
Wal-Mart is going to start offering many common generic drugs for $4. What's stopping CVS or Walgreens from doing the same? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 11:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Recovery from Septoplasty?
My fiance is having septoplasty to correct his deviated septum on Monday. What can we expect in terms of how he'll feel and what he'll be able to do after the procedure? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 11:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Am I being short changed while they try to convert me?
Who are the key players in the current study of the Sociology of Religion [more inside]
posted by sourbrew at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Smartphones, Treos, and Cell Phone - Oh My!
After eyeing my boss' new Treo 700, I'm toying with the idea of getting one. I have a few questions about Fancy New SmartPhone Technology that I'm hoping the hive mind can help me with. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Does any culture have a word for that "what if I suddenly..." feeling?
Name That Thing! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you wonder what would happen if you did something outrageous- punched a cop, stepped off a building, peed on the dinner table? No? Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one, because both Daniel Clowes (in Eightball) and P.G. Wodehouse (in Carry On, Jeeves) mention it. The problem is, what do you call it? Does any culture have a word for this? I certainly can't think of an (American) English word or phrase shorter than "You know that feeling when...", etc.
posted by paul_smatatoes at 11:16 AM PST - 75 comments

Test prep books for the GRE?
Books for GRE prep? Which ones did you use to prepare for the exam? [more inside]
posted by apple scruff at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for corporate life movies
My goal is to find scenes from movies (or tv shows) that show funny/ironic employees/managers/customers interactions. Similar to Office Space or The Office. Any ideas? Thank you!
posted by krisobi at 11:08 AM PST - 35 comments

An excuse to exchange imacs
How can I convince my accountant and my tax inspectors that I truly do need to buy a new 24" iMac in order to continue being a productive member of society? Because I don't. Please help me lie. [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ?
Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm too sexy for these shirts!
I have a pile of "one size fits all" T-shirts that don't fit me at all! I got them for free, I'm keeping them because they're souvenirs, but I'd like to modify a few to make them more useful to me, and I need some pointers/ideas. [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I haggle for a new hybrid?
I've found a new Prius that I might be able to buy before the tax rebate gets chopped in half. Since it's a new, popular car, am I going to be paying full price no matter what or should I try my meager haggling skills? If the latter, what should I aim for and how should I go about it given the "next guy will pay full price" line I'll inevitably encounter? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Where Do Lost Balls Go?
What is the environmental impact of my dog's lost tennis balls? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me remember an Irish drinking song.
Trying to remember an Irish drinking song (are there any other types?) [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

SIM card in NYC?
Where can I buy a prepaid SIM card in New York City? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 10:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Interview with a podcaster
How to mix two microphone inputs for recording on a PC? [more inside]
posted by La Cieca at 9:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Shoo-be-do-wop wop
What makes music from a time period so immediately recognizeable as from that period? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Which way to you want to go, up or down?
As previously discussed, Eattheweak and I will be finding our way from Denton, TX to Olympia, WA. We're trying to nail down the particulars. Help us pick our route and then tell us what to do on it! [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a UWB providor that can track my trucks.
TechFilter: Anyone familiar with Ultra Wideband? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

1-800-key-padd
Can anyone tell me why telephone keypads are "upside down" relative to calculator/numeric keypads? [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me help my girlfriend secure a brighter future
my girlfriend is heavily in debt (£6,000), on a very badly paid job at a supermarket, with zero qualifications. This is making her very very depressed. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 9:03 AM PST - 26 comments

Gateway laptop screen death
Gateway Solo 9550 black screen issue [of course there will be--->] [more inside]
posted by red cell at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a fix for an excel formula recalculation error.
I can't get a formula in excel to recalculate when copied and pasted to another cell. Help! [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Teach me subway manners
Teach me manners: when to give up my seat on public transportation. Much [more inside]
posted by fogster at 8:29 AM PST - 77 comments

How do I convert this video file to something more friendly?
Need to convert from a wierd video format to something more friendly. [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Need help squashing foreign spam
I get tons of spam in languages other than english -- entire messages in other languages that I can't even read to determine what the spam is about. I'd like to make a simple set of email filters to whack out any email in russian, chinese, japanese, and korean. Can someone give me a single character from each language that represents the most commonly used letter? (like the letter "a" in English) [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Keep the foam thingies on my earbuds?
Is there a trick to keep the foam thingies from falling off my earbuds? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Internet Messaging ready for business?
Some folks in our office have shown the desire to use IM to communicate with other companies we do business with, pretty much at the urging of the external companies. I have some concerns. [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 7:26 AM PST - 25 comments

ISA to PCI or Serial Converter?
Converting an ISA card to something usable in a modern system? [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

How to Unspoil Kids?
After my sister died earlier this year, I became guardian of my niece and nephew (14- and 17-y.o.). How can I say "NO" to things while keeping the peace in the house? [more inside]
posted by paddbear at 6:39 AM PST - 38 comments

What unusual/interesting/fun/unmissable things can I do while living in central London?
What unusual/interesting/fun/unmissable things can I do while living in central London? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 5:55 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me find more good indie-electro dance music!
Help me find more good indie-electro dance music! [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 5:43 AM PST - 26 comments

pack to exe
i'm looking for a utilitie that does exactly what Molebox does, that is, pack all your resources into a single executable... preferably one thats free
posted by xteraco at 5:27 AM PST - 3 comments

no funny headline
Where can I get a cheap (~25) laser pen in manhattan, preferrably south of 14 or even better south of houston? I check Canal st, but nothing. Don't need the pen part. Just the laser part. I want it to entertain my new kitten.
posted by milarepa at 5:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Is buying a product before it hits shelves unfair?
Should employees of stores be allowed to take (potentially rare) merchandise and buy it themselves before it hits the store shelves? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:42 AM PST - 40 comments

Name that tune.
Okay a tough name-that-tune question. Listen and identify please! [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 4:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Yummy yummy yummy I want vegies in my tummy
Help me learn more about nutrition and eating for wellness and energy. I'm looking for recommendations for resources -- books especially - I can make use of along the path to healthy eatin'. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 3:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Who wrote this comic barbershop quartet song?
Who is the 'artist' behind a comedy barbershop quartet song, in which the opening goes through various cliches about how to deal with problems in life, and the answer/chorus is... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jrengreen at 3:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Rublargh
How do I select a directory with Ruby? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 2:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Content Management System Help:
I am looking for a easy to setup and easy to use content management system that will allow members to upload large files for private sharing , allow event listings and commenting and other features. I need it to be easy for the users to do this (non-tech people). I need a free and quick solution - no roll your own time. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 2:28 AM PST - 6 comments

But I want to read the full story NOW!
Do you know of any good news sites that provide full articles, or at the very least decent sized excerpts, in their RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by platinum at 1:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Book recommendation on Digital Circuit Design
I need suggestions for a good book that covers digital circuit design (specifically practical design using MSI/LSI TTL, PLD's, CMOS, FPGA, etc. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 12:23 AM PST - 2 comments

September 20
Topical antibiotics for sinus/throat infections -- why not?
Topical antibiotics for sinus/throat infections? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 11:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Copyright laws for selling homemade clothes?
If I make a piece of clothing from a store-bought sewing pattern and then sell the clothing, aren't I breaking some sort of copyright law? Likewise, if I buy a patterned fabric for my clothing and sell the clothing, are any laws broken because the fabric pattern was designed by someone else?
posted by foxinthesnow at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help!
I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help! [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:09 PM PST - 25 comments

What to do with my startup?
What should I do with my internet startup business? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Wanted: A Whole Buncha Bottle Caps
Where can I find/order/steal/buy large numbers of bottle caps in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 9:07 PM PST - 15 comments

I once read an awesome book!
KidsBookFilter: Seriously, this was an awesome book... or, at least, that's the way I remember it! I read it in the mid-70s in the 2nd or 3rd grade probably, so it could have been published in the 60s. It was about the ghost of a cat (or the 9 lives of a cat?) that followed it's human family through several generations. That's all I can remember. That and it was an awesome book! So, no, there's not any [more inside]
posted by catcatwomanman at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend a good variety of loose leaf green tea?
Can someone recommend a good variety of loose leaf green tea? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Why won't this swiper work correctly?
i can't get a magtek credit card swiping device (model #21040108) to cooperate with our compaq laptop (model # presario v2000) via an activeX web app. [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows won't load
Stuck at Windows Logo during boot up. Run out of ideas... [more inside]
posted by aznhalf at 8:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Germany in Oktober
I will be traveling through Germany (and a wee bit of Netherlands) this October for 3 weeks. I am already quite aware that Oktoberfest does not occur in October save for a few days. Suggestions for this country during this time period? I will be in at least Köln/Cologne, Bonn, Munich, Berlin. My schedule is very flexible and I plan to do the hostel thing. I have a Eurail pass already. I enjoy music, cafes, museums, meeting people A good friend from high school will be joining me. I'm in my mid-twenties.
posted by umlaut at 8:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a dirty, funny song title.
I'm looking for the lyrics AND possibly an MP3 or recording of a "dirty" (funny) song I heard once... Language warning. :) Lyrics go: "Aw f*** it, I've got better things to do..." "All the years I've taken s**t would fill a bucket" etc... [more inside]
posted by Vamier at 7:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Sticky problem
Please help with a sticky photo album problem. [more inside]
posted by arse_hat at 7:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Downtown Nashvile: Where to gather the bloggers?
NashvilleFilter: I am assisting in planning a gathering for a group of library bloggers...and of course, there's [more inside]
posted by griffey at 7:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Never comin' back here/'Til the day I die
How has Baltimore changed over the past 15 or 20 years? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 7:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Movies Scenes that Feature Airports
Can anyone recommend movies in which reunions and/or interesting experiences occur in airports? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 7:19 PM PST - 37 comments

USDA art
USDA artwork? I'm looking for meat stamps and the like... [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Problem with SealSmart compression BNC connectors
Does anyone have experience with SealSmart BNC cable connectors? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

water heater pilot light won't stay lit
Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me turn my piany playin' hands into rugged karate choppin farmer's hands
Is it possible for a person with skinny hands with bony fingers to get their hands to look more normal through exercise? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 6:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me name my LAN party.
I'm the IT guy at my factory, I just got my higher ups to agree to let me host a LAN party in our large breakroom. I need to think of a witty name for it. I hate to call it XXXXXX Company LAN Party. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Electronic exotica
Looking for good electronic-exotica music similar to Comfort Stand's Two Zombies Later, particularly tracks like 'Kitty's Daydream', 'Acapulco 2000', 'Moonlight Zombie Dance'. [more inside]
posted by aye at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it a don't to have my undershirt poking out under my sweater instead of tucking the undershirt in?
Is it a don't to have my undershirt poking out under my sweater instead of tucking the undershirt in? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 5:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Identify old bee-fighting cartoon
Help me win a bet by identifying old-tyme cartoon for my dad. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 4:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Killer bunnies
Can anyone tell me what this animated gif is lifted from?
posted by arielmeadow at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I prepare for a short term unemployment period?
I am a professional person and will be "downsized" from my current company next month. Since I am changing professions in the meantime, it may take 4 to 6 months to secure my next place of employment. Financial resources are my concern. I have 6 months of mortgage payments saved up, and no other debt beyond monthly utilities, cable, internet, etc. I do have savings I can draw from, and I am considering applying for state unemployment benefits. I may get a small severance package from the current employer. Would it be wise to seek a line of credit while I'm still employed? Would this put my house in jeopardy should it take longer to find work? Are there other resources I should consider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Glitter Ninja wants new exciting cancer sticks~!
Nicotenefilter: Where can one purchase kreteks (clove cigarettes) and flavoured cigarettes in Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario (preferrably in the former) and the Columbia, SC area, also preferrably for a good price? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the world record for computer uptime?
What's the world record for computer uptime? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 3:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Value My Website
How do I put a monetary value on my website if someone's offered to buy it? Is there a formula?
posted by adrober at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Office drinking.
What are the liability issues regarding drinking in the office of a solely employee owned company? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Asperger's + visit to brothel = good times?
I'm toying with the idea of taking my friend who has Asperger's to a brothel before he returns to Canada. Good idea or am I insane? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 2:51 PM PST - 32 comments

What is the name of this sf story?
I'm looking for the title and author of a science fiction story that someone told me about once about a Borges-like space station. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for quotation information.
I'm trying to track down author and source for a specific quotation. [more inside]
posted by initapplette at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Meet Her At The Love Parade
Da Hool: Meet Her At The Love Parade (techno, 2001); trying to find a specific remix. [more inside]
posted by felix at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Second time laser eye surgery?
Should I have my eyes lasered again? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Oh, the price paid for beauty!
Make the hurting stop! I got my ears pierced with stainless steel balls last Saturday, one in each lobe and two in the cartilage of my right ear. All was well until Monday, when an infection started in my cartilage. How do I get rid of it? Grossish details inside! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Why is this bot hitting my site?
Some sort of bot is hitting my web site, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. [more inside]
posted by o2b at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a classic Spy Magazine Article
I am looking for an article from Spy Magazine about America's colorful track record with politically appointed ambassadors. The title set the tone nicely--something along the lines of: "Hey Jambo, Does Anyone Here Speak American?" [more inside]
posted by Phred182 at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

What happens when women with nipple piercings breastfeed?
What happens when women with nipple piercings breastfeed? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 1:07 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I put on my CV if I failed my degree?
What should I put on my CV (resumé) if I failed my university degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

I've seen an email I wish I hadn't! Now what?
Stop me before I ruin the relationship! We've been dating seriously and exclusively for two years and despite an age difference, things have been fantastic -- the best, most romantic relationship either of us has ever had. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Whisper Wear: Innovation or Marketing Gimick?
ProductReviewFilter: Anyone here have any experience with the Whisper Wear breast pump? It looks like a great solution for my particular situation, but I'm wondering ... does it really work as well as a traditional pump?
posted by anastasiav at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

help find "I learned it from watching you" ad parody
Pls help track source of "I learned it from watching you" drug parody ad, but the kid was chastized for playing 8-bit nintendo video games. [more inside]
posted by ernie at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Book recommendation for help with Higher Math
Could someone suggest book(s) that deal with tips/tricks/methods of performing mathematical calulations faster. I mean higher mathematics and not just elementary operations like addition/multiplication/finding the root etc. What I am looking for are hints and shortcuts that would help me with stuff like calculus, linear albegra, vectors and such. Thanks!
posted by sk381 at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Peak oil what?
Why have the gas prices fallen rapidly in the last few weeks? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 12:07 PM PST - 30 comments

How Do you 'Make' a Story Timely?
How do you make an idea timely? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

health insurance
Question for New Yorkers. I was thinking about switching from Oxford health insurance plan to the mid-level HIP plan. I can save a bundle. Is HIP just terrible though? Anyone have any thoughts, seen any rankings?
posted by dearleader at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Missing in Action, Presumed Deadbeat.
I live in a house where the rent is shared amongst five people. One of those people left for Vancouver over a month ago, presumably because she had a good job offer where she could work unlimited hours. This was to be a 2-week "working vacation" and she told us she was going to use those two weeks to save up some money for paying her variously-accruing debts. She hasn't returned. We need to know what our options are. [more inside]
posted by Imperfect at 11:46 AM PST - 29 comments

when it rains...
How much money should I loan a very good friend of mine in a tough situation? I feel lost as to what I should do. (extended facts in the extended) [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 11:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Macbook and cigar smell
Can I occasionally smoke cigars around my Macbook without making it smell? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

How did David Sedaris become famous?
How did David Sedaris rise from obscurity to fame? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Where are the best vegan snacks in NYC?
I'm in NYC, my friend's several states away. I'm sending her a package and want to include some vegan snacks. What might I find in the city that is tasty and will travel well? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San at 11:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Make it from scratch?
What things are worth the time and cost of doing/making myself? For example, tomatoes from the store are miles below the ones I grow in my garden. Fresh-baked bread is amazing. But knitting socks or a sweater seems hardly worth it, despite the fact that I can customize it, because of the high cost of the time and materials. [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 11:01 AM PST - 48 comments

Cartoon Network ice cream truck
ATL residents: Have you seen an ice cream truck painted with Cartoon Network characters around town? If so, do you have any idea how to get in contact with the owner?
posted by commasplice at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you ID this cartoon?
Do you know where this character is from (4KB jpeg). It's a crudely drawn comic/cartoon of a person wearing an "I Heart Me" shirt, nailing a board to its head.
posted by 6550 at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Good career for lover of oral argument?
I love arguing with people -- orally walking them through their premises, disputing their conclusions, bringing up cool new analogies and information, and learning and teaching in the process. I want to do this all day long and get paid for it. Career recommendations? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 10:24 AM PST - 29 comments

Watt question
A question about voltage, watts, transformers. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

SGI: We're not dead yet!
What happens to the value of a company's stock when they declare banckruptcy and then exit bankruptcy? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What's that noise in Fleetwood Mac's Tell Me Lies?
CheeseFilter : Fleetwood Mac - what's that noise? [more inside]
posted by snailer at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Best printer?
My wife is starting her own business. She's making custom illustrations for children's nurseries. She's looking for recomendations on a printer that can produce archival level prints so she can keep the originals (we started off wondering about giclee but it seems way to expensive). The final product should feel like a professional print when framed and needs to last. Also, an thoughts on a scanner to be used in concert with the printer?
posted by Shanachie at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me explain this idiosycratic problem with FoxPro (v 6.0)
A direct copy of a database table (as in, right-click on file, select "copy" and "paste" in the same directory) resulted in data going missing. Then, the data mysteriously re-appear. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Analysing the NFL
What are some websites/sources that give weekly analysis of the upcoming weekend's NFL games? [more inside]
posted by Heatwole at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Old people = large ears/noses?
Are old people's (particularly men's) ears and noses as large as they seem? Or is it some sort of age-based illusion? And if my eyes do not deceive me, why are they that way? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Journal Square is the dumps!
We're thinking of moving to Jersey City from points west, and have some questions about it which aren't answered in this previous JC AskMe. Sincere apologies for the length! [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Running and severe nausea
I am in pretty decent shape (nothing amazing, but 5' 7" and 138 pounds which is normal) but find that I can't do much of ANY running without feeling horribly, horribly nauseated within minutes of finishing. I can lift and do pushups, squats, etc., but running is basically out of the question. Sometimes it's so bad I have to stop even though it's rarely more than 10 minutes. Since I'm not unhealthy or overweight, I'm pretty concerned about this. Why does running, in particular, make me feel so awful? Does this happen to anyone else? Should I be trying to push through it?
posted by dmaterialized at 9:19 AM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with book mites?
Help! Book mites! I think I saw one today on a book and I fear that there are [more inside]
posted by waxbanks at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

How to truncate a string in Access
I'm writing an query in MS Access to get column 1 = product ID, column 2 = product Description. However, the description field has addtional spec data that I don't need. I want to remove anything after the first word, meaning remove after the first blank space. Example: Prod ID      Prod Desc 10-362-3     Packing DT 12-345-5     Seal XT L-23 Desired result: 10-362-3     Packing 12-345-5     Seal I tried to use FIND or SEARCH functions to identify the position of the first blank space and to truncate everything after that. However, Access does not recoganize either FIND or SEARCH. Does anyone have any idea how to accomplish this? Thanks.
posted by dy at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

How to migrate to a new mail server?
Migrating email when changing web hosts. How to make it less painful? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Pageview of the whole web.
How many pageviews per day does the entire web get? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Post-surgery meals recovering from colon cancer surgery
My mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and is scheduled for a lower anterior resection of her colon next week. Help me plan meals for the first week post-surgery! [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I keep ESPN.com static?
In Firefox, is there any way to prevent pages from automatically reloading? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 8:46 AM PST - 2 comments

What is a comment spammers modus operandi?
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. -- Sun Tzu I get a lot of blog spam on my website and it got me thinking; if I am to fight it more effectively I need to learn more about it. How is it actually sent, what software or scripts do people use, and where do these people hang out on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by maxpower at 8:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Implications in Ignoring IMs
If a friend ignored your instant messages all day when you knew that they were online the entire time, would you consider that rude? [more inside]
posted by bbrown at 8:07 AM PST - 94 comments

How to make sense of a pile of call center data?
I've been tasked with analyzing call records for a small software support call center. Neither I nor the company have ever done this kind of thing before and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by cdavis at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Enabling 'mail' in the Mac OS X command line ...
In need of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enabling/Getting the 'Mail' Unix Command to E-Mail You Stuff, for Complete and Utter Dummies." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I succintly explain the difference between print and web resolution?
What is a good, crystal clear, oh-yeah-that-makes-perfect-sense, method of explaing the difference of print design vs web design [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 7:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Custom Trading Card Sources?
I'm interested in getting some custom trading cards made, something slick along the lines of the Moo cards... [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Book Recommendations Needed: Self-Confidence
Does anyone know of any good, short books on building one's self-confidence? When I say self-confidence I don't mean a feeling of self-worth--already got that--but an external, exuded confidence, as in, "Hey, that guy must know what he's doing!"
posted by whitebird at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Yum, Tapioca.
Does anyone have recommendations for savory southeast-Asian style tapioca recipes? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Tampons with "Fresh Scent"
Ladies with fragrance allergies! If you are allergic to most heavily perfumed products (lotions, cremes, laundry detergent) what are the odds of fragranced tampons causing some wildness? [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants at 7:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Would this house turn us into Tom Hanks and Shelley Long?
Is this house worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:13 AM PST - 24 comments

How much is it going to cost to get a new puppy completely vaccinated?
How much is it going to cost to get a new puppy completely vaccinated? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 6:51 AM PST - 14 comments

How do i get my modded xbox onto my windows network.
How do i get my modded xbox (ie xbmc) onto my windows network. [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones at 6:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Password access for Intranet Web site
How can one protect an Intranet web site while allowing access from the Internet. Internal users need to see the web site without typing in a password, but when users access it from the outside they need to type in a name and password - or even better still a HTTPS session. I can give more thn one internal IP to the server if I have to. Is htaccess the way to go? (Joomla website) Thanks!
posted by bright77blue at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

I got pictures on my mind.
I have seen some pretty cool things to do with photos/video : the flip books, postage stamps and the cool new moo.com cards. I love all of those kind of things. I am thinking of christmas gifts- any one have any links or ideas I may not have seen yet? And/or places where you liked the results or may NOT have liked the results? Thank you!
posted by beccaj at 6:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get my girlfriend horny.
Is there such a thing as female viagra? Failing that, how can I get my girlfriend more interested in having sex with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 45 comments

Help me find a boot camp vacation retreat to lose weight and develop my self awareness
Can anyone recommend a boot-camp style vacation retreat suitable for men where I can kick-off a fitness programme to get me in better shape and perhaps also spend some contemplative time? [more inside]
posted by csg77 at 5:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I fall asleep quickly?
How can I fall asleep more quickly? [more inside]
posted by markcholden at 5:36 AM PST - 28 comments

24 Hr Laundromat in Seacoast NH/Southern ME
Looking for a laundromat in coastal NH, southern ME, that's either open 24 hours or at least opens 6am or earlier. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 5:26 AM PST - 1 comments

Best language for parallel code
I have an embarrassingly parallel problem for which I currently have a working algorithm prototyped in a relatively high level language (IDL). It's time I properly parallelised it however, and also rewrote it with something I can optimise a bit more easily. What languages and resources are available? [more inside]
posted by edd at 5:25 AM PST - 10 comments

It's all for charidy, mate.
Goodtree. What is this? [more inside]
posted by asok at 4:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Converting GPS (.gtm/.gpx) to flash/illustrator
Is there a simple way of converting a GPS Trackmaker file (or .gpx) to an Illustrator or Flash file? [more inside]
posted by 13twelve at 4:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Are we insurable?
We're (myself, wife and 3m old daughter) going to Germany for a long weekend at the end of October. Wife and I have already got an annual travel policy, but need to get a policy for my daughter. Our policy is through the bank and they will not add her. [more inside]
posted by lloyder at 4:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Audio Comedy Commendations
Audio Comedy; looking for new comics I may not have heard of and some downloadable comedy on the web (along the lines of Hicks, Sadowitz, Lee and Herring et al). As always, [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 3:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Life without a car in the US: Easy living or scraping by?
Besides NYC, what are the best American cities to live in--for a non-driver? [more inside]
posted by QueSeraSera at 1:47 AM PST - 55 comments

September 19
Bad knee pain?
Bad knee pain when squatting/extending the knees. [more inside]
posted by sian at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Pain on the left side when breathing in
Breathing-in feels like your lung is snagging on a rib.. [more inside]
posted by lundman at 10:38 PM PST - 16 comments

what do roads really cost?
What do our (United States) roads really cost? [more inside]
posted by R343L at 10:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Can't play divx files in powerpoint
Whenever I embed divx or xvid files into my powerpoint presentations they speed way up and there isn't any sound. I have all the proper codecs installed as they play correctly through windows media player.
posted by allthewhile at 9:42 PM PST - 1 comments

How to find a cheap weekend cabin in the Northeast?
I'd like to rent an inexpensive cabin, somewhere picturesque and north of NYC, with room enough to fit 6 people who don't mind crashing on the floor in sleeping bags, for one weekend in October or November this fall. What can you tell me?
posted by the jam at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I get a new dentist?
Should I get a new dentist? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:28 PM PST - 15 comments

dub-dub-dub-dot-yourNameHere-dot-com
I'm starting a new website & need advice... and you know, like always, there's [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 at 8:05 PM PST - 14 comments

need a firm-backed back pack, jack.
Bags. I need a backpack with a firm-ish back. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 8:04 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do to move on without creating drama?
I need to know how to resolve this problem of having fallen for someone ... [more inside]
posted by cscott at 8:01 PM PST - 21 comments

I really love sharpies, for what it's worth.
I always use sharpies to label burned cds, and it's never been a problem, even after years. How about all of youse? How about DVDRs? Is the expected lifespan of the media really meaningfully shortened? Are the people who are selling special markers and Lightscribe, etc. just out to make a greasy buck off of my paranoia?
posted by pullayup at 7:50 PM PST - 19 comments

I Want to Be a Diplomat
I am Canadian, and my dream is to work in International Diplomacy. For various reasons, I don't think I would have much future in the Canadian Foriegn Service - does anyone know how I could get work in a mission for some other country? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Translate this wedding toast into Spanish
ForAFriendFilter: Help me translate this wedding toast to Spanish and someone will bake me muffins. [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 6:03 PM PST - 20 comments

BurnLounge? Pyramid Scheme?
What is BurnLounge? A pyramid scheme? Anyone have any experience with? [more inside]
posted by bilbo baggins at 5:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Chicken and waffles and Canada
I live in Ottawa, Canada. I'd like to try "chicken and waffles". How far would I have to travel? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Hijacked Yahoo account?
I was chatting with a friend using Yahoo last night. My yahoo client started initiating a file transfer of a .wmv file without me physically initiating it. Even stranger, it was a file I didn't even have on my hard drive. I cancelled the transfer before it could complete, because by the file name, it was obviously porn (still not mine!). Has anyone had this happen to them or heard of it happening to anyone else?
posted by augustweed at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

How to fight Lovely Rita the Meter Maid
How do I beat a city of Los Angeles Parking Ticket? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Site helpless sights help?
Can anyone recommend a good Drupal page designer for a small non-profit? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 4:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Recording from a keyboard
What is the best way for a non-techy, older guy to record from a keyboard, either using a MP3 player/recorder, or very simple PC program? [more inside]
posted by bluefin at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Paraguay : an island surrounded by land
Planning a (nice) trip to Paraguay. Yes _Paraguay_. Probably just going to stay in Asuncion and hang with a friend whose family is fairly wealthy. I've heard it has a wacky history. Anyone have any experiences / words of warning / recommendations about it? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I setup monitor "gridlines" on Linux?
How do I setup monitor "gridlines" on Linux? Nvidia has software for Windows that let's you divide your monitor into virtual sub-monitors or set gridlines so that if you maximize a window in that certain section, it only maximizes to that particular area. This is particularly useful on big monitors. Does anyone know of any utilities on Linux that do this or how to configure KDE or Gnome (or I suppose another window manager) to do this? [more inside]
posted by rordog at 3:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Unique fundraiser?
Help me come up with fundraising ideas for my local chapter of Literacy Action. [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 2:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap NAS: Linksys or ASUS or?
Linksys NSLU2 or ASUS WL-500G? I am looking for a wireless, cheap (around $100), Unix-based NAS solution that will let me plug in a couple of USB or SATA drives and do things like serve SSH and run BitTorrent. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Why can't my Keychain.app settings work for both Safari and Camino?
I typically use Safari, and have my preferences set to store all of my passwords and user names in my Keychain.app. However when it starts acting up and giving me the spinning beach ball, I use Camino (v. 1.0.3.) When I try to log in to a website, it asks me for my user name and password - do I really have to fill in ALL those passwords and user names all over again? In other words, is there any way I can get Camino to access the passwords I saved using Safari? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Ethics: Should you hold someone unknowingly acting in the commission of a fraud responsible for your losses?
Is it ethical to sue the victim of a phishing scam who agrees to take employment as someone who receives packages and ships them abroad if you have been victimized by the scam itself? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 2:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Best soundclips from sci-fi films?
Remember my request for sci-fi music? Six months later, I'm finally ready to make my CD mix. Almost. Last night I figured out how to record mp3 audio from DVD on my Mac, and now I want to rip key dialogue snippets from classic sci-fi films. I went for Khan spitting at Kirk from his grave, but there's too much incidental music. I think maybe I can get Ripley signing off. What other short, iconic soundclips from sci-fi films should I look for? The intro to the old Battlestar Galactica? Something from Logan's Run? Blade Runner bits? Eerie, ethereal, otherworldly, outer-space stuff is best. (Bonus points if you can direct me to a source that's already done the work for me; right now I'm looking at a several-week Netflix slog.)
posted by jdroth at 1:53 PM PST - 67 comments

ps command not working
My process status command (ps) has stopped working in Mac OS X. Help? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 1:51 PM PST - 17 comments

MySQL, Help me search tags!
MySQL Help! I am trying to use tags on my web site. I am trying to allow users to search for tags. I want the users to do a search like "castle+moat-ducks" and return all pages that have the tags castle and moat but DO NOT have the tag duck. How can I do this? There is a single tag table, which contains 3 fields, tag_id, image_id and tag, which holds the actual text of the tag. Please help me set up the proper query! Note that I am using PHP.
posted by LoopyG at 1:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Green home products
I'm considering opening a retail sustainable home decor shop in Portland. What are some of your favorite green/sustainable/simple home products and where do you get them? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

I only want my programs to access the VPN, how would I configure this?
How would I deny access to a my local network for applications, but allow them to access a VPN? I am thinking zone alarm / kerio / black ice would work, but I can't figure out how to configure them to do this. Any hints would be appreciated.
posted by the giant pill at 1:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Looking for a water filter
Please recommend a plumbed-in water filter. [more inside]
posted by harmfulray at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Can type
The character keys on my desktop keyboard have stopped working -- but the auto keys work fine. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Online tools for novel-writing?
Are there any great online tools for working on writing a novel? I've seen previous posts on desktop software for this purpose, but I haven't found any nifty online tools. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

I feel so break up...
What rights do I have when re-entering the US? Let's say that I, a natural-born US citizen, am returning to the US after a vacation. Does the bill of rights still apply to me when speaking to the nice man at Customs/Immigration? [more inside]
posted by kc8nod at 12:08 PM PST - 25 comments

Reliable hosting provider
A "reliable", affordable, robust and knowledgeable hosting provider [more inside]
posted by zaibatsu at 11:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Is that a pen in your pocket, or are you just... arrgh.
Can I keep fountain pens in my pant(s) pocket? There's [more inside]
posted by provolot at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Why doesn't her laptop work on one Ethernet port?
My daughter's college dorm room has two Ethernet ports, and her laptop interacts with them differently. I can't understand what's going on, so I'm asking the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by cameradv at 11:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Generic Birth Control Pill?
Generic brands of the Birth Control Pill: Are they really as terrible as I'm hearing? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Pros & cons of getting my tongue pierced?
I'm 28 and I'm thinking about getting my tongue pierced. What cultural & medical pros and cons should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 38 comments

How to cure a sweaty bum at work?
What to do about a sweaty bum problem at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for simple content management for non-techies
Looking for a web content-management or wiki-ish system that can be easily used by non-tech-oriented academics. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 10:35 AM PST - 10 comments

What is Multivarable Testing?
What is Multivariable Testing, really? It was mentioned in this NYTimes article, but the term is only ever used in relation to QualPro, Inc.. What is the real mathematical/statistical technique they're using? Is this related to the Taguchi Method? Can someone explain it to me?
posted by joshwa at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What US law schools have programs in either torture or refugee law?
What US law schools have programs in international law related to either torture or refugees? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the best sex blogs?
What are the best sex blogs? I'm interested in reading humorous, insightful, or just interesting writing about sex. [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 10:10 AM PST - 23 comments

18th Birthday Girl
What should I buy my sister for her 18th Birthday? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 10:02 AM PST - 27 comments

Person fighting a dragon art
Looking for some cool fantasy artwork of a person fighting a dragon.
posted by wubbie at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

How much money has New Order made from the song "Blue Monday"?
How much money has New Order made from the song "Blue Monday"?
posted by markmillard at 9:48 AM PST - 27 comments

What kind of bird is this?
I live just east of Toronto and this morning I happened to see this bird in my back yard - I have never seen one of these before - I am guessing it was someone's pet that has escaped - anyone know what it is? I managed to get a quick shot of it before it flew off - it was at least a foot in height with very long tail feathers. http://tinyurl.com/rbpny
posted by DonM at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments

THERE'S NO NEED TO SHOUT I'M JUST DRYING SOME CLOTHES
Recommend me the quietest condenser tumble dryer in existence. [more inside]
posted by humuhumu at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Okay, just a little pin prick.
Is edetate disodium really necessary when preparing sodium ascorbate for injection? [more inside]
posted by bh at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone offer piecemeal customized USB drives? Think "spreadshirt" for USB.
I want the service to offer my customized USB device, but without me having to make large batch purchases. So the service would make the product as the demand requires. Perhaps they are even integrated with a webshop so they can just deduct the cost from the price of the order.
posted by torpark at 8:10 AM PST - 5 comments

what to do in vancouver?
Vancouver-filter: My young friend (23!) is going to be in Vancouver from Oct. 11 - 18. She is on a very low-budget. Recommendations for cheap places to stay, fun things to do, nice coffee places with good people and any other advice for a young woman off to see the world!
posted by typewriter at 7:36 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I move my Adium settings?
I use Adium as my instant messenging client. I am in the process of moving user accounts and I would like to take all of my settings and data with me. How do I do it?
posted by honorguy7 at 7:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Dyson vs. carpet
Which Dyson vacuum? Is Dyson the best option in that price range? [more inside]
posted by vers at 7:10 AM PST - 33 comments

rsync GUI
Any recomendations for a GUI for rsync to run on a linux server using PHP? I need to be able to install it via FTP as some of the servers that I have been asked to put this on do not allow shell.
posted by thebwit at 6:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Family wearing nude suits.
Help me find the photo of a family wearing suits that make them look like anatomically correct nude muppets. [more inside]
posted by ewagoner at 6:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I finally start doing something with my life?
What should I get an M.A. in? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 6:13 AM PST - 19 comments

What is this website?
What the hell is crazyfreakingurl.com? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 5:54 AM PST - 8 comments

"Ambient" Classical Music
Help me find more "classical" music that I will like. There is... [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 5:53 AM PST - 33 comments

QTVR Object Photography Software
I need to create many, many QTVR object files (NOT panoramas). What software can I use to turn a collection of images into a rotatable object? Theres a little... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 4:14 AM PST - 3 comments

1000 songs in your magazine
Looking for a list of 1000 songs published in the now defunct Cargo Magazine from the December05/January06 issue... [more inside]
posted by reflexed at 3:49 AM PST - 3 comments

nice veg restaurant in manhattan?
Looking for an awesome, romantic, reasonably-priced restaurant in New York City with excellent vegetarian dishes. [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman at 1:53 AM PST - 27 comments

The right way, the wrong way, and the Apple way.
One network drive with an iTunes Library. One old, dead computer. One new computer. What did I do wrong? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 12:28 AM PST - 8 comments

September 18
Putting text on pictures on a mac?
How do I add text to a photo on a mac? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy at 10:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder?
How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 at 10:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I possibly still have the same cold virus 5, 6 months later?
Round about this past April, I developed a nasty, hacking cough that hit only in the mornings. Can my icky, phlegmy self still have this same cold virus, months upon months later? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 10:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Why are the numbers 2, 3 and 4 worn out on a local gas station's ATM card keypad?
Tonight I was paying at a gas station and I used the keypad to enter my pin. The numbers 2, 3 and 4 showed tremendous wear compared to all other keys except the enter key. It's the kind of stupid odd trivia that appeals to me. I Googled "common pin numbers" and it seems "123" is pretty common among the unimaginative. But that doesn't explain 2, 3 and 4 being so well-worn, and not 1. Can you?
posted by Bud Dickman at 8:57 PM PST - 25 comments

My cat is starving
What can we feed our cat in an emergency? [more inside]
posted by ubu at 7:49 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I educate my kids with a balanced view of American History?
I have a daughter who is 7, and I want to give her an even picture of American History. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 7:04 PM PST - 45 comments

A book on native pain rituals?
I'm looking for a book on ancient rituals of piercing and tattooing. Particularly among tribe members for purposes of adornment. [more inside]
posted by psyward at 6:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Nerve block - worth trying?
Has anyone had any experience with having spinal nerve block injections? [more inside]
posted by fingerbang at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

A critical quandary in teaching composition
As a tutor, how do I come up with a critical writing essay prompt that is accessible to students from third to eighth grade? [more inside]
posted by mikelly at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the "lyrics" for John Barry's score for "The Lion in Winter?"
Help me find the "lyrics" to the chanting/choral parts of John Barry's score for the film "The Lion In Winter." [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

So many boxes! So many colors! ... (calendar help)
I need an online calendar that I can edit, and will also synchronize with my offline app, KOrganizer. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 5:51 PM PST - 3 comments

help for chronic vaginal infections?
Yeast? Bacterial vaginosis? Something else? It's getting chronic and I'm starting to despair. For details about girly parts, there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Feelings for the ex?
To what extent is it okay/normal to have feelings for one's ex? What if you're in a new, very serious, relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 20 comments

How to install OEM Windows XP SP1 in BootCamp
Can I use the Windows XP SP1 CD that came with my Dell PC two years ago to install Windows on my MacBook using BootCamp?
posted by frenchbenj at 5:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me recover my data!
My hard drive died and I want to recover a great deal of the data that (hopefully) still exists on it. After reading the Metafilter Wiki, I know this question has been asked before, but my question relates more to the process of recovering the data than the actual possibility of doing so. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Real Estate Exam
TexasRealEstateExamFilter: Im going to be taking my Texas Real Estate agent exam in November. Can anyone a recommend a good online study guide/exam prep? Preferably one that you have had experience with.
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:47 PM PST - 1 comments

Red Reflectors on Office Windows
There are red reflectors stuck to the windows of the office building where I work. They're like the kind on the back of bicycles, but affixed to the inside of the windows, facing in, and are distributed so that there's only one or two per room. We're on the 26th floor, so I thought maybe they were somehow to ward off birds... but there's no reflective surface viewable from the outside. Their placement is haphazard enough that it's difficult to imagine them being used for any kind of surveying work. No one at the office seems to know why these reflectors exist. Any ideas?
posted by Jeff Howard at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Are All-White Cows Rare?
Are pure white (non albino) cows rare? [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Know any good Dalai Lama jokes?
Know any good Dalai Lama jokes? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 4:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Vocal Music opera
Looking for a session or program from one of the top vocal/music/opera schools while visiting U.S. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find affordable individual health insurance as a recent college graduate who is unemployed.
I need affordable individual health insurance not merely a discount health plan - where do I get it? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 3:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Twilight Princess on Plasma?
Will the Nintendo Wii and a Plasma TV get along? [more inside]
posted by pigwidgeon at 3:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I work out when I'm sick?
Can I still work out when I've got a cold? How much exercise is too much when you're sick?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 3:07 PM PST - 10 comments

eye crud in NYC
I get eye crud only while in Manhattan, does anyone know why or how to stop it? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

htaccess syntax woes
I need to add a few lines to my htaccess file to deal with the fact that Google Image Search never updates its database [more inside]
posted by sindark at 2:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Squeezing out.... some answers!
Now that I'm managing my pregnancy-induced-hypertension with Labetalol why are both my OBs so gung-ho about preparing me for an early induced-labor? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 1:27 PM PST - 36 comments

Running iLife apps in Rosetta?
Is running iMovie in Rosetta mode so I can run some effects plugins going to cause me trouble? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 1:08 PM PST - 1 comments

What do they call the feature on amazon.com when they say, "People who bought this book also bought...these other books"?
What do they call the feature on amazon.com when they say, "People who bought this book also bought...these other books"? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Manage the unmanageable...
Will an unmanaged gigabit switch slow gigabit devices when non-gigabit devices are on the same network? [more inside]
posted by tysiva at 12:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Enlighten me
Truth or myth: distinct breeds of hydro deliver markedly different highs. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Taco Bell Bean/Meat ratio?
TacoBellFilter: What does the sign on the tortilla warmer that says something like %71 Bean %29 Taco mean? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Skinny-- not TOO skinny
How to deflect or assuage concerns about my weight? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 12:17 PM PST - 47 comments

Searching for Vancouver nightlife
Help me find a bar in Vancouver that's dirty, cheap, and loud. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Tell me a good computer prank
Does anyone know of a good computer prank I can install on my housemate's computer that will let me do funny stuff to him remotely across our network? Nothing horrible or malicious here - just a bit of fun.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 11:54 AM PST - 38 comments

UPS pickup charges
What does UPS Ground charge for a one-time pickup at my house if I don't have an account? And is it a per-pickup or per-package charge? I have wasted an hour trying to figure this out on their website, and their cost calculator isn't clear either. I seem to remember about 5 years ago pickups were free but you had to get on the next day's schedule.
posted by chef_boyardee at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Pros and cons of cedar shingles?
What can you tell me about cedar shingles? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Royal typewriter missing keys?
I received an older Royal portable typewriter this weekend, which is the Quiet De Luxe model. It's in great shape, but I'm puzzled about one thing. It is completely missing the "1" key and the "+ / =" key (so, the keys on the edge of the top row, other than "back space" and "tab.") All of the hammers are accounted for with keys, and I don't see anything that is obviously missing mechanically. Any idea why this keyboard just wouldn't have these keys?
posted by hominid211 at 11:29 AM PST - 16 comments

I'll be calling in dead to work today
Does a service exist that can inform people who might be interested that a person has passed on? [more inside]
posted by CCK at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Which company has the best organic food delivery in Toronto?
Toronto MeFites: 1.Which company has the best home delivery for organic veggies and fruits? In case it's relevant, I live alone so variety is preferred to multiples of the same item. 2. Tips and suggestions for dealing with one of these places? 3. I'm vegetarian so flesh delivery isn't required.
posted by dobbs at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

I Wanna 1-2-1 With You
Who is the main, errr, "actor" in the Solid Gold Chartbusters' video for I Wanna 1-2-1 With You?
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:07 AM PST - 1 comments

Who knows what I'm talking about? Not me!
I have this vague memory of a comic or graphic novel I read one time about a man executed for a murder he didn't commit. Anyone know what it might be? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Firewire and USB trouble on an iBook G4
Lately, my iBook G4 (I use Toast Titanium, 6 and 7) has trouble recognizing my external FireWire hard drive. Today, the external DVD burner (USB) has disappeared -- the iBook just doesn't recognize it anymore. Is my logic board f*cked, again? And if it is, does it make economic sense to fix it on such an old machine, or should I just upgrade? Thanks.
posted by matteo at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I make my life work as an ultra-busy gtd-using college student?
How can I perfect my gtd system as a college student with a very specific set of tasks? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 10:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Whatchamacallit
Does anybody remember those circular templates that makes infinite radial patterns with colored ball pens? They had concentric holes for which to anchor a ballpoint against an outer axle, and then you change colors corresponding with the holes? What do you call those? Is it called anything at all?
posted by azul at 10:02 AM PST - 30 comments

What’s bleaching my towels all splotchy like?
Help me figure out what’s bleaching my towels and possibly causing health problems. Hint: I don't think it's my facewash. [more inside]
posted by funkiwan at 9:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me get into good paddling shape
Know of any good conditioning exercises I can do at home in preparation for an upcoming sea kayaking trip? [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Winter in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia in January + February: too cold/rainy? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

This is all your sabotage(?)
Help me solve a 13-year-old mystery involving two cuts in my car's high pressure fuel line and an oil reservoir cap that was removed from its mount. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 9:05 AM PST - 23 comments

Hello, dally.
I need some badass vegetarian Indian cooking tips and recipes. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Name that Coffee Shop!
Help name a drive through coffee shop... [more inside]
posted by blackkar at 8:30 AM PST - 91 comments

A word that describes taking pleasure in my enemy's pain?
Is there an English term for, or an idiom that describes, taking pleasure in the pain or humiliation of one's enemy?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:20 AM PST - 27 comments

holiday sublet in Providence
Finding a place to stay in Providence for two weeks in November? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Gambling on air travel
Farecast is telling us to wait to buy tickets to Las Vegas for next weekend -- they have 58% confidence that the price will go down. How late can we wait and still be sure to get tickets? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Should a Secondary Monitor Be The Same as My Primary?
2nd Monitor question: I am about to embark on a distance-learning MBA program and will be spending a lot of time in front of my computer typing up notes, researching and so forth. You will find a little bit [more inside]
posted by mooders at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting into TEFL in the UK
What's the best way to get qualified in TEFL and find a teaching position, given that I've probably missed the start of the academic year? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What to expect from auto insurance companies in an ackward situation?
My current auto insurance policy expires in 11 days. At the beginning of the month, I bought a policy from another company to start on the same day my current policy ended. Today, I was in a car accident. How would the fact that I'm not renewing my current policy affect me? [more inside]
posted by Darke at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Cupcakes in New York.
I'd like to have cupcakes delivered to someone in New York City, I'm in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Endnote at wit's end
Endnote Filter: Could someone explain Endnote to me like I was 10 years old? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 7:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Gocco printer masters don't image correctly
Anyone out there with a gocco printer? I am having a problem with mine. The masters aren't imaging correctly. When I expose the master, the image doesn't burn into the screen enough to allow for the ink to pass through. I even tried exposing my screen twice and it still didn't work. Has anyone had this happen? Any suggestions on what I could do?
posted by bonecrusher at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

How to not F up my first Rosh Hashanah?
First Rosh Hashanah. Tips? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 7:11 AM PST - 25 comments

Finding help when you cannot offer payment?
I have an graphic novel that I would like to publish online, however I've found it a little difficult looking for people who want or can help me with the project. Perhaps you might have some advice? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 7:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Automobile as stylus?
Calling all research pros! Driving over 'rumblestrips' that are spaced to produce a tune?! Help me find more specific information on the 'Musical Highway' in Villepinte, France! [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Fake dive bar in Las Vegas?
Fake dive bar in Las Vegas? It's my brother's bachelor party... [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

How to have Sex Talk with multiple-diagnosed teen boy
Situation: 16.5 year old son, ripe with hormones. Also ADD & PDD-NOS, as well as depressed, which make him impulsive, resistant to authority, and Not So Good at social cues. He's sending sexually explicit text messages to a girl, who's apparently willing to go right along. Even if we we permissive [I am, his bio parents aren't] he's not ready for it. How do we talk to him? [more inside]
posted by eridanis at 6:32 AM PST - 49 comments

You don't just pass out for no reason!
The other night my brother suddenly passed out for a split second while we were in the car. It's very strange, I'm pretty worried about him, and of course there's [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 6:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Look, it's just a dead bug. What's all the screaming about?
So, I was recently told that I would be joining the Girl Scouts. Here's the thing... I'm a 35 year old male. Help me be a great Girl Scouts dad! [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 5:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Apple and Sony economics lesson
I boght a 40GB Ipod back in the day when they were relatively new and, as such, I payed full whack. It broke down during warranty and I was issued with a new Ipod and now the new Ipod has broken down outside of warranty. I was gobsmacked to discover that Apple require ~£160 merely to look at the Ipod without guaranteeing the fixing of it. All this has led me to ask the question, are consumable electronics of this nature designed to have a short shelf life with the cost of fixture used to make you purchase the next generation? Am I wrong to feel agrieved at this? [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 5:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Quitting SRI's -- what to expect?
I'm about to quit taking Zoloft, tapering down from 50 mg daily. I starting taking it because I was having problems dealing with a specific situation, which is now over, and because I tend towards depression. I'm a bit scared to quit. Any advice on quitting? What should I expect? Anecdotes welcome.
posted by anonymous at 4:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Identify this Middle Eastern song.
MidEastMusicFilter: Ethnomusicologists and Middle Eastern-music fans, can you identify this song? And, in any case, can you tell me more about the style of music to which it belongs?
posted by mykescipark at 4:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Saturday night in Luxembourg. What should I do?
At the end of the month I'll be spending a Saturday evening in Luxembourg. What shall I do? I'll be myself, and would like to do something I'm not able to do anywhere else. What are the options?
posted by Cobbler at 2:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a site to connect journalists with sources?
I'm thinking about building an online networking site for journalists seeking quotes from people in remote places, but want to make sure such a thing doesn't already exist. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Serial port died
What to do about a serial port failure? [more inside]
posted by cbrody at 1:44 AM PST - 8 comments

September 17
Missed art show of animated Humphrey Bogart?
Last month in the New York Times I saw an image of Humphrey Bogart from his classic film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre", but the picture was animated/rotoscoped, in the same style as the recent "Scanner Darkly". What was this from, who is the artist, and how can I see it? I do not know if the image in the paper was a shot from an entire animated version of the film(which would be awesome!), or just an artist's rendition of a single shot from the film. I saw this image in a section about art exhibits and happenings to attend in the month of July/Aug in New York. I'm a huge Bogart fan, any New Yorkers out there who can help me?
posted by archae at 11:17 PM PST - 2 comments

how do you shave a gorilla?
how do you shave a gorilla? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:47 PM PST - 10 comments

When does sex stop being painful (and start being possible)?
Did penetrative sex 'work' for you the first time? If not, how long was it before it did? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 24 comments

These guys made an effort. I'm impressed. Do I respond?
I posted a hookup ad on Craigslist and got 200+ genuine, funny and long responses (along with 40 or 50 immediate deletions). What's the norm here for responses? Do I respond and say "no thanks", something more or just leave dead silence? Which would you prefer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Nike + iPod or Garmin Forerunner?
I am about to start running in a more serious capacity, which is to say to train for races. I love gadgets, so I am drawn to both of these for various reasons. Which is better, Nike + iPod or the Garmin Forerunner 201? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 7:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Error code 80040111 can suck my left nut
I moved and now I can't sign onto MSN Messenger. Gah? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 7:29 PM PST - 2 comments

here I dreamt I was an architect
What would you leave behind in your home for succeeding residents? What do you wish someone else had left for you? [more inside]
posted by metabrilliant at 6:08 PM PST - 52 comments

Amp/receiver - throw or give away?
What to do with a damaged stereo receiver? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Interesting destinations on NJTransit?
I go to school in NYC, and, this next week, I get free NJTransit! How can I take advantage of this? What (if anything) in New Jersey is worth seeing?
posted by kickingtheground at 5:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Overzealous firewall
Why is the firewall in Panda Antivirus blocking my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Is buying a crib in a non-standard size a sucker bet?
Is buying a crib in a non-standard size a sucker bet? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 4:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Subscription to The New Yorker
Does anybody out there in the UK subscribe to The New Yorker? How long does it take for the magazine to arrive via Surface Mail? How about Airmail? And, how do I get the best subscription rate, please? Thanks a lot
posted by marcomartini at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Help before it's too late
Help me console my suicidal girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 3:18 PM PST - 22 comments

The Hunt for a Book My Nephew Will Love
Please help me select a book as a present for my nephew. He's 19, and when I gave him a Chapters gift card for his high school graduation last spring, he used it to buy a complete set of Tom Clancy novels. Political espionage/intrigue/adventure has to be the genre I know the least about. If my nephew likes Tom Clancy's and Frederick Forsythe's works, what other books in the same genre would he enjoy?
posted by orange swan at 3:04 PM PST - 25 comments

You have a ticket for no seats.
How can I have an airline ticket yet not have a seat? [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava at 2:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Clothes to feel good and to look good
I'm looking for clothes to feel good (best fabric) and look good (in a casual, perennial way), and am looking for ideas about a backpack to go with that. [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting the scoop on building a computer
What is a good forum to go to if I'm interested in building my own simple Athlon computer system and want to learn before I shop? [more inside]
posted by zek at 1:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Online learning about solar electricity
Does anyone have any information about, or experience with, SEI's online PV courses? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 1:20 PM PST - 1 comments

FlavorCrystalFilter
Why aren't there any White Castle locations on the west coast? [more inside]
posted by lain at 1:15 PM PST - 34 comments

it's ALL white jeep to me
Please help track down a spoken (screamed) word piece about a white jeep. [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce at 12:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Orange marmalade and an adult who doesn't care.
What is this children's book I read twenty years ago? Basic plot and scant specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Is E. A. Wallis Budge still worth reading?
Egyptologists and other experts: are the works of E. A. Wallis Budge on ancient Egyptian religion still considered somewhat accurate? If he has been superceded, who are the new authorities? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Sounds great, but what is it?
What kind of guitar is she playing?
posted by wsg at 11:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Organizing My Music MP3's
"Tagging" My Music.....oh my [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Final Fantasy to become polygamous?
Are there any plans for Square Enix to release future Final Fantasy games on other (non PS3 or handheld) consoles? [more inside]
posted by bonesy at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Gay slang in the 60's
Was Polari employed by gays in America during the 60's ? If not, what ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I get my files off my dying laptop?
My laptop appears to be giving up the ghost... how the hell do I get at my files? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 8:24 AM PST - 22 comments

Resources for families of wartime sufferers?
I'm looking for an online resource for family members of people who suffered during wartime. [more inside]
posted by La Gata at 8:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Is it pig blood?
Is that red stuff seeping out of my now-thawed pork liver really pig blood? [more inside]
posted by davy at 7:57 AM PST - 27 comments

help me find obscure ebooks and make them where necessary
I care enough about getting all my physical media into digital form that I'm ready to hand-scan my remaining books where necessary. Before I do this, what are all the ways I should search to be sure a given book doesn't exist as an ebook I could buy (or in any other digital form)? Also: any hints for efficiently doing the scanning & OCR?
posted by allterrainbrain at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Best Buy's Most Desired Customers?
Please help me find information about the Best Buy "Centricity" market segmentation program -- specifically, the controversial new "customer profiles" used to identify Best Buy's most desirable demographics. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

iTrouble with iTunes
All the audible.com audiobooks vanished from my iTunes library, and iTunes won't let me re-import them. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:47 AM PST - 17 comments

2 finger scroll for laptop
I recently bought my older brothers (splatta) laptop (apple Titanium PowerBook G4) because he got the new macbook pro. I saw that he could use two fingers on the pad to scroll, and was wondering if anyone could recomend a good program that i could download it to my laptop to use.
posted by The Boy at 5:04 AM PST - 6 comments

. . . ahh, anonymous posting
Condoms, penis size, and virginity. . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM PST - 34 comments

How to wow my boyfriend
I'm at a total loss about how best to help make my boyfriend's birthday an amazing experience and I need your help! [more inside]
posted by Lleyam at 3:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Register a tiny truck in Cally?
I have a small commute (10 minutes) and I want a small truck. Real small. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 12:34 AM PST - 8 comments

September 16
Beer for my boys, or not?
I'm thinking about about doing a beer of the month club for my 4 groomsmen. Any suggestions as to which one? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 10:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me build a better dictionary!
How do you start digitizing a dictionary? More specifically, how (and where) do I begin putting together a digital and internally cross-referenceable edition of the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 9:44 PM PST - 16 comments

How to focus?
How can I compartmentalize my thoughts/life in order to be productive? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Deja Vu?
Does anyone know of the research paper (study) where they had people do a day-old crossword and they claimed that those people were able to solve those easier than new crossword puzzles? I saw it referenced in "Waking Life" and was wondering if it were a real paper.
posted by tasty at 7:52 PM PST - 8 comments

It's a meatloaf...in the shape of a turkey.
Help me find a baking mold in the shape of a life-sized roasted turkey. I want to make sculptures out of meatloaf. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Books on pictorial scripts/languages
Can anyone recommend a book on early pictorial scripts/languages? [more inside]
posted by richardm at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Find me a portable higher than normal chair sitting device!
Standing Room Tickets: Find me a portable device that lets me stand (or sit at standing height) comfortably for 3 hours in the standing room area of an opera house. [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend a car repair shop in Richmond, BC, Canada?
Can you recommend a car repair shop in Richmond, BC, Canada? 1987 Nissan Sentra on the fritz again. [more inside]
posted by graytona at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

ATI-to-nVidia comparison.
Can anyone tell me which is "better": A Radeon 9600 Pro or a Geforce 6200? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

looking for a TV keep fit guru
This is embarrassing, but here goes. I used to be a fan of Denise Austin - a perky TV exercise guru -and her daily workouts which ran for months on cable (east coast). [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 5:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Is my professor hitting on me?
I think my professor is hitting on me, what should I do? Does anyone have any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 51 comments

International Adoption for Dummies
My spouse and I would like to adopt internationally. What are some good resources to learn about the process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm your dream boyfriend, so why am I still single?
I've been single for 4 years. Why? What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Rescuing data from a crashed smartphone
My smartphone (SonyEricsson P910i) suddenly stopped working yesterday. A pop-up window appears on booting with the title "Information" and just one word - "corrupt". There's a box saying " continue" to click on and when I do so, it just hangs. Any idea what I can do with it? I badly need to rescue the data from it - lots of things (calendar, phone book, notes) that weren't backed up (I know, I know - but the backup program they supplied never worked properly. It always duplicated all the calendar / phonebook entries instead of backing them up.) Help!
posted by monster max at 4:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Short French news podcasts?
Are there any good, short French news podcasts? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Puzzle master wanted!
Can someone direct me on the right path to break this code? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Til Death Do Us Part..maybe...
Why are people today so lacking in morals? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 3:25 PM PST - 44 comments

My doctor’s office is becoming a medial boutique!
Our doctor is dropping all insurance and Medicare participation but isn’t telling his patients until they show up at his office, or if they just happen to read his web site. Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 3:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Meat Slicers?
The DH and I are looking for a meat slicer so we can take advantage of cheaper "bulk" deli meats. It will also be used to slice roasts for jerky. We anticipate using it 2-4 times monthly. We want a good quality slicer that doesn't break the bank. A Hobart would be nice......but the budget is saying $200-$400 max. Any suggestions?
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:47 PM PST - 11 comments

So Slow!
Am I overpaying for internet service? I'm paying 10$ extra a month for a 500k connection (as opposed to a 200) yet it seems to not be enough. Whilst running torrents, I'm unable to load webpages, which is annoying, to say the least. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm Bipolar and I Want to Stop Smoking. Any Ideas?
WhineFilter: I'm bipolar and I am having a very hard time quitting smoking. Does anyone have any ideas that I haven't tried yet? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed at 2:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Whither the word for rat-related?
OK, so I'm sitting here with one of my buddies, talking about his research, and we realized that we know the word for "of or relating to mice" (murine), and the word for "of and related to cow" (bovine), but have no clue what the word for "of or related to rat" is. And after what we thought of as a pretty comprehensive web search (including this very good Google Answer), we're no closer to an answer. Anyone know what the word we're looking for is?
posted by delfuego at 1:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Old house, lots of toys, am I going to burn down?
I live in a hundred-year old house (in Los Angeles, no less!) that has limited electrical outlets. I have unlimited (it seems) electronics - three computers, monitors, two laser printers, two air conditioners, electric heater (in the winter), etc. The house was upgraded from old-style fuses to circuit breakers a few years ago. It is a rental so I am not able to do any upgrades. None of the wall outlets are three prong, so I am using adapters. In the summer, my office is just overdone with things drawing power - all three computers, the printers, AC, and probably 20 (or more) smaller items - cell phone, postage scale, radio, etc.... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 1:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Cheap London
Cheap tickets for London theaters? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

RetroGaming Filter: Microsoft on the IIe?!
Remembering Junior High School Computer lab and trying to remember (and possibly find) games Microsoft may have put out for the Apple IIe. [more inside]
posted by aristan at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I break into the music video business?
How do I break into the music video business? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 12:54 PM PST - 5 comments

whois archive?
How can you find the previous owner of a domain name that has expired, then been reregistered?
posted by pissfactory at 12:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Mohammed: Military Leader vs Peace Promoter
Genuine question: Given that Mohammed was a succesful military leader who led armies to kill many thousands, at what point did he switch approach and promote peace? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

DealorNoDealFilter: 1985 Porsche 944 for $6.5k?
Without knowing any drivetrain/mechanical details other than what you could see from the exterior (details within) and that it last passed inspection in April 2006, would you buy a bright red 1985 Porsche 944 for $6500? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Does an IM count as a text message or not?
T-mobile MDA & AIM/Yahoo! Messenger: what's the REAL story with paying per message? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I set up a document-capture system on my Mac?
How do I set up a simple document-capture system on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 11:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my protected files back?
My motherboard died, and now I need to hook the harddrives up to another PC to get the data off. Problem: Some of it was in the "My Documents" folder, and I can't get to it without being logged on to an admin account. I have no way of doing that, since I can't boot from the old windows installation anymore. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Discipline, Punish, and Confuse
Explain Foucault to me like I was a 10 year old. [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 10:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Difference between crock pot and roaster?
Can crock pot recipes be used in a counter top roaster? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Guides to Rhetoric
Can anyone recommend any good books on rhetorical devices? [more inside]
posted by New Frontier at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Finding a Filco Majestouch keyboard
How can I try out a Filco Majestouch keyboard? Inspired by an earlier question today, I looked it up on the web, but most of what I could find was Japan-centered. Any ideas about how I could find one to try, or even to order? I'm in the US (Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina).
posted by amtho at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I ship some small things for the USA to Ecuador?
I need the send something to Ecuador from the U.S of A. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I plug up bolt holes in a garage roof?
Help me prevent a roof leak. [more inside]
posted by the_W at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Microolfactoryfilter
What's the smallest thing that can be smelled by a human? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 8:32 AM PST - 21 comments

What movie am I thinking of??
MovieFilter: Too many zombie movies to choose from, what one am I thinking of? There's... [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Disc Golf Basket, purchase or DIY?
Are there truly no free plans for a DIY portable disc golf basket on the Internet? How do the fold-up portables hold up over time if you actually fold them up and transport them? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble at 8:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Help my Pug
Please help my pug! [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 8:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me get the red out!
Firefox Update filter: After updating to Firefox 1.5.0.7, suddenly most (but not all) text hyperlinks are covered with a big red rectangle. Help! [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for India in western music.
MusicFilter: Looking for examples of Western pop, rock & so-forth that have a distinct Indian (as in Subcontinental, not Native American) influence, either in instrumentation (tabla, sitar, etc.) or presentation. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 7:34 AM PST - 33 comments

php or coldfusion
Open question, php or coldfusion? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Need background - help
Any suggestions for a very comprehensive background search service. [more inside]
posted by ok at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How to make a 15 year old want to skate in a helmet?
I need some gory pro-skateboard-helmet propaganda. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 5:51 AM PST - 31 comments

Recording audio from Windows mixed output
How do I set my (Windows XP) PC to record audio using the mixed output as the recording source? I built my own machine with an M-Audio Revolution 5.1 and can't figure out how to do this. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 5:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Is the Alberta job market really that hot?
What's the job market for IT/audiovisual really like in Alberta? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Places for a good meal in/near Soho, London
Recommendations for a good place to have a meal in or not too far from Soho in London? [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter at 3:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I put drop-bar handles on a comfort bike?
I have a comfort bike from Schwinn and it rides in a quite upright position. I would really like to buy a road bike even a very old one, mainly because I like the riding posture. But there is none that I can find. In desperation, I am thinking about changing the handlebar to like those in a drop bike. Would it work? Would it look stupid? Should I even think about doing it?
posted by raheel at 2:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Making sense of a bad drug experience
Please help me make sense of a terrible drug experience from my youth. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 2:50 AM PST - 42 comments

How can I train for a 10 mile run in 5 weeks?
I have five weeks to train for a 10 mile run. I did the same distance last year in 90 mins and have been running about 3 times a week for about 30 mins since, but have been on holiday for last three weeks, no exercise and loads of eating and drinking. I need a emergency training programme to get me ready - any advice?
posted by janecr at 2:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Word styles are driving me nuts.
Word is starting to drive me insane. Is there any way to force it to use only the styles I defined, and not clutter the list with every minute variation of those styles? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 2:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Collision and law
There is a 4 way intersection. 3 ways have to stop and 1 way does not. 2 cars are approaching each other head on, 1 coming to the stop sign, the other not having a stop sign... [more inside]
posted by comatose at 1:34 AM PST - 25 comments

September 15
Searching for new computer
I'm looking for advice on what and where to look for a new PC to run graphics and art programs (Photoshop et all) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog at 10:10 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get the terminal window to stay open?
How do I get the terminal window to stay open after I run a command line executed program? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 10:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Electric Boogaloo
Help me turn a string of christmas lights portable. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game.
Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:36 PM PST - 67 comments

How can I get someone to stop harassing me?
Six months ago my fiance posted a question asking for advice on how to stop a female friend who had flipped out after our engagement and started to harass me via text message. Unfortunately, it's still going on... [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 8:21 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm cheap. Help me be cheap on the phone.
What's a cheap long-distance phone card? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Recovery from long runs?
How can I recover more quickly after running long distances? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Need to find an old tape: Tribute to Baltimore's Memorial Stadium
In 1991 when the Baltimore Orioles left Memorial Stadium, WBAL released a cassette tape of a tribute to the stadium. Hosted by a Dan Roderick, it was a sentimental journey through Memorial Stadiums past, complete with old radio broadcasts, readings from Field of Dreams and The Natural, and interviews. I had the tape, but lost it recently in a move and really want to track it down. Anybody heard of this tape or have an idea where I can find a copy or MP3 of it? I'd be forever indebted. [more inside]
posted by conorlastowka at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

What was I thinking...? Notes to myself are cryptic.
What does this statement mean, "Life is 18% grey."? [more inside]
posted by chase at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Pressure cookers for the hard-of-cooking
Pressure cookers: useful or just another pot to store? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 5:43 PM PST - 31 comments

The door won't close.
How do I fix a door that won't close? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

tshirt art
What makes a good tshirt design? What to avoid?
posted by b33j at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

2007 Jetta?
Should my sister get a 2007 Jetta (price inside) ? She's is at the dealership as I....post. [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 3:57 PM PST - 39 comments

Superglue conductive?
Is super glue (cyano acrylate) electrically conductive when dry? or wet? I just finished soldering something, and the joints are very close together. I'm trying to figure out if it's a good idea to coat everything in super glue to better insulate it.
posted by fvox13 at 3:50 PM PST - 23 comments

I wanna see myself in my hardwood floors
What is the best way to clean a hardwood floor? I've gone the Murphy's Oil Soap route and it just leaves splotches, even after I try to wipe it with a rag afterwards. I'd rather avoid getting on my hands and knees. Anything that is tried-and-true and will make my floor shine? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 3:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Surgery choices
Which surgery would you have? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 3:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Recommend collaborative webdev review tools
Do you have experience using web-based collaborative sticky notes and annotation services? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 2:26 PM PST - 2 comments

How to store Pics from Digital Camera to External Hard Drive without Computer!
I will be traveling to Japan with my digital camera, but how do i download my pics to a external drive so that my camera doesn't get full? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 2:18 PM PST - 20 comments

How much does a defense lawyer know?
If a person is accused of a crime, and committed said crime but is confident that there is little or no evidence and plans to plead not guilty, do they tell their counsel that they did it? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity at 2:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Adventure!
Whats the best 4 day adventure we can go on? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Bring the literary pain
I'm looking for a tough writing teacher/workshop in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Questions About Upgrading a Mac Pro
I just got a Mac Pro and I have questions about upgrading the hard drives, video card, and Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 1:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Need a good web polishing wheel that turns in a horizontal plane.
Please recommend a good wet polishing wheel that turns in a horizontal plane. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Purchasing a Server for Home
Buying a server for experimenting at home. [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 12:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Patridge Family-design luggage in Tokyo station store
Help me find the cool, colorful luggage we saw at a luggage shop in Tokyo Station and are now regretting not buying. It was a small, wheeled case with a purse/makeup bag included. The case was decorated with colorful squares of alternating hue, like the Patridge Family bus or what I think of as Mondrian design. Blue, white and pink were definitely involved, maybe also red. I think it was $140 American, but may have been 140 Yen. There are so many luggage stores there, though, and we didn't take note of either the store name or the designer. Likely a Japanese maker/designer, but unsure. Any tips would be much appreciated!
posted by GaelFC at 12:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Possible Disaster
Are my files gone forever??? [more inside]
posted by turtle42 at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

the case of the disappearing desktop data
Firefox-Is-On-CrackFilter: I deleted a non-default Firefox profile and things got deleted from my desktop...not just icons, but folders that I was storing there. How do I recover them? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the best, most exhaustive prosody manual?
Can you recommend a great book about the technical and formal aspects of poetry? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Can my Wacom Graphire pen be saved?
Did I just bork my Wacom Graphire pen by getting it wet? [more inside]
posted by hsoltz at 12:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Broken Favicon?
Why can't I make the gmail and google calendar favicons show in Opera 9.01? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

The Apocalypse every moment?
I am looking for a story/anecdote/philsophical bit from either Qabala or Sufism... [more inside]
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What to get for a christening gift?
I need to get a gift for my soon-to-be goddaughter's christening on Sunday and I have no idea what to get her. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 12:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you help me determine a ballpark calorie figure for grandma's stew?
Can you help me determine a ballpark calorie figure for grandma's stew? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Please save my picnic!
My plans for a Park and Ride Party (picnic and cycling in Central Park) tomorrow have been rained out. Please save my get-together by suggesting some active, indoor activities in New York! [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

A sell out?
How does the media predict the number of fans traveling to see an away game? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it legal (and/or ethical) to run a side business in a similar area as your employer company?
Is it legal (and/or ethical) to run a side business in a similar area as your employer company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

What is my email doing there?
What is my email doing there? [more inside]
posted by convex at 11:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Help a Cruise n00b!
Tomorrow I embark on a cruise (Carnival) for the Caribbean. (First time cruiser!) Specifically Nassau, Saint Thomas and St. Maarten. Looking for any tips, things we shouldn't miss, and a couple of ship-related questions inside... [more inside]
posted by MarkLark at 11:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Yet another marijuana question.
I like smoking pot, and it's often very useful when I'm working, in that it helps me to focus and brainstorm and problem-solve. But I recently cut it out of my daily routine, and for the most part I'm happy to be without it right now...but I do wish to have a little puff once a week. I miss the brainstorms! The problem is, now every time I do smoke, the whole next day I feel way unmotivated and unfocused. Someone suggested more-rigorous exercise the next morning might help, because it burns off the fat molecules...is that total crap? Help me keep the brainstorms without losing my luster the next day! [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 10:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Is it a reminder for the deaf?
Why is it that on most (all?) DVDs, one line of dialogue appears in subtitles when the subtitles are not turned on? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheap Kitchen Knives
I just started work at a small family owned restaurant. My previous kitchen jobs used a service like Cozzini to keep their knives wicked sharp. Unfortunately, this place only has a few very dull and cheap supermarket bought knives. I wanted to bring in a few decent knives, but nothing fancy. Any recomendations? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 10:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Ever heard of a podcast of a Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying session?
It's been a long time since I did any role playing games (pen and paper). But I liked the "examples of play" that were included in the rulebooks, like on page 8 of the Dugeonmaster's Guide (v.3.5). Granted these are idealized sessions, but I am curious if there are any podcasts where folks record their role-playing events. [more inside]
posted by squink at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I play "strumming-type" patterns while fingerpicking?
Mefi Guitarists! Hope me with a certain aspect of fingerpicking on my guitar! [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 10:02 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get my title insurance money back?
Help me write a threatening letter to my former lawyer. [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 at 10:00 AM PST - 13 comments

But I Didn't Send Any E-Mails!
How can I get my website back after it was "attacked" by someone sending e-mails using my domain name? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 9:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Workout for my ears
What can I do to increase my hearing ability? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

What is affect?
What is affect? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Good films set in London
Moviefilter: Recommend some good films set in London? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 9:25 AM PST - 38 comments

How to know if your company is fucked?
What are the warning signs that your company is a sinking ship? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog at 9:19 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me locate an episode of Reeves & Mortimer
Help me find a particular episode of a Reeves & Mortimer show. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 8:46 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you illustrate the problems without relying on statistics?
How do I approach my quantitative-research-phobic boyfriend about diagnosing and resolving some communication problems in our long distance relationship? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 8:40 AM PST - 34 comments

Is there a laser beam hidden in my dishwasher?
Several times over the past few months, glasses have come out of my dishwasher sliced into two pieces. The cut is always smooth, and I don't find any glass shards left over. This only happens with glasses--mugs, plates, etc, are entirely unharmed. What might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about this legal letter required for freelancer's insurance
A friend has asked me to write a letter as her lawyer so she can get health insurance from Mediabistro. Does anyone know anything about this? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

What level of medical insurance should I get?
MEDICAL INSURANCE: I'm getting some for the first time in 8 years. Clearly I should have at least catastrophic, but help me decide whether having more is worth the cost. Also: any opinions about HealthyNY insurance? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 7:40 AM PST - 9 comments

News Video Archive
I'm looking for high resolution video of the Mission Accomplished moment, from network perspectives. [more inside]
posted by prostyle at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Brussels to Amsterdam
Cost of taking the train from Brussels to Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Need current advice for first time visit to New Orleans
Visiting New Orleans for the first time... need current advice. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 6:57 AM PST - 23 comments

Who wants to click through the network everytime?
Is there an easy way to automatically mount a remote PC drive on my Mac desktop on login [more inside]
posted by Yukon at 6:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How to sort Windows desktop icon?
I have a lot of icons on my Windows XP desktop, I have them sorted by games in a corner, documents in other and tho.. I want to know if exists something to hide them and show when I want or organize them, without creating folders.
posted by Leech at 6:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Metadata addict seeking enabler
Is there any kind of API for All Music Guide (if there is it seems to be undocumented), or has anyone written any kind of 3rd party scraper based API for it? Are there any alternate music data sources on the web of the same quality that do have APIs? [more inside]
posted by shinji_ikari at 6:31 AM PST - 5 comments

36-year old wishes one of his sons was old enough to answer this question already.
Why won't DVD's recoreded on my new DVD recorder play on my PC? [more inside]
posted by Jesco at 6:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Cannot connect to VPN and do not know why
Why can I not VPN in consistently to work? [more inside]
posted by criticman at 6:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Moving web-based business to a new web coder without falling flat on our faces?
We're losing a freelance, outsourced web coder that our business relies upon. How do we find and then transition over to someone new without losing loads of money and time? Story inside. [more inside]
posted by unclemonty at 5:47 AM PST - 11 comments

HTML editor
Simple HTML editor needed. [more inside]
posted by moochoo at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What career path should I choose?
What career paths are booming with jobs? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 4:17 AM PST - 31 comments

Google exploit
Can someone explain to me what this: http://www.google.com/u/gplus is all about? How is it done? Hint: you may not want to enter your real Google login details into the form. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Why can't I get me some cheapy electronics in Ireland??
Why are online retailers only shipping electronics to their home countries now? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 3:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Piercing
(piercing filter) I have an ampallang piercing. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 2:17 AM PST - 12 comments

How to use Party Shuffle... at a real party, with real drunken idiots
Is there any way to lock the iTunes "Party Shuffle" function into some kind of kiosk mode? So that drunken revellers can have some influence, but not do too much damage? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 1:55 AM PST - 7 comments

From an ethical perspective, should I go for platinum or gold?
Gold has all sorts of ethical problems, but I have not heard anything about platinum. Is this just because it is rarer and more expensive (so I'm unlikely to come across it), or is it actually a morally better choice?
posted by handee at 1:45 AM PST - 6 comments

September 14
Take the marbles out, dear
What is this song (252 kb mp3), and who is it by, please? [more inside]
posted by dong_resin at 10:10 PM PST - 5 comments

So, I'm not that shy. But I haven't made friends. What's the holdup here?
Yet another "How To Make Friends" post. Because they never get old. [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch at 10:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I process and digitally transfer my 8mm film?
I have two rolls of exposed, undeveloped super 8mm film in my freezer right now. I want to have processing and a digital transfer done. I've done a bunch of research online, yet I can't seem to find a place that I would feel comfortable sending my film to that isn't astronomically expensive. Where can I have this done? Bonus if its in or somewhat near Chicago.
posted by tev at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

I think I screwed up my nose piercing.
I think I just screwed up my new nose piercing. I was cleaning it and the jewelry fell down the drain. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 9:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Legal places to download cartoons?
Other than Archive.org, where can I legally download animated cartoons for my 7-year-old? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Ashes
Is anyone aware of any regulations regarding the transportation of the ashes of a deceased person from the US into Canada?
posted by Neiltupper at 9:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Norman McLaren Music
Does anyone know anything about the electronic music/soundtracks that Norman McLaren composed for his own NFB short films (availability, gear, recording techniques, etc.)?
posted by gordasm at 9:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Shucks, here's another one!
How likely is it that you'll find pearls in restaurant oysters? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

HeeBees 70s Show?
Okay, yet another guy looking for the name of a TV show from the 70s. It was kinda like the Muppets, had a laugh track and musical sequences, set in a woodsy town. There was an owl who brewed up potions, a teenage band of bees who fly in the title sequence, an antagonistic, aristocratic lady with a pointy nose, lots of psychedelic sequences, etc. [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to go for $2000?
Two awesome near Raleigh wanna go on an awesome adventure.... international style. $2000, Mr. Bond. $2000 (per person). This has to cover everything. Oh Mefi! Give me vacation recommendations s'il vous plait.
posted by matkline at 8:05 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm taking my parents out do dinner in Williamsburg Brooklyn! But where?
Folks are coming to visit from out of town and we'll be in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday night. Where should we take them for dinner? [more inside]
posted by lucidreamstate at 8:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Can someone help me identify an odd movie with black goo coming down the chimney?
When I was about ten when I saw this movie about a family trapped in a house. Their windows and doors were bricked in and they could not get out. Whenever they turned the television on a strange logo appeared. I think I remember the mother accusing the father of having done something to cause this situation. The thing that sticks in my mind was a scene towards the end of the movie where tons of black goo comes down the chimney and out of the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Thank-you note when meeting the parents
When is a thank-you note appropriate -- or just excessive? [more inside]
posted by Lisa S at 7:10 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the best guitar/amp setup for a Kid (and me)?
So I'm thinking about getting this for my kid on his birthday. Wondering if we can do better and also..... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Female guitarist in Amelie?
Who is the woman playing the SG guitar in the archive footage featured in Amelie? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Windows Update hangs my browser.
Windows update problems... I get to windowsupdate >> http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us >> and then my browser hangs. CPU usage hits 100% and prety much stays there. SVChost.exe / or at least one instance of it / takes up most of that ; about 98%. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 6:40 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I fix my wall paint color?
The new latex wall paint in my entry hall is the wrong color. It is too bright; too much color. Is there a technique that will wash out the walls with white without losing all the color?
posted by partner at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Al Anon experiences?
I would like to hear about your experiences with Al-Anon. I also have a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Content policy?
sysadmin filter: Anyone know a way to enforce data location policy? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Vancouver accountants?
Possibly a longshot : can anyone recommend an accountant in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Teaching a teenager English-language idioms
Help me come up with a list of cool English-language idioms to teach my teenage foster daughter from Taiwan. Slightly [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 5:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me install speaker wire
Help me escape speaker wire installation-purgatory - [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow at 5:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Parsing XML in Drupal
What's the simplest way to parse XML data via XSLT in Drupal? The hitch is that I'm hosted at Dreamhost, which doesn't seem to support xslt_create().
posted by mkultra at 4:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a fake company's site.
A while back, a designer friend tipped me off to an amusing web site that appeared to be a high-end consulting/design firm. Upon further reading, it becomes clear that the site is a parody, filled with all sorts of (well written) buzzwords and nicely styled layouts. It's a parody of consulting/design sites, I guess. Hard to describe. I'm hoping, dear hive mind, that my NyQuil-tinted remembrance of this site is enough.
posted by Merdryn at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Best gift ever for NYC playwright
What semi-expensive, thoughtful gift should I give my best friend who is an aspiring NYC playwright for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:09 PM PST - 9 comments

How to best clean my bloody face?
How best to shower with a bloodied up face? [more inside]
posted by atom128 at 4:00 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I add a non-permanent door to my bedroom?
There is no door between my (shared) bathroom and my bedroom. I love my roommates, but I'd also love some privacy! Help me make a barrier that is vision/sound proof. [more inside]
posted by xaire at 3:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Film in the refrigerator, I know, I know it's serious
Would black-and-white negative film still be good if it were stored in a refrigerator for over 3 years? What about printing paper? [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Anti-Semitic slur. Now what?
How to complain or spread the word about a prominent roofing contractor who used an anti-Semetic slur while on the phone with me? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 3:17 PM PST - 55 comments

Take a tour across Italy or stay in Rome?
Going to Italy - Stay in Rome the whole trip or take a tour to several cities? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 3:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Churches in Seattle?
Churches in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Got Spook?
OMG only 46 days to Halloween! We'd like to create a spooky forest. Forest is already in place, we need some spook. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Budget haircuts worth it?
SuperCuts/Fantastic Sam's/Rudy's/Hairmasters/ZeroZero - economical choice for a stylish haircut, or potential follicular nightmare? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 2:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Anyone interested in cottage style housing in DC area?
We're interested in building a cottage-home community in the Montgomery County, MD The idea is to build about 8 small (less than 1000 sq. feet) well-built, environmentally-friendly cottages facing a common courtyard/gardens on about 1 acre- based on those like The Cottage Company's http://www.cottagecompany.com/ designed by Ross Chapin, http://www.rosschapin.com/. The idea would be to give a more affordable, environmentally-friendly housing option to single people, young couples, small families, empty-nesters- those who are priced out of the current market, searching for community. DC Me-fites, does this sound interesting/do-able? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 2:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Why is my computer slicing me?
What's inside my computer that's causing little slices on my fingertips? The last two times I've opened up one of my computers, I've gotten long, shallow cuts on my fingertips that I didn't notice until I was closing everything up and saw blood on my hand. [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 2:44 PM PST - 16 comments

San Fran Real Estate Agents Worth the Hire?
Is a real estate agent really worth hiring for finding a rental in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 2:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Beer, delivered via water pipes?
I seem to remember hearing about a brewery in a European city using old utility pipes to deliver beer directly into peoples' houses. Did I make that up? A friend thinks so, and I agree: it sounds too good to be true. Has anybody else heard this?
posted by Alt F4 at 2:12 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I do with a ton of cut bamboo?
One of my neighbors has been 'pruning' his 30ft-high bamboo forest recently, and being a bit of a scavenger I've been taking the 5ft lengths he's chopped and storing them in my shed. It seems such a waste to have them shredded. Having grabbed all this lovely bamboo, I'm now at a bit of a loss as to what to do with it. I've made a couple of little holders for odds-and-ends (like my toothbrush), but I'm wondering if there's a great resource out there that would give me some more ambitious ideas. What would you do with a shed full of bamboo? (Diameters of the bamboo range from twigs up to 5 inches thick.)
posted by dunstanorchard at 1:56 PM PST - 22 comments

PSAT tips.
My little brother (sophomore) is going to take the PSAT next month. What resources, books, websites, advice, techniques, etc. should I send his way so he can do his best?
posted by lychee at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Did the Meltdown meltdown?
London MeFis: Whatever happened to the Meltdown Festival? [more inside]
posted by jasper411 at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Download completed popup
How do I make Firefox cease to popup a tab in the lower right corner of my screen that says "All Downloads Completed"?
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Safe way to use second condom?
Do I really need to take a freaking shower before I put a second condom on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 27 comments

Everyone's Pissed
Our cats are urinating inappropriately, and seem to be targeting our kid. Can the situation be salvaged? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Roger Huston
How can I mix astronaut background sounds and change my voice so it sounds like I'm using one of the radios from the old-NASA spaceflight days? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me save the world, one Audited Financial Report at a time.
Where can I find the Audited Financial Reports for a bunch of nonprofits? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Editing DVD Files?
How do I get files off a DVD and then convert to a format I can edit? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Best phone for texting in Mexico?
I'm moving to Mexico City in about a month, and from what I hear, my Motorola Razr phone won't work there, since it's the Verizon model (not GSM). What phone should I get to replace the Razr? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Don don don, don-ki...
Can anyone point me to an MP3/CD to download/purchase of the song that plays over the "theme song" that plays over the speakers in Japan's Don Quijote stores?
posted by jeditanuki at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

tricorn hat off the port rubrail
Ahoy - September 19 looms larrrrrrge! Can ye point me bowsprit towards fabric tricorn hat patterns/instructions, ripe for the takin'?
posted by fish tick at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Funding Open Source Development
I'm looking for examples of open source projects that were funded in advance by contributions and pledges from interested users. [more inside]
posted by alms at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Windows Login requiring domain name
Windows requiring domain in login name? [more inside]
posted by empath at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Epson 4490 Scanner - Any Good?
Epson Perfection 4490 Scanner - Any good experiences with it? [more inside]
posted by terrortubby at 11:31 AM PST - 1 comments

NAS for dummies 2
Network Attached Storage for dummies 2 [a follow-up to this post]: If you backup your home computers to a device that's also sitting in your home, do you then take additional backups off site? And what about encryption? (Thinking of fire, or if the babysitter walks out of the house with the NAS drive in her backpack.) [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What does the Song of Solomon mean?
Where can I find a line-by-line interpretation/explanation of the biblical Song of Solomon online?
posted by zembla3 at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Wither WYSIWYG Wiki Writing?
Does anybody know of a one-page WYSIWYG wiki application? [more inside]
posted by anildash at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Need advice about removing a dishwasher with little effort.
I need to gain access behind a dishwasher. Are the hoses and electrical cables generally long enough so that a dishwasher can be pulled out without the need to disconnect said hoses and cables? Or am I better off calling someone who knows more about electricity and plumbing than I?
posted by dshargel at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Memory Man Pedal volume pot behaving strangely.
Help with a volume pot that won't turn off. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

How to implement simple, non-PHP/Perl/MySQL content management?
Simple content management for someone with server limitations: I'd like to find the easiest way to organize abstracts of articles, but most of the solutions I've found don't seem to be possible. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by padjet1 at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Name my buildings, help ME win a prize!
Help me win a meal for two! Name our three office/classroom buildings. Details are [more inside]
posted by clh at 10:33 AM PST - 34 comments

Software for displaying small inventory on the web
I need recommendations for software for displaying a small inventory on the web? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 10:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Savvy Marketers Needed
I am currently building a 'community' website which is like the Yellow Pages with user reviews. For example, the website lists all the Florists, Plumbers, and Massage Therapists in the area, and then allows people to post a review for the particular service. The website is for a community of about 75,000 and it won't be difficult to get the word out about the website. The challenge is getting people to 'generate' the content. How can we incentivize people to write reviews? Any examples of websites that are doing this right? Most importantly, any creative ideas from the savvy marketers out there on how to get people to write reviews and generate our critical content with minimal financial incentive?
posted by jasondigitized at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Help my doggie run free!
Help me let my energetic doggie play off leash in the yard while ensuring her safety... [more inside]
posted by KAS at 10:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Remote Access to Macintosh PC's
MacFilter - How do I remotely work with Macintosh PC's? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Restocking fee assessed dishonestly?
Restocking fees: I bought a Mac Mini right before the new ones were announced, etc. etc., open-box restocking fee. I think their mechanism for assessing the fee is dishonest ... [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Good books on post-WW1 / pre-WW2 era?
Recommendations for good books about the aftermath of WW1, the between-wars period, and the buildup to WW2? I'm looking for a good follow-up to Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 9:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Useful University moving in tips?
Any useful tips for settling in to first week in college / university? Any funny anecdotes of your first week in college / university? [more inside]
posted by philsi at 9:53 AM PST - 30 comments

Halloweenfilter: Clever Costumes For Couples?
Is it too early to start fishing about for Halloween costume ideas? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 9:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Tutor the tutor
Tutoring Filter: first-time tutoring a young boy in French. He's in grade 4. Naturally, there's [more inside]
posted by glip at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Do the wave?
Best inexpensive, small, ultrasonic cleaner? I want to clean pretty small stuff lke bicycle chains, casettes, and derailers, nothing huge.
posted by fixedgear at 9:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me design a good looking advert?
I'd love some help with designing a sort of 'antique'/'vintage'/'dated' advert for my services. [more inside]
posted by dance at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Going Penny-Crazy, HELP !
I have a lot of pennies. They accumulated over the past 12 years. I need a permanent solution to this problem other than a big jar (that you have to move eventually and gets heavier by day). What do you do with your pennies?
posted by eebs at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Can you help me not ruin my grandmother's dining room table?
How can I store furniture in our shed without ruining it? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Amazon link problem
Amazon Advantage: click Log In at left, then click "Contact Us". The browser just refreshes the page and does not show any contact information. What's going on? Is my browser hosed or is there something I need to enable?
posted by shannymara at 9:01 AM PST - 1 comments

What causes intermittent browser stalls?
What causes intermittent browser stalls? They happen on every web browser ever. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Simpler the better
Help me find the simplest digital camera available! [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments

DogNameFilter: Help us rename “Daisy” our adopted pal.
DogNameFilter: Yesterday, my girlfriend and I adopted a wonderful mutt from the Humane Society. Our problem; her name, Daisy. Not that there is anything wrong with the name Daisy per se but it sounds more appropriate for a cow. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 8:30 AM PST - 50 comments

ScanFilter: Scanning a page from a book
How do I properly scan a page out of a hardcover book on a flatbed scanner? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get rid of bad smell on leather bag?
How do I get rid of an unpleasant leather smell on a bag bought in Morocco? I think the leather is either poorly tanned or newly made so it has a really strong animal smell.
posted by sachabright at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a stylish whiteboard?
Any good sources for decorative home whiteboard/push pin board combos? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Missing NT file
Where could I locate the missing NT file ati.sys? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I make a DYI wall map?
How can I make a custom DYI wall map of my neighborhood using GoogleMaps or something similar and free? [more inside]
posted by benrodian at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Best way to get from BWI to a hotel in Arlington?
Best way to get from BWI to a hotel in Arlington that is on the orange line? [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Classical music subgenre labels
I have some questions about categories (?) of classical music since that is one area of music I be the stupid regarding. [more inside]
posted by dios at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Shake My Shaky Hand.
I am getting an input tablet, the intuous 3, later today. I wanted to start drawing again, a minor skill for me, but one that has been compromised by the worsening of my essential tremor. That is, my hands shake too much to draw a good line. What might be a way of mitigating this effect while using a tablet, without resorting to vector graphics. [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 7:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Merrily we scroll along...
So I've tried a few apps that allow me to take large chunks of text and import them to my iPod, making an "eBook" of sorts. The first thing I tested it with was the Mcsweeny's big old page of funny food reviews, and I liked it... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:22 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to send flowers to England?
What's the best way to order flowers online and send them to a person in London? If it makes a difference, I'm in the States. [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 7:17 AM PST - 14 comments

I need help with a Windows XP device driver / install problem.
I need help with a Windows XP device driver / install problem. [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me escape Anchorage for 36 hours!
I'll be alone in Anchorage, Alaska next weekend with a limited budget and no plans. Help! [more inside]
posted by isthenewblack at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

CD burning software for directory backups?
What's a good (preferably free) CD burner that I can use to do weekly data backups? In the ones I've tried, a "project" is a list of files; I want one that goes by directories instead, so it'll automatically include new files. I'm on WinXP.
posted by futility closet at 7:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a VOIP emergency phone broadcast service we can host on our own?
I work for a nonprofit in Central Florida. In the event of an impending emergency (hurricane, fire, whathaveyou) we would like the ability to send a recorded message out to a pre-set list of contacts AND have a message box where those contacts would be able to leave messages for our staff. [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

What does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. What do I need to know? How fit do I need to be? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 6:47 AM PST - 17 comments

"Recommend This Post" Blog App Integration.
How would I go about integrating the "Recommended this post" feature that I see at the bottom of Londonist, Gothamist and Wooster Collective posts (all Typepad blogs) into my wordpress blog? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 6:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Monitor a program's memory use
I'm writing a program that uses lots of memory. I'd like a utility that can show me what it's using the memory for. For example, one part of the program processes an XML file, creates an object and loads a WebBrowser .NET control. I'd like to see how much memory was required to parse the XML file, how much memory my object is using, and how much memory the WebBrowser control uses. [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 5:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me make good coffee
I was gonna ask how to make good coffee with this expresso maker, but now I have to ask how to make it come back to life at all! [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Help! I'm swimming in games!
What are some good options for managing a video game collection? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 5:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Is Onbase the right base?
HAs anyone out there had any good or bad experiences with the OnBase Imaging software from Hyland? Our company is looking at becoming a reseller and I am just looking for different perspectives.... Thanks Gang!
posted by keep it tight at 5:37 AM PST - 0 comments

Are RCA cables and Component cables the same?
Can one use RCA cables (red/white/yellow) in component jacks (red/blue/green)? I understand that the jacks carry much different data/signal/whatever, but I was told that there is no need to buy (very) pricey component cables...you can actually just hook up good quality red/white/yellow RCA cables to the component jacks for the same purpose. [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 5:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Home warranty renewal?
Ned Flanders was right. Insurance is a form of gambling. Please help me win the bet with my home warranty. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:21 AM PST - 6 comments

What does 'neopusta' mean?
[Slovak? Filter]: What does 'neopusta' mean? [more inside]
posted by nightwood at 4:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Translate my birthday card
Incomprehensible birthday messages - Swahili and Russian flavours... [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 4:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How well do you have to dry clothes ?
How well do you have to dry clothes ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:35 AM PST - 9 comments

It's not a cult, right?
Have you ever heard of a religious group called "The Light"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Bolt-down monitor arms? In Toronto?
Is there an affordable monitor arm like this one, but with a bolted (instead of a clamp) desk mount? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 4:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Wi-Fi stops for a few seconds every few minutes?
What does it mean if every few minutes my home wi-fi service stops for a few seconds? Is this a problem with the access point? connecting wire? [more inside]
posted by quintno at 3:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does the hair on the right part of my body grow faster than that on the left part?
Why does the hair on the right part of my body grow faster than that on the left part? [more inside]
posted by celine at 3:10 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I get spot colors to accurately export to PDF from Indesign?
InDesign, Acrobat and spot colors to PDF?! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 1:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Where Can I Find This Poster Besides Stealing It From Ralph Lauren's Home?
Where does my friend find this groovy poster? Why yes, there is... [more inside]
posted by willmize at 1:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Dog Wagon.
What new wagons/autos are dog friendly? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:26 AM PST - 12 comments

CD Labels Front and Center!
Which CD labeling applicator is the best? Or, which device will get the white sticker centered on top of the CDr without worry? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 1:10 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I make iPod games?
Those swishy new games for the iPod, how do I make my own? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 12:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Fingertipless glove/mittens
I can't seem to find gloves that don't have fingertips, but they do have a mitten "attachment" that can cover your fingertips. (example inside) [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 12:35 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm a control freak
I have 800 PDFs in a folder. I'd like for them to all have 1) Show Page Only, Page layout to Default, and Magnification to Default 2) Have all the extra stuff removed (bookmarks, metadata, embedded thumbnails) Is there any way to do this as a batch?
posted by lpctstr; at 12:26 AM PST - 1 comments

What filesharing protocol is best suited to sharing lots of small-ish files?
What's a good filesharing server+client combination for sharing thousands of small (~3 MiB) files? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 12:23 AM PST - 4 comments

September 13
Refresh my sofa
My sofa has been in a cupboard for a while. It stinks of dust. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 11:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Question about gaining weight, alfalfa, and creatine...
When trying to gain weight, does taking alfalfa supplements counter act the effects of creatine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 PM PST - 5 comments

September 12
Convert rss feeds to put on my website?
How do I convert rss feeds to put on my website? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 11:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Austin City Limits Festival Filter:
Flying in from L.A. to attend the Austin City Limits festival, looking forward to it. Anyone out there have any tips/advice that will add to the experience? Thanks!
posted by ryecatcher at 11:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Audio balance problems (iTunes?)
My WinXP PC is suddenly playing music with a weird mix between the two channels. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:07 PM PST - 2 comments

graphic design programs in toronto?
A good school in toronto for technical graphic design? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 10:36 PM PST - 1 comments

Gift for a 12 year old that's about to grieve her dog.
Good ideas for a genuine token of sympathy for a 12(ish) year old girl who is about to lose her dog? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Alright -- how can I curb my appetite?
Diets -- what foods have you eaten that worked surprisingly well to curb your appetite and helped you lose weight? Anecdote is fine! Let me explain a few things... [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 10:21 PM PST - 29 comments

ABC's cancelled show, Relativity
Remember the ABC show, Relativity, with Isabel and Leo? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 10:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this art installation
Within the past couple of years there was an art installation in London (?) featuring a work that may have been called "Shy Camera." The piece was a security video camera mounted on an arm. When visitors approached, it turned away abruptly. [more inside]
posted by Phred182 at 10:11 PM PST - 4 comments

stinky pillows
I bought some nice down pillows for myself, and they smell really weird! I have tried to Febreze 'em, and I ran them through the wash according to the care instructions, but they still emit the odour. Has anyone else ever had such a problem that could offer some advice to me?
posted by foxinthesnow at 9:49 PM PST - 5 comments

bonus points if you can help me grow a moebius beard
Where can I get a livestrong-style bracelet that is a moebius strip?
posted by tylermoody at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

How much to tip the Peapod delivery person?
How much to tip the Peapod delivery person? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 9:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Halloween decorating filter...
Please offer your cool, but cheap ideas for decorating our new house and yard for the trick-or-treaters. [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

NAS for dummies.
Can you recommend an easy NAS solution? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 8:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Cannot install QuickTime or iTunes
EarlyAdopterFilter: I've been very excited for iTunes 7, but it seems I've screwed myself during the process. I can no longer run iTunes 7 or install Quicktime! [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Get Me Out of Denver
Help me Denver MeFi's!!! [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

None shall sleep!
How do I pronounce 'principessa'? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fill my shopping list as this forsaken town has nothing even close.
I am looking for some specific items to purchase in or around Toronto .I will be wandering the Kensington market area this week looking for the following: Reasonably priced Salvia (5 or10 x), silver Absinthe spoons, Kopi Luwak coffee, Costa Rican (or other) coffee sock, “Day of the Dead” theme imported pottery/tiles,Tibetan rope incense , hand operated conical burr grinders for press and Turkish coffees and a herb called "rum rau" aka Vietnamese coriander. I am also trying to locate a food bar called "Toast". Can anyone recommend some stores/areas to check?
posted by plumberonkarst at 6:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Surf School Required
I'm in Reno on business this week and want to learn how to surf on the weekend. I have a rental car. Where do I go and who do I talk to? [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Information wants to be freed from my current lack of imagination
WebDesignFilter: I'm wondering if any of the MeFites know of inspirational web design sites that focus on what works in information presentation (e.g., reports etc) as opposed to making attractive home and blog pages? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 6:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this song!
Song fliter... Liberty Mutual Commercial [more inside]
posted by slim at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

To-do list application?
Can anyone recommend a floating to-do list widget for my PC? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 5:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Let's go...
If I don't care where I'm going, and I want to pay as little as possible for a round-trip ticket (over a few days) what's the best way to do it? I don't need any advance warning where I'm going... I'm willing to just get on a plane and go, as long as it's a round trip ticket and I can get back within a known period of time. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 5:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I get my firewire drive on a network
Is there a piece of hardware that will let me make my firewire external hard drive network accessible without it being connected to a computer? [more inside]
posted by allthingsfixable at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Copy-protect a book?
A few years a book of mine was published by a well-known house. Now it is out of print. Last time I looked, a used copy cost $1,000 on amazon.com. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 4:18 PM PST - 37 comments

HDMI out -> dual-link DVI in. Success stories?
HDMI out -> dual-link DVI in. Success stories? Horror stories? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Guilt and the poor relation's story
How can I best address being on a budget/diet while out with friends? It seems a mention of budgetary/dietary reasons for skipping drinking/appetizers/dessert makes my friends feel bad -- like either we should have waited to go out till I wouldn't have to restrict myself, or chosen a cheaper outing, or that they should be restricting themselves too. [more inside]
posted by xo at 4:05 PM PST - 17 comments

ruby/python database tutorial?
I'm searching for a simple ruby/python database application tutorial. A long time ago, like six years ago, I came across this simple tutorial for php/mysql that showed you, from the ground up, how to put a simple database of your video collection online. Is there a similar tutorial that emphasizes creating a simple front-end for a mysql database using ruby or python, geared toward n00bs? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Suitcase debacle
How do I ship a 65+ lb suitcase from Cairo to New York? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Interesting and Unusual Dating Rituals
RelationshipFilter: Tell me about dating rituals different from those in traditional Western culture. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 3:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Router Software Makin' Trouble. HELP!
What single tech issue is likely to cause these three things to occur (when they all recently worked):
  1. Inability to upload using Flickr Uploadr (the message says "can't connect to Flickr")
  2. Inability to sub to podcasts in iTunes
  3. GMail notified can't connect to the server?
All issues relate to stand-alone programs which read information on the internet. And yet, visiting these web sites directly is no problem at all. These issues are all new, and I think they relate to my new Netgear router software. I don't have these problems on my laptop, even when I'm using it at home wirelessly. Any of you brainiacs got any ideas? I'm tired of calling India!!More details about this problem can be found in the FlickrBugs forum.
posted by abbyladybug at 3:14 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I help our relationship thrive when my partner is busy until Election Day?
What are some good strategies and resources for deepening a nascent romantic relationship when your partner is in a two-month pre-election frenzy of activity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Selling an iPod on eBay; legal issues?
Is it legal to sell iPods preloaded with music? [more inside]
posted by keswick at 1:48 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the AAdvantage(tm)?
Why would I want to purchase Air Miles? Specifically AAdvantage Miles. Is the cost of purchasing miles saving you money on the cost of a flight? i.e. Is the value of air miles greater than their purchase value when redeemed for a flight? [more inside]
posted by medium format at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a MacDraw-like program for Windows?
Where can I find a MacDraw-like program for Windows, preferably shareware or low cost? [more inside]
posted by jeffbarr at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What number am I dialling from?
Is there some code, in the manner of *69, that returns the number I am dialing from? It doesn't have to be a star code, whatever works. How do telco people do this?
posted by everichon at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I file a QDRO?
Do I really need a lawyer to file a QDRO? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Can dual monitors display different font sizes or DPIs by default in Windows XP?
I have dual monitors (one large CRT and one small laptop screen.) Is it possible to get separate DPIs on each monitor, or at the very least display different font sizes by default on each monitor in Win XP Pro?
posted by tnoetz01 at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Mice in the dishwasher
How do we keep mice out of the dishwasher and what might be the health effects of having them in there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Painful sex
Why does it hurt so much when I have sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 26 comments

400+ 15" CRT Monitors, and no place to go
I have approximately 400+ Working 15" CRT monitors that I need to dispose off. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 12:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a cheaper Internet provider.
I live in NYC, and had AOL for Broadband for my internet service provided to me through Time Warner. AOL recently waived their fee's and is now free. I am left paying Tie Warner about $45 bux a month for broadband service.....I wanna find something cheaper, yet just as fast and efficient... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 11:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How to make radio box be selected when user enters accompanying text.
In a web survey form, I need to automatically check a radio box if the user clicks on the text field. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 11:44 AM PST - 9 comments

I stopped trusting Apple
So the new Itunes 7 was just released but I am a little wary. Is there anyplace I can go (or keep my eye on) to see what, if any, restrictions have been introduced by the new Itunes. I am thinking things like Network-sharing (incompatibility with Ourtunes?), Limits on how many times you can burn, etc.? Or will I just have to watch and wait?
posted by vacapinta at 11:31 AM PST - 31 comments

How do the chalk artists do it?
At my current place of employ, I have an ever-changing list that I think would look cool on a chalk board. However, I don't like how chalk leaves behind that white haze after you erase something, and I've never been able to acheive the nice solid color that you see at the local coffee shop or Trader Joe's. What are the secrets of a chalk artist? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 11:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Alligator saves the day?
Children's book search: Old woman lives on a house on hill with animals and it rains for weeks? [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Would you drown in jello?
Could one swim/dig out from the bottom of a 15-20ft deep pool of jello (assuming you could hold your breath for a minute or two...or ten)? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 11:01 AM PST - 20 comments

Trial by media?
Have there been any situations (either real or in fiction) where the media interfered enough with a criminal investigation that it actually changed the outcome of the investigation? [more inside]
posted by MattS at 10:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Not-So Quiet Village
Going to Hawaii next week. Would love to see Martin Denny, but (RIP). Would love to see Arthur Lyman, but (RIP). Who/What is the next closest, living thing? Vibes are a must. I'll be on the big island.
posted by hellbient at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Which CD-R/RW drive?
Which CD-R / CD-RW drive is best to replace the one that's just died in my PC? [more inside]
posted by JtJ at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

What Do You Love About Your Agent?
What do you like about your literary agent? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Use Googled info to call her?
I met someone with friends last week and we really hit it off. I even asked her if she would like to go out with me and see me again, and she quickly said yes. But I never got her contact information and it's been a little bit slow getting it through my friends. Should I use the contact information I can get off the internet (almost definitely her, but work contact information) to call her? Only if, after a week, my friends don't come through with the info? Never? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 10:00 AM PST - 63 comments

Why is my credit score so high?
Why is my credit score so high? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Crossfade a mix disc
Is there an app/iTunes hack that will allow me to create mix discs with crossfaded tracks?
posted by four panels at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

hit me with your best digital shot
i want to buy a used digital camera online for really cheap. what are the best cameras of yesteryear (say, 3 or 4MP) that can be had for a paltry sum on ebay or other online places? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 9:50 AM PST - 23 comments

How to keep computers safe on the road?
We move in just a couple weeks. We're stuffing all our belongings that will fit into the car and shoving of. Among these belongings will be two desktop computers. What is the safest way to transport these? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Restoring Windows 2000 snapshot
Is there a dependable program that will do a "freeze frame" of a fresh Windows 2000 install, so that I don't have to install Win, SP4, my basic driver set, DirectX, etc, etc, if/when my computer bites the big one? Ideally it would generate a bootable CD that would replace /winnt and registry.
posted by rolypolyman at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground....
Can you recommend a camping spot in Northern New England that meets several criteria? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Which 'rolling' laptop bag?
Another 'computer bag' question. I need a computer bag that has wheels and a handle.. I am considering on buying the Victorinox Rolling Trevi. It cost $300.00 pretty much everywhere. Is it worth it? What are the alternatives (brands / types) for a similar kind of bag?
posted by cowmix at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Water hemlock? Disposal?
Is this ugly plant water hemlock? There's [more inside]
posted by fogster at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get over my fear of moving in NYC?
How do I get over my fear of moving? How do New Yorkers deal with this overblown rental market? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Will catching NYC mice make my cats sick/dead?
Will catching NYC mice make my cats sick/dead? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:56 AM PST - 2 comments

When to resume active BC pills?
When should I resume my active birth control pills? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Can't get small quantity of Huber needles
Where can I buy a small quantity of Huber needles? Most manufacturers only sell them in 100s or sell the full infusion kit. [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

What was that Japanese show about an architect and his cute neighbors?
What was that TV show I just saw in Japan? It seemed to be a comedy about a neurotic architect and his cute neighbors. It intrigued me. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments

September 11
Red Panda adoption?
What is the feasibility of having a red panda as a pet? How much does it cost?
posted by PowerCat at 9:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Best scanner for large illustrations?
My crappy, old scanner is on the way out and I'm looking for a superior replacement. Specifically I'm looking for something that will make scanning my oversized illustrations less irritating. [more inside]
posted by picea at 9:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Draw-for-hire?
How do I go about hiring someone to draw something graphically design something for me? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Why Kieron Jackson?
Why do I get so much spam addressed to "Kieron Jackson"? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 9:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Killdozer patch or iron-on.
I just got back from the Touch n Go party in Chicago and I very badly need a Killdozer patch for a jacket of mine. Did anybody ever make one? Maybe I can create my own, high-quality iron-on? If so, how?
posted by NoMich at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I rent a big cabin on the CT side of the Long Island Sound?
Where can I rent a house (for a weekend) that sleeps between 15 and 20 (relatively) near Groton, CT? I know there's plenty that comes up depending on what I search for, but I'm looking for a personal recommendation- some place someone you know has stayed, or a place you've heard is really pretty and well-appointed. The idea here is getting a couple of people together to fish, eat the fish, and fish some more. A lot of us wouldn't mind sleeping on the floors, but the less we have to, the better. So...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 8:50 PM PST - 4 comments

What can I do while I recover from surgery?
Do you have ideas for things I can do while recovering from surgery and confined to bed for 10 days? [more inside]
posted by muse at 8:46 PM PST - 32 comments

My Library! Its being held prisoner! Oh, sob, all my lovely ratings....
Had PC, got Mac, want to get ALL my songs + metadata off my iPod and into my Mac library. Have tried a few programs and they didn't work out exactly right. Your recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I get reimbursed for being put on hold?
What do I do to contest an unfair cell phone bill? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 8:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Passport question
Traveling from USA to Brazil, is it possible that you could present a passport but not have it stamped in anyway?
posted by InkaLomax at 7:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Contemporary classical and folk internet radio?
Are there internet radio streams that play (a) contemporary classical (I love Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson; I don't care for Philip Jeck) or (b) folk-y artists like James Yorkston, Marissa Nadler, Vashti Bunyan, and Emilíana Torrini? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Good answer for the question "When are you going to have children?"
Snappy comebacks, please, for the question: so, when are you going to have children? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 7:41 PM PST - 87 comments

who writes the news
how many newspapers write their own national and world news? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I have such a horrible sense of direction? What can I do about it?
Why do I have such a horrible sense of direction? What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Standalone shopping cart with Amazon-like referral system?
Anyone know a shopping cart with an Amazon.com-like referral system? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 5:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Damn you fancy LCD screen!!!
My laptop LCD "native" resolution is killing my eyes... [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 4:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to stay in Houston
Where do I stay in Houston? [more inside]
posted by forrest at 4:32 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I redo a website design?
Advice sought on redoing a resataurants websit.... [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 4:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Through a scanner, gently
Where can I get a watercolor painting scanned in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this Swastika Pendant?
I swear my friend isn't a Nazi, but what the heezy is this thing I found in his stuff? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 3:25 PM PST - 28 comments

"You're lost? Let me draw you a map..."
I'm currently in a rut careerwise, and am feeling a burning need to change direction - literally. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Aspiring landlord needs help obtaining positive cashflow with low down payments!
When I read about people putting 10% down for mortgage financing, how are they achieving this with invesment properties which are not owner-occuopied? Read on for a more thorough explanation... [more inside]
posted by paulino636 at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

no funny headline
Where can I get the best loft bed for my money in NY? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Science fair!
Help with a science fair project idea [more inside]
posted by sindas at 2:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Budget first-lens wide-angle options for a Canon 350D purchase?
Budget first-lens wide-angle options for a Canon 350D purchase? I'm looking at buying the latter, and want to find the most bang for few bucks on the former. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 2:07 PM PST - 19 comments

So rare, much care, package!
Composing a care package for friend in Sudan -- what to include? [more inside]
posted by cior at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me say, "cats aren't toys!"
Help! The dog's decided cats are fun to chase. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 1:22 PM PST - 28 comments

How should I treat my running injury?
Physiotherapy or chiropractic? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 1:10 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm trying to get a DVD-+RW drive working with Windows 98.
I'm trying to get a DVD-+RW drive working with Windows 98 (first editon). While doing this, I noticed some issues this computer is having with other drives too. [more inside]
posted by Nikolai at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

pushing 40, time to get girlie
For an eyebrow wax in a small, non-fancy neighborhood nails-and-waxing-only place ($10 tops), do I tip the waxer? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Working out while using the internet?
Has anyone here had any success working out while using the internet? I'm thinking about buying a recumbent exercise bike that would allow me to prop up my laptop in front so I can pedal and read at the same time, but I'm wondering how practical this idea really is. Anyone tried it?
posted by cellardoor at 12:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Is this investment recoverable?
Can I correct my vision by wearing sign reversed contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Mayor Rudy Guiliani, are you behind this? Go back to your Mayor's Marinara Sauce.
I just received a bill for taxes on a car I sold in 2001. The taxes are for 2001, 2002, 2003. I have the VIN - but I've moved about 8 times since then, and am not hopeful that I can find a copy of the bill of sale or transfer of title. How can I prove that I didn't own the car during that time? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Boot Camp, the iMac, and system quietness
Gaming on the iMac -- how does the ATI Radeon X1600 (and its fan) handle the 3D graphics load? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments

boot to the header
What's a USB 5.25" external enclosure in which I can install an optical drive and boot a CD? How can I know? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 11:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Books on Writers and Alcohol?
I'm looking for books dealing with writers and alcohol, or writers writing about alcohol. I own four books on the subject: The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer Alcohol and the Writer A Drinking Companion: Alcohol and Writers' Lives The Muse in the Bottle: Great Writers on the Joy of Drinking
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 11:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Am I At Risk For Identity Theft?
Several days ago, I found an unauthorized charge (a $40 withdrawal from savings) on my bank statement. I called my bank (Bank of America, Seattle customer, FWIW) and they confirmed that the withdrawal was made from an ATM in the area. This strikes me as a Very Bad Thing, because whoever did it must have had an ATM card that was mine (they didn't; I haven't lost my card) or that appeared to be mine, and (s)he also would have had to have my PIN. Now I have a few more questions. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:36 AM PST - 25 comments

EyeTV video formats
I have an elgato EyeTV EZ with an pretty new Intel Imac. I've been recording shows and saving them to an external hard drive. The problem is, each hour-long recording is 3 GB and I am running out of room. EyeTV will convert to another video format, but I don't know which I should convert to. I'm looking for the best combination of size and quality. I'd like it to be good enough that I will look ok on a 35' TV (when I buy an EyeHome or get a video airport). Any ideas? Here are my options: [more inside]
posted by drewcopeland at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

What does a sandwich mean? or: Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich.
Is there a food/culinary theory equivalent to literary or film theory? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 10:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Things I am not going to be talking about
What topics are taboo for casual conversation? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 10:26 AM PST - 64 comments

What should I know about SEPTA?
Philadelphia Airport to Princeton NJ: What are my options? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

list your fav shopping sites!
Please list your favorite online shopping sites, from a design, user experience, and functionality perspective. [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

What is this even called?
What kind of jobs exist for people who think about numbers and money from a consumer perspective, in a weirdly logical and obsessive way? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 7:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I tip extra for room service?
Tipping Etiquette: hotel room service. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 7:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Driving on the ceiling
It's often quoted that a Formula 1 race car creates enough aerodynamic downforce to let you drive it across the ceiling. Has anyone ever proved this? If not, why not?
posted by twine42 at 7:05 AM PST - 34 comments

Community building inside a company
Looking for reports about (or people working with) closed online communities inside companies. [more inside]
posted by bru at 6:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Math Gene Therapy Wanted
It's official: my 11 year-old daughter is missing her math gene: Please suggest some math gene therapy. [more inside]
posted by sexymofo at 5:48 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me find a VBScript program to create a PowerPoint file from a directory of images.
I've tried for several weeks to find this VBScript program from long ago. It's deceptively simple (create PPT, create slide within PPT, insert image, put title on slide, repeat last three steps until all images inserted). [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 5:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way to deal with the loss of a child from elective termination?
What is the best way to deal with the loss of a child from elective termination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:29 AM PST - 27 comments

September 10
Does a MythTV-driven digital content capture card exist for use in Canada (Shaw)?
Does a MythTV-driven digital content capture card exist for use in Canada (Shaw)? [more inside]
posted by ThinkNut at 11:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Honeymoon plans to Oaxaca?
Should we continue with our honeymoon plans to Oaxaca this November? [more inside]
posted by dchunks at 11:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How to identify a painting without a title?
Do you know of any database or website where I can try to identify a famous artwork based on its description? This is both general and specific; I have at this second a particular image I want to identify, and I also have a directory full of other unlabelled images that I will no doubt need to look up as well. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 10:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Differences between Final Cut Pro and Express?
What are the key feature differences between Final Cut Pro HD and Final Cut Express HD?
posted by wubbie at 9:13 PM PST - 4 comments

A Canon Replacement
My Canon Powershot S60 has bitten the dust and Canon don't make the "S" series any more. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 9:01 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I best combine running and leg lifts like squats?
How do I best combine running and leg lifts like squats? In an effort to increase muscle mass, I've started doing a whole body routine at the gym 3 times a week (I used to do chest/back, arms/shoulders, legs). I like the new routine, but it also means I'm squatting 3 times a week and my legs are SORE after squatting (like wobbling up the stairs sore). I'm also still trying to run on off days but it's especially hard even days after hard leg workouts. How do you all combine lifting and running regimens? Does leg soreness from squats get any better with time?
posted by rordog at 8:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Thunderbird + Firefox
Can I set up Thunderbird email so that the links in email messages open up my FireFox browser instead of IE? Everyone else in the family uses Outlook Express and IE.
posted by sandra194 at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Calculus resources for the curious?
I would like to relearn some calculus on my own. Please recommend the best book for the purpose. [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 8:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I switch into a career in human resources?
Should I switch into a career in human resources? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 8:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Great PBEM games for a time-starved dad?
I need to get back in touch with one of my original loves - gaming - and need some help finding some great play-by-email-games ... [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What is a typical Armenian-American name for a character in my story? Where can I look for other potential character names?
What is a typical Armenian-American name for a character in my story? Where can I look for other potential character names? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 6:26 PM PST - 30 comments

How do gay rest stops get that way?
How do rest stops along US highways become liason places for homosexuals? I remember a rest stop near my hometown being notorious when I was a child before anyone could somehow blame the Internet. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me get back into shape
Help me get back into shape! [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

$900 Ticket
I have $900 to spend on a flight. Where should I got? [more inside]
posted by bd at 5:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Replacing aluminum frame windows in a brick veneer house
Wanting to replace aluminum frame windows in a brick veneer house. Long description to follow. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I do with a lot of beer?
What can I do with a lot of beer, besides drinking it? [more inside]
posted by jacobian at 4:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Help! My doll has a tan!
I just bought an antique Japanese doll and she's in fair condition except for one thing--her silk "skin" is very discolored. How can I make her snow white again? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I view this website?
Why can't I view/load this website? [more inside]
posted by mule at 4:16 PM PST - 4 comments

But that's different.
Some sourdough recipes advise against using metal utensils and bowls. Why? And then why do these same sources turn around and tell you to put the dough in the (metal) workbowl of your stand mixer?
posted by ilsa at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Going to Orlando, Florida when UFC 63 is on, Where can I watch it?
Going to Orlando, Florida when UFC 63 is on, Where can I watch it? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Abortion provider (PA or NP?)
Does anyone know of a resource that goes state by state and looks at the legal qualifications to be an abortion provider? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Let me tell you a story
Examples of movies, books, where the narrator lies to the audience as they tell their story? [more inside]
posted by scallion at 1:55 PM PST - 63 comments

Nice gift for brother
What to get a high maintenance graphic design brother for his birthday?
posted by octomato at 1:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Can You Lock/Watch your sysyem?
Is there anyway to boot your mac off a disk image? Or something that can be closely watched in terms of changes? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Men's skincare: good neck gel or cream?
Men's Skincare Filter: the boyfriend is worried that his neck is getting "crepey." (His normal skincare routine - such as it is - consists of washing his face in the shower with soap, then putting on a moisturizer with sunscreen; sometimes he uses my neutrogena anti-wrinkle stuff too.) He asked me for some recommendations for creams or gels to help firm up the skin in that area, but I'm at a loss - googling just turns up lots of very tiny, very expensive jars of fancy sounding stuff by brands I've never heard of. What buzzest thou, Hive Mind?
posted by fizzyliftingdrink at 1:15 PM PST - 14 comments

buying food to sell!!!
Is it possible to buy pre made food in bulk to sell on to your own customers?? [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

What happens if the power fails during defrag?
I need to de-frag an external drive, but the power where I live is very flaky. Would a power failure cause me to lose my data? [more inside]
posted by davehat at 12:43 PM PST - 15 comments

2.0 + 3.1 = ?
Surround Sound 2.0 setup: What do I do w/ my new amp and old speakers? [more inside]
posted by daver at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a DVD capture programme..
Does anyone know a decent real-time MPEG-2 capture program for the PC? One that produces high-quality output (as good as a standard DVD recorder), produces DVD compliant MPEG2 files, and is preferably free (or cheap). [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

OMG my paper is teh suxors!!!!!
Does anyone hear have experience working with and/or setting up a synchronous online component for a college writing center? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Have American immigrants in Israel formed a distinct community there?
Have American immigrants to Israel formed a distinct community there in the way Moroccans and Russians have? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me help a friend
Someone I care for deeply is in a predicament, and I'm not sure what, if anything I can do to help her, but I will be damned if I won't try. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 36 comments

Prototype nightmare
[SoftwareEngineeringFilter] As an application developer, how do I convince my business users that they don't NEED to see screenshots or a prototype in my design documentation? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 10:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Anyone want a used Beyonce CD?
Best place to sell used CDs in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

WTF iTunes?
Disappearing MusicFilter [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Crazy copier wouldn't know A4 paper if it bit it...
I am stuck alone at the office to make booklets on our Sharp (MX7000N) copier. I have piles of previous booklets around me that are made with A4 paper. When I try to make a booklet with A4 paper, however, the copier tells me "that size paper cannot be saddle stitched." What's going on?
posted by bethm at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

"Either you're off-key, or you just called me a dog."
How do speakers of tonal languages sing without losing the meaning of their lyrics? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 9:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Explain the ending of 'Cure' to me.
Japanese Horror, what the heck happened at the end of "Cure" ? Spoilers, please. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 9:00 AM PST - 2 comments

How to record a radio program with a MacBook Pro?
How do I record a radio program from my tuner to an audio file on my MacBook Pro? (Free copy of Wagner's Ring Cycle to anyone who can help me.) [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Never a city so real?
Which video games have the most realistic depictions of real-life environments? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 8:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Need help for my son
Need your help finding my son a career. He would like to stay in college but with an idea on what he is there for. [more inside]
posted by FLHunter3006 at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

what's a better 'brow?
This morning I work up and realized that my eyebrows need a good trim. I'm a guy and the thought of doing this is disturbing although I think it must be done. Although my eyebrows aren't as anywhere close to being as bad as Grandpa Munster, they are pretty thick which does give me the appearance of looking a lot older than I am. Can I get this done professionally with a stylist? The thought of messing this up really scares me and I want them done right. I don't want to look like the kid who woke up after he had passed out only to find that his right eyebrow went AWOL. [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 8:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Where art thou Wilno Salami?
I need a mail order source for Wilno Salami...I'm in Oregon, but can't locate a source that has it and/or will ship it!
posted by america4 at 8:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Scanner Opinion needed
Windows XP does not support (no drivers) an Agfa Snapscan 1212 Scanner because it is operates through the parallel port. Would the scanner work if I purchased a USB to parallel printer cable even though I would have to rely on the Win 98 drivers or is it a lost cause for this scanner.
posted by DonM at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

where can i race my car
I'm looking for a track that has a sort of "track day", or race what you brung type deal... not any track though, it must be a circuit track, not drag... and also, the closer to Manchester CT, the better... i've looked around, and found Lime Rock Park, but they have been quite rude and have not answered any of my email's... i also contacted a track in Stafford, and they said "we only let real race cars on our track" so figuring this out is proving to be quite difficult... all i want in reality is a place to take my car, and wind around some turns, to see just what it, and me are made of.
posted by xteraco at 7:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Fill Me with C02
How does one train oneself to have an "effusive" personality? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 6:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Simple rss feed for new tv eps?
Is there a simple rss feed showing new episodes of US tv tonight? [more inside]
posted by mrbenn at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I come to terms with my friend's drug use?
How do I come to terms with my friend's drug use? [more inside]
posted by slea at 3:46 AM PST - 39 comments

PSK Triple T's meaning?
What is the secret meaning of the triple T's of phi sigma kappa? Picture: http://www.gmuphisig.org/images/triple_t.jpg [more inside]
posted by Summer1158 at 2:37 AM PST - 52 comments

My Mac will not open .zip files with Stuffit expander. What does Error message 1 mean?
I have some video .zip files that I have downloaded into Tiger desktop latest OS X. I then downloaded the latest version of Stuff it expander. I continue to get the error message: "Unable to unarchive "name of file" into "desktop". (Error 1 - Operation not permitted." What does this mean? I've looked in all the Mac help forums and can find nothing. Also, what do you think is the best place to get simple Mac help with quick responses?
posted by Jenna Roadman at 2:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find resources to help me become a freelance IT pro for small businesses?
I think I have the kind of "jack of all trades" IT skillset which would be useful to those small businesses, say those with less than 5 staff, who are unlikely to have their own "IT guy" in-house. I'd like to find any resources/websites/communities that would be able to help me move towards being that IT guy who can support these small businesses. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 1:24 AM PST - 7 comments

September 9
unknown deceased spider
Please help me identify this spider found in Kanagawa, Japan. [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 11:48 PM PST - 11 comments

How to make a living through artwork/photography?
I am a photographer in the San Diego area. I would like to submit my work to book publishers, magazines etc...in order to generate some income and get more of my photographs out into the world. I have no idea how to go about this however. I am also looking for a steady job that somehow incorporates photography and art and travel. I feel stuck and broke.
posted by drunkghosts at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

How best to maintain several health 24/7 computer?
My supervisor has asked that I provide some regular maintenance on their computers at work. Several HP & Compaq machines running XP home/pro. The problem is that some of these machines are constantly on 24/7 annnd some of them have been on for several months now. [more inside]
posted by jamjammo at 9:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Good, free, keyboard based windows application launcher?
Quicksilver is to Mac OS X as _____ is to Windows [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Negative or positive grounded?
How do I determine if my 1997 Toyota T100 truck is negative grounded or positive grounded? [more inside]
posted by reishus at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it nostalgia time already?
Middle-ageNostalgiaFilter: Help me find a book I had as a young teen. I can't tell you very much about it but there's [more inside]
posted by jdfan at 8:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Im Missing Something
On the network, cant hit the internet [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 8:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Super simple javascript question asked by idiot
Easypeasy javascript question: I want to have document.x.src, where x is a variable I'll be calling up at some stage in a page body. As it currently stands, the browser attempts to find the thing with name="x", but it's going to return an error because there aren't any things with name="x". How do I let it know that x is a variable, and to ask whether it would be so kind as to use the value of x instead of the letter x?
posted by nylon at 8:23 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the major problems with butanol?
Butanol [1,2] sounds too good to be true. Is it? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 7:41 PM PST - 33 comments

Sneakers, Bad Choice?
Are these sneakers (Puma Fuego) appropriate for running? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 7:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Vista, XP & Ubunty Tripple Boot on a Software Raid?
I managed to trash my partitions today trying to install Vista RC1 and dual boot XP (my fault, I did something stupid). Anyway. Since I'm starting from scratch I was thinking it would be amazing to install Vista, XP & Ubuntu, but I'm not sure I can even do that. My problem is that I'm doing a software Raid (0) of my system drive. I know with my old computer it looked like a nightmare to get Ubuntu and XP to share a software raid and I was hoping maybe things have improved, or that my new motherboard/raid controller might work better now though. What do you think? Can it be done? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 6:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Studiometry help
Studiometry questions: I've been trying this program out for a few days and it seems ok, but the support for it just doesn't seem to exist, so I have some questions about how to do some things. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 6:38 PM PST - 1 comments

It's crumbelivable
Can someone who speaks Hungarian tell me whether the voting is over and Stephen Colbert is really going to have a bridge in Budapest named after him?
posted by riotgrrl69 at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Haloween Pervert Filter
I'm looking for a pair of boots styles similar to theses, but available in a woman's size 13. Can anyone out google me? [more inside]
posted by alan at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Are we just wasting our time?
What do the various religions around the world suggest we should be doing with our time? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 5:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Ou est le jazz?
FrenchJazzFilter: I'm looking for some soft, sultry french jazz (vocal) music. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 5:42 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I calculate GPP on goods sold?
How do I calculate Gross Profit Percentage (GPP) on goods I sell? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Volunteering in Africa
Where and with whom should I volunteer in Africa? [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Put a spring in my step!
I have (a) a bad back (herniated L4-L5) and (b) very flat feet, so with every step I take when walking I feel a huge jolt go up my spine. Without resorting to the ridiculous looking Z-coil shoes, what's the next best thing? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Check Engine Light Blues
Why does my 2001 Toyota Sienna have the same check engine light, with the same code, two days after my $600 repair? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Cluelss mom needs advice as her 14 year old buys an iPod
My 14 year old daughter wants to buy an iPod (with her own savings). I am a clueless mom. What should I know about type, price, where to buy, what to avoid - and anything else to help her make this a successful purchase.
posted by trii at 4:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Tell someone they have foul breath?
Should I tell someone that they've got extremely bad breath--and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Horace Mann School teacher search
For my Mom - I am searching for an English teacher, Edward H Simpson, who taught at the Horace Mann School in NYC, at least during the 1970's and into the 1980's (perhaps longer). Are there any alumni from that time who might know how I might contact him? Thank you
posted by bluesky43 at 4:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Fighting fire with fire?
My cousin's fiancee had a baby last year. I couldn't attend the baby shower, but sent a nice gift anyway. No thank you note. (the relatives I talked to who went to the shower didn't get one either.) More than month ago, I went to her wedding shower and gave her another nice gift. So far, no thank you note. Now, what should I do about a wedding gift, or should I get off my cranky high horse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 77 comments

Smile all the time, Shine you teeth till meaningless, Sharpen them with lies
How to fight loneliness? Yes, there is [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 34 comments

What can I do with a dead iPod?
What can I do with a dead iPod? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 2:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I believe my refrigerator?
Should I believe my refrigerator? I have a refrigerator with a water tap and ice maker. It has a filter that costs about $50 to replace. The filter directions say to do so at least every six months. And a light saying it's time to replace it comes on in about six months. [more inside]
posted by rabbus at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Nvidia laptop hardware problems
My laptop's NVidia video hardware doesn't work right anymore for certain display modes, and I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Recommedations for a mutlifunction device
I'm in the market for a cheap and reliable multifunction (copying and flat-bed scanning in addition to printing) device. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 12:35 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I handle this difficult client situation?
Software product manager: How do I handle this difficult client? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 12:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Is it Lead or Gold?
ThatHouseIsAnEpisodeofAntiquesRoadshowFilter: My friend's family has hundreds of years of history in one area of New York. At various points during that time they were fairly well-off and were able to acquire things--so now the family house from hundreds of years ago has hundreds of years worth of stuff packed in. Some of it seems pretty valuable, but they don't know which is gold and which is junk. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Need US-based Lawyer and Accountant Recommendations
Need recommendations for _good_, honest, helpful lawyers and accountants based in the US, anywhere in the US. Bonus if they have experience with internet businesses and/or S-Corps. I'm not looking for the cheapest or the most expensive options. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by libertaduno at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What else can hydrogen peroxide do?
Beyond helping canker sores heal faster, does swishing and gargling with hydrogen peroxide have any other dental / oral hygienic properties?
posted by bjork24 at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

NYC Bars Similar To Orchard Bar
NYC bars similar to the closed Orchard Bar. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

east vs west
Can a diehard San Franciscan fall in love with New York? Or at least have a little crush? How can I be the matchmaker? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 9:27 AM PST - 23 comments

That old sledgehammer-to-the-gut feeling...
Are my standards for a girlfriend / potential wife too high? And if so, what do I do? Here's the deal. I'm a 28 year old single guy living in NYC who's finally starting to feel the old part a little. I'm fairly successful in business and have a good group of friends and a fairly active life outside of work - lots of interests, one of them in particular being girls. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 8:48 AM PST - 35 comments

When do I give it up?
How long should I try OrthoTricyclin Lo before switching? Experiences with other Pill brands and switching and anectdotal evidence encouraged. Explanation is part of the [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 16 comments

I need to pass.
Another GRE question. [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 8:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Quit copying me!!!
How do you deal with a spouse that jumps on the bandwagon of everything you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Vatsim help
Where can I find a free email address that vatsim will accept? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 7:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Disappearing Quick Launch toolbar
Quick Launch toolbar keeps disappearing after several hours without rhyme or reason . Tried "lock toolbar" and that does not prevent this issue. It's a Dell running WinXP SP2. Everything else seems to be unaffected by this annoyance. Can put it back, and the disappearance will repeat after another several hours. Other toolbars unaffected ?
posted by Agamenticus at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

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