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September 30
Did Fannie/Freddie cause this mess?
Did Fannie and Freddie cause the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 11:44 PM PST - 16 comments

How do you get a permit to visit the Altai Republic in Russia?
Me and my gf want to visit the Altai Republic in Russia. However a friend of ours wanted to visit the place, but weren't allowed to enter because he didn't have a permit. So where does one get a permit to enter the Altai Republic and why is it necessary to get one? I mean, a tourist-visa should be able to give you access to most of the country as long as the cities you want to visit is stated on the visa.
posted by madcow20 at 9:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Do flies dream of wireless sheep?
Why, of all places, houseflies seem to be irresistibly attracted by wireless antennae? [more inside]
posted by _dario at 8:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get a programming job abroad?
Help a computer scientist find an interesting job abroad, preferably in Japan [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 8:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled pooches, yearning to bark free.
Big move, 3 dogs, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a depressing poem!
I'm looking for a longer poem about death/dying that I read some time ago. IIRC, I found it via the "Poetry Sunday" series on the Daylight Atheism blog, but upon a little research, it was not one of the poems featured there. Perhaps it is by one of the same authors? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Amazing places to show overseas vistors in Sydney?
Amazing places to show overseas vistors in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 7:41 PM PST - 21 comments

I'll get back to you on that, Katie
Where can I go to watch Thursday's VP debate in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Is dirty latex safe?
Compost & painted wood walls, is it a good mix? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog at 7:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Grad school question
How are different parts of grad school applications typically weighted? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 7:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Why can you get a free ride (literally) using LA's subway?
Why is LA's Metro subway line on the "honor system?" What possible benefits, financial and otherwise, could arise from not checking to see if everyone is a paying customer? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 7:14 PM PST - 29 comments

You can't win, you twerp!
Help me resolve a Catch-22 about meeting new people of the opposite sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 PM PST - 47 comments

Financial crisis: Government intervention or free-market-pain?
Current_financial _crisisFilter: Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention in this current financial crisis? (Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
posted by chefscotticus at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

My blog is in leetspeek! Reading it constitutes a breach of the DMCA!
What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?" [more inside]
posted by explosion at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm an experienced copywriter -- how do I find a job in a city where I know no one in the industry?
I'm an experienced copywriter -- how do I find a job in a city where I know no one in the industry? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Exclavefilter: How do I build a cabin in Point Roberts without breaking any laws?
Exclavefilter: What is involved in building a small cabin on a wooded lot in Point Roberts? What grief might I expect from the border? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 6:31 PM PST - 1 comments

If you Kindle - how has it changed you?
Kindle Filter: If you own a Kindle - how has it changed the way you read? Do you read more? Less? More books? Fewer books? More/fewer publications and blogs? I never dreamed I would fall in love with something like this as I've always been a physical book lover, yet I can honestly say its changed the way I read. I find myself reading more books and find it easier to focus on one book versus juggling several with a stack next to me. If you're a Kindle owner - tips or tricks for a new Kindler?
posted by Gerard Sorme at 6:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Getting a picture from a cell phone that can't MMS message to an email address.
I'd like to get an image off my cell phone. The problem is that there's no away to connect the phone to a pc and no way to send an MMS message to an email address, only a phone number. Am I totally screwed? [more inside]
posted by puke & cry at 6:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Is low rolling resistance another word for snake oil?
Are "low rolling resistance" tires a worthwhile investment? And how should I go about finding them? How much more should I pay for this type of tire? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 5:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Whats the best desktop client to use for multiple Gmail accounts?
Whats the best desktop client to use for multiple Gmail accounts? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 5:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to time a rollover?
A crazy financial question about the timing of my 401k rollover to and IRA in light of current economic events in the US. Is it even possible to time a rollover? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm confused why my girlfriend has so suddenly lost all feelings for me?
Girlfriend has suddenly lost all feelings for me and doesn't know why. [more inside]
posted by HBomb at 4:31 PM PST - 35 comments

Are good conversations a necessity for a good relationship?
I was a late bloomer. I was painfully shy and didn't date until I was 24. I'm at a turning point of the longest relationship I've had (almost a year). I don't know if I'm in love or not. Or if that's even the right question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me sort out my anxiety-related relationship problems and help me to have an open heart.
Please help me sort out my anxiety-related relationship problems and help me to have an open heart. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this an impossible camera quest?
I'd like a new point and shoot digital camera, but am at a bit of a loss on where to start. My current camera-history and requirements for a new one are inside. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 3:55 PM PST - 14 comments

What to feed my guest from Australia?
What should I feed my Australian house guest? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 3:52 PM PST - 49 comments

What does the Chinese character in Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Towards Rock frequently used to mark chapters mean and what writing style is it in?
What does the Chinese character in Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Towards Rock frequently used to mark chapters mean? And what writing style is it in? You can see the character in the Amazon look-inside feature for the book (click excerpt on the left to see the character).
posted by Kattullus at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Get Ride of Firefox?
I want to completely, entirely remove Firefox from my Macbook. Help me do that? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 3:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Too many cameras! So many features! Too much choice! Arrrgggrhhhh!
Calling all Mefi photographers. Help me choose my entry level DSLR. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 3:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Using Transcription Software in the Classroom
Has anyone used a live transcribing software as an educational tool in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 3:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I abruptly and painlessly wean my toddler?
My toddler has abruptly stopped nursing. How do I deal with this, physically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How common is it for people to just not turn up for work without calling in sick?
How common is it for people to just not turn up for work without calling in sick? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 3:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Love my baby, still want an MFA
Do any accredited, respectable, non-residential , MFA Writing programs exist out there? [more inside]
posted by esereth at 2:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Stupidest scammers ever?
Why would a credit card scammer ship fraudulently purchased items to the legitimate credit card holder's address? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

When do I go solar?
Is now the time use solar power for my house? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Nice place for anniversary dinner in Miami?
Can anyone recommend a nice restaurant in Miami for my anniversary that wouldn't make me look silly if I wore a jacket? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Yeah, bwee-ayyy!
Does anyone know - or care to guess at - the origin of the phrase "Yeah, bwee-aayyy!" uttered by teenagers like me in 1970s Northern England to express complete disbelief at a huge lie told by someone else? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 2:15 PM PST - 17 comments

25 yo heartbroken virgin, enjoys long walks on the beach
Heartbroken after recently getting out of a 7 year relationship, and still a virgin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 27 comments

VIPress.
Tell me about gaining press credentials. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 1:40 PM PST - 16 comments

rub me right
Massage therapist filter: What things can you not do without in your workplace? Massage therapy client filter: What things do you love about your massage therapist's practice? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 1:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I tattle on a 14 year old thief?
I think my friend's adolescent daughter tried to steal from me. Do I tell on her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Iphone app creation for the lazy and greedy
Are there any platforms for developing Iphone/Itouch applications that don't require a ton of coding? I'm think along the lines of the old Hypercard, or an interactive fiction engines. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 1:09 PM PST - 9 comments

It's not only opposites who repel...
Why do I keep attracting people (for relationships) who are incompatible with me? Why do I have trouble attracting those who are? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 12:42 PM PST - 56 comments

Post-Nuclear comic book?
What is this post-nuclear holocaust comic book I had as a kid? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

"So you've decided to ruin your life"
I've decided that I want to take a year to go backpack around Europe. Now what do I tell my current employer and my family? [more inside]
posted by sperose at 12:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Is eating a dollar burger from burger king and a cup of water healthier then not eating?
Is eating a dollar burger from burger king and a cup of water healthier then not eating? [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 12:03 PM PST - 25 comments

making a printable map
How to make a print quality map of office locations that includes county boundaries. [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Screenwriting: cinema and myth?
Academic papers and books on the topic of myth in screenwriting? [more inside]
posted by sumo at 11:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help a Gospel Music Newbie
Can anybody recommend some traditional black gospel recordings? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:41 AM PST - 25 comments

What to see, do, and eat in Liverpool?
I'm looking for advice on what to see and do in Liverpool during a two day visit. Food, best sites, where is the best area to stay, hotels, etc...
posted by srboisvert at 11:37 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm a 23-year-old male, 6'4", and 175 lbs. I'm too thin. What's the best way I can gain weight and muscle? I'd like to start working out in my own apartment.
I'm a 23-year-old male, 6'4", and 175 lbs. I'm too thin. What's the best way I can gain weight and muscle? I'd like to start working out in my own apartment. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 11:35 AM PST - 17 comments

(Blue collar filter) If stocks continue to rise throughout the week and reach the previous point or "close enough", what reason is there for a bail out? More inside...
If stocks continue to rise throughout the week and reach the previous point or "close enough", what reason is there for a bail out? [more inside]
posted by Mardigan at 11:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me to not be reminded, please
For windows xp , I have an annoying reminder about a web page being unable to display but no exit box to click onto. I also cannot right click it in the open tabs bar at the bottom to close it manually. It just reads "Reminder Tuesday Sept. 30th 2008 1:07:01 A.M." The date changes as the day does and I dunno how to remove it. I can move it off screen but still.... Any ideas?
posted by thaworldhaswarpedme at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

What is a halo moment?
Does the phrase "halo moment" have any particular meaning outside the context of video games? How about within the context of people who play Halo? Does it simply describe a memorable scene from the game?
posted by Jeff Howard at 11:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Wordpress 500 Error on install
I'm getting a 500 internal server error when trying to install WordPress 2.6.2 on my iPower hosted website. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Good time to travel in India?
Older Tourist in India in November 2008? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

We're homeowners! Oh, crap.
We've moved every two years since 2000. Always renting. We're about to move into our very own condo, and in the interests of not being ripped off, we're avoiding the developer's sources/prices and buying our own appliances, window treatments, do our own closets, find our own contractor for the floors, etc. The problem? We don't know how to do any of this stuff. Bonus points: 6 month old baby. [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

You spin me right round baby right round
Recommendations needed for stackable, energy saver, low water washing machine/dryer combo [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 10:18 AM PST - 11 comments

who came up with words like physicality?
whats the origin of words ending in -ality that are used specifically in the discussion of art? such as theatricality, aurality, physicality, etc. where/with whom did this trend begin? [more inside]
posted by sponge at 10:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Help a liberal arts major become a nurse
Help me flesh out a plan to first become a nursing assistant then a nurse. [more inside]
posted by learn to read at 10:12 AM PST - 10 comments

My bonsai looks like the tree in the Peanuts xmas special
Any clue what might be plaguing my outdoor Japanese red maple bonsai? Immediately upon receiving it from an online retailer, it started developing brown patches on the leaves, which then curled up and died. I've tried putting it in less sun, more sun, more water, less water. It is in partial shade on a porch with daily watering now. It is still alive (green when I scrape it a bit) with few leaves intact, but I am worried that I'm about to kill a thoughtful birthday present.
posted by *s at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

A lawyer or still a lawyer-to-be?
After I pass the bar examination, but before I'm sworn in, what am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Two people standing in seperate rowboats holding hands.
Trying to find a photo of two people standing in seperate rowboats holding hands in the middle of a lake. [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 9:40 AM PST - 1 comments

Where to go on my own?
Help me plan a solo vacation! I had been planning a vacation with friends at the end of October, but they're now considering a destination I'm not so hot on. I still want to travel, so what would be a good alternate trip? So much more inside. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 9:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Colour my world with recommendations
[MovieRecommendationFilter] So, recently, I went out to blockbuster and rented out two movies: Before Sunrise and its sequel Before Sunset. I'm looking for similar movies to watch on my lonely days. [SpoilersAlert] [more inside]
posted by patla at 9:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Halloween costumes for 4 (2 m, 2 f) with nerdy/pop culture flavour.
Seeking recognizable group Halloween costume suggestions for four (2 guys and 2 girls), preferably with a pop culture/nerdy bent.ha [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 8:50 AM PST - 31 comments

Should I stay in software engineering?
I'm an unhappy overworked software engineer. Am I in the wrong field? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Appropriate Bridal Shower Gift
I have a bridal shower to attend this weekend (sigh, i hate these things). You have to give a gift appropriate to the time of day that you were given on the invite...my time is 8pm. Is it appropriate to give a nice vintage bottle of red wine or champagne? I'm really not into putting a ton of effort into shopping for this (nor do i have the time). [more inside]
posted by Waterbear at 8:34 AM PST - 14 comments

My tennants will be Gila Monsters
Is it financially feasible to set up my own solar farm? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Suing in the UK while based abroad?
Have you ever sued someone for libel in the UK, while you yourself were based in another country? If so, what was your experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Best foot forward
I just downloaded the trial version of MS Office 2007 because some companies prefer that resumes be made from MS Word. But I can't seem to find a resume template for it. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

How flexible do I need to be to become an academic librarian?
If I don't want to move far, is academic librarianship out of the question? If so, how do I go about finding a summer practicuum in other fields? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock at 7:25 AM PST - 17 comments

How reliable is a Suzuki Aerio or SX4?
How reliable are small Suzuki cars? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I tell someone they will be fired?
My secretary will get fired at the end of the day. Should I tell her in advance? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:55 AM PST - 60 comments

Cute and classy lingerie online or in NYC?
Ruffly panties online, or in NYC? i.e. cute, classy panties/bras/corsets/etc that won't break the bank. Victoria's Secret falls apart pretty fast, in my experience. Looking for something a step up, but not ridiculously expensive or (on the other hand) trashy. At the very least, how much should I be looking to spend on such a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Single male, possibly infertile. Perspectives and experiences?
I might be infertile. I'm a single guy in my mid-twenties and I haven't been able to find any information or resources for people like me. I know the medical stuff, but nobody in my situation seems to talk about their experiences. Help me find other perspectives on this, or tell me about how you handled it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Does my study load affect my chances of getting into medical school?
Does my study load affect my chances of getting into (an Australian) medical school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the best readily available cough suppressant I can buy?
What is the best readily available cough suppressant I can buy? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 6:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Does anyone recall a band named Thrust from HBO's Real Sex series?
This is not a "name that song" question, but rather a "find this CD, if it was ever made into a CD" question. Vaguely NSFW inside. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

I need your best example of Poe's Law.
What is your best example of Poe's Law? [more inside]
posted by DonSlice at 6:38 AM PST - 13 comments

What can I do with my new DS/ what games should I get
OK, so me and MrsShawnString bought a DS finally. What cool stuff can I do with it (besides playing games) and what are the MUST HAVE games to have? Pretty much any genre game is ok [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 6:34 AM PST - 30 comments

Who owns rights to the use of the song in Film?
Can someone please explain how to get Synchronization Rights to a Cover Version of a song? Or who would have control of whether you can use a cover version in a film. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:48 AM PST - 4 comments

What to replace the Chicago Tribune With?
Recommend an alternative to my Chicago Tribune subscription. [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 5:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Why did an email containing sensitive info disappear from my mom's aol account?
My mom sent an email to herself on AOL containing sensitive information, and it never arrived - and there's no record of it in her inbox, or sent-message folder. Should we be worried? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by slowcat at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What Mac should I buy if I want to play games on it for the next 3 years?
It's time to get a new computer. I'd like some kind of Mac. What's the smart thing to buy? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 4:50 AM PST - 15 comments

"We don't serve your type here"
Somewhat convoluted font licensing question - see inside. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 4:28 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I set the correct time on my Accurist watch?
I have an Accurist chronograph watch that I bought about 5 years ago and every so often it insists that the date is invalid and jumps forwards one month and one day. Before I dump it in the bin and buy a decent watch, can you help me set it correctly? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 2:56 AM PST - 2 comments

How to cluster when dealing with more than one factor?
How to cluster when dealing with more than one factor? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Intelligent podcasts for my cubicle dwelling mom?
Help me keep my mom from going insane at her work! She has a boring sit-at-the-computer all day job, with crazy coworkers. Her work banned downloading and streaming media, so I helped her pick a simple 2 gig mp3 player. She listens to BBC streams, and I helped her find rss feeds for the relevant podcasts. Now she's all set up with Google Reader and a few feeds, and wants more. Trouble is I don't know what to recommend... [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny at 1:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1978... but what should I wear?
I'm going to a fancy dress party, and the theme is 1978. What should I go as? [more inside]
posted by handee at 12:17 AM PST - 24 comments

September 29
Seeking the best halloween blogs
Can anyone recommend a fun, maybe crafty, frequently updated Halloween blog for my October entertainment?? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 11:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Backpacking in California
So I'm going to Los Angeles on oct. 3. I have a few questions about LA and Cali. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 10:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me name my Tibetan Baby before I pop!
HELP. I'm outrageously pregnant and my husband is Tibetan. We are going to use a Tibetan name, but it's rather hard to find Tibetan name books for babies. In lieu of this MrTaff has given me a list of names he finds acceptable to his ear/culture/language etc. (He's not a Buddhist, he's a Bonpo). I need feedback from people of all language backgrounds and countries and opinions about the list he has given me. [more inside]
posted by taff at 10:33 PM PST - 74 comments

itunes ate itself.
iTunes just nuked itself....again. Help me figure out what's going on, and why this has happened. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

A hairy situation: has my mom been blowing hot air all this time?
Mom says to blow-dry my hair all the time, but isn't it bad for your hair? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 10:17 PM PST - 25 comments

Fixing sticky latex paint
A latex-painted dresser's drawers are sticking closed. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 9:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Jobs you never imagined having but whch you love anyway
Some of us have jobs we've imagined having since we were kids (doctor, lawyer, ballerina...). And some of us have jobs with weird titles we never imagined having or somehow stumbled into (acquisitions editor, paid search marketer, partner services representative, circulation manager, health services coordinator...). Many of us in the latter category love our jobs - either because we're good at them, we get paid well, we like the people we work with, value the company's mission, or all of the above. I want to hear from you happy people with weird job titles. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 8:16 PM PST - 31 comments

A weird Iowa weed
What is this weird plant? [more inside]
posted by sararah at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking calendar w/out year or days of the week.
I want to have a permanent calendar-like book that lists all of my important annual stuff: birthdays, when to plant veggies, get car maintenance, make Xmas cards, etc., and I don't want to have to get a new one each year. What am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

When Harry Met Sally...to music.
Which songs have as their theme, "Gosh, you were there all along, and I never noticed you but gee....you're, you're...the one!" [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:05 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me graduate!
Does anyone around here have any experience with the online classes offered by Arab Academy? General quality and transferability of credits are my main concerns. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 8:05 PM PST - 2 comments

No Wig for Old Men
Looking for bits and pieces for 'No Country for Old Men' Halloween Costume...Anyone know where I can get a 'Javier Bardem' looking bowl cut wig ?
posted by ashepp at 8:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Really rapid transit
Has anyone else encountered really fast, almost reckless, driving on Minneapolis buses today? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Comfortable, moderately sexy bra?
What is your most comfortable, yet still moderately sexy bra? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 7:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Help my friend tickle the plastickies.
(Posting for a friend): I just bought a keyboard, and I would like to learn a little piano-playing. Is there any free or cheap software that can hand-hold me through it? Are there any websites that offer beginning piano lessons?
posted by prefpara at 7:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I use the B: drive on my PC?
Can I use B: as a drive letter, on a modern windows PC, without messing things up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 6:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Invest for the future vs. Debt reduction
Investing 201: Given the economic news of late, If the value of my mutual funds drop and the interest rate of my debts go up would it be prudent to liquidate the mutual funds to pay off my debts or should I "stay the course" despite this? Financial details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Asking, "ou est le banc" won't cut it here.
How can I teach myself to read and translate French at the intermediate level in the next six weeks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 11 comments

why yes, I do intend to wear them.
Looking for battery operated Christmas/LED lights with the smallest possible battery pack. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 6:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Palm 700W Flashing/Internet
Help! Can't get internet to work - Palm Treo 700W (flashed, originally Verizon) on Cricket. [more inside]
posted by neolith22 at 6:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting great quality from a Skype recording.
How do I get the best audio quality out of Skype, specifically for recording? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Working abroad in the IT industry
I live in the United States, am 4 years out of college, and work in the software industry. I want to explore opportunities to work abroad in my field (e.g. software/web development), preferably in Europe, or South or East Asia. I currently work for one of the largest software companies in the world, so I am going to explore internal options, but I'm also willing to my employer if the opportunity is right. Does anyone have any advice on where to start my search, or any personal experiences or anecdotes?
posted by lupefiasco at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments

What does this character mean?
What does this Japanese character on this Daruma doll mean? At least, I assume it's Japanese...
posted by killerinsideme at 5:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I change the owner of a domain name?
A friend is buying a website that I've built, as well as the domain name. He's taken possession of the actual site (i.e., the software that runs it), so now I need to make him the owner of the domain. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by inkedmn at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

700 billion or dead?!
Failed Bailout and stocks plumetted 800 points. Sounds pretty bad but can somebody explain why the 700 billion dollar plan should have passed in the first place. Why was this so sudden, 2 weeks ago everything was relatively ok and this week financial armageddon? Where do they get 700 billion dollar and the idea of no oversight over such a large sum of money Iam looking for an explanation in layman's terms as in 700 billion dollar plan for dummies
posted by radsqd at 4:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Sell now, or sell later? Barbie's Malibu Dream House has got to go.
I've been getting my house ready to sell and am wondering if I'm crazy. Should I go ahead with it now, or wait until spring? Of course, there are mitigating factors involved. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Help finding a horse poem
I'm trying to find a quietly apocalyptic poem that featured horses - can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Replacing a headlight in an ’04 Civic.
How do I replace the driver’s side low-beam headlight on my 2004 Honda Civic LX? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Possibly the longest post on askmefi ever
D...d...dowryfilter? Maybe? I'm getting married to a Chinese woman, very soon, and her rather wealthy parents are asking (hinting, in this face-sensitive culture, so I think that's what it is, but it could mean something else?) where my divorced, broke parents' contribution to the marriage is, or, in lieu of theirs, mine. They've tossed a $140,000 duplex our way, a prime rental property, and a ton of financial support for their daughter. I have about $400 in the bank and an okay freelance career. Barring 10 years to save up and match that...what, exactly, can I do to prevent this from getting really, really, really awkward? A long, rambling explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 4:35 PM PST - 19 comments

What Bible be this?
I am searching for the translation of the Bible in which the Book of Job 14:12 is rendered thus..... [more inside]
posted by bukharin at 4:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Tattoos on the Big Cheese?
How acceptable is it for a person in a supervisory role to get/have a visible tattoo? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 4:31 PM PST - 33 comments

Names, please.
Please identify these three plants. They live in our front garden, in the garden state of New Jersey.
posted by hexatron at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get boyfriend to be more emotionally intimate?
How can I get my boyfriend to be more emotionally intimate with me without prying or being annoying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

What are some easily identifiable landmarks?
I'm working on a project and I need to create a collage of landmarks (the idea being a sort of national or global skyline, if you will). Specifically, I need US-based landmarks, and then international landmarks. I'm looking for help coming up with any visually obvious landmarks I might have missed. [more inside]
posted by JReed at 2:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Mold me into a copy editor!
What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Why am I getting an old webpage in Chrome?
When I browse to Talking Points Memo with Chrome from work I see the page as of Sept 24th. At home, with Chrome, I see the page as of today. At work in IE7 I see the site correctly. No other websites are affected. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

buying a condo in dc next fall
I am looking to buy a condo next fall (2009) in DC. While I have rented in DC for quite some time, I haven't been keeping an eye on the housing market nearly as much, particularly as it has begun its decline. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

I sweat too much around my neck collar
My neck sweats like crazy when I wear button up shirts with neckties. Is there a way to help with this? [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 1:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Kitten boarding in Mumbai?
Help me with the daunting task of finding a facility to board a kitten for a few days in Mumbai, India, which is of decent enough quality to someone from the U.S.
posted by aletheia at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

technical gibberish parody video
I am trying to find a specific internet video from a few years ago. The video is a parody of a highly technical product promotional/sales company. There is one man in a suit explaining the company's production innovation, design, etc., as he stands in front of equipment racks. About half-way through, you begin to realize that it's all just technical gibberish. My google-fu is failing me.
posted by mdpc98 at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Unlike rain on your wedding day
Someone, somewhere--some cultural critic, I think, someone who has yet to die, or who was alive within the last half-century (but I could be wrong there), once said something along the lines of "Irony is the laughter of the slave." Do you know who that was? [more inside]
posted by ftrain at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How to setup caller id for Skype? (I have a monthly subscription).
How to setup caller id for Skype? (I have a monthly subscription). [more inside]
posted by omair at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Tragic 80s Musician?
A friend and I are trying to remember the name of an '80s musician whose career was cut short when he mysteriously disappeared / met with foul play while traveling in Europe. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 1:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Master's programs in accounting for non-accountants: Where?
I'm looking for a more complete list of Master's in Accounting or Master's in Professional Accounting programs designed for people with non-accounting bachelor's degrees. [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me show my wife just how much I love her.
My wife and I have been together for 10 years and for the next few, she is giving me a gift that I fear I can never repay. I recently began medical school at the age of 32 and, as you might imagine, just getting to this point required several serious sacrifices on her part. I've just finished my first "block" and have a week of vacation before the next block begins. I'm at home all day while she's working and I want to spend my time showing her how much I love her, how much I appreciate her sacrifices, and how I realize that I couldn't do this without her. I'm doing the normal things like making nice dinners, cleaning the house, and tackling honey-do items. But what else can I do? I'm looking to the hive to help me be creative. [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Conflict Journalist?
Help me find a job as a "conflict journalist" in Africa, the Middle East, or a war zone. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Diamonds: What cut is more desirable?
Which do you prefer, round or princess cut diamonds? Why? What are the pros/cons to each? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 1:31 PM PST - 31 comments

Should I buy some stock now?
I was wondering if now would be a good time to buy stock in, say, a bank. The theory being buy low and then some years from now, it would be high. I'm talking maybe $1000, such that if I lost it all, while I wouldn't be very happy about it, but it wouldn't break me. I realize you are not a lawyer, or financial analyst, or whatever. I'm looking for any opinion, for or against.
posted by allelopath at 1:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me open a file.
Was sent an "untyped binary data" file with no extension. It's audio. Using a Mac, I've tried adding the .mp3, .aac, .wav extensions, and it won't open. What now? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I show my wife that her travels will be OK?
I need a token of love for my wife! [more inside]
posted by pdb at 12:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to buy a cellular modem router in the South Bay today.
Would you share you cellular modem router experiences? Or, where can I find a cellular modem router in the Bay Area today? [more inside]
posted by fief at 12:46 PM PST - 2 comments

What other consumer goods have "premium" versions that are identical to the budget version?
The only difference between regular vodka and super premium vodka is the price. Double shielded, gold plated speaker cables work just as well as cheap ones. What other consumer goods have "premium" versions that are identical to the budget version? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 12:43 PM PST - 55 comments

How do I get smoke out of suits?
How do I get smoke smells out of men's wool suits--dry cleaning didn't work. [more inside]
posted by midwestguy at 12:43 PM PST - 15 comments

metafilter, how does Eid work?
How does Eid work? For my girlfriend, who is a photographer: [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

What songs should my electronica cover band play?
Help me think of classic electronic tracks for my (as-yet-hypothetical) classic electronica cover band. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 12:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Podcasting Equipment
Podcasting questions [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Need Buffy Artifacts
I need help creating a complicated, buffy-themed christmas present for my girlfriend. Problem: I know very little about Buffy. I'm looking for a list (and photos, if possible) of buffy artifacts. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 12:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Photos + [your suggestion] = A Happy Christmas
How can computers help me turn hundreds of 1980s photographs into an awesome present? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Boyfriend has a demanding child
My boyfriend, who moved in to my house six months ago, has visitation with his 9-year-old son every other weekend and Monday afternoons. I am not a huge kid person, and never planned to have any of my own--but when I am around the two of them I put my best foot forward, engage the kid in conversation, ask him about his life and the things he enjoys, and try to do fun things with him and his father. [more inside]
posted by vegsister at 11:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Bringing U.S. laptop to Buenos Aires
What king of laptop adapter/transformer do I need for Buenos Aires? I have a U.S. Apple MacBook Pro with a THREE-pronged grounded cable. [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I write this chapter for free?
I've been asked to contribute to a collection of op-ed/essays/creative nonfiction type stories, to be published together as a book. I have no idea how this stuff works, but I know the release form says I won't get paid. Anybody have any experience with this kind of thing? Is this a normal clause for a first-time author who barely even counts as an author? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

What about when Adderall doesn't work?
I saw the doctor to discuss ADD and getting a diagnosis. He started me on Adderall XR, 10mg, slowly increasing the dose. By 40mg, I was jittery as can be, having serious anxiety apparently caused by the medicine, but still as ADD as ever. I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor tomorrow, and want to know what to ask for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

just like a baby's butt
What can I do now, as a young woman, to ensure I have beautiful skin when I'm older? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 11:43 AM PST - 38 comments

Easiest way to set up a 'fake' torrent tracker?
I need to create a website for a fake invite-only torrent community to feature in a short movie centering around said community. What's the easiest way to set up a customizable tracker? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 at 11:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Tivo vs. Time-Warner DVR
I have a Series 2 Tivo. After 5 months of no TV at all, I have TimeWarner cable again. In my area, T-W uses the Sci. Atlanta DVR tuner. It's less expensive than Tivo, by several $ a month. Is Tivo worth the extra $ and hassle? [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 11:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Wireless webcam for PC/Mac?
So I finally got around to setting up my wireless video webcam. I like the camera, I like that it's wireless and streaming video, but I can't view the video from any of my three Macs, though it works with my Dell laptop. When I try to view from my Mac (on IE, Firefox, or Safari) I get the video page but no video. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

ISO respectable Momwear
Can you suggest some fall/winter clothes for me, given certain constraints? SAHM, suddenly muscular, don't want to succumb to sloppiness. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 11:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Podcast pointers and primers, please.
Podcast pointers and primers, please. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me see some of Europe!
I need advice for planning a trip to Europe next summer. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Where in NY can I get an ipod nano engraved?
Where can i get my ipod nano engraved in or around New York City (closer to Brooklyn ideal)? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Oh, this summer I did swan dives And jack-knives for you all
Mefi Mixtape Help! I'm currently in love with "The Swimming Song" by Loudon Wainwright III. Does anyone have suggestions for songs that are equally fun, carefree and generally badass? I tried the iTunes Genius playlist but it failed. Thanks in advance.
posted by beta male at 11:00 AM PST - 10 comments

insert page break into screen capture?
Printer filter: a Snagit screen capture of a web page yields an 8.5 x 22" (96dpi) document in Photoshop 7. What can I easily do (short of using Photoshop to break the one document into two 8.5 x 11" documents) in order to print it out as a two page document, thus keeping the same width? Photoshop, Snagit, and Windows Picture Viewer all want to print it all out on a single 8.5 x 11" page by shrinking the width and length, which makes the content nearly unreadable. Converting it to a PDF document yields the same result. So, what's a quick and easy way of inserting a page break where I want it into a screen capture (JPG or PNG format)? OS: Windows XP
posted by bbranden1 at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I travel between continents without emitting much CO2?
I want to travel, but I think doing so by airplane is unethical because of the associated carbon emissions and the inadequacy of 'offset' schemes. Is it still possible to travel by sea from North America to Europe or Asia? If so, how long does it take, and what are the associated costs?
posted by sindark at 10:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Does IE7-like RSS Reader exist for FireFox?
I love IE7's built-in RSS/feed reader. I hate, hate, hate IE7's slowness and general, overal crapiness. I would love to use FireFox, but I want the same kind of RSS reader functionality. Is there is a plugin or extension for Firefox that exists and works just like IE7's RSS reader? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Thats where you wanna go to get away from it all
Vacation Filter; Need help planning our family vacation. The vacation will be for four days at the end of October. The two destinations are the Bahamas or the DR! Please recommend all-inclusive resorts that will be fun for us. Our group is five people. (Two parents in their fifties, and four others in early to late 20s). Good restaurants, fun activities and maybe a bit of partying for the youngins :) thanks in advance!
posted by boyinmiami at 10:35 AM PST - 0 comments

Excel, talk to me in Numbers, not Korean!
Excel Language Issue: Why is it speaking Korean when I want English numbers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Rape records from early US history
Where can I find antebellum white-on-black rape statistics? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 10:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Intro to ethics through film
I'm creating a basic study guide for the topic of Ethics in Film. I have a basic list compiled. What are films that address a particular moral issue that you feel should be on this list? (Recommendations for a basic text as companion guide would also be appreciated.) [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 10:07 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I open PC volumes that my Mac can see on a Windows network but can't open.
How do I open PC volumes that my Mac can see on a Windows network but can't open. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm dizzy and I can't turn my head.
Low grade fever, intermittent sore throat, lots of dizziness, extremely stiff neck and upper back, and headache - what's happening to me and how can I make it better? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 9:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Appropriate salary for a legal conflicts analyst?
I am applying for a job as a legal conflicts analyst, and the employer wants me to list a salary requirement in my cover letter. Problem: I have no idea as to what figure would be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone suggest an upgrade to the eVGA 6800GT video card?
What is currently the fastest AGP video card out? I am on the fence about spending money on upgrading my computer, If i can find an upgrade to my videocard eVGA 6800 GT and more ram then I will most likely be good for now(playing warhammer online). [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggest Some Good TV Shows
I'm in need of quality 30 minute or less dramas. I have a 35 minute bus commute and find it annoying to watch only half a show. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Makeup lessons in San Francisco?
Where should I go in San Francisco to learn better techniques for make-up application? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Baking substitution for light rum?
I want to whip up an applesauce cake this afternoon for Rosh Hashanah (this recipe specifically). However, I don't have light rum. What can I use as a substitute that will make my cake just as yummy? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Lav Mics for the Outdoor Stage?
Lav Mics. What about 'em? We encourage our actors to cheat out, to be confident in their lines and to project. And yet, there are times when they need just a little more help being heard. So, here is a follow-up to a question I asked two years ago ... now that we've a little experience, if we decided to add lav mics to our audio arsenal, is there are make and model that you would recommend for theatre? For outdoor theatre? For outdoor theatre in a climate that can shift from nary a drop to downpour in under a minute?
posted by grabbingsand at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible to have a great, Carribean, resort vacation with an 18 month old toddler in tow?
Is it possible to have a great, Carribean, resort vacation with an 18 month old toddler in tow? [more inside]
posted by kilikina73 at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

How to have a calm and interesting trip with Mom
ISO ideas and hints for planning successful vacation with brainy, very (very) anxious widowed mother (mine) who is active, nervous, and 76. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

I am such a noob
How do I get better at first-person shooters on the Xbox360? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 8:56 AM PST - 22 comments

What is the name of this book featuring daring escapes and maybe some pirates?
Another remember-a-book question: it was published in the last 10 years or so, and features magicians. (Potential spoilers inside). [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 8:54 AM PST - 3 comments

dealing with belated grief?
My mom died when I was in college. Though she was in some sense a single parent to me and we were extremely close, I barely shed a tear about it since she died over six years ago. This past weekend, I'm not exactly sure why, but the dam finally broke and I've been overwhelmed with a tidal wave of sadness for the past couple of days that shows no signs of flowing back out. I have a couple of questions for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

I've lost her wedding ring!
I've lost the wedding ring! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 20 comments

College Radio, Reloaded
What does it take to get an internet radio station to appear in the "Radio" section of the iTunes software? Or, how do I help a college set up an internet radio station? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 8:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Cost of living in Bermuda?
I'm considering a job offer. It's in Bermuda. While the places obviously has advantages, the cost of living seems insane. [more inside]
posted by dhoe at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

the sun sets here
When is Torontohenge? [more inside]
posted by thenormshow at 8:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Ow.
Is my bed broken? It's breaking my back and my bank. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Can we survive in space with no protection?
Could people really survive in space, for 10 or so seconds with no protection bar thermal wrap? [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments

American South Road Trip?
Road Tripfilter! Is it feasible to drive from NYC to New Orleans, hitting stops along the way, without going insane? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 7:57 AM PST - 29 comments

1 travel bug + 1 back-to-schooler + love = ???
My long-term, wonderful partner wants me to be more flexible, to put off school, and to travel the world with him. At 33, I'm sick of moving, love my current city, and want more education. What’s the best way for us to negotiate our differing goals for the future? Has anyone out there been in the same situation, and if so, what did you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Visa issues with Cuba
Visa issues with Cuba. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the procedure for getting a 'certified copy' of my passport for the bank?
What is the procedure for getting a 'certified copy' of my passport for proof of identity for the bank? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the name for this style of art?
Is there a name for this style of digital art? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

From Russia With...?
Ian Fleming's "From Russia With Love"... how does it end? (possible spoilers) [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

What superpowers can I look forward to?
What can I expect in terms of side effects for radiation treatment of brain cancer? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 6:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Muscle building for the lazy home body
What is the best way for a fairly unmotivated but still moderately fit guy with a lot of time on his hands to build upper body mass in the comfort of his own home?
posted by zaebiz at 6:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Give me cupcakes or give me death!
Where can I find awesome cupcakes in D/FW, D.C., and Boston? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 5:18 AM PST - 29 comments

New baby - what to get now for 18th birthday?
Our baby daughter is nearly two weeks old. We want to do something special now for her 18th/21st birthday. We are doing a baby book with our thoughts about her now and will be putting some money aside into her UK child trust fund. Port seems so old fashioned and whisky so inappropriate. Any ideas?
posted by Bigbrowncow at 3:34 AM PST - 40 comments

Who's going to be the next Washington Mutual/Fortis/B&B?
How can I keep track of the health of European banks? [more inside]
posted by fuzz at 3:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Click here?
On American TV drama shows I have noticed that TV remotes make an audible click when a button is pressed by one of the actors. Living in the UK, I have never heard/seen this in real life. Do all American TV remotes click? Or is this just a dramatic device? UK TV remotes do not click. Why?
posted by JtJ at 2:09 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a good camcorder.
I'm in the market for an inexpensive (under $1000) camcorder but every spec on any camera brings up a thousand questions. 3CCD? CMOS? HD? HDV? MiniDV? BluRay? File formats? Still shots? Help! [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 12:28 AM PST - 6 comments

September 28
Has anyone tried speed dating?
I'm a cute, smart and determined 25 year old girl who is looking to try out the local dating scene. I've been looking into speed-dating, but I wanted to tap MeFi for any advice or suggestions. Has anyone tried speed scenarios like 8minuteDating? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 11:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a pseudo-cartogram of the world's largest cities.
Help me re-find a cartogram-like picture of the 100 largest cities by population. [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 10:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Startech syngas
Can Startech's syngas power a ocean capable ships engine? I am trying to determine if you could power an ocean going ship with syngas.
posted by Mr_Zero at 10:55 PM PST - 9 comments

sunset position prediction
Is there a site that will tell me the exact heading to which the sun will set for a given day and location? Obviously the sun sets in the west, but as the seasons change it sets in different locations, I need to figure out exactly where... [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm Only One Googler
I have a gmail account that I use in my personal life. I also have a google talk (gtalk) account that I use for work. They're two different usernames. Is there any way to combine them under a single google username, preferably the name I use for my gmail account? [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips at 10:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to learn about keyboard synthesis?
What are some good resources (books, sites etc.) to learn synthesizer techniques? [more inside]
posted by Me, The Snake at 10:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you get tree sap out of clothes?
How do you get tree sap out of clothes? [more inside]
posted by ShortHairyMan at 10:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you pronounce clavier?
How do you pronounce "clavier" as in Well-Tempered Clavier? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 10:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me keep my wife from going nuts on bed rest
How can I cheer up, amuse, and otherwise distract my pregnant wife who's just been put on bed rest at week 25? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Taking a toddler to hawaii
Toddler-friendly Hawaii beach vacation? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 10:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Anz ideas_
While talking to my friend, who was using gchat in gmail on a Mac, suddenly her keyboard started acting up. It didn't work it gchat, did work in rmails in gmail, and the kezboard is messed up for other things++ (y is swapped with z, and all sorts of other things.) The strange part is, she doesn't even know how she did it. Any Mac gurus have anz ideas_ (any ideas?) Particularly useful would be how to reverse the change...
posted by hAndrew at 10:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a Spanish ad.
Help me locate a Spanish-language political ad. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:48 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a place to stay in Manahattan!
If I were to want to get a good, sublet apartment in Manhattan (for just 2 months) starting in January 2009 through the end of February 2009--where should I begin? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 9:27 PM PST - 4 comments

$213 million? Seems to random...
This question always comes up with my husband and I when watching Boston Legal. How does the jury decide how much to reward in damages? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 9:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Forget Creationism, we should teach _______ in public schools!
Is there an alternative to evolution or intelligent design? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:59 PM PST - 65 comments

Insurance Cancels Allergy Drug Coverage
My insurance company (Blue Cross/Shield MA) is dropping all prescription drug benefits for allergy drugs in favor of over-the-counter medicine like Claritin. I have serious allergies and take Alegra 180. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 8:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a solvent for laser printer ink?
Is there a solvent for laser printer ink? [more inside]
posted by debord at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Snack attack!
How do you deal with post-meal "hunger?" That persistent snacky feeling... [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 8:24 PM PST - 22 comments

PMS pretty much sucks.
How do you deal with PMS, especially associated anxiety and paranoia? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka at 8:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Icky nail infection in NYC: Derm recommendations in midtown?
Manhattan dermatologist who can see me this week to handle an out of control icky infection (classic manicure-from-hell scenario)? The closer to Grand Central-ish, the better! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments

smelly cap, smelly cap
The baseball cap I wear at the gym gets soaked in sweat. And now it smells like mildew. Help. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Can my liver protect me from a lead bullet?
YANMD...Can my liver handle lead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 12 comments

There's a word for this....
What is the word that means setting the direction of the conversation by how you begin? (Benchmark, perhaps?) For instance, Paulson demands $700B without any oversight; the discussion becomes heated about how much oversight, how dare he, what oversight we should insist on, etc etc, rather than the amount of money, who it should be given to, and so on. More description follows, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 7:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Does Savagnin exist in the U.S.
How can I find wines from Jura in the New York and New Jersey area, ideally close to New Brunswick, and/or Atlanta. I'm only interested in the wines based on the Savagnin grape, specifically the Macvin du Jura, Savagnin, Vin jaune, and Vin de paille. I should also find rillettes de canard (or other animals), pre-stuffed escargot, miel (honey) and syrup of violate and/or lavender, but these items are less serious and maybe easier. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:40 PM PST - 5 comments

It cuts/prys/screws like a knife
Where to buy a Gerber Artifact in Toronto, or at least order in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger at 7:38 PM PST - 1 comments

Why Is Football Messing with My Reality
There must be a simple explanation for this, but I'm damned if I can figure it out: in televised football games, how do they get the digital line of scrimmage and digital arrows marking which down it is to appear as if they're underneath the players' feet and bodies? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 7:32 PM PST - 11 comments

What is a good job for a teenager that is good with computers?
I'm a highschool kid, good with computers, looking for an online job regarding computers? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 7:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Girlfriend wants me to get a shaggy hairstyle, should I?
My other half really wants me to get the modern shag hair style like Brad Pitt's. I have long hair at the moment and I'm not too keen on the change... I think it's too feminine (pink is not the new black) and outdated. Am i being too stubborn?
posted by jakubsnm at 7:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Music Videos
I'm interested in producing music videos... [more inside]
posted by god particle at 7:25 PM PST - 1 comments

Which Dune sequels and Gene Wolfe book to buy?
Help me choose a couple of my next books: Which Dune sequels and which Gene Wolfe book to buy? [more inside]
posted by ersatz at 7:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Are Australian online tax return services any good?
Australian MeFites: have you used an online tax return service and been happy with the results? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

My MacBook takes revenge on me for spilling bacon, beer and chocolate on it.
My MacBook (2 years old) logs me out as soon as I log in. Exasperated details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Doggy goosebumps
Are my dogs cold? [more inside]
posted by little miss s at 6:18 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the name of that toy?
I was born in 1971. I liked toys that allowed me to build structures when I was growing up: Lincoln Logs, Legos, Erector Sets, etc. But there was one toy my parents bought for me that I've not seen since and cannot find on the Internet, mainly because I can't remember what it was called. I'll try to describe it: [more inside]
posted by ampang701 at 5:50 PM PST - 13 comments

updating my ipone and "notes"
reformatting iphone and notes [more inside]
posted by femmme at 5:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Will my hand really turn skeletal?
HouseholdChemicalsFilter: Due to a latex allergy, general hatred of inner-glove dampness, I prefer to clean the house without using gloves. Am I putting myself in any grave danger? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 5:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help answer my computer question
I am living in a pretty shitty dorm without any wireless connection. They are also especially fearful of any downloading going on. Since I have to rely on their ethernet ports and they have all the pertinent information about my MAC address and my i.p. address is there a way for me to "anonymize" myself on their system if I should choose to partake in downloading a file (not an illegal one, of course) from bittorrent or even limewire. In particular I am looking for some opera records should be in the public domain and are probably located on bittorrent or bearshare.
posted by leybman at 5:03 PM PST - 14 comments

What now?
I was diagnosed with general anxiety three weeks ago. My first paper was due for college two days ago; I haven't started writing it. What are the best possible actions to take in this situation? [more inside]
posted by Alligator at 3:55 PM PST - 49 comments

Or is it the accent that dooms us?
So there is the stereotype (substantiated in my experience) that American girls love themselves some Brit or Aussie man-action. Where are the guys throwing themselves at Yank girls?
posted by dame at 2:45 PM PST - 42 comments

What is that thing
What is this creature? [more inside]
posted by sanko at 2:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Quotefilter: Who said something along the lines of "The way to know a people is through its artists"?
Quotefilter: Who said something along the lines of "The way to know a people is through its artists"? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

stainless cooking
I am transitioning to a Calphalon stainless cooking set, but everything is sticking to the pans, despite much olive oil. What are some tricks from moving from teflon/non-stick to stainless steel on a gas range?
posted by plexi at 1:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Help a clueless person run a simple program
A plea for help in installing/running a seemingly simple open-source program on a Windows box. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

have house, will travel
What are the legalities involved in buying a house and then dismantling and removing it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 1:29 PM PST - 17 comments

How Do I Drown Out the Noise My Neighbor Creates?
There is little to no insulation between the ceiling of my apartment, and the floor of the apartment above me. I am looking for a way to drown out the noise from my upstairs neighbor. Can anyone, for the sake of my sanity, recommend something that generates enough noise to drown her out? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 1:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find and fix my wifi card problem.
I've replaced my wireless card, but my laptop still intermittently locks up. The problem occurs whether I'm running XP or Ubuntu, and disappears when I disable the wifi in bios. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a nice to way to demand, "Please fix my hair so I don't look like I work at Hot Topic."
I just spent way too much money at the salon for highlights, and after a few days I realized that I am not happy with the outcome. Is there any standard recourse or should I just fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 11:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Know an artist named Arthur Seller?
Does anyone know anything about an artist named Arthur Seller? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 11:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Multicultural Breakup
The short end - my insecurity, slight bickering, possible anxiety combined with cultural/language differences pushed a great, overall, happy, loving/in-love, great sex relationship over the end. Now im hurt, of course, confused, and still want a future. HELP! [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 11:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Why does everything in my apartment get moldy?
Why does everything mold over in our apartment? [more inside]
posted by OLechat at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

It's compiling right now actually
How do you deal with a long compile time breaking your concentration? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Vocals + melancholy piano
Songs with vocals that have piano primarily as the background - ones that sound similar to Jade McNelis' "Wins" (link provided) [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Ed Miliband's banana
Can someone please show me a link to the (in)famous Ed & the banana pictures (Miliband that is). Discussing it here with friends in Northern Ireland and we have come up completely dry! Have they been pulled somehow?
posted by Wilder at 10:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Creepy children's book question -- probably Russian/slavic or Middle Eastern
Need help finding a book. I think it was a short stories collection. One of the stories was about a king that left his new bride alone when he had to go somewhere on business. He gave her a keychain with keys to all the rooms and an egg he told her to carry around... [more inside]
posted by icarus at 10:07 AM PST - 8 comments

How much electricity is my AC unit using when it's on "fan"?
Does my window air conditioner use just as much electricity on the "fan" setting as it does on the "cool" setting? [more inside]
posted by amro at 9:58 AM PST - 7 comments

What are some good blogs written by Californians about humanitarian projects in the area?
What are some good blogs written by Californians about humanitarian projects in the area? [more inside]
posted by cmyers at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

i'm wet, and it's not the good kind of wet
So we've had about 6 inches of rain in the past 3 days, and I think I need to buy an umbrella. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me duplicate this unique trophy
I am trying to duplicate a unique trophy any way possible. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Shower causing bad smell
An extremely foul smell (not a shit smell -- I can't place it) has been starting up in my bathroom a short time after the shower is turned on. It doesn't seem to be the water itself that smells, but I can't tell where the smell comes from. When the shower is off, the smell eventually clears and doesn't return until the shower is turned on again. Any idea what could be going on?
posted by Cucurbit at 9:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I learn about the stock market?
I've never had anything to do with the stock market. I would like to learn more about it. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What was the name of this brilliant classic film?
MovieFilter: Here's a vague one for you. Caught it on AMC circa 2005. Snappy, witty dialogue. Black and white. Definitely a film from the late 40s to early 50s. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

sad accesspoint drama.
Netgear access point weirdness. Wireless roaming. OMG, why does the AP do this and as a result cause my internets connection to connect/disconnect frequently? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 8:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Help cool my MBP so I might have children one day.
Suggestions for cooling a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 8:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Search Engines in Kenya / Nigeria / Saudi Arabia
Which are the most popular search engines used by people in Nigeria, Kenya and Saudi Arabia - other than Google / Yahoo / MSN etc. ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 8:19 AM PST - 1 comments

Recover a lost bag
I left a black and white Freitag bag on a Dundas streetcar in Toronto last night at about 10:45. I have already spoken to the TTC about steps to recover it if it was handed to the driver. What are my best steps to get it back if another passenger kept it?
posted by Manhasset at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Another movie ID question: Modernized Woman in White?
Movie ID help: old film, a woman in white, escaped mental patient, is hitchhiking.... [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 7:34 AM PST - 4 comments

workers comp for RSI?
RSI is crippling my arm. Should I get workers compensation help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 10 comments

I got ripped off by the person whose lease I took over. What should I do to recover my money?
I got ripped off by the person whose lease I took over. What should I do to recover my money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 19 comments

I broke my leg! Should I pursue compensation?
Personal injury filter: I broke my leg very badly--clean break of both tibia and fibula--while visiting my brother's apartment building in Brooklyn NY. I required surgery and a 5-day hospital stay. I will require months of PT and further ortho visits. I don't know yet if I'll lose any time from work beyond the week I was in the hospital, because my job is understanding and will let me work from home for at least a while. I cannot drive for at least a month, so I'm dependent on the kindness of my friends to bring me things, and as I live in a 3-story walkup (in Baltimore), I won't be going anywhere for a while. My question is about whether I should try to have the apartment building owner(s) contribute money toward what I expect to be quite a high amount. I'm not looking for damages--just for whatever my insurance won't cover. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 6:43 AM PST - 30 comments

what is the correct term for musician jump kick
What should I call it when a band is finishing a song and the guitarist hits the last chord while jumping in the air and jack knifing his/her legs back? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 5:27 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I update my menu without breaking the bank?
I would like to diversify my meal choices, but I can't afford to shop every week.... any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 5:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Can soap be made dirty?
Can an anti-bacterial bar of soap become "dirty?". . . [more inside]
posted by ws at 5:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Volunteer/work/study programs for toursits in Israel?
Things for a Canadian teen to do in Israel? (lots and lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by alona at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I build a working Etch-A-Sketch costume
I need to build a working etch-a-sketch costume for Halloween. How do I make the internal mechanisms, and how do I make a very large shake-to-erase screen? [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 3:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the likelihood of recovering data that has been deleted inside an OSX account that also has been deleted?
I know there are dozens of data recovery question on here, but nothing that appears to address my specific question. I have an Apple Powerbook G4 laptop running 10.4.1. In preparing to sell the machine I transferred a bunch of files across to an external drive, then deleted them, emptied the trash and deleted the entire user account (while telling it not to store a disc image of that account.) Since then nothing has been written to or deleted from the disk. Now I find that not all of my files were successfully copied to the external drive so I've lost a lot of data. In particular I would like to save just one folder full of Excel spreadsheets - my past few months of accounting. What is the likelihood of being able to achieve this, either myself or using a data recovery company?
posted by skylar at 1:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Portable pdf reading - what's the way to go?
What would you recommend for a compact device that reads pdfs? I've recently started train commuting and have 30 minutes on a regular basis to read. There are quite a few large pdfs that I read. I've been using a PSP but it doesn't work well. I'm currently looking at an ipod touch, eee PC, Aspire One, Nokia n800 and would consider anything else that people recommend. ( more inside ) [more inside]
posted by sien at 1:38 AM PST - 35 comments

Where's an affordable place to get married in Vancouver?
Where's an affordable place to get married in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 1:28 AM PST - 6 comments

September 27
parking brake woes
car help: parking brake stuck! I can't move my car... even to take it to a mechanic. [more inside]
posted by speef at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Winter container vegetables in San Diego?
What winter vegetables can I grow in pots in a warm climate? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Zoom me in!
How "zoom" is a 55-200mm zoom lens? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 9:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Wherefore foams?
What is the point of foams in modern cooking? Is it for taste, or presentation, or just to be innovative?
posted by smackfu at 8:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get there from here? (Lexington/Burlington MA)
I'll be travelling from NYC to Boston via bus or train (as yet undecided, probably bus) on Columbus Day weekend. That part is easy, it's getting from South Station or Greyhound in Newton to my destination that's challenging me. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 8:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Pushing the limits of PDFs. First, what are they?
When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 8:39 PM PST - 10 comments

I dont have time to be asking about this. I have stuff to do.
Help me get uninsane with prioritizing, please. I have a list of projects that would thank you for it. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Cozy sweaters in NYC.
Where can I buy a cozy warm/large/high quality/handmade old style wool/cotton sweater (not stylized or gender specific) in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 8:27 PM PST - 8 comments

VP Debates near the Smokies?
Where can I observe the vice-presidential debates next Thursday (10/2) near the Smokey Mountains (TN) or near Jonesborough (for the storytelling festival)? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 7:55 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I do about a threat-letter?
What should I do about a threatening letter, both personally and legally? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 7:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Liquid diet: alternatives to milkshakes.
In two weeks, I'll get both my jaws broken by my oral surgeon. Because of this, I might end up spending a full month on a liquid diet. Can you help me find some tasty alternatives to milkshakes? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:22 PM PST - 45 comments

Piano sheet music - breaking the chains
How do I learn to play piano by ear? [more inside]
posted by JParker at 6:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Help Me Date a Book!
How might one go about deducing the age of a book with no publication date printed inside of it? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I find out when the morning fog will be the thickest?
Date for thickest morning fog? [more inside]
posted by querty at 6:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I get this computer to force boot a CD?
I just bought a brand new OEM XP Pro SP3 install disc and it won't boot. Here's the rub: Computer runs an old MS Small Business Server and I want to wipe the thing and install my new OEM XP Pro, but the computer won't boot from the CD. Bios is set up properly. [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi at 6:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me fix my wedding photos!
Help me fix my broken wedding photos - need to remove the orange factor [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 6:00 PM PST - 19 comments

What is a good creative gift that I should give my girlfriend?
What are some good birthday gifts to get my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by jModug at 5:48 PM PST - 18 comments

A question for NY iPhone owners
NY iPhone owners: How's the reception in Queens (Astoria/LIC) and what's the bill once all the taxes etc. are included? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 5:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Where in Toronto can I find a 3.5" IDE to CF card adaptor?
Where in Toronto can I find a 3.5" IDE to CF card adaptor? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Women and Winter Boot Help
I am looking for suggestions from all you intelligent, practical women out there regarding good, solid, moderately not-ugly snow boots. I live in Colorado and last winter was a nasty one and the one before, even worse and I am hanging up my knee-high, heeled black leather boots in favor of something less life-threatening. I used to swear I would never wear Uggs, but they have some cute styles this year and if they, or anything else, work for you, please, share. Under $200 is where I'm at. [more inside]
posted by orangeRamona at 4:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Name of movie where woman kisses cannibal
WhatWasThatMovieFilter: Crash survivors wind up on a desert island. They fight. One of them fences off part of the island, then turns cannibal. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse at 4:02 PM PST - 12 comments

What interesting photographers should I know about?
Homeworkfilter: what obscure (viz. not Ansel Adams) photographer should I explore? Who is doing creative and (intellectually) challenging work that I might not be familiar with? [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 3:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Does Image Alignment Affect Perception Consistently?
In an image like this, does the alignments of the faces affect the viewers' perceptions or opinions of the people, and if so, does this cognitive bias for or against left or right carry over even to images where the faces are the same (Ie: "I think both people on the left side of either image look more trustworthy.")? Does the alignment of a single subject and addition of negative space also have an affect ("The woman in the second image looks meaner.")? I'm not so much asking for a referendum on these particular examples as I am curious about any empirical studies or statistics relating to this topic. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I access the drupal admin panel.
Three drupal questions 1. I disabled the log in form on the main page, now how do I get to the admin panel? (Please note, I have a local install of drupal, php, MySQL and Apache for Dev purposes.) 2. How can I create drop down menus? 3. Is there a way I can change the layout for a certain page? Such as I want the main page to be two columns while others to be one with tables or something to that effect for grid data. How can I do this?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 2:56 PM PST - 6 comments

B&M Asus sellers?
Where can I find an Asus eee pc tonight? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

He wants to be "friends" but still likes me? Did I kill the attraction?
He likes me.. says I'm cute, smart and does want to be intimate.. but doesn't want a relationship. What is wrong? [more inside]
posted by freshsprout at 2:23 PM PST - 40 comments

How do I save a script/content rich web page as a local file?
What is the best way to save a script/content rich web page for archival reasons from a remote server, locally? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments

How do i get a VM to share a local folder?
How do I get a vmware machine to mount a folder on it's host machine? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

MHTML blues
I have a huge collection of MHT files and would like to view them on my Windows Mobile or Palm device. [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

**
What is the history of the ∗∗ operator, used for exponentiation? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

good vibes
Tell me about ambient & instrumental music that features vibraphones, marimbas, xylophones &/or similar instruments. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 12:13 PM PST - 27 comments

To bail or buy?
If the credit crisis is caused by falling housing prices and excess housing inventory, why doesn't the government just buy up 2,000,000 houses at an average of $350,000 each ($700,000,000) and hold them until housing values rebound. If you're going to artificially prop up home prices, this seems just as efficient as handing the cash to banks.
posted by Crotalus at 12:12 PM PST - 24 comments

A new direction? Or stay the course?
Deciding on a life direction(and paging allkindsoftime, in particular!) [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 12:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I install Final Cut Express plugins/effects?
How can I install Final Cut Express plugins/effects? [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 12:03 PM PST - 2 comments

The audience chanted, "HECTOR HECTOR HECTOR."
Name that movie filter: What 80's dark comedy/horror movie did I see with the members of my falculty? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

0xUNDERSTAND
Are there any scripting / cli-compatible languages which decently provide or at least pretend to provide bit-math? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Names of the locations in these old slides?
Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the best way to hire an offshore personal assistant to catalog all my bookmarks?
A few times I have heard about offshore (usually India-based) personal assistants who can handle specific tasks for you at a low rate. What is the best way to hire one, and how can I hire one to categorize my bookmarks across all my computers? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

QuickTime? Flash? Who's talking about it?
Videos in pdfs: Stick with QuickTime, or switch to Flash? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 10:52 AM PST - 1 comments

It's never as good the second time.
I often lose text that I've written in a web page by accidentally hitting a link and page changes (instead of in a new tab). Is there anything I can do to always save the text on the previous page? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday.
I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday. [more inside]
posted by saucy at 10:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me Manage file downloads?
Does anyone know of a (Windows) program that can watch and folder and perform actions based on what files appear in said folder? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Ideas for a USA trip
I am planning on going to America for 3/4 weeks next year during July. We want to see as many of the amazing places/sites as we can in that period. So far, the sorts of places we have in mind: (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 9:45 AM PST - 45 comments

Mulching Mower vs. Autumn Leaves
Will mulching our leaves with our mower help or harm our lawn? [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 9:40 AM PST - 12 comments

New rendition of "Times They Are a-Changin'" by whom?
New rendition of "Times They Are a-Changin'" by whom? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to vacation in US Southwest?
Looking for a trek/hike/paddle/tour in the US Southwest for Christmas '08. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How can an older student without a psychology background get into a psychology PhD program?
As a (somewhat) older student, how can I best prepare to get into a clinical psychology PhD program? [more inside]
posted by sobriquet at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

...
What are some blues songs with genuinely depressing, ruin your mood lyrics/vocals?
posted by Pants! at 8:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Windows Vista Migration
When migrating to Windows Vista using a wireless network methodology via "Easy Transfer", does the tool COPY the information when migrating or does is DELETE the information from the old XP based server?
posted by ~Sushma~ at 8:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Take me out to the ball game, and no Miller Lite, please.
Where in Baltimore can I relax, grab a decent beer and watch the World Series next month? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 8:07 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop judging people?
How do I stop judging people and relate to them as equals? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 7:24 AM PST - 30 comments

Can public transit be reinvented to meet America's needs?
Can public transit be reinvented to meet America's needs? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 7:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Work is hell - square peg, round hole: what are my options?
Work is hell: I love the company and the pay, but hate my job and hate my boss. I'm looking to change careers, but what careers would fit my skill set? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Itchy Butt = Jock Itch?
My rear end itches. Could it be jock itch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Not invited to a friends wedding but everyone else is
A good friend is getting married. All of our mutual friends (and acquaintances) are invited, but me. How do deal with the social awkwardness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM PST - 38 comments

How safe?
How safe is Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

How to be grateful but to no one
Can one be grateful without any recipient ? [more inside]
posted by lahersedor at 5:39 AM PST - 22 comments

How to cure a retrobulbar abscess?
DisgustingAbscessFilter: Has anyone had any luck clearing up a retrobulbar abscess in a dog? We thought we'd cured with antibiotics. [more inside]
posted by mozhet at 5:20 AM PST - 7 comments

arrays of strings in C/C++
I am currently a second semester programming student and I missed class because of jail; I was trespassing. my problem is, in my structured programming class we are using C/C++ and I need to know how to make an array of strings: multiple strings stored in an array. can someone help or guide me in the right direction.
posted by phllip.phillip at 4:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Shod
Why do (some) (Western) women like shoes so much? What is it about shoes *in particular* that seems to inspire such ardor? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:43 AM PST - 36 comments

Is my flash drive dead?
Has my flash drive kicked the can? Windows Vista can't read it. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 2:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an infant doll that fits newborn baby clothes for my preschooler.
My 3-year-old is getting into dressing her Little Mommy doll. I've been using her old newborn clothes, but the dolls are too small. (And the stuffed animals are the wrong shape.) Can you recommend a doll that can wear the newborn clothes? [more inside]
posted by mausburger at 1:45 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this black thing I found on the inside of my orange?
producefilter: I found a black dot on the inside of an orange slice (the orange is not rotten). What is it? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 1:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Cool things. I needs them.
I'm looking for interesting and fun online stores similar to ThinkGeek, PerpetualKid, etc. Something that has unique, unusual gadgets, or home/office decorations. What are some such stores I might not be familiar with, or maybe previous threads that mention them?
posted by Bakuun at 1:36 AM PST - 9 comments

September 26
Where to buy cool posters?
What are the threadless-ish equivalent websites for posters, art objects, etc? [more inside]
posted by jhscott at 11:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Guide me to San Francisco
Single (straight) foreign guy in San Francisco, on his early 30s. What are some good places (watering holes, night clubs) to go people-watching without feeling down on being there alone?
posted by dcrocha at 11:36 PM PST - 8 comments

What do we call people who make us feel particular ways?
There are some people who make everybody they meet feel a particular way. I'm looking for adjectives that describe these people. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

it burns, it burns!
I just went to the bathroom to pee, and seconds after finishing I realized that I must have unwittingly touched some hot peppers when I was in the kitchen. Please help me stop this unholy burning. [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 10:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Do I need to pay rent for an apartment I no longer inhabit? I'm not on the lease, but these are friends.
Do I need to pay rent for an apartment I no longer inhabit? I'm not on the lease, but these are friends. Somewhat lengthy discourse to follow...bear with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Separating the men from the boys' bikes on Queen St. W.
For approximately the last ten years, whenever I have been down on Toronto's Queen Street West, I notice a number of very young men (age 18 to 21 give or take) riding boys' bicycles, sometimes with the seat jacked way up, but just as often not. Is there some reason why these young men are riding bicycles more suitably sized for a ten-year-old? I mean, any practical reason other than it being some sort of "Queen St. thing" and a trend? Perhaps such bicyles are cheaper, or easier to store, or there's some advantage when one is riding them? Or they've had some kind of freakish overnight growth spurt and just haven't got around to replacing their bikes?
posted by orange swan at 10:01 PM PST - 37 comments

I think I'd rather be shot with a tranquilizer dart...
I just got a notice that I have been selected for jury duty and will need to be available during a 10-day period during the middle of October. If I can't get out of it, what can I expect during this time frame? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 9:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Oh no! This parachute is a napsack!
I'm having what I believe are awful side effects from Vyvanse, and I need some advice from adults with ADHD regarding other drugs to consider, and how to deal until I can see my doctor. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How does an otherwise rational and intelligent person get suckered into Market America?
How does an otherwise rational and intelligent person get suckered into Market America? [more inside]
posted by kenliu at 9:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Generic Windows icons
How can I restore Windows XP Start Menu icons that have gone generic? You can see a screen shot here . I have tried TweakUI, and I'm at my wit's end about what to do. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't own the land I want to garden on.
Where can I plant a tree if I don't own land? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Bikes per household?
Bicycle per household statistics? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 8:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to give for Haiti
Where can I donate clothes for Haiti in New York city? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:17 PM PST - 1 comments

What are some of the best depression/anxiety related communities/forums out there?
What are some of the best depression/anxiety related communities/forums out there? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Assuming he has his glasses
Can Henry Kissinger play guitar? [more inside]
posted by subbes at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I stay or should I go? And by "I," I mean my money.
I've been meaning to switch from a large national (US) bank to a small local one for about a month now. Is it a good time or a bad time? [more inside]
posted by danb at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

apparently I'm the only person DARE worked on.
A good friend of mine, a habitual pot smoker, is staying with me for a couple of months. Do I have a right to ask him not to use drugs in my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 48 comments

Getting the money I was promised
How do I go about getting a raise my boss promised me before he was fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I do with this old laptop?
I'm looking for suggestions for both scenarios: The computer works, or it doesn't work. I'm waiting for a battery from eBay... Wikipedia says it runs OS 7. What can you do with that? A friend suggested I gut it and fit it with a Nintendo or Sega or something. Anything to spark an idea, and possibly where to look for how-to's concerning your suggestion, please!!
posted by photomusic86 at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I get pastis in the bay area?
Where can I get a decent bottle of pastis in the bay, preferably around Palo Alto/Menlo Park? BevMo didn't have it, and that's about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to alcohol.
posted by devilsbrigade at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Password for used iMac?
I have an old fruit-flavored iMac that I bought on eBay for $100. iTunes wanted to update itself, and I said OK. But now it wants a password that apparently was set by the original owner before it will update. How can I bypass this?
posted by megatherium at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Train a new sales drone.
Seeking advice on the art of sales. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find
I'm looking for inkjet printer paper (or an online printer) that will produce highly saturated color prints but isn't too shiny. [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 4:24 PM PST - 2 comments

I really don't want to go over my limit.
How can I tell what's included in the flat-rate bit of my vodafone blackberry, and what's coming out of my 500 MB? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:59 PM PST - 1 comments

How can I be mayor of Hooverville?
I have a good, stable job with a disposable income. What should I be doing to take advantage of the troubled economy?
posted by bingo at 3:58 PM PST - 27 comments

No TV! Online streaming for the presidential debate?
Where can I watch the presidential debate online? I don't have a TV! Can I stream the debate online? Video feed preferable.
posted by stance at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Web designers' top 5
If you are a professional web designer or developer: What do you consider the current top 5 or so websites in terms of visual design?
posted by signal at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

OS X and UPS?
OS X and a APC UPS - clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 2:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Lordy, lordy, I'm hittin' 40!
So I just turned 40. Rather than treating it like a midlife crisis, I'm viewing this as a new opportunity to get my second wind - to kill old habits that have left me sedentary and overweight, and to start new habits that will help me live a healthy and enriching life. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 2:56 PM PST - 16 comments

admins: intelligent rate-limiting of error notifications?
I have a web service that generates errors. Currently, each time there's an error, it gets sent to an admin mailing list. Is there an open-source tool that will summarize repeated duplicate errors, rather than generating a separate notification for each? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to win the election for my candidate?
To the undecideds, or those who believe they can put themselves in the undecided's shoes: What might persuade you towards a particular candidate, particularly in the form of anything a volunteer might be able to do? Would someone coming to your door help, or hurt? Phone calls? Voter registration campaigns, or offers of rides to the polls? Signs in yards and clever bumper stickers? Blog posts? Emailing everyone I know with video clips and transcripts? What can be done to positively affect your decision in the presidential election? In short, how might I, as a volunteer, most effectively turn you into decided for my candidate. [more inside]
posted by davebug at 2:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Walk-in medical clinic near Oak Park, IL?
Is there a decent walk-in medical clinic (i.e., urgent care center) near Oak Park, IL (Chicago area)? [more inside]
posted by new-xero at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Nukes… in… space…
To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
posted by Artw at 2:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Need a Cheap Guitar
What should I look for in a $50 guitar? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 2:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I watch the presidential debate tonight in metro Birmingham, AL?
Where can I watch the presidential debate tonight in Birmingham, AL? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 2:10 PM PST - 1 comments

My roommate/friend has no idea how to wash dishes, but he thinks he does, and I'm worried for my health!
My roommate/friend has no idea how to wash dishes, but he thinks he does, and I'm worried for my health! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 60 comments

any broth in brothel?
Is there any native speaker of English reading this for whom "broth" is pronounced the same in the words broth and brothel ? No joke. They aren't the same in my dialect, but maybe in yours?
posted by cogneuro at 1:37 PM PST - 82 comments

When two people want compromise but haven't been able to get there.
Have you ever gotten past what seemed like a major impasse in a romantic relationship? Something significant that the two of you, after MUCH thoughtful discussion spread over months, just couldn't usefully agree about? Did a couples therapist or other neutral third party help you? What else helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

How to cure sweaty hands?
My hands sweat even when I'm not nervous or hot. It's more of in social situations (even though I'm not nervous). Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 12 comments

The American Bar at The Savoy in London is closed - help!
Wedding anniversary in London - need suggestions for a classy place providing after dinner drinks, entertainment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find streaming news videos with captions?
Where can I find streaming news videos with captions? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 1:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Portable digital audio recorder in Seattle?
I am looking for a reasonably cheap portable digital audio recorder, on short notice, in the Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Does my female partner need to know about past relationship abortions?
Should I tell my girlfriend about the abortion in my past relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous account at 12:42 PM PST - 45 comments

Yep, another economy question!
Is the credit crunch (and every other economic crisis) an inevitable result of selfish attitudes? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Cooking party menus & ideas?
Menu/recipes for a cooking party? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 12:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Source code refactoring website?
I'm looking for a website where people post source code and then others comment on improvements.
posted by zzztimbo at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Firefox extension that lets me open links by dragging them?
i'm looking for a firefox extension that, when i highlight an in-text link (ex: http://www.google.com - one that is not hyper-linked) and drag it to the side, the link opens in a new tab. i don't want to have to drag it to the tab bar or a new tab button. i used to have an extension that allowed me to do this several versions of firefox ago, but i just can't seem to find it anymore. any thoughts?
posted by anthropomorphic at 12:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I be more supportive to an ex?
Am I wrong for not being supportive to an ex? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 12:04 PM PST - 43 comments

I know, I know - I shouldn't even be using Excel!
ExcelFilter: How can I create a spreadsheet that automatically copies a certain type of cell from one column to another? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What do I need for a bed?
I'm buying a bed for the first time and just got the mattress. Should I get a boxspring and bed frame, or just a bed frame or platform bed (same as bed frame?)? I was considering this ikea frame so it looks easy to disassemble when I move.
posted by lpctstr; at 11:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Are there singular/plural pairs in english with completely different spellings?
In French, the singular of eye is "oiel" and the plural is "yeux." Are there any nouns in English that have completely different spellings of the singular and plural like this?
posted by Crosius at 11:41 AM PST - 31 comments

How accurate is this dashboard light?
The "battery not charging" light on my dash went on; the mechanic told me I need a new alternator. Now the "battery not charging" light has turned itself off again. Does this mean my battery is, in fact, charging? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

My landlord had my car towed... from my own lot.
My landlord had my car towed... from my own lot. Can I sue? [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 11:38 AM PST - 13 comments

*, 1? 1, *?
Mixed footnotes: do numbered notes precede symbol notes, or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Turning folders into disk images on OS X
Automating turning folders into disk images in OS X Leopard. I'm starting to use Amazon S3 for backups, and rather than having a single big disk image for my photos, which would equate to 4.3GB, I would prefer to have single multiple folders to upload, and then be able to download/upload disk images as needed. I could then use then use the same process for my work related backups. Is there anyway to automate this process, or any utility which will take a folder and automatically turn it into a disk image of the same size?
posted by spyke23 at 11:28 AM PST - 1 comments

Lease "concessions" in Austin
Question about "concessions" on standard apartment leases in Austin/Texas. [more inside]
posted by cdavis at 11:26 AM PST - 2 comments

HDR on the Cheap?
How to produce some nice looking HDR shots for free? [more inside]
posted by Craig at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Service Dog in Training
What "tricks" would you teach a Service Dog? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 11:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Where has channel 9.5 in Seattle gone?
Anyone in Seattle who understands QAM television tuners? I get HD with my Panasonic for free on basic cable (the ones that are unencrypted). I've been very happy. But why has channel 9's HD channel (called 9.5) disappeared? How can I now punch in the numbers on my remote and get it? The website AV Forum has had trouble with passwords, and it's hard to navigate anyway, so I can't get in there.
posted by yazi at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Blackberry Curve ?
Why won't my new BlackBerry Curve send text messages? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Explain NetApp to me
Can someone explain to me as if were an idiot (which I am) what the company NetApp does? [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

VMWare: Web server on guest OS, accessed from Host?
VMWare Fusion as dev server: How can I set things up so I can access a web server running under the guest OS (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) from the host machine? Bonus points if it can be done without plugging into an ethernet network. [more inside]
posted by weston at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

No matter how many times it's explained to me, I'm not sure I actually get it.
I could use a better, clearer explanation than I've found so far of: What is a mortgage-backed security, and how does it (in theory) work? What does a "cash injection" by the Fed literally mean? And when a bank "buys bad debt," does that literally mean it just buys the contract that said debt was written on & tries to chase it down itself? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Locking down firefox in fedora
Fedora 9/Firefox Filter: So....Im trying to lock down the setting in firefox so that other users on the system cant change them. I cant find jack on how to do this. Help! Actually i did find something and it said to modify the firefox.cfg only problem is there is no firefox.cfg. Please help!
posted by flipmiester99 at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

How best to become an NLP practitioner
Considering becoming an NLP practitioner - are the courses bunk? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Steve Jobs, SUP-er GEN-ius...
Is there a downside to iTunes' Genius feature? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 9:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Obama/McCain on 60 Minutes. Screen captures available?
Last Sunday, CBS showed 60 Minutes in HD for the first time for their Obama & McCain interviews. Are there any screen captures of what Obama and McCain looked like on that show? One podcast I listened to this week commented on how poor McCain looked.
posted by jaimev at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

apples as a side dish
I have a lot of apples. I want serve them as a side dish with roast chicken. Anyone have a super-duper recipe for something like an apple chutney?
posted by Ollie at 9:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Win percentage?
What does 'win percentage', as displayed on polling site fivethirtyeight.com, mean, and how is it calculated?
posted by PTCHFRKR at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the name of this romantic black humor movie?
Whatwasthatmoviefilter - Mefites! I saw a short film online years ago. Please help me identify and locate it. Relevant details: Spanish language, musical, black humor, guy hitting on a girl through a song. high explosives. More details beyond the cut. [more inside]
posted by Parannoyed at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

An unusual intermittant wireless connection
Our laptop loses wireless connection, and only changing a wireless setting on the router fixes it (any setting). What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by Dr.Enormous at 9:17 AM PST - 4 comments

"Your hair is like a flock of goats..." "Ooh baby, talk dirty to me!"
Is there any sort of modern translation of Song of Solomon that actually makes this literary work culturally accessible? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:57 AM PST - 15 comments

What podcasts do you listen to?
What podcasts do you listen to? I'm on the hunt for some new podcasts to keep me entertained on the slowing-becoming-dreary-as-the-weather-turns walk to work. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:39 AM PST - 33 comments

How can I access a website that times out unless I go through an anonymous proxy server?
Suddenly, I can access a certain website from this computer only through an anonymous proxy server. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 8:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Beijing or Shanghai
This is something of a follow up to this question earlier this year. I've spent most of the last year working in China but haven't moved yet. Question is, Shanghai or Beijing? It's basically my option. I've spent a lot of time in both cities and both have qualities I can appreciate. What are your opinions, which city is more livable, and why.
posted by michswiss at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for skillfully-broken layout grids.
Looking for examples of design that begins with a strong grid but breaks or subverts some of its own rules while remaining legible and user-friendly. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Debate watching in Minneapolis?
If there is a debate to watch tonight, where can a girl get a drink in Minneapolis and watch it? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

From lighter to darker.
Furniture crafters and woodworkers: Is it possible to darken a stain on furniture after the fact? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Asheville NC - I'm looking for a unique place to live...
Asheville NC - I'm looking for a unique place to live... When I say "unique" I mean cheap ;) [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

DC pool search with subway access
I am looking for a facility with a swimming pool in DC [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 6:08 AM PST - 9 comments

What does $400 billion get you these days?
EconomyFilter: So I get that Congress is debating a 700 billion bail-out measure and things are contentious between the republicans and democrats. But what I can't seem to find out is... [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 6:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Ending concerts with concerti?
I recently came across an article (which, of course, is now lost to my browser's history) that offhandedly mentioned that traditional classical concerts rarely end with a solo concerto. Is this in fact true? If so, why would that be the case?
posted by sappidus at 6:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Hello Mary Lou, Good bye Heart.
I'm looking to put together a CD of Horror Movies' Cheesiest, Greatest Hits (i.e. the opening theme to Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the ballad closing My Bloody Valentine, etc.), but I've hit a wall. Help! [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 at 4:07 AM PST - 27 comments

picture printing and framing
UK filter: I'm looking for a printing and framing service. [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 3:23 AM PST - 5 comments

A Shaggy Gentleman
What is the difference between liking travel and being a global bum? [more inside]
posted by electronslave at 3:11 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me fix this tendinitis...with needles?
Can anyone recommend a good acupuncturist in the New York metro area? Stamford, CT environs also possible, but I have no car. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 2:37 AM PST - 2 comments

September 25
Help me take care of my family if it hits the fan.
I've tried to be a boyscout in preparations for everything. Oil and water in the car. First Aid and fire retardant in every room. Etc, etc. I've also tried to be prepared for what many call EOTWAWKI, the End of the World as We Know It. Not in a survivalist way by more in line with common sense. Now, I'm trying to figure out how much further to dive in. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 10:48 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I prevent my car battery from being stolen?
I live in a busy downtown area with street cleaning every other night. As such, I am required to move the car each night, and sometimes end up parking it on a street that is notorious for car theft/etc. Lately, somebody has been somehow popping my hood, wrenching off the battery cover, and stealing my car battery. [more inside]
posted by prior at 10:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Epic Interview FAIL. Now what?
I massively screwed up a finalist interview today. I got really nervous and just ... well ... babbled. In the interview before this one, the hiring manager (we'll call her Liz) had basically told me that I was the leading candidate for the job (which I really wanted) but that she needed me to meet with the area heads before she could make an offer. She even offered some advice on the best approach to take with this group. When I got in the room I just became tongue tied and talked all around the first question without ever really answering it, and things went downhill from there. Now I need to write Liz a Thank You note, and every draft I write is taking on a sort of apologetic tone. ("I'm sure everyone could tell how nervous I was....") In such a situation, what's the right thing to say or do now?
posted by anastasiav at 10:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember this MIDI device!
ForgottenFilter: Trying to remember the name of this MIDI controller/musical device... [more inside]
posted by maalsa at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Requsting rousing radio recommendations
Looking for recommendations on a compact AM/FM electric radio with digital tuner for under $50. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Can it happen again?
Is it possible to "win someone back"? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 8:47 PM PST - 23 comments

How safe is my sister in Bellevue Hospital's psych ward (in NYC)?
My teenage sister has just been admitted to Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric ward (in New York City); should my parents let her stay put, or have her transferred to another hospital? Is there anything they should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 8:36 PM PST - 15 comments

What's a Halusian Gulp?
What's a Halusian Gulp? And what does it have to do with fighter pilots? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Would you like to tell me about landing a date in Chicago?
Y'know what? Dating in Chicago is hard for a lady in her early thirties. I beg for wisdom. Won't you please tell me where to go to meet single dudes in this city of mine? [more inside]
posted by porkcake at 7:44 PM PST - 38 comments

Internet Loans during a credit crunch?
How is the credit crisis affecting places like prosper.com? Would it be smart to borrow/loan money there in an environment like this? With banks seizing up and me having some extra cash, would it be a smart investment to loan money to individuals directly? What about people having a hard time getting a loan from a bank? Is anyone out there using it right now?
posted by empath at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find genuinely black dress clothing that matches - shirt, tie, belt, slacks, shoes -- a seamless whole from three feet away?
Where to find genuinely black dress clothing that matches - shirt, tie, belt, slacks, shoes -- a seamless whole from three feet away? Obviously, this isn't an outfit one would have many opportunities to wear, but once or twice a year it would be entertaining to be able to dress stylishly but somberly in black. Black, not dark gray, but black. Like what you see when there is no light at all, black like blindness. Black slacks -- flat front because pleats are fussy (but reversed box are almost acceptable) -- with a shirt of black identical to the black of the slacks -- amazingly difficult to find -- black tie, black belt -- matte -- black shoes -- suede or matte leather. It's worth money to me if, by halloween, I can (at least in dim light) look like a floating head and two hands and depress undertakers. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 7:16 PM PST - 9 comments

What happens if a candidate goes off the rails a quarter-mile before getting to the station?
What would happen if a presidential candidate had a career-ending nervous breakdown a month out from the general election? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Boring Books
I'm trying to find incredibly boring books. The kind of books that you'll try to read, and can't help but space out. Bonus points if its in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by daboo at 6:22 PM PST - 80 comments

I want Thunderbird to ask what email address I want to use.
Thunderbird: Is there some magical way (plugin? manual tweak?) to have the "from" email account in new messages be blank so I'll have to select it each time I make a new email instead of using the last selected mailbox? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 6:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Need tattoo artis recommendations
Looking for a tattoo artist in SF Bay Area who can do a large intricate celtic knotwork piece. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How to record streaming presidential debate?
How can I record a video stream from CNN this Friday? [more inside]
posted by maus at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

New York City, rooms for rent. Scam?
New York City, rooms for rent on craigslist by agencies. Scam? ($125 Rent starting at: $125/ Weekly or $500/ Monthly) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

don't ask questions if you don't want to hear the answers
I saw something I wasn't supposed to see and now I'm not sure how to deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 42 comments

How do they un-see this?
So I gave my Grandma my old digital camera. I deleted everything off the disk but it seems there must have still been some either on the disk or on the camera's memory. My mom and dad just downloaded the pictures my Grandma took along with the ones that weren't deleted. Those happen to have been some naughty ones I would never in a million years have wanted my family to see. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 20 comments

how do i dump the woman i slept with last night?
how do i dump the woman i slept with last night? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 5:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Providence wireless data access?
Which cell phone provider has the best data access in Providence, RI? [more inside]
posted by raf at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Fingertips. Fingertips. Fingertips. (I hear the wind blow...)
What is wrong with the skin on my hand? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments

"Just say no" (now with a scarier argument)
My doctor just complained to me that every weekend one of his patients whom he prescribes concerta has a psychotic episode from smoking marijuana. What would cause this to happen? Are some people more vulnerable to this side effect than others? [more inside]
posted by Pseudology at 3:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Who really played the jazz flute for Anchorman?
Who is the person who played the actual music of the infamous jazz flute improv in Anchorman? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 3:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How Do You Make Friends From Strangers?
You've moved to a town very remote from any of your established social circles: you have no best nor casual friends nor any romantic relationships. You go into one or more meetings of utter strangers with whom you know you share some common interest (OneBrick, a Mefi meetup, a Meetup.Com thing, or something else entirely). What do you do — specifically, pretend I've got Asperger's here (no offense to those who do) — to take things from the level of "just an amiable conversation" to an actual friendship? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Blowing up tiny doodles
I have a variety of small doodles done with soft pencil on post-it notes that I'd like to blow up and print on oversize sheets of paper or card (something like 2x3' or larger sheets). The important thing to me is that the final image doesn't show evidence of halftone/screen dots. I'd ideally like the finished image to be just like a regular xerox. Does such a machine/process exist? Anything that can enlarge from a letter-sized original is good too. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Necklace Translation
Can anybody translate this necklace for us? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Half-arsed pork chop preparation! Help!
I have 3 pork chops which have been dipped in garlic butter and then dredged in panko. Can I now pan fry them or shall I bake them? [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 3:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Why won't CSS rollovers work for me?
I'm trying to put CSS rollover buttons onto my website. They show up just fine in Dreamweaver, but not on any browser. This makes no sense, about to go insane, more inside, etc. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 3:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Lake District Recommendations?
UKFilter: Planning a camping trip to the Lake District in October looking for suggestions and recommendations of places to stay and things to do. [more inside]
posted by Elmore at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to purchase a classical guitar on the web?
I'm looking to buy a classical guitar in the near future, i was wondering if anyone had bought a classical guitar off the internet and if so where? any recommendations?
posted by chelegonian at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How to pay copyrights for streaming music?
First question posted. Hope you can help :-) Together with a friend we are working on writing some online educational materials. As part of this we want to use snippets of commercially available songs and their lyrics (up to 60 seconds) and make them available on our website for streaming (not downloading!). Learners pay for access to the site (on a cost-recovery basis). Learners would access the site from many different countries. We've been trying to find out how to deal with the musical rights issues but don't know who to contact and who to pay, especially since our learners will be from all around the world. How do we find out if, and if so where, we need to pay to whom, and what? Thanks!
posted by sinbarambam at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Sources about the world of dog fights?
Help me research dog fights and the illegal subculture around them. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Bring the Right Thing to a Shiva.
Heading to a shiva this weekend. Need to bring something that is a) edible and b) has a big sign that says "kosher." [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Am I stuck with AT&T?
Am I stuck with AT&T? Comcast looks just as bad. Are there any ISPs in Chicago where I can get internet with a little bit of accountability? [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the point of the comment spam I'm getting?
I've got a personal site/blogg-ish thing and I get comment spam. The odd thing is that much of it doesn't contain any links. It's just some random words. What is the point of this? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

I Need to Book A Book, Right Away.
Need a book for a long flight. Would like to read Infinite Jest but that's not going to happen. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:59 PM PST - 33 comments

How can I get From Venice to Dubrovnik to Athens?
How can I get from Venice to Dubrovnik to Athens on a backpacker budget? [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Lists of things
Looking for artists, writers or blogs who work on lists of things. [more inside]
posted by OutlawedYeomen at 1:36 PM PST - 13 comments

How to prevent plastic roll static shocks?
How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find lower priced Criterion DVDs
What is the best way for me start my own Criterion Collection on a small budget [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 1:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Explain "Churchy Spice"
Explain "Churchy Spice". It's a nickname for Sarah Palin, but I don't get the joke.
posted by ryanrs at 1:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Remote desktop through LAN?
(I know you're not my helpdesk, but...) I'm trying to get some kind of "remote desktop" going between my laptop and my desktop. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

The closing is off, now what?
Help. My house closing, scheduled for tomorrow, has been indefinitely postponed since the seller's second mortgage is not going to be paid in full. I don't know what to do even though yes, I already talked to a lawyer. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:49 PM PST - 22 comments

These kids today with their boomboxes and hula hoops…
What are the biggest controversies/battles in elementary school these days between kids? When I was a kid, you were either a Superman kid or a Spiderman kid. A Flintstones kid or a Jetsons kid. Nerds (the candy) or Gummi Bears. What are the modern equivalents?
posted by ericc at 12:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Couch to 5K for bikes?
Is there a bicycling version of Couch-to-5k / 100 push ups? I'd like to do a century ride. I like goals and metrics set out for me in advance. Please lead me.
posted by one_bean at 12:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Bioinformatics basics and beyond
Bioinformatics filter: Suggestions for resources to get up to speed on current approaches in genomics and bioinformatics? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 12:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Staying healthy?
Something is going around, how do I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 12:33 PM PST - 23 comments

How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade?
How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade? [more inside]
posted by shamble at 12:31 PM PST - 24 comments

Quick Chinese query
Chinese translation question: 1.2 台幣每字 translates into "1.2 dollar per character" via Babelfish. What is it really? 1.2 yuan per word? Or something else? What is this likely to be in USD?
posted by Zinger at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

USA Recession for Dummies
I'm having a hard time understanding just what is happening to the US economy and why. I'm completely in the dark, I'm not familiar with the terminology, and I'm afraid. [more inside]
posted by ranunculus at 12:22 PM PST - 14 comments

3d table software
I'm looking for free software that allows me to put data in an 3-dimensional table/grid, and then lets me view it. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

UK police wants to search me on a public road - do I have a choice?
UK police wants to search me on a public road - do I have a choice? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't care who's wrong or right, I don't really wanna fight no more.
He said/she said, he said/he said, she said/she said - when do you give up on these kinds of arguments? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 11:45 AM PST - 18 comments

what made ancient canaan special?
Why was Canaan/Palestine/Israel such desired territory in ancient times? I'm talking before Jerusalem became an important holy site. Is it just because the area was situated between other important civilizations and was therefore a trading hub? It doesnt seem like it was exactly rich in natural resources. Also, why did Jerusalem end up being the capitol of the Kingdom of Israel instead of someplace like Jaffa which seems to be a more convenient location for trade?
posted by minicloud at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is my GMail down all the time? What can I do about it?
I've been using Gmail since it launched. In the past few months, I've been having LOTS of down time at times I know others are NOT having this problem. This is the page I see ALL THE TIME. Why am I so special? Is anyone else having this trouble? Is there any actual way to contact Google in a way that will get me a response? It's driving me NUTS!!
posted by abbyladybug at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Help setting up an office pool
I would like to start on office pool on a number of questions, like "How long until our boss quits?", "Who will be the next President?" and other questions. Can anyone think of a free on-line tool to set this up?
posted by jestonb at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Sustainability consulting and design - how to start?
Interested in the field of sustainability consulting and design - questions and concerns inside [more inside]
posted by rmm at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get drunk and watch the debate?
Anybody know of any bars in Toronto that are screening the presidential debate on Friday? (Assuming McCain doesn't cut and run.)
posted by Beardman at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Passport needed for travel to Puerto Rico from the US?
A friend from China is planning a trip to Puerto Rico. She is now in the US on an F1 visa, but it is not multiple-entry. If she flies directly from the US mainland to PR and back, does she need to show her passport and visa? Is there a possibility she will be denied entry to PR, or back to the mainland? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Best method to remove the glass cover on a vintage ad clock?
Help clean my clock! I need suggestions on how to safely remove the convex glass on a vintage ad clock in order to clean the inside and get the bugs and dirt out, then reassemble it. [more inside]
posted by kuppajava at 11:18 AM PST - 0 comments

My maid-of-honor invited her parents without my permission
Asking for desjardins: My maid-of-honor (MOH) invited her parents to the ceremony, which is fine since they can watch her young son, but she also asked if they could stay for the dinner, and share her hotel room (which I'm paying for). I reluctantly said OK, but I'm wondering if I should ask for recompense from the parents? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Where to find small footprint SKB-like case for apartment-based outboard gear?
Where can I find a truly small footprint rack-mount device organizer thing for my outboard music gear? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Switching. Do I want a Macbook or Macbook Pro?
What will best suit my needs: a Macbook, or a Macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 10:47 AM PST - 20 comments

What price should I sell text links from my website?
What price should I sell text links from my website? [more inside]
posted by jrholt at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for twitter widgets for mac
I am looking for a twitter widget that is compatable with mac osx 10.4.9. Anyone have any recommendations? spread the love
posted by citybuddha at 10:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How much does tattoo removal cost?
How expensive is it to have a small black tattoo removed from someone's shoulder? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

A question about timing, my 401K rollover, and the Wall Street bailout plan.
A question about timing, my 401K rollover, and the Wall Street bailout plan. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 8:57 AM PST - 8 comments

A tattoo as permanent resource.
I have some space available for my next tattoo that I'd like to fill with some sort of reference piece (i.e. a perpetual calendar, a conversion table), but I'm having a hard time thinking of anything beyond that. Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 8:47 AM PST - 54 comments

Tips/Tricks to subconsiously sell my house!
What are your offbeat tips for selling a home? Bonus points if they actually worked for you. [more inside]
posted by specialnobodie at 7:16 AM PST - 44 comments

What to get my best friend and her husband to be for their wedding?
WeddingGiftFilter: My best friend is getting married in 2 weeks and I'm kind of at a loss about what to get them. I'm quite close with the groom as well, knowing him for the last several years. In fact, I became an ordained minister and will be officiating their marriage on the wedding day. Help me pick out a gift! Details follow. [more inside]
posted by miasma at 5:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Hive Mind, Make My Internet Go!
What is my Mac doing that suddenly won't allow me to establish a PPPoE connection? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 3:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Sci-fi spitting in Mona Lisa's eye
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov at 2:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Give me my old Final Cut Express!
How do I get Final Cut Express to export straightforward 1280x720 HD videos from my Sanyo Xacti HD700... like it used to? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 2:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Q:what does a timpanist do? A:hits a big-ass drum
I've unexpectedly found myself playing timpani for a local open orchestra. Any tips on tuning/technique? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:01 AM PST - 7 comments

When in Trelawny, Jamaica, ?
Does anyone have any insight into the township of Brampton, in the Trelawney Parish district of Jamaica? Beginning Friday, I'm spending the next 10 days there. [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 1:50 AM PST - 4 comments

September 24
Help me remember this PC game from the 90's!
Help me remember this PC game from the 90's! It was a French game, named something like "Fantasio", but I can't find anything about it online. [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 11:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Firefox greys out my text. Grrr...
Why does text tend to be dark grey in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 11:44 PM PST - 9 comments

The little people and the big old fashioned car?
Here we go with another one of those 'help me remember something from a bizarre series of random images' questions! When I was a kid (we're talking approx 1973 to 1978, with maybe a year or two on either side) i had a record that came with a storybook. From very vague memory, you listened to the record and you turned the pages of the book in time with a specific sound (though I could be wrong). Here's where the memories get very random (all of the following may or may not be true): the story involved tiny people, they lived in a forest, next to or near a house, children lived in the house (or were visiting the house), with an older man (a grandfather?), who had a big old-fashioned looking car. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 11:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Mum thinks it's OK to sub-contract childcare - what do you think?
Perspective filter: When my Mum is caring for my baby, is it reasonable for her to have someone else, who I don't know, care for him? Angst and hair-pulling follows. [more inside]
posted by lottie at 11:33 PM PST - 53 comments

Is my macbook screwed or just my wireless?
My macbook can't find my wireless connection. It was working perfectly for the past three weeks, but now it won't connect (I've only had teh internetz for those three weeks). [more inside]
posted by nunoidia at 11:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Melissa's missing song
LostSongFilter: I have a recollection of a song at the end of a Melissa Etheridge CD. After an extended period of silence, a spoken word piece about going sneaking into her lover's apartment when lover wasn't home...Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 10:09 PM PST - 5 comments

The Right to Bare Arms
How can I best lose some excess upper arm flab? [more inside]
posted by troika at 10:03 PM PST - 13 comments

I really don't like the soft focus effect
I'm going to be taking photos this weekend in an artificial ski field, (mixture of cold and warm environments), the people facilitating the event have said that last time they had someone shoot at a similar event their lenses fogged up when moving between the snow and the heated cafe. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 9:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Suck the Chrome off the bumper
How do I move the "other bookmarks" folder link from the right side to the left side of my bookmarks toolbar when using the Google Chrome browser?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Cold weather and male “shrinkage”
Is there any way to reduce male “shrinkage” in cold weather? (possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by quantum eclecticist at 9:35 PM PST - 27 comments

food for thought, synonyms
hi everyone i am curious of what one calls food that is in the process of being digested. or of nutrient being assimilated by something. as in when someone says "food for thought", what can that stuff be called? ...though, while id be curious about any manifestation of that idea, i'm particularly curious about figures of speech involving the food animation of the concept...
posted by plants at 9:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Cabo San Lucas Mexi-Fun
Cool stuff to do in Cabo, Mexico? I am heading off to my first real vacation in 10+ years in just a few days, and so looking forward to it. Though relaxing on the beach and reading good books would be totally fine, I am hoping some MeFites can contribute a few cool off-the-beaten-trail ideas beyond the normal touristy things. [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me locate a transcript of this clip.
Please supply me with a transcript of this Australian interview. [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 9:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Why does this riding stable give me the creeps?
Am I right to have a bad feeling about the horseback riding stable where I'm taking lessons? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Amphibian Identification Query
Can anyone identify this little tan frog I found at my grandparents' house in New Hampshire? It was approximately 1"-2" long. Many thanks!
posted by ktoad at 8:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Anyone know this book?
Trying to find/remember a childrens book from my childhood (I'm 33) in which there were either hippos or elephants having a run-in with an evil sultan. I think the animals got shoved into a tarpit or something - a bit intense....
posted by H. Roark at 8:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Ameritrade screwed me?
Shorting ban, Options trade filter: I bought put options on Washington Mutual back in July. I held the contracts until right before expiration intending to exercise... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 8:16 PM PST - 15 comments

updated adwords ebook
Is there a continually-updated ebook about AdWords/Paid Search marketing that's worth buying? [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 8:14 PM PST - 1 comments

Best method for producing electronic sports arena drawings?
SportsGeekFilter: I'm interested in making high resolution stadium seating charts for my local sports venues. I want to include more than just the basic section number info (like row, seat #, possibly bathroom data). Right now, my tool kit seems limited to lines, boxes and curves (ala MS Paint). I'm struggling with the shape and scale. Am I stuck doing this from scratch or is there a software program out there that can help me? [more inside]
posted by shew at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

DVD player that isn't hostile to end-users?
Can you recommend an upconverting DVD player with component output that ignores region coding and allows me to perform any action at any time? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 7:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Rotary Dial Awesome-o Mobile Phone GO!
I have found someone who can build me a mobile phone out of a rotary dial telephone. But Sparkfun doesn't really have a one-stop shopping list. Help me decipher exactly what parts from this article i will need and also please recommend a good antenna I can use that will give me the best reception but also be cell-phone-tiny. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 7:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Mystery super-chill song ID
I guess the planets are aligned today: I have another song ID request. This is a chill song with only synth and drums, about 90-100 bpm, with a lazy, plainsong female vocalist singing something like "mix-ing a cake", "it won't bake". And an unintelligible recurring rhythmic sprechstimme lyric which I'll represent here as "drop the doctor for may". Any ideas? Google's giving me cake recipes.
posted by aliasless at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

inDesign/Photoshop/DIY comics question
self-publishing/layout question: I've drawn my comic to have 8.5" X 11" (21.6 cm X 27.9cm) dimensions. I want to shrink it down to fit in a 17cm X 26 cm comic book. [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 7:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How to keep cats from bombing our yard?
How do I keep cats from crapping in our front yard? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 7:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Taste like chicken, but with poison
Should-I-eat-it-Filter?: It's not bad or old, but it was growing in poison ivy. It is a wild mushroom. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 5:29 PM PST - 35 comments

Wedding Woes ... for Grandma anyway.
I'm getting married in Seattle next summer. My 98 year-old Grandma lives back in St. Louis and cannot possibly get to Seattle due to her ailments. She's on a warpath about it. How would you approach this? [more inside]
posted by diablo37 at 5:28 PM PST - 27 comments

I don't want to call India again...
Why does my DSL connection keep dropping connections? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 5:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How does my online banking fob work?
How does my online banking fob work? Does it get numbers over-the-air or does it generate the according to some math I don't understand? Background: to access my bank account on the web, I need to use the little electronic fob CitiBank sent me when I registered for online banking. The device generates a six-digit number every minute or so. But where does that number come from? Is the fob generating or receiving it?
posted by subpixel at 4:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Who knows my blood type?
Who knows my blood type? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 4:45 PM PST - 17 comments

A video example of joual, please!
Can anyone recommend me a good video clip (youtube or otherwise) of the Quebecois spoken dialect "joual"? I'd like to show my French-speaking European friends just how different from normal spoken french it is, but I can only speak a few words of it (my normal French is quite good, but I've never lived in Quebec so haven't picked up the slang). I tried the typical search for "joual" and "quebec slang" but didn't find much. Any suggestions?
posted by Planet F at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some great Pedal Steel recordings?
What are some great Pedal Steel recordings? [more inside]
posted by scose at 3:47 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I drink it?
How long would a pitcher of iced tea made from store bought juice crystals last (ie. Nestea) in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 3:35 PM PST - 11 comments

My dog wants to change his name, too. I'm marrying him next week.
How do name changes work for same-sex marriages that are not federally recognized. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Need Part-time Job advice for college student in Gainesville
Need Part-time Job advice for college student in Gainesville [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Song ID: 2 am emergency call
Another Song ID: I want to be your 2 am emergency phone call [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 3:20 PM PST - 0 comments

What is good long-term storage for pencil-and-ink illustration work?
I've been drawing a lot lately (pencil and ink on Bristol board, 13x18" max). What are good solutions for storing all of this art for the long term? I'm concerned about archival quality and protection from fire/water damage. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can ten of us eat brunch in Toronto?
TonontoBrunchFilter: Where can eight to ten people get a table brunch, in Toronto, on the weekend, preferably in the west end. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

My room too bright. Please help.
What part of my window do I hang the dang blinds from? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Making crunchy bean goodness?
Suggestions for recipes for crunchy, spiced snacks using Chickpeas? lentils? other bean-type stuff? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Christianity and Liberalism
Can a person be an evangelical Christian and still be a political liberal? This may sound like a simple question but I am open to any and all answers...I find my political views excepting a very few far right beliefs all fall far left....do I have my ducks in a row or do these two worlds necessarily conflict....and yes, I am voting for Obama.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:55 PM PST - 58 comments

Zulu, no lullabies
I'm looking for powerful, blasty Zulu-style a capella that is not Ladysmith Black Mambazo or covers of "Wimoweh" (Mbube). [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 2:55 PM PST - 10 comments

FEMA-related dramatic tales
Please recommend some interesting media (specifically articles, books, movies, documentaries, mini-series) about the people working for FEMA. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 2:54 PM PST - 1 comments

Who said it?
Does anyone know the derivation of the phrase "let no good deed go unpunished" ? Who is it credited to and to what were they initially referring?
posted by Mr.Me at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Name-that-song Filter
What is this song? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 2:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a computer/the internet SAVE my analog grandparents money?
How can two elderly people SAVE money by switching from a disconnected, analog lifestyle, to a connected, digital lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Turkey is a vegetable, right?
Last Thanksgiving, the sight of the raw turkey brining in the fridge tipped my wife from being somewhat "icked out" out by some meat (specifically, uncooked and bone-in cooked) over to being a (lacto, semi-ovo) vegetarian. She is uncomfortable with having turkey in the house at all this year -- but to me a Thanksgiving without a turkey seems hardly a Thanksgiving at all. What to do? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier at 2:23 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I fool the rss feed into not updating?
Is there a way to update information on a website that has an rss feed and have the feed not show the pages as "updated?" I have a collection of news releases that were inconsistently showing some information. I made them consistent, but the next time I update the rss feed, every news release I did this year will come up as new. Any way to prevent that?
posted by answergrape at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comments

Alien books.
There was a book that I remember seeing when I was growing up on fictional extraterrestrial life that I can not now find. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

visual studio
The command window (in XP) flashes for just a second and then goes away when executing "Hello, World!" program written in Visual C++ express edition. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I learn the Visual Studio way of thinking about software development?
Visual Studio for the confused: I've inherited a C#/ASPX Net 1.1 application from what appears to have been some fairly low-skill software developers. The language, systems environment, and cleaning up the software itself aren't problems, but what the hell am I supposed to do with all this IDE stuff? I need learning resources. [more inside]
posted by majick at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I find out if a certain address has power yet?
Does zip code 77006 (in Houston) have power? How could I find out if a certain address has power yet? [more inside]
posted by rmless at 1:37 PM PST - 13 comments

How to merge (not replace) NTFS permissions using Robocopy
I am currently attempting to migrate files from an NT 4.0 file server to a NetApp filer appliance. Our current copy process (using Robocopy) will replace the target permissions with the source permissions. We would prefer to merge source permissions with target permissions, leaving any differing target permissions intact. [more inside]
posted by MrHappyGoLucky at 1:27 PM PST - 2 comments

REAL online degree, not Faux!
Credible online degree program needed - I want to get a degree in graphic design, but really need to do it online. Any suggestions for a CREDIBLE college to go through? Anybody gotten a degree this way that regrets it? What about those of you that loved it? (I hope this isn't considered chat - I really NEED some help here!)
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Does not compute.
Computer/ Heat Sink filter: Why does my computer turn on for a few seconds then shut off? [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

When should I change my 401K investment strategy from active to passive?
Given today's equity market conditions, when should I change my 401K investment strategy from active to passive? [more inside]
posted by shinybeast at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone know where this quote came from?
"We are gods because we are good men, and we know everything because we started first with knowing our self." Does anyone know who said this? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Programming Language for an Engineer
What would be the best programming language for me to learn for use as a Water Resources Engineer? [more inside]
posted by warriorengineer at 12:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can my family go to have a sandy, sunny, inexpensive Christmas?
Where's a warm, sunny, beach-y, relatively inexpensive place for my family to visit over Christmas? [more inside]
posted by timoni at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Marcel Mauss Quote
I'm looking for the origin of a quote attributed to Marcel Mauss for a friend. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me lift a friend's spirits
I'm looking for ways to brighten a friend's day(s), using mostly the internet and also my cellphone. Quirky videos. Funny one liners that are only a text message away. Inspirational and moving pieces need apply. Anything goes here, as long as it is tasteful. This is for someone in her early thirties who is going through a rough patch in her life. Thank you.
posted by captainsohler at 12:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Dammit! I liked that fish
Help save my clown fish. :-( [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

____'s Law of Bureaucracy?
Obscure political science filter: What is the name of the political science/urban studies law [___'s Law] of bureaucracy that states that, over time, agencies have a tendency/need to invest much of their energy and resources into sustaining themselves, often at the cost of more completely and directly fulfilling their original missions? [more inside]
posted by lunit at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

What are my cheapest rental transportation options?
Is there such a thing as a cheap rental car? I'm headed down to Florida for Obama, until the election is over. [more inside]
posted by metamush at 11:07 AM PST - 21 comments

HTML mail but you don't have the font -- what do you see?
If I send someone an email in HTML format, using a font (Droid Sans Mono) that the recipient (who has a client set to read HTML or Rich Text email) does NOT have installed on their machine, what do they see? Does the recipient's client choose another font automatically? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

1) web-site idea, 2) ??? 3) The Awesome
Can the hive help me get a web site started? I have very specific ideas, but I'm a dinosaur when it comes to everything about the insides of websites. [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 10:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Anything for the top of my head?
So I really like the fit and style of Twins Enterprise fitted baseball caps, but I want something without team logos on it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Perfect Nomadic Travel Gear
I am looking for the perfect nomadic traveling gear. I am a graphic designer, medic, gardener and have just finished a seasonal medical gig and am free till March. I want to live out of 2 bags, right now I have a Mac Book Pro, a 500 gig external firewire hard drive, an ipod 30 gig, a Brenthaven bag, a Nikon D-70 (a little large). [more inside]
posted by aisleofview at 10:29 AM PST - 8 comments

For-profit trade association
We want to form a 'for profit' trade association. Several of us (in my industry) think we should be represented by a trade association, but all the research I've done so far points to associations as 'non-profit' organizations. Is there any reason why a commercial company can't set itself up as an industry association and sell memberships and attempt to represent it's members ? (in marketing and regulation and public education, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my cactus sick?
My cactus has developed a couple of lesions on its body and all along its base (where it enters the soil). They look like brown, dry patches. I have been keeping it in the window sill at all times and I've only watered it twice in the 5 weeks that I've owned it. Does anyone know what these lesions are? Is my cactus sick? Is there any way that I can save it?
posted by saslett at 9:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Grant Writing -- Is it a good career?
Grant Writing -- Is it a good career? I would like to hear from anyone who has earned a living providing grant writing services. Is it hard to break into? Is there a steep learning curve? What do you like and dislike about the work? [more inside]
posted by valannc at 9:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Test My Mettle
How can I test and build up my strength, tenacity, and courage. As far as I can see, there are limited opportunities to test my mettle in the corporate world ( besides calling out some a**hole in the boardroom ). I am looking for things to do that will put me to the test and see what I am made of. I am thinking along the lines of CrossFit, 'Man vs. Wild', high stakes negotiation, or skydiving. The only time I can really remember being tested was a fight in 10th grade and the hazing I went through in University. How can I earn a badge of honor when I spend most of my time in a cubicle. I would prefer answers that would not involve the risk of certain death, although I wouldn't mind getting the living sh*t scared out of me. I also wouldn't mind pushing my mind or body to the limit. I am willing to travel, spend money, bleed, and cry.
posted by kaizen at 9:16 AM PST - 54 comments

No air blowing out of the vents in my house! Is my HVAC unit hosed?
My heat pump / air conditioning unit (HVAC?) is not blowing in my house. I have a programmable thermostat. When I walked past it this morning it said 80 degrees. I bumped it down a couple of degrees and waited to see if it would kick on. No such luck. The unit outside ( the condenser I think.... large box with a fan on top) did turn on but nothing is coming out of the vents. Anyone have any idea what could be wrong? I am getting ready to have to spend some serious money on a replacement? Thanks!
posted by pleuroma at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Anyone taken computer based GRE?
Anyone taken the GRE computer based General Test? I am computer literate, however having never taken a test on a computer I am kind of freaked out just by the sound of it. Will there still be paper for me to write problems out on? Can I skip a question and come back to it? Has anyone taken the paper based test and the computer base test? If so how do they compare?
posted by bilbo baggins at 8:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I browse iPod playlists by ALBUM instead of artist or song?
How can I browse and listen to iPod playlists or genres by ALBUM instead of by artist or song title? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Mobile-to-POTS convertor?
How do I hook up a mobile phone to a regular, POTS "hard phone"? Most of the time, I'm at home and it would be easier for me to use a regular, large-size telephone instead of craning my neck to try to use the little mobile phone that I have. If it matters, I'm in the USA and have Sprint.
posted by Electrius at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Get me out of PeoplePC
PeoplePC, a cut-rate ISP, known for making it very difficult for people to cancel their accounts, is, as might be expected, making it difficult for a relative to cancel his account. The task has fallen to me. I've googled a bit about this, but wonder if anyone here has experience or knows a good way of getting this cleanly and quickly done. Thank You.
posted by DarkForest at 8:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me do sums.
Stupidly simple math question. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Songs Without the Title in the Lyrics
What songs don't have the title in the lyrics? [more inside]
posted by AloneOssifer at 8:00 AM PST - 60 comments

Need help getting Brother MFC-5460CN scanner to work with Ubuntu Hardy 64AMD
Need help getting Brother MFC-5460CN scanner to work with Ubuntu Hardy 64AMD. Oh, and I'm really tech challenged, so a step-by-step would help. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 7:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Oh, snap!
KillingFilter: Death by neck-snap? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse at 7:52 AM PST - 20 comments

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible
Phill Niblock. Peter Hansen. Jóhann Jóhannsson. Terry Riley. Distant trains. Find me more gorgeous, drifting, droning horns, please.
posted by mykescipark at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Mac server backup software
Getting some Mac servers and looking for suggestions on backup software. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:36 AM PST - 10 comments

When to use C# keywords
Help me understand keywords in C# functions. [more inside]
posted by zobot at 7:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Help us with a name for our business
After many weeks of consideration, my wife has decided to start a Spanish translating/tutoring business. Everything looks good, we've done our research, we're moving into an area where Spanish is taught k-12, we...just can't figure out a name for the biz. Help [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 7:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Is Website flipping a good idea?
Is website flipping really a viable business model? A recent article in The Times UK sparked my interest. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Decrease spam reaching Gmail inbox
Why is more spam getting through to my Gmail inbox lately? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

I need to get a grip!
Any tips on making my expensive shoes grippier? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 5:54 AM PST - 12 comments

How to jettison jetlag?
I'm travelling on a short trip to New York, from the UK. The last two times I've travelled to the US (Las Vegas, New Orleans) the first few days of my break have been ruined by jetlag - waking up at 4am and being zombified by early evening - but, this was ok because they were 10 and 14 day holidays. However, my trip to NYC is for 3 days. How can I try and combat this on such a short trip, without losing the couple of days I have in New York?
posted by metaxa at 5:42 AM PST - 14 comments

AIG Life Insurance...Problems?
Aaaargh! I have AIG Life Insurance (in Canada). Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

directory listing flash mp3 player
Is there a free flash mp3 player that I can place in a directory on a web server and have it automatically make a playlist of the contents of that directory and play them? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Analytic/Isolating languages in Latin alphabet?
Analytic/Isolating languages that have standardized, highly phonetic writing in the Latin alphabet? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 5:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How do |I go on?
If my partner, a widower, wants some space to try to get over the death of his wife of 20 yrs, yet he can't tell me how long it will be, what am I meant to do? [more inside]
posted by ffazniah at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Library (API) for the website snapshot
How to save a snapshot (image) of a webpage programatically. [more inside]
posted by chexov at 4:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Roommate gone bad
Another roommate gone bad situation. She walked out on a lease, left utilities bills behind, cleaned out the apartment and took a TV and DVR that didn't belong to her. Ugh. [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 3:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me buy a new mobile phone
Help me buy a new mobile phone please [more inside]
posted by minifigs at 3:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Can Obama take part in UK politics?
Calling all UK political experts - my better half wants to know-if Obama doesn't make it to President as the USA, is he allowed to move to the UK and run as leader of a political party there? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Where the wealthy ride out the storm.
Where does Dick Cheney have his money now? I remember a couple years ago reading about how Cheney was 'shorting' the dollar (betting against it's continued good health). It struck me at the time as cynical, sure, but also indicative of better financial advice than I get. So, where's he squirelling away his money now? How to find out?
posted by From Bklyn at 1:16 AM PST - 5 comments

September 23
Buying a cell phone abroad & using it in other countries later
If I buy a cheap, pay-as-you-go cell phone in Guatemala to use while I'm traveling there, can I then use it in other countries I visit later - and which ones? Is it as simple as replacing a SIM card every time? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Guide my Aioli
What do you like to do with aioli? [more inside]
posted by lore at 10:25 PM PST - 15 comments

whats the hype about cutting up concert posters
In the film HYPE, why does that guy keep on cutting up concert flyers, and what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

A Signature Style
I want to be able to write an impressive signature, much in the style of some aristocratic 19th century English speaker. But I can't find any images collections with these kinds of signatures, in order look at them and get ideas or mimic them for my own signature. Surely the Hive-Mind knows if there's a source out there with this kind of info?
posted by archae at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

WELLS FARGO IS EVIL.
Wells Fargo just royally screwed me during one of the most difficult financial weeks of my life, putting me in a position where I won't even have food money or enough gas money to get to work -- until next TUESDAY! I'm spitting mad. My questions are twofold: 1) I want to know if there's anything I can do to turn this situation around now or do I have to just wait; 2) My money problems are temporary and I'll be in the red within a year. Is it possible to complain or make a statement about this episode with Wells Fargo that would ever be heard? Should I just bitterly move on and take my business elsewhere, feeling like a victim? 3) Do you have a bank that you recommend doing business with instead -- one that treats customers with actual respect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 38 comments

Peace and Sirenity
I need a siren whistle, in Vermont, by Friday. [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Who took these remarkable photos?
I am really taken with these images, and I'd like to know the name of the photographer and where I can get prints or at least larger jpegs. (some images NSFW)
posted by tomble at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

What's a good rapid reaction strategy to implement before leaving the office for the last time?
"We're going to have to let you go." What do you do before leaving your boss's office? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd at 9:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Yet another NYC restaurant request, but with details!
Yet another NYC restaurant recommendation request: Taking ~15 colleagues out to dinner, walking from Times Square (46th&Broadway), looking to spend $20-30 per head, and be able to make a same-day reservation. Tall order, but bonus points for an NYC experience not available in Toronto/Montreal. [more inside]
posted by anthill at 8:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me buy this thing.
Anyone know where I can buy this planner online in Canada? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 8:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Bimodal or am I biased?
StatisticsFilter: how can I find out whether my data is bimodal? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 7:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me help my friend help his partner...!
Southern Ontario Filter: Any good, inexpensive places to buy a guitar for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I found out if I'm divorced?
How can I found out if I'm divorced? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I see a website's file tree?
How can I browse a website like how it would be if there weren't a "index.html" or similar file? That is, see a directory-type listing of the files in that directory? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get more organized and disciplined in my life?
I've plenty in touch with my inner child. How can I get in touch with my inner adult? I just want to be more disciplined and do the things a grownup needs to get done. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Dots and Don'ts
Is there a rule as to how many ...'s are supposed to be placed at the end of a sentence which is to be continued? [more inside]
posted by gman at 7:06 PM PST - 22 comments

How does Zabasphere work?
Does anyone know how Zabasphere works? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 6:56 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to be seen at 6 a.m.
Now that it's getting dark and wet here in the Pacific Northwest, what can I wear to be both visible and dry on our early morning and late evening dog walks? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Will this drug kill my cat?
Will the drug that my vet prescribed kill my cat? It's unapproved for use in the US. [more inside]
posted by Braeog at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Do waiters and waitresses mind people writing for a long time in cafes?
Don't servers hate it when people camp in coffee houses and cafes for hours to write? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 6:20 PM PST - 35 comments

What would it take to make a cabin?
How cheap is it to build a small house in the middle of the woods? Can someone with no carpentry skills do it? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 6:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to store a U-Haul truck in Las Vegas?
Where in the Las Vegas area can I safely keep a U-Haul truck stored overnight that I've packed full, in anticipation of leaving the next morning? I am coming from out of town, loading up a storage unit, and will be staying at a hotel, but uncomfortable leaving the fully packed truck in the hotel parking lot overnite. Thanks!
posted by america4 at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Marriage counselor in Atlanta
Can anyone help me find a good marriage counselor in the Atlanta, Ga area?
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Insurance screw-up, who's resonsible for the fine?
My friend's car was totaled in January by a drunk driver. She sold it back to the insurance company and bought a new car. Somewhere, someone screwed up: her car insurance was never switched from her old car to her new car. She was, however, able to switch her tags to the new car and register it. Nonetheless, until last month, she was paying insurance on a totaled car that she no longer owned. She just got a fine from Maryland Vehicle Administration for 2K+ for having tags on an uninsured vehicle. What should she do? [more inside]
posted by spaltavian at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Can Nonprofit Founder Board Members Obtain Salaried Positions within Same Organization?
Board Members who founded non-profit want to obtain salaried positions within the same organization. How is this handled? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Save my client from building an Internet ghost town
How frequently do users of community-based sites abandon their registration attempt? And how does that correspond to how painful we make the registration process? [more inside]
posted by centerweight at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

The economics of travelling bands
I'm told that for bands, the money is in live gigs - not much comes in from album sales. However. I was at a concert in Los Angeles recently, full house of about 500. Three bands, of which two had recently played Coachella. $25 general admission. This, to me, seems like terrible money. What's really going on? Help me overthink my plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 5:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Finding older books
Penguin Classics -- I HATE the new cover design. Do you know any good places where I might be able to find older versions (with the parchment colored background and the black rectangle on the front)? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Cleaning scale from pool tile
How can I best clean hard water scale from pool tile? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Nuvaring and oral sex
Is my partner ingesting any amount of estrogen from my Nuvaring? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

I can haz Mozart too?
So, please help settle a dispute between myself and my boyfriend about Mozart and the musical capabilities of the average American. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 3:53 PM PST - 32 comments

Can I charge a digital camera battery from America in a different country?
Can I charge a digital camera battery from America in a different country? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't feel my toes...
Do you stand for long periods at your job? If so, how do you handle it? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:42 PM PST - 18 comments

iPhone 3G unlocking for any sim card problems.
iPhone 3G unlocking for any sim card problems. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm going to the Mitten and I'm gonna get wedded...
Any little last-minute details I'm missing in the 18 days before my wedding? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 3:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Yeouch
I have wasps on the outside of my house, on the southern facing side only, so I'm assuming that they're basking in the last burst of warmth. However, it's getting so bad, that I'm worried about potential overlaps in the wasp/human worlds. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 3:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this scholarship award nothing but burgers?
Wendy's High School Heisman Student Awards Program...nothing but burgers? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 2:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Why drag feet on divorce after separation
Why might people wait so long to get divorced, when at least one party definitely wants it. [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 2:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Should I buy now?
In the market of Buying a Condo in the Los Angeles areas and want to know how to research best. Need to find out sites that keep me up to date with the housing market, when its good to buy etc...for with the economy right now I don't really know what to do.....please help [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 2:08 PM PST - 5 comments

How can my wife and I enjoy better sex in the morning?
How can my wife and I enjoy better sex in the morning, when I wear out quickly and she can't get on top? (Possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I override CSS from inside the BODY of the website?
How do I override a website's CSS with a snippet in the body? The most common example of this would be the elaborate re-designs people do to MySpace pages using the profile field, though I've seen it elsewhere (even, briefly, here.) [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments

affordable and eco-friendly DVD packaging options?
I'm looking for affordable and eco-friendly DVD packaging options. [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Oxide + Bicycle: ???
I washed my bicycle and foolishly left it to dry in the sun. Now, the exposed metal has started to oxidize. Is there anything I can do? I know it's still dirty, I haven't finished yet.
posted by Memo at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Put some English on it while not at English?
Ok, Chicago mefites...what are your suggestions for bars near Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Square that have a reasonably chill atmosphere, accessible pool tables, and reasonable drink prices? [more inside]
posted by moitz at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

What’s a Single Girl to do with 2 months off?
In the not so distant future, I will hit 7 years with my employer, which entitles me to the company benefit of 2 months off, with pay. I have been saving (I have about 5k set aside for this) and I want to start making plans within the next 6-12 months. Until recently, I had been spending the time and saving the money planning a trip for two as my ex receives the same benefit at the same time. [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty at 12:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Apple dish ideas?
Apple picking filter: What are some delicious and healthy recipes that use apples? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 12:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Reading Rainbow
Help a friend survive in Reading, PA. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Receiving Google Apps mail in Outlook 2000
I'm having a great deal of trouble receiving my University email in Outlook 2000. My University uses Google Apps, which allows me to use Gmail as my webmail service, but does not assign me a Google or Gmail account. The domain of my email address is myuniversity.edu, not gmail.com. For this reason, Outlook does not recognize the username and password that I use to log into my email (through my university's website). I have tried following gmail's tutorial (complicated by the fact that they don't offer one for Outlook 2000) with no success. I've tried reporting my incoming mail server as both pop.gmail.com and pop.myuniversity.edu. Any ideas? Did I miss any important info?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a new pair of stirrups
I'm looking for a new pair of hard rubber stirrups for my exercise bike. [more inside]
posted by cjets at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Why did mac & cheese not agree with me?
Am I allergic to something food-related? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 19 comments

I live in New York City and my computer has just shit the bed.
My computer has just shit the bed. I live in New York City. I have very little money. Can anyone recommend a cheap place where I can get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Handling boooooring times. How do people do it?
How do I deal with boredom in situations where I have to sit or stand for long periods of time with little stimulation. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 11:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Which states are losing/gaining college graduates?
I am looking for an article or a study, which I only dimly remember, that was a statistical/demographic account of which USA states had in-migration or out-migration of people with college degrees. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What would happen if a state (RI, purely for the sake of argument) were to secede from the US?
What would happen if a state (RI, purely for the sake of argument) were to secede from the US? Brainstorming for an alternate-future-history book and more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 11:39 AM PST - 34 comments

Is my understanding of the CDS market correct?
Is my understanding of the Credit Default Swap market correct? [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Warm (and Stained) Leatherette
Faint but visible blue handprint on white leatherette couch...help me, Heloises! [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Sweet, sweet blood sugar...monitor
Diabetes-filter: Which continuous glucose monitoring system is best? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Talking points for BBC TV interview on role of Internet in U.S. politics
I've just been asked to be interviewed for a popular show on BBC TV to talk about the role of the Internet in U.S. politics for this campaign cycle. What are some succinct and intelligent talking points I can follow without sounding like I'm talking out my arse. [more inside]
posted by camworld at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

maybe I should just clean my glasses
37" widescreen LCDTV viewed from 12' away, do my eyes have the resolving power to justify getting a Blu-ray instead of upscaling DVD player? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Pie Chart Makeover?
Pie Chart Help. How do I make my pie charts look like this one? [more inside]
posted by kjars at 10:52 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do over Columbus weekend in Dallas?
In Dallas TX for an extended weekend over Columbus day. What to do? [more inside]
posted by ets960 at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

LibraryOtherThing?
Is there a LibraryThing-ish website with a better interface? Like more Netflix-ish, I can do single-click "add to my library" (or wish list or whatever) anytime I see a title? Or check boxes instead of one title at a time? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Tuesday, 12:45. Mood: weird.
I’d like to track my moods for a few weeks. How should I go about this? What should I record, and how, and is it useful? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I get websense to undo a nonsensical "sex" block on my boring blog?
Websense has apparently blacklisted my personal blog (my whole domain, in fact) for adult/sex content, which is pretty strange. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 10:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Help with Movie
I'm looking for a 1950-ish science fiction movie. In the scene I most clearly remember, a man and a woman are on the bridge of an alien spaceship. She is a Russian mathematician and he is a pilot. The ship is being remotely controlled and is automatically flying through the solar system. It becomes clear that it is on a collision course with Saturn. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Vegas, baby, yeah!
Where should we eat dinner in Vegas on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by msali at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Two Americans on AT&T heading to Chile for two months, what do we need to know to use our iPhones?
Two Americans on AT&T heading to Chile for two months, what do we need to know to use our iPhones there? [more inside]
posted by adrock31 at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Where oh where has my wifi gone?
What the WiFi?! My wireless network has gone insane, and it's about to give me a nervous breakdown. Please, please, PLEASE help. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

How to find out if MBA is the right thing for him/her to do?
How to find out if MBA is the right thing for him/her to do? I'm contemplating to do fully employed MBA (FEMBA). Doing full time MBA is out of question for me. Lot of former MBA students advise to find out whether this is the right thing for you to do, before you get in. [more inside]
posted by tvjoshi at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone remember the names of these obscure artful films?
Does anyone remember the names of these obscure artful films? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann at 9:46 AM PST - 12 comments

How to sell home baked goods?
I am a culinary student in NYC studying the art of Pastry. I would like to start a small home business and make pastries to sell at local craft fairs. Does any one know how to go about this? How do the laws and regulations differ for home baking versus commercial baking? Is it even permissible to bake at home and sell at craft fairs? Would it be easer to rent out commercial space and then sell at the fairs? Help would be appreciated. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Stagecraft at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Cerebral Psychosomatic Scramble Stasis
Looking for specific songs that have a very particular, idiosyncratic quality to them... [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 9:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Diagnosing intermittent connectivity problems
I'm experiencing intermittent periods (several hours every couple of days) where web pages are extremely slow to load and/or hang while partially loaded. How do I figure out what's causing the problem and fix it, ideally without wasting a lot of time on the phone with my ISP? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 9:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me parse my Rock Band options!
Thinking about taking the Rock Band plunge, but there's so much to think about! Help me decide what to buy and when! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Will it *really* be impossible to tether the new google phone?
While tethering is officially unsupported on the new Android phone, there is no Apple-style remote-app-killing service. Is there anybody out there familiar with the Android SDK that could tell me if tethering this phone to a laptop to share internet is impossible? Is it something physically unsupported in the SDK, or artificially blocked out by T-Mobile? Or will there be an app out like, 10 minutes after the phone is released?
posted by excitementMD at 8:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Will Streaming Music Ruin My Neighbor's Life?
My neighbor kindly gave me the key to her (Airport) wireless network Pt 2 (Pt 1 here). OK - so I'm on, in Ubuntu, and I've been streaming lastfm for the past few days. And then just now I thought, "am I slowing down her network access by streaming music whilst she's online?" Or is the difference negligable? My prime concern here is that I don't want to repay her kindness by ruining her life.
posted by forallmankind at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I prevent yeast infections while taking antibiotics?
Has anyone prone to yeast infections been able to protect themselves while taking antibiotics? I want to start taking antibiotics (doxycycline) to treat my acne. It's my last resort. However, I am extremely prone to yeast infections. Will taking acidophilus supplements be enough? How much to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 19 comments

How to win friends and influence soccer moms, the book?
How to win friends and influence soccer moms, the book? Looking for a good reference to sharpen social skills. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

The secret of Omar lies in this missheard line, oh indeed
The Wire, season 2, episode 6: What does Omar say to the prosecutor right before the theme song starts? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Know something about Rental cars? Know something about New Orleans?
I have a trip booked to South Carolina on October 17th. When we get there, we will be renting a car, driving to Alabama to visit family, and then finishing our trip in New Orleans. I'm looking for advice on how car rental agencies work w/ regards to reservations, and hotel/location/activity recommendations for first-time visitors to New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I (screen) capture my competitors? And my site?
I'm looking for an awesome screen capture utility/firefox plugin/web application/any solution to take screen grabs of my site and a couple competitors every few hours. Anyone have any awesome solutions? Google shows a lot of options and lots of screen capture for video options, but I suspect the hive mind knows the best one for my situation. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac-compatible USB speaker/mic for Skype?
Mac-compatible USB speakerphone for Skype use? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre at 7:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Graphic Design
How do you freelance graphic designers find work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 12 comments

How to live together more harmoniously?
Living together: questions about money and space [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Baby you can pick my car
Help choose a car for an outdoorsy, environmentalist city dweller on a budget? [more inside]
posted by xaire at 7:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Boston-based medical journal?
Looking for the name of a Boston-based medical journal that specializes in narrative feature stories about new and interesting stuff in the world of medicine. [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Rautavarraesque?
Classical Music Filter: What composers would I like if I like einojahuni rautavarra? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 7:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Who should I vote for?
Canadian living in the US trying to educate himself on Canada’s October Federal election. Who should I vote for? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 6:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Skeleton stripper
Help me find an animated short where a human stripper dances for aliens, and ends up stripping off her own skin until she dances as a skeleton... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

How to teach film making to a teenager?
I've been asked to teach a one time, one hour high school class on the fundamentals/elements of film making. What aspects of film making would be most exciting for them and with no film making gear how would one go about teaching it? [more inside]
posted by glasskey at 6:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Selling a business
What's a good revenue multiplier for the sale of a software company that has an annual turnover of $500K ? And please explain why
posted by mattoxic at 6:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Why doesn't my cat understand I have an alarm clock?
Every morning, my cat decides I need to get up at 6:30AM, and proceeds to put his paw under my door and claw the hell out of it. Between the scratching noise and the fact that the door rattles in its jamb, it's been getting me up well before I am ready. This has thrown off my sleeping pattern tremendously, and I want it stopped. It's not a case of needing to go to the bathroom or wanting food, so I'm at a loss. How can I stop my cat?
posted by deezil at 5:12 AM PST - 32 comments

No heating this winter: What now?
How do I keep warm this winter in an unheated apartment? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 5:10 AM PST - 43 comments

How to get an iWorks serial number in Romania?
How the hell can I get an iWorks serial number so that I can save documents, while I'm here in Romania? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 5:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Book suggestions gratefully received.
ReadmeFilter: Desperately in need of suggestions for books for upcoming Europe trip. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 at 4:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me fix my iPod.
My 5.5G iPod Classic, which was working fine at least 3 days ago, has decided that it's not going to output sound anymore. Not through my earphones, not through a dock... nothing. On screen it says it is playing a song or a movie or whatever but the accompanying sounds do not come along for the ride. What might be the reasons for this, and how might they be easily fixed here at home (instead of a trip to the repair shop)? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a place to sleep.
I'm currently backpacking through Europe and was given an invitation to Oktoberfest for this Friday. I'm really excited about this, but can't seem to find any places to stay that aren't booked or very expensive. I'd like to spend Friday and Saturday night there, giving me the opportunity to see the rest of Munich. What are my options in the area to find a place to sleep? Are there non-hostel options or perhaps one that isn't well known?
posted by defben at 4:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Active Holiday end October?
I'm looking for a holiday destination. Last weeks of October where I can hike (mountains), bike (atb) and learn diving (padi). No resorts or too much luxury, just basic accomodation. I'm alone so it would be nice to meet more travellers. Doe you have suggestions?
posted by beemsterman at 3:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with your kids....
I believe being a "good parent" is being patient yet firm when dealing with your kids (idealing never showing temper or losing it- my partner thinks it's normal and healthy to show anger at what he feels is inappropriate behavior. Any one know of studies (or how to find such studies) that research that topic? The focus is babies and toddlers. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 3:30 AM PST - 21 comments

How to work for the United Nations ?
Do you know anybody who is working/have worked for the United Nations, and what they did to get such jobs? I'm specifically referring to jobs that are mostly non-humanitarian in nature. [more inside]
posted by joewandy at 2:36 AM PST - 8 comments

I know I recorded it somewhere
How do I maintain a successful personal diverse information tracking system? How do you find what you know you kept? I want my information in one place, where I can search it. (This is not about GTD or keeping track of my responsibilities and tasks). [more inside]
posted by b33j at 1:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me cheer on my Cubbies from afar!
Will the MLB postseason be available for [legal] online viewing this season? [more inside]
posted by globetrotter30 at 12:03 AM PST - 6 comments

September 22
Red light special
Lighting question - I'm looking for the lights featured in the first few seconds of this youtube clip... [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 10:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Free Birthday Ideas
The Spousal Unit knows I like to be made a fuss of on my birthday and is happy to oblige, but this year we're low on cash, and he's a little lost. I'm trying to compile a list of fun, cash-free (or very cheap) things to do, so he can pick a couple and run with it. We are in Portland, Oregon, and mostly homebodies. I'm a voracious reader, and lover of all things spooky, and general ideas are great.
posted by frykitty at 9:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
In short, What are the best books (especially books), movies or other media about Vietnam that you know of? (Including the French War.) [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Whose line *IS* it, anyway?
On the 100th episode of [the Drew Carey edition of] Whose Line is it, Anyway?, "Scenes From a Hat" was played. Colin said something that was bleeped twice. Would anyone know what that might have been? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 9:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Swishing LED metronome?
Does anyone know of a "Swishing LED metronome"? [more inside]
posted by Dub at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this Canadian National Film Board animated short.
Help me identify this Canadian National Film Board animated short. [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

I'll gladly pay you Monday for a gigantic profit on Friday.
Why do the lenders give short sellers the stock? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do straights use the word "partner"?
I want to know more about the use of the word "partner," especially for straight couples... [more inside]
posted by iliketolaughalot at 8:33 PM PST - 68 comments

You gonna answer him, Punkin?!?
A friend told me an awesome story the other day. I'm wondering if it's true or not. See, these researchers put a bunch of domesticated cats in a room... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 8:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Want to buy Japanese clock from Heroes
HeroesFilter: Where can I find a clock from tonight's episode (season premiere)? (No spoilers, but if you didn't see, you probably can't help) [more inside]
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a utility to tag mp3 from file path / filename.
What's a good (preferably freeware) application for tagging my mp3 files based on filename and file path? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 8:08 PM PST - 10 comments

I need help writing a letter to my congressmen about The Bailout!
I need help writing a letter to my congressmen about The Bailout! [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust at 7:21 PM PST - 22 comments

It's a ring thing
I think my nuvaring is improving my complexion. true? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:02 PM PST - 9 comments

"it's getting very hot, we'd like to get out now..."
Short public access film: man asks eggs if they want to go for a swim, but they're too cold in the pan of water, so he turns the heat up, and they start to scream. What was this? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 6:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Will an FM transmitter from the US work in the UK?
Will an FM transmitter (to listen to an MP3 player in the car) bought in the US work in the UK? What about the cigarette lighter adapter? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Career Help
Help finding the right career. This is not looking for a job I have one of those but I want to know what careers I should be looking at. [more inside]
posted by CollegeNelson at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I get a local US number that redirects to an international number?
I need to have a local US number that redirects to an international number. It doesn't have to be toll free. It should be able to redirect to a landline or a mobile phone. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by carofowler at 6:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Where should my motorcycle and I go?
Oh hell yeah, I got a motorcycle! I live in DC, and even though I can get anywhere I need to go on the metro + bicycle I'm going to use it to commute. Because that's awesome. But, what kinds of things can I do that I couldn't before? I've always lamented lack of access to a car (zipcars are expensive) and I love taking motorcycle trips, so what are some of your must-see destinations in the DC area (within 200 miles)? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 6:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Laptop Brick Quick!
Random shot-in-the-dark-question: A laptop brick for a 4-year old Thinkpad on short notice outside of Boston? I just checked into my hotel, realized I forgot my power brick, I have an hour of battery life - help! Thinkpad t41, a fast solution appreciated. Thank you!
posted by swngnmonk at 6:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Possible to verify printed out ACL ticket?
My friend is looking for a one-day pass to ACL (Austin City Limits) on craigslist. She found some one willing to sell her one, but it is a print-out ticket. Is there any way to verify it or is this a bad idea? The ACL website warned against this, but I thought I'd see if anyone on here had any ideas. Thanks!
posted by meta87 at 6:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Teachers, students, and the Internet
Do teachers have their students use the Internet? [more inside]
posted by unreason at 6:24 PM PST - 23 comments

OH HAI WE UP IN YUR FOUNDASHUN BRAKIN YUR HUOSE
A company did additional work they were not authorized by us to do to our house, and now our house is broken. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Cellphone plans for texting rather than talking?
I love my Treo (smartphone), and I use it for everything - except for making phone calls. Are there any plans out there that privilege texting over speech? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 6:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Also, .docx can bite me
I need a website that will allow 20 people to quickly and easily view 30-40 short documents, without having to individually download them all. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What good is baby food for someone with no babies?
What can I do with baby food (besides feed it to a baby, of course)? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 5:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to fix my bag in NC?
Where can I find a place that does leather repair in the NC Triangle area? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 5:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Superhero Help Needed
Imagine coming up with an idea for a new superhero, but having little artistic talent. [more inside]
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a sound economic theory which predicts an 80 year cycle of great depressions?
In a book by Arthur C. Clarke (Ghost from the Grand Banks if I remember correctly... if I'm wrong please correct me) he talks about an economic theory which predicts great depressions every 80 years or so. Now, current events have brought this prediction rather starkly to mind. Was there a sound basis for that prediction or is it merely that bad economic shocks happen often enough for a fake pattern to emerge? Was it maybe just a lucky guess? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I force myself to write?
How can I force myself to write? [more inside]
posted by blocked at 4:48 PM PST - 37 comments

[MajorFilter] Computer Engineering or Computer Science Major? Help me decide please! (3rd sem already) and don't know what to be!
Hey guys, Computer Engineering 2nd year (3rd sem) here at the University of Maryland College Park wondering if i should stay in my major or switch to Computer Science. I am super confused right now and am hoping that some of you can help me think. Bear with me while i ramble on [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 4:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Trombone masters?
Can you recommend a currently active jazz (or other) ensemble that features a particularly spiffy trombone player? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Gaming for the new oldbie
I'm 40ish. I know nothing about modern gaming. I used to love adventure games back in the 80s like Zak McKraken, KGB and Thermonuclear Wargames. I have some time on my hands and want to take the plunge into the modern world of gaming. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 4:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Debate party ideas?
Need help/ideas on politically inspired appetizers for the upcoming 2008 Presidential Debates. [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 4:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Streaming news?
Do any of the major news networks offer live streams online? [more inside]
posted by rockstar at 3:50 PM PST - 4 comments

IMDB, except it's "I M *Another* DB"
I'm looking to create an info web site with similar features as IMDB. I'm hoping I can just adapt an existing CMS but I'm not sure where to start. I know I can go through and peruse all the biggies like Drupal, EE, etc, but I'd like to narrow my starting point, especially because of my message board requirement below. [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 3:46 PM PST - 3 comments

image of man pulling lever
I'm trying to find an iconic image of a side view of a man pulling on a very long lever. [more inside]
posted by stavrogin at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Removing coins from car slot-loading DVD player
How to remove foreign objects (coins?) from car dvd player? [more inside]
posted by nightwood at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down?
How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down? I find it difficult to choose a topical area of interest (i.e. substance abuse), a specialization (substance abuse government policies, the epidemiology of substance abuse, community education and prevention of substance abuse), and a general career track (professional vs academic). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

We got to pray just to make it today
Where can I attend free High Holiday services in the SF East Bay? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

How to shave when "closeness" isn't an issue?
I don't care how "close" my shave is, I just want to save my skin. What should be my approach? [more inside]
posted by TSGlenn at 2:50 PM PST - 31 comments

How long to wait after waterdamaged PS3?
How long should my friend wait before turning the PS3 on? [more inside]
posted by DonSlice at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Read on the pot?
What is normally considered "appropriate recreational bathroom activities" in US culture? (Safe for work) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 2:14 PM PST - 64 comments

Table for 6 in Vegas
Vegas locals, lead me as you only can. I am looking for a place to eat in December that is simply amazing, and I would weep if I missed it. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm willing to sacrifice, but I don't know yet if I'm willing to, like, SACRIFICE.
Has anyone done a weeks-long stretch of political volunteering? How'd it go? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What was that MeFi antonym post?
Does anyone remember that Metafilter post a while (maybe a long while) back that IIRC told a story using uncommon antonyms? [more inside]
posted by xmattxfx at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Sprechen Zie Deutsch?
How do I best learn German without attending a school? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 1:43 PM PST - 15 comments

The family that tax protests together gets audited together?
Members of my immediate family have decided to decided they're going to stop paying federal income taxes. Should I be worried the IRS will come after me, even though I refuse to join their protest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

This is just the tip of the iceberg
Why do people forget the awful things they do to their kids? [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 1:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Babycycling for dummies!
Which infant/baby items can safely be bought secondhand? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

RX something interesting
I'd like to get more excited about healthcare/medicine. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Need Transducer Advice
I need suggestions on how to Mount a 20K pressure transducer in a line that is carrying an abrasive media solution (25 Micron garnet in suspension.) This is not the operating pressure. This value is used so that the run pressure will be somewhat close to the middle of the transducer range and to use some units that are allready on our shelf. [more inside]
posted by Raybun at 12:45 PM PST - 3 comments

When Traffic Court gets ugly
So I went to traffic court last week in the city of Los Angeles. I spent a week preparing for it. And I lost. And it got ugly. Largely because of a Judge Pro-Tem who went to town on me because I tried to fight my case. It was so ugly I’m springing the $86.50 it costs these days to get a copy of the tape. So my question is, now that I've lost, what are my options? (much much more inside) [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Our IT department needs computerized help
What is the best and most intuitive PC/Mac inventory management/software distribution solution available for a small business with around 250 users and six IT guys? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:26 PM PST - 5 comments

CarRepairFilter: Can I fix a broken trunk indicator light myself or does this have to go to a mechanic?
CarRepairFilter: Can I fix a broken trunk indicator light myself or does this have to go to a mechanic? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Save me from Scroogedom.
It looks like I'll be in NYC over Christmas and New Year's, and I don't really know anyone in town. Any suggestions for how to salvage some joy from the holiday season regardless? Budget is reasonably flexible.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 11:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Why am substituting one bird for another when I type?
I'm making a certain type of typo more and more frequently. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:47 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I migrate PHPBB3 to BBPress?
How can I migrate PHPBB3 to BBPress? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me find an affordable gaming laptop
Cheap gaming laptop recommendations [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 11:24 AM PST - 6 comments

More blogs for the bang
Good blogs about the LHC that a layman could follow?
posted by Ferrari328 at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Stupid Futon problem
Help me with my stupid futon mattress. When in 'sofa' mode, the futon mattress keeps slipping down. People who come to visit end up having their legs sticking out like little children when they sit down because the mattress extends out pas the edge of the frame. Very embarrassing. How do i stop the mattress from slipping so that people can once again put their feet on the ground? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I make it look like I have more hair?
HairFilter: I want it to look like I have more hair. Is a perm the way to go? [more inside]
posted by als129 at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

In the mattress or buried in the back yard?
Where to put what's coming to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

A Classic Tale?
Two men in love with one lucky lady. What things should I keep in mind when deciding how to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Fear of Pyrex shrapnel
Am I going to be killed in a lasagna-related accident? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 10:36 AM PST - 39 comments

Mac to Mac vpn
I connect to my PowerMac G5 (running OS 10.4.11) at work over a corporate vpn using a Macbook Pro (running OS 10.5.5). I do this using VPN (Vine Server and Vine Viewer), but I have to remain logged into my work computer in order to establish a connection. Is there a way to leave my work computer at a login screen (not logged in) and still keep Vine running so I can connect, then login to OS X? I currently have Vine set up to prompt me for a password, but anybody could still sit down at my work computer and use it because I have to remain logged into OS X.
posted by IdiBot at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

where in the U.S. (prefer warmer climates) can I rent an electric bicycle?
where in the U.S. can I rent an electric bicycle? [more inside]
posted by carrynation at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Coffee over standard TCP/IP
I'd like recommendations for blogs about coffee. [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How to keep a recovering alcoholic occupied?
How to keep a recovering alcoholic (going through his quarter-life crisis) occupied? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:11 AM PST - 20 comments

Having the balls to carry around a trackball...
Good-sized portable trackballs: do they exist? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 10:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Excel Formula Display Help
I have an excel file full of formulas that span multiple sheets and rows. I would like to be able to go into a formula and see the actual data used in the formula rather than just the cell references. So, for simplicity's sake, imagine A1=1,000, A2=2,000, A3=A1/A2 When I go to cell A3 and press "F2" or "cntrl`" the formula with the references shows up "=A1/A2". What I would like to see is "=1,000 / 2,000" (what you would get if you wrote =A1 &" / "& A2) I know that I can do this sort of with the watch window or the evaluate formula but I am looking for a quick way to roll down a sheet and see the actual math that is being done without having to scroll all over the place or flip sheets. Hopefully this makes sense. If not, I can further clarify. No one at my office thinks that it is possible so I might just be out of luck but I live in a world of hope...
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Is "Free Public Wifi" legit or a scam?
Is the "Free Public Wifi" I see at the airport legit? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 9:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Queen Not Available; What to see/do in London in November with Child?
Looking for kid-oriented/friendly things to do in London and environs in November. Child has requested an audience with Her Majesty, but not sure we can pull that off on such short notice. Scenario: Mom is going on a business trip for a week and we (Daddy and 6 Year Old Daughter) are going to tag along. Daddy's looking for fun things to do during the day while Mommy's hard at work! [more inside]
posted by webhund at 9:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Cheap, fast postcard printing in LA.
I need to print 100, 2-sided, black and white postcards, preferably in L.A. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

It's definitely 298 calories per serving, not 301
How much does the FDA follow up to make sure that nutrition information on products is correct? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Will my plant kill my fish?
If I put a philodendron in a fish tank with a Beta, will Clint Eastwood Survive? [more inside]
posted by bobdylanforever at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a class breakfast destination near DC
Looking for an classy, stylish place for a sunday breakfast on or off I-66 between DC and Front Royal. Extra Credit if it has a view! Unfortunately, Waffle House and Cracker Barrel need not apply.
posted by omidius at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Help! There's a hole in my computer!
I have a Dell Inspiron e1505, and a small chunk of the white plastic frame around the keyboard/cpu area has broken off. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by brandman at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't break the little wire?
Glasses Filter: How do I put a lens back into frames without a bottom rim? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

What Mac software is good for organizing collections of bootleg recordings?
What Mac software is good for organizing large collections of live concert recordings? Something that is cheap or free, and makes it easy to store info.txt files, cover art and additional notes, then search, summarize and export lists. I know there is Windows software that is designed for this kind of thing, but can't find anything for OS X.
posted by nowonmai at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Bail them out? Or let them reap what they sow? Who wins and loses?
Who will the current bailout plan benefit and how? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

More lightgun shooters coming?
When will there be good games that take advantage of the Wii Zapper? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

I would like to study images as both a computer scientist and an anthropologist. What do I study next?
I would like to study images as both a computer scientist and an anthropologist. What do I study next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Freeloader or soft partner?
Should I put up, shut up, or get over the fact that my partner continues to feed our roommate who never cooks for us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 25 comments

New York Subway Fiction Suggestions
LiteratureFilter: Yo metafilterland. I'm on a quest for two things: literary representations of the new york city subway, the more personal and sensorial the better, and literary representations of a new york city without subways, circa before 1904. Non-fiction and suggestions are welcome as well, as are examples that use less stringent definitions of "text" (film, song lyrics, dance etc).
posted by billtron at 7:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Traveling Light
When packing for two seasons, how can I avoid airline baggage fees on size and weight? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:59 AM PST - 13 comments

A bugs life?
Help me settle a bet about the total number of identified bacteria and viruses. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 6:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Why isn't this working?
I've tied myself into a knot trying to date someone and need to undo it. [more inside]
posted by LoneWolfMcQuade at 6:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Do I need a Zone 1-3 Travelcard for this journey?
Transport for LondonFilter - Am I on the hook for a Zone 1-3 Travelcard if I travel from a Zone 3 station to a Zone 2 station via an unavoidable hop into Zone 1? [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

DLR at Bank. Best way in?
Getting on the DLR at Bank. Where to go in? [more inside]
posted by sydney54 at 4:36 AM PST - 3 comments

wow me with the wonders of web2.0
collaborative tools, "web 2.0", community - evidence that the tech is really worth the price? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 4:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Help needed with URL/PHP issues on Apache/MySQL server
I am having trouble with URLs 404ing on an Apache/MySQL server for a website using Wordpress, with some custom add-ons to use Wordpress as a CMS. [more inside]
posted by Scramblejam at 4:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Why did she lie to me?
I went to a bar with a girl I'm seeing and hung out with her group of friends...and also met two of her ex-boyfriends. I played it off, but when we met, she told me she was 140% lesbian. Am I being too hung up on labels or is it a little shady that she didn't tell me that she's bisexual? [more inside]
posted by jnaps at 2:52 AM PST - 35 comments

What's in this old satellite image?
Minneapolis: What was this tent for? This parking lot is now Gold Medal Park. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 12:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How to I get out of a rocky relationship?
I can't get out of the relationship I'm in with my girlfriend. Normally, it would just end. Parties would walk away and that would be that. But it's just not that easy with her... [more inside]
posted by runflats at 12:46 AM PST - 27 comments

Ayurvedic diet / medicine?
Anyone have experience with Ayurvedic practices? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 12:01 AM PST - 5 comments

September 21
How much should I pay someone in Hungary?
How much should I offer someone in Hungary to photograph graves in a cemetery? I'm doing genealogical research and I need about a dozen graves photographed. I found someone willing to do it, and I don't want to either insult him or drive the price up.
posted by Joe in Australia at 10:39 PM PST - 8 comments

interfacing hard drives
my dad has a dell laptop and has recently replaced the hard drive, how would he retrieve info(e.g. pix) off of the old hard drive and onto some other type of storage device, flash card or such. are there places near burlington, WA that can do this?
posted by docmccoy at 10:19 PM PST - 8 comments

[iPhone Filter] Do I need to upgrade my plan?
iPhone 3G without 3G Plan? [more inside]
posted by brandoniain at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Do beavers move rocks?
Do beavers move rocks? [more inside]
posted by floam at 9:36 PM PST - 7 comments

With no contracts in place between photographer and subject, who has what rights?
I'm clueless about rights issues when it comes to how things work between photographer & subject, and as a performer I need to learn. If no release was signed at a photoshoot, who has what rights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 PM PST - 11 comments

ShyGuyFilter: What's my next move with an unassertive guy?
I initiated our hang-out; he enthusiastically responded. The evening started with great conversation and mutual interest-- and then the energy seemed to weirdly wane as the evening went on. To be fair, we had a grueling evening. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Soundless
Laptop sound problems for a friend. [more inside]
posted by ihadapony at 8:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can you buy a mini generator?
Where can I get a small generator for a cabin? [more inside]
posted by Nish ton at 8:27 PM PST - 16 comments

They take a lickin' and keep on tickin (unfortunately)
How long did it take for Terro to exterminate the ant population in your apartment/house? I started using Terro's liquid-filled ant baits on Wednesday, September 17. Now, four days later I am still seeing ants trickle in - not as many as before, but enough to make me grit my teeth, and wonder if they're just waiting for the next set of eggs to hatch before they come in droves again. How fast did Terro work for you? Did it take you a few days, a week, etc?
posted by Esther Festers at 8:08 PM PST - 11 comments

I need examples of really bad research.
I am looking for examples of really bad research. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 7:35 PM PST - 52 comments

Uberup? Or uberdown
Uber pushups? Or am I just kidding myself. [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 7:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get back to my natural color without losing hair
HairFilter: How do I get back closer to my natural light brown after going from bleach to red to dark without my hair falling out? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Toastchee goes to Washington
What is the most effective way of expressing my outrage to my government? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 7:10 PM PST - 25 comments

oh go to hell, Nora Ephron
I recently realized that the creases in my neck do not, in fact, go away when I hold my neck straight for a while. They are here to stay. Is there a non-surgical cure for this? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheap amp with great clean tone for stereo effects
Amplifilter: Looking for a cheap SS guitar amp to complement my Fender Deluxe 90 so I can use my effects pedals' stereo features. [more inside]
posted by relucent at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Ill Logic
Logic pro 8 is not working with any audio inputs, what's going on? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Mom's birthday is going to rock.
Mom's birthday filter: Mom is suddenly all about beading and gems and rocks. Any ideas for a cool, "every-rock-necklace-making-beading-enthusiast-should-have-this-___" present? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 6:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Printing Books for Babies?
Are there any online services that will allow me to print custom books that can withstand the awesome destructive force of a small child? [more inside]
posted by larsks at 6:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Need one last breath for a Treo
I need to resurrect a dead Treo 755p for a last ditch effort data backup [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I fix my hearing?
What can I do to fix my hearing? (Don't forget to use caps so I can hear you.) [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 6:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Usurping our old website's Google ranking for make benefit glorious new website
New website with a new address can't compete on Google against its previous incarnation, which has been up (at a different address) since forever. And we can't use a 301 (or any other) redirect. Is there anything else we can do? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Can this friendship between a devout Mormon and a gay man be saved?
Am I really going to lose this very important friendship over politics? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 5:31 PM PST - 64 comments

Sharing preferences between accounts
A few Mac questions : (1) Why does Mail.app randomly fail to mark some messages as read? (2) Can one block some websites from Safari from one admin account without blocking them from other accounts? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I bother getting a digital TV converter?
We get little to no analog TV reception. Is switching to digital going to improve things? [more inside]
posted by oaf at 5:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Therapist with patient in jail?
Any therapists out there? What would you say/do if a patient called you from jail claiming they were innocent? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 5:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Critical: How to fix MBR on Ubuntu/Vista dual-boot laptop?
How to I re-install, configure, or set the MBR on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Exactly what did I do on September 3 between 3 and 3:15 pm?
I'm looking for software for the Mac that logs open documents (and how long they are open). Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Mcable at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Allergy/EyeballFilter: What's the same in Japan, Italy and Austria?
Allergy Brainstorm Time: What could I possibly have an allergic reaction to in my EYE in Italy, Austria and Japan? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

The Mad Menagerie Manager
"The Mad Menagerie Manager imagined that he managed an Imaginary Menagerie"--who wrote this? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Question that stumped my anatomy professor wife
My wife is an anatomy professor and needs help with this question: Most anatomy textbooks say that urination and defecation are controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system (aka "rest and digest system") Then why is it that some lose bladder and bowel control in frightening situations? Isn't the opposing sympathetic "fight or flight" system supposed to in charge?
posted by up in the old hotel at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Don't know much about dopamine, don't know much about neurochemistry
I'd like to plan activities and experiences around the stimulation of certain neurotransmitters. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Suggestions for my new job or career?
I've done some soul-searching, and I've come up with some ideas for new jobs or careers for myself, but I know there are other possibilities out there that I just haven't thought of yet. Based on my skills and interests, can you think of a great job or career for me? [more inside]
posted by springo at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Artist/album in itunes, not on ipod
iTunesFilter: Songs/artists in iTunes not in iPod. Huh? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

New but old cell phone
Is there any downside to buying a new but two-year-old cell phone? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Puffy Foot
Foot Filter: I know y'all are not my doctor, etc, but I'm looking to the hive mind for some opinions. What are some possible causes of non-painful swelling on the top of one foot? (The usual looong story inside.) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

IE-specific WordPress error
Question about WordPress, IE, and peculiar "no posts matched your criteria" errors. [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Start playing nicely together guys, before I smash one of you.
Please help me connect my macbook to a Dell 3200 MP projector. Should be easy, right? It's not working. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 1:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Cactusfilter: How do I bring 200+ cactuses back to full health and keep them alive for the winter?
I've inherited a greenhouse and it is full of cactuses and succulents. I would very much like to keep them alive and healthy but I do not know where to begin! How can I become a cactus caretaker? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Batteries were included!!!
This should be a simple question, but I cannot find exactly what I need. I found a year old camera the other day in a box that had been left with batteries in it. There is some corrosion from the period of time the batteries had been in there. The camera is still pretty new, but I need to know how to remove the corrosion so that I can still use it. Any ideas!? No bonus point for anything since bonus points wont (and never do here) really do you any good. Thanks in advance friends...
posted by TeachTheDead at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Dining in Myrtle Beach
My wife and I are meeting my sister for dinner tomorrow in Myrtle Beach. She is coming from Texas, and I would like to find something that might be a bit unique for her. We would like to keep it at 20 or less for entrees. Sandwich places and seafood buffets are okay, too. Any suggestions?
posted by flarbuse at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a futon that provides good support?
Futonfilter: Does a futon exist with good support? My current one needs to be flipped at least weekly and beaten (no joke) to keep the Grand Canyon from yawning into existance at night. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Miracle fruit: your experiences, and where to buy in UK.
Miracle fruit: your experience, and recommendations on where to buy from in the UK. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you suggest places in NYC to get unique hoodies and long-sleeve shirts?
I'm looking to buy some new apparel for the colder months ahead. Can you suggest places in Manhattan and Brooklyn that sell unique hoodies and long-sleeve shirts for men?
posted by helios410 at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

When everyone else is willing to pay more than you to fly out
Say you had to take the two weeks around Christmas and New Years off, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Iphone wifi blues in Spain
I've just arrived in Spain and my iPhone wont access the internet even though it recognizes the hotel's WiFi network. My Apple Air laptop works just fine with this same wifi network. Why isn't my iphone enabling safari or email access on the iPhone? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by emberm at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Indentify The Subjects of a Picture
Who are the two men in this picture? [more inside]
posted by krisak at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me dial in digital TV in Portland
I canceled my cable and switched to OTA digital using a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 tuner and a cheap amplified antenna. I'm getting great reception on all channels except KPTV, where there are enough dropped frames and signal interruptions to make the station unwatchable. Can you help me watch the Seahawks this afternoon? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Activities for a four-year-old who has to be up in the middle of the night
Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
posted by winston at 10:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Beck and the Question Marks?
Who does Beck have in his current live band for the Modern Guilt tour? Looks like a few new faces.
posted by Exchequer at 9:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for novels with theme of freedom.
I'm looking for novels that have the theme of freedom running throughout. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 9:49 AM PST - 27 comments

Should I take a chance on my last chance?
Has anyone been on the Israel Birthright trip? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for quotes
Anyone speak Russian? I'm looking for any inspiring Russian (English too) quotes that will make my crush feel good. [more inside]
posted by Student of Man at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How to smoothly change name pronunciation?
What is the best way to have people I know change the way they pronounce my name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 32 comments

What do we need to make our first video mashup?
My buddy and I need help making our first video mashup -- we've never done it before. What programs do we need to make this on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

The Average Joe Surviving the Economic Meltdown
Surviving the Economic Crisis: What practical things can the "Average Joe" do to prepare for an economic meltdown? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 7:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Wall of confusion
Safely use someone elses ADSL connection ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

slow boat to china.
What should NOT go in a care package to China? [more inside]
posted by hydrate at 6:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Chainless bicycle experiences
Does anyone have personal experience with using a chainless bicycle? [more inside]
posted by portabella at 6:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find more amazing, and epic, sci-fi and fantasy audio books
Help me find more great, epic scope, sci-fi or fantasy audiobooks. [more inside]
posted by Kraki at 3:06 AM PST - 22 comments

Homemade Soda Fountain?
Where does one buy bag-in-box coke syrup for a soda fountain in australia? [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 2:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Disney movie about telepathic twins?
MovieFilter: When I was a kid (late 90's) there was a movie on the Disney Channel or Family Channel that I absolutely loved. Help me find out what it's called! [more inside]
posted by alona at 1:22 AM PST - 9 comments

The Jam: That's Entertainment?
How can I break up a jam session tastefully? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 1:20 AM PST - 8 comments

September 20
DIY dog ramp for elderly Golden
DIY (or maybe commercial) dog ramp. My girlfriend's elderly Golden retriever needs some help getting in and out of cars. Help me build a ramp. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 11:10 PM PST - 12 comments

What awesome photos can I take in Sioux Falls, SD?
I'm going to Sioux Falls, SD for 36 hours from Wednesday night - Friday morning. I was wondering what the must-sees are for photo spots. (I will probably have 2-3 hours Wed night/Thurs. morning to wander around and sightsee, and I'd like to take some awesome photos during that time. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 10:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Sans culottes et clue
Is there any affordable way for someone in the US to get hold of French RCIR (rations de combat individuelle rechauffable) or British Army 24-hour ration packs? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 9:59 PM PST - 2 comments

payg
whats the best payg cellphone to get in the us ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Are we safer than we were March 19, 2003?
Is there a single independent security analyst who has stated that [s]he thinks that the US is safer than it was before the start of the Iraq War? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 9:42 PM PST - 11 comments

I want St. Julia to watch over our kitchen with a loving eye at all times
Who knows where to find a high quality photograph - print - poster of Julia Child to grace our kitchen? [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 9:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Frozen mussels, help!
How to use frozen whole-shell NZ greenshell mussels? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 8:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you have two mortgages on the same apartment?
Can I go halves in an apartment with my brother? i.e., can we each have separate loans for the same apartment? No one I've asked seems to know. We are in Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 8:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Why am I being prompted to install Windows XP SP3 when I already have it?
I just got a notification on my Windows XP laptop to install Service Pack 3. Thing is, I already have SP3 installed. Is this a necessary update? A redundant Microsoft goof? Or something more sinister? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 8:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Eee-only?
Could I use an Eee 1000 as my only PC? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

You down with S-M-T-P? Yeah, you know me!
How do I set up an outbound SMTP server on MS Server 2003? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 7:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a record
Does anyone know where I could locate a record by the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra? I believe it was made some time around 1969.
posted by veterinarian at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Missing Album: HornDance - Songs of the Woods
I am looking for a copy of an album: "HornDance - Songs of the Woods". I had the cassette tape, but that has gone missing. Does anyone have a copy, or know where to find one? I believe the band is from Michigan.
posted by kuatto at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Schiesse! I just want sites in English, please!
I'm currently traveling in Germany (I live in the US) and would like to know how I can force my browser (firefox) to *not* display localized versions of websites like google or myspace. My main issue is with google. I have to keep going to google.com and selecting "Google.com in English" to be able to type things into the search bar in firefox without getting German websites. Is there some sort of about:config option, greasemonkey script or something I can use to make sure sites don't redirect to their localized version?
posted by pontouf at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Best Answer, IOU
Graphic designers: Anyone know a style guide online for listing credentials after a person's name? When are the credentials initialed, abbreviated or extended. If abbreviated, when (or if) to use periods after the initials, etc. That kind of thing. This in regards to business cards and business systems. Thanks.
posted by artdrectr at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How should I attach coins to my quilt?
Help me decide how to attach state quarters to my quilt project! [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 4:41 PM PST - 16 comments

What should I do in Vienna?
I'm going to be in Vienna from September 26 (early morning) - 29 (afternoon). I'm 18 years old and will be traveling with friends. What should we do/ see? I've been put in charge of figuring all this out, but apart from the obvious tourist things I don't know what's good. I guess I'm looking for more off-the-beaten-path stuff. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Tell me everything you know about infant formula!
Tell me everything I need to know about infant formula! [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 4:18 PM PST - 29 comments

How to tell a guy a your Passionate!!!
How do I express myself in an online dating site when it comes to being gifted with the privilege of passion (overly so) and express that in text with eloquence? So as to convey the message that I am a sensuous and passionate woman in the traditional sense and not a promiscuous whore either. Make sense? whew.
posted by Mersades123 at 3:45 PM PST - 21 comments

films that celebrate life, liberty and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity?
What are some films that celebrate life, liberty and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:44 PM PST - 51 comments

Short story - man buries money under a tree
What is the name of the story in which a man buries stolen money under a sapling, ends up buying the house next door, and years later tries to retrieve the money only to find that the neighbor has already taken it and left newspaper clippings? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Calling all gamers!
Gamer-boyfriend birthday gift filter. He's a gammer, I am not. Therefore I'm clueless as to what one would want. He has a Steam account. He plays TF2..a lot. He also likes programing games. So, what's a good gift for my darling boy? He won't give me an answer when I ask what he wants. Please help! Note 1: I would love to get him a PS3, but can't afford one. Note 2: I'd like to keep it at ~$50
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 3:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Get my shoes off the floor, please
Please help me find a shoe rack. I can't believe I'm having such a hard time finding one. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

PMI permit screwup?
House appraisers, building permit people, and DIYers: Just how badly did I screw us up? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Bisected Picnic Table
Why is there a wooden beam that bisects this wooden picnic table top? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Name that high-end, Toronto-based furniture company
I'm looking for the name of a high-end furniture manufacturer that is based in Toronto. I know this company exists, and have seen its website, but I can't remember its name. It has a factory in Toronto that builds luxury couches, chairs, and so forth. Thanks for your help!
posted by Dasein at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Site/Text with English dialect divergencies?
There was a site of speakers around the world speaking a specific phrase in English. This was to show how regional dialects of English sounded. You could click on a map and it would pull up video of these speakers. Does anyone know what that site is? If not, perhaps a good response would include a concise phrase that can show different regional variations (cot/caught, don/dawn, pin/pen). [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

What airlines will get me from Phoenix to New York City with three adult cats?
What airlines will get me from Phoenix to New York City with three adult cats? Failing that, can you recommend anyone who does live animal shipment? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Marked Man
I left the collar stays in my shirt when I sent it to the laundry, and now there are marks on the collar. How do I get rid of the marks? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me with my iPhone!
iPhone Filter: Help me decide whether or not to update from 2.0.2 to 2.1! [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I set up a dvd player through Media Center?
Is there some way to tell the Windows Media Center software just to use a specific TV tuner card input (rca, s-video, etc) avoiding its incessant search for a cable box or its requirements that I use the remote? I know I did it, once ... [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:13 AM PST - 0 comments

Wisconsin, ho!
What is there to do in and around Whitewater, WI? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How to move contents of 3 iPods back onto my Mac?
How do I transfer the contents of 3 iPods (2G, 3G, 4G) back onto a hard drive? I'm using Mac OS 10.4.4. There are tons of programs, which do I use? [more inside]
posted by rubadub at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Talk like a Pirate Day: More holidays, more fun!
My workplace (retail; caters to a local university almost exclusively) recently celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was awesome fun. They want a list of other fun holidays they can celebrate, especially ones that occur during the month of September or January (the only months that we have enough employees to make it worthwhile). Could you recommend any other fun holidays? If all else fails, could you help us make up some holidays (and please mention if they're made up)?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for British Folk Music
Where can I find old recordings of British folk music? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Upscaling DVD player that's region-hackable?
Looking for a region-free (or region-free-able) DVD player with upconvert for $100 US. I'd also just like to go to Best Buy or wherever (in the US) and pick it up this weekend. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 10:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Orthodontist recommendations in New York City?
Orthodontist recommendations in New York City? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 10:05 AM PST - 1 comments

How much should I expect to pay for someone to create me a simple two page website and where is the best/cheapest place to host it?
How much should I expect to pay for someone to create me a simple two page website and where is the best/cheapest place to host it? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a crash course in tutoring
Next week, I begin as a volunteer writing composition tutor for an 8th grader (whom I have not yet met). I have various training materials from the organization sponsoring the program, but do you have any advice for me? This will be my first time volunteering as a tutor.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Strange article about a programmer scheduling his life according to software recommendations.
Article about "efficiency" software that ended up taking over somebody's life? Very interesting read but I can't recall the keywords. [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Warm vacation destionations on a budget?
My wife and I are looking to go someplace warm this winter for 7-10 days and would like to see a lot of cool stuff and relax without breaking the bank. We were thinking Costa Rica, and have been looking at Caravan for tour packages ($1k, all inclusive). We would be flying out of Chicago. Does anyone have other recommendations for us to look into?
posted by adi at 9:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Incorrectly Issued International Reply Coupon?
Are the International Reply Coupons my girlfriend purchased done... wrongly? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Nice but inexpensive/moderately priced lodging around Boston?
We're going to be visiting Boston for a few days, starting tomorrow (Sunday). We'd like to avoid traffic and parking issues by staying in the outskirts and taking mass-transit into downtown to see the sights. We're looking for a hotel or motel that is pleasant, clean and fairly inexpensive (less than $125/night IF possible). Any recommendations?
posted by 14580 at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Green Card Lottery chances.
Green Card Lottery. Are my chances better if I state my country of birth as Australia or PNG? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

help me save 50 bucks
Is there any reason not to buy the $37 "compatible" toner cartridge for my Lexmark E210 printer from NexTag.com rather than the $87 Lexmark one from Amazon?
posted by pipti at 7:16 AM PST - 12 comments

It's not seasonal allergies
On city sidewalks, when strangers pass each other, why do they sniffle? Walking toward each other, we size each other up at a distance of 25 ft, then avert eyes, then 10 ft, then avert eyes and as we pass *sniffle* or quick intake of air through the nose that makes a sound. What does this mean? It seems wholly subconscious. Are we tracking a scent? Are they sticking their nose in the air in an aristocratic air of disapproval? I've noticed this phenomenon, so I consciously avert my sniffling because I don't even know why it happens, or what it means. But now I hear it from passers-by all the time. It's definitely not allergies; it seems very focused.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Will a credit freeze mess up our lives?
Should we put a freeze on our credit? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 6:27 AM PST - 8 comments

iPhone 3G on a different country's official SIM card?
Can I use a non-unlocked iPhone (3G if it matters) with another country's official carrier's SIM card? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I really have to shut off the ac in the car?
My girlfriend swears that you have to shut off the AC and then the fan and then the car. Otherwise, you kill the battery AND hurt the AC. Is any of this true? [more inside]
posted by smersh at 4:17 AM PST - 34 comments

how do i update wordpress on webfaction?
how do i update wordpress on webfaction? I have a blog hosted on webfaction that is built on wordpress. I am currently using version 2.2.2 and I need to update. The latest version of wordpress is available on webfaction however I do not know how to go about performing the update. Can someone help me?
posted by Paleoindian at 2:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How to invest as if a depression is coming?
How to invest to make money if a depression comes? Assume a repeat of the Great Depression's on the way (i.e. not a Mad Max depression): can you invest in way to make money when it happens? (Like some kind of short selling, some kind of option trading like the author of Black Swan does/did (and what's minimum investment on this or mutual fund type vehicle that follows this)?
posted by Furious Fitness at 2:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a program that runs in the background and places other prgrams in a defined area of my monitor?
Is there a program that will run in the background and place other program windows in a designated spot on one of my two monitors when they are launched so that I don't always have to drag them there when the program starts? [more inside]
posted by Apo11o at 1:54 AM PST - 5 comments

ASL classes in NYC?
Where can I take cheap (preferably free!) American Sign Language courses in NYC? [more inside]
posted by interweber at 12:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Please exorcise my iMac.
My aluminum iMac (running Leopard 10.5) is sporadically possessed by Satan. At least, that's the only thing I can think of. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 12:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me with my photo storage and viewing, please.
I need to speed up my mac/iPhoto by managing my files and workflow better. Can I speed up my clunky iPhoto? Or should I abandon it for another program? [more inside]
posted by monkeygenius at 12:07 AM PST - 8 comments

September 19
A fifth anniversary gift?
Can you help me figure out a gift for my husband for our fifth wedding anniversary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Ghost signal
I've a false engine temperature indication on my 98 Ford Contour. [more inside]
posted by Mblue at 10:53 PM PST - 2 comments

New Laptop Wireless Card, Wrong Number of Antennae
New 802.11n card to replace the 802.11n card. The new one wants three antennas, but my laptop only has two. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Getting used to a wristwatch.
How can I get used to wearing a wristwatch? I have not worn one for a while (4 years) because of an inability to get used to them. Now it is a requirement that I wear one. [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 9:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Points of Light?
In past seasons of "Real Time with Bill Maher" what did the points of light on the map represent? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 8:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the cheapest approach for an uninsured American to obtain a basic hairloss prescription
What is the cheapest approach for an uninsured American to obtain a simple prescription for a hair-loss medication? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 8:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I turned twenty-one in prison...
What are the best Grateful Dead bootlegs on archive.org? There are so many choices I don't know where to start.
posted by Pants! at 8:50 PM PST - 10 comments

What was this transforming marble?
While at Target this evening, I was shopping for a birthday present for a nephew, there were two 10/11 year olds talking about and trading these marble like toys. When they set them down, they "transformed" into something else, there parents were apparently there to buy them but Target was sold out. I heard them talking but was busy with my own kids and forgot to check out the aisle or talk to the people. I'm usually pretty in touch with toys and such, but I have no idea what these were. Any one know?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 8:46 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhone - Pay as you go?
iPhone - Pay as you go? I'm thinking about getting the iphone. Can I use a standard Pay as you go plan plus data on the iPhone? I use approx 250 minutes, 200-300 texts, no data/pix (virgin mobile). Approx $30 a month. I basically want pay as you go for minutes and text, then sign up for unlimited data? Possible?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Cowboy Hat in NYC
Where in NYC can I buy a cheap, used cowboy hat. Nothing nice at all, just something. If convenient to the upper west side, all the better. Mostly I'm just looking for a place I can go and more likely than not actually find one.
posted by ecab at 8:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Advice needed on managing older staff
I've just got a new job, and will be faced with the challenge of managing a team that are very different to the team I currently manage. My new team are a lot older (older than me) and I'm looking for advice on how to be a good manager to them. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 7:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Quitting Smokes while living with a smoking partner
Another quitting smoking question - has anyone made it while living with a smoking partner? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 6:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me not offend my pal's family.
Dress me and Mr. F for a Hindu wedding in November in NorCal. Difficulty factor: we are slightly large white folks who never wear anything except cargo pants and T-shirts, and my native guide doesn't know what non-Indians wear to such things. [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 6:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Bluetooth headset reccommendations for iPhone 3G.
iPhone 3G filter: I'm about to purchase and iPhone 3G and need the help of the hive mind to determine the best bluetooth headset to get. [more inside]
posted by ChazB at 6:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me identify this music magazine.
Please help me identify this music magazine. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

FBI Agent Firearm(s)
What kind of service firearms would a female FBI agent carry (main and backup?) from approximately 2000-present. (If the real answer isn't out there, what would be a reasonable approximation of a gun that would make sense for a story.)
posted by sperose at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

what's the worse that could happen in finances today?
I was listening to public radio this morning and they were talking about the current financial crisis on Wall Street. The expert said, "We will pull through this. America is resilient." That surprised me, as the idea of us not pulling through never occurred to me. But now I'm wondering: what would happen if we didn't "pull through"? As in, explain to me the rock bottom scenario for the United States' current situation and how we get to it. Obviously make it realistic it enough that I can have some really substantial nightmares.
posted by ictow at 5:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Actionscript physics of curveball
Flash-physics-filter: I'm working on a simple flash game similar to curveball, but I can't figure out 1) how the script determines the amount of spin/curve to put on the ball, and 2) how the AI gets progressively better as the levels increase.
posted by c:\awesome at 5:23 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I start getting square with my HECS debt?
Hey, Australians who have dealt with (or are) HECS bureaucrats! How can I start getting square with my HECS debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Blu-Ray Menus - made simple[r]?
I want to develop BD-J / Xlet / GEM menus suitable for Blu-Ray disks but it's confusing... [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 5:03 PM PST - 0 comments

How to create a secure computer lab for kids
How do I set up a secure computer lab for kids? We want their XP workstations to be impervious to infections and the junk that they install. Has to be free. [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 5:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Anti-Snooze Tunes for Driving Late at Night
My love lives a little over an hour away. What are some songs/albums that can keep me awake on the long sad drive home? [more inside]
posted by ginagina at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to ride my bicycle, but I'm a bit short at the moment
I've got an almost-new bicycle to sell, and I'd rather not deal with a twenty phone calls from bargain hunters asking if I'll go down to $50. Where should I go? (Los Angeles, CA, USA) [more inside]
posted by davejay at 4:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Illinois Civil Service Exams WTF
Do you know anything about the Illinois Civil Service exams for library jobs, or about civil service exams in general? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Hiberno-Norwegian marriage?
What issues would arise (legally) from the marriage of a Norwegian/Irish couple? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 5 comments

What is it? Is it food?
Can you help me identify this mystery plant/fruit? Will it kill my dog if he eats it? Is it edible? Photos included! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Musical sketchpad
I've heard a font about digital recording devices and how they obsolete tapes. I've considered getting a portable digital recorder to record song ideas, like a sketchpad. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Lets Not Do the Timewarp Again
I can't watch the Daily Show or listen to the BBC iPlayer any more in Firefox- what the heck have I done? Please help me avoid using IE. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 3:52 PM PST - 4 comments

How to Resell Clip Art
How to find clipart reseller programs? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 3:47 PM PST - 0 comments

Watching Top Design online
Does anyone know where I can watch Top Design online? hulu only has episode 1 and seeing as how new ones haven't been posted and three have aired I'm not feeling the hulu love for Top Design. I umm heard from a friend, yeah heard from a friend, that mininova doesn't have them either.
posted by magnetsphere at 3:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find this shirt?
Where can I find the ski slope shirt that Anna Faris wore in the movie "Smiley Face"?
posted by fac21 at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

.ivr without Realplayer?
Is there anything free besides Realplayer that will play (or convert to some other format) Realplayer's .ivr files?
posted by juv3nal at 2:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Ebay sucks sometimes
I kinda got screwed on ebay but not really.... what are my options here. [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 2:53 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the name of this book about an elephant caretaker?
Help me find this book about an elephant caretaker... [more inside]
posted by kurtiss at 2:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Something just like jadda used to make
Chefs and cooks, I am looking for your best maklubeh, mansaf and shish barak recipes. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Movie Treats!
What movies and treats go together? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 2:29 PM PST - 45 comments

Old Media PR vs. New Media PR
Bloggers: Help me not annoy you. [more inside]
posted by landedjentry at 2:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Have flu. Need game.
I need a good time suck. Recommend free games, either online or downloadable? I loved Dwarf Complete. Something like that would be ideal. WinXP, by the way.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:23 PM PST - 18 comments

square peg, round hole
i may have injured the electrical system on my motorcycle. [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 2:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Cancel a reservation on uhaul.com?
Is it possible to cancel a uhaul truck reservation on the uhaul website? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Saving a Meeting Record in the Outlook 2007 Calendar
Outlook 2007 question: Is there a way to keep meetings that have already happened in my calendar, even if the meeting organizer cancels the meeting series midway through the recurrence? [more inside]
posted by mrbula at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

What is possibly wrong with our dog?
What is wrong with our dog? He pants and pees and poos all of the time. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:07 PM PST - 14 comments

(too) Cheap car with escrow. What could go wrong?
She's selling the Mini for $10k under retail and will ship it out here at no cost for me to inspect. It's just like nice Mr. Oreck and his vacuum cleaners! So what's the scam? Or is it too good and true? [more inside]
posted by niles at 1:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me be more productive in my downtime at work.
What should I do with my downtime at work that could further my career or be useful in some other way? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Steering Wheel Desk
I'm looking for a steering wheel laptop desk that can handle the widescreen laptops most of us use nowadays. Most of the ones I've seen are too expensive (>$60), or too small. Anyone have one they really like?
posted by JosephP at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I convert a photoshow to another format? (Avi? Mov?)
How can I convert a photoshow "video" to another format? Zamzar doesn't like the URL address. [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Free group voicemail solution for small groups?
Is there an easy, and free, way to send group voicemails and SMSs? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Need caffeine fix near 10010
NYC filter: Where's the best cup of coffee near Madison Sq. Park/Gramercy/Union Square?
posted by sonofslim at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Becoming an RN abroad?
Are there any opportunities to attend nursing school (to become an RN) abroad as a U.S. American? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Don't Stamp for Me Argentina
Your average every day basic 5 Centavo Argentinian stamp question. [more inside]
posted by felix at 1:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Help Me Remember These Obscure Toys
ObscureToyFilter: Help me remember a toy from my childhood. My siblings and I are remembering plastic, colored blocks and cylinders that unfolded to become characters. We recall a king and queen, almost certainly a pig, and maybe a cow. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Wheel you help me?
I just bought a bicycle. The drivers in this city are terrifying. What do I need to know to stay safe? [more inside]
posted by pised at 1:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Bread yeast
Will the yeast in a loaf of bread eventually die or become inactive enough for a yeast free diet? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Medical school interview questions?
Right now, the 2008-2009 US medical school application cycle is substantially underway. I've submitted applications to a number of allopathic programs, and in the hopes of receiving interview invitations and then making a positive impression, I'd like some recommendations on books to brush up on commonly asked topics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 2 comments

How to move a bed cross-country?
Is it feasible to transport a wooden bedframe halfway across the USA? How could I arrange transport for a single, big item like this? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Fire! Fire! Don't try this at home.
My house had two fireplaces which were walled over by the prior owner. I'd like to reopen them and possibly retro fit them to be gas fireplaces. How horrible (read expensive and time consuming) of a construction job would this be? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Heathrow Terminal 5: I need a shower
As I understand it, there aren't any public showers or pay-for-entry spas/lounges/hotel-pods with showers at Heathrow T5. (Only in the elite lounge that I can't get into.) I'll be there for 11 hours, between two longhaul flights. What's the easiest way to get myself to a shower? [more inside]
posted by stonerose at 12:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me start out in a job interview
How can I make myself stand out in applying for a webmaster job? The competition is going to be fierce, and I may be up against people who are more experienced. I really want the job, though, and honestly feel that I can do it the best. [more inside]
posted by mjewkes at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a cheap videocard for use with two 22" monitors.
Looking for recommendations for a basic videocard that can be used with two 22" displays. [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I find reviews of Learning Tree's XSLT course?
How can I find alumni reviews of the Learning Tree course, "Hands-On XSL: Transforming and Styling XML" so I can get some honest reviews of the course? [more inside]
posted by dorcas at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

A baby mama
So how does it work with going out with a girl who has a daughter? And she's just 24? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 11:27 AM PST - 89 comments

Halloween Baby Shower... where to begin?
I need ideas for a Baby Shower with a Halloween theme. It's a co-ed event, and I'm particularly interested in making the guys feel welcome (since most of them understand "shower" to mean "girl gab fest"). The new parents are having a little girl, if that affects any of your answers. Basically I want something fun, and, well, different. Thanks in advance1
posted by purpletangerine at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Is my ashtma inhaler making me cough? Would tablets be better?
I've got asthma, which is allergic and exercise-induced. It is rarely bad except when my allergies are acting up and I'm exercising intensely. Lately I've developed a problem that I believe is related to my inhaler. [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 10:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Beer & Debates
Bars that will be showing the Presidential Debate next Friday in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Bachelor Party 101
Bachelor Party Etiquette [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 9:50 AM PST - 10 comments

was that a UFO?
was that a UFO!?!?!?!?? [more inside]
posted by badish at 9:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Identify Costa Rican delicacies
I was in Costa Rica a few years ago, and ate fish that appeared to be cooked but wasn't -- it was in some kind of juice that "cooks" the fish. What is this method of cooking called and how is it done? Also, I drank something that night that after a few hours made me feel a little nauseous and was accompanied by hallucinations (like rocks splitting open revealing water and snakes inside). Any idea what I could have drank? And where can I get more of it?
posted by indigo4963 at 9:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Who designed cnn.com?
Which agency/individual designed cnn.com?
posted by Woodboro at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

How can we avoid gametime leg cramps?
What is causing leg cramps in a strong and healthy high school athlete 3rd quarter of every daytime game? [more inside]
posted by Breav at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

You can't unsee it, so let's prevent her from seeing it in the first place.
I'm having a close friend house-sit next week. I want to keep my porn and kinky stuff in a safe location where she doesn't need to see it. It won't be a huge shock, since I'm out of the kinky closet, but it'd be awkward, to say the least. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Taxicab Etiquette: Headphones? Yea or Nay?
Etiquette Filter: Headphones in a taxi - kosher or totally rude? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:07 AM PST - 23 comments

What should I know about managing email for an organization
I made a website for a small organization and they were happy with it. Now they want me to manage their email as well (will involve about 25 mailboxes). I know technically this is pretty simple, using my host (bluehost), but I've never done it and before I say yes, wondering if anyone who's done this has any advice? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Subterranean Homesick Freshman
I'm looking for some pretty songs about Ohio, or finding a home. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 8:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Battery takes charge, but won't work!@#$
Dell battery may be dead, or maybe it's software. I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by yazi at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

rosacea + swimming
I have rosacea which is kept in check with daily applications of MetroGel (metronidazole). I also like swimming as exercise. The problem is that swimming in a chlorinated pool leaves my nose area bright red, almost like a chemical burn. It takes at least 2 weeks of extra care on my part to reduce this redness. What are some things I can do to protect my face when swimming? Or will I have to give up swimming altogether? (Note that other types of exertion, such as jogging or cycling, do not result in this type of redness)
posted by needled at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to eat dinner in Plymouth, MA?
Will be on business in Plymouth, MA next week. Where to eat dinner? Anywhere with an ocean view?
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

How fat I am. Let me show you.
Can you suggest an online weight tracker that meets my requirements? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

How to find out the name of grid control?
Is there any way I can find out which grid component a particular application is using in a particular screen? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Rights of a 12-Year-Old Boy
Can a 12-year-old refuse to see his own father? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 8:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Piano on a Budget
Our children are taking piano lessons. They need a piano. We don't know what we're doing. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 8:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Computer stopped recognizing usb drives
Computer (XP SP2) won't recognize any usb drives, but will recognize my usb mouse? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:58 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I set up a Remote Working Hub?
I have been asked to set up a “Remote Working Hub” to allow employees to work away from the office. Where can I go for more information? Does it work? [more inside]
posted by SarahM at 7:58 AM PST - 5 comments

SWM and SWF seek absinthe vendor for LTR.
My good friend, a lover of all things herbal, has never tried absinthe. I'd love to give her the opportunity before she moves away in two weeks. Can you recommend an importer that can ship to the US in that time-frame and won't break my bank? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Big Ass Space Heater Wanted. Apply Within.
This winter we're going to need a space heater for our apartment. Not some teeny one that will barely warm our feet, but a large one. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:36 AM PST - 12 comments

How did mortgage HAPPEN so quickly?
How late is too late to negotiate with mortgage broker for fees? And how can I track mortgage interest rates to get a better rate before closing? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Office Enhancements
My co-worker was just granted US citizenship and is out of the office today, in what crafty ways can we "enhance" his office while he is out... [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy at 7:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Traveling alone in Central Asia
Can I, as a blond European girl in my mid-twenties, travel alone in Xinjiang and Kyrgyzstan?
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Receiving money, without the buyers knowing my real name?
I would like to receive money from people, but I don't want them to have my real name or contact information. Can I do this through Paypal, or what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Phone sex for women?
Professional phone sex for women looking for men, do they exist? Specifically, I'm looking for a line, company or site that deals exclusively with women who are looking for phone sex from men. Yes, this a serious request and please, no snark.
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 6:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Mean teacher or loving educator???
Is there a term for this? A high school honors teacher is being unreasonably hard on my daughter..... [more inside]
posted by winks007 at 6:45 AM PST - 48 comments

How can I not show Facebook fans?
How can I make a Facebook page for my nonprofit, but not show fans? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 6:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Where should I live in Arlington, VA?
Where should I live in Arlington, VA? I want to live on the orange line metro. I'm 23 and single and I want to be as close to the action as possible. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 6:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Ideas for a user interface design of a data mining application?
I'm trying to write my first eclipse RCP application. I would welcome some ideas about how to design the UI, preferably using the RCP building blocks: editors, views, preference, wizards, perspectives... [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 6:03 AM PST - 0 comments

Different prices for electronics, why?
Why are electronics so crazy expensive in Europe? Any creative ideas to help me buy a video camera? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 5:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for Good Writing about Comics
Favorite philosophical, historical, analytic, or lit-critical essays about comic books? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 5:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommended Caterers for a Chicago Wedding?
I'm getting married next Fall (hooray!) in Chicago, and we're currently close to finalizing plans to have the reception at Maxim's. As we begin the process of looking for caterers, I'm interested in hearing about any Chicago-based caterers that MeFites have used, and any they would recommend. [more inside]
posted by avoision at 4:46 AM PST - 2 comments

What do you think about Kansans?
What do you think about Kansans? What are the stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by metricfan at 4:38 AM PST - 43 comments

Dutch, English, both...
Walking down the street one day in Amsterdam, you encounter an art-thing (sculpture/installation) that's broadcasting audio. The audio includes spoken poems. Would you expect these poems to be in Dutch? Would you feel alienated if they were in English, or if some were in English and some in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 4:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Mural, Mural on the Wall
Help me think of mural ideas! [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 4:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Alternatives to chiropractry.
What alternatives are there to chiropractic manipulation? (Yes: I know, you are not a medical professional!) [more inside]
posted by robotot at 2:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Wanted: Pics of Pudong in the 80s
Looking for images of old Pudong prior to development. Coming up blank. Ideally, from the late 1980s. Plus anything else you stumble across that may be in interesting. Puxi is covered, but finding in hard the other side of the river. Pics will be used in a private seminar on development.
posted by priorpark17 at 2:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Mixing it up with mixed martial arts.
Why do MMA fighters restrict their skills to a limited set of four or five martial arts, rather than branch out and include lesser-known arts from around the world? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:56 AM PST - 21 comments

September 18
Japan autumn colours in early November?
Going to Japan over the 1st week of November: where to see autumn colours? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 11:45 PM PST - 8 comments

A month in Serbia - what should two Americans know?
What should a couple of Americans know who are about to go to Serbia for about a month? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Flying to Philly, looking for cheesesteak
Flying into Philly next Tuesday around 530pm, then driving up to Bethlehem. I'd love to stop in Philly and grab a killer cheesesteak- but I'll have my family with me so I'd probably only be able to do this if its somewhat near the airport or on the way toward Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 10:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Best SF Middle Schools?
SFMiddleSchoolFilter. Help me figure out which are the best and worst San Francisco middle schools [more inside]
posted by asavage at 10:07 PM PST - 3 comments

How to fix Windows iTunes HD video?
How do I make iTunes on Windows XP stop stuttering? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Name this science-fiction novel
Please help me identify this 50s, 60s or 70s science-fiction novel. The bad guys are evil alien jellyfish who lived in a lake, but you never see them, and the spaceships are nuclear/steam powered. [more inside]
posted by w0mbat at 9:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking great examples of book design in LaTeX
I am teaching myself typesetting with LaTeX. I learn best by example and so I'm looking for some great examples to follow — especially if they're based on the Memoir class. Ideally, I'd love to find some (public domain) classic literature that stands out as a great study in syntax, style and design. What do you recommend?
posted by tomwheeler at 8:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Be gone podcast!
How can I delete podcasts from my iPod on the go [more inside]
posted by Mephisto at 8:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Straps! Help!
So many straps! [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB at 8:12 PM PST - 10 comments

GLASS + INTELLIMOUSE = FAIL
Glass desk from Staples; Microsoft Intellimouse; Horrible mouse tracking -- how to fix? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 7:47 PM PST - 27 comments

I don't want my kid to hate me because of her handle...
Twin-Naming...We're expecting twin girls in January. We've decided that one will be named Sophie Gabrielle (4 syllable German last name starting with B.) The other is not so easy... [more inside]
posted by ms.v. at 7:38 PM PST - 64 comments

This Hússtjórnarskólinn, it vibrates?
What would be the best equivalent of the Icelandic Hússtjórnarskólinn in English? [more inside]
posted by neroli at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheap camcorder - 6 years old
What was the cheap cool camcorder to have in 2002? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 7:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Photo series of paper miniatures of imagined trip to Moon or Mars from late '70s?
Can you help me locate a series of photos of an imagined trip to Mars (or maybe a return to the Moon?) done in papercraft, that was in one of my grade school textbooks around 1979? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:44 PM PST - 0 comments

Where Can I Find Gelato
Looking for a place that has gelato in or near Charlotte, NC. And a restaurant for real food to go with it. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 6:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How much money does forgetfulness waste?
How much money does carelessness and forgetfulness waste? When I forget to turn off lights, how much more am I paying for electricity? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

The mother goddess in popular culture?
Examples of the Venus of Willendorf and the Mother Goddess in popular culture besides Jean Auel? [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Anti-Malware programs... what do you like, and what do I need?
Anti-Malware programs... what do you like, and what do I need? [more inside]
posted by Huplescat at 5:23 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get to the new Marketplace feature on my Zune 80 device?
How do I get to the new Marketplace feature on my Zune 80 device? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 5:08 PM PST - 4 comments

How long to kill the heart (that pumpy thingy, not the lovey thingy)?
How long to kill the heart (that pumpy thingy, not the lovey thingy)? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 5:00 PM PST - 12 comments

The Zen Master and the Sweeping Up
I read a Zen story years ago at a meditation center library. Can't remember the book/author. (might have had a quirky title? perhaps written by a contemporary Zen master?). The part I remember was about how to sweep and the uses of all the swept-up "trash"... [more inside]
posted by tingting at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

In the current chaos, lets say GS decided to take itself private.
Lets say that one, (theoretically, of course) owned a relatively small amount of stock in Goldman Sachs, and had no intention of selling it... [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

I used to be crazy, now career me up!
My many bad decisions about education and work that have left me in dead-end jobs. What's the career of my dreams? And how do I get it? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 4:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Urutaraman Sebun!
Please tell me all the details about the origin of and story behind the "Okkusenman" song/video, all you Japanophiles/people living in Japan out there. [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Your brother wants steak
I need your recommendations for steakhouses in the D.C./Northern Virginia area. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 4:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Sell! Sell! Sell!
Predepression filter: Should I sell my car and pay off other debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Safest banks for my down payment?
I recently sold my house and got a significant chunk of money which I will be using for my next down payment. It's over the FDIC limit. With all the turmoil going on, I'm looking for suggestions of either a) good, solid FDIC-insured banks to open accounts in, or b) reliable, up-to-date sources of information on bank soundness that are understandable by ordinary folk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi?
Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 3:52 PM PST - 0 comments

Blind guy needs a new career
My friend needs a new career but he can't see for crap. If he had his way, he'd be a Navy SEAL or a cop. Can the hivemind come up with a new idea for what he might enjoy and succeed at ? [more inside]
posted by AuntLisa at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I fix my Houston backyard?
Garden project: I want to renovate the backyard since Hurricane Ike has given me some time off. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 2:57 PM PST - 7 comments

We've Got A Brand New Dance: Punch GarageBand Right in the Dick...
Egads-I-Want-To-Punch-GarageBand-In-The-Dick Filter: Why can't I import AIFF or mp3 files into GarageBand? [more inside]
posted by chara at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Side effect may include braintooth
I have noticed that TV ads for prescription drugs that feature actors directly addressing you always (?) have the voice track lip-synched. The audio is obviously different from what would have been recorded originally, and this seems to be consistent. Why is this? A friend suggested this somehow avoids some FDA regulation about endorsing drugs. This is in the USA.
posted by adamrice at 2:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Power Hour Help!
Can you help me find an 80s Power Hour mix? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Opinions on TUI?
Anyone familiar with Touro University International (TUI)? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Wither the ADA's blessing?
Why do Crest, Colgate, etc. no longer display the ADA seal of approval? [more inside]
posted by bruceo at 1:45 PM PST - 10 comments

NYC Limo/Van Referral Needed
I'd like a referral for a service in New York City that can provide transport for six people, and luggage, from Penn Station to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. There are dozens - if not hundreds - limo services to choose from so I just need help separating the wheat from the chaff. Thanks.
posted by Man with Lantern at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should we eat in Burlington, VT?
Where should we eat in Burlington, VT this weekend? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a part-time job!!
Part-time job ideas that are not minimum wage? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 1:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Adventures in Moving
I have never hired a long distance mover before. We are moving from Vancouver to Kamloops later this year or January. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 1:01 PM PST - 20 comments

woe me adobe!
Why doesn't my upgraded version of Adobe have a create pdf option and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome at 12:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Help with cable mod
How can I modify the 360 Xbox component/analog cable so I can use the HDMI for video and the analog audio cables for the audio...at the same time? OR Which wire(s) should I cut? - pics included [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 12:38 PM PST - 17 comments

What should I do with my broken Tascam FW1082?
I have a Tascam FW1082 midi/audio interface board. Over the last few months, there's been a more consistent and very loud high-pitched whine in the audio output, making it fairly useless for what I need. What should I do to get this fixed? [more inside]
posted by JZig at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Risk Balance with CDs/FDIC
What are the logistics of CDs at a bank that gets taken over by the FDIC? [more inside]
posted by raz5 at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How will the credit crisis affect the tech industry?
How will the current credit crisis and bank failures affect the tech industry and particularly the availability and quality of venture capital? [more inside]
posted by jacobian at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me resize my Indesign document
I've messed up the dimensions of a booklet I designed in Indesign CS3, and I've only realised on getting it ready for the printers. Can I scale the whole document down from B5 to A5?
posted by twistedonion at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

SuperDrive icon is super annoying
Why the mystery icon? Should I eat it? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

File recovery on Windows XP
Accidentally unplugging my external hard drive during use seems to have erased all the files in that directory. How can I recover them? (Windows XP. Easy and free preferred.) [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Car Window Tinting Advice
I'm looking into tinting my car windows a) Should I do it myself or get a professional to do it? b) Can anyone recommend a good shop near Bristol, RI. c) Can cops tell if you tint the windows slightly more than the legal amount? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for an ergonomic, comfortable book-carrying solution...
I'm looking for some type of book bag that would be easy on the arms/shoulders, i.e. as comfortable to carry as possible - any ideas?...more inside.... [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

GTA/Toronto area electronics surplus?
Any Toronto/GTA area electronic surplus stores? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

I left my abdominal contents in San Francisco
So, I think I've given myself some kind of abdominal hernia. I'm in San Francisco, and I have no health insurance. [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Nurse, get me 50cc's of miso onion soup, STAT!
I need the recipe for Whole Foods' miso onion soup. Like... now. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 10:36 AM PST - 18 comments

He Kerned For Our Sins
Who designed this Jesus-y font that I see all over Christian printed material and churches? What is its significance? Its history?
posted by Lieber Frau at 10:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Is he a cheater?
Is there any way he's not cheating on me? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 10:33 AM PST - 169 comments

Angry Listservers with Pitchforks DO NOT WANT
EtiquetteFilter: Scale of 1 - 10, how gauche is it to link to specific messages from a listserv's archives (which includes visible email addresses) in a might-be-widely-read blog post? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 10:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Hedgehog: dead or alive?
Is it possible to easily tell the difference between a dead and a hibernating hedgehog? [more inside]
posted by 999 at 9:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Because lonely academics are cute
Movies about lonely academics who find new meaning in life? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler at 9:34 AM PST - 30 comments

Python and Data Mining
Is Python a logical choice to learn if I want to create Data Mining programs. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me help him and myself.
Please help me help my partner through his career crisis. And help me deal with it, too. [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I make sure I can attain reliable temp jobs in New York City when I'm not traveling?
I need help navigating New York's temp agencies [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Witches, Wizards, and the American Civil War
What was going on with the occult and belief in the supernatural in Civil War-era America? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Cheap mattresses?
Ultra-cheap mattresses: does anyone know what the deal is with these? [more inside]
posted by internal at 7:57 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I annotate email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2003?
Is there a way to annotate email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2003? I am using a plain old laptop, so I'm not looking for tablet software. If there is a built-in way to do it, that would be great, but add-in software is fine too. (The cheaper the better.) I'd prefer annotation methods that don't modify the contents of the original message.
posted by braveterry at 7:45 AM PST - 2 comments

identify this art style
What is this style of art called? [more inside]
posted by swbarrett at 7:25 AM PST - 21 comments

The phenomenology of text
The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:21 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I get the skunk out of my shed?
How do I get rid of an uninvited skunk guest? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 7:16 AM PST - 16 comments

WTF (What's This Font?)
I need help identifying a font and WhatTheFont and IdentiFont are failing me. [more inside]
posted by genial at 7:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me prevent the Agony of "De Feet"
Help me choose some new gym shoes and, just as importantly, know what I should pay for them. [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a new AC company
Does anyone know a good residential AC company in Tampa, FL? The company I have been using (Atlas Air) has been out 3 times in 6 months, and with my AC out again (this time for two weeks while we try to fix it ourselves), I'd like to try someone else before calling Atlas out again.
posted by Ikazuchi at 5:50 AM PST - 6 comments

ayes and seas or all bees?
Here's a question: What would you rather see on a grade report: a collection of A/A-s and the occasional C, or consistent B/B+s? If there were two students, and their GPAs were the same, and you were the director of admissions of some academic program, who would you pick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Bright healthy eyeballs
How does one get clear, bright white healthy "eyeballs"? You know the white area around the pupil, or whatever you call it! [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 5:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it safe to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 yet?
Is it safe to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 yet? [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 5:41 AM PST - 19 comments

OSX upgrade to OSX Server: Headache free?
I will be upgrading a MacPro running 10.4.11 to 10.4.11 Server. What, if anything, could go wrong? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 4:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Jewish life in London?
What parts of London have the biggest Jewish communities? [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss at 4:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Better media player for subtitles?
Windows Media Player and Center in Vista suck at subtitles for the old b&w foreign flicks I watch. Subtitles are white and get washed out when the picture is white. Is there a hack or some other media player which will render the subtitles better (outlined or in yellow). (FYI: subtitles for these films show up great on my Sony DVD player.)
posted by keith0718 at 3:25 AM PST - 7 comments

GiftFilter: must-have objects for a year-long trip
What are the must-have objects for a year-long trip in the World's south-east (India, Asia, Australia). [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 3:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Welcome to Sydney, Avaniceday.
I might be moving to Sydney. What should I think about when planning? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 2:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommend: small budget camera with movie and audio prowess
Hi all-- I'm jumping the gun and asking for a personal recommendation for a used camera purchase. My budget is $200-250 and I want to buy used. My priorities in order are: 1. As much manual control as possible -- so I'm leaning towards Canon for the CHKD firmware. 2. FAST to start up and take shots and switch modes. 3. 30FPS VGA movie ability that looks comparable to a cheap dedicated camcorder (but it doesn't need to record for a long time -- I'm fine with MJPEG). 4. Good quality audio pickup for the movies. 5. Smaller than SLR-size. ...Everything else is low priority. I hope these criteria and its answers will be useful to others.
posted by oneous at 12:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Sucky Pedal Disengagement
I almost got run over this evening when my SPD clips didn't release. What can I do to be (and feel) safer? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 12:23 AM PST - 26 comments

September 17
Does Denzel Washington speak Spanish?
Does Denzel Washington speak Spanish? [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 11:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Political Science for Cynics
What is the term in political science that describes this concept? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 11:39 PM PST - 17 comments

No one twisting his arm....
What bands sound like Game Theory? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 11:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find my cat.
One of my cats got out, what should I do to help insure he gets back to me? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:07 PM PST - 24 comments

1 extra week in Europe - where should I go?
1 extra week in Europe - where should I go? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 11:00 PM PST - 20 comments

search engine madness
is it possible to filter search engine results by date? Google claims it is, but its not working for me. Live.com and yahoo dont even seem to have the option. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 10:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Removing a song from multiple playlists in iTunes?
Is there a way to remove a song from all playlists in iTunes without having to delete the actual song? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 10:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I locate someone that wishes not to be located?
My father disappeared completely from my life over 20 years ago. Supposedly he's dead, but there's no death certificate. He can't be found. Do you know of any FREE resources I could enlist to help me untangle the mystery? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 10:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Are smarter people more likely to kill themselves?
It seems like most suicides I hear about are very intelligent people, but is there actually any established correlation between intelligence and suicide? Or has this been conclusively rejected as a risk factor? I haven't been able to find any mention of intelligence in various discussions of suicide risk factors.
posted by scottreynen at 9:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I combine my pensions transatlantically?
Can I get money invested in a UK private pension transferred into my US 401K? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 9:38 PM PST - 2 comments

how do I tell a browser in osx which plugin should handle a certain file type?
how do I tell a browser in osx which plugin should handle a certain file type? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Fake mustache or coke sign?
What exactly does it mean when someone holds their finger under their nose as if making a fake mustache? Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 9:15 PM PST - 36 comments

Disclaiming money, not responsibility
I need to choose which shells (account types) under which to put the coins (inherited and disclaimed assets), and I am worried that if I choose the wrong one, I will lift it after shuffling to find nothing underneath. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 8:59 PM PST - 2 comments

I have no idea what to do.
The girl I was going to marry has left. My "life plan" for the next 10 years just got erased. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 8:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Tuesday's House over-ran and my DVR didn't record the whole show and now I'm mad.
House Filter: What did Wilson say to House at the very end of the season opener "Dying Changes Everything"? (spoilers inside if you DVR'd it) [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

at this rate I'll have a downpayment for a nice shack in hooverville left.
I've lost 5% of my 401K in THREE DAYS. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 8:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Component video plus optical audio hook-up for original Xbox?
What the best way for me to connect my original Xbox to the component inputs on my CRT TV and my Dolby Digital receiver? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Lagging edge notebook computer for less than $500?
I'm looking for a lagging edge (can be large, heavy, and have poor battery life) *new* notebook computer, for less than $500. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 8:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Finding Serenity
Explain to me the difference between these two Chinese characters, both said to mean "serenity." [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Car accident/insurance advice
What should I do if I'm not sure someone's after the fact claim about a car accident is actually related to the accident? [more inside]
posted by rbellon at 7:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Old guy walks into a bar...
Is there a way to track a human being electronically for their own safety and not entirely with the person's consent? I'm asking this for a friend whose father has mild alzheimer's and wanders off. I'm not really asking if it's moral to do this but if you feel the need to give your opinion on that, knock yourself out. I want to know if there is a technology that will allow her to track her father's movements electronically, not through a cell phone or a bracelet or implanting something under his skin. If it matters, this is in New York City.
posted by kenzi23 at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

My mother pronounces it "meee-yolk."
Curiosity-filter: Why can't we drink primate milk? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

My daugher is a poop player
I need to know if my daughter is exhibiting normal behavior, or if she's going through some sort of psychological thing. It all started when my 5 year old ran up the stairs screaming, RUBY is playing with her poop! [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:51 PM PST - 14 comments

DCFilter
Where can I find information about the history of Chinatown in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Therapist? Professor? Something else? Help me figure out a career/life-direction dilemma.
Therapist? Professor? Something else? Help me figure out a career/life-direction dilemma. Dear MeFites: You are wise. Please help me think through a tangle of career thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I win her back? Should I try?
Can I win her back? Should I try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 43 comments

where can i study near 25th and 7th ave on sunday mornings?
please get me out of starbucks: i need a place to study sunday mornings within a 5ish block radius of 25th Street and 7th Ave (new york city). HELP! [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 6:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find used truck tarp?
Where can I find truck tarp? [more inside]
posted by nitor at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Where was Bitu from?
Before I knew anything about India, I dated an Indian guy named Bitu (long i, long u: bee-too). I remember him telling me that it wasn't his real name, that it was a nickname and it meant 'son' in his language (or, possibly, 'sun'). I neglected to ask what language that was... and now I really want to know.
posted by bookish at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

We're leaving and I want you to sign the dotted line saying that we're a-okay after this point.
Can my company force employees to sign a resignation letter during an acquisition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Excel worksheet on the web?
Excel-filter: How to publish live, interactive excel worksheets on the web? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Come on. Come on. Come on.
Years ago, I saw a little cartoon short that consisted of a guy waiting for an elevator, constantly pushing the button and saying "come on ... come on ... come on ..." That was basically the whole thing. He did this over and over, so many times that it became laugh-out-loud hilarious. I want to say it was on something like a Spike & Mike compilation, or maybe O Canada, but I'm not having any luck finding it. Can you help?
posted by jbickers at 5:28 PM PST - 3 comments

What are we not thinking of? Canadians in the States.
Roadtrip-Filter: Some questions about a trip from Toronto, Ontario to Salem, Oregon [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 4:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Cote d'Azur nightlife
I'm new to the region and don't know much about the nightlife here. Can anyone recommend good clubs/bars in or around Cannes and Nice?
posted by PTCHFRKR at 4:32 PM PST - 2 comments

If I can shrink a 2 gig video down to 17 megs, and still have it looking good, there's gotta be something for images!
Software to reduce image size for websites? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 4:19 PM PST - 15 comments

favorite USB headset?
What is your favorite USB headset with a mute button? Bonus points if you know it works well with VOIP/avaya softfones. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Need some tips on how to be a freelance developer
Now that I'm starting to do more part-time freelance software development, what kinds of things should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Creative winter container gardening?
Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there any student loan repayment help agencies?
Are there any credit counseling or 3rd party agencies that work with student loan repayments? [more inside]
posted by smashingstars at 3:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Yes, I realize it's disgusting.
Is it possible to ferment potable alcohol from animal sources? Like, fluids? [more inside]
posted by kafziel at 3:09 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop being the butt of all the jokes?
Grr, how to stop being the butt of all the jokes and defend... it's getting annoying! [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 3:08 PM PST - 35 comments

free iPod Rip?
Looking for a free Ipod Rip program for Mac Leopard [more inside]
posted by The Boy at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the deal with God/Ghost particles?
Will someone please explain to this non-physicist what the "ghost particle" is, and what the "god particle" is? Are they the same thing? How would one go about finding them (through LHC or other process,) and why are they so sought after? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 2:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Backyard playground setup?
What do I need to know to set up a backyard playground? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

how can I stop freaking out about cold sores?
how can I stop freaking out about cold sores? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Wish you were here, wish they'd disappear.
How to tell a new intimate partner about self-inflicted scars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 19 comments

What do you think I should do?
Messy housing situation, tenant is manipulating landlord's poor English skills and profiting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Lend your Euroknowledge.
Please give me advice in planning a European adventure. [more inside]
posted by gracious floor at 2:15 PM PST - 16 comments

How big a wood stove should I get?
How big a wood stove should I get? [more inside]
posted by geos at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

I am a nose breather! Help me not be!
How can I breathe from the regulator underwater while taking my mask off!?? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 2:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Wake Up Fun
Looking for a streaming radio station, or podcast that has upbeat music, funny samples and dj's, so I can laugh first thing in the morning during my morning routine. But here's the rub, I'm not looking for comedy shows, or vapid commentary. Something a little more tasteful and subtle than your run of the mill morning crap that pollutes the airwaves and makes me depressed about humanity.
posted by parallax7d at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

UCLA or UC Berkeley music program?
UCLA or UC Berkeley music program? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

The ideas are all around, floating away...
I feel the need to be creative, but can't figure out what sort of outlet is the best to get my ideas out. How do I figure out what sort of creativity I have? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Given that it's a multi-gazillion dollar industry, you'd think some folks would have developed helpful websites along the way...
Can any of you help us find unique, casual, interesting wedding venues in Maine, NH, VT, Mass, CT or NY? [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help before we make a mistake set in stone
My wife and I own a home in central Florida. We would like to hire a contractor to add to our backyard a 10 x 20 concrete patio with a stamped pattern and an acid stain and seal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

GOOGLE buries the most important story of the day?!
For as long as I can remember, I've quickly checked the major market indices by going to Google -> News -> Business, and checking the "Market Summary" in the top right corner. This morning and afternoon, it was mysteriously absent, replaced by a "Featured Video of the Day". Where did it go? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Why don't you set that to one side for now...
How to convince my boss to let me do what I was hired to do? [more inside]
posted by LN at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

What useful trade can I learn to survive a collapsed economy?
What's a trade I can learn now, as a hobby, that will be useful if/when the economy collapses? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 1:05 PM PST - 41 comments

How many people work from home who aren't traditional telecommuters?
I'm trying to figure out how many people in the US work from home, but aren't (traditional) telecommuters. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find an annoying Flash animation from way back
In search of an annoying flash video in the early "style" of rathergood.com (e.g. viking kittens) It consisted of an annoying (probably) pitch shifted voice making a race car noise. [more inside]
posted by rampy at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I trigger a specific template rebuild in MT 4.2?
MovableTypeFilter: How do I initiate an automatic rebuild of a specific template at a given time under MT 4.2? The upgrade from 4.1 to 4.2 has broken my cron jobs, which have worked for years. Grrrr!!!! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Apache + 20 virtual hosts + awstats?
Apache + 20+ virtual hosts + awstats with one access log? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Boarded Up
Tricking out a 4' x 8' cork board in my office [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Liquor in Long Beach
Looking for a fabulous Liquor store in the Long Beach, CA area. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Records of recent UK court decisions
What's the best way to find information about a recent (i.e., one week old) magistrates' court decision in the UK? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin at 12:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Grief...depression...both? Now what?
How to deal with long grief leading into depression? I lost my boyfriend last year in a very sudden, very horrifying suicide. (there are links in my post about it last year if you're a trainwreck gaper like i am...) I'm in weekly therapy with a great therapist. I see a great psychiatrist monthly. I am on two antidepressants that don't seem to be doing much for me but I can't really tell, because am I depressed or am I still grieving? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 11:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Should I pay the $10 to upgrade my iPod touch?
I recently purchased an iMac and got a free iPod touch as part of the educational promotion. I don't have an iPhone, and am fairly locked into my current (non-ATT) contract, so I won't be getting an iPhone anytime soon. I've tried to figure out what the new software upgrade, 2.1, will do for me, but just from looking at the Apple site, it's difficult to figure out what I can do with the touch as it stands, and what I would gain by upgrading. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed at 11:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Permission to sell custom musical arrangements of copyrighted works
How do I get permission to sell musical notation of my own arrangement of a copyrighted popular song, legally? [more inside]
posted by adrian_h at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Error Message Sending E-mails
I'm getting the following message attempting to send e-mails: "An error occurred while sending mail. The mail server responded. 4.3.0 problem running virus scanner. Please check message and try again." Is this a Thunderbird, Dell or Cedant issue?
posted by tangyraspberry at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

DSL speed takes a dive
My non-profit uses a DSL service best typified as a mom and pop operation in our small city. The ISP recently switched their upstream provider and our DSL speeds got an immediate burst in speed and quality. Now it's back to being pokey again. What's the best way to see what's going on in a network sense? [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me live in the Tower of Babel
LanguageFilter: Having a little bit of a few languages under my belt, I'd like to add more/get better at the ones I know. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

float, padding, margins, wrappers, %0px1.2em!11!! oh my!
I'm going crazy trying to adjust my blog template. It seems that when I change the browser window size, the body, sidebar, and header all move independently. If I make the window wider, the right edges of the sidebar and header do not align. If I make the window less wide, the whole sidebar crunches into body text (fine) and eventually gets kicked off the side by the body (not fine). Ideally, I'd like them all to line up, move/scale together side-to-side, and not get kicked around. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I make a prop 1965 JB Hutto Montgomery Airline guitar?
How do I make a prop electric guitar? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 10:55 AM PST - 14 comments

SeaTown Luggage Logistic
I'll be getting off the amtrak in Seattle on Thursday with a bicycle, a cumbersome backpack, and a laptop bag. Within an hour, I need to hit an appointment with a stock agency fairly near to the station. The only friend I know in Seattle is finishing up his term finals and can't pick me up - with car and roof rack - until later that evening. [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Ground Apples: To the apple-cider heap?
Apple picking: from the ground or the tree? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the best practice for authenticating Google's crawlers?
I manage a website. Some content requires authentication by password or IP. I want Google to crawl that content but not cache it, so that Google users can find it in searches but can't access it without authentication. What's the best way to do this? In 2006 Matt Cutts recommended doing a reverse DNS lookup to verify that a bot's name is in the googlebot.com domain, and then a forward DNS->IP lookup using that googlebot.com name (to thwart spoofers). Is that still the best solution? How do other people manage this?
posted by futility closet at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Slightly morbid bird question
Why do you never see dead birds in the city? I live in the city and close to water. My surroundings are full of ducks, swans, pigeons (yich) and gulls. Yet I never see one dead, except maybe if it was run over by a car. Why is that? Is there some secret bird cemetery they go to to die? Surely the gutters should be full of dead pigeons or something. God knows there's enough of them around. Or are they eaten by insects in record time? Disclaimer: I do not have an actual wish to see dead birds. I've just been wondering about this since forever.
posted by Skyanth at 10:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Well-done Christian worship music?
Do you have any recommendations for well-done Christian worship music? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 9:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Tinning a soldering iron
How do I get solder to stick to the tip of my fancy new soldering iron? [more inside]
posted by shimon at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Electric shaver?
Can you recommend a specific electric shaver? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Will the government benefit from takeovers when the market turns around?
Do U.S. government takeovers of financial corporations mean the possibility of substantial profits for the government when the markets turn around?
posted by jacobw at 9:18 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I use footnotes properly?
Footnote experts/writers: Please help me decide the best way to use footnotes in my document. [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 9:11 AM PST - 6 comments

What're the essential web languages for a new developer?
I'd like to learn some web languages to help me take advantage of APIs and generally be more useful. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:50 AM PST - 16 comments

So, tell me about so
So, awhile back I noticed a lot of people beginning a lot of their sentences with the word so. Suddenly, I was doing the same. Does anyone know if this has a specific origin in the culture? A character in a TV show, maybe?
posted by partner at 8:34 AM PST - 55 comments

What is the release date of the English translation of Lukyanenko's Last Watch?
What is the release date of the English translation of Lukyanenko's Last Watch? Where can I go for better information? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

An idiot parent fails at translation
Can any merciful Mefite possibly tell me what on earth this message to my teenage son from an eBay seller is saying? This is hideously embarrassing because I'm not entirely sure I even recognize the language! [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 8:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Where to store a suitcase in Manhattan?
I'm flying into LaGuardia at 10:30 on Friday morning. I'm staying with a friend in Brooklyn but won't be able to get into his apartment until the evening. I would like to spend the day in Manhattan, but will have a large rolling suitcase (like the biggest standard size one you can buy) that I don't particularly want to tote around all afternoon. Where can I leave it? [more inside]
posted by prozach1576 at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

SQUEAKY Floor Filter. How can I stop the floor squeaks in random locations in the 2nd story of my house?
SQUEAKY Floor Filter. How can I stop the floor squeaks in random locations in the 2nd story of my house? [more inside]
posted by emjay at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Asking for a finder's fee: How not to look like a jerk.
How and when to ask for a finder's fee? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What the heck am I qualified for?
I'm planning on leaving my high-pressure hard science PhD program for something that won't make me hate life quite so much. The problem is that I really don't want to go back to biotech/pharma industry, especially without a PhD, unless totally necessary to support my family. So what am I good for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for cold grain salad tips.
How can I improve my cold grain/bean/wild rice/etc salads? They are either too vinegary or too bland, and generally not as good as it seems they should be. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 7:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Saving flash movies
I want to download flash movies from a particular website. Keepvid does not work since the custom flv player uses flashvars to identity the clip. [more inside]
posted by lahersedor at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Remote Management vs. Screensharing vs. VNC on OS X
In OS X Leopard, what is the difference between enabling the Screen Sharing and Remote Management options in Sharing Preferences? Assuming I can figure out firewall/port issues, will enabling Remote Management on my work Mac enable me to establish a VNC connection using a generic VNC client like Chicken of the VNC or do I have to use Remote Desktop? What authorization is required? Can I set it up so it requires my usual Mac username and password rather than some other password? Do I have other options if I want people using Linux and Windows to remotely manage their Macs at work when they are not logged in at the terminal?
posted by caek at 6:53 AM PST - 24 comments

At what level of Scovilles does capsaicin produce skin irritation?
At what level of Scovilles does capsaicin produce skin irritation? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:48 AM PST - 17 comments

What is the 'proper' title for someone who is a graphic designer, music composer, photographer and a videographer all together.
What is the 'proper' title for someone who is a graphic designer, music composer, photographer and a videographer all together.
posted by bostonhill at 6:43 AM PST - 22 comments

I want to reach out and touch some screen.
My secret geek shame is that I've never owned an good mobile device. I'm in the market for a smartphone of some sort. What should I look for, what are the common pitfalls, what should I know that isn't obvious? [more inside]
posted by wavering at 6:36 AM PST - 29 comments

How to clean Musty Towels
How can I get this awful, musty smell out of my towels? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 6:34 AM PST - 20 comments

I, Fresh Prince
I noticed last night that many of the final episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have strange titles and I was wondering if anyone knew why. Many of the episodes in the sixth and final season begin with the word "I" and then are followed by sometimes nonsensical phrases or words. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 6:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me naturally select some good books on speciation!
I've become very interested in the topic of speciation lately, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing which books would be the best to start with. [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

When to seek help for anemia
I'm severely anemic and bleeding. How do I know when it's time to go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by Hildegarde at 5:06 AM PST - 18 comments

SSL 2.0 vs. SSL 3.0
I've been trying the Linux hack of the Google Chrome browser, and notice it uses SSL 2.0, as opposed to the SSL 3.0 that FF3 uses. A cursory check shows SSL 2.0 to be faster, but is it less secure than SSL 3.0? What are some other pros/cons about the two?
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Why brake fluid?
Why brake fluid? It's horrible stuff; volatile, poisonous, corrosive, generally unpleasant. So why do we use it instead of using a (relatively) more beign hydraulic fluid?
posted by BadMiker at 2:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Vending The Unique With Gusto
Street Vendors Who Make Their (Very, Very Good) Livlihood [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Listing .org domains
Is there a way to find organisations that have registered an .org domain within certain geographical boundary (country, region, town)?
posted by chexov at 1:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What kind of furniture is this?
I received a furniture set from the 20's (or the 30-50's). The family legend is that the set was made by a very famous Danish designer and is worth 15k. Anyone recognize these? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 12:38 AM PST - 7 comments

tom clancy in latin?
a friend tells me how a book collections speaks authors about the owner. jane austen = smart. tom clancy = not. i posed the question: what about tom clancy, in latin? now i'm trying to find a book to test the hypothesis.
posted by camdan at 12:26 AM PST - 38 comments

September 16
After the cast comes off
YANMD. Advice for rehab after a broken fibula, and life in a CAM boot? I'm going to get my cast off tomorrow and I'd particularly like to know what I should ask about when I see the doctor and the physical therapist, as well as any other advice you have. I suffered an oblique fracture of the right fibula just a couple centimeters from the lateral malleolus about six weeks ago, and am eager to get back on my bike before the winter.
posted by d. z. wang at 11:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Dog attack.
On my "be prepared" list are dangerous dog attacks (specifically Pit Bulls and Rottweilers) . I've read several good article on ways to handle the situation if I am attacked, but that's not what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 11:13 PM PST - 50 comments

Any ideas for a room-to-room party?
The co-op I currently live in while attending University is having a room-to-room party. This basically entails that all of the members of the co-op go to each room for about 15-20 minutes to listen to some good music, drink a bit, and otherwise have a good time. Each room has a different theme so as to give the party a bit of variety. I am new to the co-op, so I am not familiar with themes that have been used in the past. Moreover, my roommates and I are at a loss for ideas. We need your help! [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 10:41 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop the bleeding?
I know you are not my broker. Despite my personal contributions and my employer match, my 401K has 7% less money in it now than it had a year ago, which is, in turn, is 6% less than it had at this time two years ago. I understand that I'm supposed to be in this for the "long haul" but at this rate I'm losing money faster than I can contribute it. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:03 PM PST - 17 comments

How I get rid of a Phylloxera grapevine infestation?
(Amature Viticulture filter)...What do I do to get rid of a Phylloxera infestation? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Questions about the possible economic depression
Questions about the best course of action to prepare for a possible economic depression [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Coffee help!
Good/great espresso on the cheap... possible? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 8:59 PM PST - 15 comments

sleep tight and pleeeeaaase don't let the bedbugs bite.
The upstairs neighbors have bedbugs. My roommate and I really really really don't want them! Are there any preventative measures we can take? Bonus points for non-chemical solutions.
posted by purplefiber at 7:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Solving the hyper-inflation problem in Zimbabwe
What some possible solutions for the humongous inflation affecting Zimbabwe's economy?
posted by dcrocha at 7:45 PM PST - 14 comments

No more plastic in my coffee, please.
I am looking for an electric coffee maker that is not made of plastic. I have found several that are "stainless steel" in the sense that they are plastic wrapped in steel, or the carafe is steel, but what I want is a machine that does not heat the water in plastic. The only thing I have found is a vacuum coffee maker made entirely of glass, but that's not really what I want. I'm also not interested in a French press or a Chemex. Please help!
posted by exacta_perfecta at 7:42 PM PST - 20 comments

It'sa ardha ota ivgay a itshay esthay aysday.
How would one write "it's hard to give a shit these days" in Latin? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

File my five-by-sevens
Suggestions for a good-quality photo album that holds 5x7 pics? Recommendations for specific makes/brands welcome. [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

I'll leave before they fire me
Should I look for a new job or ride it out? I'm getting bored, the company performance is lacking a bit, and quite a few coworkers have lost their jobs as a result. [more inside]
posted by PFL at 6:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me mathemaster
Please suggest a learning plan for learning upper level math? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Let's get chemical.
Hey Biochemists! Why exactly (in extreme biochemical detail) are pH balancing "Acid/Alkaline diets" a bunch of hooey? [more inside]
posted by sindas at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Which theaters offer quality improv classes in the Bay Area?
Which theaters offer quality improv classes in the Bay Area? I'm planning on moving to the Bay Area and am an improv junkie - taking classes concurrently at UCB, iO, Second City, The Groundlings and The WE in Los Angeles. So far I've only had BATS recommended to me... any others?
posted by ebness86 at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What are the five impressive words?
What are the five impressive words? Does anybody know the other two impressive words? My mum caught the end of a radio show, yesterday, where they mentioned five words that, when included in your active vocabulary, make a huge difference to how learned you sound. She only heard the last three... [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 5:12 PM PST - 33 comments

Jay Leno's Tank Car CA street legal?
How is Jay Leno's Tank Car (Youtube) street-legal in California? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you believe in miracles?
MiracleFilter: Do you know where I can buy some miracle fruit in Portland Oregon? [more inside]
posted by terpia at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make the Beeriodic Table
I'm looking for beers that correspond to elements on the periodic table. Arsenic (As) = Asahi, Titanium (Ti) = Tiger, Potassium (K) = Kingfisher, and so on. I've got a lot of gaps- please help! [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:04 PM PST - 78 comments

Child Support & Crazy People
Child Support Filter: He's supposed to be paying $207 a month, she has custody, he hasn't paid for almost two years, and served her with papers saying SHE owes HIM child support money. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:51 PM PST - 16 comments

What can I do with crabapples?
What can I do with crabapples? [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Internet Fax Service
I need to send faxes without a land line. [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips at 3:31 PM PST - 18 comments

The Price of Nuts Drives Me Nuts
Anyone know why walnuts are so expensive right now? I went to my local healthy store today and non-organic walnuts are now $9.50 a pound. Are speculators involved? I could have sworn six months ago the price was under $5.00.
posted by Xurando at 3:23 PM PST - 12 comments

T-Mobile @ Home VOIP Opinions Wanted
Anyone have experience with the T-Mobile @ Home VOIP service? [more inside]
posted by cscwallace at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

I got legs, I don't know how to use 'em.
I'm a guy who has ugly, pale legs and thus hasn't worn shorts in public since childhood. But living in a hot climate, I'd really like to be able to wear something besides jeans/pants in public without feeling insecure. What are your suggestions for alternatives to shorts that aren't pants but still keep most of my legs covered and where would I obtain said garment? Or might you have general advice about foregoing pants when you really, really don't like your legs? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 2:46 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me smoke the smokers.
NYC-Renters-filter. How do I make my management company make the ass-hat neighbors upstairs stop using our patio as an ash-tray. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

DC DMV Confusion
When I switch my car registration from MD to DC, do I also have to get a new title? And can I get my driver's license and new registration at the same time? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

David J Filter
I woke up this morning to a new car commercial.... what was the song? [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 1:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Does shirt swapping happen in any sport apart from soccer?
Does shirt swapping happen in any sport apart from soccer? At the end of soccer matches players often swap shirts with members of the opposing team. Does anything similar happen in other sports?
posted by muteh at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

I need a new job
I walked away from my job a few days ago because it was driving me crazy. How should I mention this on my resume? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

At least they can shower and use AC
Anyone know where I can find a restoration status map for Comcast after Ike? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Too Blu-ray Aye
Will my iMac G5 play blu-ray movies? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend a great online-article on consumerism?
Can you suggest interesting--but not too long--articles on consumerism, for the College Writing class I teach? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Uses for Dr Bronner soap?
How does Dr Bronner soap work? What are the 18 uses that they claim on the bottle? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 1:29 PM PST - 28 comments

Need book titles.....
I am looking for Young Adult books to recommend about Womens History. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I eat the caramel wafers?
Caramel wafers one year after 'best by'. Should I eat them? [more inside]
posted by of strange foe at 1:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Beer in Palo Alto
I'll be spending 5 days in Palo Alto next week, and I'm looking for good beer. Specifically, I want to find a carry-out shop where I can pick up a few bottles of Russian River and other good local brews. I'll be staying on El Camino Real and will have very limited access to a car. Bonus points for any good brew pubs in the area too. Thanks!
posted by slogger at 12:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Fix My Soap Dish
My lovely wife managed to rip out our soap dish from the shower wall. Pictures of it and her (not looking half as guilty as she should) after the break. [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 12:46 PM PST - 12 comments

ID this surfboard?
I'm looking for the provenance of this old, mid-size ("fun shape") Gordon & Smith surfboard. [more inside]
posted by MaudB at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a tube map... Not a map tube, thanks Google
Does anyone know where I can buy a poster sized vintage London Underground map (AKA tube map)? Preferably a Harry Beck version (i.e. one from between 1933 and 1960). A good reproduction will do at a push. [more inside]
posted by iivix at 12:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Photo Gallery site - PLUS
I'm looking for a site that will let me send email or SMS to online galleries with photos, videos or audio. [more inside]
posted by davereed at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I close my old store credit card accounts?
Should I close my old store credit card accounts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Did UAL's billion-dollar drop affect banking?
Did the United stock drop have any catalyzing effect on other recent collapses? [more inside]
posted by anildash at 11:33 AM PST - 1 comments

Heading down to the other LA...
Tell me about Shreveport, Louisiana. Things to see. Places to eat. Quickest and safest way to get there. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Name this children's book and TV series from the 80's
Name this children's book and TV series from the 80's...? It's Lord of the Flies meets Follyfoot. Kinda. [more inside]
posted by ticktockdoc at 11:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Chemists: sink my water car!
Why is a water-powered car said to be impossible? (Via electrolysis.) [more inside]
posted by fogster at 11:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording ?
Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording, which is supposed to be required for Dragon Naturally Speaking? [more inside]
posted by eebs at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for hydroculture stuff.
Does anyone know where I can buy hydroculture materials for houseplants in northern Massachusetts. or southern New Hampshire?
posted by kraagenskul at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Whither the Stenbergs?
Where can one get prints/reproductions of Russian Constructivist film posters in Los Angeles?
posted by mykescipark at 10:33 AM PST - 1 comments

Should I stay or should I go?
Two people like each other, but never at the same time. Is it worth waiting for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Catball!
Just returned from overseas to discover my girlfriend's beloved kitty has grown a bit portly. This is getting my girl down so I figured I'd surprise her by coming up with a safe way to help the little apartment-dwelling butterball shed a few pounds. Specifically, I'm looking for a hamster ball, but for cats. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 10:18 AM PST - 42 comments

The FCC on GMRS: SOL or ROFL?
Is the FCC enforcing licensing requirements for GMRS two-way radios? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Proper to resign with NO notice?
I just landed a new job, but they want me to start ASAP! Can I give a resignation letter to my old boss effective immediately or does good manners dictate that I MUST provide two week notice? I am/was a part-time employee at a law office, basically one step above an intern. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 10:01 AM PST - 21 comments

What qualities do YOU look for in your legal secretary?
Future-lawyer seeking experience while still an undergraduate. Any chance of being hired? [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 10:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me think of food combos with the word "and". Like "chips and salsa".
I want a spread for a party where all the food can be described as "_____ and ______", like "chips and salsa", "beans and rice" and "bangers and mash". Help me think of more. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 9:25 AM PST - 72 comments

Cheap computer to run Spore?
What's the cheapest reliable computer I can buy that will play Spore? Challenge: I want to use my 32" HDTV (with VGA) as a monitor. [more inside]
posted by raygan at 9:23 AM PST - 22 comments

Healthy fuel: get in my belly.
Always hungry filter: I'm a newish runner and increasing my distance/speed little by little. What kinds of healthy snacks should I eat throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 9:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Dry cleaners destroyed dress, refusing refund
My girlfriend took a $200 dress to the dry cleaners, paid $9 for it to be cleaned, and it was returned with broken threads and missing beading. The dry cleaning place sited some Federal Trade Commission ruling that they say protects them from having to pay for the clothing. Three part question, all of which are important to me: a) What is the FTC ruling they're referring to? b) How difficult will taking them to court be? c) Are there any strategies to further the discussion of them simply paying for the dress?
posted by davebug at 8:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Can't Check Text Messages on Samsung SCH-U340
I just got a Samsung SCH-U340 (catchy, eh?) and I seem to have two text messages in the inbox. When I try to check them, the phone instantly shuts down and restarts (with the Verizon Logo sequence). I have tried deleting all the messages, which effects everything but the inbox (those messages remain) and doing an all settings reset (which is under the security menu), also to no avail. How do I fix this?
posted by phrontist at 8:44 AM PST - 1 comments

Need interesting speeches given by leaders
Any suggestions on famous "leadership" speeches ala Patton's Speech or similar? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 8:28 AM PST - 14 comments

You rolled in WHAT?
My dog rolled in human feces last night. The smell is clinging to her fur. What will get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Where should we go fore our trip?
I have the week of 9/29 off between ending one job and starting the next. I want to take a quick golf trip with a friend - 3 or 4 days, 18-36 holes a day. Where should I go? Additional pertinent details inside. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I jump ship from my Vanguard mutual funds account?
Should I pull my money out of the stock market? I'm pretty clueless. [more inside]
posted by metamush at 8:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Go away, nightmares!
Help me get rid of nightmares! [more inside]
posted by lunit at 7:59 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you spell D-N-S?
How do you explain DNS, A records, MX records, etc. to your staff and clients? What's the best way to get non-technical people to understand this? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Web-based appointment scheduler for Exchange?
Does anyone know of a web-based appointment scheduler that integrates with Exchange? [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby at 7:47 AM PST - 3 comments

An observatory in the New York/New Jersey area?
I need help finding an observatory in the New York/ New Jersey area that I can take my boyfriend for his birthday to view the stars for a good hour or more. Any suggestions?
posted by likeapen at 7:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Solve the Mystery!
45 year old literary blind item - can you identify the subject? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll at 7:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Fire in the sky
This week I saw something very strange in the sky - maybe you can identify what it was. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 7:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Alcohol and personal warmth
I am a person who always feels cold in the winter. Even if I bundle up at home in the evening with a sweater, long underwear, socks and slippers, I still feel cold, and then also sweaty and clammy. The one thing that addresses this problem quickly and effectively is a shot or two of whisky (or other alcohol), but that can't be the only solution, can it? [more inside]
posted by OilPull at 7:00 AM PST - 27 comments

Need new sheets
What is a high quality set of sheets? [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 7:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Per VHost Apache Bandwidth Stats
Linux/Unix Admin Filter: What is your preferred method for monitoring bandwidth use per virtual host in Apache? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 6:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is beer suddenly making me sick?
I'm in my mid 30s, been drinking beer for what seems like forever so why is it suddenly making me sick when I drink it? [more inside]
posted by nougat at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Deals on 3rd generation nanos?
iPod nano price drop for older models? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Derivation of dolphin (mooring)
What is the derivation of the nautical term dolphin? Not the mammal please. A dolphin is a cluster of pile or a similar object, used for mooring vessels. If there is no answer could I be pointed in the right direction for information?
posted by uaimh at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Light me up!
Help me find something that looks like this lamp. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Lose weight now! Ask me hOH MY GOD
How does heart rate correlate to calories burned, and can I lose weight by just being incredibly nervous? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 6:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me out with some quick business French!
Urgent business French question! Is "enchantée" appropriate for business use? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 5:59 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I protect a sweet old person who may need a legal guardian?
Does anyone here have any experience with nominations for conservatorship in the state of California, either as a potential conservator, an attorney, social worker, psychiatrist or anyone else who plays a role in the process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find my first bookkeeping job in Edinburgh!
Help me get a job in bookkeeping in Edinburgh, UK! [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin at 5:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Good online resource for generic liability waiver?
Is there a good online resource for generic liability waivers? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 5:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Does my Flickr photo infringe on a trademark? Do I have to remove it?
Does my Flickr photo infringe on a trademark? Do I have to remove it? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 5:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Twelve times a year, or once a month?
My (Geico) insurance allows another person to drive my car up to twelve times a year and still be covered. Can they use up all twelve times in a single week? [more inside]
posted by Estragon at 5:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Apartment Move Tips & Tricks
I'm moving to a new apartment in the same neighborhood I live in now, and want the move to go as smoothly as possible. What are your tips and tricks for a successful apartment move? What are things you wish you had thought of before you moved into a new place?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:24 AM PST - 6 comments

GOOD Italian resturants that deliver to Huntington, NY
What are some good vendors to have food (dinner) delivered to a residence in Huntington, NY? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 5:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get my walls painted in DC
Can anyone recommend an affordable and reliable house painter in D.C.? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 5:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Best travel points plastic for a Canuck?
What's the best Canadian credit card to earn travel miles? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Care Bears movie about a giant crystal buried underneath a city that made everyone sad and possibly black and white.
Care Bears movie about a giant crystal buried underneath a city that made everyone sad and possibly black and white? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 4:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Good things happen to those who wait?
I just bought a MacBook last Sunday. I just heard news yesterday the new one may be coming out soon. Did I do a mistake? [more inside]
posted by remi at 4:00 AM PST - 15 comments

September 15
What steps should I take to ensure my rabbit and new chihuahua puppy get along?
What steps should I take to ensure my rabbit and new chihuahua puppy get along? [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 10:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How to keep backpack drive in rain while biking?
Anyone have any good DYI ideas on how to keep your bag dry in the rain while biking? Some kind of plastic cover with elastic? [more inside]
posted by amedia at 10:19 PM PST - 11 comments

The ring is lost inside the house!
Okay. Lost a ring, white gold, somewhere in my apartment. How can I find it? Possible co-culprits: cats. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 9:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Toothpaste from ages past
Another entertaining product expiration thread! Now with 50% fewer cavities.... [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 9:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Cat overgrooming?
My cat has a bald spot. She can't get into the vet until Saturday. Should we find another vet? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 9:43 PM PST - 23 comments

why does LETS GO RIDE BIKES
why do i get motion sickness only on specific forms of transportation? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 8:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Humpday Food-day
How did Wednesday become food and coupon day for USAian newspapers? Even though I've traveled to other parts of the world, I've never paid attention to the phenomenon there. Does this occur in your country as well?
posted by Eekacat at 8:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a Vista equivalent for Office 2004 Mac's "Notebook Layout View"?
A friend of mine is a schoolteacher with the Chicago Public Schools. On his Mac, he uses Office 2004. He was showing me a feature in the Office 2004 version of Word that I really like. It allows you to open up a document in something called "Notebook Layout View" (I think) that simulates a page of ruled notebook paper as if you were writing in a spiral notebook. It even allows you to format a title and heading and other features. Anyone know if there is a Vista equivalent for Office 2007? I tried looking through the templates (both what's included with 2007 and at Microsoft Online) and I can't seem to find anything similar. (and please, no flames or exhortations to "get a Mac!" I'm stuck with I have and there's no changing for the time being) Thanks!
posted by zooropa at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a Kerry/Gore SNL sketch
Does anyone else remember this SNL sketch with Gore and Kerry commiserating about losing to Bush? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar at 8:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Business Credit card recs?
any good recommendations for business credit cards? Spend about 400K per year. 35 cardholders. pay on time.
posted by dougiedd at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Romantic yes, but also ironic.
Please suggest self-aware romantic comedies. (Rather lengthy explanation sheepishly included.) [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 8:32 PM PST - 64 comments

Can you become ill by studying illness?
Is it possible to develop mental illnesses by studying psychology? I've heard occourances of this through various sources over the years, but i'm looking for definitive proof (i.e. reports, studies)
posted by psyward at 8:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Should vegetarians eat marine creatures?
Should vegetarians eat fish? How about shrimp? Mollusks? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 at 8:15 PM PST - 52 comments

Netstat natterings.
Can someone help me interpret these netstat results from an XP computer? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Mixing engineer in Sacramento?
Looking for a good mixing engineer near Sacramento. We have tracks recorded in Logic (easily sent to Protools) and need a pro to help make them sound pretty.
posted by TheCoug at 8:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Sugestions for a lightweight and open source notetaking and outlining editor
Looking for alternatives to Keynote, a hierarchical note taking and outlining editor for Windows that is no longer under development. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 7:53 PM PST - 13 comments

3D model of a school, how?
What should I use to make a simple 3D model of a school (not real)? I also need to create some classrooms (with chairs, table, etc). [more inside]
posted by Memo at 7:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a way automate making custom resumes
Where can I find a service / program that would enable me to dynamically create resumes and cover letters? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

how to deal with aggression from a newbie?
NewCatFilter: We just had a scary incident involving our old and new cats--what's the best response? Much more after the cut. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How to extend a wifi network at home.
Help extending a wireless network? I have a Time Capsule acting as my primary wifi base station. It's in the living room, attached to the only DSL line in the house. It has a great signal all over the house...except of course in my office, in the back room. Any good ideas how to extend the network back there? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by barnone at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How to tell which series Pokemon cards belong to?
How to tell which series Pokemon cards belong to? [more inside]
posted by monkeydluffy at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

As a web designer, do I still need to aim for under 50kb files?
Web designers, what is the maximum recommended file size for site designs in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Who was my (?)famous(?) sub?
I have incredibly vague memories of being told a substitute teacher I had in grade school was on SNL. Who could it possibly be? [more inside]
posted by frankdrebin at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I mount a FAT32 drive on Vista?
I've got about 200 GB of files on my old Mac that I need to put on my shiny new Vista-running laptop. I've got a 300 GB USB drive. This should be easy... [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

What does the Bank of America purchase of Merrill Lynch mean for the little guy?
We have a Capital Builder Account with Merrill Lynch and several shares of BoA. What does the recent purchase of Merrill by BOA mean for us? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. at 4:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Two websites on one Win2k server?
Is there a way to run two "virtual" websites on a Windows 2000 server that are accessible to different users by different names? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there an offline Blackberry city guide?
Is there an offline Blackberry city guide? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 4:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Proper way to write military technology terms
How do you handle names of military technology in writing according to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommend me an online moped dealership
Recommend me an online moped dealership [more inside]
posted by LC at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

controlling entertainment center via laptop - no wires?
control TV, radio, everything with laptop - all wireless? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

So now that we're in this handbasket, how do we get out?
Okay, so a bunch of US financial firms are in a mess. What can/should be done about it? [more inside]
posted by dismas at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Warholesque Buddha poster
Looking for a particular Buddha poster [more inside]
posted by Capri at 3:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a T-shirt fulfillment API?
Is there an automated way to have t-shirts printed and shipped? I'm writing a program that will allow users to have their custom designs printed (a la spreadshirt). Is there any API out there that I could give the image and address and payment, and have it take care of that fulfillment? [more inside]
posted by racecar at 3:17 PM PST - 1 comments

What's the advantage of a credit union?
Are credit unions more stable than banks? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Help for a musty room?
Help for a chronically musty room? Though I keep my bedroom clean, organized and vacuumed it's always got an "old closet" smell. It's not terrible, but it's definitely noticeable upon entering. Any tricks for getting rid of it? The catch: I don't want to cover things up with another scent - I just don't want it to smell at all. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 2:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Toilet works: slow flushing toilet
My toilet is flushing slowly. Sometimes it takes 3+ flushes to completely remove waste. I have completely replaced all of the internals, and tried the CLR method. I have even manually cleared out the return / fill holes. It has helped some, but not enough. I think I need to use something stronger than CLR, like muriatic acid. The problem is I am on a septic tank and everything I read says do not use the muriatic acid method if you are on septic as it will kill all of the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank. So, my thoughts are to use the muriatic acid to clean out the bowl, but before the first flush, use baking soda to neutralize the acid as much as possible. Then flush. After about a week, add some RidX to help restore some of the lost bacteria and after another week or so, add another box of RidX. Is this a sound plan or should I abandon the muriatic acid idea completely?
posted by twistedmetal at 2:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Excel
Using VBA in Excel 2007, how could I place the contents of Row 1 from left to right into Column 1 going top to bottom? [more inside]
posted by londontomasbird at 2:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Let's Do This!
48 Hour Qualifying Exam Tomorrow. Looking For Music To Keep Me Awake, Motivated, Positive, And Working. [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you have a wedding when you're already married?
Please help me make our upcoming 8-months-overdue wedding reception memorable and meaningful to those who weren't at our ac