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September 30
Active Cat Boarding in San Francisco
I need recommendations on boarding young cats in San Francisco. I wouldn't say they are high maintenance, but they are young and very active. [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 10:46 PM PST - 9 comments

What can you see in satellite photos?
Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. at 10:33 PM PST - 12 comments

It's a locker room, not a peep show.
What is the best way to ask a grandmother to remove her 10 year old grandson from the ladies locker room? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:16 PM PST - 34 comments

More importantly, can we garnish a cocktail with it?
Found this mutant-cherry fruit on a tree near Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon today. Can you identify it? Can we eat it?
posted by halogen at 10:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Why have my Macbook and my printer broken up?
why won't my macbook and my hp officejet printer talk anymore? Wirelessly, I mean. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 10:04 PM PST - 4 comments

I wanna know about the old country.
I'm going to be at a rainy cottage all weekend with 3 senior citizens: my dad, aunt, and uncle. I want my non-talkative dad and his sister to reminisce about their childhoods, but I suspect my aunt's talkative husband will dominate the conversation. If that happens, Dad and Aunt won't talk much. How can I encourage them to reminisce without hurting my uncle's feelings? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 9:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Adjusting my Sails
Do I give in to wanderlust? Or go back to school for a grad degree in Comp. Engr with an eye to robotics? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 9:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Unpolarized cord used in a device that expected polarized cord; is it doomed?
Unpolarized cord used in a device that expects a polarized cord. Device no longer works. Doomed? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments

I don't want to be the wicked stepmother!
I am jealous of my boyfriend's adult daughter. We would like to get married, but I feel I need to find a way to cope with this feeling before the relationship gets any deeper. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Self-Portrait Burst?
I'm looking for a digital camera with the ability to do some sort of "burst" mode for self-timer / self-portrait shots. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 8:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Lesser-known spooky and/or mysterious legends?
Tell me some scary and/or mysterious things that are local to your area, but not necessarily well-known to the rest of the world. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 8:11 PM PST - 65 comments

Help me come up with quirky ideas for improbable porn flicks!
I am thinking of making some quirky, amateur porn that straddles the borderline between porn and art. My first flick is going to be a half-hour of this naked girl giving herself hickeys all over her body - wherever her mouth can reach. Help me brainstorm other ideas for porn you always wanted to see, but was never available. Outlandish porn that should be made, but would never be economically viable. Improbable porn that wouldn't necessarily get you off, but is sexy to know it exists.
posted by Sully at 8:00 PM PST - 55 comments

What's this song with a jaunty melody?
What's this song with a jaunty melody I just heard playing in Lowe's? [more inside]
posted by scrowdid at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Caves around Vancouver
Are they any nice caves around Vancouver that aren't out on Vancouver Island? [more inside]
posted by RGD at 7:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Asymmetric pet policy?
Is it legal for a landlord to allow a cat in one half of a duplex but not the other? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 7:18 PM PST - 21 comments

I spy a mullet and a TO jersey!
ScavengerHuntFilter: My friends and I are attending the excellentness that is the Texas State Fair sometime in the coming weeks. Last year, we enjoyed simply taking in the craziness and consuming the large quantities of fried foods. This year, we want to do a scavenger hunt - that is, taking pictures of certain things that are often seen (and perhaps not so often seen) at a state fair. Any ideas as to what should be on the list? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 7:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Insert worried question about U.S. health insurance here.
Best U.S. insurance company for a pre-existing condition (depression) - advice please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Here lies Amelia Bright
Looking for a live old Ben Folds Five song... [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

How to handle a goober for a landlord?
I've got eleven months to go on a lease, and a whole slew of problems with a new (to me) apartment, and a cheap, possibly negligent landlord. How do I remedy them? LOTS of details inside. But if you don't want to read the whole kit-and-caboodle inside here are the Cliff notes: (a) Landlord took more than weeks to fix the unusable bathroom sink; blamed the repairman. (b) Landlord expects me to find/select/transport the washer/dryer he’s obligated by lease to provide, and was missing on our move-in, and for less than $200. (c) Landlord flat-out refused to clean disgustingly smelly carpets we encountered on moving day (d) Landlord reneged on verbal agreement to replace crappy kitchen linoleum (e) Landlord made repeated, guilt-trippy and borderline abusive calls about first month's rent, and (bonus) (f) makes (super odd) references to lesbians. [Way too many details inside; you probably don't need to bother reading unless you want specific specifics] [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 5:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Name Recognition
One business + two Flickr accounts + lots of Google recognition = one frustrated business owner. Help me decide which Flickr account to use, or if I should delete both and start over. [more inside]
posted by Ann Onymous at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Being an adult sucks. Can I be 18 again?
Help me/us gain perspective about working while in school, please! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

I JUST WANT MY EMAIL.
My Outlook 2003 program is suddenly freezing ALL. THE. TIME. I have tried repairing the .pst folder, creating a new profile, and loading the system CD -- no love. (In fact, I loaded the system CD and it couldn't even FIND the file I needed to check Outlook.) I have done a virus scan -- it's fine. Help. (And PLEASE, PLEASE do not be cute by responding with "Get a Mac," unless you are going to give me the money to do so.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:44 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me improve my customer service.
Looking for tips and advice to improve my customer service for my online store. When you buy something online - a tangible item that is posted - what makes you think "hey, great customer service!"? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 5:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Dead chicken + money + cigar = ?
What cultural or spiritual practice involves an alter or offering incorporating a dead chicken and money? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 4:55 PM PST - 14 comments

My Website is All Grown Up... how do I find a develoepr to transition me from phpbb to joomla ?
How do I find a local programmer (So Cal) for a php open source project (phpbb transition to a Joomla site) with a budget of $5-$10k [more inside]
posted by matimer at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I easily keep olive juice out of my Mexican Martini?
What is the shorthand to order a Mexican Martini without olive juice at a bar that inexplicably decided it was a good idea to add it to every Mexican Martini they make? [more inside]
posted by Swifty at 4:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Please hold, someone will be with you shortly.
I want to run it in a radio show type of format... a conference call that is. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

jbickers needs your help to Fight Off An Ultra-National Gang
What are some online games in the style of Mafia Wars, but not quite so ... social? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Project Management Technologies Needed!
I'm working on a group project that will involve quite a bit of research, scheduling, collaboration and communications and need a centralized, web-based platform to make the job easier... Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I being gullible for considering cat insurance?
Am I being gullible for considering cat insurance? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 3:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Need a latin translation
Latin scholars, I want to get a tattoo that reads: 'Live a proud life' and I don't know if it is going to be in the same statement, 'live a strenuous life' [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 3:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Maybe the askme crowd can tell me I'm overreacting?
I messed up my eye - please help me figure out doctor stuff. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:23 PM PST - 15 comments

What's causing my new computer to crash?
My new computer freezes or reboots when I'm pushing it (e.g. encoding video). Can you help me figure out which part is bad before I start having to ship things back to newegg and pay restocking fees? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 3:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking to up my presentation skills in NYC
I'm looking for a job doing presentation graphics (in law firms, possibly financial firms); this is about 30% of my current job at a law firm. I'm one of very few "experts" at my firm which isn't very technologically advanced in this area, so I'm afraid that my skills won't cut it in the outside world. I need advice on how to upgrade my skills. [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 3:04 PM PST - 2 comments

We need a destination!
Help us pick a destination for a two week winter getaway! [more inside]
posted by Zaximus at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Origins of jetlag?
Who was the first person to ever get jet lag?
posted by woodblock100 at 2:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get an employer to make a quicker decision
I have an offer for one internship. I'm also waiting to hear from another one, a trainee program. I don't want to keep the internship offer waiting for too long, so how can I speed up the decision process for the trainee program? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 2:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Philadelphia suburbs?
Where in the Philadelphia suburbs should I live for two months? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I use a spreadsheet to track my accounts?
I want to start using a spreadsheet to track and reconcile my various accounts. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Psychic Psychosis
About a year ago on the urging of a friend who was into this sort of thing, I talked to a psychic. I was at a crossroads in my life and I was trying to make some big choices. The psychic ended up telling me a number of things which ended up happening exactly as she said. And then another thing that didn't happen. Help me with my sadness about it not happening. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 38 comments

I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937
I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937, to help us begin our search for the birth family of our adopted cousin. [more inside]
posted by cda at 2:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Herpes help!
My girlfriend was just diagnosed with genital herpes. What can I do to make this easier on her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How to download mnemosyme software?
How to download the Mnemosyne Software on computer? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

California's Big One Would Mean What For Whom?
What would the national and global consequences be if the San Andreas Fault finally gave rise to 'The Big One'? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Quickie one-sheet movie poster?
A film festival accepted my little short, and now I need to come up with a one-sheet movie poster really, really fast. But I don't know what this involves. [more inside]
posted by Kirklander at 1:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Private Student Loans
Help me figure out my options for a small (~$4000) student loan. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:35 PM PST - 7 comments

MMS cheaper than SMS?
Is MMS cheaper than SMS for long text messages? [more inside]
posted by Wood at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

The license plate game doesn't work when all the plates are from the same state.
What are some challenging, competitive games two people can play in a car (one being the driver)? [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam at 12:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Can I publish other source's recipes on my website?
Can I publish other source's recipes on my website? [more inside]
posted by whtthehecker at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Popcorn balls that even your dentist would eat
Popcorn balls ought to be the perfect seasonal treat, but they are always woefully inedible. I have this perfect popcorn ball in my mind. Can you help me figure out how to make it? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 12:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Let the guest pick the music before the party
Have party guests build music playlist prior to party online. Is there such a site? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 11:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Lotus Notes and Outlook forwarding problem
I use Outlook 2003 in the office. If I receive an email from someone outside the company that uses Lotus Notes and I try to forward that email, the body of the email is stripped automatically when it is forwarded. Has anybody ever heard of this?
posted by paulyballs at 11:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I Going to Break My Puppy?
I just took my ~13 week old pit bull puppy to get spayed. The post-operative say to keep her indoors for 7-10 days . Right now, she's outside during the day with our other dog, and she's crated at night only. Can I expect this to go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Who bombed the statue?
In response to this post: did the Weather Underground actually claim responsibility for the Cleveland Rodin bombing? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Can this little engine still do it?
My 1998 Mazda Protege is making a new noise, and I'm wondering what it might be and if it's a bad idea if I keep driving her. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

I can't believe I can't do this!
What can some people do that other people can't do? What can some see that others can't? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 11:15 AM PST - 129 comments

Political Speech Writing
How to break into speech-writing, specifically political speech-writing? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Art Mutt
Help me find a good way to keep up with the art scene. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 10:33 AM PST - 14 comments

ISO: ?WF, 30-45 for !LTR, !F2F, Txt4$$. :)
ISO: ?WF, 30-45 for !LTR, !F2F, Email4$$$. (Help me find a fake girl/ladyfriend!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Hallmark seeks canine-oriented comedian: Apply within.
BirthdayCardFilter: Give me your best pun for this birthday card. [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl at 10:27 AM PST - 17 comments

It's so very, very cold...
I have an uninsulated sunroom that gets pretty chilly in the winter, and want to make it so that it is at least room temp. and can be used for plants (without breaking the bank). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 10:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Like what Doogie Howser used. Only minus the acne and gay subtext.
My five year written book journal is almost done. I'm looking for some some sort of very easy mac journal program to replace it. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:21 AM PST - 9 comments

I both require and recoil from structure. Help?
I have recently realized that, without some kind of structure in my life, I am not going to be successful (in terms of career and money). The times that I have had structure (college) have been my most successful and productive. However, the idea of structure sends me running, fearful of losing the freedom and flexibility to do what I want, when I want. I can see rationally how this aversion has hurt me: My freelance business is dying, I'm out of money and I'm not much further along in my "career" now than I was when I graduated from college 10 years ago (I'm 35). It's obvious to me that not having an income will restrict my freedom and flexibility even more than structure would, but this knowledge doesn't seem to make it any easier to bite the bullet and make myself a schedule or apply for a job. How can I give myself the structure I need without it hurting so much? Or, alternatively, how can I cope with the fact that it will hurt, because I know it's a trade with a net-gain? I'm already working with a therapist on this, but I'm looking for personal experiences with similar issues. What techniques, books, videos or anything else have helped you? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 9:58 AM PST - 7 comments

How should academic research view commercial pressures?
What should the relation between academic research and commercial interests be? [more inside]
posted by fcummins at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

A Better 'Share This' Widget?
I run a website. Our old 'Share This' widget that goes after posts is woefully out of date. Can anyone suggest a better one? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 9:55 AM PST - 1 comments

Mashed Potatoes can be your friend
What are some cool/delicious uses for instant mashed potato flakes other than making mashed potatoes? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:47 AM PST - 26 comments

In search of beats.
What has happened to the instrumental hip hop scene? The only current producer "pushing things forward" in long player format that I know of is Flying Lotus. Who are the contemporary heirs to DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73 and Madlib? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 9:45 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I graph pharmacokinetics?
How can I visualize the pharmacokinetics of a drug? Is there a way to create a graph of the blood plasma levels of a drug including the fluctuations caused by time of administration? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Have you met my new much much better than you boyfriend?
Was in love with a friend. He is not in love with me. Haven't talked to him in 3 months, but find myself constantly having (childish) fantasies of him begging me back, going into a jealous rage when I've found someone else, and basically living with the horrible regret of throwing away his one chance at happiness. Must regain sanity and purge these thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Please help me put together a remote office door unlock system for a local non profit.
At secure offices, you have to get buzzed in the door. Help me build one of those systems for a local non-profit. Bonus points for inexpensive and practical for home use too! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheapest NYC Health Insurance?
Greetings, hivemind. I'm looking for health insurance in Manhattan with the lowest possible monthly premium. I'm 30 years and hardly ever go to the doctor; really I just want catastrophic/hospital coverage and decent customer service. Advice?
posted by thecolor12 at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

You really don't want a cover letter? Really?
Has this job advertisement just been worded strangely, or do they really NOT want a cover letter for a specialized job opening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Reviews of employers?
What are best forums/websites where people post about their work experiences and about the pros and cons of various employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a light graffiti machine
While in various locales I have seen what what appear to be advertisments or graffiti that appears to be light generated that is projected onto a wall. I would like to use this technology for a sign for my business. I am not able to find anything with my google talents. Can someone point me in the right direction to locate and price this technology?
posted by citybuddha at 9:24 AM PST - 5 comments

OhMyGodIThinkTheItouchIsCoolBut...
Question about wi-fi and my new itouch. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 9:23 AM PST - 11 comments

How to count word frequency in a document?
Can anyone please suggest a program that can take a body of text from Word and calculate how frequent each word is used and then rank the citations from most-used- to least-used? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Why do my ear piercings continue to get irritated after 10 years?
Almost ten years after I've worn earrings, my piercings continue to regularly swell and discharge pus. What's wrong with my ears, how can I fix it, and will I ever wear earrings again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 46 comments

What's today's mathematics, god?
I have discovered, kind of late in life, that I am pretty good at math. How can I capitalize on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Smartest way to restore a mess of files to a newly formatted drive?
I'm going to wipe my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. But my files are in a huge mess and I'm scared I'm going to screw something up. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Minneapolis restaurant recommendation
Restaurant recommendation for Minneapolis. Must have easy access for someone driving from downtown St. Paul and a menu friendly to a gluten-free, high protein diet. I'm thinking something on Washington Ave? Steakhouse?
posted by Juicylicious at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Will a Fraternal Organization Help Me Land a Job
I'm interested in expanding my professional network. I belong to a professional association, but I'm wondering if some broader club might also make sense. Would a fraternal organization be likely to help me if I ever wanted to move up in business, or are they vestigial antiques of the past? What else might I think about joining, and what could I get out of it in addition to contacts? I'm in Los Angeles, in the South Bay, if you have specific local recommendations.
posted by willnot at 8:11 AM PST - 7 comments

I don't watch Without A Trace anymore.
Have you ever attempted to find someone who went missing many many moons ago? Back in February 1992 my father disappeared. A missing persons report was filed. My family did a lot of legwork, talking to everyone in our neighborhood, trying to find something out. They looked through countless albums of recently deceased people and even went to see a psychic. I was 11 yrs old and don’t really know what I was thinking at the time. It makes more sense to me that he was killed, rather than he just decided to go away. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 8:04 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I drill a small hole in an enamel-covered cast iron pot lid?
How do I drill a small hole in an enamel-covered cast iron pot lid? I'd prefer not to chip the enamel, but it would be acceptable if I do. I need a 1/8-inch hole. What type of drill bit do you recommend?
posted by judytaos at 7:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Best way to educate a child who is a follower in large groups but independent in small groups.
Need advice: what is the best way to educate a child who is a follower in large groups but an independent leader in small groups? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I change formatting options in Open Office permanently?
Is there any way I can change the default formatting for Open Office? I usually have to write papers in a certain format for school (1"inch margins, double-spaced, 12-point font, and I use Arial). In Open Office, there is a "Default Formatting" button under Format which changes everything back to its defaults (Times New Roman, single spaced, different margins). Is there any way I can change those formats permanently so that when I open up a new blank document it will have my preferred options? I'm running the latest version on Mac Snow Leopard.
posted by Beep at 7:51 AM PST - 2 comments

sweet surprises for my RSS feed
What are your favorite photo-of-the-day blogs? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 7:50 AM PST - 23 comments

Low-Cost or Paid Spanish Immersion Programs?
Asking for a friend: Does anyone know of any low-cost or paid Spanish immersion programs? [more inside]
posted by AV at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

You control the actions of a daring adventurer
Looking for some historical information on Dragon's Lair, the arcade game. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 7:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Automatic sewing machine - I provide the design, the machine does the rest!
Do programmable sewing machines exist? I want to be able to provide the sewing machine with a design or logo and have it sew it for me - in this case, a nice little dog to go on the breast pocket of a golf shirt. [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Leaving children home alone
Is leaving a 10 year-old and 8 year-old home alone child endangerment? If so, what is the penalty in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 6:05 AM PST - 52 comments

Navigating the Cell Phone World
New Cell Phone and Plan Shopping, help me figure out the current options. [more inside]
posted by franklen at 5:40 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm too old for this $#!&
My bedroom creeps me the #%^* out. What can I do to alleviate my (somewhat) irrational fears? (hacks, consumer products, etc.) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 5:30 AM PST - 49 comments

Should I keep my leather handbag or return it?
I bought a beautiful leather handbag... impulsively. Should I return it? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 5:14 AM PST - 33 comments

How to fill time at work using the Internet?
How to fill time at work using the Internet? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 4:59 AM PST - 10 comments

LASIK in Vegas
Lasik Filter: (asking for a friend) I am traveling to Las Vegas in November and staying for 1 week. LASIK recommendations? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 2:59 AM PST - 6 comments

worst day at work ever or what?
My coworker came to work and shot himself today. I was the only person to talk to him and was one of the first people to reach him after he did it. I'm planning on speaking with the grief counselors they're bringing in tomorrow. But I'm wondering if there are any resources I should know about for people in a situation like mine, specifically: witnesses of the suicide of a coworker or friend. In case the details are relevant: they are below. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 12:33 AM PST - 31 comments

September 29
Expertly Organizing an MP3 Library
Organizing a music library for the (very) OCD? Help me put every ID3 in its place! [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 11:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Questions about Hong Kong Chinese people renaming themselves with more "American" sounding first names
Questions about Hong Kong Chinese people renaming themselves with more "American" sounding first names. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 11:01 PM PST - 62 comments

Is the 1967 program "Our World" available anywhere?
Where can one see/obtain the full version world's first live international satellite broadcast "Our World"? Does footage still exist besides the easy-to-find Beatles segment? [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 10:39 PM PST - 2 comments

A wordpress site where customers can log in to their account.
A wordpress plugin to make a "customer login" section. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 10:13 PM PST - 2 comments

I Am Not My Non-profit
Help me keep my non-profit Facebook page separate from my personal account [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 10:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Quality of recordings on Arte Nova label?
Classical music fans: What's your opinion of the quality of the artists and recordings on the ultra-cheap Arte Nova label? I like a lot of the budget Naxos releases but have been seeing very cheap Arte Nova cds around and was wondering what that label's reputation is among folks who listen to a lot of classical music. Are they adequate, terrible, surprisingly good for the price or what? I'm a relative novice to the stuff, if that matters.
posted by mediareport at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

John Jacob Jingleheimer something something...
What do you sing to your kids? My six-month-old is thrilled with pretty much any song I sing to him, but "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" gets kinda old after the 500th repetition... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:41 PM PST - 73 comments

Do you have to pay taxes on money paid during a seller rent-back?
You buy a house in California. You agree that the seller can stay up to 2 months after escrow closes (a "seller rent-back") if they make your (PITI) payments. Do you need to pay income taxes on the money they pay toward your PITI? Also, what was your "seller rent-back" experience? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I screw nightschool?
I am going to see Bruce Springsteen in Giants Stadium on October 8th and want to know if there have been any opening acts on the "Working on a Dream" tour... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Where has my movie Gypsy gone?
Name that Aussie kids' movie - - does anyone remember a kids' movie back in the 80s about a boy and his lost border collie, Gypsy? [more inside]
posted by Jubey at 9:04 PM PST - 2 comments

How does eminent domain work?
Question about eminent domain. We had an offer on a house accepted, and in a cursory search, I found plans for a hotel to be built on the block that this house is on. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

family law question re: NJ
What happens when a baby is born in jail in New Jersey? What departments/agencies are automatically involved? We are looking to get legal guardianship of a sister's soon-to-be-born child while she is in jail and need to know what agencies we should be dealing with beforehand.
posted by infostud at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

No silly putty, please
What are the most alien aliens in Comics, TV or Movie SF? [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:25 PM PST - 55 comments

Long-term suicide watch or invasion of privacy?
My wife struggles with depression and, occasionally, suicidal ideation. But she doesn't communicate well (or nearly at all), so I have no real way of knowing when she's having a crisis rather than just another string of bad days / weeks. Is it ethical to monitor her internet activity without her knowledge so I have some idea of when I need to get serious about intervening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 42 comments

Cape Cod in 1 Day
My first time... on Cape Cod [more inside]
posted by bobdylanforever at 8:10 PM PST - 14 comments

trailblazers
What were some of the earliest (and most respected) films made about the "black experience"? My first exposure to it was "Boyz in the Hood"... what set the trail for that?
posted by Tbola at 8:01 PM PST - 26 comments

iMac eats my CD's
Pseudo broken iMac and boot camp issues: replaced old failing hard drive, and cd-drive subsequently breaks, among other things [more inside]
posted by sindas at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Cat Costumes for Dogs
For Halloween, I want to make a cat costume for a larger dog. [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 7:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Consulate personnel and dependents registry?
I am looking for any publicly-available staff-and-dependents records for the British Consulate in Los Angeles, specifically for the period 1965 to 1966. I have some info. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 1 comments

Where to find an affordable dresser in Columbus Ohio?
I'm looking for a dresser to fill out my bedroom furniture. The problem is, I don't have a thousand or more dollars to spend. Where should I look around Columbus Ohio? [more inside]
posted by Stirdog at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Anybody have a stomach flu horror story? How long did it last?
Does any one have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) horror stories? I am going day 5 and I have never heard of anyone having it longer than 2 days.
posted by burlsube at 6:40 PM PST - 28 comments

My inappropriate attention spidey sense is tingling
When I was a young girl, my brother's best friend made very inappropriate advances to me. My brother and his family are visiting this friend on the weekend, and I have a concern about how the friend will behave to my young niece. There are complications over what I should do … [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 46 comments

In order to make change at work happen, I need help
Does anyone have any recruiter recommendations for looking for tech-y jobs in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by machine at 6:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I have no sense about Nunsense...!
[Musical Theatre Filter] I've been out of the musical theatre world for a few years while I was in college. I'm thinking about audition for a production of "Nunsense: The Mega Musical" but don't know what to sing. I will be auditioning acapella, typically sing alto or mezzo, am 21, and can't dance! So what should I sing? [more inside]
posted by firei at 6:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Move From Pro Tools To Logic Without Losing My Mind!!!
ProAudioFilter! Help a long-time Pro Tools user switch to Logic. My major concern is audio EDITING more than creating. Bonus Question: I have Logic Pro 8 and I'm considering upgrading to 9 if it's worth it. Is it? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 5:59 PM PST - 17 comments

This is what I switched to AVOID!
Is Verizon lying to me? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 5:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Need Halloween costume ideas involving a mustache!
Anyone have any good ideas for a Halloween costume involving a mustache? [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 5:39 PM PST - 32 comments

If you say someone's funny are they doomed to failure?
Are there any examples of stories where a character is depicted as super-funny, and that actually comes through in practice? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 5:06 PM PST - 26 comments

how do you purge mercury from your body?
how do you purge mercury from your body? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 4:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a Kick-ass Marriage Counsellor
Help me save my family. I am looking for a really good marriage counsellor in Edmonton, AB. Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Please teach me the science of buying and selling stuff.
I'm considering a slight career change into the online retail sector and I'd like to know more about distribution models, purchasing from distributors and manufacturers, and how product prices are calculated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 2 comments

This jog bra is kind of chafing me.
I'm training for a half marathon and am looking for some suggestions - specifically, jog bras that don't chafe and workout gear for the extra sweaty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 12 comments

A little help identifying succulents?
I need help identifying a few succulent plants and some general advice for my new hobby of raising succulents. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I be more sane?
Every few months (or less), I develop some sort of new phobia. Some of them are absolutely ridiculous (which I recognize), but it is very difficult for me to overcome these fears. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by nimufu at 4:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Canesten Hygiene Laundry Rinse (antifungal and antibacterial laundry detergent add-in) or clone in the USA
Are there any similar products to Canesten Hygiene Laundry Rinse that I can purchase in the US (Fry's, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Walgreens, CVS etc) [more inside]
posted by tra at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

linguistic/social device
What do you call this linguistic/social device? You are in a social situation, and want to get out. You say maybe, 'I'm going to be late for a meeting', when both people KNOW there is no meeting. But since you are being SO OBVIOUS, you are, in effect, telling them you are leaving. By being obvious, you are not evading, or lying, you are being creatively blunt. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 4:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Which typeface has a particularly well designed semi-colon?
Which typeface has a particularly well designed semi-colon? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 3:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Soundproofing against neighbours noise
How do I soundproof my home to reduce noise coming from our neighbours? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Determining suit size and measurements.
Is there a down and dirty way to determine my suit measurements without going to see a tailor or using anything other than a normal tape measure? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

I can't even watch keyboard cat...
Laptop to HDTV with a VGA-to-SVideo adapter: Why doesn't it work? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 3:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for unbreakable stuff...
Looking for common everday items that have been ruggedized for heavy duty wear and tear. [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx at 3:21 PM PST - 19 comments

eating to fall asleep
I have a new, strange work schedule, and my eating habits are making my sleep schedule go haywire. When and what should a person eat if they work from 3 pm to 10 pm, and want to be awake around 7 or 8? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Larger voices callin'
Looking for songs with really good vocal harmonies. [more inside]
posted by Bearman at 3:04 PM PST - 52 comments

Seeking comfy heels!
I recently bought these shoes and love them. What other shoes might I like? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 2:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Advice for the first visit to the gyno?
First-ever visit to the gynecologist approaching, and I'm kind of nervous. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by gavagai at 2:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me find an odd magnifying glass.
Help me find an odd magnifying glass. [more inside]
posted by dogwelder at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Editable PDFs?
I want to be able to create editable, form-based PDFs. What software do I need? [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 at 2:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Never retreat?
Should I go to a religious weekend retreat w/my wife and kids even though I am very, very lukewarm towards the the idea of attending a religious weekend retreat? [more inside]
posted by plowhand at 1:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Is there an adverbial form of the word 'smellable'?
Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
posted by voronoi at 1:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Online purchase = implied contract?
I buy an item from a major online deal-a-day site. They withdraw the funds from my account. Does this constitute a legally binding contract that they will provide me with the item, or are they able at their discretion to refund the purchase price and walk away? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments

What was this website?
Long shot: Anyone know what site this was? It's an old musician, kinda kenny rogers looking, who used to be moderately big I think, but now has people play at his house and films it. It's kind of like La Blogotheque, but american. [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

I can't Google hard enough.
What are some other sites with a subscription model for ongoing content or tools and also have a book associated with them, like Dave Ramsey's My Total Money Makeover? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

My piano picks up the the radio
My new Casio digital piano picks up the radio. I think this is a bug not a feature. You can very faintly hear a music station coming out of one of the speakers (which is very distracting). Any ideas on how to fix it?
posted by TrashyRambo at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Help us save Hormona the banshee cat.
A cat in heat is keeping up the entire household at night with her werewolf yowling. They're about ready to give her up. What can they do? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 12:58 PM PST - 40 comments

Common Cheese Recipes
What are some good recipes that prominently feature cheese, but that mainly use common pantry ingredients? I'm getting tired of grilled cheese sandwiches!
posted by archagon at 12:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Are manual anal gland expressions for dogs necessary?
Anal gland expression for dogs - How does one keep a dog's anal glands in optimal shape? [more inside]
posted by wiretap at 12:46 PM PST - 22 comments

What on earth do you call this piece of metal and where can I get one?
At the end of woven straps, makers will put a metal cap to prevent the end from fraying. What is this cap called and where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by iwhitney at 12:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a word for wondering if there's a word for something?
Is there a word for wondering if there's a word for things? I do that a lot. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Cherry soul music
I am seeking classic R&B, soul, reggae, or even blues songs that feature the word cherry [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Cumberland Island for 14
Any tips/suggestions for Cumberland Island trip this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Non-bendy card-safe wallet?
Another wallet question! [more inside]
posted by devnull at 12:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Best place for my childrens' education
What would be the best place and type of school to give my children a really great and meaningful education. [more inside]
posted by fcain at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

I like sugar and spice, but which ones are nice?
I like cooking, and I have a variety of spices, but I have never learned how to really use them. How should I learn to use them? What are some tips for trying things out? Do you have any any good recipes that highlight particular spice blends in traditional or unusual ways? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:10 PM PST - 16 comments

moving on up?
I own a row house. The house next door is for sale due to foreclosure. If I were to buy the house and connect it to mine, does owning two adjacent properties have a synergistic effect on house/resale value? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Free Early NY decisions
Free source for older New York Court of Appeals opinions (PDF OK). [more inside]
posted by KRS at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Swissotel shouldn't be a den of thieves
Items stolen from hotel. Hotel denies it. How to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Blu-Ray playing software for Windows 7 HTPC?
Blu-Ray playing software for Windows 7 HTPC? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 11:11 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the earliest online loyalty program you ever heard of?
Can you find public domain proof of the existence of an online loyalty program (or marketing materials claiming the capability to produce such a thing) in 1995-1996 (or earlier) with unique codes/PINs on product whereby you enter those codes to collect points online and then can have multiple ways to redeem the points? [more inside]
posted by imbecile000 at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Tracking names of subjects in photos
How do photojournalists keep track of subjects names? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me fix my daughter's Volvo for cheap!
1992 Volvo 240 in my driveway will not start. Can the hive mind help me fix it without spending what the car is worth? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson at 10:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Best CMS to handle file uploading by users?
What CMS should I use for a community podcast site where users can upload, tag, rate and review each others' podcasts? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Heating a workshop
What's a good portable and safe way to heat a detached garage that's used as a workshop. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I clean body oil residue from a leather couch
How do I clean body/hair product residue buildup from a leather sofa? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 10:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Metamess Prevention
What are some tips on preventing electric range messes? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 10:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Digital Cable Bait and Switch
My digital cable provider (comcast) has sold me a service which does not allow me to record any of the channels that I subscribe to and pay for every month. I have informed them of the issue and they have not responded with an adequate solution. What is the workaround? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 9:56 AM PST - 22 comments

I can't believe there's no app for that!
Could I possibly use my iPhone as a bike computer? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 9:48 AM PST - 13 comments

I think there could be added deliciousness in my life.
Occasionally I want to cook something that requires a (savory) pie or pastry-type crust of some sort, and I'm completely at a loss. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 9:37 AM PST - 36 comments

I had surgery, it made me unstable, to say the least. Help!
I think having surgery made me anxiety prone and depressed. Is this possible and will I go back to being myself after I fully recover from the surgery? I know YANAD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 16 comments

marathon interview
I got called in for a second, in person interview after the first phone interview went well. GREAT! However, the followup interview is going to be intense and I need tips. Read on if you can offer tips about development in non-profits and surviving marathon interviews. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I get individual health insurance coverage for one month?
Can I get individual health insurance coverage for one month? Is it possible to individual health insurance for one month. My COBRA ends this month, I am going to be covered by another employer in November. [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Oh yeah, well the jerk store called... Comebacks for the introverted
What is a good comeback for an introvert, attending a social occasion, who gets told, for the umpteenth time, "Hey you're really quiet aren't you?" [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 8:40 AM PST - 99 comments

Can my wife work for me?
Is there a financially beneficial way to bring my spouse on as an employee in my consulting business? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Stitching a video into a panoramic image
How can I turn a movie taken with a digital point-and-shoot into a photographic panorama? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Question about roommates and kitchen cleaning habits and finding a happy medium
What is a reasonable/normal amount of time for dirty dishes to be left in the sink, before they should be cleaned up? (This is a roommates question) [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 8:23 AM PST - 45 comments

Mentally Challenging Films
What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 8:14 AM PST - 78 comments

Paying spousal support painlessly?
How can I set up spousal support payments in the least painful way possible? [more inside]
posted by eleslie at 8:03 AM PST - 19 comments

How to reliably and safely move 50kg half a meter?
Every day I need to transfer a piece of equipment from a dolly to another piece of equipment. It weighs about 50 kg (~100 lbs). How can I do this safely and with minimal strain? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I go to use skype in London from 11pm GMT tomorrow onwards?
I can't get skype working on my Ubuntu machine. Where can I go to use skype in London from 11pm GMT tomorrow onwards? Is there a suitably equipped internet cafe open then? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Paging the A/V Club
What do I call the device that would connect Tivo, DVD player, game console and cable input to my tv, so I don't have to unplug & replug RCA jacks all the time? Can you recommend a product that does this well and not too expensively? tv mixer? a/v mixer? A/B/C/D switch? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 7:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Does an NFL placekicker have better distance at Invesco Field in Denver?
NFL/science question: From time to time a sportscaster or writer comments on an NFL kicker's success in the "high elevation" of Denver's Invesco Field. I understand that there's less air pressure when you're a mile above sea level, but does this really have an appreciable effect on a 55-yard field goal attempt?
posted by jackypaper at 6:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Quality Command Line Graphing?
Open source, command line, low "impact", png-producing, full-featured, good-looking graphing on Linux and other Unices? [more inside]
posted by DU at 6:41 AM PST - 13 comments

"Soft in some places, lumpy in others. It's ghoulish. You are a ghoul."
My Disgusting Body And You: For reasons I can't divulge, I will be appearing nude in public come November. What can I do in a month so I look my naked best? I don't have a gym and really can't afford one, and my time is going to be pretty tight for the first two weeks in October... [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 6:24 AM PST - 39 comments

Being both squinty and angry is getting too much for me
How do I increase the font size for Java applications using Mtoolkit AWT in Linux? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 6:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me understand (real) football!
I've decided to make football my sport. Not American football, but real football, that is, the sport properly played on a pitch by actual athletes. AKA soccer. Problem is, as an American, I have limited exposure to it. Which web sites do you (real) football fans follow? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:13 AM PST - 32 comments

How can I move my google docs storage?
Is there a way to move Google Docs' offline cache storage to an external card? [more inside]
posted by Sch01ar at 5:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Dog with a bum neck
My dog has a slipped disc in her neck - what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Snow Leopard upgrade
Does the $29.99 upgrade version of Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard come with iLife and iWork 09 like the box set, or will it update older versions of iLife and iWork to the 09 version? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 5:01 AM PST - 6 comments

On the plus side, the view I get with a cracked mirror is pretty funky.
What's the best way to fix my driver's side mirror? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 4:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Hayfield to vegetable garden - how?
How to turn an abandoned field into a productive vegetable garden? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 4:39 AM PST - 17 comments

How far have we come in 25 years?
Seeking accurate data points for improving survival rates for neurological disorders, but have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Camhandler
Pistol grips for camcorders? I would like to make my Canon HV30 a little less like this and a little more like this. [more inside]
posted by timshel at 2:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Transitioning to transistions: Is it worth it?
Glasses wearers: What are the pros and cons of self-darkening "transitions" lenses? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:33 AM PST - 43 comments

Describing a dress shirt.
I'm sartorially clueless. How would you describe this kind of shirt? It's a "dress shirt", sure, but how would you specify the fabric and cut (particularly that type of collar)? Here is another example. I'm looking to buy some shirts like these but when I go to department stores I can only find this sort of thing - which is cut completely differently and uses an extremely thin fabric. Help me articulate the differences.
posted by phrontist at 2:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Production Company?
What feature film production company uses the introductory logo of a painted man that starts running very quickly and suddenly turns into a bird (maybe a raven)? It's one of those companies like ICON Entertainment, Lucasfilm, et cetera.
posted by Timen at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

minimum size for foil balloon to float?
How small can a helium filled foil balloon be...and still float? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 12:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Costuming for the Overly Ethical?
Prison party fashion...without the prison? [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 12:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Where do workaholics unite?
I like to work. I love to solve problems. I don't enjoy spending time in bars or watching television. Where can I find people like me? [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 12:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Banks with Deposit@Home check scanning services?
NOW are there any banks with Deposit@Home check scanning? (That aren't USAA) [more inside]
posted by sdis at 12:02 AM PST - 13 comments

September 28
Real estate: encroachment when same person owned both homes?
How does property line encroachment work when the two properties were owned by the same person? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 11:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Does Extenze work? Is it effective for both males and females?
Does Extenze work? Is it effective for both males and females? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 10:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Translate the Razzleberry Jam?
Can someone translate the Japanese in this song for me: The Razzleberry Jam, the theme song of the Razzleberry frozen yogurt franchise in Tokyo. If you don't already have it, you can download it here: http://razzleberry.jp/ Under Special Download near the bottom. Thanks!
posted by slowcat at 10:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I find the right grad school program?
Trying to find grad school programs that kind of meld peace and conflict studies with media studies... [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Denver in a Day
Boulder? Denver? Help me day-trip to Colorado *THIS* Saturday! [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 9:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Films About the Irish in America
Looking for movies that detail the experience of Irish-Americans or recent Irish immigrants to America. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Film school, not to make films but to teach?
Film school, not to make films but to teach? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 9:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Name that tune (for the umpteenth time, kthx)
Please help identify this song: ethereal, moody music; female vocals, either multiple voices or a single voice multitracked; about 15 minutes in length. Snatches of lyrics include "... to the land of Oz ...", "... scraping tin cups ...", "... opening our sense to embrace the breath of ...", "... drink to your insane ..." something something something. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels at 9:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Stuffy nose woes
Hit me with your best stuffy-nose remedies. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 8:49 PM PST - 37 comments

Author! Author!
Please recommend authors who use fiction to convey religious beliefs, a la C. S. Lewis. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 8:49 PM PST - 37 comments

Question about grass, man
I'm looking for grass for my backyard, but we have two major problems. The ground is wet pretty much all the time because it's so low. I'm told it barely perked enough when they did the perk test for the septic tank (the main field lines are in the front, only the emergency overflow lines are in the back, and our system is properly sending all liquid to the front). Also, the yard is very shady. Some parts never get sun and at most some parts get 4-5 hours a day. Unfortunately, cutting down trees isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by atm at 8:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Give me your comic book tips, tricks, and resources
Please help me fuel my new-found obsession with comic books! What are some of your favorite recommended reads, as well as comic book resources, tips, and tricks? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 8:39 PM PST - 31 comments

There MUST be some way for me to do student research ...
My college's biological sciences dept has run out of student internship/research positions. The professors have emailed me back, saying that they might have openings in the spring. But I want to do something now. What are my other options? I'm in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 8:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Ralph McInerny uses real names in his fictional mysteries. How?
How is mystery writer Ralph McInerny able to use real people's names and make reference to real events in his novels? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 8:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler?
Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 8:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get this new stupid Comcast box to work with my Tivo?
Comcast filter: Will the new Comcast adapter box work with my Series 2 Tivo? If not (or if its a hassle), should I change cable/internet providers (and what's a good alternative in the Bay Area)? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me sort out this budding relationship
I am a bit of an inexperienced dater for my age but after 3-4 dates am feeling good about a new squeeze. Help me figure out the next move to let her know I am interested while still playing it cool. [more inside]
posted by pseudomouse at 7:28 PM PST - 10 comments

No visualizations in Rhapsody, I miss em. What can I do?
I love my new Rhapsody account but I miss visualizations. What are some suggestions for ambient visuals that are either tied to the music or not. Essentially, what are some ways I can watch interesting things while I listen to my music.
posted by jeff_w_welch at 7:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with management manipulation?
I'm in a crappy work situation and I know that the ultimate solution involves leaving my job, but how can I cope with this particular situation in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for some good sf pulp fiction
Looking for suggestions for stories, novels, or comics in the vein of Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 6:41 PM PST - 11 comments

You're one of us now! You don't belong to them anymore. Accept your fate!
Can anyone recommend some good books, TV shows, movies, or video games about people who battle it out with literal inner demons? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 35 comments

Low threshold for noise
I have very low threshold for certain sounds. I can't handle noise, especially I find high pitch female or children voice unbearable. I also have trouble with neighbors walking around, the high bass thuds etc. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 6:33 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I compare these lists?
I have two lists of numbers. I would like assistance creating some kind of program or method to output a list of all numbers that are present in one of these lists but not the other. [more inside]
posted by sineala at 6:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Plays Well With Others?
Latin Dancing Ettiquette: I really want to learn Latin Dancing, but for cultural reasons (and prudishness) would be uncomfortable dancing with a woman other than my fiancee. I doubt I would be pleased with her dancing with other men. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:12 PM PST - 22 comments

How can love and the certainty that you want to marry someone fade away and leave numbness?
How can love and the certainty that you want to marry someone fade away and leave numbness? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 4:59 PM PST - 49 comments

Editable personalized videos?
I am looking for a site with editable funny videos I can personalize and use on a neighbor. Any suggestions?
posted by Macboy at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Been there, did that, got the degree, now what?
I've nearly finished my degree. Help me work out my future. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I deal with rampant indoor mosquitos?
How can I rid myself of indoor mosquitos? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 4:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How do you become a pharm tech?
How do you become a pharm tech? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Gimme an F! A! I! L! What does that spell?
Is there a way to tweak my personal psychology so that I perceive failure and rejection as neutral or even positive, rather than negative, events? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 4:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Flight related eyebrow pain?
Flight related eyebrow pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I need new makeup now?
I was diagnosed today with a fever blister on my left eyeball. Do I need to get rid of my eye makeup? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 3:48 PM PST - 10 comments

That "commercial vehicle" only section of Downtown San Francisco
San Francisco Filter: What's the deal with the 'commercial vehicle' only area in the financial district? No one seems to notice or care. [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:41 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get management of my small company to see how low morale is and do something about it?
My company's management is driving us into the ground with their poor project ideas, and morale is really low. How do I get them to see what they're doing and hopefully make changes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How to transit Gatwick expeditiously
Mrs L (US passport) and I (UK passport) are flying from Orlando to Gatwick (Virgin Atlantic)arriving 0845, then on to Nice, France on Easyjet departing 1125. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Slow & Steady
Why is my website loading slowly, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Please help me narrow down my phone selection - Blackberry or other? Thanks!
I'm getting a cellphone! Currently, I'm looking at a refurb'd Blackberry Curve from AT&T. I want to spend less then $100 (preferably as little as possible) but still have a 'geek' phone. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Get in mah belly, belly
Safe to eat raw refrozen meats that've been defrosted several times? [more inside]
posted by chalbe at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

my dsl works fine but I can't reach one website that I know is not down. what can I do?
my dsl works fine but I can't reach one website that I know is not down. what can I do? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:57 PM PST - 18 comments

If I'm so healthy, why do I feel like crap?
I'm thirsty, fainting, dizzy, and cold. Do you know why this might be? [more inside]
posted by motsque at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

It's payback time! Or is it?
Is Girl legally obligated to pay back her half of a 401k loan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Is Amma the Hugging Saint a benevolent guru or a cult leader, and if so has my friend joined a cult?
Has my friend joined a cult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Ray Bans Warranty
Have any of you sent off a pair of ray bans to be fixed via warranty w/ out receipt? [more inside]
posted by dunderwood at 1:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Phoenix after five on a weekday?
Things to do in Phoenix area after five? [more inside]
posted by sarabeth at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Piece of Cake
My lovely castle cake pan is sadly suffering from disuse. Help me out with your favorite bundt cake recipes and glazes. [more inside]
posted by misha at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Adult ADHD questions
Adult ADHD newbie has lots of questions for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Gutted because he's had a vasectomy.
How do I cope with the guilt and heartbreak of snuffing out love because we'll never have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 32 comments

They think I cheated on the LSAT!
I got a Misconduct/Irregularities Verbal Warning Notice during my LSATs. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for piano music
Please help me find some sheet music. The piano is finally out of storage, tuned, ready to play and I cannot find my favorite sheet music. ARGH. The Gayaneh Ballet Suite; by Aram Khatchurian (I've tried various spellings of the last name and of the ballet name), arranged for solo piano. A friend gave me a Russian language edition in high school. it's missing and I cannot find a publisher. There's a shop in town that can order it, if I can find a publisher. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 12:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Make Wiki do Retail
How could a wiki be used by a small retail business selling tangible products? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 12:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Mayo Clinic and Apnea
The Mayo Clinic and Central NS Sleep Apnea - has anyone had any experience there with any of the following: consultation, evaluation, treatment or just plain contact for informational purposes? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm sorry what?
Found a flat, put down a deposit. Now the landlord wants more money. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Dealing with stress?
If you give me a checklist of signs of serious stress or depression, I can check off pretty much all of them. Constant anxiety, panic attacks, flares of irritation at trivial things, headaches, feeling the overwhelming urge to break down and cry or just snap and yell at someone, exhaustion, lack of sleep, inability to enjoy my time off and alas heavy loss of libido. How do I cope when I can't escape what's causing me stress? [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG at 12:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Weimaraner behavior issues?
Any Weimaraner owners? Have some questions... [more inside]
posted by muscat at 11:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Roadtrip Ideas
Where to stop between Cancun and Belize City? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Canadian webpages to print pages
Can you name any published Canadian bloggers? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel at 11:35 AM PST - 34 comments

Do we stay (in NYC) or do we go (to Budapest)?
Following the trail of adventure and windborne caution, my boyfriend and I are kicking around the idea of moving to Budapest next year. Pipe dream or feasible goal? Questions about teaching ESL abroad (ten years after the Central European expat boom, no less!), expat experiences in 2009, Eastern European culture, general questions about Hungary, and... [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Save our Squirrels
How do we minimize the death and destruction of cute woodland creatures while have a couple of pine trees cut down? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay near my parents or move away?
Go to graduate school with Favorite teacher and move away, or go to graduate school with less than favorite teacher and stay close to family? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Quotes for a science classroom wall
I'm looking for good quotations about science (particularly physics) and education that are suitable for the wall of a secondary school (ages 11-18) classroom. [more inside]
posted by alby at 10:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Building a wiki
Is there software out there that would make it easy to create a secure, local-only wiki? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 9:55 AM PST - 11 comments

How should I best handle bills when moving in with my boyfriend?
How should I best handle moving in with my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by belau at 9:44 AM PST - 38 comments

What should I do when I grow up?
The future of my current job is uncertain (familiar story, I'm sure). What should I do to plan for the future? My background is in art, and ... pharmaceutical training and compliance. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Then I can cross finding this off my list.
Help me find the website/youtube vids of this handwritten to-do list methodology, please! I can't remember it and can't find it in my saved links. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

When did you decide to give meds a shot? Did they change everything? How?
Anti depressants for mild depression? Does it really help just "get you out of a funk"? I know SSRIs are the only thing that help a lot of people get out of depression, but what about someone who can pretty much manage, but feels like it would be nice to not have to just manage? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 9:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Simple, Powerful, non-fiction
Where can I find examples of simple and powerful non-fiction (social science) writing? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 9:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Fun group project ideas for ages 4-64?
I'm looking for ideas for a project that 8-10 relatives can casually contribute to over the course of 2.5 days. Ideally it will be something fun to do, not simply something nice to look at after the fact. We are artists, writers, musicians, teachers, engineers, cooks, and kids ages 4-64. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

What music should I play at the teen Halloween dance?
I've volunteered to DJ a teen Halloween dance/costume event sponsored by the library I work at, and held at the local art museum. Unfortunately, I didn't quite think about what that meant in terms of music, and now I'm stumped as to what kinds of music I should bring. My usual DJ sets are electronic and ambient music, and (NOT TOP40-IST) I never listen to the radio so I'm blissfully ignorant of what teh kidz are listening to these days. What should I play at this dance that your average teen is going to like? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 8:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Riot at the Concerto?
What ever happened to a good old fashioned art riot? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 8:52 AM PST - 23 comments

What should my counter offer for a used car be?
I'm in the middle of negotiating with a dealer for a used car. I need to know what a good counter offer would be and how many offers I should be expected to make. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What is being solicited by this hand gesture in the streets of Baltimore?
What is being solicited by this hand gesture in the streets of Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by That takes balls. at 8:43 AM PST - 20 comments

anagram of Dmitri Nabokov? V. Sirin II?
What is Dmitri Nabokov's pen name? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does my two-year-old throw up almost daily?
My 28-month-old boy throws up like Stan in "South Park," every 2 to 3 days. How can we help him keep his food down? [more inside]
posted by homelystar at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

No room if you 'aint hitched?
Do hotels or motels refuse to rent rooms to unmarried couples anymore? I took my girlfriend on a romantic getaway to the beach this weekend, and while I was not very concerned about it, I did wonder if it would be a problem. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus at 8:06 AM PST - 27 comments

That was mold ... right?
My apartment leaked, mold grew on the walls, and the maintenance guy just bleached off the outer layer ... right? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 8:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Psst, anyone want to buy some iron filings?
I've 'inherited' at least 50kg of some sort of ferrous filings in one large can, and one cotton/burlap bag. What should be done with them? Can I just take them to the dump? Should they go to some scrap metal depot? [more inside]
posted by csmason at 7:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Need original Italian tansit maps
Where can I order or obtain paper (not PDF) mass transit maps for Milan and Venice? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How to post cleanly one slide in a WP post?
Is there a way to show single slides in WordPress without losing definition? [more inside]
posted by bru at 7:50 AM PST - 3 comments

iphone apps not opening
Has anyone had this iPhone issue: Upon syncing with the computer, apps will subsequently not open. Weirdly, deleting an app (e.g. the NY Times) and then reinstalling it somehow makes all the other apps work again. But this takes time and I can't imagine this is how it's supposed to work. Is there a setting or some such that needs to be changed? Thanks for any tips...
posted by dearleader at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How resistant are consumers to downloading stuff?
I am looking for recent survey results or other data points on consumer resistance to, or acceptance of, downloading browser add-ons and other downloaded apps. In other words, to what extent is the download step itself a barrier to consumers acquiring add-ons and apps, because of perceived risks like viruses and privacy issues. Extra points for data that sorts this out across age and other demographic groups.
posted by beagle at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comments

What would it take to set up a scholarship prize?
What would it take to set up a scholarship prize fund for a particular school in a developing country? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

I want to build a web site where gamers can converse via video. Where do I begin?
I want to build a web site where gamers can converse via video. I'm thinking of something a bit like a Seesmic targeted toward gamers. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Program for mapping a list
Looking for software that will create a graphical concept map from a list of words, the way each is connected to other words in the list, and the direction of each connection. (Mac OS 10.6.1.) [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 7:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Outlook 2007 appointment won't take a reminder
When I set an Outlook 2007 all-day event (appointment) to recurring, it loses its reminder. I have tried /resetfolders and /cleanreminders switches as recommended on several websites. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me fight Italian car rental scammery!
I am being badly ripped off by Maggiore, an Italian rental car company (with a strong assist from a cab driver in Lucca). Please help me. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Australia Post Alternatives?
Small business looking for Alternative to Australia Post for international shipping. Does one exist? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

significantly negative about the education I got in statistics
Is a contingency table the right thing for this kind of data (detailed within), and either way, how do I analyze it in Prism 5.0? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:03 AM PST - 6 comments

I need help spicing up second grade.
Since I don't necessarily care if I get fired at the end of the year, what can I do to make this a memorable and completely awesome school year for my second graders? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 5:40 AM PST - 60 comments

Should I sell my Banksy?
[Contemporary Art Filter]: I own an original, signed Banksy print that I've just found out is currently worth A LOT more than either I paid for it or expected it to be valued at. While I don't want to sell it, I'm wondering if now is the time to cash in on the Banksy boom and walk away from the table, or whether he's an artist that will continue to prove a good investment. [more inside]
posted by momentofmagnus at 5:22 AM PST - 21 comments

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
I want to become more of a peacemaker. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 4:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Anyone Speak Portuguese?
I really want to know what these Portuguese bullfight protesters are chanting. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 4:24 AM PST - 4 comments

How to sync Twitter and Facebook Fan Page
How do I sync a twitter account with a Facebook Fan Page? Please note that I am not asking about Facebook Personal Profiles but the Facebook Pages that organizations have. I want to be able to update twitter by updating the Facebook Page Wall. I also want to be able to update the Facebook Page Wall by updating Twitter. I have tried both the Twitter and Selective Twitter Applications for Facebook but neither of them work.
posted by Fluffy654 at 4:16 AM PST - 4 comments

What do you do with household mercury in India?
I would like to dispose of a thermometer that might contain mercury. What's the best way to do this, in India? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 3:07 AM PST - 2 comments

A ladder left behind
[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 2:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Cover songs reworked in different time signatures.
Looking for cover songs that have been reworked in a different time signature. [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:09 AM PST - 24 comments

Building my own DVR with Linux and Comcast
I want to build my own Linux-based DVR. Need some help on the specs and interop with Comcast Digital Starter Cable. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 1:03 AM PST - 10 comments

September 27
Flying With A Canadian Ham to China
Can I bring a leg of ham though Hong Kong customs from Canada? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 11:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Alternative holiday ideas for New Zealand?
It's a common enough question, what should I do on my holidays in New Zealand? But we're not regular folks so finding good information has been difficult. We have 10 days in late October and we fly in and out of Auckland. We're Australian but well traveled and will most likely stay on the North Island unless some compelling information arises. We've hired a campervan and intend to travel about and camp where we can. Maybe a bed and breakfast or two. Though we are on a budget the main goal is to relax and enjoy the scenery rather than try and cram in too much. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx at 11:46 PM PST - 8 comments

For those of us who didn't go to Harvard. . .
Are there any sites or blogs dedicated to pointing out great courses and lectures not to be missed on iTunes U? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 11:26 PM PST - 1 comments

US UK Money transfer
US Friend would like to send UK Friend some money (lets say $100, but could be more). How to best do this so UK Friend gets the most she can out of the money? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 11:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me understand what's going on with my body?
Questions about glycogen stores, hypoglycemia, carbs (specific situation inside) [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 11:19 PM PST - 7 comments

What does it mean when someone flashes you a "C" while driving?
Tonight around midnight, in South City St. Louis, MO, my mom pulled up to a stoplight left of a pickup truck, and the thirty-something, white, crew-cut haired driver flashed her a hand sign that looked, from her perspective, like the letter "C." He did this several times over the next couple minutes whenever he pulled along side her, until she managed to lose him. Has anyone seen this before or know what it means?
posted by Hollow at 10:49 PM PST - 20 comments

can't tell if this psychology study exists
I recently read about a study on what body language women use as perceived by men. Essentially, it said that there was no observable difference between a woman trying to flirt with a man and the same woman just being polite for the first four or five minutes of their first conversation together. I'm trying to find out if this actually happened, and if so whether it was a reliable, scientifically done study, but I lost the link right after reading it.
posted by sandswipe at 10:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Unique men's clothing resale in Manhattan or Brooklyn?
Recommend unique, affordable men's clothing resale stores in Manhattan or Brooklyn? Hipster ok, or vintage. I'm looking mainly for short- and long-sleeve collared shirts.
posted by 4midori at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Why won't my car start?
Why won't my 99 chevy malibu start? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 9:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Dagestan/kumyk
Dagestan. more information about dagestan. not about traveling there though. do you know someone from there? [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 9:08 PM PST - 1 comments

[NSFW] Need some good advice about a touchy subject.
I agreed to do a paparazzi-style photo shoot for the wife of one of my best friends - I'll refer to her as Megan Fox from here on. :-) It was a kid's event with 100's of cameras but I was the only one allowed to get close up shots from straight on. The event went great and I told my friend I took 19 pictures and I would send them all over on Monday morning. They wanted to use one of the pictures for a big promo and get started right away.... [more inside]
posted by tickettrader at 8:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Nose-Breathing
I have been a mouth-breather for my entire life (eighteen years to be precise). I would like to change this. What is the best way to switch? Also, I have recently started running. Should I not even attempt to breathe through my nose while running, or should it be a long term goal?
posted by zenja72 at 8:03 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the real story with Elvis Costello and SNL?
Does anyone know the real story behind Elvis Costello's performance of "Radio Radio" on Saturday Night Live, specifically the real reason he wasn't invited back for so long? [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 7:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Silencing squeaky floorboards.
Squeaky floorboards in hallway. Sleeping toddlers that wake at the slightest noise. What are your best tips for reducing the creaks and squeaks? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 7:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Teach me how to run
I want to take up running. Thinking about training for a 5K as a goal to keep me motivated. Advice, alternate suggestions, tips? [more inside]
posted by mazienh at 7:13 PM PST - 19 comments

To squat or not?
I am considering renting out an artist's studio space and squatting in it temporarily, does anyone have any experience in this? Good idea, bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 21 comments

My pepper mill is too advanced for me
I have a William Bounds pepper mill that kind of looks like this except that it has a hard plastic ring around the ball at the top that is impervious to my wrench. It needs to be refilled with more pepper. How do I get the damn thing open?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Explain the mechanics of the Georgia State Supreme Court
I have a family member who won a case in the Georgia court system. It was a well articulated case that a competitor was engaging in predatory business practices that affected a large group of business owners of a particular type of business. The court agreed, and an appeals court declined to hear the appeal. However, another appeal was made to the Georgia Supreme Court. What are the odds that the GA Supreme Court will hear a case already held up during an appeal? [more inside]
posted by carlodio at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Was my mother unknowingly referencing a 4th century argument?
Where did the phrase "I don't give one iota!" come from? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 6:40 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I buy a police scanner? and which kind?
I'm considering getting a police scanner, but I'm having a difficult time making sense of all of what I read. Can anyone break it down for me? [more inside]
posted by john m at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Leadership in Film and on TV
Examples of leadership on film (or tv). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:24 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I fit in to a new work culture without losing my mind?
I'm exhausted from trying to understand the working environment at a new job, and hoping the hive mind can help me figure out how to become better at this job. [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 4:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there an easy way to find free, full-length articles that contain biological contingency analysis?
Looking for a free resource for articles in biology that contain contingency analysis. [more inside]
posted by steampowered at 4:52 PM PST - 5 comments

My friend would like to design a chair
Apprentice/work experience for London chair designers? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 4:47 PM PST - 1 comments

My Taxes paid for that satellite... can I at least have pix?
I want to download a bit of Landsat data - two small countries worth - but can't find any way to efficiently do this via GloVis or elsewhere. Where can I just select places on a map (or use my GloVis-exported) scene list to download these in bulk? Given 200MB/scene and the 80 scenes I need, it'll be 15.6 gigs downloaded (and likely around 40 unzippped), but that's not the problem; there just doesn't seem to be a way to do this. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 4:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Do Androids dream of electric apps?
1) Android phone. 2) Querty keyboard. 3) Before end of year. Does such phone exist? (Other than G1) [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 4:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Canadian Thanks Giving in Australia
I'm in Australia. I have two friends from Canada with whom I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving. What special treats can I get them? One is from Vancouver and the other Quebec.
posted by dantodd at 4:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Golliwog Etiquette
Golliwog etiquette required. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 4:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Magically delicious.
Help me send my friend in Ireland some very American things. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 3:39 PM PST - 31 comments

Either She's The Neighbour From Hell, Or I Am
Quick, Easy, Cheap (or Free!) DIY Soundproofing? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Em-Pee-Three
A new version of MP3.com? [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Does this garment even exist?
You knock on my door early on a weekend morning. When I answer, what am I wearing? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 3:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Free Music for Commercial Use
Where can I source good quality music (not cheesy synth) for free that I can use commercially? Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

mini solar chimney for micro power generation
i'm fascinated with the solar chimney concept for electric power generation. i'd like to build a small, fabric-based model, see if it might be able to provide enough power to charge a couple of car batteries. does the mefi hivemind want to help me brainstorm? [more inside]
posted by kimyo at 2:17 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to book lesson 2 on Tuesday, is it free?
How can the teachers at my school book a lesson in our ICT suite online? Does anyone know of a simple app or anything that will allow us to do this? At the moment staff have to lug themselves across the school to check if it's free, sometimes it is and sometimes it's not. [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 1:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Name this movie. Sailboats, murder, courtroom ethical drama.
Name this movie about Cruising Sailboat couples on a remote island, murder and the ethical dilemma of the woman who was (married to? dating? sleeping with?) the murderer. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

I took acid for the first time have many questions
Okay, my friend from work came over and then he, my roommate, and I were supposed to just take ecstasy and just chill out to trance music. Somehow my friend convinced us that we should take ACID. I have always told myself that I would never do it because I was afraid of going completely and utterly insane. [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 1:10 PM PST - 50 comments

Apartments in an old monastery?
Maryland/DC filter: Does anyone remember the name/website of an old monastery/abbey/cloister that has been divided up into apartments in the Metro area? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Less Than Total RecallFilter: What's the Word I'm Thinking Of?
Holy vocabulary crisis, Batman! My thirty-something brain has gone soft and I forgot a word I used to know. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

I don't want to hear my neighbours... ever.
I'm going to buy a home soon, probably a semi-detached bungalow. I want to have an educated guess at how soundproof a property is while I view it. Are there any tips/tricks to help me judge how soundproof a home will be while viewing it for (let's say) just 30 minutes at a time? When during those actual 30 minutes there are no neighbours making any noise, or maybe they're making a lot of noise but I just can't hear it. [more inside]
posted by selton at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

What to follow on Twitter
NYCtwitterfilter: Recommendations for NYC/Brooklyn related things to follow on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

One fell swoop (rather than lots of shallow ones)
I'm dealing with English/Chinese bilingual documents in OpenOffice, 100+ page ones, and I need to get all the Chinese characters out and into another document. I'm either looking at 2-3 hours of deleting, cutting, and pasting, or maybe there's a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 11:56 AM PST - 2 comments

How to dispute non-delivery of item?
How do I dispute a claim for a handmade item when the PayPal dispute time has expired? The seller strung me along with claims that it was going to be sent until I ran out of time to dispute it. [more inside]
posted by silentbicycle at 11:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Another 'Moving to Seattle' AskMe!
Twenty-Something Gay couple making the leap to a new city with no connections and potentially limited job opportunities, in a down economy too! The man I'm in love with has fallen in love with Seattle, and after visiting and experiencing the mild climate, nice people, great public transit and relaxed attitude, I've grown partial to the city also. [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Are there any games out there like these?
I'm looking for PC/Mac (have both) games similar to Indigo Prophecy and Shadow of Destiny. I loved the games because of the way your previous choices influence later ones, as well as the surreal and psychological aspects present. Both of the games have a similar 'feel' that I'm looking for. Any suggestion is great as long as it's not a point and click adventure game.
posted by biochemist at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Medical Marijuana in San Francisco
Exactly how hard is it to acquire a medical marijuana recommendation in San Francisco for $100 or less? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 10:36 AM PST - 13 comments

PubMed, you failed me!
I am looking for the following scientific article, and PubMed isn't helping me. Can you? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments

I Wish I'd Put a Sock in It
Is there anyway to make up for a major mistake made almost a year ago to people I'll never see again? How to get over it and move forward positively? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 10:24 AM PST - 28 comments

How accurate are 3rd party stock analyst reports?
How accurate are third-party stock analyst reports, such as S&P and Argus? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me find this dress!
UK ladies, help me find a dress! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I be tipping the newspaper delivery person more often?
Newspaper delivery tipping etiquette? Are additional tips expected outside of the holiday season? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Songs from brothers to sisters
I'm going to sing a song for my sister at her wedding, but can't find any good songs about sisters from brothers; most are from sister to sister. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by KantGoOn at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Quiet places to study in Edinburgh?
Quiet pubs and cafes for a student to study in Edinburgh [more inside]
posted by tyris33 at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Endnote in Outlook 2007
Is there a way to use Endnote within Outlook 2007? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Wedding reception in Houston -- any ideas?
Wedding venue in Houston, TX? We're looking for a budget-friendly, unique site to have a wedding reception in January 2010. The ceremony will be separate and small, but we'd like to have a fun, casual celebration for all our friends. Centrally located (inside the loop) is good but we're not ruling anything out. Any suggestions?
posted by runtina at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a regulation in Montreal setting a mimimum distance between bars?
Is there a regulation in Montreal setting a mimimum distance between bars or restaurants? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 8:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Need help identifying an old Harley Davidson leather biker cap.
Need help identifying an old Harley Davidson leather biker cap. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by silly110671 at 7:57 AM PST - 0 comments

How to feed our cats?
Question on the feeding of two cats with different eating disorders. [more inside]
posted by lolalivia at 7:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Sunblock in Uganda
Where can I buy decent high SPF sunblock in Kampala? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do I attract married men?
Attracting married men is my superpower. What gives? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 7:07 AM PST - 62 comments

vegan junction city KS - "No results found"
Vegan eats in Junction City, KS? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 6:24 AM PST - 1 comments

What is this pot plant and how to treat it?
We got this pot plant in our office as a gift but we have no idea what its name is or how frequently we should water it or where to keep it (direct sunlight? shade?). Please help.
posted by procrastinator at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend any feminist princess dolls I can buy for my 6-year-old goddaughter?
Can you recommend any feminist princess dolls I can buy for my 6-year-old goddaughter? I don't mind getting her princesses, but they have to be awesome princesses who really are heroes in their own right! Mulan is the best of the Disney princesses, IMO, but I don't really want to give Disney my money. So far all I've thought of are Wonder Woman and She-Ra (not that I can find affordable She-Ra dolls nowadays anyway), but I worry that they won't seem 'princessy' enough for my goddaughter to really appreciate and love them. Lots of pink and fancy clothing is fine, but I want to show her princesses who save the prince (or don't need one, or ditch him for another princess, or whatever) and kick ass on their own. Any suggestions?
posted by mythomane at 3:22 AM PST - 37 comments

What anime did I watch as a child?
Some time around 1992-1995 I watched a japanese cartoon on German TV that I'm trying to hunt down again. I can't remember what its called, or all that much about it, so it's been somewhat impossible to hunt it down. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 2:56 AM PST - 5 comments

directX 9 in windows server 2008
My brother is using windows server 2008 as his OS on his everyday PC. He has just gotten himself a new PC game, Fifa 10 demo, which wont run on his OS due to some sort of directX problem [more inside]
posted by wombycat at 2:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Which web publishing provider?
What blog/community/wiki provider do I need? [more inside]
posted by jouke at 2:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Want to take some online architecture courses. Where is a good place? Willing to pay.
Want to take some online architecture courses. Where is a good place? Willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 1:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to find a terry-cloth bit of happiness, in Japan?
Birthday Gift Filter: Where to find a plush, luxury hotel style bathrobe on sale in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 12:26 AM PST - 6 comments

September 26
Yahoo! Mail on Wii + USB keyboard = what gives?
Anybody out there checking and writing e-mail on the Wii Internet Channel with a USB keyboard? [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak at 10:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Help! Cat stuck in duct!
My friend's cat is stuck in her apartment's A/C duct system. What should she do? [more inside]
posted by holympus at 10:27 PM PST - 30 comments

What do I need to learn to write a Gmail Labs feature?
What do I need to learn to write a Gmail Labs feature? [more inside]
posted by Matt Arnold at 10:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my kiddo sleep!
My son's sleep schedule is all screwed up. How can I make it better again? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

I want an iPhone, but not AT&T
What's the best way to turn an iPod touch into an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr at 9:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Get rid of a Viola Hickey?
How to get rid of a viola "hickey"? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 8:11 PM PST - 13 comments

"Bless your heart" and other backhanded phrases?
"Well, bless your heart!" and "How nice for you!" are two of my favorite barely-veiled criticisms. Can you provide me with some more? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:50 PM PST - 151 comments

Suggestions for an Nvidia gfx card with s-video out and overscan capability
Help me find an inexpensive PCI-E graphics card that closely matches the TV-OUT capabilities of the fried Asus 6800GT that it's replacing. [more inside]
posted by siclik at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Websites like Wohba and Futility closet? Help me find sites like these please.
Websites like Wohba and Futility closet? Help me find sites like these please. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 6:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Dog suddenly not eating
My dog is not eating, but the situation is not the same as previous questions, as far as I can tell. Please see inside for detail [more inside]
posted by lootie777 at 6:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Which mini camcorder should I choose?
Which mini camcorder should I get - the Kodak Zi8 or the Flip Ultra HD? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Why did tar and nc not play nice?
Can anybody immediately see why nc and tar didn't work together the way I expected they would? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments

What's an IT career path for me?
How do I advance my career in IT? If I were to move to a software developer position would I have to start out at the bottom? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Cultural appropriation or 70's pop culture?
Sensitive question about cultural issues and a halloween costume I might wear. Is this cultural appropriation or 1970's pop culture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Pretty little language question.
What words, in addition to little and pretty, can have double meanings to describe both qualitative and quantitative properties? For example, "little" can refer to the size of an object (my little pony), or to the amount of something (ye of little faith). Likewise, "pretty" can describe how attractive something looks (pretty in pink), but also modify the degree to which something is (these examples are pretty dumb).
posted by Robot Johnny at 5:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Map bus routes on to Google Maps?
How would I go about mapping bus routes onto a Google map? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

In this day and age of digital distribution, one would think you'd be able to find a song.
What was the song with all of the flanging in The September Issue?
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Turkey day in mobile?
Should I go to Mobile, AL for thanksgiving? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by shrabster at 4:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Data feeds for cricket and other sports
Where can I get sports feeds, especially cricket? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What Scotch has a long, campfire-like finish?
ScotchFilter: please ID this half-remembered single-malt whisky! What Scotch would have been available in metro Detroit around 2001 with an amazingly smooth palate and a long, campfire-like finish? [more inside]
posted by paulg at 3:40 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to look like Lady Gaga!
Help me look like a drag queen from outer space! I'm going as Lady Gaga for Halloween and need hair, makeup, and costume ideas. [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 2:57 PM PST - 10 comments

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?
How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to recall a philosopher's website with photos of her friends
Can anyone remind me which philosopher has a personal website displaying her beautiful photographs of her university friends and colleagues? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Walking resources for Pollino National Park, Italy?
Where can I find resources on walks in the Pollino National Park in Basilicata, Italy? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comments

gif me a chance to do this right
I used to be able to insert animated gifs into Powerpoint and have them run when I clicked on them. Now the only way I can get them to work (following Powerpoint's own instructions) is to insert them as objects that when clicked, open in Window's "Picture and Fax viewer". Surely there's a better way? I want to make an entertaining presentation for undergraduates, not look like an old fogy who can't use new technology.
posted by acrasis at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Driving in reverse
Another video search. This one was about cars being driven in reverse in the opposite lane to avoid "tailbacks". It was captured by someone driving legally and was almost certainly in Russia or some neighbouring country. Anyone? Anyone?
posted by Neiltupper at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me preserve Grandma's travel scrapbook
I'm looking for tips and best practices for scanning the contents of my grandmother's scrapbook. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Where else have I heard this music?
Where else have I heard the score from this scene in Five Deadly Venoms? (warning: kung-fu!) It's deeply familiar to me; I feel like it was used in the opening credits to a comedy sketch or something similar to that, but I can't place it.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Hinduism in Western music?
Hinduism in popular (and industrial) music [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 12:27 PM PST - 8 comments

More than one Dell Vostro?
I'm thinking about replacing my defunct desktop with a laptop. The compactness and portability of laptops are a big plus. Just to be able to get rid of that tangle of cables under my desk seems benefit enough to make the change. I recently bought a Dell Vostro 1520 that I like. It strikes me that buying another Vostro 1520 would have at least the advantage of using compatible a.c. adapters for use in various parts of the house. I would appreciate hearing what the advantages and disadvantage of going with another laptop of the same make and model of the one I already own. One added note: I’m using XP Pro on my Vostro now. The new one would probably have Windows 7.
posted by NinaLee at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

supersecret doubleunderground touchback rule?
Vaguely remembered football filter: I remember a game maybe 5 years ago, definitely Michigan, I think playing Michigan State (but could have been someone else). Something crazy happened in an end zone, and one of the teams (I think it was Michigan) was awarded 5 points, or some other strange number of points. What was this and why did it happen? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I worry about this mysterious scab on my cat's neck?
My cat, Mint, has a round scab on the back of her neck, right between her shoulderblades. It seems to have spontaneously appeared a couple of nights ago. [more inside]
posted by kiripin at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

how the hell did you get pregnant
My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for about 15 months. Not sure what to do and would LOVE to hear about people's experiences of getting pregnant after trying for a long time. What route did you take? What worked for you? Do's and Don't's? (I have read "Taking charge of your fertility" so please don't recommend this :) ) Many many details inside. [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 11:30 AM PST - 30 comments

Does Zune HD have VPN connectivity option?
Does Zune HD have VPN connectivity option as iPod touch?
posted by omaralarifi at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Your favorite espresso maker
My espresso maker just gave up the ghost, after 15 years of great coffee and service. What's a really dependable, good new machine to purchase? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:32 AM PST - 23 comments

How to securely and cheaply wipe PC's data?
What is the best free way to securely wipe the hard drive of a PC (XP, I think) before re-selling it? Free means no purchase of software or hardware, if at all possible. If it helps, there are two laptops that need to be wiped, so one could wipe the other if there's some nifty way to do that. Any ideas would be much-appreciated.
posted by Dasein at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend American female novelists who've had their debut novels published within the last 3 years or so?
Can you recommend American female novelists who've had their debut novels published within the last 3 years or so?
posted by Kattullus at 9:29 AM PST - 30 comments

"I got all five senses and I slept last night..."
Soundtrackfilter: Please recommend to me mostly-instrumental, sometimes dark, contemplative soundtrack albums (or even compilations or regular albums) in the vein of Michael Andrews' work for Donnie Darko or Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd's soundtrack for Mysterious Skin. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 9:06 AM PST - 24 comments

How to keep health insurnace for a struggling college student
We struggling to keep our over-18 child covered under our health insurance. She has a four year history of mental health struggles. She has been able to more or less stay in school as a full-time student but we aren't sure she can keep it up. The two strategies seemed to be to get the school to give her full-time status with a partial load due to disability or to convince the insurance company that she is not capable of "self-sustaining employment" Anyone have any experience with either route? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I create custom beats in Ableton to overlay my mashup mixes similar to Girl Talk?
I use ableton to create mashup mixes for friends as a bit of fun and would like to introduce some custom drums and beats to aid transition from track to track similar to girl talk, eclectic method, diplo etc. to take my mixes to the next level. Ideally i would like some suggestions for the following 1)Where to find the drum patterns for ableton that are similar to that Girl talk uses (these are usually very hip hop type arrangements) 2) What drum pack/drum sounds i should be using and where i can find/buy these 3) If any ableton premade packs exist that contain these sort of patterns and samples already
posted by toocan at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Flash CS4 Quicktime Export leaves artifacts and looks like crud. Help!
Flash animators: When I export my flash cartoon to quicktime, moving objects leave behind horrible artifacts. Apparently I am not the only one with this problem. If Flash's quicktime export is so crummy, how do the professionals publish their cartoons to video? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to find business advice for open source software
Where can I find professional advice on the business possibilities for an open source software project? Is there a good location to ask a very specific question and get an experts advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Explaining Dysfunction and Estrangment to the Mayberry Set.
How to explain family estrangement to in-laws and other folks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 23 comments

insulation
Outside facing wall insulation? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Identify this 90s puzzle/action game
Identify this game. I played it in the late 90s on the PC or the Amiga. It was an isometric puzzle/action/adventure game set in the future in a tall skyscraper where all the robots (cleaning bots, security bots etc.) had suddenly gone crazy. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me learn the fiddle!
I want to learn the fiddle: how difficult is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by katopotato at 6:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a Northern Virginia Locksmith
Can you recommend a good locksmith in Northern VA? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I believe him?
Should I believe him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 AM PST - 51 comments

Sunrise in the New York City?
Where's the best place to watch the sunrise in New York City, preferably Manhattan? Since this is for my honeymoon, the more romantic the location, the better. :)
posted by exhilaration at 5:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Boombox Cinema
By 1989 the boombox had established a fairly stable place in the pantheon of pop culture cinema, with the releases of both Do the Right Thing and Say Anything. Can you remember seeing (and hearing!) the machine in earlier films? I'm especially interested to learn its earliest appearances.
posted by billtron at 4:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Alfresco or no alfresco
I want advice on setting up a basic, password protected, document management system to host pdf documents and pdf forms. I am inundated with terms like Joomla, Drupal, Alfresco each one with its pros and cons [similar questions on askmefi havent helped much] [more inside]
posted by london302 at 3:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Help us find our dog
Our dog ran away tonight. It's 1:30 am now. We live in a suburban subdivision. We've called animal control and looked for an hour and a half. Is it best to keeplooking or to sleep so we will be awake during daylight? She has tags with our phone number but no one has called. Have any tips for finding a lost dog? She got through the temporary fence my husband erected during house renovations.
posted by bananafish at 1:25 AM PST - 18 comments

the itchy & scratchy garden show
Poison oak within garden yard mulch (scratch) How long will it be toxic (scratch) Any way to make it less? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 1:06 AM PST - 10 comments

From Kaiser to Blue Shield: what's a newbie to know?
Going from Kaiser to Blue Shield - what's the transition like? What (not) to expect? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 12:44 AM PST - 15 comments

September 25
License to _____.
"Upgrading" my driver's license—help! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 11:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a good university town for a non-traditional student?
Looking to go to grad school for Linguistics or TESOL, but I'm a non-traditional student. I have a few schools picked out but don't want to end up in another tiny "college town." Help? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 10:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Need country-specific activities for a Hispanic-American heritage event.
Need country-specific activities for a Hispanic-American heritage event. [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 10:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Thank you no thank you.
Do I follow up a positive Yelp review with a response to the poster? [more inside]
posted by pianomover at 10:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Wired t-shirt w/man being hit by lightning
Seeking info about/pictures of old Wired Magazine t-shirt with stick figure getting hit by lightning inside a yellow triangle [more inside]
posted by poulet at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

A sad brother-in-law at the Tigers game?
How should I (or just should I) ask my bereaved brother-in-law to a baseball game next week? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 9:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Quiet restuarant in Houston on a Saturday night?
Is there a quiet, intimate, conversation-friendly (on a Saturday night!) restaurant in or near the Montrose area of Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 8:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Need to get rid of roaches fast
Can anyone recommend a good pest control company in Tampa, FL? The roaches in my kitchen must DIE DIE DIE. I'm out of town for three days and walk into my kitchen to find four of the not-so-little bastards crawling around. I can't use my kitchen until they are gone.
posted by Ikazuchi at 7:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Proper etiquette for the showers/ hot tub at the YMCA?
What is the proper etiquette for the showers/ hot tub at the YMCA? I have been using my local YMCA for a few months now, and have so far not used the showers or the hot tub.... but I would love to do so. My question is this - what's the dress code? naked for the shower? naked in the hut tub? bathing suit? I have no idea. I don't mind being naked around other men, I just don't want to be the naked man who's doing it wrong. I know, it's a silly question. but still.
posted by bradth27 at 7:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Man versus Cow - how can the human emerge the victor?
Would it be possible for a regular person to kill an adult cow with their bare hands if they absolutely had to (like for reasons of self defense or honor)? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 7:29 PM PST - 41 comments

What pepper is this?
PepperIdentityFilter: I serious don't know my peppers. I was trying to pick up serranos, but picked up what looks like the pepper on the left in this image. What is this? A banana pepper? Extra points if someone knows whether if i boil this'll spice up or ruin the chili I plan on making. I plan on boiling this pepper in the sauce prior to adding the meat to it.
posted by miasma at 7:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't frames da stainz!
Any laundry superstars out there? I need to clean a very precious item.. [more inside]
posted by raider at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the score?
Does anyone know the prescise locations where "The Score" was shot in Montreal? Google Maps links would be ideal. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Pink / Red little moles on chest?
What are the very deep pink (almost red) mole-like dots that often appear between the breasts? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Inglorious Hat
What kind of hat did Melanie Laurent wear in Inglorious Bastards? (link included inside) [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 6:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I purchase business cards for a small company?
Where should I purchase business cards for a small company? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Tall and tan and young and lovely
How do you pronounce the last name of Astrud Gilberto in Portugese? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get really high in Portland, Oregon?
How can I get really high in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by synthedelic at 5:38 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I drive traffic to my new sports blog?
Another questions about driving traffic to a new blog - but this one is specifically about a sports blog. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you tell someone they're so easily offended, without offending them?
How do I address my (probably ex-) boyfriend's tendency to be easily offended without offending him again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 52 comments

What to do when in the presence of your personal heroes (and how to avoid the cost and wait)?
Book festivals? National Book Festival? What to expect? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 5:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Oh Great Seitan, Mock Meat Of Vegetarian Champions!!
Oh, Seitan! What is the best way to make you from scratch.... and will your high protein gluten goodness harm me? [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 4:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me finish this sentence. Please.
Can you help me learn how to finish a sentence? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 4:47 PM PST - 33 comments

How to identify intervals
How can I learn relative pitch? I can hear minor/major 2nds pretty well but 3rds are just defeating me. [more inside]
posted by Post-it Goat at 4:13 PM PST - 18 comments

I wrote a book... but I only had a copy for me...
I have this amazing idea for a book that has never been done before and will sell like hotcakes. (No, seriously!) But I have absolutely no idea where to start. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 4:03 PM PST - 12 comments

NameThatToyFilter
What is this type of toy called (and where can I buy one)? [more inside]
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 3:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Creative solutions on how to deal with the house in an otherwise unproblematic, amicable divorce? (state: PA)
Looking for suggestions on how to deal with the situation where one spouse wants to stay in the house, while the other spouse could use the money from selling the house. [more inside]
posted by leticia at 3:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Who will dig my holes?
What tradesman or trade area should I look to to dig the footers for my wood deck? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How long will it take me to learn the keyboard?
Is it reasonable to expect that I can develop reasonable proficiency at piano/keyboard with 30 minutes to an hour of practice each day for a few months? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Why was the spider removed from the Arachnophobia movie poster?
Why was the spider removed from the movie poster for Arachnophobia between the theatrical release and the video release? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Wir sind so ungeshickt.
How do we date across a language barrier? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 3:01 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm not a hippy, but I game like one.
Is there a browser based Civilization clone that's any good? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

I Wanna Rock
What guitar/gear should I buy? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 1:26 PM PST - 16 comments

How to Prepare for Infinite Jest
How should I prepare to read Infinite Jest? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 1:22 PM PST - 49 comments

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
Can you recommend a good (and reasonably priced) real estate lawyer in the San Francisco Area? [more inside]
posted by crayon at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I convert strings to characters?
How can I break down a long list of strings into individual characters on a Windows box? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I keep my rental home secure?
Living in Albuquerque, currently renting a house, and wondering what options are available for home security in this specific situation? [more inside]
posted by aflores at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Returning to the classics
Photography-filter: Can you help me find an art history textbook that would help me improve my composition skills? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

pop songs for young esl students
What pop songs are great to use with young ESL learners in Spain? [more inside]
posted by maca at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Immigrant iPhone
Immigrant iPhone: When I move from the U.S. to Canada (hopefully soon), can I simply plug my SIM card from my cheap Rogers plan into an U.S. iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How much force to tear off a limb?
How much force would it take to tear off a limb from the human body? Don't worry, I'm not planning on trying this at home. Yes, I realize that bodies are variable. If you are familiar with any research in this realm, please point me to it!
posted by Wordwoman at 11:56 AM PST - 24 comments

What is the best Electronic News Gathering microphone for my Zoom H4n on a $150 budget? Also, critique suggestions I've already received.
What is the best Electronic News Gathering microphone for my Zoom H4n on a $150 budget? Also, critique suggestions I've already received. [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me help him find some software!
What are the best Windows programs dedicated to making to-do lists? [more inside]
posted by Aleen at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Art and culture inspired by a dream or vision, a la Coleridge's Kubla Khan?
I'm looking for examples of creative works which seem to have come from a place outside the artist's deliberate, conscious effort (be it the collective unconscious, drug-induced, the subconscious of the author finally culminating, whatever). [more inside]
posted by lhall at 11:27 AM PST - 29 comments

Rules of naming human joints?
Is there a source online for joint "naming conventions" with regard to human anatomy? Do such conventions exist? [more inside]
posted by purlgurly at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Purple shirt of Jimi
I want this old Jimi Hendrix Tshirt back. Can you help with the design notes? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 11:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Is this like when I said I was allergic to potatoes because I don't like french fries?
Can a person be allergic to milk but not ice cream, cheese, and butter? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 11:09 AM PST - 33 comments

Party time... in midtown?
NYC party-filter: I need a private-ish room for an after-party in November. Caveats inside. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

the voodoo that you do
Looking to learn more about Haitian voodoo in America. [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 11:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Great destinations, routes and experiences in and around Toronto.
I want to go to there, but I need your advice on where "there" is. Starting point: Toronto. Range: any land within 100 km (60-ish miles) of High Park, but I can go further for something really special. Means of transport: my trusty steed. Time frame: now until November-ish. I'm looking for great routes or awesome destinations, urban, rural or suburban, like the best roti in Scarborough, a tiny potter's studio somewhere in Peel, or a gorgeous path by some body of water that isn't Lake Ontario. I want to go somewhere to do something neat, like picking apples or riding horses. And this is not Torontofilter or bikefilter. I'm looking for creative ideas from anyone, anywhere. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 10:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Recommendations for online design class?
I'm looking to take an online design class. Not specifically web design, or graphic, game, etc. but something that will teach the basics of design in general. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Seboshin at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to go for a July 2010 Honeymoon?
Where should we go for a honeymoon in early July of next year? We are leaning towards something all-inclusive. We've considered places in Mexico near Mayan ruins and such. Something with some history and touristy places to visit that we normally won't have an opportunity to see. On the other hand, we're willing to consider all other locations. Nothing is really off the table at this point. Dates will be the end of June beginning of July for 10-14 days. Neither of us are well-travelled and on a budget. We would prefer to stay in one location (so resorts are a definite interest) and have maybe $5k for the two of us. What suggestions do you have and what locations should we definitely avoid?
posted by ets960 at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Stitch 'n' Bitch party of one? I hope not!
Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find copyright free historical images?
What are the best searchable sources for copyright-free historical and other images? I know about Wikimedia Commons, about searching for Creative Commons licensed material on Flickr, and about some regional repositories such as the Washington State Digital Archives (where I work). What other good sources are out there? Google searches lead me to subscription databases of stock photos.
posted by LarryC at 10:21 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I care for a cat with diabetes?
How do I best care for a cat with diabetes? [more inside]
posted by dbgrady at 10:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Dutch name translation
I have found a written reference to a person with a last name of: ten Thije ook genoemd Boonkkamp. I am assuming that it is Dutch? and can anyone transliterate it into English, especially the non-capitalized parts? Does it mean 'Thije' who is married to 'Boonkkamp' or anything like that?
posted by eaglehound at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Going native with Seattle plants: R U doing it wrong?
Seattle gardening and native plants: How hard should I be trying to stay native? If not native, what's good for this climate? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

How does HuffPo append URLs to copied text?
I noticed today that text copied from articles on The Huffington Post appends the article URL when pasted and I'm wondering how it's done. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Weird period
Weird period. What's up? Needless to say, if you find this stuff icky, read no further. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Music from bathroom scenes in All That Jazz?
What was the name of the music used in the scenes in All That Jazz when Joe Gideon was getting ready in the bathroom?
posted by JTKestrel at 9:39 AM PST - 2 comments

I made it so it must be good.
Looking for a word/phrase that describes when someone thinks an artistic work they created is marketable/likable, yet is something they wouldn't care for if it was created by someone else. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 9:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Notetaker Wallet without the big price tag
I really like the look of David Allen NoteTaker wallet, the only downside being I can't afford the $80 price tag. Are their any similar wallets out there without the high price tag?
posted by nam3d at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

female genital mutilation in malawi?
CaseworkFilter: Looking for good recent sources of evidence of FGM in Malawi. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:29 AM PST - 1 comments

No Mo Dogg(dot)
What in the heck happened to doggdot.us? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:24 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I conquer Rogue-Likes?
For over 10 years I've been playing various rogue-likes. Nethack, Angband, ADOM, and now Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. I've never, ever been able to get past a few levels. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 9:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Cheap Mets tickets for 10/2?
Mets tickets: next Friday, 10/2, vs the Astros- has to be a cheaper way, right? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 9:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Embedding book excerpts on your website?
I need ideas for embedding book excerpts on my website. [more inside]
posted by danburzo at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Five string guitar (non-bass): How can one be altered, purchased, or constructed by a non-expert.
Five string guitar (non-bass), with a standard-width fretboard: Why am I not finding m/any, and how can one be altered, purchased, or constructed cheaply by a non-expert. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

I can has halp with kitteh peepee?
The new kitten keeps peeing on our bed. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Hot for Grandma?
How do men's patterns of sexual attraction change as they age? That is, are older guys really attracted to older partners, or are they just being polite/settling for what they can get? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 8:32 AM PST - 69 comments

Are the taxes on an American sweepstakes win by a Canadian worth our while?
SweepstakesFilter: My wife (a Canadian like myself) recently won a large number of travel rewards points from an American chain of hotels. Help us determine if the prize is worth keeping considering what we'll have to pay in taxes to the IRS. [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a free online newspaper clipping service
I need a free online newspaper article clipping service that will let me view images of actual print articles, front page headline stories. Sort of a free Burrell's. Newseum sort of helps, but I need to search for articles throughout 2009. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Didn't Google used to have something like this?
posted by punkfloyd at 8:26 AM PST - 1 comments

How to completely clear Apple Address Book in preparation for recovery?
Recovering Address Book data. Apple Address Book phantom entries keep returning, even after deleting the data files and prefs lists. Where are they coming from? How can I get the original data back? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Helping friends in financial difficulty
What's the best way for me to help out some friends who are in financial difficulty right now? [more inside]
posted by drzoon at 8:00 AM PST - 35 comments

Point me to the web...
Are there any Access-like tools for building data access pages in a web+sql format? [more inside]
posted by gjc at 7:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Post-Thatcher, pre-Britpop
London in the early 1990s. (Or, Britain in general). How did it differ from the present day? What were the little, day-to-day differences, the minutiae that was of its time? Any books or resources recommended? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:29 AM PST - 21 comments

We'll talk in present tenses.
(Asking for a friend) Is there a place on ye olde interwebbes where I can see a gallery of all the artwork currently on display at the Chelsea Hotel? ALTERNATELY can anyone help me identify this painting? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Dry erase/whiteboards walls and me?
My animation company is moving into our first real office and we want to make a very large "brainstorming wall" with a dry erase surface so that we can collaborate and share ideas more intuitively. [more inside]
posted by alexherder at 7:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Reporter's notebook
Journalists' notes: how do they take them, store them and reference them later? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 7:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What can I grow in Zone 8?
Gardening Filter: What can I grow in the Florida panhandle? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Trip to Marbella: where should I take the kids?
Marbella filter: does anybody know great places (or even good or just ok ones) to take kids to in or around the Marbella area? [more inside]
posted by dimon at 6:22 AM PST - 1 comments

Looking for interesting social bookmarkers
Who are some interesting delicious.com bookmarkers? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 5:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Crybaby
My 5 week old baby cries most of the time he is awake unless I keep moving him around or feeding him. I am at a loss...any suggestion for this weary mom? [more inside]
posted by murrey at 4:38 AM PST - 43 comments

Unexplained iPhone Data Transmissions
Why is my iPhone is transmitting data OUT on a daily basis without my knowledge? [more inside]
posted by nineRED at 4:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Maroc...
Three weeks in Morocco with a new sweetheart...give us the perfect itinerary! [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 2:45 AM PST - 10 comments

What makes humans tick?
Suppose someone has trouble "reading" people in a (mostly) professional context. What can he or she study to get better at this? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 1:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Travel with Iphone to Japan?
I will be traveling to Japan for 2 weeks Want to use my iphone mostly for non-cell usages: mail, maps, etc. 2 questions: are prepaid sim cards available for iphone if i jail break it in Japan and how common are free wi-fi spots in Tokyo if i want to go airplane mode to avoid ALL data charges?
posted by dougiedd at 1:18 AM PST - 8 comments

September 24
Looking for a low-maintenance, but social, 'after work' place/thing/something to do while I try to get my health in order.
I need a temporary low-maintenance, but social, 'after work' place/thing/something to do while I try to get my health in order. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Aren't you even a little bit curious?
I met a new guy who I've instantly clicked with. Chemistry seems to be there, yet something is bothering me. He rarely (as in hardly ever) asks me specific questions about me or my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 PM PST - 43 comments

Posting an ASOFAI or Westeros Fan-Fic?
How best to invoke the wrath of G.R.R. Martin by posting a fan-fic online? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:51 PM PST - 4 comments

better mopping
Mopping - is there a better way? Am I just doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 10:38 PM PST - 39 comments

Great dentists in San Francisco?
Good dentists in San Francisco? Specific needs/neuroses inside. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of word does an entry level PHP programmer do the first few months on the job?
What can I expect in terms of daily tasks from an entry level php programmer? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 9:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Public Liability Insurance
I need public liability insurance for a 1 day stall at a country church fete. Is there any Australian insurer who does this? The shortest term I can find is 3 months at $110 via AAMI. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Frame is distracting from content
Is there an easy fix for a faint scratch on an pure black picture frame? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 9:44 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I do with a giant ballroom on a Tuesday morning?
I have a gigantic ballroom reserved for a very small lab meeting. What crazy-cool things can we do to make use of this space at 9:30am on a weekday? Party? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley at 8:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Where does one learn about the CEP?
Where do I learn more about the Citizenship Education Program run by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the U.S. civil rights movement? [more inside]
posted by Repression Jones at 8:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find a Jersey like Charlie Brown's?
Where can I find a jersey like Charlie Brown's? [more inside]
posted by ijaaz at 8:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Upcoming trial
How can i get through this when i have nobody to relate to? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 7:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Webcam recording softwrae
I need to record myself giving a presentation for school. My laptop has a built in webcam and microphone. What free Windows software would you recommend for this task?
posted by gocubbies at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

....tore me a new asshole.
So it appears I have a tear in my buttocks. Most likely NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 14 comments

It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Science
How would one go about getting (assisted and monitored) access to scientific/medical research equipment in the Chicago area? (fMRI, MRI, electron microscopes, mass spectrometry) [more inside]
posted by chambers at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How likely is it that this would come back to haunt me?
If someone enters a scientific "Theoretical Challenge" under my name and wins the competition, would that come back to haunt me even though all intellectual property rights would be relinquished to the company running the challenge? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2d artwork from above?
What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2-d artwork from above? [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Repairing the iPhone headphone jack fastener?
iPhone 3G: The little silver ring around my iPhone 3G's headphone jack has gone missing, and now headphones don't stay in the jack...they just slide right out. The jack still works--if I press down really hard on the headphone connector, sound comes out of the headphones--but as soon as I let up the headphones come right out. Everything else on the phone works fine. What are my options for getting this repaired? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Maldives on a budget?
Maldives on a budget? Say, late June or July 2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Xbox 360 games suitable for young children
Xbox 360 games suitable for children [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 6:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Prunes are not the magical fruit.
According to this bag of prunes I'm eating, one serving only has 3 grams of fiber, which doesn't sound like very much. So (a) how did prunes get a reputation for being a cure for constipation and (b) is there something else I should be eating to get the desired effect?
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 26 comments

How flexible are mortgage lenders on second properties?
How flexible is a mortgage lender likely to be on the mortgage for a second home that looks like an investment property? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Need formula to calculate a lease rate factor from a %.
Need formula to calculate a lease rate factor from a %. [more inside]
posted by thinktwice at 6:05 PM PST - 2 comments

What is my risk here?
I live in Canada. I have a friend in US who is battling cancer. She has asked me to pick up an alternative cancer remedy and bring it over the border to her in New York. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 21 comments

If those cannons are rockin'...
Do any orchestras play the 1812 Overture with real cannons anywhere? If so, where and when? I would love to see it. Thanks!
posted by elder18 at 5:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Searching for Chinese dinner w/lazy susan.
I am looking for a restaurant in Oakland or San Francisco that will serve a large group a cheap but massive Chinese dinner with a big ol' lazy susan. The lazy susan part is key.
posted by user92371 at 5:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to buy bulk dry goods?
BostonFilter: We're looking for a bulk dry-goods store. [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Model Building
First time building a landscape model on taskboard. Tips and advice? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 5:00 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make an Antivirus Pro 2010/Protection System infection go away?
How do I make an Antivirus Pro 2010/Protection System infection go away? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 4:49 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the major obstacles of single adoption?
What are the major obstacles of single adoption? [more inside]
posted by fairykarma at 4:46 PM PST - 13 comments

I had to put up these posters in my own classroom; they were so expensive I had to sell my house!
Why did my elementary/high school teachers complain so much about how they don't make enough money? I looked at the Department of Labor's website, and they make just as much as they would in certain postsecondary subjects (about $53,000). I always thought they made $25,000 a year or something, but this has changed everything! Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:39 PM PST - 85 comments

Where can I find trustworthy autographed items?
I'm looking for an autographed picture as a present, but $200 seems like much and I've seen people selling copies of autographed pictures for $10. What are good sources for autographed pictures, either high quality downloads or pictures with original signatures? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school?
How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 18 comments

TCP port switcheroo
I would like to forward a local port to another local port...in effect, disguising one port for another. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by AltReality at 4:28 PM PST - 16 comments

What cover crops should I plant on my organic farm?
Starting an organic farm -- cover crops: what, when, and how? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 3:48 PM PST - 5 comments

songbooks?
where can i find acoustic chord books with lyrics in or around MORELIA, Mexico? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

How to find a geriatric care manager?
Does anyone have any experience engaging and / or working with a geriatric care manager for an elderly relative or friend? My sister and I need some help (and a little moral support) with respect to dealing with our mother, who has mild dementia (and lives in Nassau County, New York). Any suggestions with respect to finding, evaluating and / or working with one would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the hive!
posted by SuzB at 3:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Park a number but forward calls?
What's the cheapest way for my dad drop a land-line (US) but keep the number permanently (Vonage?) solely to forward to cell phone of another number? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

PS3 franchises with story but little backstory?
What video game franchises in the current generation would be good to pick up for the first time? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 2:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Dough in TO?
I love sourdough. It doesn't seem like anyone else in Toronto does, though. [more inside]
posted by anthill at 1:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Wort Chilling Ideas
Any good ideas for quickly cooling a 5 gallon stock pot full of homebrew Wort without scalding myself or others? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 1:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Which guns should I get?
What, or where could I find out, are the most common guns and ergo the most common types of ammunition in the United States? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:54 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I create an anonymous blog that I can update from my iPhone?
How do I create an anonymous blog that I can update from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by renyoj at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Shameless music that'll grab our son and your daughter in the arms of a jungle, animal instinct - massteria!
What's this kind of talking/singing music called, and what else is like it? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 1:29 PM PST - 26 comments

If Mommy and Daddy give enough, you get a toy??
Isn't Pre-K too early to use a kid for fundraising? Especially teasing him/her with toys and prizes? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 1:17 PM PST - 46 comments

Total Crud Face Universe and Galaxy
I am obsessed with artist&writer Lynda Barry, and don't believe she has any peer or equal in the world of comics. Prove me wrong; who else would I love? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Awesomeness in Haute-Alpes this weekend?
We're looking for activities/places/things not to miss in the northern French Alps this weekend. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 1:07 PM PST - 1 comments

Best place to find web designer to do a very simple one page design that I can maintain?
Best place to find web designer to do design/layout/code for a Wordpress static page that I can maintain? [more inside]
posted by jcmilton at 12:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Hosting web service on S3
Is it possible to host a commenting system on Amazon's S3 servers? I know most people use it for file storage and access, but would hosting a web service on their servers be possible?
posted by bjork24 at 12:49 PM PST - 17 comments

He(lgason) Hate Me
In a recent MeTa thread, Krilli says that the only racism in Iceland is against the Polish and Asians. Why for? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Reasons for car heater to not blow hot air?
Need help from mechanics! Asking for a friend: On a 2005 Mercury Marquis, the air temperature control does not work. What could be the cause and possible ways to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Whats an ideal everyday lens for an EOS 450D?
I need advice on a 'walking-around' lens on a sub-frame Canon DSLR. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:49 AM PST - 33 comments

Business Buying Best Practices
I'm a potential small business buyer. I'm unsure about the protocol of dealing with business brokers. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Goosey Goosey Gander, why do you march like that?
When you see military parades of countries that we would consider to be either potential or old enemies (Iran, North Korea, China, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union, etc.), the troops march using the “goose step”, but you never see that style of marching used by NATO or other friendly nation armies. I understand that western countries would probably not want to be seen goose-stepping due to the whole WW2 Germany connection, but why is it so popular with communist and other regimes? Just because it looks so bad-ass scary or because it gives an impression of complete discipline?
posted by 543DoublePlay at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

La Guardia to 8th Ave&20th St.
Flying into LaGuardia Tuesday afternoon. Best way to Chelsea? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 11:13 AM PST - 25 comments

How easy are self-leveling cement compounds to use?
How easy are self-leveling cement compounds to use? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 11:00 AM PST - 10 comments

I have a baby education society, now it needs a name.
Help me name my wicked-cool collaborative learning group! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 10:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Big Apple and No-neck monsters
What are some cool things to do in New York City with a toddler? She will have her third birthday in a few weeks and loves animals, arts & crafts and other kids. [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best cable company/ISP in NYC?
Moving to NYC and have my choice of cable companies. Which one should I choose to minimize stress and annoyance? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 10:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Freelance web design/development for a newbie - is this feasible?
I am planning to leave my current job in about a year, and hope to be able to make some money (I don't need a lot) by doing freelance web development/programming. While I have a bit of experience with programming and very basic web design ((X)HTML/CSS), this would pretty much be a new field for me. I guess I'm wondering - is this a realistic goal? And if so, what steps should I take to help me get there? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Social marketing conference for small creative agencies?
I work for a small creative agency with roots in traditional advertising for nonprofit organizations. We've been doing more online stuff, from full web sites for clients to microsites for campaigns, banner ads, viral videos, etc., and we're interested in attending a conference focused on online marketing with a focus on social networking. [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Westboro: what the radical christian right logically leads to
The homophobic looney tunes are protesting this weekend. What's the funniest sign I could possible have? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 9:58 AM PST - 96 comments

Hydrogen and Oxygen bond to make water... but why?
Please help me really grok chemistry. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 9:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Converting a smaller garage- how much and is it worth it
How much would it cost to convert a garage into an efficiency and how much could I do with a small garage? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Film school scam or not?
Is anyone familiar with "the film connection film institute?" Are they a scam? [more inside]
posted by irie1972 at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Deafness in dogs
How can I tell if my dog is partially deaf? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Best way to clean bowl in which you've mixed bread dough?
Best way to clean bowl in which you've mixed bread dough?
posted by markcmyers at 9:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Anti-depressants: do they eventually stop working?
Anti-depressants: do they eventually stop working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I get laser hair removal?
Thinking of getting laser hair removal on my front collar area. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I cash a Canadian Student Loan while in South Korea?
Need to cash my Canadian student loan but I am in South Korea. I've been confirmed to receive my Canadian student loan; however, I need to bring the form to the Canadian post office so that they can confirm it. Unfortunately I can't seem to do it from South Korea. Last semester, I had the same problem; however, my mother sent me the form, I signed it, and sent it back to her and there was no trouble when she brought it in. They put the money into my bank account. This time, the post offices state that I need the power of attorney. What can I do? My classes have already started and I need to pay for everything.
posted by Knigel at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Alternatives to Gmail?
What's the best alternative to gmail? I ask for several reasons, not just that today there's another massive fault with gmail's system. I've used and dislike both Yahoo and Hotmail. I've been a gmail user since forever and have liked it until recently. Time has come to search for alternatives. What's out there?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 9:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Some questions about selling a car
Car selling questions: (1) Is there any reason for me, as a seller, not to disclose the VIN in a car ad, say on Craigslist? A Carfax lookup would reflect favorably on this car, but I don't know if there are "car identity thief" issues here. I know dealers list VINs all the time. (2) What is considered a reasonable precaution if someone wants to take a test drive or have their mechanic inspect the car? I'm not sure what would stop a thief from asking for a test drive and then never coming back. This is an older model car so I don't have any loss/damage coverage, but I'm guessing I should until it's sold.
posted by crapmatic at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Your name on this grain?
Looking for someone who can write on grains of rice in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by sub-culture at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Who doesn't own their .com?
What are some examples of a large company or brand not owning or using the "obvious" domain name like company.com or brand.com? Examples from the past would also be useful.
posted by smackfu at 8:42 AM PST - 45 comments

Semi-romantic, awesome places to eat in Boston's North End?
Where in Boston's North End should my wife and I have our anniversary dinner? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I handle the Mortgage company?
Probate/mortgage/house question. You are not my lawyer, just looking for a general sense of how this will work. I am on the deed of my mother's house. She is dying of cancer. I am not on the mortgage, which is for about 90% of the home's value. When she dies, what will happen? I cannot afford to pay the mortgage prior to selling the home unless I rent out the property, which I don't want to do (would prefer to sell). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

How bad is too bad?
I know all jobs come with some tedium, some hankering for freedom, but I've never felt as desolate as I do now. How bad can the wrong job make you feel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Car Conundrum
TO CAR OR NOT TO CAR (buy that is). Help me figure out when to replace our paid-for-but-aging-vehicles. What's the best way to time this unwanted expense over 5 years, especially with a young driver in the wings. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 8:32 AM PST - 7 comments

What's that unusual gift?
Help me find that elusive gift! [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Office Organization Tips?
For those of you who are managers or administrators: what are your pro tips on office organization? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get on track to make major life decisions with the best outcome for me and my son?
Major life decisions thrown my way. Feeling totally inept at making a good decision. Any ideas on how to sort it out and get on track? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 8:16 AM PST - 27 comments

K.I.S.S. - CRM
My company needs simple CRM - we don't need the thousands of bells and whistles that come with other products. Also, we need buy-in. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by namewithhe1d at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Personal recommendations for pug breeders in California?
Personal recommendations for pug breeders in California? We are looking to add a pug puppy to our family (currently have one 5 year old female), and are having a heck of a time finding a breeder online. We live in Oakland but would probably be willing to drive anywhere in CA to pickup. Have you had personal experience with any pug breeders in California? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are there separate repair places for foreign cars?
Why are there separate repair places for foreign cars? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 7:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Arts & Graphs
I now have blank wallspace and shelfspace in my office -- help me fill 'em with some scientific eye candy! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

can someone explain this...
would you consider this a miracle? or what?? [more inside]
posted by armlock at 7:11 AM PST - 57 comments

Best way to move my avocado plants long distance?
How should I prepare my avocado plants for moving across country? [more inside]
posted by illenion at 7:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to find good state-by-state savings statistics?
Where can I find solid nationwide savings statistics/data? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 7:06 AM PST - 2 comments

My very own swampland
What do I do with the lower meadow that is currently overgrown with goldenrod? [more inside]
posted by mearls at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

best alternative to the iphone
What's the best alternative to the Iphone? [more inside]
posted by minsid at 6:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Teach Me, Montreal!
What can I learn? (On a semi-flexible schedule). I'm in Montreal & would like to take a class in something. My problem is this: I feel like learning something new, but whenever I see a local/ community class that interests me, the date/time is usually inconvenient. I would love to have a list of instuctors (teaching either small groups or one-on-one would be ideal) of a wide range of topics who I could just call & set up a series of lessons. [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada at 6:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Not-so-sof(f)t shoes
Shoe problems. How do I keep a new-ish pair of shoes from scraping my heels/ankles? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I insure my laptop and camera in a student house?
What is the best plan for insuring my laptop and camera in my private rented accomadation with 2 other students in Nottingham, UK? [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 6:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I confront my roommates?
My roommates are driving me nuts; should I talk to them about it, more than I already have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 42 comments

soulSuX: I need music!
Its been a couplefew years and there is still no decent music sharing solution for mac? Theres got to be something, right? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 6:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Time won't fill itself...
Fantasy recommendations based on previously enjoyed books. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 5:54 AM PST - 39 comments

Call the Waaaahmbulance
I had a broken bone, it was put back in place with some pins and a plate and now I'm not sure what to do... [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 4:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Kids Gone Wild.
teacherfites: I've been a pretty decent middle school special educator for a few years now, working with all kinds of disabilities but most of my kids have behavioral issues. Not to be overconfident, but want to mention I've been nominated as Teacher of the Year in my state, but more importantly, I've become the go-to confidante for almost all of my students. So far, so good. [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 2:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there any high quality version of Lenny Kravitz "If you can't say no" video available?
Lenny Kravitz "If You Can't Say No" music video with Milla Jovovich? Is there any high quality versions on the internet? Also Who directed/D.P.'ed this video?
posted by talljamal at 1:48 AM PST - 3 comments

September 23
How do you easily remove old accumulated registration stickers from a license plate?
How do you easily remove old accumulated registration stickers from a license plate? [more inside]
posted by pantufla_milagrosa at 10:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Great idea for a course--horribly misdirected.
I'm taking an innovative course on using technology for humanitarian causes, taught by a professor I really like. But it's awful! How can I tell him what I think, and/or turn this disaster of a course into something worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 29 comments

Delete these pix of your ex!
Keeping photos of your ex: how has this changed in the digital era? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 10:02 PM PST - 44 comments

Thinking of Starting a Webcomic: What Do I Need To Know?
I'm thinking of starting a webcomic. I have an idea, and I think I have some good drawing and writing skills. But I also have many questions and I'm hoping experienced web cartoonists might be able to offer some insight. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Eat, Drink, Man, Austin
Austin TX restaurant recommendations for a group of eight guys getting together for the weekend, esp. BBQ and Mexican. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Goblini fought the law
Looking for Goblini's cover of I Fought the Law (Ne Mogu Više, from the KST Live album). [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 8:16 PM PST - 3 comments

It's probably somewhere in the liner notes, but I...I don't have them, for some reason :(
The cover of the Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP looks like it is composited from a few of Prokudin-Gorskii's prehistoric trichromatic color photographs. But which ones? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 8:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Journal Software on a Mac?
What software exists that I can use to replace Journler so I can take tagged notes on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by Severian at 7:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Can a cherry tree survive in North Carolina clay?
New tree planted in clay with poor drainage. Can it / should it be saved? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a new wireless keyboard and mouse. Suggestions?
Are there any good "laptop like" wireless keyboards out there? Bonus for wireless keyboard/mouse combos. [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot at 7:27 PM PST - 17 comments

How much should I charge to manage a student house?
What should I charge to manage a property? A friend recently asked me to help him fill his rentals. I filled all ten in a month with good tenants. We did not set a fee in advance - I wanted to see how it went before I committed to the job. How much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by walla at 6:49 PM PST - 20 comments

I'll show you not valid
Lightroom is not cooperating with my external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 6:34 PM PST - 1 comments

Moving From Public to Private Sector and Getting Paid
How can I transition from a public-sector web job to a private-sector job and get a good private-sector salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Help my Mac Mini work with my TV!
Mac Mini filter: when using a Mini like an AppleTV, it makes the TV screen flicker horizontally. When we switch it to a regular monitor, it is fine. Any ideas on how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Green at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

So I Guess He Wasn't Into Me?
Is He Just Not That Into Me: Part Deux [more inside]
posted by cscott at 6:05 PM PST - 32 comments

What should I read?
I absolutely loved the last two books I've read - Straight Man by Richard Russo and The Crow Road by Iain Banks...what should I read next? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 5:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Please recommend the best American whiskey.
Please recommend the best American whiskey. [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 5:35 PM PST - 48 comments

Now I get to set up my life for the long term
I moved from home to Los Angeles two months ago. Now that I'm more or less settled in logistically, I would like to begin building a life for myself out here. [more inside]
posted by world b free at 5:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Using the web to make HOAs/Condos click?
Looking for suggestions or examples of websites dedicated to folks who live in Condos or HOAs (i.e. a website for a specific building or development), and what makes them work (or not). [more inside]
posted by lowlife at 5:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Why don't my proxies work anymore?
Why have my proxies (Privoxy and GAppProxy) suddenly quit working? I'm using an up-to-date Vista installation. [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 5:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How to remove paint flecks from polyurethane
Sadly and frustratingly I ended up with paint flakes in the polyurethane I applied to my the seat of my new bay window. How can I get them off the wood so I can refinish it again with the poly? [more inside]
posted by Red58 at 4:55 PM PST - 1 comments

What kind of bug is this?
What kind of bug is this, and how do I rid my apartment of it? [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I make my short, stumpy legs less stumpy?
What are some exercises I can do that *won't* strengthen my calves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Frozen Egg White Recipe?
Help me find the recipe of a delicious frozen dessert I had years ago? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me pick a dumb smartphone
Help me pick out a basic Verizon smartphone for my boss. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 4:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Who has the stories in folklaw?
I'm trying to remember a folktale (Possibly of native American origin) about how someone (I'm pretty sure it was a trickster figure) got to be keeper of the worlds stories. [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm getting therapy. He refuses. Now what?
I'm trying to "detach with love" and get therapy. He's stuck and resistant. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM PST - 16 comments

One night sit...
InstaPartyFilter: Where (in D/FW area) can I rent a couple of couches just for an evening?! ..and ideally have them delivered/picked up... [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

How should we start saving for our first daughter?
How should we start saving for our first daughter? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Why won't mdcalc.com load in IE7?
Why won't my site load in some versions of IE7? Works in everything else. [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Sling has slung. And it hurts.
How do I wear a sling? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I re-start/maintain a relationship with my father while my mother is cheating on him and he doesn't know?
How do I re-start/maintain a relationship with my father while my mother is cheating on him and he doesn't know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for some good retail blogs.
Are there any good blogs about working in retail? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone recommend a South African registrar that provides DNS management for .co.za domains?
Can anyone recommend a South African registrar that provides DNS management for .co.za domains? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 1:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Off the rails?
Please help me convince my 19 year old niece that she shouldn't drop out of her upcoming professional course to become a stripper. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 50 comments

Where to get fresh-baked (artisan?) bread near Menlo Park, CA?
Where to buy fresh baked (artisan?) bread in the Menlo Park, CA area? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Get Outlook to tell me how many emails I get in a month.
Get Outlook to tell me how many emails I receive in a month. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Leadership/Communication Books
Can you recommend a good book about leadership and/or communication skills? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 12:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Good examples of video games that feature a top-down point-of-view?
I'm looking for good examples of video games that feature a top-down (or near top-down) point-of-view that are not racing, strategy or board games. [more inside]
posted by joshwebb at 12:34 PM PST - 36 comments

Where to fish along I-75 South
Good to outstanding fishing locations along I-75 in October. A new dimension to a routine road trip. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 12:11 PM PST - 2 comments

How to Learn ASL in DC
What's a good way to learn ASL in Washington, DC? I'm aware of Gallaudet, but it looks as if I've missed the fall enrollment deadline for classes. I can enroll in the springtime, of course, but in the meantime, I'd like to start learning how to converse with the deaf community in DC. [more inside]
posted by gyges at 12:03 PM PST - 11 comments

in store cigarette display
Does anyone have a link to research linking in-store tobacco counter advertising and teenage smoking habits? [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Best pocket scissors?
Pocket scissors: which are the best? [more inside]
posted by Wood at 11:47 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I collect a divorce judgment?
I would love any input you might have, even though you are not my lawyer. Four years ago my husband moved out and left me with his unpaid medical bills. Since the debt was incurred while we were married and living together, we were legally considered co-debtors. He told me had worked out a payment plan and I didn't find out otherwise until we were separated and subsequently sued. I was able to settle this debt, but my savings was wiped out (while we were married we had a his, hers, and ours system of money management). As part of the divorce settlement I was granted a judgment totaling $5000 + 10% annual simple interest. He signed off on this and didn't contest the amount. [more inside]
posted by littlegreenboat at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Recover corrupted audio file?
Can I recover this corrupted audio file (wma)? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Waking Lifestyles
Is lucid dreaming real, or fiction? Are its practitioners and advocates fringe scientists, spiritualists or charlatans? (or all three in mixed proportion) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:35 AM PST - 44 comments

Naming convention for image files?
links to standards to naming scans (tiffs and jpgs) of slide images for artist's work? [more inside]
posted by pleasantries at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Draw me a picture of drawing pictures
I'm an experienced developer with oodles of C experience. I'm looking for an OpenGL or OpenGLES book or article to help me understand the OpenGL model of rendering. [more inside]
posted by chairface at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

allk hot and sweaty, and not in the good kinda way
my 4 year old son sweats a lot when he's playing. Is this something I should be worried about?
posted by ducktape at 10:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me not overscan!
I have an older SD/HD tube TV: Toshiba 32HF73. When watching SD shows in 4:3, it looks perfect. When watching 16:9 HD shows, it overscans in all directions. It doesn't matter what the source is (TiVo, Xbox360, etc.). The TV's on-screen menus don't seem to have a setting that deals with the issue. Any ideas on what I can do? [more inside]
posted by Citrus at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Ideas for promoting a band at SXSW?
The singer I've been working with is travelling to the US from Europe in March, and I'm submitting an application to SXSW. I'm stuck on this question: "How do you plan to promote your show if selected?" [more inside]
posted by malocchio at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Tofu Bath
Give me your favorite, yet relatively simple (5 ingredients, at most) tofu marinades and cooking tips. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 10:00 AM PST - 31 comments

Dyslexic friend + change of career x (What options are available + how can I help) = happier friend
Dyslexic friend + change of career x (What options are available + how can I help) = happier friend! How can I help a friend find and get a new job and career? [more inside]
posted by Mrevilbreakfast at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Can greasemonkey open a link in a different browser?
Is it possible to use a greasemonkey script in Firefox to open specific links in Internet Explorer? If so, what would it look like? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a "curves" function on Photoshop Elements 7?
Is there a "curves" function on Photoshop Elements 7? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to read stuff other people think is important.
I'm very interested in websites/blogs that aggregate a whole bunch of sources and present the most interesting, influential and informative writing on the Web. Help me find some more? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 9:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Who says "Have a good one!"?!!!?!
I almost never heard "Have a good one!" (in place of "Have a nice day!") until I moved to central NY - now I hear it at least once a day. Is it a semi-regionalism, a semi-neologism, or is this just confirmation bias? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 9:38 AM PST - 58 comments

Need durable shirt buttons
The cleaner sometimes smashes my shirt buttons. Where can I find durable replacement buttons for dress shirts? [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

What non-NYC east coast cities have a vibrant graphic design community?
What are good cities on the East Coast for graphic design besides New York City? [more inside]
posted by yukonho at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Little deaths 4kb at a time
Is my data gone? Convoluted data storage question involving two Macs, a Drobo, and some file permission errors... Question on possible recovery options, and questions on how to stop it from happening again. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find this documentary
I am going bonkers trying to find a documentary that I saw on PBS or the History Channel. I have googled for hours over the last few months to no avail. It was about the fall of Mayan or Aztecs. I now admit defeat and turn to the hive... [more inside]
posted by futz at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Automtaed Drug Discovery?
A question about automated drug discovery [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 8:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Vietnamese TV, anyone?
Does anyone watch Vietnamese TV here? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Mortgage Shopping 101
What strategies would you recommend in selecting a lender and negotiating lending fees for a first-time home purchase? (Purchase is in rural Oregon). [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How to stop declining gas mileage?
Gas mileage dropping on my 2003 Chrysler mini-van with V6. Used to get 17city/21hwy. Last couple years has slowly but steadily declined to now getting about 15/18. Tune-up didn't help, at all, and "scoping" engine indicates no problems. Would like suggestions on what, if anything, can be done to get the old mileage back?
posted by unclemike at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Really, no more cloves?
So... The US has banned clove cigarettes. This is the only type I smoke because I dislike the taste and feel of smoking a tobacco-only cigarette. What options to I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Online event listings, what are the good ones?
Please show me the most informative and useful online event listings you use. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Sliding-Scale Shrink Needed in Philly
Philadelphia Therapy: I really need a therapist. Unemployed, COBRA to run out soon, money running low, but therapy really, really, really needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

I don't want to force the issue, but if I don't it will never happen.
I want to get married. He doesn't. We're at an impasse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 72 comments

What do I do for our first anniversary?
I have no idea what to do for our first wedding anniversary. There are time and money complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I learn to be a better writer?
How can I be a better writer? My value at work would increase if my ability to write formally improves. I'm an admin in the IT department and don't realy understand the technology or procedures that I have to write about. I think that part of the problem is that I am just not that great at communicating in general. I don't talk a lot, hate leaving vm's. And even writing an email can leave me frozen, constantly worrying saying the wrong thing and/or not being understood. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 7:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Can we wii together?
What is the easiest way to set up a multiplayer game "room" for a group of kids who all have Wii's? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

72 Hours in Japan...
My fiancee will be staying at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo for 2-3 days, with minimal spare time. What shopping options are very close by that she could visit for geek/tech/gaming/unique gifts and souvenirs? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Get Along Little Dogies
What guitar tunes should I learn for a post- trail ride bonfire? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 7:43 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I keep those durn' kids off my lawn?
Is there a way to control skateboarding on public grounds while being fair to skateboarders and not causing them to feel persecuted? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments

EBD wha?
I just had some surgery done on my knee and lower leg, and when I took the bandages off, I discovered written in purple marker the phrase "EBD YES!" What might that mean?
posted by Bezbozhnik at 7:38 AM PST - 23 comments

seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern
Seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 6:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Ack! My do-it-myself bidet is not a feature...
[PlumbingFilter] Ack! The toilet sprang a leak and is now acting like an impromptu bidet when flushed! What is the proper way to fix this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:33 AM PST - 9 comments

It's the buzz buzz buzz in the drum of the ear, or, making my amplifier a tinfoil hat to stop GSM noises from my phone.
It's the buzz buzz buzz in the drum of the ear, or, making my amplifier a tinfoil hat to stop GSM noises from my phone. [more inside]
posted by Halle at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Baby fish mouth
What are the traits documented to be universal across all cultures? Trying to google it, but with no luck. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 6:06 AM PST - 23 comments

The home-made jam expiration date mystery
I could sell some very small-scale home-made jam. How can I know what will be the expiration date be ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 5:45 AM PST - 6 comments

You could sail this puppy away TODAY, for just 7300 pieces of eight. How does that sound to you?
What could one piece of eight have purchased in Boston in 1777?
posted by aiko at 5:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Skirts and Rushes: a Medieval Mystery
Drafty castles, stone construction, floors strewn with rushes, noble ladies' trailing gowns... Anyone who's read any historical fiction set in the Middle Ages is familiar with these popular Medieval motifs, but I have been troubled by a number of questions about these items. Perhaps we have some period history mavens who can ease my confusion? (Warning: Long! Strewn! Possibly moldy.) [more inside]
posted by taz at 4:59 AM PST - 28 comments

How to deal with the grumps?
How do you get over the grumpies... while stuck in an office? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:55 AM PST - 26 comments

My (really not great) handwriting into pretty, pretty computer text?
My (really not great) handwriting into pretty, pretty computer text? Is Livescribe the answer? [more inside]
posted by eb98jdb at 3:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Could you please explain this joke from The Simpsons?
Could you please explain this joke from The Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 2:53 AM PST - 36 comments

How do you cook Japanese?
Cooking classes in Tokyo in October. [more inside]
posted by johanze at 2:23 AM PST - 1 comments

Reject?
I applied for a job that I had absolutely the right criteria for, but I've been rejected before the interview stage. Is it worth following it up, and trying to get an interview, or should I just let it go? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 1:56 AM PST - 21 comments

What's a good dance for a beginning couple to learn that won't make her backache worse?
What's a good dance for a beginning couple to learn that won't make her backache worse? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 12:57 AM PST - 2 comments

September 22
Science for book nerds?
Where/how does someone in their mid-20's with a typical liberal arts education (yay literature! boo math!) start working towards a career in the sciences? [more inside]
posted by domakesaypat at 11:33 PM PST - 17 comments

ID movie: Graffiti artist tricks drug dealer
Help ID 70s or 80s movie: Graffiti artist tricks drug dealer into committing one last crime. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 10:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Do these lederhosen make my ass look awesome?
Where in the SF Bay Area should I celebrate Oktoberfest? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Companies that bargain down your medical bills for you?
Have you ever used one of those companies that bargain down your medical bills, then take part of what they saved you as payment? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Faceless Nuns in Childrens Book
Looking for a circa late 70's early 80's Children's Picture Book with faceless nuns. Hoping someone in the MeFi shared my same crazed childhood where aunts gave books for Christmas every.year [more inside]
posted by will wait 4 tanjents at 9:35 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do in the 2 weeks before the root canal?
Big throbbing hole in my tooth. Two weeks until the root canal. No instructions on what to do in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Not your grandma's quilt
Super-novice quilter. Looking for dumbed-down basic quilting instructions as well as resources for quilts you wouldn't find on granny's rocker or in a log cabin. [more inside]
posted by viachicago at 9:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I drive a car in CA before my license plates arrive in the mail?
I am in California and I am about to buy a car last registered in Michigan. The car is here. In Michigan, the plates follow the owner and therefore the car won't come with any plates. Once I take it to the DMV and register it, will they give me some kind of window sticker or something so I can drive the car around before my CA plates arrive in the mail?
posted by twblalock at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Any Gothic Churches in Berkeley California?
I am getting married in Berkeley California. Are there any beautiful Gothic churches there for the ceremony? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

I was given grow lights - what should I grow?
I was given grow lights - what should I grow? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 7:57 PM PST - 17 comments

He's born to run--I'm born to shop
Help me come up with a gift for a marathon runner! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 7:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Gray's Anatomy for Snakes?
Asking for a friend: "Where can I get detailed anatomical sketches of a hemipenis while it's inverted, everted, penetrating a female, and transitioning between the two? I have access to a university's academic libraries, and to the internet, but probably not to specialized herpetologists' references."
posted by bubukaba at 6:44 PM PST - 8 comments

help my faqs look neat
Whats is/are the best programs to create simple online tutorials (w/ captioned pics, mainly)? A CHM maker or something else? What do you use? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 6:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Song Openings
What is the term for an introduction to a song that is completely different in melody than then the rest of the song itself? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:35 PM PST - 14 comments

....but what if I need it someday?
Okay. I have too much stuff. It's a major pain in my derriere, but just treating the symptoms of too-much-stuff-itis has not cured the disease. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 6:35 PM PST - 40 comments

Need advice on travel in Europe
Need travel advice. Please give suggestions on the best way to travel around Europe when you are single, young professional, adventurous, don't want to travel with your close friends (already did that) but don't want to travel alone. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 6:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Nice desk and chair for reasonable price?
I need recommendations for a desk and chair for my home please. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Where do you put *your* VPN?
Where exactly should I place my VPN server in my network? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How graphic is too graphic?
I'm back on the job market and considering applying to a few graphic design firms, help me decide how fancy to make my resume. [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Renting Jewelry??
Does anyone have any experience with renting jewelry for a wedding? This is a new concept to me, but our soon-to-be bride has found a couple of places (mainly Adorn and BagBorroworSteal.com) where she is considering renting a large necklace, because we have nothing appropriate to fill up the space her strapless dress leaves looking empty. Any advice??
posted by mmf at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Name this bug, please!
I can't seem to identify these bugs. Help! [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Give me your poor, your tired, your squished cushions, yearning to be firm.
The cushions on our family room sofa suffers from chronic dog-induced squashing. Is there any remedy aside from getting a new sofa? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Chinese translation help
硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 5:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Chronic Renal Failure
My cat has chronic renal failure. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect?
Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect? Or do some people's bodies respond to fear in this way? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 4:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there another name for the TIE fighter noise?
Having learned that there's a name for the Wilhelm Scream, now I have to know if there's a name for another sound effect; most commonly known as the TIE fighter sound. Name? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 4:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Fuckin' cats, Donny.
Question about the feeding of two cats on different diets. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 3:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommend me a gym
Brighton-UK-filter: recommend me a gym. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 3:42 PM PST - 0 comments

InterviewFollowupFilter: If I'm not sure it was an interview, should I follow up?
InterviewFollowupFilter: If I'm not sure it was an interview, should I follow up? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I bring my iPhone back online any time soon?
iPhone/AT&T conundrum: will this idea work? (kinda long, sorry) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me hook up a new HDTV to an old(ish) stereo receiver?
Can you help me connect my optical-out DVD players to my new HDMI-in HDTV? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

How to mount an alarm clock with no nightstand or permanent wall damage?
How can I have my alarm clock near my bed even though there's not enough room for a nightstand and I can't make holes in the wall for shelves? There's a chest of drawers on one side of the bed but it is too tall to reach the alarm clock from on top. The other side of the bed is bordering the wall. Are there shelves without permanent mounting hardware that work? I have a usable wall corner. Maybe a super duper skinny nightstand out there somewhere? Use the headboard somehow?
posted by madscientist01 at 2:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Best strategy for paying student loans?
I’m in grad school and work full time. I have several Federal student loans in deferment, all of which are subsidized or unsubsidized with different interest rates. I have an extra $500 each month that I'd like to use towards my loans. If I want to have lower monthly payments when my loans go into repayment, should I make extra payments now towards the interest from unsubsidized loans with a lower interest rate or the principal of subsidized loans with a higher interest rate? Or is there a better approach? [more inside]
posted by yeoja at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

"I don't see my feelings changing anytime soon" - What does that mean, exactly?
"I don't see my feelings changing anytime soon" - What does that mean, exactly? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 2:15 PM PST - 47 comments

Help finding and renting apt west of Ancona, Italy.
Good inexpensive family apartments for rent inland from Ancona, Italy in end-October? Need some assistance. [more inside]
posted by avocade at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Setting Date and Time on a Mac
My Mac refuses to keep the right time. I have to re-set it every day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition?
Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 2:00 PM PST - 16 comments

my computer is underage, it should not be naked.
A couple questions on laptop skins... it seems like (of the sites who mention anything) they're all made of the same 3M stuff, leading me to think that, no matter where you get it, they're all basically alike, and you're better off picking on design (or price.) True? There are quite a few on ebay for a third of what I see on most websites, which makes me wonder about the quality. And second, for those who have them, are they generally shiny or matte (and how bad to fingerprints show), and what's the "sticking power?" [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Is she interested or not?
After I had a party last year this girl texts me at 2AM (not sure how she got my number) and tells me that she had a great time. I was in a relationship at the time so I didn't flirt with her. 6 months later I'm single and having another party so I invited her, along with a bunch of other people by email. She tells me why she couldn't make it but she hopes to see me soon. [more inside]
posted by upland at 1:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me find this specific interview with Kim Deal regarding the Pixies.
Help me find this specific interview with Kim Deal regarding the Pixies. [more inside]
posted by drid9ghots at 1:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Is it weird that all the music I listen to is sung by men?
Is the music you listen to gender-biased? I realized today while making a Mix CD for somebody that all the artists I listen to regularly are male. Is that just me, or is it the same for the rest of you? Can you recommend me some good female musicians based on the guys I'm listening to now? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 1:24 PM PST - 67 comments

How did saloons in the Old West get their liquor delivered?
How did saloons in tiny towns in the Old West get liquor delivered? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

cut to ECU of Dr Joyce Brothers
Name this 1960s NFB sex ed documentary! [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Cruelty-free acne products?
Does anyone have any suggestions for acne products that are effective but don't use animal testing? I've tried Burt's Bees and natural stuff my esthetician makes to no avail. I am looking for stronger treatments but am leery of animal testing. Have also found the dermatologist to be pretty much useless... Prescription stuff just makes my face peel off. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
posted by ShadePlant at 12:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Making hexagonal game tiles
Custom Settlers of Catan Tileset! Help me find (or make) the perfect hexagonal tile for Settlers [more inside]
posted by comradestu at 12:24 PM PST - 7 comments

New career for 60+ info-tech entrepreneur/manager?
Demand is way down, and so my dad is closing down his software contracting company. He founded it in 1985, and has always been its primary manager and salesman, so he has no current programming skills. He is over 60, but can't afford to retire yet. What should he do now? [more inside]
posted by r0w at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

What receiver and speakers should I purchase for under $400?
I'm on a budget and want to upgrade my audio system. What receiver/speakers I should purchase to get the most for my money? [more inside]
posted by vmrob at 11:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Can you help me find obscure funk mp3s to sample?
Help me find just the right online crate to dig in - I'm working on a hipstery disco record (think Daft Punk, MSTRKRFT) and would love to find some old happy, dancey funk/soul/whatever you want to call it to sample, but I'd like to shy away from anything super mainstream or typical. I have no idea where to start, but I know there are all manner of mp3 blogs for other obscure genres, so I'm hoping you mefites can point me at your favorites that will help me address this particular need.
posted by thedaniel at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I actually see a hidden FILE, not a FOLDER for Mac OSX.6.1?
How do I actually see a hidden FILE, not a FOLDER for Mac OSX.6.1? [more inside]
posted by tenkarasu at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Does your (American) city keep transcript records of its city council meetings?
Does your (American) city keep transcript records of its city council meetings? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

A synthesizer image simple enough it can be engraved
In search of a fairly simple online image of a synthesizer for a wedding ring engraving. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Jack the Ripper: A Starting Point?
Can anybody recommend a good nonfiction book to read about Jack the Ripper? I am not sure what book is considered to have better scholarship of so many books out there and am not remotely a "Ripperologist" (yet). Like the Zodiac killer, many folks have their own pet theories and the Ripper books are plentiful on Amazon. Any info on where to start to read about ol' Saucy Jack would be appreciated. (Feel free to name more than one title if you want.)_
posted by snap_dragon at 11:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Aligning seams for laminate floors?
Laying laminate flooring; how important is it for lines from adjacent rooms to align? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Conference room telephone setup
I need some help setting up a telephone system for a large conference room (about 50 people) for question and answers. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Something a little less unweildy than "Cú Chulainn" would be nice...
My future son needs an Irish first name with some muscle. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 10:30 AM PST - 77 comments

How to get this javascript snippet working for me?
I'm a noob. Tell me why does this snippet of javascript work on my coworker's computer, but not on mine? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Tips on doing a master's degree in a second language
Tell me about your own experiences and tips on surviving and working through a master's degree in a second language that you are NOT fluent in. [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Point, manually adjust thingometer, click
I would like to teach myself photography, ideally from a book (a good website would work too.) I'm at the point-and-shoot level, but my camera has so many neat settings I want to try... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Savings for convenience?
Should I bother with a savings account? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 9:55 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me find an old Dick Cavett/Roman Polanski interview from 1971.
I am trying to find video of an old Dick Cavett interview with Roman Polanski on December 22nd, 1971. I checked the internet archive and the Paley Center but no luck. Any suggestions?
posted by staveitoff at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

East Lansing hotels?
MSU Football road trip advice: Where to stay in or near East Lansing, MI? [more inside]
posted by rocket88 at 9:16 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some movies with moral beauty?
What are some movies featuring moral beauty? I recently showed "Les Miserables" (the movie with Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman) to my boyfriend. I love the movie (as well as the book, of course) because it has moral beauty, and he absolutely loved that aspect, and asked me to show him any more morally beautiful movies. So what are some others? (He is also a fan of conflicting moral systems and honor - also present in "Les Miserables" of course - but that's just a bonus.)
posted by tamaraster at 9:05 AM PST - 66 comments

Can you define this constellation of traits I've often found at top schools?
There's a certain trait that I've been calling "top-school-ish", but I'm wondering if there's a better word for it. I'm talking about those people who are extremely smart, well-organized, calm, extremely nice, have an optimistic attitude about the future and have lived a kind of sheltered existence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 78 comments

Outlook Attachment Filter:
When I receive email through MS Outlook, pictures, links and objects like that appear as attachments to the email. When I open them with the email browser on my iTouch, these objects are present in the body of the email. Can this Outlook action be changed? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

180 Percent Done
Canonicalize this aphorism: "When you're 90% finished, you're half-way done." [more inside]
posted by rlk at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

New! Improved! Mood-brightening and enlightening!
What are some good, fun, little Internet surprises? More like this, less like Goatse. Little things you can make and send to a stranger/acquaintance/friend/lover/imaginary Internet person. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find some fake knobs and buttons
I need buttons, knobs, and levers! I need to build a non-functional control panel, and I would love to find some fake (but satisfying to push) buttons and so forth that I could order online and could easily be taped/glued into place. Bonus points for some sort of simple button which, when pushed, could send a wireless signal to computer making it execute a program.
posted by blahblahblah at 8:18 AM PST - 17 comments

help me create my site!
help me get my Web site up and running through Verio... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 8:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Best books and websites about Philly
What are your favorite books or websites about Philadelphia or heavily involving Philadelphia? Both historical or modern.
posted by LaszloKv at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

We want to be together for life - but we think marriage is weird. Help?
To wed or not to wed: that is [sort of] the question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 82 comments

I need to learn Biblical Hebrew, stat.
I need to learn Biblical Hebrew, to a level of someone studying it for 4 university terms (2 years of one course/term) really really fast. If you've taken Biblical Hebrew in undergraduate or graduate studies, what textbooks did you use? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to learn WYSIWYG?
Website designer filter: I recently had a website built with Squarespace, and it's awesome. The only catch is I will have to update information in the future that was formatted in WYSIWYG. Are there specific tutorials you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What time is Hanson's Use Your Sole Walk in Boston on 10/14?
Any Hanson Fans out there know if and what time Hanson is doing a Mile Walk in Boston on October 14th? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 6:51 AM PST - 1 comments

What are the best earplugs for swimming?
What are the best ear plugs for swimming? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 5:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Gallant Above the Ankle, Goofus Below
Fashion Don't? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:53 AM PST - 97 comments

Grassroots Marketing Resources
I'm about to open a bar, and I need some guidance on how to market it during the pre-opening stage. Anyone recommend any books/blogs/websites/resources? [more inside]
posted by JakeTimberlake at 5:47 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my mojo back?
How do I get artistically unblocked, fast? [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight at 5:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Which of these vehicles will give me the most luggage space?
What vehicle should I rent from the airport if I need to transport 4 people and a load of luggage (at least 8 big suitcases)? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Writing manuals for biographers
Writers, what are your favourite how-to books about writing biography? [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 3:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Your Favorite Recording of "Ring Around The Rosie"
Can anybody recommend a recording of "Ring Around The Rosie" that would have some charm and interest for a grown up? Or at least not drive you crazy when you listen to it again and again? Traditional versions of the song are fine, as are creative reinterpretations--but they need to be close enough to the original that my toddler won't think I'm pulling a fast one on her next time she asks to have it played.
posted by yankeefog at 1:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Maybe not the Sleep Eazy Motel, though
I'm visiting San Francisco this weekend, but I don't want to stay overnight in the City. What's your favorite Bay Area cheap-ish hotel? BART accessibility a plus. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 1:25 AM PST - 8 comments

You're in med school, what sites you lookin' at?
You're in medical school (or have recently graduated) - what online resources/websites do you use the most? Which are the most helpful in terms of research and studying? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 12:00 AM PST - 11 comments

September 21
girl needs her nice leather...case
Can you help a fashionable girl find a nice leather wallet-style iphone case? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 11:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Not Yet Mad About Mad Men
So I should be getting season 1 of Mad Men from Netflix soon. As a first-time viewer, what I should I expect, and how can I best maximize the enjoyment of this oh-so-critically-acclaimed series? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Special Relativity Question ;)
This one's for us physics nerds. - Is the speed of light our universe's only true constant? And does this explain why time dilation occurs most for extremely massive objects? - Does time dilation only occur when an observer is present?
posted by jfid1 at 10:43 PM PST - 14 comments

I'mANoob..Tube
Technostupid question filter: How to make unwatchable YouTube files from the Temp Files folder watchable on my computer? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 10:08 PM PST - 13 comments

By the waters of Cape Cod I sat and wept when I remembered Hotlanta . . .
What are the best websites about the American South and Southern Culture? Help me remember what I have left and to keep abreast of the cultural happenings in my homeland while I sojourn amongst the Yankees. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

"Italian grapes" - they're neither Italian nor grapes. Discuss!
[Identify this fruit filter] What fruit is this? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Recreating the perfect pineapple salsa
How do I duplicate at home this absolutely perfect pineapple salsa I just found? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 8:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What are these thin, stretchy dress socks called?
What do you call these dress socks? They're very thin and stretchy, almost like opaque calf-high pantyhose. Where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by hjo3 at 8:18 PM PST - 7 comments

worn-out phrases and longing gazes won't get you where you want to go, no...
I sent a mushy, gushy, soul-ripping, erotically explicit love letter via overseas Express Mail--to a slightly wrong address. "Attempted Delivery Notice": should I hope it comes back and edit it, or should I plunge ahead and make sure it gets there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Not casual sex, but not not casual either.
How do you handle sex, in regards to dating a couple of people at once? (I'm a dude, for the record) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Failed to register for Selective Service - ruined for life?
Let's say your a male and you've made a horrible mistake: you didn't sign up for Selective Service while you still had time. Is there any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to buy a Carry On Garment Duffel Bag in Minneapolis?
Minneapolis Filter: Where can I find this bag in or near Minneapolis tomorrow (Tuesday 9/22)? [more inside]
posted by xotis at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

I don't understand physics. How do atomic orbitals work?
I don't understand physics. How do atomic orbitals work? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 7:39 PM PST - 28 comments

Pick one: Disqus vs IntenseDebate
Pick one: Disqus vs IntenseDebate. I'm running Wordpress and need a new commenting system [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

American Indian Pottery and Glazing
What did American Indians use to glaze and paint their pottery and clay sculptures? Recipes or good links to such would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me learn about the clothing consignment business.
Help me learn about the clothing consignment business. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Allstate or Liberty Mutual to insure my 4 policies?
Allstate or Liberty Mutual to insure my 4 policies? I tend to be loyal to companies whenever possible so making a change can be hard for me. I was with Amica insurance for about 5 years before changing to Farmers after buying another investment property and getting priced out. I have been with Farmers now for 3 years. [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Glee, Seinfeld and a Question about Post-Modernism
I keep thinking about the word, "post-modernism." As I understand it, it began after the crash of 1929, and has since represented a ironic self-evaluation of our relativistic values, ideas, cultural touchstones, etc. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:45 PM PST - 24 comments

Car buying virgin!
Buying a used car from a dealer - what questions should I ask, what should I ask about, and what deals should I insist on so I don't get cheated? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:11 PM PST - 21 comments

How much am I hurting the environment when I have a sushi tuna roll?
What are the thermodynamics of frozen sushi-grade tuna? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Help four west-coasters find reasonably priced hotel in NYC?
Four western ladies are gathering in NYC in October. We're from Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada; the "other coast" is foreign territory for us! We'd like current wisdom on finding a reasonably priced hotel, with rooms that sleep four, in Manhattan, or Times Square, or the Upper East/West Side. We'll be happy with only the basic amenities. Also, what places/activities should take top priority in a brief visit? Our group is comprised of three 30-somethings...and their mother :-). Thanks in advance!
posted by ragtimepiano at 5:08 PM PST - 16 comments

You pay for our safety, so we don't have to.
Do the U.S. military bases in foreign countries, esp. Western Europe and Japan, help those countries keep their military budgets low so that they can afford things like, I dunno, universal health care? [more inside]
posted by nax at 4:19 PM PST - 52 comments

Help me devise a delicious fish dish for my wedding!
What would be a delicious fish dish for my wedding? What are your favorite fish recipes, flavors or dishes? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 4:02 PM PST - 23 comments

What is (and who makes) this levitating rocket-propelled thingy?
Help me find a video of a levitating rocket-propelled platform. [more inside]
posted by dendrite at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Pay my mortgage for me while I'm gone.
If I move for 6 months to a year, what do I do with my condo? [more inside]
posted by milinar at 3:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Staying sane while unemployed.
Unemployment. Am I doing something wrong, and how do I stay sane while it continues? [more inside]
posted by rosethorn at 3:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Does this makeup make my face look big?
What kind of foundation should I use for my greasy forehead that doesn't = breakouts? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 3:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Help my American girlfriend become a Mrs. McCluskey (UK teacher)!
My (American) girlfriend is looking to come over to London to study to become a teacher. [more inside]
posted by almostwitty at 2:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Mac glitch
My machine (OS X 10.6.1) has some sort of glitch I can't fix. Windows selecting and deselecting, like blinking. Please look at the videos and see what you come up with... [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 2:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Who saw these bearings online?
Unusually shaped bearings of uniform height, who saw these online last week and can direct me back to them? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find the t-shirt from the hangover?
What t-shirt is Zach Galifianakis wearing in the hangover? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Need Help Finding a Lawyer for Fresno County Court Date Tomorrow
How do I find an attorney to represent me at a court appearance tomorrow morning for the Superior Court in Coalinga, Fresno County? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 2:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Lotsa kernel panics on OS 10.6 Snow Leopard w/ MacBook
Why does my MacBook keep kernel panic'ing under 10.6? Log dumps inside! [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 1:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Blood & Bathing
Why are my nose and mouth bleeding (gross!) whenever I take a shower? [more inside]
posted by boubelium at 1:47 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the term for a set of photos of different examples of the same subject?
What's the term for a set of photos of different examples of the same subject? Like, if you shot a bunch of pictures of different modernist houses from the same angle, or many different kinds of forks with the same framing and lighting? It's called something like... objectivist photography, or descriptivist or categorist or something like that... [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find good movers in New York City?
Looking for good, reliable movers to take me from New York City to Glen Ridge, New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by papercake at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Macbook battery cover broken. Dangerous?
The corner of the plastic cover of the battery on my Macbook has broken off. [more inside]
posted by proj at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Music's on my mind.
I find myself increasingly unhappy about the fact that I'm not a music major... but what can I do with a music degree, really? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me post naked pictures to the internet
What is a good site for hosting NSFW images to post on twitter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I buying a business from a guy who's trying to hoodwink me?
I'm about to purchase a business, but the profit on the tax return is a lot lower than the owner's internal financials. How can I make them rectify this discrepancy to my satisfaction? After all, I'm not into the whole "going bankrupt" thing. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Drinking in Behind Enemy Lines
Tangentially college sports-related food/drink question: At your school, was there a bar or restaurant where fans of your rival team would congregate? What I'm after is analogous to, say, a Bears bar in Green Bay, but for NCAA teams. [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Catch a Thief
NearImpossibleFilter: Help me track down the owner of an email adress. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 10 comments

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
How can I sharpen my skills in photographing people? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

my bald head is discolored
The skin on my bald head is discolored and mottled. I DO NOT want new hair. (Male) Is there some way I can renew the skin condition and color (sheen?) to get a better, healthier look on my head? This is mostly vanity, I suppose; but it looks terrible! Any ideas?
posted by ebesan at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Unraveling the mystery of Ogami.
In the "Lone Wolf and Cub" mangas about the fictional samurai Ogami Itto, is there any discussion about how Ogami selects and fabricates the weapons for his son's perambulator? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Teaching Children Responsibility
Please help me nip another parental failing in the bud. I want help my children be more responsible. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 12:04 PM PST - 34 comments

A high pitched noise coming FROM a person? WTF?
A persistent, very high pitched noise coming from an individual. No, I'm not crazy. It wasn't a cell phone. What on earth could this have been? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 11:51 AM PST - 29 comments

What's the probability of multiple holes-in-one?
Some guy recently got 3 holes in one on the same course (different holes) within 5 days. My cousin contends that the odds against this are 5 billion to one, based on something he read. He's willing to have me prove him wrong, but this is well beyond my ability to calculate. I'm good with any time period -- the likelihood of someone doing this in a year, or 10 years, or whatever. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 11:44 AM PST - 25 comments

Web Browser Woes
What is the best Web Browser for an intel Mac in terms of low CPU and RAM usage? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Oh baby, did I just blow it?
Are baby showers, by default, supposed to be surprises? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 11:33 AM PST - 38 comments

:( my mouth feels sad!
Give me your secret home remedies for toothaches and canker sores. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 11:10 AM PST - 34 comments

Help teach Boy Scouts about the scientific method.
Looking for ideas to help kids (2nd graders) learn the scientific method in a hands on way. [more inside]
posted by Doug at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to incorporate...So what's the deal with holding and shell companies?
I want to incorporate...So what's the deal with holding and shell companies? [more inside]
posted by emjay at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Help me keep a friend's spirits up during October! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

What waiting lists should I be on?
What waiting lists should I be on? [more inside]
posted by djb at 9:50 AM PST - 31 comments

anyone got an example of a capital call /draw down letter to investors in a VC fund?
Anyone got an example of a capital call /draw down letter to investors in a VC/ PE fund?
posted by priorpark17 at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Making a case for telecommuting.
How can I make a strong case for telecommuting? Problem: I don't have the job yet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 9 comments

I hate getting on the scale.
I've have boycotted getting on scales for a while now. However, I hate going to the doctor because I hate getting on a scale. This started when I was a child (I'm female) and has gotten worse throughout the years. For the past couple years, I've boycotted seeing the doctor, but I can't do that forever. What should I do? I'm a pretty healthy, female, late twenties. No major health concerns, but I do need to see a doctor again. But nonetheless, I am literally phobic of getting a scale. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 29 comments

My car is like a mullet - sometimes business, sometimes party
How to put a bumpersticker on fiberglass so that it is easily (and instantaneously) removable and replacable? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my laptop to recognize that it does, in fact, have an audio output device installed?
How can I make my laptop (Toshiba Satellite U305-S5097, running Vista 32-bit Home Premium) and its Audio Output Device (Realtek High Definition Audio Driver) play nicely together again? [more inside]
posted by paleography at 9:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Biking in the rain
Questions about bike gear for the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

How is my business plan wrong?
What is the likelihood of my product selling such that I make $1000 a month? What money I've put into it isn't an issue as it was sort of extra money that I wanted to put to something like this anyway. Everything I do to figure out how much I'll make seems to imply that I'll be rich (for a student) and I don't believe that's true, but I can't figure out what I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by DerangedGoblin at 9:13 AM PST - 23 comments

97 covers of "book of love": go.
help me make a cool, sweet, smart, fun ipod mix for my wedding! bonus points if you have suggestions for processional/recessional music. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 9:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Funeral Arrangements
What should my wife and sister-in-law know before going to the funeral home to make arrangements for their father? [more inside]
posted by kortez at 9:03 AM PST - 22 comments

I prefer to keep my leftovers in tupperware.
Moustache care options? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 8:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Name this children's book
Name that book filter: guess this children's SF book from minimal clues. [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 8:44 AM PST - 1 comments

i wan't goth, i just played chess there
WhatsThatSongFilter: Heard in the mid-ish 90s at a goth coffee shop, some sort of industrial/technoy song. Only lyrics I remember: "nemesis... play sega genesis...". [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Where should we go on our roadtrip?
My friends and I want to take a weekend roadtrip from Oberlin (close to Cleveland, OH). Where should we go? What should we see along the way? None of us are from Ohio, so we have no ideas! Thanks!
posted by slowcat at 8:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Do Ian and Sylvia Tyson Still Play Together?
Do Ian and Sylvia Tyson ever play together anymore? [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding the hidden high fructose corn syrup
Why are companies seemingly allowed to hide ingredients in sub-components of food? Or am I totally off base in my thinking. [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 8:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Do joint relief medicines work?
I've had a pained knee for many years. A combination of flat feet and running in bad sneakers destroyed a lot of the cartilage, and now it hurts to run, kneel, etc. Cold weather brings the pain, especially. I've been through various types of physical therapy and tried various running books (ChiRunning) and shoes (from Grid Stabils to FiveFingers), but it never makes the pain go away completely. Recently, a well intentioned relative brought me Joint Relief Formula which purports to help your joints with Omega 3 and "Iceland Collagen GHA". I can't find any unbiased reviews on the web, nor any explanations why Omega 3 or the Collagen would help in my case. Has anyone used this stuff? Or can you link to medical studies showing their efficacy (or lack thereof)? I have access to most medical journals.
posted by zonem at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Facebbok crashes on iPhone
The Facebook app on my iPhone has started crashing. Noapparent rhyme or reason. Is this a temporary thing? All updates have been applied to the phone. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 7:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Need Minivan for Growing Family
It's that time in my life where my family is outgrowing our vehicles, and we are looking for something larger. I'll be the main driver and I am pretty big (6'3" 230 lbs). So we want something both economical and comfortable. I looked at the Mazda5, but it is too tiny for carseats and me... So... Which 2009/2010 minivan/crossover should I choose? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

What are these plants?
What are the names of the plants in this picture? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 7:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Apply BT Keyboard & Mighty Mouse with slim PS3
Will an Apple wireless (bluetooth) keyboard and mighty mouse work with the new slim Playstation 3? [more inside]
posted by omidius at 6:46 AM PST - 1 comments

Grouping Outlook tasks into projects
I'm looking to replace Shadow Plan on my Treo with something more robust. All I'm really looking for is a way to group individual Tasks into projects. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Help us hack the ACT test!
I'm interested in starting an after-school ACT test prep program for the high school students that I work with. I'm not an educator, so I don't have a clue where to start. What are the best techniques, from start to finish to organizing and operating a successful group test preparation workshop? How can I help my students acquire the techniques they need to do well on the test? [more inside]
posted by chara at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Moto Logo
I need logo and font help. The name of my vintage motorcycle restoration business is MotoKrow. My last name means "crow" in Dutch, and begins with a K. I like vintage motorcycle logos, but don't want to copy. I'm very fond of the old Moto Guzzi logo. Anyone know what that font is? A simple logo like the Matchless one is nice. I'm no designer, and I thought this place full of smart people (like you!) would be helpful. Apologies in advance if I've violated some sort of protocol here.
posted by Shike at 6:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me buy a computer in South Africa fast.
Can you help me buy a computer in Cape Town fast? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 6:14 AM PST - 2 comments

What dead rockstar do I resemble enough to be for my friend's 27-Club party?
I need to dress up for a friend's party as "my favorite dead rockstar." Given my looks (brunette and curvy) and my budget (low), who can I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 AM PST - 32 comments

Is This A Digestion Issue?
I have poop problems. If you can stand talk of poop, please tell me if I should be worried. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 AM PST - 34 comments

absent anniversary
Myself: absent during anniversary. Boyfriend: potentially finding gifts around the house. You: help me! [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime at 4:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Digital piano shops in Sydney
Looking for shops to buy a digital piano in Sydney (or if its online, Australia wide) [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 3:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Do we need to evacuate?
name that mysterious acrid smell/taste! [more inside]
posted by serazin at 1:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Would a US dishwasher work on 220v with a transformer?
Bringing a US Dishwasher to a 220V-powered country, providing I have a well rated transformer will there be any issues? Bonus points for FUD-less answers :) [more inside]
posted by shimon at 1:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I get a stuffed Elefanten toy
Where can I get a stuffed Elefanten toy? [more inside]
posted by transporter accident amy at 1:02 AM PST - 3 comments

September 20
What is this disturbing large larvae in the pond outside?
What is this strange larvae in the puddle outside my dorm? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 10:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a software command center for social networking sites?
Hey all, Just a quick question, here. Currently I am trying to manage a number of blog-esque sites, i.e. MySpace, Face book, Word press, and of course Metafilter. I was wondering if anyone knew of programs to help maximize my productivity when updating these. For example, I often post new songs I have created. Is there any program that would allow me to post an update across all my pages from one central hub? How about managing my messages from these sites? Any way to manage those in my regular email, or is there a program that could unify these? Basically I'm wondering if there is some type of "command station" program to help manage multiple sites like this one. Thanks in advance for any help! Hope you all had a great weekend.
posted by Me, The Snake at 10:05 PM PST - 10 comments

I just want the damned router to work.
Is my wireless router dead? If not, how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:41 PM PST - 8 comments

I need to run chkdsk on my brain...
My mind is blown, it's not my own, where did my idea go? I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind! Help? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

My eyes hurt.
My eyes have ached for the past week. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 9:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me recover from an intense workout!
What do you eat/drink (in addition to water) after a workout to help you recover more quickly? I keep reading suggestions that chocolate milk is the perfect recovery beverage, but I'm lactose intolerant and the idea of drinking straight milk makes my blood run cold. [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 9:13 PM PST - 16 comments

What is an extended abstract?
What should an extended abstract (in the humanities) look like? This is for philosophy in particular, though I assume it might be a similar style for other disciplines. [more inside]
posted by JoshSmith at 9:04 PM PST - 2 comments

sudo apt-get install help!
LinuxFilter : I seem to have lost sudo privileges in Ubuntu. How to fix please? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 9:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Teach me how to study!
What is the most effective way to study? [more inside]
posted by kro at 8:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Little Rock restaurants?
looking for your best restaurants in or around little rock [more inside]
posted by knockoutking at 8:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Can podcasts act like music tracks?
How can I get podcasts to appear as art of my iTunes music library? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 8:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Checking into a psych ward in the San Francisco Bay Area
I know someone who may want to check himself into a mental hospital in order to work out some personal issues. He's really depressed and anxious and falling apart. Where is a good place to go in the San Francisco Bay Area? Does anyone have any experience with this? How long can they keep him there? Can he check himself out? (Assume he is not an immediate danger to self or others and not psychotic.) What kind of treatments can they subject him to? Does he have to pay if he has insurance? If he doesn't have insurance? Does it depend on the diagnosis?
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 9 comments

My phone is secretly texting people without my input!
My mobile phone seems to have sent a text message to my girlfriend without my knowledge. I don't understand how. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 7:51 PM PST - 30 comments

Death of the Sun original artwork
Can anyone identify the painting from which this album cover appears to be cropped? Death of the Sun, by Cul de Sac. It's not credited at the label's site and no one seems to refer to it anywhere else on the internet.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the origins of the intelligent machine apocalypse story theme
As a follow-up to my question about the origins of the mutant superhero genre... [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 7:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Time travel to New Amsterdam - for kids!
Going bonkers trying to remember the title of a favorite children's book that I read growing up in the late 1960s. The story takes place in NYC and the main characters are 2 children, a boy and a girl. The children stand in the first car of a subway train and as the train moves faster and faster through a Bowery tunnel, the children travel back in time to NY when it was New Amsterdam. They meet Peter Stuyvesant and other characters in Manhattan when it was a Dutch colony. Sound familiar to anyone?
posted by suzeQ at 7:12 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I fix my Macbook's dark screen?
The screen of my Macbook has gone mostly dark. Is there anything I can try at home to fix it? Who in NYC (other than the Apple Store) could I go to? [more inside]
posted by larkin123 at 6:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Flickering Lights
I had 4 compact fluorescent bulbs (candelabra base) in a ceiling fan that I recently installed and they would flicker terribly until I replaced one with an incandescent bulb and it stopped. The fan is not on a dimmer switch. Any ideas on what is causing this and does it need to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by tvgraphicsguy at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best living history museums?
I love living history museums- especially the ones with actors. I am lucky to be close to Old Sturbridge Village and Plimoth Plantation. What other ones are great??? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Where's Mark now?
The Frontier House - what is Mark doing now? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 5:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How to garden in basement over winter?
How do I build a basement vegetable garden in winter? I have gardened over spring/summer/fall outdoors. I need advice on what lights to buy, what vegetables can grow over winter, how to pollinate, etc. Also, can I use heat lamps to help with the warmth loving vegetables, or is that too energy inefficient?
posted by idyllhands at 5:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Beyond Poe: canonical short stories
What are the world's most acclaimed short stories? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 5:13 PM PST - 67 comments

Home repair referrals in Minneapolis please.
I need a referral to a plumber in Minneapolis who can do a good job replacing my 1930 toilet. Also need a roof repair, sidewalk, and tree removal. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 4:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows to the soul in constant involuntary motion
What do you see when you encounter someone with nystagmus? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 4:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Halloween in New York
My boyfriend and I are flying into JFK from the UK on Halloween (landing approx 12 noon). Hive Mind! I command thee to besearch your crystal ball and telleth me some spooking goings on I simply can't miss on that fateful eve! [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 4:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Crime victim (auto break-in) seeks advice (lost SSN, where to repair in SV)
Victim of auto break-in in Silicon Valley seeks advice about a) compromise of my SSN (Social Security Number) and b) reputable, affordable and speedy window-glass replacement for an old Toyota. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What should we do with our money?
What should we do with our money? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 3:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Can we afford this $445,000 house? How can you tell?
Can we afford this house in California (just an example)? What "rules of thumb" or other measures should I use to determine what is "affordable"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 PM PST - 17 comments

How to mask smelly farts?
How to mask smelly farts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I get my sister help for her addiction/depression?
My sister has an alcohol and/or prescription and/or depression problem. What can I do to help her, and in what order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Will I have trouble flying under my old name?
I have a new name. My passport is in my old name. I've booked a flight under my old name. Will I have trouble traveling? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 3:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Do other countries allow the Head of Government to pardon people convicted of crimes the way the USA does?
Do other countries allow the Head of Government to pardon people convicted of crimes the way the USA does? [more inside]
posted by edavidoff at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

please help me identify this scifi short story...
please help identify this short story...I believe I would have read this in the 80's. There was a team of psychic investigators, and they are called to look into strange events (unexplained accidents?) on a section of highway. In the end it turns out that cumulative spiritual energy of roadkill animals is somehow striking back/rising up, and there is an exorcism of some sort. Then they hear about the bus full of dangerous inmates which has crashed...(implying that the aftereffects will be horrific) [more inside]
posted by maryrussell at 2:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Everett Dirksen looks just like...
What cartoon characters does Everett Dirksen look like? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 2:15 PM PST - 16 comments

control mediacenter from the couch
[Mediacenter filter] Room is 6 meters wide. At the left side, there is the couch (viewing/listening point). In the middle the tv/amplifier (and a series of other devices). On the other end - right - soon a computer with its own monitor. The will: output the computer (video & audio) to the tv and the amplifier. What i want to do is basically be able to use the computer in its corner with its own monitor, but also output audio e video so to be able to use the mediacenter from the couch, watching on the tv screen and listening through the amplifier. My question (more inside) is about how to wirelessly (with remote) control the computer from the couch. [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Dear Alderwoman, I did not enjoy my drive through a construction site in your ward. Plz advise.
Engineers, construction workers, and lawyers: How can I find out what the specific site safety requirements and statutes are for an under-construction commercial urban development site? Specifically, I'm looking to find out more about site-safety requirements in the city of St. Louis, Mo. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 1:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Telephone tracing an endurance sport?
How did old-fashioned mechanical-relay telephone tracing work? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Could/should a severely depressed person volunteer abroad?
I asked This question a couple of months ago. Since then I've gone through one of the worst periods of depression of my life. I'm seeing a therapist and taking anti-depressants but they're not really helping. I'm depressed about my complete lack of meaningful relationships and experiences and the depression has made me more isolated and unmotivated than ever. I feel like I need to do something drastic to force myself to get out of my head and start living my life. I want to be in a situation where I have no choice but to work hard and interact with people. Volunteering abroad appeals to me a great deal but I have no real skills and I'm guessing my mental health problems would make it hard to get a placement. Would volunteering abroad be possible or advisable and is there anything else I could do?
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 33 comments

Denver Temp Agencies
Best temp agencies in Denver? [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 12:52 PM PST - 2 comments

That's Bluetoothwang!
Help me get a wireless/bluetooth keyboard and mouse that don't suck. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Simple mp4 video editor for adding watermarks/text?
Can you recommend a simple video editor that can let me cut and add watermarks to mp4 file? [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can i get a shoe widener tool?
I am looking for a shoe stretcher that will stretch so i can make shoes fit wider without having to wear them in. Not looking for the whole shoe stretcher, as that seems quite the overkill. Im not sure if there is a special name for a smaller tool just for width? What is the product that i need and where can i buy one online? I live in Canada. Thanks metafilter!
posted by figTree at 12:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Overflowing Carbs
Help me diagnose a motorcycle carburetor problem. [more inside]
posted by dsword at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Heirloom Garlic in NE Illinois
I'd like to find a source in NE Illinois or even Chicago for heirloom seeds and garlic for my Aunt, bricks and mortar if possible. I couldn't seem to find anything promising online, and there are a lot of online places, but I'm in Canada so I have no experience with the U.S. based companies. [more inside]
posted by glip at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

She meant well, but...
How do I Jailbreak from a 3.1 iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner at 11:01 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do with a threat
What legal/law enforcement options do I have to protect myself against someone who is threatening me with bodily harm? [more inside]
posted by ahrara_ at 10:57 AM PST - 24 comments

Updating OS on a New Mac...While Keeping it Virginally New
I'm donating a Mac laptop, and it's loaded with 10.6.0. I want to upgrade it to 10.6.1, but then still have the computer start up for them "virgin" (i.e. with the "welcome to macintosh" rigamarole and with no other accounts appearing). [NOTE: you may believe that's a silly thing to desire. Your disdain has been pre-registered, but I stupidly persist in hoping for this result]. Is there any way to update the OS and then completely erase my own footprints? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How to convert m4p to mp3 for free?
What's the best free or cheap program to convert m4p files to mp3? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How else to endure all those rituals?
You live at Versailles in 1658. You're nobility of the blood. You know the King. What drugs, drinks, or other ways of getting totally fucked up are available to you? How often could you partake before people started to Have A Problem with it? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:12 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I listen to Number 10?
Is there any way in the world that I can listen to BBC Radio 4's audio drama series Number 10? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me gain the wit that Iain M. Banks thinks I should have.
In Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks there is a part where one of the Estodiens say to Quilan, 'I hope you have the wit to realise you past two little tests there, Major, not one'. It appears that I do not have the wit. Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this scary statue?
[Creepy statue filter] I moved into a new place a couple of months ago, and there was a creepy statue left outside. Does anyone know what the hell this thing is?
posted by grieserm at 9:39 AM PST - 29 comments

How can we make an online video channel that behaves like a pre-TiVo TV channel?
Need help finding a very specific online video function: the ability to remove playback controls. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:26 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the best books to read if I'm interested in incorporating a business?
What are the best books to read if I'm interested in incorporating a business? In this I'm interested in more legal-oriented books (taxes, finding a CPA), as well as general advice/best practices. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Song about doing what to the Dallas Cowboys?
(song id filter) As I was driving to work last week, I heard a song on our local college indie station about the Dallas Cowboys... [more inside]
posted by ephemerista at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Be Critical
I want to start thinking critically about art, especially modern/contemporary art, so what should I read? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 8:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I apply for SSHRC?
How stringent are SSHRC's GPA requirements? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggestions for alternate scanning programs?
Looking for a scanner program that will allow me to set a custom size to scan and remember it for multiple scans. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors ...
Tell me of your favorite poem to welcome the autumn. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 7:25 AM PST - 24 comments

Bedbug scare
How do I avoid bringing the bedbugs into my apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Making a bathroom accessible ... costs and requirements in the UK
I'm involved in the set-up of a public access space (in Manchester, England). While we have two ground-floor bathrooms, neither is wheelchair-accessible. Having spent no time in a wheelchair, nor time in a bathroom with a person in a wheelchair, I'd like to know a few things about making one of the bathrooms accessible... [more inside]
posted by davemee at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the wheat pit like today in the Chicago Board of Trade?
Is the place where the de facto price of grain is set world-wide, the Chicago Board of Trade "wheat pit," still a cacophony of live in-person bidders yelling and making hand signals while wearing platform shoes and bright jackets, or has it become electronic and silent? Or are both types of bidding possible? If it changed, when did it do so and why?
posted by tnygard at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Be there square?
"Later that day, Arthur Mgqweto, a math teacher, strode into the classroom, jauntily wearing a township take on the fedora called a square." A square? [more inside]
posted by msittig at 6:01 AM PST - 2 comments

What are your favorite sources for gray-market men's apparel?
What are your favorite sources for gray-market men's apparel? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme at 5:45 AM PST - 2 comments

A Different "Can I Eat This" question
I'm allergic to brocolli and other cruciferous vegetables. My CSA just gave me some brocolli rapini. Can I eat it? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:40 AM PST - 16 comments

How do i get my pc CD drive to read cd's properly?
Why wont my cd drive in my laptop read any CDs? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 4:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Preaching to the Converted
I like listening to Mark Driscoll and Ravi Zacharias Podcasts. What else would I like?
posted by man down under at 1:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Should we pay for an estimate?
Can anyone advise on the legality of a tradesman coming to give an estimate for a repair, then charging for his visit without forewarning, in the UK?
posted by BobAndJoy at 12:50 AM PST - 12 comments

September 19
creepy roommate...question about getting out of the lease?
I am a 25 year old graduate student. I signed a lease with a 20 year old undergrad who has nothing in common with me, except that we are from the same country. She seems fine at first, just socially awkward, but after a month of living together she began to be extremely rude/inpolite, and show signs of hostility. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 11:49 PM PST - 23 comments

What Should I Do To Make My Blog Grow And Kick More Ass Even Though I Have No Free Time?
Tips on how to keep a blog's potential growing when your available time is shrinking... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Off Grid Internet
What is the best way to get internet when I am living off-grid? [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 at 11:22 PM PST - 6 comments

One food science show, refined, clarified.
Science- and technique-heavy, recipe-light cooking shows? Video podcasts? YouTube channels? Know any? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Which came first? The movie or the olive oil?
Godfatherfilter: Genco Olive Oil exists -- but did the movie/novel come about first? A puzzlement! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Would like to thoroughly understand investment, then forget about it till age 50.
Does the backlash against the Efficient Market Hypothesis have another answer for my lazy-investing needs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 PM PST - 14 comments

The book of love has music in it...
I just heard "Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel for the first time today, and I am enthralled. Are there other songs with this type of sound, with that gorgeous orchestral feel? [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 9:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Divorced, jobless, need advice.
Stuck in a rut. Help me find meaning, direction, and help me get back on my feet. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Lipid Med Moods
I was recently prescribed simvastatin for high cholesterol. About a year ago I tried Lexapro for anxiety, but didn't do well on it and stopped after a couple months, and otherwise haven't taken any medication for anything. See inside for where the two cross: [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Best science-based resources to help me understand pre-diabetes?
Help me understand pre-diabetes. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Is y apple butter bad?
I have just opened a new jar of apple butter. It was not very difficult to open at all, which surprised me. Perhaps I am paranoid, but there is also a little bit of dried apple butter under the lid of the jar. Does this mean that air got in the jar? I didn't can it myself or anything, so I have no idea when it was done. It smells fine, but that obviously isn't foolproof. Do I need to throw it out?
posted by itsonreserve at 8:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it better to have many individual weeks off the booze, or fewer months?
I drink a lot. Not every day, but when I do drink I drink a lot. I have done for a long time. I have periodic abstinences of a week, two weeks, sometimes a month. What's better? Long breaks, or more frequent short ones? If I'm going to have (say) 1/4 of the year off, is it better to try for 3 dry months in a row, or 3 dry months spaced out across the year, or 13 dry weeks? Note: this is not a question about stopping for good. This is a question about what's better for my health in terms of periodic abstinence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 PM PST - 19 comments

[guy filter] How can I stop loving her? How do I get over this? You're advice is greatly appreciated, guys.
[Guy filter] How can I stop loving her? How do I get over this? You're advice is greatly appreciated, guys. [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 6:52 PM PST - 50 comments

Actual Political Brawls?
Could you give me an example of a group of average (American) people getting into a fight (an actual brawl) over politics? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 6:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Unrequested facebook friends
Why is it that on Facebook, people can become your friend without your having rec'd a friend request? Is there anything one can do to prevent? Might it be because they're in my email address book? I save many addresses, but am not nec. their friend.
posted by neelhtak at 6:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me save a dying houseplant!
Help me save my vanilla plant! Its leaves are turning black and rotting from the bottom up. Too much water? Not enough? Lost cause? Help me green thumbs! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

what's the gray residue in my water
What's the gray residue in my water? We moved into this home (built circa 1985) 2 years ago. After bathwater has drained, you find a silty residue left in the tub. You can't see it in the water itself. Residue looks a bit like the calcium deposits one might find normally, but ranges from gray to sometimes sandy brown. Lately there is also some substance much like this clinging to dishes after the dishwasher runs too. [more inside]
posted by keener_sounds at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

What do you call your cousin's cousin's cousin's kids?
I need an argument settled over the proper title for each of these relatives: (1) Your great-aunt's children, (2) Your cousin's children. Are they both called second cousin or cousin once removed, or something completely different?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 6:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Recommendations for good ESL or EFL materials?
Can anyone recommend some good ESL/EFL curriculum materials, both for the child and adult level? Bonus points if they are not so western-centric. [more inside]
posted by wander at 5:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Who tells the spouse a soldier has died?
Writing filter: In the USA, who tells the spouse that a member of the military has died, and what is that job or role called?
posted by joannemerriam at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

The Civilized Breakup
Being good to each other: The civilized post break-up period. What things did you and your ex do for each other to make things easier? [more inside]
posted by stray at 5:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Strange Light in Sky
Strange one here... but just looking out my Brooklyn window, saw light in eastern-ish sky, very bright, almost as if a spotlight was coming down, then the source of it seem to dissipate, and then the "cloud" itself dissipated shortly thereafter. Any astronomy news tonight of any sort? Or something else? Or did anyone else happen to see anything?
posted by dearleader at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

The Mold Creatures. What ARE they?
Hello. A weird one: In my bathroom there's some mold. I clean it up once a while, but it's kinda there. Anyway, from time to time I can see some bugs running through it. Little bugs, coming out where there's running water, and disappearing, once the water's out. They're *tiny*. Real tiny. Smaller than an ant. Anyone has any idea what I'm talking about? Can anyone direct me to any information regarding these bugs? Thank you!
posted by lipsum at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What risks does drinking LA tap water pose?
What risks does drinking LA tap water pose? ? Should I be using a filter? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 4:20 PM PST - 17 comments

NFL Bingo
The wife and I are going to a friend's house to watch (American) football tomorrow. I'll be watching the game. She won't. Is there anywhere online where I can find football bingo for non fans? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Buying a Motorcycle
What's a good motorcycle for me and what do I need to know about the process of getting one? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 3:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Vacation Ideas on the Cheap
How should I spend my vacation time (by the end of the year)? [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Public media business models
How does Gourmet: Diary of a Foodie get funded? Is it just like a non-commercial commercial for Gourmet magazine and its advertisers and then given away to public radio stations?
posted by parmanparman at 3:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Did the Brita filter spoil my homemade wine?
Does Brita filtered water work for making wine? My experiment got no yeast fermentation in four batches of wine using Brita filtered water and great yeast fermentation in three batches of unfiltered tap made similarly as a control. [more inside]
posted by kturner at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

*cricket chirps in my head*
How can I become more opinionated? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 2:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me make the best arabic dance party mix ever.
I wanna throw the best arabic dance party in the history of the universe, but I haven't a clue about the music. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Freen at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Flappers and モダンガール
I'm looking for resources on Flappers from across the world (e.g: モダンガール). Books, links, video, photos - all appreciated!
posted by yegga at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me determine rate of imprement for my players!
I coach a high school soccer team. Each practice we go through a routine which involves repetitions of various skills. The number of repetitions accomplished by a player for each skill is recorded in an excel spreadsheet for ranking purposes. I want to determine the rate of improvement so the players can see their progress and who's improving most. Is there a simple excel function that would help me do this?
posted by TheManticore at 1:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Will my flight have a power outlet for my Macbook?
Will my flight have a power outlet for my Macbook? I will be flying with KLM on a Boeing (Douglas) MD-11. [more inside]
posted by nitor at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Alternate Browsers for OS X 10.6
Other than Safari and Foxfire, what free-downloadable browsers run well on OS X 10.6?
posted by partner at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How to manage my debt and life as a whole
How do I get my life on track with high debt and a chronic medical condition? [more inside]
posted by thegreatcokeolympics at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a stylish, slimfit suit
I am in Vancouver. I can never find suits that fit me. I am around five ten and very slim. Most suits, even at their smallest size, fit me like a refrigerator box. I am looking for something in slim fit suits, kind of like the brand Tiger of Sweden (seemingly unavailable via the internet purchasing route). Does anyone know of any brands I should look into? Price range around 750 max. Should I look into getting one made? Any advice is appreciated, after years of looking I still don't own a suit I am happy with. Thank you for any advice you have.
posted by cascando at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Find the power cord
Does anyone know where to find a power cord replacement for a Technics 1200 mk2 turntable European edition? 220v power cord? [more inside]
posted by bravowhiskey at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Leaving the employment frying pan of Arizona for the employment fire of California ... Does it make sense?
California's unemployment rate for August was 12.1%. I live in Arizona where it was 9.1%. Does it even make sense for me to apply for positions in California? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

slip sliding away.
I've installed laminate flooring about a year ago, and individual pieces are sliding around. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Noise cancellation = tinny sound. No noise cancellation = @#$$o moth(&. I*s Br++m!
Best bluetooth for the car? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Beyond Bodnath
I have 5 days coming up in Nepal. Looking for photoshoot opportunities on the beaten path and off in Kathmandu and beyond, Pokhara perhaps?
posted by Xurando at 11:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Adult ADD in the UK
Anyone with Adult ADD in the UK - Did you try a private route to get a diagnosis? If so, who would you recommend? How did a diagnosis affect things at work? If you have a history of heart disease in the family is it too risky to take meds? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

I wake up shaking uncontrollably . . .
I wake up in the middle of the night shaking uncontrollably - what might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by Fifi Firefox at 11:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap extended stay in Cambridge
(Very) Cheap places to stay in Cambridge, MA, for about 7 nights? [more inside]
posted by paulesque at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I help my cat with a UTI?
I think my cat has a UTI. Is there anything I can do until I can get her to the vet? [more inside]
posted by apricot at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances?
What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 10:42 AM PST - 16 comments

breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Chile?
You are a resident of Chile. What do you eat? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

My clothes will thank you.
I am clueless in the laundry room. I know nothing about stain removal and very little about sorting, what settings to use on my washer, what needs to air-dry, how to prevent things from shrinking, etc. Teach me how to do laundry like a grownup! [more inside]
posted by beandip at 10:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Song ID: "but in a hundred years, I'll be right here..."
[SongID filter] So I heard a song while shopping in the Banana Republic outlet store this morning, and I really liked it. [Don't judge me, Judgy Judgerton...] It sounded a lot like the Magnetic Fields (I'm still half-convinced the voice was Stephen Merritt), a little like M Ward, a little like Jens Lekman. It had a bunch of jangling bells, some shushy instrumental bedding, and the only lyric I can remember being repeated: "but in a hundred years, I'll be right back here." It's not a lot to go on, but by your powers combined ...
posted by mr. remy at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

All tied up with art
Can anyone tell who the artist/writer of the 1950s or 1960s adult comic strip in the photos inside. Links might me NSFW. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it safe to drink from stainless steel?
Trying to be safer and heeding the advice of many, I threw out all my plastic water bottles and bought new stainless steel ones including this stainless steel cup. On the cup (but not on the bottles), there was the California Proposition 65 warning that "This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." [more inside]
posted by pasici at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify potential grant sources for rebuilding an elementary school's IT network
I have been tasked with rebuilding the computer lab and administrative systems for an elementary school. One of my tasks will be to seek out and apply for grants of funds or equipment for an upgrade. What organizations should I approach? [more inside]
posted by Imhotep is Invisible at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

I seem to be moving to smaller and smaller towns.
Things to do in and around Hershey, PA? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 9:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Good movie driving shots for chroma keying?
Here's a fun one: can you think of any films that have good, usable -moving background- shots / tracking shots, that I could use as a fake "driving" backdrop for a movie I'm making? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 8:30 AM PST - 13 comments

UK spook house suggestions
I'm in the UK and, for Halloween, will be putting together what the Americans might call a "spook house". I'm looking for suggestions on great effects / props / installations to create truly classy, creepy illusions such as the ones described here - but I'm struggling to find other similar sites. Secondly I'm seeking ideas for smaller scale sideshows or games - anything icky that a small group of people can watch or participate in around a table. What have you seen or done that I could re-create this Halloween?
posted by skylar at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Upgrading to Win-7 - Help me
Can I buy the "upgrade" version of Windows 7 if I am also upgrading my hard drive at the same time? I have a purchased OEM version Vista Ultimate (x86) on my desktop right now and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional (x64); however, I also want to upgrade my hard drive at the same time to a solid-state drive. Can I get the upgrade version of win-7, and if so how would the installation work on a new hard drive? Or do I need the buy the full version?
posted by jameslavelle3 at 8:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Thinkpad refuses to obey my wishes for higher resolution!
My new-ish laptop running Vista keeps resetting to 800 x 600 resolution on restarts (from crashing) and restarts from intentional shutdowns. How do I prevent this from happening in the future? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 7:52 AM PST - 1 comments

MacBook Unibody Floppy-Hinge Hacks?
The hinge on my partner's new unibody MacBook Pro is just-loose-enough to make using it in bed annoying. Solutions, cases or a hack welcomed. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 7:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Get netbook or keep the laptop?
I think I want a netbook instead of a laptop. If so, what kind/brand to get? [more inside]
posted by lynnshaze at 7:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to hide the money?
How can I figure out the minimum amount to keep in my checking account? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

How readily does Mint add new banks?
How readily does Mint add new banks? [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft at 5:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Where should I buy a ticket for in Camp Nou?
I'm going to Barcelona in October and am going to take in a football match at Camp Nou. Tickets are currently freely available in the stadium - is there a particuarly good or bad place for a neutral/tourist to sit?
posted by ascullion at 5:05 AM PST - 5 comments

iStink at iPod
Just got a new iPod and I need a little help. [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 4:09 AM PST - 18 comments

World's greatest eggplant recipe
Here is a description of one of the world's 50 best dishes (I think linked on the blue). This one involves eggplant. I want more detail and/or a photo. [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 3:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Academic Shibboleths
A recent tomorrow was criticized for describing a mathematician as working with equations and "running the numbers". What are the canonical signs that someone doesn't know much about your field, or only picked up enough to make cocktail-party conversation? (categorized science and nature, but other disciplines welcome!) [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 3:18 AM PST - 145 comments

A mysterious chirping from inside my wall...
There's a bug in my house that I want to identify. The tricky part? I've never seen it. [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 1:37 AM PST - 11 comments

If I like ska, rocksteady and funky reggae 60s-70s what American music would I like with a similar feel?
If I like ska, rocksteady and funky reggae 60s-70s what American music would I like with a similar feel? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 1:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Automatic screenshots on a Mac
Can someone point me in the direction of a free Mac program that will run in the background, automatically taking screenshots at a set interval?
posted by ben5757 at 1:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Castillian Music similar to Juanes?
LivingAbroadFilter: Help me mimic the Castillian accent through music! [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 1:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious?
Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for a marriage counselor
Looking for a therapist for marriage counseling in the Easton/Stroudsburg PA area. Any recommendations?
posted by frogmoses at 12:35 AM PST - 2 comments

September 18
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved Controller Config
Geometry Wars Filter: Help configure Nyko Airflo PC game controller for Geometry Wars Retro Evolved (PC) [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 11:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Where do I find accounts of soldiers NOT killing the enemy in spontaneous acts of remarkable compassion?
Does anyone have personal accounts/know of any documented accounts of soldiers fighting one another and then showing sudden, spontaneous, and probably court-martial-able acts of compassion? I was reading a moving testimony of a WWII British soldier who was about to be shot point blank by a German soldier who then shook his head, said something to the effect of "I can't do this" and let the guy go. Very touching stuff. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 11:36 PM PST - 8 comments

She's awesome, he's a big question mark - how does it work?
How do guys deal with a (hetero) significant other that's, purely and simply, more awesome than they are? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 11:21 PM PST - 41 comments

Can Asus EEE laptop be fixed after getting water spilled on it?
Asus EEE 1000h laptop, daughter spilled water over it. Won't turn on anymore. Help! [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 11:00 PM PST - 12 comments

I crave novel music.
I want prog that's not pretentious, indie without the name-dropping, jazz that's not stuck in the 70s, etc. Take the conventions of your favorite genre, and give me acts that defy them but still are in the genre. [more inside]
posted by gabrielbenjamin at 10:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Prozac withdrawal? Does that even exist? Help.
How do I stop myself going crazy? Abruptly stopped taking SSRIs almost two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by alona at 10:34 PM PST - 12 comments

WHAT IS THIS RAPSONG SONG?
What is this song? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 10:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking dog friendly hiking in central Vermont
Where should I go hiking in central Vermont with my dog for maximum leaf peeping and scenic vistas? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Any good job ideas for quadriplegics?
I am a 52 year old quadriplegic (C-4,C-5 incomplete) former oil and gas senior executive. Until recently, I've been able to both support my family and afford the post-Cobra health insurance premiums available through our Texas High Risk Pool. I'll will soon be overtaken by the myriad of expenses now beginning to snowball. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Hopin' for a jet-black soapin'
I'm looking for soap bars colored black... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Help my pooch become a therapy dog!
How can I get my medium-sized dog to my place of work once a week if I live in Brooklyn and have no car? Can I sneak him onto the M train without being caught? [more inside]
posted by coffeeflavored at 9:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Silence me
Makeshift earplugs??? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Severe mac/python question
So I was fiddling with commands in the python interpreter via the Terminal. I ran this basically, and was messing with the help system. fileHandle = open ( 'test.txt', 'w' ) ; fileHandle.write (' asdasd^3 '); fileHandle.close(); And all of a sudden this application opened. Python shell is it's name, it has no icon. WTF is going on?
posted by emptyinside at 8:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me feel pretty
What are these shoes actually called? Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius at 6:26 PM PST - 18 comments

VPN 24/7?
VPN 24/7 on iPhone? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 6:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me store my oats.
Please help me find the perfect oatmeal container. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Bali Ha'i
Every time I go to a Polynesian restaurant [all too rarely] I love the food. Please help me prepare some of these dishes at home. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

ancient 1980s secret, huh?
Another lost-childhood-book-filter. Time period: late 80s. This chapter book aimed at middle readers was a collection of Asian (Chinese or Japanese) folk tales centering on a wise man who served in the court of the emperor. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Listen to me kid, this is important...
"There are only two types of motion in the universe: oscillation or rotation and you can't have exclusively one without a trace of the other. That's the reason machines wear out." Does this statement statement have any basis in fact and can you tell me where it might have originated? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:53 PM PST - 17 comments

College credit
Too many credit hours for Federal Student Financial Aid? I am going to Ohio State for a BS in Crop Science, I already have a general studies BS from another school. Now with 268 credit hours, I'm over the 207 allowed to receive federal aid for a Bachelors. What up with this? Anyone every deal this this? Thanks!
posted by Benzle at 4:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to cook dove?
I've been tasked with cooking approximately 30 dove. I have no experience with this so would appreciate any tips or tried and true recipes.
posted by justlisa at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Pan and the what?
What is the name of this fantasy book that I only vaugely remember? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a hotel a short subway ride away from a conference in Philadelphia
Every hotel room within a mile of my upcoming Philadelphia conference is booked. Where can I stay that has easy weekend, weekday and evening public transit access to the University of Pennsylvania campus, specifically Jon M. Huntsman Hall at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia? What do I need to know about using public transit to get back and forth? Must be safe after dark. Bonus points if it's affordable, as I'm paying for this out of my own pocket. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the coolest and quirkiest event you've ever attended or heard of?
What is the coolest and quirkiest event you've ever attended or heard of? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 4:02 PM PST - 59 comments

What's the name o' this song, I've gotta know! "I wake up when I wake up, I sleep when I lie down, I eat when I find food..."
Name-that-tune-filter: I am looking for the title a song I heard recently. lyrics: "I wake up when I wake up, I sleep when I lie down, I eat when I find food" [more inside]
posted by gavtaylor at 3:51 PM PST - 1 comments

Doctor's Note?
California Employment Law: If an employee is sick, can an employer mandate that the employee provide a doctor's note in order to take time off to get well? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Wok stir-fry cooking: best resources for instuctional cooking videos?
Wok stir-fry cooking: best resources for instuctional cooking videos? [more inside]
posted by Ligament at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

"You should get that looked at" -- yea or nay?
How far does -- or should -- a medical professional's ethical responsibility go when it comes to the health and well-being of strangers (i.e. people one might see on the street, or in line at the supermarket)? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:13 PM PST - 31 comments

Who is shipping LTL?
What kind of US companies ship LTL? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Free or cheap CRM / PIM / wiki that imports and exports vCards with pictures? Suitable for film production?
Is there a free or cheap shared PIM that imports and exports vCards with pictures? Preferably something suitable for film production? [more inside]
posted by Josh Coe at 2:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Waiting at blinking yellow lights for next set of lights to turn green: required?
Traffic question: on the road in front of a fire station in CT USA, there are two traffic lights, one just before the station and one at the corner the station is on. When the first set of lights are blinking yellow and the second set is red, people tend to stop at the yellow lights. Is that required? [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Does NYC Probation routinely test for benzos?
I have a drug test scheduled with the NYC Probation Dept. on Thurs. September 24. I have been taking Xanax every night without a prescription for months. Can anyone tell me with 100% certainty whether they will be testing for benzos or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Places to see, people to go... wait... is that right?
RoadTripFilter (again): D/FW to Southern MD. Anything unmissable inbetween? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I just become a nudist?
I need to find dress pants that fit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Office Floor Materials
What flooring for my home office can withstand constant pressure from office chair casters? The chairs and users will be moving between different stations in a very small office area. This makes chair floor guards unusable. I would even consider natural stone if it would stand up to the chair movement. I have also considered machining large circular pads with carpeting or some other sliding material on the bottom to replace the chair casters. These would spread the weight of the loaded chair over a larger area.
posted by Raybun at 1:54 PM PST - 11 comments

mustaches
Could you point me to pictures of musicians in the 1970s with mustaches? Lots of pictures, please.
posted by Pants! at 1:47 PM PST - 29 comments

Now that we've put the books online, how do we get them back onto paper?
How do I prepare digitized public domain works for clean print on demand? [more inside]
posted by yamel at 1:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Is tire pressure different if you measure with tire off the car (as compared to when it is on the car and holding the weight of the car)?
Is tire pressure different if you measure with wheel off the car (as compared to when it is on the car and holding the weight of the car)?
posted by chefscotticus at 1:34 PM PST - 68 comments

How to make friends online
How does one make friends on an online dating site? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for books dealing with overcoming stalking/harassment?
My mom is dealing with the aftermath of a stalking situation. Looking for books and other things that might help her get through it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the probability of one or both events occurring.
What is the probability of one or both events occurring. [more inside]
posted by charlesminus at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Voice lessons in NYC?
Can anyone recommend a decent voice coach in New York City? [more inside]
posted by learn to read at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

How to stop having an intense disgust reaction?
I need help to stop myself having an intense disgust reaction to something that everyone else finds normal – namely, sniffing. This is making my life miserable, please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 20 comments

I'd like to hunt you again, my sweet.
I'm in a great longterm relationship - but I miss flirting. I have no desire to flirt with anyone but my guy, except... how do I recreate that feeling of excitement and butterflies that flirting brings? I've always felt that this excitement springs from the subtlety and not-knowing-ness of where it might go. When a relationship is already established, what actions would feel close to that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Australia travel tips…
I’m travelling to Australia in October. My first stop is Sydney and from there I’m going on a trip to Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Uluru with friends. After that, we head back to Sydney and I’ve got an 11 day gap with absolutely no plans. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I stay or should I go?
The best path? PhD and wait to get into a US school, or go off to the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me run two marathons, 42 days apart
Marathoner Filter: I'm running the Oct. 11 Chicago Marathon and the Nov. 22 Philadelphia Marathon. Any tips on what I should be doing between these two races in terms of recovery and training?
posted by timnyc at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Give me a better rate and lower my principal NOW
How to negotiate with a credit card company? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

I'll take Painful Medical Procedures for $4000, Alex!
What's a typical range of discount negotiated by insurers with ambulance companies? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comments

MS Project like to-do list
todolist filter: I know there are dozens of questions here about to-do lists already, but, alas, none of them fit my requirements. I really like MS Project - it's hierarchical (tasks can nest), and can enforce due dates, but it's too heavy handed for what I need & old tasks don't disappear. I need something like MS Project, but simpler... [more inside]
posted by Muffy at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Canadian flag stuff needed!
where can one get Canadian flag memorabilia in Minneapolis or St. Paul before Saturday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

canning freezer jam?
Can I can freezer jam? [more inside]
posted by jengineer at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Take Two and Call Your Doctor in the Morning for a Prescription Refill
I am trying to determine the cost of keeping drugs that are available without prescriptions in other countries prescription-only in the US. Please point me towards any studies that have attempted to calculate this or data that might help me calculate it myself. [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Okay to use WolframAlpha for homework?
Would it be considered academic dishonesty to use WolframAlpha when doing a homework assignment in math? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 10:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Turkish delight on a moonlit night ... or mid-afternoon, perhaps.
I recorded this from the Voice of Turkey via shortwave on 11955 kHz last Friday. Unfortunately, I didn't make note of the world time, and my meager online language resources don't seem to help me figure it out. What time is she announcing after the pips?
posted by mykescipark at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

As I awoke one morning from a troubled dream, I found myself with winged feet.
Runningfilter: A minor miracle of transformation. I could barely run at all, but last night I ran 2 miles. Why might this have happened, and have you ever had a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 10:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Ferris Bueller, you're my hero
How can I channel my inner Ferris Bueller and have one great day, except in New York? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:17 AM PST - 36 comments

How long should my dress shirts, sweaters be?
How long should my dress shirts, polos, and sweaters be? I'm tall and I have a hard time determining what's too short and too long. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 9:39 AM PST - 46 comments

Car/Sound practical/meta (u choose) question.
What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Jiff_and_theChoosyMuthers at 9:15 AM PST - 19 comments

I don't want to spiral downward
Please tell me about your experience with mood stabilizers such as Lamictal and Depakote. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 9:12 AM PST - 20 comments

What songs do you know about St. Louis?
What songs are about St. Louis? Is there a list somewhere? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:45 AM PST - 18 comments

My X girlfriend screwed me over…
My X girlfriend screwed me over… Can we be friends again? [more inside]
posted by sav at 8:19 AM PST - 68 comments

I need an adjustment
I want some help applying effects and filters in Pro Tools and Reason [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Who are some pretend business competitors?
What are some examples of "pretend" business competitors? I'm thinking of brands that appear to be separate businesses and appear to be in direct competition, but are in fact owned by the same company. [more inside]
posted by teg at 8:05 AM PST - 76 comments

How to long until we hit 1.21 gigawatts?
How can we present instantaneous stats on our energy consumption and generation in a site with a windmill and possibly other forms of energy generation? [more inside]
posted by advicepig at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I save the shows from my PVR to my computer?
I have a Logik lpvr168 freeview PVR. I'd like to save some of the content I've recorded to my computer. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 7:47 AM PST - 0 comments

Full English breakfast, hold the spam.
Where can I get a full English breakfast in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Tell me about the Texas State Guard
TexasStateGaurdFilter:Im interested in the Texas state guard. Can you all give me some details other than what on the website, which is really not that informative. Can i be deployed overseas in the TSG? What can i expect? Im in my mid thirties, married and two young kids, and ive always wanted to contribute to my country and state. Just looking for some details..Thanks!
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:39 AM PST - 1 comments

itchy itchy baa baa baa
Woolrich stuff has actual wool in it. I have received a gift of a lovely sweater and a very nice coat that are from Woolrich. I can wear a long sleeve thin shirt under the sweater, but what about the coat? i don't always wear long sleeves and the coat is a 3-season. Is there something I can put over the wool part inside, like iron-on felt or nylon or something? [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 7:33 AM PST - 15 comments

I love Satan.
Help me discover Satanic music? [more inside]
posted by Palerale at 7:31 AM PST - 59 comments

To Non-Profit or Not
I want create a legal entity for my consulting work and research. Should I create a non-profit or a company? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Creating a Table of Contents for Multiple Word Files
Microsoft Word and a table of contents across multiple files: my sister has to deliver her book as a series of Word files, one per chapter. In order to meet the house style (pdf), she's created a specific heading in Word to match their 'A' headings. She wants to generate a separate Table of Contents compiling all those headings into one linked ToC file. Is that possible?
posted by yerfatma at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Worms on the celing
We found small brown maggots on our celing/walls this morning. Why, and how do we get rid of them? (NB - do not click if you are eating.) [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Who let me go?
Temp work question: Why, after six weeks of increasing hours and responsibilities, was I let go, just when I'd finalized my health insurance with the agency? Who let me go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Can't change
Why do I have a fear of people seeing me change or do anything out of character? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 19 comments

The best overall way to enjoy your crotch is to not be able to feel it when you walk. Help me return to that, please?
OMIGOD the chafing. Can you help me make it stop? Please? (Details might be unpleasant.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 29 comments

What's a good bank or credit union in Las Vegas?
Henderson, NV / Las Vegas Filter: What bank or credit union would work best for us? [more inside]
posted by metalheart at 5:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Canadian diamond wedding band in NYC/NJ?
Know of any jewelers that carry Canadian diamond wedding bands in North Jersey or Manhattan? I need a wedding band (getting married in 2 weeks!), and my fiancé doesn't want an African diamond after watching Blood Diamond. I'd like someone I can deal with in person rather than a website. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 5:21 AM PST - 11 comments

just trying to get to school
I'm applying for a student visa to the UK. Do I have to mail my passport with my application? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F at 5:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Offsetting sea level rise: An engineering idea of Biblical proportions
The seas are rising. Climate change has made it inevitable. I have a strange question... Assuming that world sea-level rises by 1 metre over the next hundred years - Would it be possible to cordon off a section of land, somewhere in the centre of a continent, and flood it to create an artificial ocean, thus reducing the consequences of the sea rise? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:52 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me introduce some variety into my at-home cardio
I’m looking for some more simple cardio exercises, like burpees and stepping, that will raise my heart rate but can be done in a small space, with minimal impact on my knees. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 4:45 AM PST - 13 comments

I want you, I want to be you -- help?
I'm 25 years old, male, attracted to women. I have some funny fetishes, and there is something called "autogynephilia", love of oneself as a woman, that I'm pretty sure applies to me. What kind of woman can I get into a relationship with who would be understanding? [more inside]
posted by jikeda at 3:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Baby eczema
Is our baby formula causing eczema? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 3:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Excel column matching
How to remove content from table that is not in other column [more inside]
posted by tseo at 2:26 AM PST - 4 comments

San Francisco Vacation Neighbourhood
San Francisco: In which neighbourhood should I stay for a month long vacation? [more inside]
posted by ssg at 12:55 AM PST - 9 comments

September 17
Bummin' around BC
What are some free or cheap things to do in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by scose at 11:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Missed a Promise to Appear
Canada, BC specifically. I missed a 'Promise to Appear'. Consequences? [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 11:24 PM PST - 6 comments

DAW scripting
What tools and/or DAW software do I need to automate DAW actions through scripts? [more inside]
posted by vanar sena at 11:22 PM PST - 11 comments

upgraded to snow leopard, or should that be slow leopard?
Help! I upgraded to snow leopard and now my internet is painfully slow. A quick google search shows i'm not the only one, but the only fix I can find (to do with the firewall) doesn't help me as I don't have firewall on. There seems to be no difference between Safari and Firefox. I'm seriously considering using time machine to get back to Leopard days. As an example, pre snow leopard, a speed test measured at 1.83mb/s download, 0.16mb/s upload and 41ms latency, speed test just now says 0.46mb/s, 0.24mb/s upload and 51ms latency. Therefore it looks like my upload speed has improved by my download has taken a dial up style kicking. As I don't upload anything very often, I don't care about any improvement in this area. Can anyone assist? I'm running a January 2009 macbook if that helps.
posted by nunoidia at 11:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Live in Houston? Who does your taxes?
Live in Houston? Who does your taxes? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 11:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Strange Voices
Recommend some music like Bon Iver's Woods, Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek, Beardyman, and some of Jamie Lidell - which feature nothing (or very little) but the human voice modified by electronics. Augmented acapellas, if you will.
posted by phrontist at 11:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Toronto delicatessen
Your opinion of the best deli in Toronto and please don't forget the pickle question. [more inside]
posted by Taurid at 10:27 PM PST - 10 comments

prox.ie registration
Registering a .ie domain for personal use; any 'workarounds' to the registration restrictions? [more inside]
posted by bbuda at 9:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Me, a Company in QuickBooks?
Does anyone have resources to share for using QuickBooks, rather than a dedicated personal finance application like Quicken, to manage personsal finances? [more inside]
posted by gum at 9:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Does Bob Metcalfe and Chuck Thacker have a stormy relationship while working at Xerox PARC?
Can anyone provide an account on the relationship between Bob Metcalfe(inventor of Ethernet) and Chuck Thacker(legendary computer designer)? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 8:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Collapsed lung prognosis without treatment?
Can one live with a collapsed lung? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Dividing Wall Alternatives
Cardboard wall alternatives? I really like the idea of these modular cardboard walls/dividers, except they seem way too expensive. Any suggestions for an alternative? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 6:30 PM PST - 10 comments

DRM solution for small business?
How can a small business use DRM to protect its IP? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Help us choose a costume!
What would be an amazing halloween costume idea for a couple that consists of: one white tall slender female with long blonde hair and one white tall brunette bearded slender boy? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 6:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Why won't my router route?
Last week, I unplugged and plugged back in my Linksys WRT54GX4 wireless router. Since then, I haven't been able to connect to the internet through it, either wirelessly or through a wired connection through the router. The internet works fine if I plug the ethernet cable from the modem directly into my computer. I can also access the router's settings through my browser when I'm plugged into it. In the settings, it shows the internet as unavailable. But all the little status (including the internet one) on the front of router seem to indicate that everything is working fine. Firmware is up-to-date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to rock the party.
One bachelorette party, ten miscellaneous female guests, one extremely introverted organizer (that's me!). Activities are set, but what little things can I do (or how should I behave) to keep things cohesive and lively, instead of awkward or lame? [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Why can't the networked devices just get along?
I'm trying to set up my parents' home network. The easiest way to describe it is with a diagram. They have a DSL router in a closet, and that's connected (ethernet) to mom's desktop pc. There is a wireless router (D-Link DI-524) that's also connected to the DSL router via ethernet. There is a printer connected to the D-Link via ethernet. And finally, dad's laptop connects via wifi. If the DSL router is connected to the wireless router's LAN port, mom can surf the web and print to the printer, but dad can't connect to the internet. (see the "lan port connection" diagram) If the DSL router is connected to the wireless router's WAN port, mom can surf the web but can't see the printer, but dad can connect to the internet. (see the "wan port connection" diagram) I've tried tweaking the D-Link's settings to both accept a DHCP address or have a hardcoded address, and also to pass out or not pass our a DHCP address to dad's laptop. What I can't seem to accomplish is: 1. mom can access internet 2. mom can access printer 3. dad can access internet 4. dad can access printer Any suggestions? Can I even do this with this equipment?
posted by edjusted at 6:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you need to have a seriously abnormal blood draw to see anything wrong in bone marrow as well?
hematologyfilter: Confused about what (and when?) you can determine from a bone marrow tap, & platelet count [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Program to walk users through logical steps
I need the hive's help badly on this. I'm trying to find a program to walk a user through logical steps based on their answers to questions along the way. [more inside]
posted by atm at 5:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it safe to sleep in an apartment whose outside hallway has freshly been carpeted today?
I came home today to find that the hallways in my apartment building have suddenly been re-carpeted. This was much overdue and will be a nice improvement. But it smells terrible right now. Is it safe to sleep here tonight? How long until it goes back to normal again? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Keeping the writing momentum in short nuggets of time.
Simple enough: I have a lot of writing to do (finishing my master's thesis - research is done, just have to finish the writing) and we have an 8 month old baby. In the pre-baby past, I used to spend a long time working my way up to getting a big chunk of work done, but now I need to be able to jump in quickly and get writing in the few hours I have each day between her bedtime and mine. What are your best tips for picking up the threads each day to get the writing done? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Event Production A&R? Corporate theater producer?
Authors have agents. Musical talent has A&R reps. Startups have VC. What is the category of representative, or who is the aggregator, for my business? We do live interactive performance visualization. [more inside]
posted by lothar at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I become an independent insurance adjuster?
A local vocational school is offering a 15-week program to train students to become independent insurance adjusters and hopefully pass the Texas All Lines Adjuster exam. I'm sure the 15-week training program is insanely expensive, but supposedly the independent insurance adjuster gig is considered pretty lucrative--especially for someone like me without a college degree. Anyone have any advice for someone stuck in dead end job and considering plunking down the money and time to become an independent insurance adjuster? Can a guy make a living as licensed independent insurance adjuster?
posted by buzzbash at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What injuries kill you slowly?
What kinds of injuries can still kill you long after you've entered intensive care in hospital? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 4:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Girl next door and marriage viability.
Several years ago I read a small stack of relationship books. I swear it was in Maggie Scarf's Intimate Partners, but having re-read that one cover to cover looking for the precise blip it is not in that one. Do you know of any anthropology or psychology or sociology academic study which (perhaps famously and/or authoritatively) concludes: the best prediction of relationship success is you grew up in the same (or very similar) neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 4:40 PM PST - 0 comments

Foul weather fiend
Where can I find information about the chances of a flight being delayed or grounded by foul weather? [more inside]
posted by Sova at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

iPhone App Creation Companies
I have a Flash game that I'd like to port over to the iPhone but I don't have the time nor the patience to do it myself. Are their any companies out there that will develop the application for you, for a price?
posted by nam3d at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T - it means wierd things to me...
I think I'm ready to transition from being a person who primarily wants to be liked to a person who primarily wants to be respected. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 4:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Someone stole my credit card, should I be worried about anything else?
Someone stole my credit card. The fraudulent charges have been taken care of, but is there anything else I should be worried about? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 3:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there such a thing as a silent pump for an indoor fountain?
Is there a silent pump for an indoor fountain? [more inside]
posted by x46 at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Seattle company that provides temporary internet for events?
Where can I find a Seattle company that provides temporary internet connections for conferences & events? [more inside]
posted by kables at 3:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Quick Dals?
Recommendations for good pressure cooker indian recipes? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I circumvent a crazy doctor?
Can I go around my crazy eye doctor and get the glasses and contacts I need? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 3:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Cloud File Storage with Tagging
What's a good cloud file storage service that has TAGGING? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm not sitting on my couch until I know: can you get bedbugs from a hug?
Two minutes after I gave someone a big hug, she mentioned what's been going on for her: trying to figure out if their house is infested with bedbugs. I just got back to my house and -- [more inside]
posted by ruff at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Is cheese bad like milk is for singing voices?
It is well-known that opera singers don't drink much milk because it makes phlegm and affects their voices, but what about cheese? Does that cause phlegm?
posted by Quillcards at 3:06 PM PST - 14 comments

A fun afternoon in Austin, TX
Recommendations on how to spend a afternoon in Austin, TX tomorrow. How to wing a solid "intro to Texas" type mini sampler at the last minute? [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse at 2:27 PM PST - 20 comments

What can/should I do to help my ex-bf during time of grief?
Broke up with BF about 6 months ago, after dating for 6 months. It was for the best, but he had to end it. Now he is going through a severe personal crisis. I know he is not taking care of himself and I want to make a care package of food and take it to his house. Since he ended the relationship, would he consider this an attempt to reconcile? I just want to do something to help, not get reinvolved. What is appropriate?
posted by Goodgrief at 2:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Fetch me a shrubbery?!
I would like to plant a low maintenance shrubbery fence, what plant would be best? Here's what i need it to be.... [more inside]
posted by storybored at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Research about friendship
Looking for research about (1) how people become friends (2) how you can encourage friendship between people and (3) how you can determine people's personality types, interests and attitudes using personality tests. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I smart to buy this dumbphone... or not?
I'm thinking about buying the Sonim XP3. Does anyone here own one or know someone that does? Asking primarily because I'll have to order it online; the only store carrying it is on back order and I can't futz with it before buying. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 1:44 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm as helpless as a vegitarian at a Kansas City barbecue
I'll be heading to Kansas City in a week or two for just a few nights. It's on business, so I won't have any time to see the sights. But my colleagues are already talking about spending all night trolling for barbecue, because apparently, that's what you do in KC. But of course, I'm a vegetarian. I'd like to hang out with my workmates, but it's going to be a drag for me and for them if I'm eating dinner roles and water all night. So is it a lost cause, or is there usually enough non-meat fare that I won't be too conspicuous? Is there anywhere you suggest? I don't think I'll be able to talk them into marginal barbecue just because I'll have options. If I'm to hang for the night, the meat will have to be outstanding, as well as non-exclusive. And not that I'd be so lucky, but there isn't any good tofu/mock-barbecue, is there? Does that even exist? Is it worth the time?
posted by ochenk at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How does one go about receiving an ADD diagnosis and medical treatment these days?
I'm a 28 year old male in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I was in my late pre-teens, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, and went through various treatments (Ritalin, Adderall, then eventually easing off medications entirely). Now, due to a promising promotion and other life changes, I need to be able to focus beyond what my self-regulation allows me. What can an adult expect to go through to convince a doctor that they have ADD, and to convince them to treat it medically? [more inside]
posted by Rendus at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Need help with multiple routers
Looking for help with multiple routers on network. [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend a sedation dentist in the southern twin cities
Recommend someone who specializes in sedation dentistry in the Twin Cities (and hopefully close or close-ish to Eagan). [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my anti-virus lying to me?
My anti-virus say's my computer is infected, but I think it's talking bollocks... or has xearth suddenly turned evil on me? [more inside]
posted by ComfySofa at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Web-audio options without Flash?
WebDesignFilter! Is there a way to have an mp3 play in the current page when a user clicks a gif image? Can this be done without using flash? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Curious Yoga Novice Seeks Guidance
Tips, advice, recommendations, insight, cautions, suggestions and matters unforeseen concerning the addition of yoga to my fitness regimen. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Is there any way I could get a loan or mortgage?
Can I get a loan or mortgage in any way? We currently live in a building that we more or less own. Technically, we own an LLC, and the LLC owns the building (and that's all it does), so home equity is probably out. We would like to buy a new house about half the value of this one, preferably without selling. However, that would require a loan, and we have lousy credit. [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking to order not more than $100 worth of semi-tat from overseas
Can you suggest more sites like lovelyshoes.net? Rainbow totes, $7! I want to receive parcels of entertaining, extremely cheap goods. I don't mind reasonable minimums but I'm not a reseller. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 12:39 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the best "dynasty simulator"?
I love the Medieval and Rome Total War series of PC games. But what I most love about them is the "dynasty simulator" aspect. Are there other games like this? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 12:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I even bother watching BSG?
You are a seasoned fan of the new Battlestar Galactica. I am a seasoned fan of Deadwood, The Wire, West Wing, Mad Men, 24 (as guilty-pleasure narrative crack), Lost (love/hate), but skeptical about the whole pulpy SyFy sub-StarTrek smell I get from BSG. Convince me to watch it.
posted by Hugobaron at 12:29 PM PST - 52 comments

Help me dress myself!
I generally wear the geek jeans and tshirt uniform, and I'm (mostly) happy with that. The ones that I currently wear are begining to die, but I'm really bad at clothes shopping and am having trouble replacing them. Help me replace them before I start looking like a total slob. [more inside]
posted by aspo at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do I get so angry when I drink?
Why do I get so angry when I drink? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 46 comments

How do I use an offer from another company to negotiate a raise from my current one?
How do I use job offer from another company to negotiate a salary increase at my current one? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

"Get out of my head, disembodied voice!"
What are some movies in which the main character shares his head space with another (unseen) entity? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 12:10 PM PST - 20 comments

If only my RC cars had that sort of range
For the past few years I've been trying to remember the name of a movie I saw as a kid. The only scene I remember involved a group of kids trapped and hanging inside a net and one of the kids using his remote control helicopter to chop down the net. [more inside]
posted by ydant at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Kludgy home electronics melts pizzas
How can I inexpensively stop my washing machine from melting my ice cubes without burning my house down? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is the chef picking up my steak with his bare hands?
What's an acceptable level of prodding and poking (with one's bare hands) and tasting by a chef? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 11:40 AM PST - 38 comments

Songs of the City
I think my question might be too vague to google properly, so I turn to you. I'm looking for a wide variety of songs about cities. Not necessarily about a specific city, but in general. A couple of examples of the type of song I'm looking for is Dread the Day (Ghosts of Lemora) and Take Back the City (Snow Patrol). I don't care about musical genre. I'll listen to just about anything. :)
posted by sandraregina at 11:29 AM PST - 48 comments

How long for a Judge to communicate decision on a Political Asylum case?
ImmigrationLawFilter: How long for a Judge to communicate decision on a Political Asylum case? [more inside]
posted by 3dd at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

bats in my house--help!
Bats keep showing up either alive or dead in various places in my house. [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

A Choose Your Own Adventure that you couldn't win?
Choose Your Own Adventure question. [more inside]
posted by Kirklander at 11:11 AM PST - 40 comments

Anosmia - is it forever?
Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 11:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Experience with Sprint / Nextel MiFi?
Experience with Sprint / Nextel MiFi? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

2 Sided PDF Conversion
Is there a way to take a brochure made in Microsoft Publisher 2007 and convert it to a 2 sided PDF that can be printed out and folded as a brochure? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me get home!
Is it insane to plan to fly into Pittsburgh the day before the G-20 Summit starts? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

She Who Controls The Spice, Controls The Universe
Indian spice recipe -- please give me your tastiest! Following up on my Chicken Tikka Masala recipe question, I'm stumped by what spice combination will give me the flavor I desire.... [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 10:52 AM PST - 17 comments

$600-ish front loading washer, or $350 top loader?
Is there some practically compelling reason to get a much more expensive front loading washer? I see top loading Energy Star rated washers for around $350; the cheapest front loader starts around $600. [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso at 10:35 AM PST - 34 comments

This string theory - it vibrates?
Help me find this famous quote (paragraph) about string theory? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the great patterning works of literature?
What are the great patterning works of literature? In Book by Book, Michael Dirda presents a list of what he calls “patterning works” which he describes as books that “. . later authors regularly build on, allude to, work against.” and which he says “ . . . ought to lie at the heart of any structured reading program.” [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 9:39 AM PST - 73 comments

Another world and they still can't spell my name right.
I'm trying to remember the title and author of a young adult sci-fi novel from the early '90s (or earlier) with a character named Alana (or Alanna) and a boy who gets taken to another world. Help! [more inside]
posted by ilana at 9:37 AM PST - 1 comments

Have the food poisoning gods smiled on me?
ShouldIEatIt Filter: We both ate the same thing. He threw up, I'm fine. Is it OK to eat the leftovers? [more inside]
posted by castlebravo at 9:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Advice on becoming a translator.
I would like advice, suggestions, and knowledge concerning my intention to enter into the field of translation. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Me no write gud: Where can I find a certain paper, and how can I learn to write like a grown-up? (details inside)
Bad Pen-me-ship Filter: I'd like to find a version of college ruled paper that has the faint middle line to keep me on track with letter formation. I'd really like the college ruled because it always looks funny when I am in a management meeting writing on first grader's training paper. [more inside]
posted by Draccy at 9:17 AM PST - 12 comments

[Bootleg Filter] Help me recreate my girlfriend's most memorable experience
My girlfriend's birthday is next month and I would like to offer her the opportunity to relive her most memorable experience: Radiohead's Concert at Coliseu dos Recreios (Lisbon) in 24 July 2002. Can you help me do it? [more inside]
posted by racardoso at 9:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Running gear for the winter
I need product recommendations for winter running. Hats, gloves, socks, tights, etc. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 8:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Query email format?
Should I maintain double spacing in an agent query email? Submission guidelines ask for the first 5 pages of my manuscript. How faithful should I be to the actual document? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Mean Girls: The Prequel
Two weeks into the school year, and my almost-tween daughter is being antagonized by another girl in her class. I want to help her deal with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 57 comments

How to splice heavy speaker wire?
Car audio filter: How best to split/join thick speaker wire in a subwoofer install? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

My boss can't keep a promise or make a commitment
How do I politely get my boss to follow through and keep promises he makes to my customers? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Guinea Pig Flu
Our 13 month old has been invited to participate in a clinical trial to see how the swine flu virus and the regular flu virus react in small children. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 8:16 AM PST - 22 comments

What are examples of workplace retreat exercises that were actually useful/interesting?
Any examples of annual retreat exercises that didn't suck? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

I know the fifth anniversary gift is wood, but...
Is there a known Best Winter Hat for Cyclists? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I toughen up for good?
I need to break up with my boyfriend and move on, but I don't know where to find the strength. I have tried to break up with him several times, but ultimately, we get back together. I am in a tight spot, not currently working, and feeling terribly isolated. How the hell do I get myself out of this codependent relationship for good, when I am feeling so exceptionally weak? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Will surgery provide immediate relief for my painful hemorrhoid?
In need of immediate relief for hemorrhoids before I go insane. Will surgery end this quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Name that forgotten novel (scifi)
Memory help: What was the SciFi novel about a man who dies in his 40's to be re-born again as a teen, cycling over and over again ala Groundhog Day, with his memory of former lives intact, re-living the same time period (mid-20th century) over and over. I read it in 1980 or so. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 7:40 AM PST - 19 comments

I need help storing hundreds of clothing items in a manner that I can quickly access them.
Please help me manage my clothing inventory in a smallish office! I am not just limited to closet organizers and have an entire room to get this together. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Personal financial software recommendations
I use MS Money which is being discontinued by Microsoft. Can you recommend a replacement based on firsthand experience. The obvious is Intuit, but I'm finding mixed reviews on using it for personal finances. I basically want to track spending (downloading bank and credit card data), and to sort and analyze spending for income tax and budgeting purposes. I don't really care about managing a portfolio with real time data through internet connectivity, nor do I need to make financial investment decisions. Thanks!
posted by Judyst at 7:35 AM PST - 20 comments

How do you solve this puzzle?
Please help me understand how to duplicate the solution to this puzzle: What is the largest amount of postage you cannot make exactly with 7- and 11-cent stamps? (Spoiler inside, so don't look if you want to figure it out yourself - I have the solution but would like to learn how it was solved.) [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 6:59 AM PST - 5 comments

iPhoneDevFilter: Smartphone app or dedicated device?
What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of creating an iPhone/smartphone application vs. building a dedicated device? [more inside]
posted by jplane at 6:58 AM PST - 15 comments

ball python care in winter
Ball-Python-Care-Filter: How do we best care for our ball python during the cold cold winter? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the date, Gates?
Windows clock/calendar annoyance: why does the date appear only sometimes when the mouse pointer hovers over the taskbar clock? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What do we need to know for our first model rocket launch?
What do we need to know for our first model rocket launch? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 6:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Recommendation for free file transfer sites?
Need one-time transfer of some large video files (50 - 300 MB) from China to the US. Recommendation for free file transfer sites?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Select a TV for our conference room
Help me select a TV (to be used as a computer monitor) for our conference room. We've got a small conference room at the office. I'm considering buying a used LCD (or plasma?) TV to use as a computer monitor for meetings. I need a little guidance in choosing the right specs. [more inside]
posted by namith at 6:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Insert Creative Title Here.
You are a subscriber to McSweeney's and/or The Believer. Convince me that [either magazine, or both] is worth the not-insubstantial subscription costs. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Teethbrushing timer per quadrant
TeethBrushingFilter: where can I buy a visual teeth brushing timer? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 2:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me warm the house up!
I have a two part question about fires and making firewood. The two parts are related so I assume this is fine... [more inside]
posted by dance at 2:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Where in Australia should I go next?
Where in Australia should I go next? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 2:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find some good contemporary Spanish music to learn by?
Modern Spanish-language music to help a complete newbie? ... but I have some specific preferences based on what I like in French! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 2:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Financial Advisor Overseas
I am looking to find some a financial advisor/service (complication: I'm in Japan) [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 1:28 AM PST - 0 comments

Bill Gates in The Economist?
Bill Gates wrote a letter to the editor that was published in The Economist within the past year or two. Can you track down what issue it was in? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What do I do next?
I feel like I really need to decide between pursuing two career paths that each have their own advantages. I feel like I could be happy or unhappy in either one. I've been putting off the decision essentially for 5+ years now, and it's finally coming to a head. I need advice, coin flips, anecdotes, flowcharts, whatever you've got. Hope me break this down, mefi. [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 12:34 AM PST - 13 comments

recommend doctoris in melbourne cbd, australia
Hospital/Doctors recommendation in Melbourne, Australia for backache/neckache. [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 12:31 AM PST - 6 comments

September 16
Best online diet and workout dairy?
Looking for the best websites to track my diet / exercise / weight.
posted by Aya at 11:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Itunes file sharing same IMAC?
Want to share my entire itunes library with another user on the same IMAC I think we used to share them all, but now not... I do almost all of the uploading of files but she cant see these When i go into system preferences>file sharing is on and pubic folders should share everything. Can someone help point me to the likely source of this problem: I suspect multiple libraries got created somehow: can these be merged?
posted by dougiedd at 11:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Pooch finder
Trying to find the right dog/breed for my dear mum. Should possess the following: Mid-sized, good temperament, smart, minimal exercise, barking & grooming. [more inside]
posted by sequin at 10:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Help a lazy gamer out.
Is there a site that tells me which version of multiplatform (ps3/xbox360) games is the better one to get with regard to bugginess/availability of DLC etc.? I know that I can go look up individual reviews for specific title/platform combinations, but is there a specialist site that tracks the differences in a more at-a-glance manner?
posted by juv3nal at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

P/w based login?
I'm wondering if its possible to set my windows 7 log-in so that what account a person is logged into depends on what password is put in. [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 9:56 PM PST - 11 comments

DIY LLC in NY
Has anyone successfully performed do-it-yourself LLC formation in New York (NYC)? Personal experiences with any kits or (especially) free templates that are out there? [more inside]
posted by meeotch at 9:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice for the academic job market
Advice for going on the academic job market? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Predicting Catastrophes
When is an individual most likely to make a serious mistake (say, on the job or at some task involving risk)? I recall research that suggesting a "seven year rule" that after seven years of doing something, one has acquired enough mastery over the job or task or skill that complacence begins to creep in -- and with it, vigilance drops and disaster ensues. Any leads much appreciated.
posted by adamrobinson at 9:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Sources on the side effects of oral contraceptives and the health risks of abortion
I'm a girl in my early twenties who's recently started having sex with my first partner. I'd like to read some trustworthy sources about the side effects of oral contraceptives (worried in particular about weight gain and diminished libido) and the health risks of abortion (worried in particular about reduced fertility). Can you please recommend some reading material? (Online only -- I currently don't have access to a real library, although I do have remote access to databases my university subscribes to.) Thanks for any help you can provide!
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Karaoke in NYC
NYC KaraokeFilter: Looking for a great karaoke place in Manhattan to hold a birthday party for about 20 or so people. We'd like to rent a private room. A big English songlist is a must, and the place should serve alcohol. Cool & loungey is a major plus. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Help...Falling asleep in class everyday.
Advice...I can't stay awake during my class lecture. How can i stay awake and cure my problem??? [more inside]
posted by loser8008 at 8:53 PM PST - 21 comments

How to change the name by which people call me?
I reeally dislike my RealFirstName. I want to start going by a NewName. Unfortunately, I have complicated things by not introducing myself as my NewName at my new "career", office-y job. So everybody just calls me by RealFirstName. So if I want to change this, and eventually go by NewName, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 8:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Shoot for the moon...
Got space-related idioms and phrases? "Cool your jets", "Jumpin' Jupiter!", "Heavens to Mergatroid!", "Over the moon!", "Off like a rocket!", "Out of this world"... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 8:20 PM PST - 45 comments

Zwack Unicum in Seattle?
Zwack Unicum in Seattle? I am trying to find it for a Hungarian friend. Anyone know where to find this liquor?
posted by jellywerker at 8:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Name that SF story -- traffic jam edition.
Identify a science fiction story about a giant, unfixable traffic jam. (spoilers inside.) [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:44 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I go about eatting meat again?
I've been a vegetarian for over five years. After being belittled by Tony Bourdain for years, I think I'm ready to eat some meat again. Advice? [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues at 7:39 PM PST - 35 comments

Papa Apu, is that you?
Why can't I, and how can I, hear my dad's accent? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to find data on the size of the informal sector?
Does anyone know a good source for the size of the informal sector by country in Asia and Latin America? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 7:20 PM PST - 1 comments

For the love of the Subaru!
Are there any preventative measures, leaving aside driving the car every day, that will prevent my brakes from rusting like mad? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:50 PM PST - 12 comments

The wording of this question represents how Weird this problem is to me!
ClichéTragedyFilter: I've got a friend I went to high school with, who I saw every day. Now, in college, I see her twice a week on a good week. Half of me still thinks it would be a good idea to "enhance" things, however, all of me knows I would never even try unless I had some advice from someone who's had at least minimal experience. Which is more than I have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Tell me about a time when you were on the receiving end of a truly romantic act.
I'm looking for stories from folks, especially ladyfolks, who have been on the receiving end of random acts of romance. Tell me, when were you surprised by a romantic act? What was it? What were the circumstances? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 6:34 PM PST - 39 comments

ADD in LA
ADD help in LA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 1 comments

What are some easy, healthy snacks I can eat with braces?
What are some easy, healthy snacks I can eat with braces? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 5:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Is He Just Not That Into Me?
Is he just not that into me or what? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do even the most banal grocery staples have suggested recipes on them?
Why do even the most banal grocery staples have suggested recipes on them? Even things like sugar, salt, butter, etc. always seem to have a 'suggested recipe' printed on it. Is this just lack of anything else to fill the space, or might there be some law/taxation-status issue?
posted by dmd at 5:17 PM PST - 29 comments

Do you suffer from hypertension?
Do you suffer from hypertension? Help me help other people! [more inside]
posted by nathan v at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

A creator's art versus a creator themselves
Inspired by Kanye: When you like the artist's art but not the artist... [more inside]
posted by frankly mister at 4:59 PM PST - 57 comments

My cat's pee is missing.
My cat hasn't used her litter box in over two weeks. The house smells great. She has no way to get outside. Where is the pee going? [more inside]
posted by miagaille at 4:56 PM PST - 28 comments

Video Chat requirements
Our Organization uses Windows live messenger to connect clients at remote locations (children and their parents who are separated by distance). We chose this program because of it's ease of use/install for the general public. Unfortunately, some of the connections are poor quality; the video cuts out or the voice is garbled or the connection stalls altogether. MS says all that is required is dial up but we always require broadband to connect. i cannot find a comprehensive list of system/bandwidth requirements or troubleshooting tips. Any help in these areas would be excellent! Thank you!
posted by lake59 at 4:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Request for Proposal/Quotation Assistance
I am looking for an effective Request for Proposal / Quotation template, sample or guide, specific to OEM test kit manufacturing. Thanks!
posted by strangelove at 4:51 PM PST - 1 comments

How to give Minneapolis theater tickets as a gift?
I want to get theater tickets or maybe a subscription for my 'sister' in Minneapolis. I know that she and her partner are somewhat into the alternative theater scene there, and she also has a strong background in literature and music, so more classical theater works as well. They're also super busy so it has to be possible for them to fit the show(s) into their schedule. I know nothing about Minneapolis, or really about the theater world in general. Is there such a thing as a gift certificate to a theater? Which Minneapolis theater would you recommend? Other related present ideas are also very welcome. Thank you!
posted by Salamandrous at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Uninterruptable Wifi Supply
What's a good, small and basic UPS for just backing up up my T-mobile VOIP/wifi router device and possibly a cable modem? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I salvage a fractious relationship?
Relationshipfilter: Is there any way to salvage our relationship once and for all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I get H1N1 from grading papers?
Are student papers a possible vector for H1N1? Is there a way to sanitize them without destroying them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Need Lyrics for Sir Smoke A Lot
Does anyone know the lyrics to Sir Smoke A Lot's rap song from Half-Baked? [more inside]
posted by leecohen at 4:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best market to sell my lemon?
How should I go about selling a car with some mechanical issues? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Landlord unwilling to return cleaning deposit
My former landlord returned substantially less money from the cleaning deposit than expected. Should I bother with small claims court? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Reasonable Conditions For Overseas 3 Month Placement?
I’m meeting with my boss tomorrow to discuss his request for me to oversee specific departmental operations at our India facility for 3 (three) months. What are reasonable contingencies/ incentives to request in this situation? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How to verify that I'm not getting ripped off by gas station technician quote
I drive away with the gas nozzle still in my car. Dumb, I know. But, now the attendent says I owe him $692 to have it put back in by a technician. How can I validate this amount? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 3:45 PM PST - 34 comments

Should I rent a car during my week in Denver?
I'm going to be in Denver for a seminar. Arriving Saturday, leaving Thursday. Staying a little east of the city center. Should I bother renting a car? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 3:20 PM PST - 9 comments

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC?
What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 3:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Adding items to the end of a javascript array
Javascript arrays question. How can I manage multidimensional arrays better? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Toddlerize My Touch
How can I best deck out a Touch for a toddler (accessories, not apps)? [more inside]
posted by wallaby at 2:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Found the "bullseye", now what?
After a week of what was diagnosed as some form of Viral Syndrome Meningitis, I just found a big target-shaped rash on the back of my leg. Looks just like the pictures. This started on Sunday of Labor Day weekend after camping. Now that I'm pretty sure it's Lyme Disease what should I ask for and do first? I'm about 10 days into the infection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination?
Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Roses are red & violets are also red
Does everyone categorise shades of colours in the same way? I'm interested in the way shades of colours are bundled together in different cultures/languages. [more inside]
posted by selton at 2:11 PM PST - 27 comments

CAN YOU TELL HOW INTENSELY WORRIED I AM ABOUT THESE ISSUES (tears out hair)
A question about how to calm down. I am having a lot of trouble formulating this question, so forgive me if it's a little bit all over the place. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 2:04 PM PST - 37 comments

Help my dad see the Tech v. Texas game in the Bay Area!
Where can I see the Texas Tech v. Texas game (airing on ABC, I think) in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Life in the Loire Valley
What should I do to prepare for expat life in France's Loire Valley? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Getting tape residue off windows, and holding broken ones up?
Best way to get duct tape residue off windows, and how to hold broken car windows up? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 at 1:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I convince DirecTV to upgrade me or should I switch to Dish?
Should I stick with DirecTV or switch to Dish? OR: Can I get DirecTV to upgrade my receiver for free? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Take this job and love it
Help me brainstorm! I need a story about a person who has an uninspiring job but does it in a way that makes a difference people's lives. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 1:15 PM PST - 28 comments

If it hurts, don't do it?
Why does my background torture LCD screens? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 1:01 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the lowest priced IP camera with optical zoom for use as webcam to display a mountain to the public?
What is the lowest priced IP camera with optical zoom for use as webcam to display a mountain to the public? [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a U.S. citizen and PR of Canada legally file for divorce in the U.S. rather than in Canada?
My husband and I are U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Are we required to file for divorce in Canada because we're legal residents there? If it's permissible to file in either country, anyone know of pro's or con's for either choice? [more inside]
posted by otfence at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Free as a bird
What is the most lightweight and/or the most vented bicycle helmet that you can buy? [more inside]
posted by ghost dance beat at 12:25 PM PST - 11 comments

After Effects Resolution vs Adobe Premiere
After Effects Resolution vs Adobe Premiere [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 12:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Watching Out
Please help me determine whether this watch-repair business is legitimate, or help me find a reputable Accutron specialist in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

"Let them eat bagels."
Where can I find the best bagel in NYC? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 12:08 PM PST - 45 comments

rubber to steel - high temp adhesive
I need a recommendation for a particular adhesive. The application is to secure a synthetic rubber(not sure of exact composition) seal or gasket to smooth stainless steel that will remain at temperatures of at least 100C (212F) for 5+ hours at a time. [more inside]
posted by well_balanced at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do with the ends?
What do you do with bread ends? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 12:05 PM PST - 45 comments

Using an iPhone in the US without a regular iPhone contract
I have an unlocked iPhone 3GS and am visiting the US for a few months. What's the best way to use the iPhone with a US network? [more inside]
posted by rationalist at 11:56 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm hunting for monsters...
Help me find the title of this children's book about a boy building a cage/trap for a monster. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

I hate the sound of your voice.
I don't want people to leave me messages. What's the best way to say this in my outgoing message? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 11:30 AM PST - 45 comments

How to apply a radial-subtle gradient to a 1px line Photoshop?
How to apply a web 2.0 radial-subtle gradient to a 1px line Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I grow my writing indoors?
I'm a freelance writer who mostly does entertainment writing, but I want to branch out into copywriting. What's the best direction for me and what are the next steps? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Stretch me! Need your best Achilles Tendon stretches please
Runners/others - any tips for stretching my Achilles? Right - I am a runner. I have one leg longer than the other and an orthotic to balance it. Due to the leg issue I have been attending the Orthopaedic Hospital on the NHS (they have been brilliant). I am female, late 30s, 140lbs, 5'2". Since ramping up training, a bit of pain/discomfort in the instep on the short leg. Sometimes wen running, sometimes after running if I don't support the instep by wearing trainers after my shower. Referred self back to Orth. Hosp. Orthotist said it is a tight Achilles Tendon, apparently it wraps round the ankle and joins the instep. Both tight but this tightest. I need to get more movement and range in the Achilles. Anyone know/ can point me in the direction of some good stretches? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

What are the least interesting landmarks in NYC?
More or less as a joke, I'm looking for some landmarks in NYC that are well-known to New Yorkers and yet incredibly dull and prosaic. [more inside]
posted by whir at 10:54 AM PST - 95 comments

How do I get hired in the UK?
My favorite site is hiring developers and I'm qualified. I'm American and they're in the UK. Possibly assuming they're willing to sponsor me for a work visa, what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 10:51 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do with a pepper surplus
I've been given a bounty of peppers. Jalapenos, banana peppers, some other peppers I'm not sure of (I think they're poblanos). What should I do with this pile of spicy? [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

What can I put on my lips to help them heal?
What can I put on my lips to help them heal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Jonesing for Sabra hummus
We're obsessed with Sabra hummus and want to buy a big tub of it for a party, but the only place we know to get the big tubs is Costco...and we aren't members (and have no member connections at this time). Does any one know of other SoCal stores that sell the big tubs of it, not the little ones? (They're expensive!)
posted by faunafrailty at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Wiring a dimmer for outlet use
Basic wiring: can I put a clamp light on a dimmer? I want a cheap means of fading in and out lights for my makeshift light kit. The dimmer I bought only has one pair of wires, plus an extra red wire and a green ground. I want to send power in and out of the dimmer. Is this possible? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Bike riding in the Hudson Valley!
Perfect autumn bike rides in New York's Hudson Valley. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Web coding questions
Two webcoding questions: 1) What is the web coding name for hiding/revealing text without reloading a page? For instance, on this page you can see "Continue Reading" and "Hide this News Article" as toggles. They appear to be doing it with javascript. What is this called and are there simple free coding samples available for me to use? 2) Are there any free plugins that I can use on a blog to play audio samples? Something similar to what's used in MuFi or Wordpress's audio streamer, but without needing Wordpress. Thanks!
posted by Badmichelle at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Overseas tailors?
Please share your experiences with overseas tailors [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Calculating Probability Over Several Attempts?
How do you multiply probability across multiple chances? Let's say that every time you roll a die, you have a one-in-six chance of having five come up. What math would you perform to come up with the probability of five coming up at some point with the dice being rolled two times? Three? Five? Ten? (I'm using dice as a shorthand here: the actual probability figure I'm working with is 24%.)
posted by WCityMike at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

How to best set up/arrange a date with a man on the phone?
How to best set up/arrange a first date with a man on the phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend a great dentist in Toronto?
Can anyone recommend a great or really good dentist in Toronto? I've seen a few names mentioned in related AskMe questions over the past couple of years, but I'd like to know if these people are still recommended or if anyone else is worth checking out. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Happy cross-OS CS4ing?
If I have an iMac and also a laptop running Windows XP, is it possible to get a single license of Adobe CS4 Design Premium that I can legally use on both computers?
posted by oulipian at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Why don't painkillers or caffeine affect me?
No matter how much ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen I have, it does absolutely nothing for me. No matter how much coffee I drink, I'm just as sleepy as ever. What gives? [more inside]
posted by timory at 9:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for quiet car-camping spot within two hours drive of NYC
Do you have a recommendation for a quiet car-camping spot within two hours drive of NYC for this weekend? [more inside]
posted by funkiwan at 9:10 AM PST - 4 comments

"He's handy with his whip. . .and his lips!"
Movies inspired by films of the 30's-50's? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

Do you Java-script?
Calling all Javascript Experts: I am trying to tweak a small javascript bookmarklet to improve its functionality. The fact I dont know HOW is turning out to be a bit of a challenge. Help me please! [more inside]
posted by london302 at 9:06 AM PST - 10 comments

What's biting me?
What's biting me, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 8:49 AM PST - 16 comments

iPhone's DRM - let my music go!
Does the DRM on iPhone work differently than the DRM on, say, the iPod Classic? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the deal with +1?
What's the deal with +1? [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick at 8:36 AM PST - 36 comments

Relationship emotional hangover is getting in the way of new fun
I've been hanging out with a girl for a while, just as friends because she's had a boyfriend for as long as I've known her. I am, of course, into her. She's intelligent and beautiful and laughs at my jokes--all that good stuff. So, I was honestly quite pleased when she started having problems with her boyfriend. Every couple of days, we'd see each other and she'd tell me about some other dick thing he'd said. She'd also started sitting closer to me, touching me on the arm when we talked, and holding on a little too long when we hugged. My experience with women is somewhat limited (I've had two serious girlfriends), but I could see that she liked me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 28 comments

How best to combine two iPhone accounts in a business?
How should I combine my personal AT&T wireless account with someone who works for me (both with iPhones)? [more inside]
posted by entropic at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Ideas for a funtastic Sci-Fi convention themed party
I need ideas for a Sci-Fi convention themed book club party I am hosting this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Lapin at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there anywhere in Cork, Ireland to watch an American baseball game tonight?
Is there anywhere in Cork, Ireland to watch an American baseball game tonight? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

LOOKING FOR MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU HIGH
Musicfilter: looking for soft, dreamy, melodic & polyphonous songs [more inside]
posted by IZ at 8:04 AM PST - 28 comments

I need insurance. They won't give it to me.
Insurance filter: I am quitting my job, and the insurance goes with it. As someone who frequently gets turned down for insurance, what do i do? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 7:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Am I too old andf experienced to be a bar-back/bartender?
I'm 37, Male, College Degree in Business, Married with two kids in New Jersey. Spent the last 15 years working in an shrinking industry. I have decided to go back to school during the day to earn a degree in a different field where job prospects over the next decade will be in a higher demand. Looking for ways to bring in some money right now....(more after the jump).. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find these boots...
Where can I find these boots or something similar?
posted by likeapen at 6:51 AM PST - 6 comments

static electricty problem
Would a faraday cage protect sensetive electronic equipment from ambiant static electricty during a lightning storm?
posted by 1joseywales at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the best Chinese translation of "ahead of her time"?
Chinese Translation Filter: What is the best translation of, "a woman ahead of her time." [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Beyond pumpkin pie, cider and turkey - your favorite autumn party recipes?
Autumn is almost here where I live! Tell me your favorite autumn party recipes, with some restrictions listed inside. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 6:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Who invented the amateur athletics for charity drive?
Run, walk, jump, for Charity! Who first came up with this unlikely yet popular idea?
posted by IndigoJones at 6:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Which are the best movies to get on Blu-Ray?
Which are the best movies to get on Blu-Ray? [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips at 6:15 AM PST - 26 comments

After all bills are paid when is it ok to finace "toys"?
When is it ok to finance "toys"? We have a budget, all bills are paid, we are saving a set amount every month, the only debt we have is our cars and house. No credit cards. Each month we have about $900 left over. Between the both of us, we have a wish list including: a four wheeler, a vacation and cosmetic home improvements. Facts and opinions welcome. Should we save til we can pay cash? Or is it "ok" to finance, some or all of our wish list? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN at 6:08 AM PST - 32 comments

Studying the rise of social websites?
I am keenly interested in the social aspects and pervasive expansion of sites like Facebook. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 5:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Bathroom Cat-astrophe! How do I fix my shower rod?
Bathroom Cat-astrophe! How do I fix my shower rod? [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 5:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me take control of my education! Law, cognitive science...
Help me take control of my education! Law, cognitive science... [more inside]
posted by macg02 at 5:27 AM PST - 4 comments

DnB in Ibiza
I hope this isn't too niche -- I'm trying to find a Drum and Bass club/night/room in Ibiza at the end of September. Know anything about this? [more inside]
posted by wrok at 5:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Where to spend a 4-day weekend in SE Asia?
I've found myself in SE Asia (KL, Malaysia) with a 4-day weekend (because of Raya) and nothing to do. I'm thinking I probably should travel somewhere, but really not sure where. Where is a good place for a solo traveler to go in the area (the area being anywhere in the eastern hemisphere I can get in a reasonable amount of time)? Cheap is good, but not essential.
posted by cosmonaught at 4:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Shipping art over the ocean
I'm looking for international shipping strategies and recommendations, UK to Canada. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Script/extension to display third-party shipping costs on Amazon?
I am looking for a Greasemonkey script or Firefox add-on that will show me the shipping cost for Amazon third-party items in search results. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 1:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Children of the world and national anthems.
In primary/elementary schools of other countries, is it mandatory for children to sing the national anthem? [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:43 AM PST - 67 comments

how to entertain a group of 8 in singapore on a strict budget
i need a bunch of cheap, or better yet FREE, activities for a group of 20-something indonesian musicans and dancers during our trip to singapore. [more inside]
posted by messiahwannabe at 12:03 AM PST - 4 comments

September 15
Have you used an Ask Metafilter-style site to train your workforce?
Has anyone created an Ask Metafilter-esque site for internal training purposes within their workplace? How did it work out? [more inside]
posted by puffl at 11:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Firefighter vs. Nurse
Should I be a Nurse or a Firefighter? [more inside]
posted by brevator at 10:44 PM PST - 19 comments

I am looking for anecdotes, stories, and pieces of wisdom where "giving up" led to increased happiness and peace of mind.
I am looking for anecdotes, stories, and pieces of wisdom where "giving up" led to increased happiness and peace of mind. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 10:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Now playing at the yoga studio
Can you recommend some movies for movie night at my yoga studio? The teachers past choices have included Gandhi, a film about Ram Dass, a film about belly dancing, and What the Bleep Do We Know. [more inside]
posted by philad at 10:33 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I tell if my auto glass was repaired?
How can I tell if the crack in my car windshield has been repaired? You would think it would be obvious.. but apparently it's not. [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx at 9:50 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get my package that's been "Inbound Into Customs" in NY for 12+ days?
My perfectly boring package from Sweden has been listed as "Inbound Into Customs" since September 4. How can I find out what the problem is? Can I get it cleared somehow? [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 9:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Replace my pants
The pants for my suit (men's) have been ruined, and I'm trying to replace them. How should I go about doing this, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do in Northern Europe?
TravelFilter: Amsterdam, Cologne, Copenhagen, Oslo. 2-3 days each. Mid-November. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo at 8:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Router & Modem bridging
How do I bridge my Linksys WRT54GS router with my (DSL) Motorola 2210-02-1022 Router (Style MSTATEA)? [more inside]
posted by steampowered at 8:41 PM PST - 6 comments

healthy and easy lunches to go
I'm looking for healthy, inexpensive, and convenient lunches that won't need refrigeration or microwaving during the day, but can be prepared the night before (overnight refrigeration is fine). [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 8:21 PM PST - 24 comments