September 2011 Archives

September 30
Pungent shiitakes from a Korean market. Are they okay? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 11:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Ozone-free air purifier for apartment on busy street? [more inside]
posted by mia_farrow at 11:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good gynecologist in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 10:43 PM PST - 5 comments

I like Community. I like books. Give me books that are like Community. [more inside]
posted by Memo at 8:37 PM PST - 26 comments

My girlfriend is going to start sleeping with other women. I'm a man, and I'm not. Should we go back to using condoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 23 comments

What happens to someone trying to cash a fraudulent check? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery at 7:19 PM PST - 7 comments

How to visit Olmsted parks in D.C.? Without my car please. [more inside]
posted by stinker at 7:13 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you stop yourself from being worn out by the negativity you perceive in the world? [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop at 7:04 PM PST - 35 comments

I'm looking for any and all songs about murder and murderers. [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 6:47 PM PST - 136 comments

Please recommend a psychiatrist (or psychopharmacologist) in the Brookline or Newton, MA area. Preferred: male, specializing in anxiety and panic disorder.
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Once upon a time, I ate at a Turkish restaurant in Sydney. It was the best meal of my life. Can you help me recreate the various meat-in-sauce dishes we were served? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

What are your favorite mushroom-intensive recipes? [more inside]
posted by lalex at 6:12 PM PST - 42 comments

MeFites, A long time ago I was playing trivia in a bar and in between rounds one night this dark, almost minimalist country song played. I'm reasonably sure it was a Patsy Cline song. It was in a minor key with a theramin or possibly backup singers (or both!?) providing eerie accompaniment to a very catchy tune. I'd heard it before so I assume it's well known, but it's not on her greatest hits. Any ideas what the title might be?
posted by drzz at 6:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 5:54 PM PST - 3 comments

My favorite book is James A. Michener's The Source. What else might I like? I detest romance and I don't like "spy" novels. I don't like Ken Follet. I did like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Googling and checking Amazon for Historical Fiction didn't yield anything interesting. Help me out here, guys, I trust your judgement.
posted by puddinghead at 5:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I add a comments box to my tumblr blog? Tumblr says they have an option to install but it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 5:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Stomach/GI problems for the past two weeks, now mostly gone except for persistent heartburn. What alcoholic beverage will cause me the least pain? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 4:37 PM PST - 16 comments

It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]
posted by stebulus at 4:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What's my next move with my weird neighbor? What in the world could have possibly made him do what what he just did? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 42 comments

Where to find parts for my W.R. Brown compressor? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 4:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.) [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is the best market in the US for unskilled labor jobs combined with a place where a young couple with nothing can start their lives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm not going to the Grand Canyon any time soon, but I'm still curious: what are some of its most unique aspects or little-known features? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anybody help me out with the DC 52 Reboot continuity? Not continuity with past comics, but within the reboot itself. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Regular gym users: What's your routine? When do you go, what do you do, when do you eat, what should I eat before/after, how much more water do I need to drink? More specific questions inside... [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 2:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Are there any public libraries or study spaces in or near Somerville MA that stay open pretty late at night? [more inside]
posted by kmavap at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

You know those videos where the camera is stationed above or to the side of a work table, and all you can see of the artist is their hands? I'm looking for examples that are above average in production and/or entertainment value. They could be time-lapse art making videos, or how to make an origami crane, or white-board illustration, or something similar -- but I'm looking for the cream of the crop.
posted by jenmakes at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 1:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me understand the legal status of a refund that was mistakenly sent to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:43 PM PST - 8 comments

What's your preferred process for finding and curating what you want to read on the web, and making it readable on your computer and tablet type devices? [more inside]
posted by patnasty at 1:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I make life magic again? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 1:37 PM PST - 31 comments

What can I give my friend a gift certificate for in Billings, MT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next? For the past several years, I’ve had a bunch of nagging symptoms that together have been very frustrating, and at times debilitating. The onset of the symptoms was about 7 years ago. My GP initially thought hypothyroidism, but the tests came back normal. As the years have gone on, the symptoms have waxed and waned but never gone away, and I keep getting retested for hypothyroidism at my doctors suggestion, but the tests always come back normal. After looking at the actual values from the lab, and a bit of research, I’m wondering if it isn’t in fact hypothyroidism, and what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I foster my 12 year old son's joie de vivre when I feel so grindy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I go see Moneyball? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 12:02 PM PST - 15 comments

On my resume, I fudged the end date for my last job by six weeks, to cover up a bad situation where I was not at fault. A new company has given me an offer, checked my references, and sent me all the new hire paperwork. I'm supposed to start in two weeks. Only problem? I had to consent to a background check. Now I'm concerned that my lie will be uncovered. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 12:00 PM PST - 20 comments

I have an interest in reading about / discussing the California Gold Rush. Are there any good communities devoted to discussing/researching this on the web? Mailing lists, websites, it doesn't matter.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

At what temperature should Filipino duhat (plum) wine be served? [more inside]
posted by amro at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Please Hope me select a new TV. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 11:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Can someone suggest a good CBTish/existential/thoughtful therapist who takes Tufts insurance in Boston? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

We can't actually make it to a baptism tomorrow... and I'm sure this will rankle the family. What kind of meaningful gift can we give them? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:50 AM PST - 32 comments

What are some good sources of vegetarian protein? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 9:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Please help me figure out if a CMS website we would like to do is feasible. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Eczema School Uniform. My daughter has quite severe eczema and we're finding that the school uniforms are making her itch even more than usual, as they are not 100% cotton. Looking to you guys to help me find 100% cotton uniform items for her. She needs a shirt, Navy pinafore and white knee length socks. The main problem i'm having is finding a Long Sleeve shirt for her, those i've found so far are too big for her. She 5 now but is quite small for her age. Have thought about getting shirts made for her, but not sure if it's feasible? Any help appreciated.
posted by lloyder at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I house break a 6-year-old rescued scent hound when I live in a condo with shared corridors and an elevator? After searching many rescue listings, I have found a cute dog that seems to be a good fit for me according to the adoption counselors. I plan to meet the dog this weekend and take her home early next week if all works as planned. The rescue agency told me that she doesn't like pooping on leash, but will urinate on leash. They think she'll be OK with the shared corridors and elevator. I'm mainly worried that she will make a mess in these common areas as I don't want to upset my neighbors. It is my understand that she will poop in the house at times because she doesn't understanding the concept of pooping on leash. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Problem: a good friend wants one of my delicious Mountain Dew Throwbacks. Solution: Empty can of delicious Mountain Dew and refill with disgusting Diet Coke. Problem: I can't reseal a can of Mountain Dew. Solution? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 9:22 AM PST - 49 comments

I dropped a handmade coffee mug and it cracked but did not shatter. Can it be saved? [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 9:22 AM PST - 4 comments

I own a Sonicare Toothbrush. The battery has now died. Phillips used to replace these toothbrushes for about 75% of their original cost. However, Phillips now has suspended this practice. Would anyone know of a small independent company that would repair my Sonicare by replacing the dead battery? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

[Knitting/Crochet Filter] Help me find a great bag for my crochet projects and supplies. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

I have a Mac desktop with OS X 10.6.8 and use Firefox. When I try to download something like CCleaner or updated version of Adobe Flash, I'm unable to do so. Instead I'm told I've chosen to open a binary file, and when I click Save File, a blank box opens with a "Download" label, but then just sits there: a blank white box apparently doing nothing. I wait, and nothing happens. I'm computer dumb, so be gentle. Have I got my settings screwed up, or am I not doing something I should? This has happened a bunch of times when I try to download other stuff. I hate being ignorant. Many thanks if you can help.
posted by fivesavagepalms at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the current options for vapocoolant/cryogesic/refridgerant sprays that are safe to use on human skin? What is a hassle-free option to find and buy in a foreign country (Korea)? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Please identify this modern yellow clock. I have two pictures. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

My serious boyfriend has just tested positive for HSV-1, while I have tested negative. We are both panicking, and need good, detailed statistics and math on the risks, reductions, and transmission rates in order to figure out what to do. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 45 comments

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a (preferably free) online game like Zynga's Adventure World that doesn't require me to hassle my friends for things to move forward? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me monitor students as they write in my online writing class [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for bringing home a kitty friend for our lonely cat? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:51 AM PST - 22 comments

What is child therapy like? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 7:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I print a scientific/clinical research poster? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 7:36 AM PST - 12 comments

What type of safety glasses should I wear to operate an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal system such as the Silk'n? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Hello fellow NYCer's. There's a guy who is kind of special to me who really needs a mini break. I'd like to take him someplace kind of mellow and nature-y on Sunday. We just have the one day, and It should be within an hours drive or so. [more inside]
posted by newpotato at 5:28 AM PST - 18 comments

I recently inherited a great sounding and incredibly attractive old AM/FM tuner/amplifier. Can anyone recommend an unobtrusive DAB unit I can connect to the AUX? (UK) [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I keep all my artwork organized on my web site? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 4:41 AM PST - 5 comments

On my Mac I use the software EyeTV and it requires me to hold Shift + Command + C to take a screenshot. That is an annoying screen combination--is there any way I can create a macro or remap the keys? Either in EyeTV, OSX Lion, or some other add-on software so I can just press, for example, space? Or Command+Z or some such? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 4:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 3:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How do adult films like "Star Wars XXX" get away with it? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:22 AM PST - 22 comments

What advice would you give to a young geek? What are the best sites with that advice? I have a geeky younger brother, and I want him to avoid many of the pitfalls and social isolation that hit me and have hit others. I've already sent him The Five Geek Social Fallacies, the Nice Guys rant, and at least one Something Awful thread. Similar sites, as well as personal advice, would be appreciated.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:52 AM PST - 49 comments

So I'm taking the plunge (sort of) and starting grad school to get my Masters' degree. How in the world do I pay for it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 12:30 AM PST - 14 comments

I have two pictures, do you know where these places are in Africa? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 12:23 AM PST - 11 comments

September 29
I can't pinpoint the source of my ongoing angst/depression/anxiety - is it emotional or physiological? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Our cat, who in the previous 6 years has not brought home any animals, has brought home 3 dead rats. Ew! What's up with that? Why now? Should we put a bell on him? Is he fighting off a rat infestation? Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Artw at 11:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Are there any Great Scientists who are also Great Artists? If not right now, who was the last person who comfortably fit in both categories? For the purpose of this discussion, a Great Artist has produced museum quality work (or a great novel, or similar), and a Great Scientist has made at least one 'important' discovery or invention, however you want to define that. [more inside]
posted by empath at 10:20 PM PST - 49 comments

In the spirit of Hagler v Hearns, the Ward v Gatti trilogy and Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III - what were the most exciting "must see" fights of the last forty years?
posted by joannemullen at 10:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Commuter filter: I'd like to explore the possibilities of getting a scooter or motorcycle for my ~1.5 mile trip from home to the train station. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 9:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Ska/two-tone recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:12 PM PST - 36 comments

I think I'm interested in a job as a "field consultant" with a specific franchise tutoring company. Is my plan feasible/reasonable? This is the first job posting I've seen in months that has gotten me excited. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

I got a new job! Yay! But I have to fill out a consent statement... and I may have exaggerated a part of my job history... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Are there any good credit unions in Chicago that have no membership restrictions? [more inside]
posted by chundo at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

ComputerVirusFilter: OK...So i got a virus: Worm:Win32/Rebhip.A Heres my question. I had this virus on my computer and then connected to my work computer via Teamviewer. Could this virus be propagated to my work network via the teamviewer session? THx
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How to quickly retile over a busted old floor? Bonus: potential asbestos hazard. [more inside]
posted by zvs at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to create (or help create) educational games, but I don't have a design or programming background. I'm more interested in the education/learning side of things. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by pourtant at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't OSX "Lion" connect to NAS volumes even after i've enabled DHCAST128? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

A few years ago we rented a beautiful private home in Door County, Wis on Green Bay in October. Everything was perfect except that the water (well) really smelled of sulfur. We would like to go back there for the house, the fireplace the gorgeous setting and sunsets on the Bay but... that smell. We can bring bottled water for everything but bathing. Is it harmful to ones health to shower in sulfur water? Any tips as to how to mitigate the odor? thanks
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments

I am looking to buy a new helmet for the one I currently use with my scooter is falling apart....any suggestions for where I can try on before I buy in Los Angeles and surrounding cities? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 5:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should I shop for men's clothing in London for an office job? And what should I wear? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 5:19 PM PST - 12 comments

I went to a Japanese Restaurant in Brisbane a while back where each table was decked out with an induction cooker, and the patrons chose their stock, and cooked their own soup. The Chinese people I was eating with told me the style was called "Shabu Shabu". Does anyone know of a similar restaurant in or near Sydney CBD?
posted by singingfish at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

[FashionFilter] Help me find glasses that flatter my face. [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic at 4:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a way to see a list of Top Chef Texas restaurants/episode locations before Nov. 12? Failing that, I would appreciate some MeFite recommendations of the Top Chef foodie-type restaurants in San Antonio/Austin area. [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye at 3:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Please clear up the use of statistics by two people trying to compare crime rates in one huge city (NYC) to Charleston, SC. a much smaller city. [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 3:26 PM PST - 25 comments

I know it's time to leave my husband. But what's my first step? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm leaving my wife. Am I just being a selfish prick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 106 comments

Recommendations for an online Excel refresher course, preferably free, that will make me an Excel God Master Wizard user compentant enough not to embarrass myself in 72 hours? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm now the proud owner of a proper grownup bedroom set, with a dresser that has a mirror and everything. What are your best tips for organising all my stuff so I can ready most efficiently? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Baseboards - Stained or Painted? My boyfriend and I are buying a house, and the builder has installed lovely paneled wood interior doors. He said that he would like to stain them to match the cabinets (a medium stain called "spice") and will also stain the baseboards. I love the look of the stained doors, but am concerned the baseboards might look...I don't know, old fashioned or something. Does anyone have stained baseboards, and do you love or hate them? Also, if we later decide to paint them white, how much of a pain is that?
posted by odayoday at 2:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Calling all Metafilter Latinists! What's the deal with usually-active Latin verbs appearing as deponents in some cases? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

What nocturnal animals shake when a light shines on them? Long story short, this is for a project. I have vibrating motors, a photocell, and a microcontroller. So I am trying to come up with a use for these components. [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 2:28 PM PST - 8 comments

What approximate percentage of the human population that has ever existed has lived a life free from violence on a mass scale? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best sex-positive articles / writings that you know of? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter at 1:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Awesome autobiographies by European women. [more inside]
posted by besonders at 1:20 PM PST - 27 comments

I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Tell me about animals that get drunk. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:09 PM PST - 58 comments

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What kitchen tools are necessary for a home cook in a western country looking to try their hand at creating dishes traditionally found in east and southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

What does a suicide from jumping look like? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 11:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Philly folks: I'm looking for information about the new Union Transfer music venue. What's it like? And can you recommend someplace nearby to stay? [more inside]
posted by messica at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Easiest way to get photos from my phone to the web that is NOT F**kbook? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 11:07 AM PST - 45 comments

Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
posted by de void at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me make the most visually unfortunate, ugly, cliche-ridden, god-awful Powerpoint presentation ever. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:49 AM PST - 53 comments

How do I choose what to do with my life when I'm passionate about everything? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 10:44 AM PST - 35 comments

My dad's Parkinson's is affecting his typing, and he's interested in moving to dictation software. But it's got to be easy to use for a mid-70s, Mac-using, quasi-technophobe! [more inside]
posted by snoe at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me think of a clever gmail address for a new Disney vacation advisor! [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there such a thing as a nice-looking filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to buy this tufted corner bench. I cannot find it anywhere. [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Belgians or Cyclists or Belgian Cyclists: Help me plan a spring trip to Belgium. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

My non-profit holds its gala benefit soon. In lieu of our usual clipboards-and-pens silent auction, we were thinking of using an internet service such as Bidding for Good. Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there an off-the-shelf tool my small company can use to manage our PR contact list, our outreach efforts, and the results we've gotten (i.e. product reviews and articles)? [more inside]
posted by alms at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm curious about the theoretical tax situations of characters from The Wire. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 9:53 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do with three months of free time... [more inside]
posted by psergio at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Give me some things I can do/accomplish? I'm slipping into a dark, sad place that I can't talk myself out of. Therapy and anti-depressants/anti-anxiety are taken care of. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 31 comments

A friend in another state spent the night in a domestic violence shelter. What can/should I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm trying to identify a song from the "God" episode of Louie about 4.5 minutes in. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

I have some questions about and would like to hear people's impressions of Direct TV's NFL Sunday ticket to go. [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for photos on the web or books showing international cities evolving over the last 10, 20, or 50 years, particularly in the developing world: Mumbai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, et al.
posted by sswiller at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Anyone seen the English film Down Terrace? [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 8:52 AM PST - 1 comments

I can't stop listening to the icy cool Drive soundtrack. Help me find more songs like these!
posted by Avenger50 at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Where do I donate prescription medication (Topamax/Topiramate)? [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

I screwed up by waiting too long to get health insurance. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 8:27 AM PST - 17 comments

What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 8:16 AM PST - 20 comments

I would like to purchase the greatest sweatshirt/hoodie of all time. Give me guidance. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:15 AM PST - 22 comments

My wife is leaving a position with a not-for-profit due to a hostile work environment, unethical behaviour on the part of the executive director, and coworkers abusing organization time and resources. Should she approach the board of directors with this, or cut her losses and pretend she is only leaving for the money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 17 comments

I find it nearly impossible to make decisions, particularly if I have two equally good options. I always regret whichever one I choose. I'm a graphics student and yesterday I had to choose whether to take illustration or film this semester. After hours of weighing pros and cons I went with illustration, then I spent the rest of the day convincing myself I should've picked film. Now I've been given the option to switch, and I still can't decide! How do I stop driving myself crazy whenever I have to make an important decision?
posted by Chenko at 7:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Holiday suggestions for the end of October. Five days, leaving from London. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Visual artists: what kids’ picture books do you love? I’m especially interested in books appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds, but if you have recommendations for books for older kids that’s great too.
posted by Dragonness at 7:34 AM PST - 35 comments

If you go with the no-contract/prepaid phone service, unlimited talk-text-data is about $50/mo across the board. Sign a 2-year contract? Unlimited service is around $100/mo. What am I missing -- I know there's a free phone involved in the contract plan, but that can't account for a $1200 difference in service over a two-year plan. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:18 AM PST - 23 comments

What patents does Microsoft own related to Android and where did those patents originate? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

What is a good website like mobileme for sharing photo albums that can be password protected? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

A lovely questions about everyone's favorite social networking site. Could someone explain further about Facebook's "Active Sessions" settings? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse? [more inside]
posted by jihaan at 6:55 AM PST - 16 comments

What should we eat and do in Sunset Beach, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 6:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Is setting up and managing a Facebook ad campaign something I need a professional for? [more inside]
posted by Moron in a hurry at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 6:24 AM PST - 12 comments

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking recommendations for dealing with many Wordpress sites from one central location. I have a number of personal sites, plus work related sites, and would like a secure, central way to deal with them all – plus a wishpony that is probably not even a spark in some stallion's eye... [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
posted by akomom at 4:03 AM PST - 13 comments

If I want to find out more about the fallout from the Pitcairn rape trials, who should I contact? I have read the wikipedia entry on it, but I would ideally like to hear from people who were actually involved in the trial, or who are closely connected with the community, what the impact of it has been on the community. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 3:05 AM PST - 16 comments

I need a height chart that looks like art, not fairy princesses. [more inside]
posted by katiecat at 2:31 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a new font-smoothing app for Windows, or a fix to stop fonts in Chrome looking like Zalgo is coming. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

When buying your first astronomy telescope, for the same given price (say $500) would you prefer a larger aperture (Dobsonian) or a basic computerised Go-To function? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 12:09 AM PST - 18 comments

September 28
My puppy had a seizure (her second, I think), what questions do I need to ask the vet when I take her to the appointment on Friday? Short version: 7month old mini daschund/min-pin mix, has had all shots, currently has worms (suspected tapeworm). Had a seizure when she was about 6 weeks but the vet at the time said it was nothing to worry about. Second seizure happened this weekend, over 5 months later. Internet research points to low blood sugar/crash as the most likely culprit but I want to be sure she's getting the right treatment. Other than describing both incidents to the new vet, I have no idea what to say during the appointment, or what questions I should make a point of asking? (story/details on both seizures below) [more inside]
posted by myShanon at 11:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me surprise my husband for his birthday. My husband always picks out his gifts for his birthday and this year I want to do something special. We live in the Bay Area and are on a low budget. He is a tech geek, but also loves the outdoors and having adventures. Any ideas for romantic gestures/ outings/ gifts that aren't that expensive?
posted by tessalations999 at 10:23 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to create a digital timer to run a motor and activate three solenoids in a particular sequence and for particular durations. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 9:54 PM PST - 9 comments

There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 9:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Please recommend some fiction audiobooks, not too in-depth, about women kicking ass. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns at 9:44 PM PST - 25 comments

1-2 glasses of wine per night. On occasion, as a substitute, yoga or klonopin. How sustainable / normal is this as a night time regimen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm possibly coming to New York for a week on Oct 15th, and I have no idea where to stay. I don't really have time for any in depth research - please help. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 at 9:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I replace an 18-55mm lens with a 55-200mm? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:26 PM PST - 16 comments

So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
posted by softlord at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for articles and (to a lesser extent) professional/academic works that argue or present the idea that healthcare reform will be good for the home health care industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Need help with OKCupid. Difficulty: I'm creepy [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 7:42 PM PST - 37 comments

Dear Chicagoans, I need to sell a nice camera tomorrow somewhere in the area. I'm a minor, so if I need to be 18+ to sell then my question is moot, but either way- if I theoretically wanted to bring in a camera and sell it on the spot, where and how do I do such a thing?
posted by Askiba at 7:41 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus track Jam On It is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
posted by Scoo at 7:37 PM PST - 3 comments

I have a few hours in Manhattan tomorrow and want new messenger style laptop bag. Where should I shop? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture? [more inside]
posted by droolshark at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Cat is weird. She's constantly sticking out her tongue, like there's something caught in her throat, but she's not choking and is relatively calm otherwise. I noticed it this morning as I was leaving for work and she's still doing it tonight. Is it normal hairballness that will soon work itself out, or should I be worried?
posted by mediareport at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I stay calm and productive when I have the most annoying coworker in the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 15 comments

If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
posted by glassrose at 6:19 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm trying to help a friend who wants to sell a self-made food product along with another name brand food product at farmers markets, co-ops, etc. What are the legal and /or regulatory questions they need to be ask themselves and where do they go for the answers. Hypothetical scenarios in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by phoenixphoenix at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you point me to any ancient art depicting a great storm? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 5:59 PM PST - 10 comments

I reliably get asked, by puzzled, well-meaning people, what makes me opt out of popular culture. How do I reframe the conversation so that it's clear that I never opted in? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 5:56 PM PST - 86 comments

My last day of pastry school, yay! I'm applying for jobs in NYC and several people have asked me to come in and "trail" for an hour or a day. What exactly does that mean/entail? [more inside]
posted by firei at 5:42 PM PST - 7 comments

I work on a website and I need to justify new development for next year. Stuff like a site redesign and new features. I need to show the business case for doing it though, even though it looks like ass. But I have no idea how to do this. [more inside]
posted by vivzan at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Is the twenty dollar sandwich a myth? We are headed to THEHotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and I'm wondering if it is worthwhile trying this trick. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm a librarian-in-training wanting to improve my tech skills (which are pretty non-existent at the moment) and I figure the best way to do that is to have some projects to work on, but I'm having trouble coming up with any ideas. [more inside]
posted by ninjablob at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

The front door to my house gets stuck on humid days. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 4:34 PM PST - 9 comments

I like anime, but I've been mostly out of touch for a while. When I look at a list of titles I don't know what most of them are! Can you give me some recommendations of gorgeous or endearing or mind-bending anime series newer than 1996 or so that aren't Death Note, Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) or Wallflower? (Liked all of those, but have seen them!) Older favorites include Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fruits Basket, Saiyuki, Hana Yori Dango, Kodomo no Omocha, movies by Satoshi Kon... Gay characters are a plus, though not required. Availability isn't really a factor, I will find it as long as I know what it is!
posted by tomboko at 4:32 PM PST - 25 comments

What specific practice techniques improved your ability to keep tempo while playing a musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by hindmost at 4:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Anybody knows the music to this video of the Move your Money project? MYM is a fascinating concept, but I'd be even more happy with the music played here.
posted by Eltulipan at 3:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Search terms and/or citations for research on teaching the reading and writing of languages written in cursive scripts? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Basic networking/backup over a network we have no control over? Looking for a sync solution for small business, please suggest and help inside! [more inside]
posted by yonation at 3:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me throw a birthday party that doesn't suck for my soon-to-be-two-year-old. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Give me your most complex, time consuming pasta dinner menu/ recipes. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 2:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Best place for engagement photos in the CO Rockies? [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some cheap and interesting ways to spend 2-3 weeks without a home in and around the Bay Area? (examples: camping, retreats in redwood forest, etc). [more inside]
posted by fake at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find folders with manga designs? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 2:10 PM PST - 62 comments

Background music and effects are way louder than voices in XBMC, so much so that I have to get up and turn the volume down every time theme song or music comes on during TV shows or movies for fear of disturbing neighbors (not to mention that they're uncomfortably loud). [more inside]
posted by Strass at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Recently I obtained (for work-related use) an older arc lamp power supply. It's a Zeiss unit brand-wise but was manufactured by Ludl Electronic Products (LEP) on Zeiss' behalf. It may well turn out that this particular supply isn't suited to our needs (based on the lamp we want to use it with), but I would still like to find some way to determine the pinout of the output connector. Unfortunately, I've had a heck of a time finding ANY schematics for 75 W DC xenon short arc lamp power supplies, and despite my EE degree, I remain baffled following *mumble* weeks worth of ohming-out and circuit-tracing. And at this point I've been staring at the darned thing so long that it's become hard to tell if I'm missing something really obvious or whether it's just futile to expect to be able to determine what pin serves what purpose without a schematic. Long, convoluted explanation beyond the "more inside" button. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

My husband, having lived in 4 states in 4 years, is trying to get a New York State driver's license. Only problem is that apparently two out of state licenses are still active, and the DMV refuses to give him a license. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone have any information on this old Remington Noiseless typewriter? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by comradestu at 12:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a reasonable price for having the engine of a 2004 Jeep Liberty replaced in Northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by thudthwacker at 12:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the best way make sure my pictures stay around a long, long time? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
posted by crapmatic at 11:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Tumblr folks (any left?): Is there a trick to proper tagging or is tagging buggy? I have tagged all my own work with my blog name, but only two of nine show when I search that tag. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Password help please. How can i reset the password on my wireless router? [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find wood-carvings such as the one depicted in this (album art) for Morbid Angel's 'Covenant' album? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
posted by theatro at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Stopover flight experts: I am in Istanbul with a Eurail pass and I want to fly home to Toronto with a stopover of a couple weeks or so to see Spain and Morocco. Can I get a flight within the next week or so for a reasonable price or should I just start trudging my way back across Europe by rail? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

I have an idea for a children's book (well a series of books) but I can't draw to save my life. Where can I find someone to help with this? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Best way to get to know your new neighbors? We are buying a home and want to build a good relationship with our new neighbors. What are your recommendations for introducing yourselves without coming off as pushy? We believe that knowing your neighbors helps for a good community, but we don't want to seem over the top. Cookies? Muffins? Knock on the door and say hi? What has been successful for you? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 10:32 AM PST - 28 comments

Recommendations for Chicago psychiatrist in the Loop for alcohol addiction and depression therapy, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Recurring ringworm every few months - is it living inside me and resurfacing every once in a while, or do I just happen to get unlucky and come in contact with it all the time? How does ringworm work? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

I'd like some tips on appropriate gifts for an agent that got me a gig of a lifetime. A pile o' cash seems inappropriate, so what else are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 28 comments

Where is a good place to seek submissions for a new, small-scale, locally-grounded literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Until this year, my wife and I have been salaried employees with large organizations. This year, she has become a contract employee for the first time, and neither of us knows much about the process of paying taxes (Social Security, Medicare, and income) in that mode. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Best way to create a overview of my property? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Word 2007: I want to create an outline where each level is a different color. Is there any way to do this as I'm typing? (instead of manually later) I've tried styles, but I can't figure out how to apply the color to the text (content) as well as just the outline heading.
posted by amsterdam63 at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

With all the rain we have had lately, there are a lot of mushrooms growing in the woods. I started reading about mushroom hunting and some mycologists claim that Chicken Mushrooms are reasonably safe to pick & eat. I recalled that there was an oak tree nearby that had been felled by Hurricane Irene, so I walk out to it and look. Sure enough, what I am fairly certain is a Laetiporus Sulphureus growing from the snapped trunk. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus at 9:27 AM PST - 32 comments

I'm a first-time parent, and I worry that I'm getting into some bad habits, or at least a lack of good habits. Specifically, I snack at the late night feedings, and I don't exercise, usually because I'm worn out. Suggestions? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Ideas for a single person to go somewhere over Christmas break. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

I just snapped at my boss, but it doesn't matter. He can't fire me. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 37 comments

It has been suggested to me that I exhibit unconscious behaviour patterns which are giving people I interact with a different message to the one I would prefer. How can I become aware of these unconscious behaviour patterns? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 9:05 AM PST - 16 comments

I've just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. What are your favorite diabetic-friendly foods/recipes? Any advice on keeping on track with my new diet? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Need budget/bookkeeping software recommendations. Difficulty: Mac-compatible. Additional difficulty: It's for projecting/tracking expenses for NIH/NSF-awarded grants in an academic setting. Inside I give a list of requirements (most of which aren't grant-specific) and you tell me what software packages can accomplish 'em. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does my friend want me to confide in her? What are the benefits of disclosure for oneself and for a relationship? [more inside]
posted by sincerely-s at 7:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Best recipes with jalapenos! My garden has given me several, and I can't keep up with the few meager recipes I have that use them! One added quirk, I have a 2 year old who is ok with spice, but not mouth on fire spice, and I just made chili. Ideas? I'd hate to see these go to waste!
posted by katers890 at 7:55 AM PST - 26 comments

What snacks should I serve at a pumpkin beer tasting? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 7:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Growing a spine? How do I learn to stand up for myself? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 7:07 AM PST - 14 comments

What are some examples of computer/board games with interesting tall-ship sailing systems? [more inside]
posted by kithrater at 6:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 6:02 AM PST - 8 comments

What films portray the battles in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire? [more inside]
posted by richb at 5:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Can anyone recommend a Leechblock-like app for iPad? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:41 AM PST - 3 comments

What did I and my kids just recover from? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Thinking of a cartoon, possibly a Far Side one? Need help finding it! [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob at 4:32 AM PST - 25 comments

IrreligionFilter: When I was around 12 I was baptised and confirmed into the Church of England. I no longer consider myself as theist. What are my options for formally renouncing my religious past (apostatising)? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis at 4:30 AM PST - 37 comments

I would like to use a straightening treatment on my hair - ie something that lasts for 6 months or so. I am wary of damaging my hair and of harmful chemicals. I'd like to hear from other Mefites who've had this sort of procedure done to their hair. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Does coffee stunt your growth. [more inside]
posted by philllip at 2:16 AM PST - 24 comments

Can someone help me with what to to about a stolen wallet on a temporary work job please. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:56 AM PST - 7 comments

I am a first year graphic design student at ASU. I have two years experience as a graphic designer at small sign shops. I am beginning to get a lot of offers to work on projects (album artwork, logos, brochures, etc) from friends and friend of friends. I am struggling with figuring out what to charge per hour. [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 12:20 AM PST - 10 comments

September 27
How do I stop my room from being the black hole of productivity/inspiration that it is? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 10:39 PM PST - 11 comments

My odd, chronic jaw & ear symptoms are growing ever more uncomfortable and crazy-making. The specialists I've seen are stumped. I'm hoping the AskMe-verse might have heard of this, or can offer some suggestions, advice, or support. [more inside]
posted by granted at 9:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Im looking to getting a fixie bike... How does this bike stack up against the rest of them? I really like the look of fixies, and I love the idea of the connection to the road, and the fact that they hardly break (cause i break everything)... This bike is about 25 lbs... Is that alot for a $500 bike? Please just give me all the information/tips you can! Thanks!
posted by sizzil34 at 9:16 PM PST - 30 comments

San Diego Filter: Where's the cheapest/best place to rent a bike in SD? Also, I'm thinking about biking from downtown SD to Torrey Pine State Park--is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

What advice can you give to an undergrad working for a few years before applying to grad school? This is in the hard sciences. [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 8:41 PM PST - 10 comments

A friend and I are starting on a side project together - do we really need to incorporate? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm dating a guy who is different from everyone I've ever dated before (in a good way) and because of that I don't know how to build emotional intimacy with him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 23 comments

My dad was an angry person throughout my life. He would throw temper tantrums to everyone else in the household. My mom would lose friends due to his behaviour. He has accused my mom of cheating, he makes decisions without listening to her and then throws temper tantrums when my mom tries to resist, and he has accused my mom of being lazy during times when she was the only one working. Neither my brother or I have much respect for him anymore, but we still love our mom. Mom phoned yesterday telling my dad has testicular cancer and is getting surgery for it. I'm coming in to visit at my mom's request. But she's going to try to make me go through the motions of pretending we're a healthy family. Am I wrong to not have strong mourning feelings towards my dad's cancer?
posted by DetriusXii at 8:08 PM PST - 15 comments

In Massachusetts: Yesterday on my way to work, going about five miles per hour in morning traffic, I bumped the car in front of me. (My fault; I was totally distracted by the kid waiting for a school bus who looked like he was about to run into the middle of the street.) We pulled off to the side of the road and I took a look at the "damage" -- a couple of scratches to the paint on the (plastic) bumper.... [more inside]
posted by shamash at 8:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Duffy was agitated tonight when we were watching the bats at sunset. Was he agitated because he could hear them? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 7:38 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the deal with the sliding wheel? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I tell if vintage fabric (some lovely old printed tablecloths with no labels) is 100% cotton? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

D.C. to Worcester, MA by train, ca. 1927? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 7:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Question for parents who have used an in-home nanny in the past- what are some ideas for being the best nanny in the world and really impressing the parents? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for another Movie Scene... A war movie with a good ending, specifically a scene that can be used to show: 1. the skills the soldiers or people learned will be used in their normal life or 2. that there will always be more battles to fight. [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Having moved recently to Japan, I'm looking for an internet provider. Basically, I have my own router (that I bought in Japan about 10 years ago), which I can configure by myself. I am looking for a cheap plan, preferably without a commitment.
posted by ovesh at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

I rarely vent (except about philosophical or political matters) and don't see the point in complaining about my day. My wife behaves differently. Often she gets mad that I "have no response" to her complaints. How should I deal with these situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 57 comments

I am looking into buying a Honda Civic with some after market modifications. Please help me decide if this car is worth buying. [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta at 6:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Please propose a stable arrangement for my father-in-law's finances. He's lost the plot a bit and keeps losing all his money and failing to make rent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

I have until noon tomorrow to prove to my company that switching out our proprietary CMS system to Wordpress is a terrible idea. Difficulty: I know nothing about Wordpress. Help! [more inside]
posted by Melusinewave at 6:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you recommend a reputable speakers' bureau? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 6:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Roadwork Filter: The road adjoining mine is being resurfaced. About 2 weeks ago, the surface got chewed up and roughened by one of those enormous road scrapers. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

What Mississippi River town is this? [more inside]
posted by lathrop at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Got a really weird call from a car insurance company after a minor accident. How does the car insurance system work in Australia? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

My wife has been dropping hints (like anvils on my toes) that she would like a string of pearls for her birthday, and I'd like to oblige. I know nothing about buying pearls. I can probably afford it, but don't want to break the bank. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 5:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I forgive infidelity because we were long distance?? [more inside]
posted by yummywaffles at 5:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Ways to get out and relieve cabin fever late at night, and maybe even be somewhat social? [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Soon my long distance sweetheart from Fiji will be coming to visit me for at least 6 months. Help me mitigate her Culture Shock, find familiar food/movies/etc for her, and communicate with her better while we navigate a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic relationship. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 5:06 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm sick, I'm achey, and all I want to do is take a bath. So how the *%@# do I work this bathtub stopper?! [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 4:44 PM PST - 32 comments

Just got a notice to show cause why I shouldn't be fined or jailed for not showing up for jury duty...WTF! [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat at 4:27 PM PST - 19 comments

My phone connects to my home wifi network but won't load webpages/get internet. How can I fix this? Also, can anyone confirm that this won't be a hardware issue? There's a short window in which I could possibly exchange the phone, but I'd rather not if it's not a flaw in the phone. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

CanIEatItFilter: I just sterilized a bunch of breast pumps/bottles in boiling water. Can I use that boiling hot water to cook, specifically something like pasta? The bottles were all washed with soap and water, then thoroughly rinsed before sterilizing. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 3:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Does anyone remember the title of a new age "non-fiction" book from the 1990s that purported to be the ecologically-bent transcriptions of a telepath in conversation with the souls of our alien ancestors, who had been reincarnated into the bodies of dolphins? [more inside]
posted by Hesychia at 3:58 PM PST - 14 comments

We are moving to Chicago (Hyde Park). We've heard Chicago is a "city of neighborhoods" and we plan to explore a new part of the city each weekend. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a at 3:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me assess my car insurance in Boston, Massachusetts and see if I should switch! [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Windows7 issue: I can't install new programs because my computer is trying to install Outlook (I don't even want Outlook!) I can't cancel the installation--it always starts again and says to run Outlook and set it as the default mail client, then asks for the CD, then keeps trying to install. Help! [more inside]
posted by secretsecret at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Help a guy with bad credit or no credit or no good credit (not sure which I have) get a modest car loan. [more inside]
posted by DuoJet at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this feature on the Google Map of Burkina Faso? There's more than one. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:44 PM PST - 7 comments

GallbladderFilterites: Should I have my gall bladder removed? Write to Dr. Oz? Storm the NIH? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

My iPhone is suddenly working five times as fast. Great! How can I keep it from slowing down again? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I watch the Rugby World Cup online in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

My MacBook's display suddenly faded to a very pale bluish white, and all the colors look very washed out. Closing the display and reopening it will sometimes fix the problem, but within an hour the screen suddenly fades again. Restarting has no effect. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Diminished sexual confidence with girlfriend, stuck in a Catch-22 now, how do I get my mojo back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Is there an 'advanced' way to add or edit Google calendar appointments beyond the normal interface? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

What are some good TV series released to DVD to buy for a friend on bedrest? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 1:50 PM PST - 61 comments

Is there a graphical representation of the number of english words, broken down by popular use? If not, is the raw data available online somewhere?
posted by parallax7d at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

What exercises can I do to strengthen my form for horseback riding while not horseback riding? [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 1:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Itinerary whizzes and Washington DC gurus: can you help tweak my plans for a trip from the midwest to DC for four nights, all under $800-1000? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 1:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 1:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Decent video hosting for budget minded company? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

I've never liked real-time strategy games. What games should I try in an effort to break into this genre? [more inside]
posted by EKStickland at 12:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Just got quoted about $3000 for a new 200 amp main breaker panel (upgrading from 150 amp). Plus 300 permit fees. Seems like a lot. Am I getting ripped off? The reputable company quoting the job says it will take about 5 hours to complete. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 12:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Which of the Babar books deal with death? This question stems from a childhood anecdote that goes a little something like this . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this adult jungle gym style thing and how to use it effectively? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Our employer has started a requirement that people sign in and out on a white board when leaving the building. It's not *that* big a deal, but it's kind of a hassle because of how we're set up. It got me wondering if there's a way to do this electronically. The ideal solution would be that I send a text about where I'm going. That text then shows up on a website, along with a time stamp. I would then send another text when I return. Is there such a thing?
posted by jasper411 at 11:52 AM PST - 15 comments

He's got so many qualities I like...except for one. And it might be a dealbreaker. Am I being ridiculous? Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 11:46 AM PST - 72 comments

I'm looking for reporting/stories dealing with Russia right when the Soviet Union collapsed. [more inside]
posted by JonesVery at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Two buddies and I are taking a road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco in November. After some research, I've come to a fork in the road... [more inside]
posted by In The Annex at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

I have a degree in computer engineering but I would like to expand my programming expertise. I have a very solid understanding of syntax and procedural programming but I am looking for video training on system design techniques and other 'higher-level' concepts like testability. I have recently been going through the Khan Academy math courses and love it. I would like something similar for software design. It can be proper training or just really good podcasts. [more inside]
posted by n-palmer at 11:33 AM PST - 7 comments

I need the awesomest secular Christmas card ever to send out for my small business. Please show me your funny or cool suggestions. [more inside]
posted by bq at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm on Mac OS X, Chrome, Gmail. How do I get MS Word and Excel to play nice with Gmail? Right now, when I go into Word or Excel and click File/Send To/Mail Recipient (as Attachment), a Mac Mail window opens up. Same thing if I happen to click an email link in a Word or Excel doc. I've installed Gmail Notifier, which opens a Gmail window for mailto: links on web pages, but doesn't help with Word or Excel. (In Mail, I've gone into Preferences/Default Email Reader and selected Gmail Notifier (1.10.7) but this makes no diff.) So: how do I make Gmail the default email client for Microsoft Office "send to" and "mail to"?
posted by beagle at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

When buying your first house, how much did you budget for decor/paint/furniture/etc right up front? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Foodie trip to Italy- what restaurants shouldn’t I miss in Rome? What’s the best plan for a day of wine tasting in Florence? Where should we take pasta-making lessons in Bologna, and is there really nothing to do in Milan? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

RecycleFilter: I'm in need to nylon stockings with runs in them as well as used burlap sacks. Where can I find some? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What's so awesome about engineers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 29 comments

What can I do to strengthen my knees and ankles to lesson the likelihood of a running injury? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 9:55 AM PST - 35 comments

I need some help trying to come up with an idea for a good lady Halloween costume this year! Hoping to do something a little.... nerdy [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Need menu ideas for casual-but-special food that can easily be eaten off paper plates held on laps. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 9:47 AM PST - 25 comments

I need ideas for craft projects memorialising loss of various different kinds. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anybody have any experience with or recommendations for camera tripods/mounts for individuals in wheelchairs? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Facebook Privacy: Is there a way to create a list of people who are able to view your profile (and all the activity on your timeline/wall contributed by others) but without the ability to see photos you are tagged in? So that the only photos they can see are the ones you have previously assigned as a profile photo. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments

My kids are having trouble meeting up in Lego Universe. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments

How do we get NBC/KNTV on our TV without cable in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Does anyone know a specific place in Manhattan I could find mangosteens today or tomorrow (or if they're even in season / available)? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

I've been selected to participate in a 'Leadership Pipeline' at the very big corporation I work for. I'll have a chance to participate in a one on one discussion with the CEO, COO etc. What questions should I ask of them in order to appear engaged and stand out while not seeming disingenuous or cloying? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 8:31 AM PST - 21 comments

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

I have 15 years of experience building web applications, programming in interesting subject domains and leading programming teams. I enjoy software development, but it doesn't utilize my social skills very well and I think I have a unique blend of technical talent and communication skills. I'm looking for the next thing and I'm wondering if it might be sales in a technical field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Begging those in the humanities: How do you teach Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown?" [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 8:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Calling all librarians! I need a book of short, scary stories suitable for reading aloud to kids. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

I am looking for a nail salon in Manhattan or Brooklyn (Brooklyn is preferred) that is affordable, clean and serves wine while we get our nails done. Ideally it would charge under $60 for a mani/pedi.
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone recommend an app for learning and playing poker on the iPhone or iPad? Not interested in gambling or playing competitively, and I have no prior poker experience. Quite happy to pay for an app, if it's decent.
posted by Ritchie at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

I was reading a book to my son (Face to face with Lions from National Geographic) and found a very interesting statement about male lions that our ousted from their Pride. According to this book, a male lion averages only 3-4 years as a leader of a pride, before a younger lion comes in and kicks out the old guard. The book says that the old pride leader then tends to lose his mane, making him look more feminine, which helps him be able to stick around with his pride, without confusing anyone as to who the real leader is now. [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 6:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for fiction about women and work. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 6:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Create VMware virtual compatible image from old Vista boot disk. Help please. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for "smart charity" options for a senior, well-educated citizen with a big network. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 5:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Need new fashion blogs! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find some stylish trousers for my son that don't cost $50? [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 3:55 AM PST - 20 comments

What brand of car is this? I saw it in Iceland, I don't recognize it. There were no marks or words on the back. Over to you petrol-heads.
posted by priorpark17 at 1:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I think The KLF's Chill Out is as close to perfect as you are ever going to get in chill out music. Throw me musical suggestions based on this. [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 1:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Are there games that were invented as computer games and then became popular as real world games? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 1:09 AM PST - 24 comments

I am looking for a non-woo-woo massage therapist in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 12:20 AM PST - 7 comments

September 26
If I want to buy some shares of stock, and definitely get a printed stock certificate with my name on it, will any broker do? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Arab Spring Filter: I am looking for recommendations for excellent, informed, insightful non-fiction writing, in Arabic, about certain topics related to the Arab Spring. [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 10:42 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm considering renting a small apartment with a super-tiny kitchen. So tiny that it doesn't have an oven! Would a convection/microwave oven suit my needs? Also, do you have experience with induction cooktops? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 10:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Most useful things a husband can do in the third trimester. [more inside]
posted by lapidus at 10:20 PM PST - 14 comments

I used to, very effectively, market my website by leaving my url under my comments (My comments were always relevant.), but most sites have disabled that feature. What's another effective way to market websites?
posted by lrnarabic at 10:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Dying of food boredom. Need lowish calorie dinner recipes! [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:43 PM PST - 12 comments

I am a second-year law student choosing between a few law firms to work at next summer and, fingers crossed, after I graduate, and would love any feedback that the law-folk (and other esteemed AskMe contributors with relevant life experience) may be able to offer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Boston Filter/Being a Good Friend Filter: A dear friend was just admitted to the hospital in Boston, where she'll be for a few days. She's bored, and I'd like to send her some books and other media to keep her entertained. Problem: I'm in New York. [more inside]
posted by firstbest at 9:08 PM PST - 21 comments

A friend of mine is thinking about joining the US Coast Guard. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 8:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best affordable (below $200) lens for my Nikon D40 camera? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 8:27 PM PST - 8 comments

I received an unexpected gift card today for Fairway. Help me spend it! I am looking for suggestions for extravagant, high quality items I would normally not buy. I am not a foodie and do not do much cooking. [more inside]
posted by mlis at 8:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Recommendations for reading materials for a student hoping to attend the international college withing a Korean University. [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

My brother wants us to be close and I don't...What do I do? I feel terrible, but he is so UNLIKEABLE! [more inside]
posted by mhm407 at 8:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Single mom's teenager disapproves of boyfriend - does it ever get better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 27 comments

My public library is renovating and The Friends OTL would like to sponsor a special collection/reading room in the Childrens department. I've been asked to help with the fundraising during the pre-planning phase of this endeavor by gathering examples of and ideas for promotional materials—flyers, glossies, and whatnot to help get the word out that this charitable opportunity exists. I don't really know where to start, though... do you? [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 7:22 PM PST - 1 comments

What should I do, if a bike ticket is filed incorrectly? [more inside]
posted by metafus at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Teach me how to spit like a [cobra/llama/Texan]. [more inside]
posted by troll at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What was the name of the industrial/art/music robot installation-collective from the late '80s and early '90s? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for eating alone in New York? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 6:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for an old 80's fnatasy book. [more inside]
posted by hrhtx at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

YANMD, but can you identify this skin...condition? (Pictures included) [more inside]
posted by tegna56 at 5:45 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this succulent plant? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Lap steel lessons in the Ann Arbor area? [more inside]
posted by finnb at 5:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Seriously, what could people do to make the #occupywallst protests bigger soon? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 5:04 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm moving to Japan no matter what, but should I tell my current employer sooner rather than later that I have decided to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 6 comments

I am going in for a doctor's appointment tomorrow, where it's likely I'll be told I have diabetes (or pre-diabetes, or diabetes caused by medications, or something like that.) What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Why am I not supposed to use rechargeable batteries in my vibrator? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Routine non-emergency hernia surgery--unmet insurance deductible and wondering if there are any cost-cutting ideas we will wish we had known when we get the bill for the surgery. Assuming the hospital won't just shout out ideas if we call them, so...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by circular at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

A question about the ending of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, specifically as it relates to Dickens. [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 4:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I travel with my son to the States and then back to Europe, while Mom stays home with sis? [more inside]
posted by rudster at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

How "done" should restaurant salmon be? How should my friend ask for it to be less done? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 3:33 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a rainy-weather replacement for some basic Tom's shoes. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Divorce & Custody Filter: I think my husband is trying to buy my daughter's affection. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Currently a business analyst, and wondering where my career could go next. Give me ideas! [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a good wearable conversation-starter? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 2:53 PM PST - 51 comments

I hate my job. I want to quit. Cannot find another job. My boyfriend owns a company. I could work for him. Need advice! I'm 27 and have been with my boyfriend and current job both for almost ten years. My job has been 4 years full time after I graduated. I do not make good money. There is no reward. I hate coming to work. I have started to do a bad job and am afraid I will get fired if I don't quit first. I am thinking about quitting to work for my boyfriend's company. [more inside]
posted by kmr at 2:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Does a fan cut of the various Lion King movies combined in chronological order via story exist? [more inside]
posted by LilSoulBrother85 at 2:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Nero 10 video editing instructions are confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:18 PM PST - 0 comments

A friend remembers seeing an article on a UK news site about a doctor who used plastic masks to reshape facial bones in lieu of surgery, but despite much Googling I haven't been able to help find it. (She doesn't remember the name of the doctor or the technique.) Follow up questions: a) Is such a thing viable and b) available in the U.S.?
posted by Soliloquy at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

It's time for a new DDS (or DMD, I suppose). Can anyone recommend a fantastic, friendly dentist in sunny Essex/Passaic/Bergen counties in NJ? [more inside]
posted by mintcake! at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

I am currently a mid-level associate at a prominent New York law firm specializing in benefits and compensation. I am not cut out for working at a big law firm long term and there have not been many alternate opportunities lately that would be satisfying to me (i.e. working at a pension fund, compensation consultant, in-house positions). I enjoy many aspects of my field, but not the law firm lifestyle. I am considering going back to school to get a degree in human resources and am wondering if my JD and background in benefits and compensation law would help me secure a human resources job. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend a good Medicaid dentist in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

I feel like I am turning into a crotchety old woman about newcomers in my town and I am only 25 years old. Help me get this chip off my shoulder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Terrarium help: why is my plant turning brown? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for some software to play the lottery. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

I've had two usb sticks die on me in the past few months - that's four years of school work down the drain (well, I have most of it backed up elsewhere, but it's not organized and it'll be hard to put back together). I have other memory issues which I'll explain after the fold. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:31 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I get the best price from my ISP? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I renew my Nursing Assistant Certification in the state of Washington? It has been about 5 years since mine has expired. [more inside]
posted by lovecricket at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Anyone have experience with remotely applying to jobs with the State of Oregon? Can it be done and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 11:46 AM PST - 1 comments

I am constructing an ARG for my 10-year-old daughter, and I'd like some help coming up with puzzles. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get back into a more rewarding, less soul-sucking line of work after I've been away from it for so long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Destination thanksgiving ideas? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm a lawyer, and I've spent my entire legal career at big Vault 25 multinational firms doing transactional work. In 2012, I want a new job. For those of you who left Big Law (or made other left turns from your legal career), how do you tell whether you just don't like your working environment or whether you should get out of law altogether? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) at 11:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Are there any grocery delivery services in Nashville TN? My mother has trouble doing her own grocery shopping due to walking issues.
posted by josher71 at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

I am a woman. A man I have a court-ordered PFA (Protection From Abuse) against started a blogspot.com page about me using MYNAME.blogspot.com to write viscous lies about me and my underage son. The blogspot page is, of course, the #1 result on google when googling my name. He is not impersonating me, but he is harassing me and my family. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 AM PST - 26 comments

How do we get over the guilt and just fire our nanny already? Very specific caveat inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me think right about diagnosing my dead SSD laptop. [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

What were all these Ferraris (and some Porsches and Lotuses and a Tesla) doing in Paris at Place de La Concorde Sunday, 25 September, 2011?
posted by plinth at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Do you live in Philly and have a dog? I could use your help. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 10:39 AM PST - 17 comments

What is a good quote for a parent to put on a high-school student's yearbook page? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 10:27 AM PST - 23 comments

The leather-thing holding it on snapped and one of the toggles has come off my duffle-coat. I have the toggle itself, and I have acquired some spare leather-things, but I'm not sure of the best way to re-attach. I don't have a sewing machine, and I don't think I know anyone who does. I have discovered that a thing called 'Fabric glue' exists, but is it any better than superglue? Will superglue work on wool/leather? I could put a few hand-stitches, but the thickness of both bits of material make me think that I might not be able to do a very good job. [more inside]
posted by gregjones at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

So, I want to be a grant writer. I'm a published author many times over, and have no problem with the actual writing/convincing stuff, but it seems that is the least important part of the process. [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 10:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Flats with a pencil skirt? [more inside]
posted by Frosted Cactus at 10:12 AM PST - 30 comments

Restoring MS Word 04 Color Palette in Word 11? [more inside]
posted by fucker at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I buy a red paper umbrella/parasol in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by methroach at 10:09 AM PST - 9 comments

I realised last night that I've never seen a Web Developer (like wot I is) claiming any kind of professional accreditation. Why not? Is there another professional organisation that would take us? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

What are some good songs to play while a group of people rotate through spots? [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What cultural narratives involve an American journey from west to east? [more inside]
posted by rosa at 9:40 AM PST - 22 comments

What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 28 comments

I need an oncologist that specializes in renal cell carcinoma. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the things you'd wish you'd known or done the first time you did the Houston-Austin BP MS 150? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 9:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Need suggestions for online way to play D&D with a mapping tool - [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a website or program that will let me select from several easy recipes, plan for a week or several weeks in advance, create a weekly shopping list and (here's the hard part) OPTIMIZE my selections so that the most perishable food gets cooked first? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm sick of having to pee every hour. Help! [more inside]
posted by pete at 8:58 AM PST - 42 comments

help me find personal writings of intellectuals or artists on the topic of fame [more inside]
posted by past at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 8:47 AM PST - 36 comments

MagCloud doesn't allow certain types of content and Lulu has a maximum of 48 pages for a saddle-stitched booklet. Where can I put my 80-page zine online for print-on-demand? [more inside]
posted by youarenothere at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best Google Apps-friendly shared bookmarking service? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you identify the font in this logo? I'm totally stuck, and would really appreciate the help. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How to approach dating someone who has primary custody of two almost-grown children? [more inside]
posted by worry_wart at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

What are the best online beginners conversational Japanese language resources? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

I’m looking for suggestions on an Android phone and pre paid voice plan and a pre paid data plan for occasional use. I have looked at the past threads but they get outdated quickly. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Will I need to pay taxes on this inheritance? [more inside]
posted by miskatonic at 8:05 AM PST - 8 comments

What are some fun games and activities that involve throwing colored paint at each other? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Another shell script help needed post [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Should you continue to date someone, even though in about 1-2 years they plan to move back home, a place where you're pretty sure you don't want to move to? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Insomnia-filter: Help this stressed-out couch-sleeper re-learn how to sleep in the bedroom (with television). [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Now my divorce is really happening, how do I learn to accept this is the way its going to be now? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Pet peeve: hardened, twisted electronic cables that come with brand new products. How can you soften them? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Hi, I'm an average ex hs basketball player. Are there are competitive adult men's basketball leagues in Washington DC? I live on Capitol Hill so not looking to travel very far. I'm also hoping to not have to pay to join a gym to play in that gym's league. If anybody knows of any I would appreciate the info. Thanks, Matt
posted by matt755811 at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd like to ask the Hive Mind's advice on the best way to manage my photography collection in an open and resusable fashion. [more inside]
posted by eb98jdb at 6:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Is it a terribile idea to put my small UPS next to my hard drives? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 6:08 AM PST - 8 comments

My bed is too small. His bed is too soft. Where can we most comfortably sleep? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:22 AM PST - 13 comments

I have been juicing a lot lately. I have been buying my veggies wholesale and in quantity. I juice a lot spinach but it usually goes bad before I finish the case. I am hoping the hive might be able to advise me on freezing the juice. I would like to know if the nutritional value is lost if I freeze spinach juice. I would also like some suggestions regarding what other juices might freeze well
posted by citybuddha at 4:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I've recently been put on the RPAH elimination diet. A list of the foods I can eat are here. I have the Friendly Foods cookbook, but would like a little more variety in my main meals. Does anyone have some yummy recipes using only those ingredients? I'm allowed dairy and gluten.
posted by Kris10_b at 2:11 AM PST - 5 comments

My husband admires the work of John Taylor Arms with his fine attention to detail. Is there somewhere that I can buy inexpensive copies of his prints (in other words, under $100)?
posted by lirael2008 at 2:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Here comes an ultra-vague what's-that-song request. Rock. "Descending", melodic guitar intro. Almost certainly 80s or earlier. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 1:29 AM PST - 29 comments

A question for California architects and builders and city permit experts -- are there egress options I don't know about? Can I demolish a (worthless) egress staircase and rebuild it later? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Our cat (and another pic!) was spayed on Thursday morning. It is now Sunday night and we've discovered that this afternoon one of the stitches came out (pic here - it is the bottom stitch). What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 1:17 AM PST - 13 comments

hip hop fans -- looking for a hip hop song, heard it on nyc subway, some kids were playing it. All I've got is that it starts with a police siren, and has a very danceable beat! [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 12:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for iphone/ipod touch notes app with NO cloud sync. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:31 AM PST - 6 comments

September 25
I love the idea of Team in Training (especially the community and goal-oriented exercise aspects) but am really not a fundraiser and don't want to become one. What are some alternatives for goal-oriented group fitness? I am in the Bay Area (specifically Marin) [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 11:36 PM PST - 4 comments

MetaPandora: Recommend me some more songs like French Film Blurred, Sinister Exaggerator, When It's War, Golden Hours, Burning Skies. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Can a New Yorker live happily in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 10:00 PM PST - 27 comments

Radiohead remix recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 9:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Does anyone know of any books or articles that discuss the legality of America's Declaration of Independence?
posted by raynax at 9:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a way to watch the major TV networks' East Coast feeds on the West Coast? [more inside]
posted by awesomedude at 9:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Delhi Filter: Help a PHD with her upcoming long research trip to New Dehli - Housing, and general tips on life and work in Dehli. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 9:05 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the best Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes... for kids? Jokes based on 1980s pop culture don't really work for people born in 2002. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:58 PM PST - 36 comments

The Rework. I'm looking for examples of the self-cover in a different style, i.e. a reimagining, where the musician reinterprets their own song in a new genre. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by stroke_count at 8:28 PM PST - 39 comments

Exclusive music festivals with big name acts for only 500 people or less. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by the fish at 8:22 PM PST - 18 comments

I subscribe to plenty of podcasts, but sometimes have a hankering for live radio. So I'm looking for some entertaining talk radio to listen to while I fall asleep. Ideally I'd like to find some local (as in not nationally syndicated; specific location isn't important) radio stations that stream call-in talk shows around midnight Eastern time. I realize talk shows skew to the right politically, and I'm OK with thoughtful shows with a conservative bias, but not OK with ultra-right-wing screamers (e.g., Rush Limbaugh and clones). And I'm not too interested in shows that focus solely on politics. [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 7:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Need a recommendation for a gerentologist and a neurologist in Huntsville or Madison, AL. [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Looking for a messenger/briefcase type bag, that is taller than it is wide. Saw this Saddleback bag, but specifically I'm looking for something with separate compartments. Something like one big compartment and one small compartment. As in, there would be a compartment that would fit a laptop, and another compartment for miscellany. Here's the kicker: I would like the compartments to be able to be opened individually. E.g. I could open up and remove the laptop, without opening up the other compartment. [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

I am considering adopting a puppy from the pound. She's a 9-month old shepherd mix and she's extremely mellow and sweet (though still playful and fun). I have a concern, though, do to her breed and an apparent issue with her gait: I worry that she might have a problem with her hip socket or with possible hip dysplasia. Video below... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Somehow, my partner and I have a superhuman ability to ruin sheets. The seams of the pillowcases split open. The sheets themselves develop gaping holes where our feet hit them. On several occasions, they've gone into the washing machine apparently fine, and come out torn to pieces. Can someone please give me very specific advice about how to make this not happen? Fabrics, thread counts, brands, tips on washing sheets, anything. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC at 6:59 PM PST - 34 comments

Lawyers, how do you organize your papers? I'm a pro se litigant in federal civil case looking not for legal advice but for organizational tips... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

When do I tell my employer that I want more work with that I may be moving? [more inside]
posted by feidr2 at 6:43 PM PST - 2 comments

My roommate told me I can buy a computer and get a full refund on my taxes because I'm a student. Is this true, or partially true, or complete B.S.? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 6:30 PM PST - 10 comments

This $20/month gym looks awesome... but it doesn't have barbells, so I can't do StrongLifts 5x5. Should I go back to my old gym, or do you guys have an alternative structured dumbbell/machine-based/bodyweight strength training program? Or a better gym suggestion in downtown Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

I suck at having productive conversations about "heavy" stuff with my significant others, and as such, my current-SO and I are on a break because neither of us know how to work with each other when we're having problems. I want to be better. How? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 6:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me write a shell script for use in Automator that will actually do what I need it to. [more inside]
posted by divisjm at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

I want a digital SLR. Which one and what accessories? [more inside]
posted by mewohu at 5:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there any way to find old real estate listings on the internet, searching by address--ones that have already sold, expired, or been withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Inspired by this question, I'd like to ask for recommendations of non-standard, non-Western fruits and guidance on how to prepare / eat same. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Hey, remember when Hitachi said "The Hard Drive is the New Bling" and had that contest giving away a white gold and diamond hard drive charm? [more inside]
posted by curse at 5:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
posted by invisible ink at 5:33 PM PST - 43 comments

How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this unknown (to me) fruit? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

I need restaurant recommendations for a really promising first date in North Central Jersey. [more inside]
posted by Finder at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Someone hit my car while it was parked and damaged the bumper, which was already damaged before she hit it. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

First meeting (date?) was drinks but went awesome. If I'm picking her up for a dinner date and I feel a flower or 3 are in order (I have a good gut feeling about this) -- what kind of flowers? She knows I like her, I want to reinforce that.
posted by simongsmith at 4:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Is minecraft worth it? And more importantly, will it keep me from going insane? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 4:30 PM PST - 29 comments

I dropped my Samsung Focus into water two days ago. It works fine (yay), except the screen keeps lighting up unbidden. Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get over the notion I need to have perfect sex, and how do I incorporate new ideas into what we do? [more inside]
posted by A Special Kind of Weird at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

This is my first Ask MeFi question, and I'm asking on behalf of my parents. My father is in reasonably good physical health but poor mental health, which may be related to the meds he's on and the "quality" care he's getting in the American "system". Are there some kind of additional resources for me or them to help make their way through the bureaucrat-ese and get some better care? And maybe some additional health care (or heck, elder care in general) resources I could find for them? [more inside]
posted by no relation at 4:00 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I plan my way out of this!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Are testicles underappreciated as sexual attributes? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 3:20 PM PST - 19 comments

How much would a popular English-language book cost a person living in the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 2:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me to remember the name of a favourite art toy from the Seventies [more inside]
posted by MinPin at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 1:25 PM PST - 17 comments

A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 19 comments

I love this new Mika music video, Elle Me Dit. Really almost an obsession for some reason. Anyway, I feel like I recognize several of the actors/actresses in the video from other things but can't figure out what or find a list of their names. Can anyone tell me who these people are? Particularly the mom, the grandmother, the dad, and the blonde daughter. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by slide at 12:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should we go for Thanksgiving weekend near the Tri-Cities in Washington state? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me plan a free weekend in Sydney in October. No car. Staying near Hyde Park. Would like to see a beach. [more inside]
posted by bluelava at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Why did my two smoke alarms stop working altogether when the batteries ran down? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

My girlfriend's finishing grad school, and is beginning her job hunt. How can I best help her cope with the stress? She's smart, capable and graduating from a top 5 school, but she's generally negative and I think her fear of being unemployed is heightened by the fact that she had an unsuccessful job search at the end of her BSc, and by the pressure put on her by her family. Plus, since I've got a job in her desired field, it makes it harder for me to relate to what she's going through. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

I am a 25 year-old gay(-ish?) male living in New York City. Perhaps uncharacteristically, I have a really strong drive to have kids (of my own) and really want to do so in the next five or ten years. I'm torn about how to get there though, given relationship difficulties that hinge largely on unresolved issues relating to my sexuality. Warning: TL;DR potential, but significant context is necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Is it possible to get bed bugs from a public laundromat? [more inside]
posted by TreborDuncan at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Torn by conscience, did I talk too much? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Like many people, I've got wireless router issues (Netgear MR814v2 -- yeah, it's getting old). I'm troubleshooting them as I can and haven't found anything that should be interfering, and all my firmware is up to date. Putting that to one side, I'm pretty tired of running down and up the stairs to unplug the router and plug it back in again (six to 10 times a day). My diagnostics show I've got connectivity between the computer and the router even when I can't connect to the Internet. Is there some way to reboot the router from my computer?
posted by bryon at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What color to paint the frames of some neat little animal prints from a yard sale? [more inside]
posted by klugarsh at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How do cookies in iOS work? Is there a single cache of cookies, shared by any app that uses WebKit, or does each app have it's own cache? [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I change myself? [more inside]
posted by dave78981 at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

So far my bed is my only effective hairstyling tool. Please help me come up with a better hair strategy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 10:03 AM PST - 16 comments

[NameMyCat Filter] What to name this stray cat I'm adopting? Famous sluts or single mamas? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky at 9:53 AM PST - 60 comments

Need help identifying caterpillar. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I ensure my kid isn't being penalized for his disabilities in school? He's a 13-year-old 7th grader who's been diagnosed with OCD and ADHD (hyperactive type) and is on meds (and receives therapy as needed) for both. He is a reasonably smart, very chatty little dude. In a recent discussion with one of his teachers, I discovered that he's being penalized and verbally reprimanded for calling out in class. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 8:54 AM PST - 35 comments

Does the Ikea home delivery service (hjemtransport) at the Aarhus location in Denmark, actually accept goods for delivery on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by joeycoleman at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Headed to Florida for two weeks (Cocoa Beach/Space Coast area), what can't-miss activities should I check out while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm in my early twenties and I look like a teenager but I'm top-level management in the company I work for and I'm also serving on the executive board. [more inside]
posted by drea at 7:31 AM PST - 64 comments

I am moving to London to start a new job next week/week after and finding my room/studio search hampered by squatters and wire transfer fraudsters. Can you recommend a letting agency for East London?
posted by parmanparman at 7:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Binge Drinking or Alcoholic? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 6:46 AM PST - 34 comments

Will a 12 hour flight kill my cat? [more inside]
posted by side effect at 6:18 AM PST - 20 comments

It's spring in Sydney, and I would like to grow plants in my apartment, but I am brown-fingered, and haven't the faintest clue how to start getting them greener. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by cogat at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Pensacola Thanksgiving restaurant recommendations? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 5:34 AM PST - 2 comments

In the text of my document (in Microsoft word for mac version 14.1.2) there are some bizarre horizontal lines just...sitting there between lines of text. You cannot get the cursor on them to delete them. I believe these lines are leftover old footnote separators from previous cutting and pasting from another version of word. But now, it looks like footnote separators are hanging around in the body of my text. How can I delete these lines? I tried the advice of the previous askme about getting rid of footnote separators, but it was an older version of microsoft word AND the advice pointed to was only designed to work for separaters actually in designated footnote areas. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the old separators refusing to exit the actual body of a text?
posted by Tylwyth Teg at 5:18 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I get iTunes music onto my Windows Phone? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:08 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a tattoo I want to amend, but stumped on what to change it to; there are no good tattooists near me, so can anyone give me some ideas or does anyone know a good one who'd be happy to give some quick creative advice via email? Also, I'm struggling for inspiration for new tattoos - anyone know good websites for ideas? [more inside]
posted by Pilly at 2:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Securing my insecure storage unit... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 12:40 AM PST - 12 comments

September 24
I'm looking for crazy, off-the-wall (so to speak) 2012 wall calendars. I'm not talking Anne Geddes babies-dressed-as-dogs-dressed-as-flowers craziness, but rather things that make passers by stop to give it a side-eye and a "WTF?" A few requirements: monthly layout, SFW, non-religious, and not simply ironic. It has to be weird.
posted by billybunny at 10:41 PM PST - 32 comments

How to remove Lodgenet from a TV?I was just given a beautiful flat screen from a friend of mine that has connections with a local hotel that is updating all their older TV's. I hooked it up to all my devices and it doesn't work with many of them. It turns out it is a Lodgenet TV. I read somewhere that you have to remove the Lodgenet card as it is locked to a single channel. I have taken off the back of the TV but I have no idea what I am looking for. Does anyone know how to return the TV to its original state as the only way I can get anything to work is it to run through an old VCR instead of through the proper cables. (the three: yellow, red, and white). It's a 2004 Toshiba if that helps, and I don't have a remote for it.
posted by risaroni at 10:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I've got a very simple plastic widget that I wish to duplicate in carbon fiber. I'm looking, naturally, for that deep piano finish that CF can provide and I need the replacement to be 3-dimensionally identical. The trick is that this widget has a bit of thickness to it, even though only one side is exposed. Are there any good online tutorials or technique write ups on how to make a solid thing out of composite material? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 9:57 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I jump start my car battery from my motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by bendy at 9:28 PM PST - 34 comments

How did you and your spouse/partner handle relationship difficulties during pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica at 9:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Twice, about year apart, I have had my debit card cloned, copied or otherwise made use of without my permission. The first was around a year ago. When I checked my account and found point-of-sale transactions for about $120 at two different locations, about 400 miles and two days apart. In states that I've never been to. Called my bank, card turned off, money reimbursed, etc etc. Then yesterday... [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 9:10 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best course of action after ending an affair with someone at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 33 comments

How long can a dog hold it without hurting themselves? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me select a new digital camera based on my requirements. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there any, good, books (or peer reviewed articles?) on the economics of Mandate Palestine including original Jewish immigration before the British mandate? I'm interested in the comparative development of the immigrated Israeli and indigenous Arab populous, as well as all the relevant, important tidbits: rates and causality of forced landlessness, Arab immigration from outside Palestine, etc.
posted by SollosQ at 8:17 PM PST - 1 comments

Is it true that Muslims are allowed to lie? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 8:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Help an anxious dude navigate cross country. I have to drive from Portland, OR to Portland, ME leaving the first week of December. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 8:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 8:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Know where to find the video of the Sailor's Hornpipe that used to show up between kids programmes on Australian ABC afternoon TV in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 6:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Calling all Stephen King fans: If you could ask him a question, what would it be? Alternately, if you have heard a great question posed to an author, what was it, or what made it good? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 6:22 PM PST - 19 comments

I'd like your advice about drinking alcohol - or abstaining from drinking - and dealing with my emotions and seasonal affective disorder. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 6:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Starting my career path. Help me brainstorm the possibilities. [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 6:05 PM PST - 5 comments

I have an Actiontec GT701WG that can supposedly act as a DHCP server, but nothing gets an IP address from it. Manually assigning IP addresses works fine, but that's a pain with several devices. I also have a Linksys WRT54G that I thought I could use as my DHCP server instead, but I can't get it to connect to the Actiontec with the static IP settings. How can I make this work without buying new hardware? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

I will be traveling in Asia for the first three weeks in October. I have Google Voice on my iPhone, and I'm wondering how I would be able to automatically forward calls/voicemail and text to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by xtine at 5:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I do with underdone cookies? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 5:36 PM PST - 19 comments

What documentaries accurately depict the dying process? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

My four-year-old cat has recently started drooling when happy. Okay. But in the last two days she has twice peed in weird places inside. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

My wife received a plant in May, from our son's Kindergarten class. It grew and was nice....but then it died. Another plant grew in the same pot. My wife would like to know if it is a weed or another plant. If it is a weed, she would like to stop watering it. :) - Thanks for your help Hive-Mind!
posted by AltReality at 5:25 PM PST - 9 comments

True black and white printing on my Cannon Pixma--can it be done? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Is the text of the unpublished epilogue to the Lord of the Rings available online? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 4:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find Sitar lessons in Dallas, TX?
posted by holdkris99 at 4:22 PM PST - 3 comments

I will soon have 12 days in Asia for a photoshoot and am trying to narrow down four choices of where to go. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Asking for a friend: I just "bought" a new car. On the drive home problems (that weren't there when I test-drove it) popped up. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by semp at 4:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I eat this, part umpteen gazillion. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:58 PM PST - 11 comments

If lawsuits are so sticky and messy, why do I read about so many ridiculous court cases? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra at 3:45 PM PST - 28 comments

Ten years ago I saw a painting at the Ringling museum in Sarasota. It wasn't there today. Help me figure out what it was. [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Flying from Hamilton, ON to Orlando on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I stream audio from several PCs (or one external-hard-drive-based music library) to my downstairs stereo? [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic at 3:04 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best ways to keep sunscreen applied to my stubble from turning into a mess like this? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

A possum has made a nest inside my car's engine! What can I do to get it out without damaging the car or the critter? [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 2:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Where should we stay for a night or two to explore the Everglades? Not camping. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this a real Google-thing or some kind of malware scam? Google search suddenly isn't working for me, sometimes. [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 1:34 PM PST - 28 comments

mp3 is deemed by some audiophiles to be a poorer quality format than something like PCM WAV. Yet mp3 files can easily be converted to WAV. So the data that apparently is missing from mp3 files (and ergo detracting from the overall audio quality) must be there somewhere in those files, just hidden or compressed? Is that correct?? What exactly does an mp3 file leave out when it compresses what, presumably, is the original PCM WAV file of a track?? And if using an A/D converter of some description you convert something from vinyl direct to mp3 you presumably could then convert that track to WAV - so where would all that additional data comprising the uncompressed WAV file (that may be ten times larger than the mp3) come from? I've absolutely no IT knowledge at all - so forgive me if these are embarrassingly dumb/elementary questions. I'm just intrigued.....
posted by MajorDundee at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

I just bought a dutch oven. What should I make in it? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 12:50 PM PST - 34 comments

I am looking for an exhaustive list of bird names [more inside]
posted by wooh at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

We took down a large cedar this summer that was listing ominously toward our house. Thinking we might use the wood, we've left a large amount of it here in our yard. Time passes, and the wood is still there. Am I creating a problem long term? What should I do with the wood with the rainy season coming on. [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Where is the best place to get essential oils? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me contract somebody to design a personal academic/faculty candidate website. [more inside]
posted by onalark at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Who do you recommend for small-scale web hosting? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 10:39 AM PST - 25 comments

New college needs to schedule classes, including required courses and electives. Constraints include (a) requirements as to the total number of hours each class must meet per week, varying as to credit hours awarded (typically entailing 2-5 hours per week) -- but permitting flexibility in terms of number of sessions per week (1-5), what time of day they meet, and so forth; (b) scarce classroom space, of varied room capacity, for classes of varied expected sizes. Instructors not such a big constraint. Seeking advice to pass on about software that optimizes the use of space and maximizes the number of potential class offerings, or kinds of people with background that could be consulted. Cheapness desired -- think of the children! -- but not indispensable. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Watching the Notre Dame v Pitt game, and I'm wondering about the extra hash marks between the numbers and the sideline. I've never seen those before, can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks [more inside]
posted by bach at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Apple TV first gen. (updated to current software) problem: Suddenly last night the menu for TV shows was empty, showing nothing but My TV Shows. No Search, Favorites, Top Shows, etc. WTF? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

The idea of going on the pill freaks me out-- am I being reasonable, metafilter? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 9:27 AM PST - 39 comments

Is my external hard drive history? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is my formerly well-behaved, quiet cat now peeing everywhere and vocal to the max? [more inside]
posted by poppyseed at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

SuddenFoodCravingFromChildhoodFilter: MUST HAS "Aunt Fanny's Pecan Twirls". Apparently they come out of Georgia, and this is what they look like. No longer find in DFW area, rioting to ensue. Money is no object, this is life or death! Please help...
posted by TigerMoth at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone know where this amazing waterfall is located? Tineye turned up 0 results.
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:39 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for an Android wifi manager app for my HTC Sensation 4G with a specific feature. When my phone thinks it's connected to a wifi network, it automatically turns off mobile data, which makes sense, as long as it's actually connected. Unfortunately, sometime there's something wrong with the wifi connection or the connection is really crappy, and I can't actually access the internet through it. This means that unless I go turn off wifi, I can't access the internet at all. Is there an app that will automatically switch on mobile data when I can't access the internet through the wifi connection?
posted by ErWenn at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by carbide at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

If I upgrade the video card in my Mac Pro to allow me to upgrade Final Cut Pro X, can I be confident that I will be able to continue using the software with this computer for the foreseeable future? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I cheaply/easily get company accounts for an Italian company? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker at 7:01 AM PST - 6 comments

I just hooked my android phone up to my hifi. The default music player is ok but I feel I may be missing out on something. Streaming apps seem flakey. I would like recommendations on playing/managing/enjoying music through my android device. [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm in a panic because of a moral crisis. How can I justify owning anything recreational when others have nothing? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 4:47 AM PST - 51 comments

I have a leather jacket that needs the lining redone. The exterior shell is fine (if somewhat worn) but the inside is coming apart. Does anyone have a good recommendation of where to get the inside of a leather jacket redone/repaired in Tampa, FL?
posted by Ikazuchi at 4:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Does anyone know if a copy of this Saturday Night Live skit, where a party breaks into a nonsensical song about Kandahar, is available online?
posted by whitewall at 4:07 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the longest chain of adaptations, like the remake of the film of the tv show of the novel of the play? [more inside]
posted by Gomoryhu at 3:28 AM PST - 26 comments

I recently changed my facebook account settings to notify me if my account is logged in using a device I haven't used before. Since then I have had 3 emails saying "It looks like someone used your Facebook account to log into Favourites" [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:21 AM PST - 6 comments

What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 1:28 AM PST - 20 comments

Could I have Asperger's Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 1:19 AM PST - 38 comments

I got tired of normal deodorants and anti-perspirants -- they didn't always work, I don't like the way they smell, and the residue made my clothes discolour and eventually break down under the arms. So I started using Odaban spray, which I love. There's basically nothing in it except, I think, water and aluminium chloride. Now I want to make my own version at home, but I'm kind of intimidated by the chemistry aspects -- can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 12:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me build floor stands for my speakers - a DIY challenge! [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:31 AM PST - 12 comments

google logic failure: Where can I watch the Fox News / Google republican debate from yesterday. I don't want highlights, just to watch the whole thing. Any help appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1 at 12:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Live Audio Broadcast Options: I want to broadcast a live music performance of mine to friends and family abroad. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 12:15 AM PST - 1 comments

September 23
Have you had good European or American food outside of America or Europe? If so, where and when? I was watching "No Reservations" on Netflix and was struck by how many Western countries had good examples of Eastern food. I haven't traveled in the East at all, but I can't help but think that the opposite must have happened. Please tell me if you've had great Smothered Chicken and Biscuits in Beijing. I want to hear!
posted by bswinburn at 9:54 PM PST - 34 comments

If you're running a business and need legal advice, you pay an attorney. But what if you're contributing to open source software (i.e. for free) and have legal questions? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Beyond just saying "I want a job", how can I effectively and creatively use social media like Facebook and Twitter to get a job?
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to start giving regularly to a human services program that practices the Housing First model. Ordinarily, I'd be looking to keep my money local, but I just moved to Seattle, and the city claims to have a good record on HF, plus I can't find any non-governmental orgs doing work here. What housing first program in a major US city most needs the money? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Sketchy-business-practice-filter: Recently got a letter from our insurance agent (car and home) saying, effectively, "We've reviewed your coverage, and according to some system we have (360 Value), the replacement cost of your house is roughly 30% more than what the current policy covers. If we don't hear from you in 30 days, we're raising your coverage to that $BIGNUM." [more inside]
posted by jferg at 8:45 PM PST - 16 comments

What song is played at 1:30 in the Jamie XX essential mix?
posted by elektrotechnicus at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Camping with a 4 year old in an unheated cabin when over night low is 37 F? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 7:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Could you please help me decide which dress to wear to a wedding tomorrow? My fashion sense is limited - pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley at 7:46 PM PST - 41 comments

How to not feel taken advantage of by selfish "friends"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find the only pain numbing cream that helps me! (Or if we HAVE to, an equivalent to replace it.) [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How will change of address affect my trip overseas if I am on a temporary resident visa and still in the process of filing for removal of conditions? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Feeling disenchanted with tuna salad, but want to keep eating fish for lunch every day. What are you best suggestions for easy, portable lunches that feature fish as a prominent ingredient? These need to be fully assembled before work and need to either taste good cold (ideal) or reheat in a microwave really well.
posted by corn_bread at 5:04 PM PST - 38 comments

What degree of speed improvement should I expect or aim for in trying to improve running times? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski at 4:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I break the cycle of abuse in my family and make a stable, happy and safe environment for my own (future) family? ( [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 3:58 PM PST - 21 comments

I have a massive Google spreadsheet containing entry info for a small film festival. I need to be able to produce tailored reports from it that only contain need-to-know info, instead of making people look at the master sheet. Is this possible? If not, what online software should I use? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

I manage a classroom of about 30 laptops. Because we we have no funding for upgrades it is up to me to keeps these things running. Everything my students do is web based, so a bootable CD running some form of kiosk type OS that serves up only a browser seems like a perfect choice. Can someone recommend a solution or even suggest another way to manage the lab?
posted by Mantix at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

In one week, I will have a bottle of home-infused tomato vodka. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner at 1:54 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I automate ftp transfers from one Mac to another? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 1:48 PM PST - 18 comments

My mother is scheduled for a hip replacement next week; both hips badly need the surgery and she was originally planning to get them done with three months recovery time between the two operations. However, her doctor has raised the possibility of getting both hips done at the same time, and she's decided to go for it. Does anyone have any experience with having both hips done at the same time, or knows an elderly person who opted for both at once? What was their/your experience? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

DSLR Filter- Narrowed my choices down, need an outside opinion on a couple details. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 12:57 PM PST - 17 comments

I recently bought a pair of beautiful lace-up brown high-heeled oxfords. I have no idea what to wear with them. Help? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 12:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 12:54 PM PST - 13 comments

If you use LibraryThing, how do you use tags and collections? I am afraid I am doing it wrong [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:42 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I enable audio when remoting to a computer [more inside]
posted by digdan at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Calling all electronics/audio savvy MeFites. Let's say I want to build a feraliminal lycanthropizer. How? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 11:47 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I fix my slow-draining toilet and sink? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 11:24 AM PST - 28 comments

How to scrape a web forum? I need help understanding the process. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Why do our jaws drop when we are dismayed or surprised? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Rented apartment, flimsy aluminium blinds savaged by toddler. I cannot figure out their quick release mechanism. I've tried rocking (suggested here,) prying, and cursing. There are no accessible latches, tabs, or clips. All but one sit flush to window frames, so they cannot slide sideways. They have a Faber sticker, they are less than two years old, and likely from a Canadian supplier. I can't find a relevant Faber installation guide. I popped the end cap off the one that isn't tight against a window frame (pic,) and I took a picture of the plate attached to the wall (pic.) I'm sure there is some dead simple manoeuvre that I've missed!
posted by weegreentoad at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Any idea who this singer is, or any info on this song? [more inside]
posted by jennhi at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Memtest says the RAM is clean. So why might my Eee PC 1000 be repeatedly rebooting? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 10:58 AM PST - 16 comments

What can I buy a lifetime subscription to? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 10:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Photographers: reducing your rate – do you or don’t you? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 10:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Any SF Bay Area'ers know a good place to hang out by a little creek or by the ocean in the shade all day and just relax, have a picnic, nap or read? Maybe play some music at a low volume? [more inside]
posted by missy_b at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there such a thing as a therapist who deals specifically with anxiety stemming from money matters? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 10:24 AM PST - 10 comments

I think my friend's small company might be getting ripped off. I need advice as to what is acceptable pricing for building and running a couple of websites. [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

DC to Pittsburgh by bus on Thanksgiving weekend? Will it be a traffic nightmare? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Rip Blu-Ray straight to uncompressed .avi at 1080p. What's the best way to do it? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:59 AM PST - 37 comments

No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
posted by racingjs at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm straight, midthirties, a woman, considered attractive, yet haven't had sex in a very, very long time, and I'm a little worried about the effect it's having on me. NSFW inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 34 comments

Mrs. COD and myself are headed to VA Beach this weekend, and my efforts to secure a nice hotel cheap via Hotwire / Priceline have not panned out. We are visiting with friends on Chick's beach, so staying somewhere around the Norfolk Airport keeps us within 15 minutes of their place, which is fine. Has anybody stayed at a Norfolk Airport hotel recently? The reviews on the travel sites are kind of scary, but I'm hoping it's just Internet trolling and it's not really that bad. Cheap is good - we just need a place to crash Saturday night. Any recommendations from recent personal experience?
posted by COD at 9:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for this pair of shoes? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 9:20 AM PST - 8 comments

At mid-life, I've finally discovered cooking. I've experimented with Lebanese, Portuguese, Moroccan and Turkish because they're my favorites. But I'm single these days and cooking for one. What are some good strategies? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 9:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

I want the best lentil soup recipes [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Where is religiosity growing and where is it shrinking? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a round face and very thick, mostly straight hair. I'm thinking about getting a layered haircut shorter than my shoulders. Would this work?? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I approach a competitor about applying for a job without jeopardizing my current position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I have a chip on my shoulder or is my boss underestimating me? Or maybe it's both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 15 comments

What is the best way to record a live streaming video broadcast from the Web? Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone recommend a plug-in that allows adobe acrobat to sort pages by page number? I inserted page numbers into a document; extracted certain pages into separate files, and then combined them again; the page numbers were off as a result (and there are some dupes). I'd like to make them resort by page number. Any ideas?
posted by miss tea at 6:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:46 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm going to Spain in November and desperately need hotel suggestions! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

I just purchased a Belkin Aircast bluetooth car adapter to use with a 1st generation Iphone. It's not working the way it's supposed to and I suspect it's because my iPhone is jailbroken. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 6:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 6:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Any songs/tips for a non-jazz singer performing at a jazz jam session? [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel at 6:10 AM PST - 7 comments

We're booking a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Any recommendations on where to stay? How about ferry trips? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 5:26 AM PST - 13 comments

My dream co-op financed--maybe. In my limited knowledge, the "five by five loan" sounds suspiciously like an ARM, although the lender swears it isn't. So what is it exactly? [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 5:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Where might I procure a cheap old timey laced vest for a nerdy Game of Thrones Halloween costume? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 5:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify this mid 2000's neo-noir movie [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack at 1:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Can you name any songs or movies which feature palindromic structures? In terms of music, I don't mean notes or lyrics, but the sections, eg, CVCBCVC. Movie patterns would be more loose, but one could be settings, eg, starts out in a house, then a car, then a plane, etc, ends in a car, then a house. Another pattern could be the entrance/exit of characters. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:16 AM PST - 21 comments

What hat should I wear this summer to keep cool without looking like a stereotypical nerd? I've worn fedoras all my life, and I've recently realized it makes me look a bit like Fedora Guy or a stereotype I want to avoid. Unfortunately, summer is coming up and I need to wear something to keep the sun off my head. I've been wearing this black straw fedora, and my dad recently gave me a more traditional Akubra (can't remember the exact model, but this might be close). I've also got a light straw hat and a 'wacky' one with cowboy skin (and a grey flatcap for winter). What should I wear when I plan on being outside for long periods of time? I'm in Sydney, Australia so there will be days when going out hatless isn't really an option
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:48 AM PST - 42 comments

September 22
Know of any research, books, websites, etc. that look into how people would likely react in various global catastrophe situations? Apocalyptic without the fire and brimstone. Such as: economic collapse, global loss of electronics, plagues and so on. Sociological and psychological realities of how humans this day in age would actually behave.
posted by mrflibble at 11:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone know where I can get a single item embroidered in Toronto - hopefully on a Saturday morning? [more inside]
posted by stray at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to make an awesome, KO baked good that will bring lots of money to our bakesale, with some specifications. [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 9:55 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me identify this clump of tree roots that a plumber cut from my sewer line today. It's either from a California Redwood, an ash, or this little tree that I haven't identified (maybe it's an ash too? It has berries while the big one does not, but I guess they flower and fruit on a multiyear cycle.) The house is in southern California, and roots are apparently invading the line through a bad splice between two sections of ABS pipe.
posted by contraption at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

ID this horror film that featured a bunch of people trapped in a house, someone sliding down a rope bare-handed, and a hole in the ground that opened into hell? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 8:42 PM PST - 5 comments

My boyfriend is about to face a court date next week for a furnishing alcohol to a minor charge.... he would gladfully face punishment for this crime, however, he didn't furnish alcohol to a minor. The prosecutor wants him to accept the plea agreement and not waste anyone's time. My boyfriend just doesn't want it on his record. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 8:32 PM PST - 44 comments

Does anyone know a wonderful child/family psychologist in Baltimore to work with a first-grader (and his parents)? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 8:21 PM PST - 4 comments

What the hell happens at the end of Peter Watts' entertainingly grittygrim space vampire novel Blindsight? (spoilers expected and obligatory, naturally) [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Is the 5-year(!) non-compete clause I signed valid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 21 comments

I need to replace an old e-commerce website with something more modern. Can you make recommendations for a non-programmer - Drupal or other CMS? Something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me with my short story [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Help picking a topic that lends itself to document analysis via XML-based techniques that preferably has to do with Politics or Political Science (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 7:03 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a good, slightly nerdy costume for Halloween, and I want something actually decent that won't be overly expensive. I could use some help with the actual logistics, though. Advice? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 6:47 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm addicted to tea. Usually flavoured black. Earl Grey especially. Now I'm not allowed caffeine (even decaf is being considered borderline). How do I get my tea on keeping in mind that I'm not a big roobios fan or floral herbals? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 6:40 PM PST - 31 comments

Repercussions of swearing at homeowner's association? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 6:27 PM PST - 34 comments

I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by lankford at 6:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:45 PM PST - 11 comments

For students' day at a middle/high school, each department of teachers has been asked to submit or perform something. I could use some help thinking of something that will entertain the students while keeping it appropriate for the age level. [more inside]
posted by nzydarkxj at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to set up a wiki so that my fellow students and I can collaborate on a constitution governing our class. Is there a space that I can do this somewhere on wikipedia? Or are there any other wiki 'hosts' (preferably free and ad free) that let people have a wiki for simple purposes such as I just outlined? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Which laptop should I buy? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:07 PM PST - 15 comments

I hate intrusive facebook. My favorite facebook blocker is 3 versions of firefox behind and doesn't appear to be actively updated anymore. What's more, with the latest redesign, FB has a new social plugin thing on other sites that I can't figure out how to block. What's the best way to keep facebook and its assorted APIs, plugins, sniffers, trackers and malware on its own damn webpage?
posted by T.D. Strange at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

What can one do with a garage other than use it for its intended purpose of storing cars? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% at 4:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Panicking about my relationship, which is then causing me to panic about my panic. I have no one to talk to and I just want to know that I'm going to be ok. [more inside]
posted by p. kitty at 4:37 PM PST - 19 comments

My mom is getting married in 3 days to a man she's been dating for two months. She emailed me this news (not too weird, that's our main form of communication) last week and I have been in too much of a state of shock to respond. How do I respond to this? I'm still not even sure how to feel about it. [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 4:31 PM PST - 30 comments

I have been skipping sleeping some nights lately, just to avoid the unpleasantness of waking up. How can I get some sleep at night without having to deal with a "sleep hangover" in the morning? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 4:03 PM PST - 35 comments

What 2-D, physical, non-photographer, non-sequential (more or less straight-ahead drawers and/or painters) artists are considered to be "cutting edge" right now?
posted by cmoj at 3:58 PM PST - 1 comments

I am shooting a short film for my MFA in New York City in November. I need help finding a small studio apartment to rent very short term as the film's single set. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Pottery is made in a pottery. What else is made in its namesake? Is there a name for this? [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 2:52 PM PST - 32 comments

How much should I budget for a wordpress stylesheet customization? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 2:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 2:27 PM PST - 7 comments

I subscribe to too many RSS feeds that publish too many items and I can't take it anymore. Help me pare down to something resembling "essentials." [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 2:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you find a therapist? I have been trying for months and can't find one that is accepting new patients and takes my insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Has anybody ever heard of a quote, supposedly attributed to Samuel Adams during the lead-up to the American Revolution, about how "the revolution will need exactly three martyrs; Less than three won't have enough effect, and more than three is a sanitation problem"? I can't find any evidence of it online even though I thought I might find a Snopes/misattribution article on the topic. Anybody heard of it before -- maybe attributed to somebody else?
posted by destro at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

ahem... this is a little embarrassing. I am female in my late 20's and have been attracted to both men and women before, and have sort of had relationships/ people I dated. When friends talk about their, hmm, libido, I never really know what they are talking about, and the phrase "physical attraction" as opposed to emotional or pretty face has never made sense to me. Until the other day. This woman with whom I have been working on a project came to the last meeting in a tight-fitting shirt, which accentuates her very slim and nimble waist. And uh, hmm, let's just say, both physically and mentally, I reacted instinctively and unexpectedly. (good thing nobody noticed.) And 2 weeks later I still can't stop thinking about it, so here it is, hive mind, explain to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Possible new job question: should I stay with my current job or take this new one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with a difficult person at work? Main question of the day: Do I cc this particular email to my higher boss? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 1:56 PM PST - 21 comments

What can I wear (other than a traditional bathing suit) while swimming at the gym? And how to start a very gentle swimming regimen while dealing with major back problems? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:49 PM PST - 26 comments

Do I really need to go to therapy or is this something I can do on my own? Go ahead, MetaFilter, talk me OUT of going to therapy! [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Ping pong in Houston, Texas? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I going to electrocute myself with my home extension cord repair? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 12:22 PM PST - 21 comments

What's the difference between setting up a Mac OS X server and turning on file sharing on a regular Mac? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

[TeacherFilter] Advice needed on getting these inner city middle schoolers to be quiet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 37 comments

Can GoogleTV add value to my HTPC setup, without cable TV? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

I've read that in the past, the family of an executed prisoner in China later received a bill for the cost of the bullet used in the execution. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

How reputable is Stautzenberger college's Veterinary Technology program? How about San Juan's distance learning program? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Do people actually quit their jobs to go to school while living on loans and government assistance--with children? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 11:21 AM PST - 19 comments

NYC doctor filter: Looking for a new primary care physician (last one moved away). Preferences: Upper East Side office location; takes insurance. Beyond that, no particular needs. Can you recommend someone you like? Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I become someone's home cook-for-pay? [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

I need a lens for low-light, hand-held, food photography on my Canon 40D. I will be renting the lens so cost is not an issue and prefer only one lens instead of swapping them out. I will be taking pictures in restaurants during actual meals so dishes must be fully framed from the seated position. No tripod, no flashes, no standing up, no trickery. What would you recommend?
posted by sygyzy at 11:05 AM PST - 17 comments

This comes up every year at this time: people needing help with ideas for Halloween costumes. Here are the particulars which make this case a bit different: looking for an affordable (cheap, actually) idea for a six-piece rock band (two women, four men.) Something we can actually wear onstage and perform in without dying of heat prostration, or spending more on the costumes than we'll make playing the gig. Any good ideas out there?
posted by dorgla at 10:50 AM PST - 36 comments

How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 10:49 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I learn to focus on my own life? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find out more about people with opposite sexual and romantic orientations? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend some good books that have characters that I would actually aspire to be like? [more inside]
posted by chevyvan at 10:24 AM PST - 16 comments

My parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in August 2012, and my family is already planning a commemorative catered dinner/dance. On the evening's agenda will be a musical solo, sung by my talented teenaged niece Peaches and accompanied by my sister on the piano. I'd like some suggestions as to what song Peaches might sing. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:59 AM PST - 28 comments

Drinking outdoors in New Orleans: I'm planning a picnic with a large group of people in a New Orleans city park. I know outdoor drinking is permitted in New Orleans as long as the alcohol is consumed in a plastic cup and not the original container. My question is, can I bring a cooler of beer and wine to a city park, and serve the drinks in plastic cups? In other words, am I legally permitted to have open glass or metal containers outdoors as long as they're in a cooler?
posted by Ziggurat at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I best repair a rusty wheel arch. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

New Android phone in Toronto - Bell? Rogers? Someone else? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 9:28 AM PST - 23 comments

Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:23 AM PST - 29 comments

I ordered this item from Amazon.com last month and when I ordered it, I noticed that the shipping date was September 28-October 29. That seemed a little weird so I contact Amazon and the rep just confused me more. Do you know the inner workings of Amazon? Can you explain this to me? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:51 AM PST - 23 comments

We just had twins. How soon can we expect one parent to be able to look after the two of them for a couple of hours without any help? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 7:50 AM PST - 49 comments

Could someone recommend a podcast featuring excellent radio drama, old or new? I'd like something with high production quality, engaging stories, and regular updates. Thanks.
posted by jwhite1979 at 7:43 AM PST - 14 comments

I have gotten myself in to what feels like an awkward position. I agreed to babysit the child of my husband's co worker once a week. The deal was that they would pay me $50 each time. I agreed because I was looking to take on a second job anyway, so this was perfect. We are going on three weeks at this point, in which I have not been paid. That part is obviously awkward enough, but the additional details make me feel pretty crappy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 AM PST - 48 comments

I improved a website for a business. The client was satisfied throughout the project and at launch 1 yr ago. But he fell out with his partners and they're threatening to sue me. I billed about $5k for the site. The site now does everything he wanted - consistent navigation, improved graphics, data driven pages (it had been over 100 html pages with little consistency among them). Can I be sued for violating some best practices like not saving Includes in their own directory, having some HTML tags inside a SQL database, leaving test code and unused files on the production site and not optimizing queries, commenting-out unused code instead of removing it? Can I be sued for leaving the site vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks even if there were no actual damages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 22 comments

What's the best way to upload an Access DB using PHP and read its contents into MySQL?
posted by monkey closet at 6:58 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for the best wireless router and extender combination to spread internet access throughout a large area. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:42 AM PST - 4 comments

I have some questions regarding MMS charges and the Facebook Messenger app. Between it and the upcoming iOS messages in iOS5 I would like to completely eliminate my texting plan (in light of AT&T's total dick move of eliminating the $10/month text plan-which I was going to move to after iOS5). I figure between Facebook and my iphone-owning friends, family, and girlfriend I should be 99.9% covered and I'll eat the per-text charge on the 2-3 a month that may slip by. I just cant seem to find a clear answer on one point, though: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone please identify this picture? [more inside]
posted by Wonton Cruelty at 6:36 AM PST - 6 comments

My favorite "last minute, destination-nonspecific" travel site just folded. Are there any others out there? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Pimp my pantry - Allergen free style. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 6:10 AM PST - 23 comments

If you were having lunch with the Australian Minister for Health which new, innovative, targeted and cost effective measures would you suggest to improve health care in Australia? Ideas could focus on regional services, mental health, hospitals and nursing or GP services, preventative health and so forth. Links to fresh, successful strategies in other countries or well argued position papers would be appreciated. Simply suggesting spending more money isn't an option. This question has nothing to do with the oft rehearsed arguments over health insurance and provision in the USA.
posted by joannemullen at 6:08 AM PST - 15 comments

My father is 78 and is housebound after 16 years of suffering from the after-effects of several strokes. I showed him my iPad and he was entranced so we are going to get him a top of the line iPad. What are the best apps that we can put on the iPad for him? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 5:29 AM PST - 21 comments

I would like to learn French. I like to watch movies. What are some French-language movies that might allow me to do both things at once? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb at 4:00 AM PST - 30 comments

What are your beginner/intermediate SAS handbook recommendations? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 2:14 AM PST - 4 comments

In Korean, the words for 'mom' and 'dad', respectively, are umma and appa. In Hebrew (maybe other Semitic languages, too), they are ima and abba. Is there a link between Korean (maybe other east Asian languages?) and the Semitic languages?
posted by KingoftheWhales at 2:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Hi, I just got into an online relationship with a friend whom I've known for three years. He left his previous (online and real life) relationship of three years because his girlfriend was blackmailing him and spilling his secrets to other people which made him lose friends. She was both nice and mean, in his own words, bipolar. He said that he has emotional residue because he felt that she was the only one who would stay with him but that he knows he should let go of her. He made peace with the notion that he will be single forever before I told him that I'd like to be with him. [more inside]
posted by kopi at 1:17 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm looking for fun educational youtube videos. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 1:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Are steroids legal in China? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo at 12:44 AM PST - 1 comments

September 21
Macbook Pro or Air for SPSS? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 11:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify this song from 1992-93 from some half-remembered lyrics! [more inside]
posted by e-man at 9:53 PM PST - 9 comments

I need advice on how to plot out my career - right now I feel doomed to drift. I work in development currently, not sure I want to stay there, but it's the only thing I know how to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 6 comments

TL;dr, I have a very clingy friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 24 comments

I have a 12 hour layover in Warsaw. What to do? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 9:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Any decent wordpress shopping carts? FOSS or for sale doesn't matter so much as good to go right now and stable for at least a few years into the future. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:25 PM PST - 10 comments

It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate at 8:08 PM PST - 22 comments

I need some help getting a Flash rollover to behave. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 7:46 PM PST - 3 comments

So, there's this movie. It involves a beautiful double-amputee woman and a man, and I think they're in love. I believe there's a prisoner dynamic. Pretty sure it was a mindfuck scenario, very bizarre, and possibly directed by the daughter of a big name. Any ideas?
posted by jingle at 7:35 PM PST - 2 comments

My mom needs a home health aid. She's in her late 60s and has MS. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ifandonlyif at 7:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do parents refer to themselves in 3rd person when talking to their young children? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo at 6:47 PM PST - 57 comments

Is it ok to write my role rather than exact title on my resume? A company has unique titles like for project managers they call them team leads. I rather use titles that are better understood and more common and searchable. Would this be considered misrepresenting facts or lying??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some classic/great albums that are less than 45 minutes? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 6:27 PM PST - 59 comments

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses! Please help with advice for altering a knitted dress. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 6:21 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I actually learn to speak Korean? I have a few materials, but they're not hitting the spot for me. Or I need to do something else with them. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 6:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Central Texas heat: Canned sardines -- okay in the glove box of my pickup or will they go south or explode or ??? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 5:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me recall which movie features a determined maniac lifting up a coed and impaling her on deer antlers above the fireplace? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Mom wants to go to the Brooklyn Flea Market this weekend. Of course, nothing is simple in Marky world... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

What small things can I add to my work space (or change) to make my day more cheerful/more efficient/better all-around? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 4:39 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm looking for an interstate bus advocacy, lobbying, or research group. I'd like to talk to someone about how the market shifted over last 10 years, especially in the northeast. Topics for discussion: Increased ridership (possibly due to recession). Their pricing and the competitive pressures MegaBus/Chinatown exerted on, say, Greyhound. Also, issues of safety and worker rights. Have they made their rides cheaper on the backs of underpaid workers and decreased rider safety?
posted by LeonBernstein at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I easily find out which were the best (American) football games from the past weekend? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

What are your favorite recipes from Yamuna Devi's Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me deal with my hair [more inside]
posted by noella at 3:51 PM PST - 19 comments

I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify an old song. I've recorded a small clip of the melody. [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

My professor just told my entire class that I am the special student who is allowed to do something the rest of the class can't do (use a laptop to take notes) because I have a 'dispensation'. Can he do that, or was my privacy just violated? [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 3:14 PM PST - 125 comments

Outlook 2010 stops indexing after a certain date in a certain email account. Rebuild indexes, restarting service, does nothing. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

With fall approaching, I would like to light a fire in my gas fireplace, but I cannot figure out how. [more inside]
posted by lbo at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Building an in-ground swimming pool and looking for hacks about going through the process. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Crash course tips on homeowning/homebuying? What do you wish you would have known before buying a foreclosed fixer-upper? What new (to us) home tips can you share? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 2:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Weird Unix terminal issue where yer trying to up arrow through bash history and it looks messed up, right? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 2:24 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm trying to find a website. It was a collection of short horror fiction pieces, organized as a bestiary maintained by a secret government organization. It had entries for, I think, a giant preternaturally intelligent and malicious fish-like thing, a haunted subway train, and an orb that acted as a portable black hole or something like that. What was it?
posted by invitapriore at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

I have some questions about the MPA degree. Is it a useful degree? Does it actually help in the job search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

White guy debating applying to teach at a HBCU seeks your input. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Teaching an on-camera acting class to kids age 8-12. Looking for interesting TV and film scenes featuring kids. Can you suggest scenes, ideally as YouTube links or online scripts? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

A more durable substitute for Vans? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:30 PM PST - 15 comments

How should I depict our complicated organizational structure in my database design? [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Online Dating Filter: What are some tell-tale red flags that someone might turn into a creep? Please help me fine tune my creepometer! [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 12:52 PM PST - 92 comments

UPS has decided to stop delivering without a signature after a package went missing. Now what should I do? [more inside]
posted by runnergirl at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I interpret the crime statistics on a given neighborhood in my city? And is it then appropriate to make a judgment call on whether or not it's safe to put my child in a daycare there using that information? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:28 PM PST - 21 comments

You are a man and you were once shy about sex, particularly about vocalizing your wants/needs. How did you come out of your shell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 PM PST - 23 comments

How to negotiate employer paying for flight to interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I hung up curtains last week using IKEA's Dignitet curtain wire system. Last night the steel cable yanked one of the mounts out of the brick wall it was attached to. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by ar0n at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Does anybody know of any attempts to shoot ice balls from a tennis ball machine? Couldn't find anything via search. (Note that I'm in California and haven't been able to lug a tennis ball machine to the Sierras, and wouldn't want to attempt this at a tennis club for fear of getting blackballed, no pun intended).
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

I would like to swap my manual transmission car for an automatic transmission car. Is this even possible? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker at 11:35 AM PST - 18 comments

My five year old son is obsessed with Angry Birds. Suggest some ways that I can use the obsession to teach him a little tiny bit about physics. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:21 AM PST - 15 comments

So I'm publishing my first book. My editor has asked me to secure photos and the international rights. How does this work? What are some good cheap sources? [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 10:57 AM PST - 13 comments

I think I may have found a way of definitively finding a long-lost crush. Tell me if that's a bad idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Removing blown in insulation easily? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Help with job offer question needed asap! [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there any online resource that functions like microsoft word that I can use to get my paper appropriately edited? Within the hour? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

I am about to go to my first therapy session in a few hours, and I am kind of terrified. I don't know what I should be trying to achieve in this first meeting. I am afraid my mind is going to go blank, or I will freeze up and not be honest with the therapist, or I will go into jokey-mode. What are some ideas that might help me to keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by teslateslatesla at 10:40 AM PST - 19 comments

I designed the website, installed a WYSIWYG editor for my client to update the text, and now the site looks terrible. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Does this app exist? I want a utility for my Android that will provide on-the-fly translations for selected sections of a body of text I am reading, without requiring me to leave the text or manually type in the section I need translated. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Are there helpful online resources for adults who want to learn swimming strokes? We can both swim, but we'd like to develop proper form. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Storybooks (standalone, series or anthologies) that have empowered female characters and are appropriate for a kindergartener? [more inside]
posted by clicking the 'Post Comment' button at 10:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can I commission custom made decoder wedding rings? [more inside]
posted by Zophi at 10:02 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
posted by alfanut at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do Airport, iChat and VPN stop working in certain coffee shops? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

"To be" or not "to be"? That is the question! [more inside]
posted by Jayed at 9:46 AM PST - 79 comments

What's the best mobster movie for every country (other than America) that's ever made a mobster movie? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:41 AM PST - 31 comments

Ok, therapy. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Run.Faster at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by swordfishtrombones at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Would you serve this? I need a little mefihelp with food advice for an upcoming poker game. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 8:58 AM PST - 25 comments

I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

I took painkillers a few weeks ago (opioids) to alleviate symptoms and am experiencing what I believe to be severely low testosterone. How can I reverse this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I tell sexual partners about my mole in an, er, delicate area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Issue with bibtex author-year citations and two authors with the same last name. [more inside]
posted by alk at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I buy train tickets for the new high speed train between Shanghai and Beijing? Have you taken the train? Tips? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm considering working from home as a virtual assistant. If you've done this how was it for you? Can you recommend good companies to work for? What should I do to increase my opportunities as a VA and what should I avoid?
posted by WeaverRose at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

YANMD but about once a month a week before my period, my gums are sensitive. I have very good oral hygiene so this bothers me. Obviously it is likely to be hormonal but what can I do about it?
posted by turtlefu at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

(UK railfilter) Why would my train suddenly announce that only tickets with specific reservations were valid? [more inside]
posted by piato at 7:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Lady moving to Boston from Virginia. What are your Work winter clothing essentials? [more inside]
posted by natasha_k at 7:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me my restore my leather jacket and make it last forever! [more inside]
posted by AaRdVarK at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Our wedding cake people canceled on us 2.5 weeks before our wedding! So we're seeking some affordable NYC bakeries who make GREAT cakes (we don't care about decorations, just the flavor) and can fulfill an order for 100 people on fairly short notice. We are considering asking for multiple smaller cakes, as it seems requesting one large, stacked cake significantly narrows down our options when ordering sort-of last minute. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 7:17 AM PST - 31 comments

What's the best solution for a company to manage their Twitter account? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

How many virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life) still exist and don't suck? [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

How should I handle a POP 19.6GB Outlook 2007 .pst file that is bugging the heck out and crashing daily? I believe I need to: a) Reduce the file size now, and b) implement a better strategy for the future [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 7:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for things to do and places to visit in or around the town of Skipton, North Yorkshire next week. [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm running in a Zombie Infected 5k Obstacle Course. I could dress as a casual runner caught in the apocalypse, but where's the fun in that? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl at 6:17 AM PST - 19 comments

What is the best Verizon phone that works well with Macs but is not an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:11 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to help 250,000 unskilled, decentralized workers on a flexible part-time basis earn money at home in their spare time? Solutions should be a) legal, b) scalable, c) easy to learn/implement. [more inside]
posted by KiddAnnica at 3:07 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I connect my Witopia VPN wireless router to my ISP's wireless router? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 2:39 AM PST - 1 comments

Mac OSX Networking: Can I configure different applications to use different Network services to connect? How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 2:31 AM PST - 6 comments

I need recommendations for international call cards, Calling from the Netherlands to the UK, that can be purchased in the UK(or Ireland) [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 2:03 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides at 12:16 AM PST - 12 comments

September 20
What's this particular old drum machine beat? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 11:56 PM PST - 10 comments

I have quite a limited social life, partly due to lifelong social anxiety, and would like to try to make more friends locally (I enjoy some online contacts, but friends IRL is my focus at the moment). Since I am not working, and likely won't be in a position to for some time due to a mental health challenge, my funds are limited for going out so I need to be selective. For what it's worth, I live in Glasgow (Scotland), I'm male and age 41. I think I could pursue one of the following three options, but not them all. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 11:10 PM PST - 16 comments

If I have an address in one city in the UK (in Wales), can I check myself into the psych ward of a hospital in another city (in England), or will I be transferred back to the first city? This is a situation I need to be sure on before I put myself in the way of possibly being sectioned.
posted by anonymous at 10:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a website for photos of women who have had kids? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst at 9:57 PM PST - 6 comments

MovieFilter: It's about a painter who thinks turpentine kills emotions. But what's it called? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 9:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Best Verizon Smartphone? IPhone vs Droid 3? [more inside]
posted by touareg at 9:22 PM PST - 23 comments

How much money should a couple budget for one year's worth of travel? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 8:09 PM PST - 17 comments

I am looking for an article or blog post that came out fairly recently, definitely this summer, I think within the last 6 weeks, about an author (female, I'm pretty sure) who tested Amazon's editorial oversight by uploading an e-book consisting of a single word and having it approved for sale. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm having trouble getting my Macbook to reliably communicate with, well, anything else on my network, and not having a spare router or laptop is not helping the troubleshooting process. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a doctor / nurse practitioner in Portland, Oregon. I want someone who will work with me, as opposed to running the show. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for data points on natural gas heating costs of a house in a cold(ish) climate with radiant heat. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 6:49 PM PST - 4 comments

What are your spinach secrets? How can I make cooked spinach at home that is as delicious as what I get at restaurants? Even loaded up with butter and salt, it's still not the same. [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 6:33 PM PST - 41 comments

Please give me advice on a sticky job resignation issue. My manager did not accept my resignation date, and then things got complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 45 comments

Anyone know any good pub quizzes in Brooklyn (preferably Park Slope or vicinity)? [more inside]
posted by goingonit at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 5:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Massive video camera files...where to put them? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Postal Service Filter: What's up with extra barcode stickers next to postage on two Media Mail packages I sent today? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Whats that website where they get a guy and a girl to try stuff? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some good movies (clips) that have a retreat from a battle scene? Specifically looking for times when the good guys have to retreat, regroup, replan, then try again (hopefully for victory). More details below [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 3:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Berlin. Will be there celebrating my son's birthday, between 25th and 28th of september. He runs a cool restaurant in Stockholm, loves beer, football and music and will be 47. I am 70 love museums, art shows, wine -and still like whooping it up. Will be staying in Kreuzberg. What shouldn't we miss?
posted by jan murray at 3:45 PM PST - 8 comments

The sand paper keeps slipping off this Dremel sanding drum. How do I make it not do that? The bit is secure and the sand paper is the proper size for the drum.
posted by curious nu at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How much should I charge for developing a mobile/web app? And, should I charge hourly, weekly, or ask for a fulltime position? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 3:42 PM PST - 8 comments

My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 33 comments

can't-believe-I'm-asking-this-filter: How would I go about finding more information on celebrities/public figures who have been accused of being supernatural or not human? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 3:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Are we killing our neighbor's tree with our hot water heater? If so, what can we do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 14 comments

My boss needs an academic reference manager (think: Papers, Sente, BibDesk) that can handle a huge existing BibTeX reference library and a huge-separate-but-sometimes-overlapping existing library of papers in PDF format. Have one you love? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you help me find this hip-hop song, and/or the nerdy online article that analyzed part of it? Theme: so many stacks of money that you could lay on them, like a bed [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 3:31 PM PST - 3 comments

I'd like to use this photo on my website, but would like to get permission from its owner first. [more inside]
posted by konig at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Oily watery leak in car? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by fake at 2:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Since discontinuing my beloved Starbucks Breakfast Blend for my Tassimo coffee maker I have been lacking in one of my favorite rituals... the cup before work. None of the other coffee brands seem to stack up, not even close. It maybe a silly question to waste on an askme, but has any other MeFi fan of the former Starbucks selection found a respectable alternative coffee for their Tassimo machine? My machine is now way underused. Note to Starbucks and Tassimo: thanks for letting down your customer base. Booo...Hiss.
posted by shimmer at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

What technologies, procedures, or incentives exist to ensure proper rolling of coins? [more inside]
posted by Nothlit at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

At some of the older buildings on my campus the men's room has a very strange design to the urinals. They are sort of soup-bowl in shape (a gross analogy, I agree), there are no dividers between them, and unless you take steps to prevent it your equipment is fairly visible to anyone who walks in the door as you're using them. This seems odd to me. I think the buildings that they're in were built in the 70s or 80s... is there a design reason / philosophy behind the worst bathrooms I've ever used in my life? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Need routing help, RV traveling from Winnipeg to Memphis ... our usual route has closures and detours. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Should we eat it... a year from now? [The Wedding Cake Edition] [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 1:56 PM PST - 28 comments

I could use some help choosing a hotel in Puerto Rico (or should we go somewhere else?). [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a travel website where I can search for vacation deals or packages from 2 (or more!) *origin* airports? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 1:48 PM PST - 1 comments

I just received the Social Security card for my first child. Please advise me on what I should do now. I plan on talking to my financial advisor to set up a college fund and will start making deposits very soon. Should I set up a bank account, savings account, 401k, etc...? [more inside]
posted by Paalen at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

OK. Here's my issue. I can drive, but I've inherited a bit of a driving phobia from my mom (who doesn't drive at all). In the small town where I'm originally from, I just stuck to regular roads and state highways. I've never liked the freeway. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 12:48 PM PST - 53 comments

Language Learning Filter: How long is it going to take me, a person speaking a Germanic language (English) to go from the first tier of intermediate to advanced and/or fluent in a Romance language (French), assuming 20 hours of classes a week? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 12:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is snot yellow? And where does it come from? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this how love works? One day it's unmistakable, then next it's almost impossible to find. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 35 comments

A follow-up to this question. Protecting a car full of my belongings while driving cross country for several days: complications: musical instruments, computer gear and cat. How? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:20 PM PST - 27 comments

Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
posted by jamjames at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

People who take Vitamin D to stave off SAD-type gloom: please give me your anecdotes. In particular, how long does it take to start working? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 12:13 PM PST - 29 comments

Cisco experts -- how do you get AnyConnect working with Active directory? [more inside]
posted by empath at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I introduce new girlfriends/dates to a best friend who also happens to be somewhat of an old flame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 46 comments

I want to take some intensive language classes in Germany for 6-7 months. I'm not affiliated with a university, and I have a bunch of question about visas and one short question about stipends from the Goethe Institut. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Funeral road trip this weekend: from Minneapolis, MN to Medina, OH. Is it really going to take 12 hours? Any can't-miss stops along the way? Route suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jilliank at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there some way (maybe with javascript?) to track how much of an embedded YouTube video someone has watched on my website? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 10:32 AM PST - 1 comments

Fantasy ID filter: book read in the late 80s, early 90s. Child in fishing village, purchased as a slave or servant by a traveling magician. Beautiful city in decline, animal (fish?) shaped necklace with a seed in its mouth? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:12 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I go about getting some of my stories made into comics? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm back to exercising but my weight is at a standstill. What's worked for you? I'd love to lose 30 pounds. Also...any ideas for controlling your diet for someone who really enjoys the culture of food? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 9:54 AM PST - 29 comments

I've got a week or so to drive around Wyoming, and northern Utah. (Coming back via I70, spending a day in Crested Butte.) Leaving Friday afternoon. What fall color should I absolutely not miss? [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

When an author, political figure or other speaker donates their speaking or appearance fee to charity, do they garner any tax benefits? Does this donation show up as a charitable tax deduction on their tax form? Does it show up as a charitable donation on the sponsoring organization's tax form? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

My mother has given me the go-ahead to spend all the family money I need to help attract a nice girlfriend. What are some fun things I can do? [more inside]
posted by mnop at 9:41 AM PST - 77 comments

Can you recommend films that have open or unresolved endings? [more inside]
posted by perhapses at 9:37 AM PST - 30 comments

I'm in need a morale boost. I'm feeling a little lost on how to cope with a rocky friendship. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 9:12 AM PST - 31 comments

Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I protect my interest while selling my website? [more inside]
posted by jorlando at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a way to find out if 'petrol' or 'gas' is the most recognized word for vehicle fuel by country? [more inside]
posted by pb at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I train myself to stop being so insecure about my breasts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 42 comments

How can I convince my soon-to-be landlady that keeping bikes inside will not result in damage or a bike-house apocalypse? She's strongly insisting that bikes (currently inside) be moved outside, where they will almost certainly be stolen, and at least damaged by rain/weather. (Long - Lots of context/details about testy maintenance issues with previous leaseholder inside.) [more inside]
posted by foodmapper at 8:12 AM PST - 26 comments

What are good resources for researching and evaluating enterprise web content management and digital asset management systems?
posted by kirkaracha at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

What advice would you give to a young female STEM graduate? I have eleven years experience. I graduated from a STEM program in 2000 and recently received my MS degree also in a STEM field. Five years of my experience were in industry, the last six are in a research lab in academia. I am not a student, I am a regular employee of the university. My MS degree came from another university. During these six years I have never seen sexism like I have seen it here. It is anticipated my current place of employment will no longer be because our funding will cease. We are all looking for jobs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 24 comments

I finally have a room of my own to decorate! ...And it's the size of a walk-in closet! Help me figure out how to make this tiny space into my home. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I use any Bluetooth ear piece with my new Dragon Dictate software? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I keep a sandwich overnight without it getting soggy and gross? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 7:34 AM PST - 12 comments

I have a friend in his mid 20s who has, I would guess, a 9th-grade literacy level. I'd like to help him bring that up a bit, so he is more successful in school (he just started at a community college taking business classes). I don't know where to begin! There's soooo much information on the net, I'm having a hard time processing it. Can you suggest a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:34 AM PST - 19 comments

What's a good program for making simple animations synced to music on OS X (10.6.8)? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Comparative religion filter: Seeking a calendar, chart or similar that takes a seasonal approach to listing/identifying religious events, festivals and important occasions for major world religions. [more inside]
posted by tidecat at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

I have a flight from Toronto to Montreal (YYZ-YUL) at noon on Thursday. Air Canada flight attendants are expected to strike at midnight on Wednesday. What should I do/expect? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm working on a project in China at the moment aimed at getting luxury European and North American brands to install themselves at a new five-star hotel and luxury shopping plaza in one of China's many rapidly growing second-tier cities. The location is excellent and the nimiety of demand and feasibility studies we have conducted show this clearly. We need to convince key decision makers not only in Paris, Milan, London and New York but also here in Shanghai. But how to contact the right people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 AM PST - 3 comments

My bedroom smells like pee. Ew! Gross! But also: we don't have a pet, we don't have kids, we're scrupulously clean, and we can't seem to find the smell's origin despite much aggressive searching. What on earth can this be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 AM PST - 36 comments

I want to casually amplify a speech outside and on the go—and without electricity present. Help me, fellow geeks, who are geekier than I! [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 5:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Which of these two (complicated) flight options will A) give me the biggest baggage allowance, and B) cost the least for excess bags? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 4:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Midwifery filter: I'm searching for a suitable course of study to become a direct-entry midwife. Are there any programs in Europe that are taught in English? Bonus points for programs that have a distance-learning component. Many thanks! [more inside]
posted by Ellie Higginbottom at 3:23 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm in need of heavy, new music. I know that sounds general, but if I give a couple of examples, could you recommend similar tracks or albums? OK: The Zed's Dead remix of Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus." The entire Araabmuzik album. Also, the Weeknd's first EP. [more inside]
posted by flod at 3:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Why are the majority of forested trees in Brandenburg firs and upon crossing the Polish border into Lubusz Voivodeship they are all Birch? [more inside]
posted by metsauce at 2:55 AM PST - 8 comments

I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 2:50 AM PST - 11 comments

I would like a nice transition in our Bride/Groom dance to having a dance with my mother. Just the tone obviously, I am looking for a piece of music that fits well. It doesn't have to be in the same era. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by Odinhead at 2:49 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some anti-monarchist novels or plays? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 2:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me identify a children's fantasy story! It was a radio drama (possibly based on a book, possibly airing on the BBC) that I listened to when I was young. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 1:49 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm trying to remember where I would have read this. I remember a discussion of the omnipotence/omniscience of a writer in relation to his story world and its characters -- I think the book must have been about writing fiction. There was a particular example having to do with Time, and how a writer who is interrupted by a knock at the door leaves his character, who was about to sit down (or set the table or something), mid-sentence and in a state of limbo. Come to think of it, maybe this was about philosophy or theology... I may have gotten some/all of the details wrong. Any of that sound familiar?
posted by Cortes at 12:01 AM PST - 10 comments

September 19
Describe your experience traveling semi-adventurously (developing country, language barriers, etc) with a very small infant, like a few weeks old small. Specifically concerned with health and safety issues but also comfort and parental sanity. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me navigate the IP landmine field that is the world of font-embedding. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:02 PM PST - 7 comments

I am exploring a career change into health information management. Is an RHIA worth the extra cost? [more inside]
posted by sarabeth at 9:45 PM PST - 0 comments

What are the common tools of the trade - software, mainly - for Vimeo-wave videographers? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there any good (Mac) software for making a comprehensive cookbook index from recipe ingredients? [more inside]
posted by x41-pbj at 9:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Looking for alternatives for a hard-to-find gift: Chanel No. 5 Bath Powder. [more inside]
posted by and for no one at 9:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the best online resources for info about older Chevy pickups? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Help my fiancee not get scammed when buying her wedding dress! [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for coping strategies or appropriate vents for long-repressed irritation with minor things, such as frustrating professors, unfortunate policies, more-sociable roommates, and the stuff of life. While I'm ok with impersonal set-backs and serious personal challenges, these minor interpersonal irritants seem to be driving me closer and closer to open confrontation, and I don't know how to channel it properly while retaining some measure of my natural calm and distance. [more inside]
posted by reenka at 7:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Give me a haircut. I am a youngish guy with a beard that I keep trimmed pretty short. I need a haircut to match. Longer, I-hate-my-current-haircut story inside. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 7:38 PM PST - 6 comments

I wrote a book and would like Urban Outfitters to carry it - what specific steps would you take to ensure this eventuality? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to go to the gym, but the gym is so boring. Reading books/listening to music/watching TV during compatible exercises (i.e. no books with free weights) doesn't seem to help. How can I keep myself stimulated so that I can get through more than 30 minutes of working out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Finding games for an ancient iPod Touch [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Asking for a friend: Question about sentencing likelihood for a Class B Misdemeanor for marijuana possession in Travis County, Texas. Previous record and details of current arrest inside...YANML [more inside]
posted by argylekneesocks at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Your experiences with antidepressants and, uh, word-forgetting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Why does my cat seem to like sweaty clothes? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 6:37 PM PST - 21 comments

So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for flute music to play without an accompaniment: I'm a classically trained flutist, and have been asked to play during a casual open mic night in the near future. [more inside]
posted by DizzyLeaf at 5:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Netflix Instant Stream has about 1 out of every 20 movies I search for. I guess I'm too "indie" for them or something. Hulu+ and Amazon Prime aren't much better. Are there any streaming alternatives? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 5:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Why does my internet kind of disconnect? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Give me your best detailed, graphical overview of the U.S. healthcare system(s) - ideally with a view of number of covered lives. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

I have a new chihuahua puppy who is a bit too aggressive and not sure how to train it out of him. Details inside, advice needed. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Who sells misses' size 18 dresses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 27 comments

I think I have a yeast infection but I'm having a hard time getting a doctor's appointment anytime soon. Advice for what to do in the meantime is appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:28 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I remove memories of an unpleasant person from my mind? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 3:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Two questions about a potential trip to Disney World: 1) Is it crazy to plan a trip to Disney World for the Saturday-Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving? 2) Is it vital to stay at a Disney property? Thanks!
posted by tmharris65 at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm aware that re-releases of old films (eg, from the 70s, Star Wars I'm looking at you) are common as and when new formats become available, but what is the logic in this other than commercial? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 3:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Teaching ten year-olds about turning grapes into wine - any fun/pedagogic insights/ideas? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

So I am still looking for a place to live. This is so stressful and frustrating, and the worst part is I only have about three weeks before I must move out. I'm seriously not sure what else I can do right about now. [more inside]
posted by Fire at 3:11 PM PST - 35 comments

Is there a word that would express your combined surprise/confusion/confoundment upon witnessing an event or situation? How would best express, in a single word, your brain's "WTF-moment"? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 3:10 PM PST - 33 comments

Edgy flower delivery alternatives: anyone know where I could order something cool for a punk-rock loving 16-year-old who's in the hospital this week? [more inside]
posted by plantbot at 3:05 PM PST - 13 comments

HKMovieFilter: What HK action movie is this scene from? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How to name a specific polyhedron? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Um...should I retake the GRE? Will my mediocre quant score keep me from getting into computer science grad school? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 2:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Our mover, licensed and bonded, turned out to be a criminal. He stole some of our things but even worse is that he's listed in the sexual offender directory. We're already warning others in our reviews but could/should we be more explicit? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 2:11 PM PST - 51 comments

PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
posted by ascheele at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Need name of a book of fiction reviewed several months ago (NYT, WSJ or LA Times) about memory loss. A woman in her 30's wakes up (next to her husband she does not recognize) and remembers nothing about her current life.
posted by TRAVIS'MOM at 1:31 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm having a baby in December, which means I need to pick a pediatrician soon. What kinds of questions should I ask the doctors/staff to help me make up my mind? Any recommendations specific to Atlanta would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 1:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Daughter (grade 11) is researching self terminating seeds. Not "natural" hybrids, but actual technological termination. Please help her (and myself) find credible citations about this technology. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Las Vegas, NV area locations needed for cable television show about metal detecting and treasure hunting. [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons at 1:05 PM PST - 1 comments

Do I tell my boss about my mental health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

I want to build a shelf like this. I have no idea how to build a shelf like that. I am a complete noob and really dumb questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Anxious preschooler. Resource recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Interested in starting a home daycare. Tips please. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 12:45 PM PST - 10 comments

How difficult is it to get a replacement from Staples using their protection plan? There's nothing wrong with the item in question, but I'd like to sell it and if I can replace it for a new one I imagine I could get more for it. Also, is there any way to transfer the plan to a buyer since there's still over a year on it? [more inside]
posted by blunt_eastwood at 12:35 PM PST - 16 comments

It seems like 'y' sounds are often replaced by 'j' sounds when words make a leap between languages. Is there a phonetic rationale for that or some other reason? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 12:29 PM PST - 12 comments

How complicated is it to get from CDG airport to Brussels by train? [more inside]
posted by hariya at 12:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Seeking help from MeFi gardeners! We're about to move into a place that we're really excited about, and our landlady- who lives next door- wants us to have a plan for the garden. I think I may have done some weeding a couple of decades ago, but am otherwise clueless as to how to proceed. Soil-based special snowflake questions inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Can anyone help identify the artist and source of this image. It is in the Arts and Crafts style, 15 " tall by 40" wide. It appears to be a lithograph. [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

What are your best examples of scientific spinoffs? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 11:40 AM PST - 35 comments

Who sells an Apple-quality LCD monitor in a smaller size? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:38 AM PST - 15 comments

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

I need the perfect public domain image for my Hallowe'en postcards! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:16 AM PST - 8 comments

My Lightroom catalog is finally hitting the terabyte mark, which means I either need to double what I'm doing now (internal 1TB drive, which is backed up to an external 1TB drive) or something different. Any tips on how to manage large digital image collections? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Help this part-time expat do Internet dating while living between two countries. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I make my wife climax during intercourse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 29 comments

I'm looking for creative places to hide things in public spaces. Probably a good question for scavenger hunt and geocache junkies. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 10:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Should we keep our puppy? What do we do? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 10:15 AM PST - 35 comments

She has a crush on me. I don't feel the same way about her. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 19 comments

I accidentally removed an item from my credit report, and I want it back. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the MUST DO's in the Los Angeles area that will convince my boyfriend that it is the perfect city to move to? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 10:04 AM PST - 33 comments

Please help me identify this piece of music. [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

What are family-friendly destinations in Thailand accessible by train? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it believable for a young adult male to go to a strip club and say that he doesn't enjoy the entertainment? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 9:21 AM PST - 89 comments

How do income taxes work when my income is not by W2s or invoices? (home day-care; house cleaning) [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

I tried starting over. It failed. I am feeling hopeless. I have a small group of friends in my new city, but I don't want to wear them out by being negative or constantly in crisis. I've been in therapy off and on for 15 years and am not in it right now because I don't know if more of it is even what I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy (the topic touches on racism and discrimination)? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Best flower delivery in NYC, preferably in/near Greenwich Village? [more inside]
posted by fso at 8:11 AM PST - 0 comments

How do military attitudes about decision-making differ from civilian ones? [more inside]
posted by stebulus at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

I just found out that my girlfriend does web cam shows for money I need advice/perspective on the situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 48 comments

Looking for NYC Psychiatrist recommendations. Points for taking Anthem BCBS. Extra points for LGBTQ specialization. [more inside]
posted by thatgirld at 7:41 AM PST - 3 comments

I've never felt like the type, but as I get older I've been wondering - should I be one of those people who gets up early every day and has a few hours to do things before work? Is it unquestionably going to improve my life much more than staying up until 2 AM every day would? I think the morning time would be spent either going to the gym, or lounging around with breakfast and coffee and internet. Curious about who has tried this and decided it was or wasn't worth it to rise early, especially if you didn't think of youself as a morning person.
posted by naju at 7:33 AM PST - 32 comments

I made blackberry vodka. Should I be worried that my equipment isn't sterile? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Travelfiler: Colorado Vacation helper: Me and several buds are looking for a cabin to rent next summer on the lower Gunnison river. Looking for suggestions/tips... [more inside]
posted by wmeredith at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comments

Can you please help me understand this Economist article? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

What professional sport has the most criminals? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I get Last Night on Earth or Zombies!!!? Have you tried both? Which should I get and why? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

My parents (in their 60s) and my brother and I (both in our 30s) are planning to take a Mediterranean cruise this spring. However, that's as far as we've gotten in the planning! I'd love some advice, especially from people who have done this before. [more inside]
posted by cider at 5:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me create the best mix tape ever. Love songs if possible. Looking for artist like: A Frine Frenzy, Tori Amos, Adele, Cat Power, Lissie, Ani DiFranco, Regina Spector...etc. The mix tape can have songs by artist mention above. Thanks!
posted by bleucube at 5:29 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I wrap up a birthday cake to send it from Toronto to my son in Los Angeles by UPS/Fedex? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 5:14 AM PST - 8 comments

I am flying into London Stansted later this week. I'll be meeting a friend who works in Central London, and then driving with them to South Yorkshire. We'd like to meet somewhere in far North London/Beds/Herts that is as least somewhat on the way from Stansted to the M1, probably somewhere off the M25, and ideally a relatively small, uncomplicated town (I haven't driven manual or on the left for a couple of years and this is going to be during rush hour!). It should also be easy to get to on the train from Kings Cross or Euston. I don't know the area, so I'm going by Google Maps at the moment. Our current plan is Potters Bar station. Any better ideas?
posted by caek at 4:50 AM PST - 12 comments

I need to furnish a house for myself, my wife and two small kids. We have zero furniture right now. We will only be in this house for a year until we eventually buy a house. Without knowing the space that we will eventually end up in, I am not sure if I should make big investments in couches, entertainment centers, etc. I need to do this as quickly as possible. Should I buy what I really want or should I just buy cheap stuff for now? Either way, what's the easiest way to do this without running around like a mad man? I am going to have to pull this off without any help. Should I just walk into Ikea with a shopping list? Can I have all of this stuff delivered? We are in Austin if it matters.
posted by jasondigitized at 3:45 AM PST - 26 comments

I like the look of this gallery plugin on this website but I can't seem to find a similar version that I can use. Can anyone recommend a similar version?
posted by SRMorris at 3:44 AM PST - 2 comments

I have an old Super 8 camera in good working condition that I don't use any more. It's not worth anything, is it? I'm trying to declutter but having a hard time letting this one go. [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 3:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online? Streaming would be preferable, but I'd also be happy to download and watch the day after if anyone knows where they're posted. [more inside]
posted by jng at 2:47 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm currently performing a mock research comparative analysis for a class. I'm researching the financials of 'our' metrics versus our highest competitors. One of the questions I'm attempting to answer asks if the variances (or standard deviations) of 'our' profit margins are statistically similar to the variances in profit margins of our competitors over a five year period. I have 11 companies representing the profit margins of our competitors, and of course the reports on our profit margins for these five years. Now it's been a while since my last stats course... so I'm wondering, would I use an F or Levene's Test to answer this? Or am I completely off base... and should look to another form of analysis.
posted by Steve073190 at 1:52 AM PST - 4 comments

What books can you recommend on the cultural history of alcohol in America? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 1:35 AM PST - 18 comments

I do okay when it comes to doing my makeup and hair, but I pale in comparison to the girls at my university who are able to come to class fully dolled up. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:53 AM PST - 43 comments

Are there any tour operators in Phuket who do half-day cave canoeing trips? [more inside]
posted by PercyByssheShelley at 12:31 AM PST - 1 comments

September 18
How can I get my broken Canon digital camera and my malfunctional Flip video camera repaired? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

I need a new hairstyle... What could I do with this face shape, and thick hair? [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
posted by oflinkey at 10:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone identify the make and model of this car? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 9:47 PM PST - 10 comments

It's getting to be That Time of Year again, and this time I'm geeking out well in advance with canning. I've got the techniques down, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't have questions, now would I? Specifically, I'm looking for recipes. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho at 9:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap Christmas getaway. Is an all-inclusive Mexico type thing our best bet, or is there somewhere local (Toronto area) we can drive to? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 9:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a blog post detailing the perfect storm of elements for a "cool" t-shirt. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:07 PM PST - 2 comments

In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Family counseling needed. How to do this when we live in different states? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 8:47 PM PST - 19 comments

LONGSHOTfilter: help me find this photo, probably clipped from the Minneapolis Star Tribune or St. Paul Pioneer press, almost certainly after 2001, most likely 2002-2005. [more inside]
posted by kitarra at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I need to calm down A LOT, or is it okay to yell until I'm hoarse in the hopes of keeping them safe when my little kids create such out-of-control craziness? [more inside]
posted by minx at 8:06 PM PST - 46 comments

I don't know know anything about saving for retirement other than that you're supposed to do it. I've been trying to educate myself by reading blogs like Get Rich Slowly, but I'm still confused about what I should be doing (if anything) beyond my 401k. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

I just gave my dad a Garmin etrex legend hcx for his birthday. I have a mac, he uses Ubuntu. Could anyone help me help him get the maps that he needs to make his new tool as useful as possible for him? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Our family's four bikes were stolen ! BOO ! We have renters insurance, Yay? Do you have any tips for navigating a successful renters insurance claim for bicycles? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Anything amazing to stop, see or eat on the way home via I-95 South from Mystic, CT to NYC tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the dress code for a formal visit among top government officials? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 6:35 PM PST - 16 comments

DIY Wedding Centerpieces-calling any and all creative types! [more inside]
posted by duddes02 at 6:34 PM PST - 7 comments

I will be in D.C. over the Columbus Day Weekend (Oct 7-10), recommend some things for me to do. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 6:31 PM PST - 7 comments

What car part is Ryan Gosling rebuilding in Drive? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 6:28 PM PST - 4 comments

How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 6:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm trying to track down a French book, published recently, 2010 or 2011. It's either a conlang book or a book about an invented society. Possibly both. It is not a novel or a collection of stories but a description of the language/society. This is the author's first book. It was published by a respected publishing house and garnered positive notes in France.
posted by Kattullus at 6:00 PM PST - 2 comments

What is a great, inexpensive experience I could do for one week? [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 5:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How to deal with borderline-inappropriate/socially inept parishioner at my job? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 5:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Recommend some good books about bikes? [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 4:47 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I fade in and out in the most recent version of iTunes? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 4:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there non-aesthetic (e.g. health, cooking efficiency) reasons for removing stains from my stainless steel pans?
posted by long at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

I'll be heading to Iceland Airwaves next month in Reykjavik. I've never been to the country or festival before, and would love to know/meet a few kindly people to enjoy my time with. Where would you suggest meeting them, either during or in advance of my trip? Other tips for Icelandic tourism are welcome as well.
posted by Mr C at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

I built a mob farm in Minecraft but its output does not seem to be nearly as great as the tutorial implies. Did I mess up or are my expectations just too high? [more inside]
posted by Rhomboid at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Why would nearly all of a 1940s-era house be run on two 15-amp circuits? [more inside]
posted by brentajones at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Once we get rid of all the mold, what's the best way to moisture-proof our crawlspace? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

In my back yard there's a tree with a hole at its base. This hole leads up into the tree, and appears to be filled with freshly-tilled mud. Something to be concerned about? (Pic inside) [more inside]
posted by Robson at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

We're having issues with my BF's wife. I feel like I've made all efforts to get along, but she's unbearable. [more inside]
posted by Marduk at 2:57 PM PST - 41 comments

My boyfriend wants a piñata full of condoms, nips (airline-sized bottles of alcohol), and fireworks for his birthday. How do I make a piñata shaped like a T-Rex holding a can of PBR? Where do I find (plastic!) nips in Chicago? How do I go about obtaining fireworks when they're illegal in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Quick one for the British among us: how decent are the accents really in Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd"? [more inside]
posted by Because at 2:47 PM PST - 15 comments

I feel so average and uninteresting. What can I do to remedy this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

NCAA football question: In college football, the offense will often get to the line of scrimmage, and then everyone will turn and look at the sidelines for the play. Why isn't this considered a false start? Are the players not considered "set" even though they're standing still at the line of scrimmage? It just always looks odd to me when I see the entire offense, including the linemen, suddenly turn to the coaches (or to the signs and placards) for instructions. Looks like a false start.
posted by jackypaper at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 2:16 PM PST - 28 comments

Some help with general aviation safety related statistics. Do I really have a 7% chance of dying in a ball of flames if I fly for three hours a week in a fixed wing non-commercial plane? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 1:54 PM PST - 27 comments

What was originally a mileage run to SFO and back has now become a 12 hour vacation in San Franscisco. What would you do in the city if you were me? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 1:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Help us find a great jacket (probably with hood) for our small dog! [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Help, I need tips or advice on ways to prepare myself to be around a toxic person at an upcoming family gathering. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:41 PM PST - 50 comments

Internet as visual medium - Intro texts for college level? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

My company want to hire a musician to compose/perform a song in Japanese for a media project we're working on. Where would we even start looking? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

How to go about having a casual fling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 9 comments

There's a piece of music always played in documentaries and other film clips usually to satirize the "age of mass production." It's a very peppy '50s bit, often with a guy talking in a stylized '50s radio announcer voice over it, accompanied by sped-up clips of factories rolling, women working, and the like. What is this music and how do I find it?
posted by mthomps00 at 1:11 PM PST - 18 comments

I would like to improve my ability to make sense of the news and form an educated opinion. So what are the techniques you have for connecting the dots in today's news stories to get the big picture? For e.g. if you want to get an idea about Greek defaults - Is it through reading select big picture blogs/sites or reading a whole lot of random stuff related to the topic? Do you read rely on select trusted sources ? Or do you quickly go through a whole lot of Google News Stories / Wiki entries etc. [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

A friend of mine is interested in joint ML(I)S/MA programs. He's flexible in terms of the MA field, but is particularly interested in postcolonial/subaltern studies, area studies, religious studies, gender/queer studies, that kind of thing. Which programs should he consider?
posted by naturalog at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:09 AM PST - 26 comments

A year or two ago a movie did the rounds of the blogs. As far as I remember, Mom said goodbye to preschooler, 'have a good day at daycare', and then the preschooler went off on his own on his running bike, through the woods doing all kinds of stunts. I could have sworn it was on kottke.org but I can't find it there or anywhere else. What was it?
posted by beniamino at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Starting from "oh my gosh the stairs are killing me," what is reasonable progress in terms of fitness? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! at 10:36 AM PST - 21 comments

I need help figuring out if the Patriots Jets game will be shown locally on Dish Network on 10/09/11. I have some diehard Pats fans visiting and will need to come up with other arrangements if it won't be shown. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I make OSX Lion, Netgear's ReadyNAS Duo device, and Time Machine work together? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

In Osaka – Japanese language courses or schools? [more inside]
posted by krilli at 10:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Does anyone know of a place where expatriates live that's cheap, has good weather, and most importantly has other expats over 60 living there? To clarify 'cheap', Mexico sounds a bit too pricey for my resources. [more inside]
posted by nickji at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me manage my scandalous past -- or at least figure out how to reduce its prominence on Internet/Google search results! Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 11 comments

What do you do when you’re the most boring person you know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm considering using Devonthink Pro for research and article writing. Looks very interesting. And MeFites out there already using it with great success? Would love some tips and pointers about what your process is like. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chasing at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I have a Tumblr blog. I have a Disqus account. The two are working together perfectly. Except one thing: the main tumblr blog page just shows the number of comments; to actually SEE the comments, you have to click-through on the "comments" link. I'd like to show all comments on the main Tumblr page of my blog. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 9:14 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me extract text from a PDF of a Powerpoint presentation! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking to get a used computer for video editing. What's a minimum reasonable hardware configuration for editing 720p video? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How to be the best grandparent babysitter [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 8:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Recommended apps/websites for financial management for a couple - preferably phone-based with syncing [more inside]
posted by robintw at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a Nook Color which came with the stock 1.2 version of the BN software. I rooted it successfully to Cyanogenmod 7 (Froyo). Everything was great; birds sang, unicorns frolicked, and all was right in the world. Then a couple of weeks ago BN decided to push the 1.3 update over the air, and while I was using the Nook, the machine rebooted itself with the update, annoying me at the time because I was in the middle of using it. I put it aside for a while due to travels & such, and yesterday just picked up the Nook to realize that the 1.3 update busted my root. Most of my installed apps are gone, Android Market is completely nonfunctional, gmail and talk are dead. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:00 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I a single guy in an open relationship, arrange logistics to date/hang out with other women when I can't hang out in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How does one deal with constantly being told that they've done something wrong to another person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 19 comments

The skin on my face has not been as smooth and radiant the last couple of years. I am 26, female. What can I do to get it back to normal, or if this is the new normal, how can I prevent it from getting worse? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 7:29 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I preserve my wisdom teeth? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 6:56 AM PST - 8 comments

My friend is planning on shaving her head before travelling for a year through Russia/China/Eastern Europe. Will she run into cultural difficulties because of this? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 6:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 6:36 AM PST - 22 comments

Bedbugs! I'm staying with a friend and just found out that she might have them. I've already stayed two nights. Should I stay a third? Should I put all my stuff in the heaters, even if it will get damaged? Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 5:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Why does my spatial awareness suck? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments


Sydneyfilter: An expatriate friend has expressed an interest in exploring the culinary delights of Western Sydney. For the purposes of this question, let's define 'Western' as everything west of, well, Newtown. We'll probably spend a Saturday exploring by train. My list of options so far includes banh mi in Marrickville and baklava in Lakemba. Where else should we stop and what else should we eat?
posted by embrangled at 4:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Some Questions About Traffic-Light controlled roundabouts in the UK. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 4:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Why might a process not use all available physical memory under Windows Server 2008 r2 standard? I have 32Gb of RAM acknowledged by Resource Monitor, of which 19.4 are allocated to a process (the IBM solver CPLEX running in command line form from Power Shell) that has just thrown a controlled OOM error despite there being another 12 Gb marked as available. I'm going to assume (to start with) that the program itself isn't the culprit, but is there a per-user limit switch, a per-process limit switch or something similar in 2008 r2? Any other ideas?
posted by cromagnon at 3:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I am going to be teaching a short course on "Teaching and Presenting in English" to some Spanish postgraduate students (in Spain). They will be going on in the future to present at international conferences or maybe teaching in English speaking universities. Please help me hive-mind... especially those of you who have taught/presented/been taught/presented at in a second language. What do you wish you had known beforehand? What advice would you give someone about to present in English? Is there anything an English speaking audience would expect that, say, a Spanish speaking audience wouldn't?
posted by itsjustanalias at 3:55 AM PST - 2 comments

My beautiful, leafy tomatoes have blight. My cooker is broken. Help me save as much as I can. I need recipes to preserve green tomatoes that I can do on a one burner camping stove. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 2:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me understand my 4-year-old's anxiety about school and structured events. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 12:43 AM PST - 17 comments

September 17
What to do if someone has symptoms of a pending heart attack but can't go to a doctor until later/tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by aielen at 10:58 PM PST - 34 comments

How to I become the person who designs fun science exhibits and demo? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 10:53 PM PST - 6 comments

I plan to go to the beach with my laptop and record the sound of the waves for an hour. What microphone type/ brand (not crazy expensive) would I need to do this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend me some Drone Classical. [more inside]
posted by doogan nash at 9:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Explain to me a bit how RV hookups work and how you could hook up in someone's back yard. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 8:38 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make a simple train-themed computer game for my 4 year old. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I best prepare my rear end for "special" anal sex? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 17 comments

I need to find music clips to go with some home videos. This one of Amsterdam is 2:45. This one of Bacharach Germany is 4:02 and this one of Frankfurt is 3:11. The clips are for my own purposes only. I share them with friends and family as reminders of the vacation time we had together. The music should be easy enough for most people to enjoy/tolerate, not too mainstream and should be perky(ish). Here is an example of a video I made on Whitehorse, Yukon where I live. I'm looking for the same sort of vibe for the other videos. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 6:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 6:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for some great music mashups! [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:25 PM PST - 20 comments

The pants Tom Cruise wears in the trailer for Mission Impossible 4 are excellent quality. Where can I get them? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
posted by MrMisterio at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm trying to find an article or blog post I've read within the last couple of weeks. [more inside]
posted by Ickster at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Where would you buy a waistcoat (you know, like the vest part of a three piece suit) in Chicago? I know that All Saints has two in the fall line, but they (like the department stores) are both basic black. Guy is looking for something a little more exciting, maybe with matching pants. I don't want the responsibility of sewing it myself (and pants are definitely beyond me, anyway). Custom is probably okay; online is okay; custom on-line is not preferred. He will not have the patience for going through vintage or consignment shops.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Is a gaming PC for £400ish doable and where do I even begin to figure out what I need? [more inside]
posted by daysocks at 2:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Hello...I'm thinking of applying for a manager position but hesitate because not sure I'm ready or that my skin is thick enough. Anyway, I'm interested in finding resources for new managers that might help me determine whether I am willing to take on this new challenge now. I saw a similar thread but it was back in 2007 so I am wondering if there have been any recent resources in particular that you would recommend.
posted by lirael2008 at 2:35 PM PST - 11 comments

I put on this facade of being nonchalant and detached when I'm around this person I'm dating. Why do I do this, and how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by raynax at 2:35 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm hoping to sell my vintage Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair by the end of the month. I need resources on how to price my chair. [more inside]
posted by sk932 at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

I need to find a dependable, intelligent, trustworthy all-around Computer Guru for my mom and my brother. They live on Long Island and I live in Chicago. They frequently call me with computer issues that I can't fix remotely and I say "You need to find a local computer person to deal with that." But then I realized, I have no idea how to do that. So I come to you. How do I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

We live in a large apartment building mainly occupied by retirees and young professionals. It's pretty quiet and there's not usually a lot of drama around here. A month or two ago, new young couple moved in on our floor. Coincidentally, also a month or two ago, we started hearing loud, angry arguments coming from one of the nearby apartments. The yelling makes me awfully uncomfortable and I feel like I should help somehow. Do I have any responsibilities as a neighbour apartment dweller to make sure everyone is all right down the hall? [more inside]
posted by unlapsing at 1:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me make the most of Google Voice! I want to be able to send and receive phone calls and text messages on my Mac. I have an iPhone and a Google Voice number. Can you clear up a few things for me? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you suggest good books on the evolving social contract? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

My one-year-old cat was spayed on Monday (five days ago). She appears to be doing fine, except that her tummy has started sagging. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 12:28 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm a pc, mr.p's a Mac. My laptop has died once and for all, and he's recommending an iPad since all I do is surf, email, and watch movies. I travel a lot, so the long battery life of the iPad interests me, but as near as I can figure, the only way to get a movie onto an iPad is to buy one from iTunes. Am I right about that? I welcome all pro/con opinions on the general question. Thanks.
posted by puddinghead at 12:20 PM PST - 19 comments

I have an apartment that I'm not using. Is there any way I can monetize this? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some of your favorite museum websites (urls please)? Specifically looking for interesting and engaging historic house museum websites.
posted by printchick at 12:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What exactly does it mean when one non-profit entity (such as programs on public broadcasting) is supported, sponsored, or "made possible" by another? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments

1950-1960 Lamp filter: Please direct me to a resource in which I can look up 1950s and 1960s styles of lamps. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 12:05 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I repair familial relationships when I am the person that caused a lot of the damages? [more inside]
posted by sincerely-s at 12:00 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm looking for movies on audio downloadable like an mp3 album, perhaps divided into tracks by chapter. Where on the web can I find this? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Do professional psychologists have a way to quantitatively measure the attention span of humans? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Hivemind: Hope me find my iPhone somewhere in my house! [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a tool to calculate ELO rankings for an entire tournament of an arbitrary game from scratch [more inside]
posted by LSK at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Have you dealt with a lease provision that specifically precludes using any device to hang a picture without approval? Can this be negotiated away, or are landlords inflexible about this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 9:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Google+WordPress integration: ridiculous idea or this might just be crazy enough to work? [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us meet our new kitten's playtime needs! [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 8:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

I'll be in Amsterdam from 8pm until 8am over a Sunday night in October. What should I do? Will any museums be open? Is there a literary section of town? Best place to eat a late dinner?
posted by Toekneesan at 7:09 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I start feeling more connected after disassociating because of social anxiety and past experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Toronto to NYC under $100? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 7:00 AM PST - 7 comments

"When will [movie] next be shown on TV?" - is there a TV guide service (with UK listings) that will either tell me the answer to questions like these, or send me an alert when it knows the answer? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 6:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Best PS3 Driving / Racing game for 5 and 6 year old? What steering wheel control to get? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I bring this up or let it go? I have been hanging out with a neighbor that I have known for about a month. Twice in an offhanded way, he has mentioned his alcohol consumption to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:43 AM PST - 17 comments

I had unprotected sex and performed cunnilingus. I'm uninsured. I'm asymptomatic. Where and what type of STD testing should I look for? Also, if I test clean then what is the chance that that she too is/was clean? The primary question is where can I get a general panel of STD testing cheaply (or free) given that I am currently uninsured because I'm (hopefully temporarily) unemployed. Barring other options, how much should I expect to spend at my general doctor for the proper tests? Is that worth it given my situation below? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 AM PST - 13 comments

What will happen to this baby if his mother doesn't come back? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I revolutionize the way I think about and organize my Facebook friends? [more inside]
posted by mrdexterous at 12:11 AM PST - 14 comments

September 16
My boyfriend thinks about being with other women. I don't mean sexually. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by metaphorik at 11:43 PM PST - 32 comments

Perhaps a particularly female problem - when/should one ever "dump" friendships or just downgrade people to "associate"? How is this done? Reference to female because of so many articles similar to: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=1808389&page=1 [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 11:31 PM PST - 16 comments

I recently moved near Glacier National Park and love it. I scour our maps and the web to find interesting hikes and GNP and the surrounding areas never disappoint. Recently, a seasonal worker was hiking on his own and tragically died. When I looked on the map to see where he was hiking and where the mountain was that he last logged a summit, there was no trail.. This got me thinking about bushwhacking and back-country hiking. [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 at 11:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Where could a person get a (working) used computer with at least 1 GB ram in it for $100 or less? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 9:30 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to watch scenes of awesome engineering under pressure in the movies. [more inside]
posted by artlung at 8:33 PM PST - 49 comments

Confused, lost and looking for suggestions to get back on track. [more inside]
posted by xm at 7:59 PM PST - 17 comments

I am posting this for my partner, who has severe emetophobia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 7:21 PM PST - 41 comments

My elderly mother has and I-pad 2 for large print e-book reading, etc. She has limited mobility in her hands and is bedridden. Does anybody know of a case that makes the edges of the iphone "Bulkier"? [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 5:53 PM PST - 17 comments

How long can I expect to enjoy my new seafood-related rash and is there anything I can do to speed this up? [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

I need to draw a small diagram and drop it into an MS Word document - what are the best free, user-friendly tools to do this? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone know why the lights on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago are glowing green today? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 4:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Hospitalfilter: I cut my finger a few hours ago and somehow managed to peel a bit of skin. Is this something I need to see a doctor about or can I roll with hydrogen peroxide, bactine, and gauze? I have insurance but I don't have a doctor, so if I have to see one, I'll have to go the ER. Pics are a touch gross. http://amandawaller.imgur.com/finger
posted by nooneyouknow at 4:48 PM PST - 18 comments

I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:23 PM PST - 28 comments

My boyfriend and I are moving in together, and he wants to bring two very large, very ugly (to me) pieces of furniture with him, as they are of sentimental value to him. All I ask is that he puts the pieces in storage, because the items are just not things I want to look at on a daily basis. (Apologies for a long post inside). [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 4:22 PM PST - 72 comments

This morning my husband and I woke up to discover that seemingly overnight our house has begun to reek of what I can only describe as a strong burning hair smell. We haven't started using our heater or anything like that yet, and nothing has changed in our daily routine. Any suggestions on what might produce such an aroma?
posted by corn_bread at 4:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Can you name this 1990s British sketch show? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime at 4:05 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some piano pieces for four hands? I'm NOT looking for duets, only pieces where two people simultaneously play the same piano.
posted by mermaidcafe at 3:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Downsides to setting aside cash to self-insure a car? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 3:27 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I construct a resume for applying to a program that caters to non-traditional students? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

In which Manhattan park did my partner and I spend hours talking? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments

My search skills are failing me here, but I recall reading (possibly on The Blue?) about a bank in the UK that's been around for centuries that is run privately by it's depositors who are also shareholders. I'm looking for the name of the bank and hopefully the article/post I read. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Stu-Pendous at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

This question is about as meta as I think I've ever come up with. There's a site that allows you to send a link to a google search, and the resulting page shows the search being typed into google and completed. Maybe I'm having an idiot moment, but I can't think of any way to search for the site without using the words "google" or "search" which obviously obfuscate the results I'm looking for. Anyone know the site I'm referring to?
posted by billyfleetwood at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
posted by suburbs at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Guidance on being a queer lady? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for printing software which will allow me to pinpoint with great precision the location of multiple images on the page (ie, margins, distances between images). I've tried using tables, but they're not completely reliable. I'm using Windows 7. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by katestap at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some interesting/exciting ways to present a card/letter/postcard that is going through the mail. [more inside]
posted by twinight at 1:59 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm a bad geek who has never built a website ... not even static HTML. Help me figure out how to build an interactive website with a python backend. [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Are there best practices for communicating with biker gangs in the Northeast? I'm trying to find a biological parent and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there such a thing as a no-equity second mortgage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I marry the girl I like having sex with, or the one I like the rest of the time? [more inside]
posted by fraac at 1:07 PM PST - 113 comments

Young preppy guy looking to add some new items to my fall/winter wardrobe! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Air purifier and air humidifier for a home with a newborn and two dogs? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I love articles that describe the results of real-world trials of different ways to do a specific thing, and then conclude that one method is Objectively Best. Like everything America's Test Kitchen has ever done, or this article about the results of various gardening methods. Please to recommend your favorites in this genre! [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How long would it take me to learn to weld steel and aluminum bicycle frames? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 12:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How to optimize the Tasks function in Outlook 2007 when RTM/gtasks are off the table? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you suggest any thoughtful analyses of why the costs of college tuition in the US consistently exceed inflation by a large margin? [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack at 11:37 AM PST - 25 comments

What should I know about becoming a professional organizer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

How and/or should I make amends for my (minor, one-off) shoplifting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 40 comments

Help a complete newb create high quality ambient recordings of spaces (need recommendations on equipment, and software) [more inside]
posted by wooh at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

I have resorted to eating at fast food places because after making the same 10-15 dishes over and over, I am out of food ideas. I am looking for healthy Vegetarian or Fish recipes you have found online this year that you like the best, and maybe some new spices. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 11:10 AM PST - 22 comments

I've lost some weight recently - all above my waist. Now my shirts don't fit! I've searched teh interwebs for advice on shirts but mostly what I get is vague or styled for a much younger (or slimmer) crowd. So I put it to y'all. How do I shop for a now pear-shaped body when I've been hour-glass most of my life? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

My boyfriend and I are sick of watching tv at night. Board game suggestions for two players only? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 10:27 AM PST - 46 comments

Can an atheist join the Freemasons? [more inside]
posted by Hoopo at 10:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Is it an insane idea to get my pet dog a pet rat? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 10:24 AM PST - 36 comments

What kind of laptop computer do I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Wordpress experts: Please help me figure out this baffling thing that's happening with comments on a friend's site. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Visiting the Maker Faire NYC this weekend with a couple of really bright kids, 8 & 12. It looks like we can go one of the days. Any advice?
posted by R. Mutt at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

I need Halloween costume ideas for myself (plus baby bump), my husband, and my 2 year old, and preferably ones I can do on the more homemade side of things, though I am not opposed to buying some accessories, I just don't want to buy a pre-made costume if possible. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 9:49 AM PST - 31 comments

Okay, I've been living in NYC over ten years, but there's something about taxi cabs that still confuses me. I understand what the cab lights mean most of the time. Cab number light is off = cab has a passenger. Cab number light is on = cab is available. Off duty lights are on = cab is off duty. But what about when both the number light and the off duty sign are on at the same time? [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Trying to get a simple headset working with my (otherwise functional) Dell Dimension 9200 has led me to the hell I'm in now: no sound, scouring 2 year old message board posts for dodgy links to poorly labeled sigmatel drivers. Horror awaits inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Interactive sandbox with gears, pulleys, shafts, etc? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anybody know the facts behind the date discrepancy between Kazantzakis' Last Temptation of Christ being published in 1953 and it being on the Roman Catholic Index of Prohibited Books which was last published in 1948? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 9:24 AM PST - 2 comments

MovieFilter: Transportation planner looses his job. He ends up pitching his plan and gets his job and girlfriend back. [more inside]
posted by jjonajason at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Birth control filter: is my NuvaRing timing okay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I can insure my spouse through my employer. My spouse can insure me through his employer. Right now we are just going with the better of the two plans. Is there any reason we would want to sign up for both? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 9:03 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm providing the picnic next weekend for an outdoor concert with a friend who has multiple dietary restrictions. I've read previous questions about gluten-free summer picnics; I'd like suggestions for cool-weather picnic foods that do not contain gluten, soy, or dairy. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 9:03 AM PST - 6 comments

I am interested in flying kites (single line). Need help to get started. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for reccommendations for ice skates to buy. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Albert Brooks movie opens in a sporting goods store? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for an wireless microphone system (lavalier style) that connects to a stereo minijack of a video camera. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend an interesting activity that I can get philosophy students to engage in, to accompany a seminar on the expression theory of art? [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 8:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me become ok with conflict. I avoid conflict. Not just overt, head-butting conflict, but also minor disagreements, disapproving looks, divergent preferences... all the way down to the friction generated by the give and take of an interesting conversation. Anything short of complete harmony, and I'm looking for a way out. Sometimes this means avoiding the person or situation. Sometimes this means just shutting up and smiling. Sometimes it means not developing an opinion of my own until I know what other people think first. My absolute fear of conflict is a drag. It makes me and my life pretty bland and I want to beat it. Tell me how to beat it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 16 comments

As a 17 year old, can I legally move out on my own in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Pregnancy when you have spina bifida occulta [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find the latest figures and in-depth reports on annual U.S. government subsidies? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 5:47 AM PST - 4 comments

My youngest son is going as a Ghostbuster for Halloween and I'd really like to get him some combat boots to complete the costume. Not surprisingly its hard to find boots for a 4 year old. Any suggestions? (thanks)
posted by senseofsurreal at 5:43 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I make an awesome set for sit-down interviews with politicians? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 5:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a day trip by boat from Portland, Maine. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 4:32 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm researching how the ways companies make decisions can help individuals make decisions. Can you think of examples of famous companies making a radical, transformative decision in the last 10 years? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 4:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Did I actually do anything useful in this car accident? [more inside]
posted by anotherkate at 2:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for "cheap" but high quality masters/finance program in Europe(preferably), that has an emphasis on hedgefunds/quant/derivatives/trading and is taught in English. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr at 1:30 AM PST - 5 comments

I've got angst - the honest-to-goodness, existential, "why are we here?" kind. Two years of trying to shake it haven't worked - and have sometimes made me wonder if it's worth fixing at all. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 12:40 AM PST - 48 comments

September 15
I need help on figuring out my career path. My experience includes business analyst, design/development, product development, internet services, and consulting for quite a few years now. I am having problems finding a career that I want to settle in and enjoy. If you have any career advice *or* if you know a good career coach, please help! [more inside]
posted by vocpanda at 11:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Struggling with an interracial relationship that conflicts with my parents' wishes, what do I do? I have no clue. [more inside]
posted by dearaudge at 11:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Please recommend books: urban fantasy and mysteries, no thinking required. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:16 PM PST - 48 comments

I have a column of words in an excel file. I want to get the number of google results for each phrase in my file. Is there a simple way to do this? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros at 9:10 PM PST - 4 comments

We're about to refinance our mortgage, and have two questions about assets and income, and how they affect the application. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me through an existential crisis. [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 8:48 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I make a good Indian curry with a pre-made curry powder? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 8:35 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm twenty-five, have a master's degree, speak French fluently, and have studied/interned/volunteered in the States, Europe, and Middle East, but am at a loss as to how to parlay all that into an international career. Living in NYC, but would move back abroad in a heartbeat for the right job. [more inside]
posted by Enneking at 8:24 PM PST - 18 comments

The ASP World Tour/Hurley Pro is going to be at San Onofre State Beach over the next week. Are the heats closed to public spectators? [more inside]
posted by millions of peaches at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 7:28 PM PST - 63 comments

I Know what "snook"is. Could you tell me what this gesture is named? With one's thumbs in one's ears wiggling one's fingers (and one's tongue in the air ...will you sing..something like na-na-na-nah-naaar?) What does it mean?
posted by mizukko at 7:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Trying to ID a movie from someone else's description: Basically, the movie consists of the camera moving from tent to tent; within each tent is a group of people playing flamenco music. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Does this website error message indicate that my financial institution is using a version of Apache built in 2006 on their secure server? Should I be concerned about that? If so, what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Gift ideas. Want to send about 50 small gifts to a software dev team that has done an excellent job. Ideally, there's something for everyone, rather than a few things that have to be shared. I don't have much money -- maybe $50-$100 total to spend. Ideas?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:58 PM PST - 33 comments

Whovians: What are the essential non-TV series Doctor Who stories? Best novels, TV series novelizations, radio dramas, etc?
posted by Saxon Kane at 5:43 PM PST - 15 comments

One of the people at my job had to quit due to a heart attack. I volunteered to buy a gift on behalf of the office, but I have no idea what to get. What should I get for someone who is sick and probably in a dire financial situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Hi Everyone Our iPads synced with Exchange 2003. We can send email etc. The Global address list and Company calendar (in the public folder) are not working. Any way to do that with the current version of IOS? Or will IOS 5 do the trick. Thanks! BB
posted by bright77blue at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a fresh perspective to break through useless relationship patterns. [more inside]
posted by sassy mae at 5:04 PM PST - 12 comments

I am trying to find a quote that's something along the lines of... The more I think about the little things (or maybe 'details') in life, I realize there is no such thing.
posted by technotheory at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend website stores with the same American old-school hand-crafted masculine vibe as these web sites? I'm looking for accessories, grooming products and more.
posted by Bookhouse at 4:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Jewelry filter: I have a wedding ring here and it is peridot and diamond stones. I recently went hiking and a lot of dirt got stuck behind the stones. I have tried washing it and scrubbing it with a soft toothbrush, but some of it is not coming out. There are tiny holes in the backside of the gems that the dirt got into. Any ideas for cleaning? Would a jeweler be able to clean it?
posted by Equiprimordial at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

OSX 10.6.8 on MBP doesn't seem to be playing well with Motorola SurfBoard SBG901. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

The epithelial tissue in my mouth sheds itself daily. Up until today I had no idea that this was abnormal. [more inside]
posted by stray at 3:12 PM PST - 32 comments

I am working on a piece of writing set in a women's college. Having never attended a single-sex institution myself, I'm curious about the little ways in which day-to-day life might be different. . . . standards of grooming, dress, delicacy or lack thereof in conversations about sex/bodily functions, competitiveness in the classroom, etc. I am sure there are a lot of facets I haven't considered. If you've attended a single-sex institution, or know a lot about the experience, can you help me in my research?
posted by sideofwry at 3:05 PM PST - 33 comments

How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How many oxygen masks drop on an airplane? Is it one for every seat or are there extras? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Ethernet ports in every room, but none of them work. The brains of the system which is in the wall of a closet is a Square D Multi-Link Structured Wiring System. How do I find out how it's set up and how do make it work as it should? [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 2:33 PM PST - 20 comments

How to approach a public school substitute teacher that may have something against my niece? My niece needs to improve her grade, and I don't know the best way - long - [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 2:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Asking for a friend (really): How do you (or did you) deal with finding out that you have an adult child you didn't even know existed? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 2:00 PM PST - 1 comments

If I connect my computer to a set of speakers using several sound cables (1/8 inch) daisy-chained together, will the sound degrade? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm trying to rent a big house in Montreal to accommodate somewhere between 8-12 people this coming November for a conference. Does anyone have any specific experiences or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to win at Ticketmaster - 2011 update [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

This is a multi-part question: My wife and I are going on vacation in February. We want to go either to the Caribbean or to Europe but cannot decide (I know, I know...these two really have nothing in common). What are the pros and cons of these two destinations in February? The Caribbean: which island? We're not looking for a "spring break" kind of a feel or huge crowds. Which island(s) has the nicest beaches, some cultural activities and good restaurants? Europe: Paris or Italy? We know February isn't ideal, but is there anything we should know about these two that would exclude them from the short list?
posted by burlsube at 1:24 PM PST - 15 comments

iPad users - how are the ergonomics? I've found plenty of speculation about iPad ergonomics, but not a lot of discussion from actual users. How do you make the iPad comfortable for use? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 1:19 PM PST - 28 comments

Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend financial software that can deal with virtual sub-accounts? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm trying to find the number of food products that are sold in the U.S. that contain high fructose corn syrup. I've done some preliminary searches and have found some lists, but I've come up dry when trying to find actual numbers. I'd like a reliable source that I can cite, but I'll take almost anything at this point. I am at a university and have access to a large number of subscription database resources, so I'll keep looking. But I thought metafilter might be able to help out here.
posted by pahool at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Will US Immigration get upset if I take my BlackBerry with me to the US on vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 11 comments

I lost the password for my Playstation Network account, and no longer have access to the associated email address. How do I get my PS3 back online? [more inside]
posted by slogger at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

YANMD, but let's talk Thyroid: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

After kicking around the idea for years, I think this is the time to do an “Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra” costume for Halloween. And I need help. The ridiculously picky details are inside... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 12:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Affordable + good suits in SF bay area? I need your secret little tailors... (I'm a dude.) [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Are beer and a 20 something's body mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 12:06 PM PST - 24 comments

What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
posted by philipy at 11:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me be a better editor... for my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm about to become a project manager for the first time. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Where in the Chicago area can I find a bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne? I like the vintages from the 2000s; they run about $120-$150 a bottle. I tried Chicago Wine Co., but they only sell the older vintages from the 90s or earlier, which are at least double the price. Same with House of Glunz. Any high-end wine shops that might be a good bet? The choices are somewhat overwhelming. Thanks!
posted by Atrahasis at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

This weekend I'm setting up a website for an academic event. I'd like the homepage of the site to have large, clickable progress bars that display the number of posts for each of the subpages (News & Announcements, Blog, Events, etc.). As more posts are added to each of the subpages (posts would likely be sorted and displayed by category and tag), its respective progress bar takes up more screen real estate and the tally count listed on/near it increases. Basically, I want the homepage to look like a giant, dynamic bar chart. Is there a freeware (or cheap) template, widget or piece of code that allows me to do this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

One of my university students is being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by their parents and has asked me for help. What can/should I do as their teacher? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm new to this online dating thing, and I'm not really sure what the etiquette is for dating multiple people simultaneously. Help me figure out what the unstated expectations are! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm already on the radio (public radio--and yes, I do sound like that)--now I'd like to get into doing some voiceover work. I live in a remote area, so getting an agent and going to auditions isn't likely to work for me. I'd just like to do some work on the side, and technologically I'm set up. So what I'm wondering is, has anyone used online marketplaces like voice123 or voices.com? Is one better/worse than the other? Are they worth the (small but not non-existent) investment to be a "premium" member? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

What can I do about this stiff/antsy/tired feeling I get when I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 10:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Googling is leading me down a lot of not-so-helpful paths, so is anyone aware of spray on body paint/body makeup? Bonus points if it's iridescent/shimmery at all, and doesn't require additional setting sprays. [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 9:54 AM PST - 1 comments

What do I serve with New England clam chowder? [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Where in Toronto / GTA can I find old or broken, unvalued pinball playfield components for use in an art project / architectural model? [more inside]
posted by waterunderground at 9:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Why does my cat keep running away from home, and how can I get him to settle back down? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Calling all electronics hobbyist people: I want to get (back) into making electronic stuff -- noise-making stuff, specifically -- as a hobby, help me get started. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:42 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm feeling really lonely and depressed. My normal coping strategies either aren't cutting it this time or aren't immediate enough. What are some different ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Recommendations for an orthopedic surgeon in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 8 comments

1) What was the name of the shareware, turn-based, tile-graphic RPG for Mac I played in the late '90s? 2) Is there anything like it nowadays? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Is the IT company I've hired ripping me off? I need to establish a VPN connection from my funeral home in one town to my main office. One computer, one server, one database that needs to be accessed. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 8:12 AM PST - 51 comments

I swear there was a (possibly free) MMOish space game very reminiscent of Star Control II, but I don't think it was Starport. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 8:06 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty that needs new tires. The factory tires are 225/75/16 I have 4 brand new tires 2 are 225/60/16 and 2 are 215/65/16. What problems am I going to run into if I put the 215/65/16's on the rear and the 225/60/16's on the front? Are there safety concerns? are there Mechanical concerns?
posted by jmsta at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I have volunteers evaluating the reading level of a bunch of ESL students? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me fly from Kentucky, to California, to Korea, back to Kentucky! It'll be fun!! [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the impossible - a liquid foundation for pale skin that covers redness but not too many freckles, and lasts a good while without giving me spots. Recommend something! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Is this how a manicure is supposed to look? I've never had one before, but I am sorely disappointed. [more inside]
posted by vytae at 7:23 AM PST - 28 comments

I need the smallest, cheapest, most basic, mac-compatible printer on the market. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Watch this video of Laura Glaess's Charleston routine from NEGJ 2010 and check out the hip pop to the side she does at 0:19. The way she does it reminds me of an older cartoon clip, but which one? [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

More books like Mortiner's Rumpole of the Bailey? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 7:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Do bank accounts reopen if an automatic payment is posted? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 5:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Are you current on London theatre? Can you make me a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 5:42 AM PST - 9 comments

My friend is doing a stint at a hospital in Washington at the end of this year, and in January he plans to spend a few days sightseeing NY before going up to Toronto, visiting Taiwan and then returning home (Australia). Sis and I plan to join him for the NY/Toronto part, but we haven't decided on where to go from there. [more inside]
posted by lunatoic at 5:30 AM PST - 8 comments

I just got a Droid Bionic, and every third app that I install wants to sync contacts on my phone. Help me navigate this without contaminating my Gmail contacts. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 5:22 AM PST - 2 comments

I'd like to get hold of a long list of all the songs that have been on the "Now That's What I Call Music" music compilation (from number 1 right up to the current 79). Is that possible and, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 5:18 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm trying to find an old Disney (?) short film, featuring a Cow conducting on an orchestra, to the music of Strauss, or Dvořák; I'm not that sure. Any ideas whatsoever?
posted by lipsum at 5:05 AM PST - 10 comments

I applied and got a new credit card. Fine. Then I checked the credit limit and it was way higher than expected! Normal? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 4:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Do other languages have an equivalent of the King James Bible? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 2:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Just bought a car that's 16 years with the original sticker/decal on the rear window. How do I remove them? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Ok, some of you are just plain talented with this stuff. My friend swears that this little ditty is from an ACTUAL song, but she has been trying to remember which song exactly for more than a month now... I'd like to ID the song before she does, and taunt her with the knowledge (like any good friend would do) just to watch her squirm! [more inside]
posted by rinogo at 1:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Question for German speakers: how would you describe Hitler's voice? [more inside]
posted by filibuster at 12:56 AM PST - 14 comments

September 14
What should I expect when creating a cool infographic? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 11:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Which passport do I use entering Ireland; US or Irish? I'm a recently naturalized US Citizen, who was born and reared in Ireland. I plan to travel to Ireland and am unsure which passport to show when I enter Ireland; my brand spanking new US passport or my Irish passport? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 9:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Idea(s) for a tattoo: Stories, myths, folklore, symbols/icons, quotes, lyrics, that deal with blindness or feature blind characters. In the case of a quote, it doesn't necessarily have to be by an actual blind person. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 8:50 PM PST - 34 comments

Where's the best corn maze (for adults) an hour away from New York City? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

My fiance and I would like to get married somewhere in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. We were thinking of a small, intimate wedding possibly at a lodge. Any suggestions?
posted by Direwolf at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

If you had a year to travel to the world's most renowned festivals, where would you go? Oktoberfest in Munich, Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Mardi Gras in New Orleans... help me make a list of the biggest parties in the world. [more inside]
posted by ista at 8:34 PM PST - 74 comments

Considering first time house. How much for renovations? Looking for analogous estimates. [more inside]
posted by patrad at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Suggestions needed for amusing things to do at a party that are somehow connected to Copenhagen or Denmark. So far: eating blue cheese and crispbread, readings from Hamlet, discussion of the Copenhagen Interpretation, drinking Carlsberg, and a look at the Danish modern style. Some more inside. What else? [more inside]
posted by wdenton at 8:19 PM PST - 20 comments

So we moved into a rental apartment intending to install my chandelier into the living room ceiling. Problem is, there's no "thing in the ceiling that a light fixture would be installed into." (Err...whats that called?) Is there any way we can make it so that my chandelier can run to the electrical socket in the room somehow? If not, what terms do I search for (or what websites are good besides urban outfitters) to find ceiling light fixtures that work from a cord kit?
posted by skjønn at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl at 7:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Traditional melodies and scales from various world musics played and riffed on with mostly jazz instrumentation and sensibilities. Where can I find more? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 7:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I am looking for a list of "movies which broke the record for being the highest grossing of all time...at the time." [more inside]
posted by ShutterBun at 7:14 PM PST - 11 comments

My father has anger issues and my family's reactions makes me feel like everything is falling apart. Can I do anything? If I can't, what can I do to cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Need tips on collecting small claims judgement in Texas. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 7:09 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the proper Romanian phrase said at weddings to the newlyweds or bride (assuming it exists)? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a really good looking tan? Is there an aesthetic difference between "side-effect" tans and "lie-down" tans? And, should one tan their face? [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 6:46 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm afraid my boyfriend's second thoughts about our relationship are just the tip of the iceberg, and he's actively pursuing other options. [more inside]
posted by yummywaffles at 6:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Why does the Daily Show always start ~5 minutes early? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

My husband and I are about to make an offer on a condo currently owned by an older acquaintance looking to move to Florida. This is in the Los Angeles area. It's not on the market yet, and the offer will almost certainly be accepted. It's a fair deal although not a bargain. It's within our budget as it stands (although the tiniest bit tight), and if/when my husband finds better employment (which could be a lengthy process, granted) the payments will be quite comfortable. We're both first time buyers. The market is ostensibly at the bottom, interest rates are low, and buying seems like a reasonable decision for us. But... is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Yes, I'm putting on my own oxygen mask. Now help me help others. [more inside]
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