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Is an MA in Transpersonal Psychology worth the cost?

How can my friend increase her earnings in the alternative health field? [more inside]
posted by release the hardwoods! on Jul 31, 2014 - 8 answers

What is a less-expensive alternative to Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo?

I really like Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo. It smells nice and refreshing, and does good things for my hair. It used to be an somewhat expensive indulgence, but the price has doubled over the last few years for no apparent reason and now I can't come close to justifying it. Does anyone have a good recommendation as a substitute? I have tried most everything Costco carries, as well as this lavender shampoo (which seemed pretty harsh to me).
posted by carpographer on May 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Will this alternative energy idea work?

My friend theorizes that a miniaturized dam, which he calls "The Waterboy", would be a great form of alternative energy and wanted to get feedback on whether this idea would actually work. This document he drafted up describes The Waterboy further and includes calculations.
posted by defmute on Mar 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I keep my beard healthy, soft, manageable, and generally happy?

I need some advice on products I can use on my beard, because using beard oil is going to drive me to the poor house. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Mar 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Alternative Bar Mitzvah?

Kid BlahLaLa's getting to be around bar mitzvah age and I want to know what alternative, newfangled options there are out there. Is there any kind of modern bar mitzvah movement happening? Alternative bar mitzvahs? Hipster bar mitzvahs? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Alternatives to thumb drives

Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Effective salt alternatives for sidewalks

Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Feb 8, 2014 - 16 answers

What's a good replacement for Gmail Notifier?

Anyone of an alternative to Gmail Notifier? Must be able to play a sound when new email arrives. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Song-filter: male + female indie/alt duet, one octave apart

Hive mind: I'm trying to identify a song and google is failing me. Here's the best info I've got: The (tiny bit of) lyrics I can remember go something like "there's so many miles to go... [na na na na] // Don't even know [who I'll be?] when [I?] get there..." It's a duo of a male and female, and the male sings one octave lower than the woman. Her voice is somewhat ethereal. The song is in a minor key, and is somewhat melancholy. I keep thinking it's an Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan piece, but from everything I've listened to on youtube, it's not. HELP!
posted by Betty's Table on Jan 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Give me some nostalgia alternative classics radio!

Where can I listen to some classic alternative music (or whatever the genre is called) online? [more inside]
posted by aarondesk on Jan 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Is there a good free alternative to GoToMeeting?

For a not for profit political organisation based in the UK. Would like attendees to have phone and internet based options if possible, but I am aware this may not be an option. Many thanks!
posted by Mistress on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Alternative interface for browsing Kickstarter?

Kickstarter's arbitrary categories (staff picks, recently funded, etc) seem not to let me look at what I want to look at. I just want to be able to do what the link at the front says: 'See all 318 Games projects'. Except I just want tabletop games, and I want to be able to sort them how I want: oldest, newest, most pledges, about to end, whatever. Is there something online that does this? An app, perhaps? Or am I missing something completely about the existing interface? (To be clear, I am not looking for an alternative to Kickstarter. I just want to look at Kickstarter differently.)
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Alternative living arrangements?

I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Pictures of celebrities riding public transit?

We're looking for photos of famous people riding public transit for a Facebook page that fights prejudice against public transportation. [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Mar 25, 2013 - 30 answers

What indie comic festivals should I attend?

A question for the alternative comic book artists out there who sell their books at small press festivals across the country. What are the must-attend festivals I should try to register for and how hard is it to get in? [more inside]
posted by emiljaeo on Mar 17, 2013 - 11 answers

A Gmail/Google/GTalk chat alternative

It's an old cry now - to get out of Google's claws. Mail, calendar and everything. However, I always find one thing missing. Chat is never talked about. As a matter of fact this one is the difficult most. You need to have added all those chat contacts and they in turn have had to added you(approved) you back, unlike email where you just need to fine an email and the receiver gets it unless you were specifically blocked. So, let's discuss how to release our chatting app/service free from the claws of Google/Facebook/Skype &c and still be able to: [more inside]
posted by amar on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Is a concierge doctor worth it?

I've been very disappointed with my doctor--she's obviously rushed and makes simple mistakes (like writing me a prescription for an over-the-counter medicine, telling me I need bloodwork but then not testing for the things she said she was going to, etc). I've also felt on several occasions that she didn't really listen to what I was saying to her. I'm thinking of joining this concierge medical center but I wanted to hear other people's experiences with this form of health care first. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 31, 2013 - 21 answers

Find That Obscure 90's Song Filter

I'm trying to track down a song I heard on a CD back in the 1990's. My goodle-fu is a-failin me. Here's what is known [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Jan 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Good Tools for Sourcing and Curating news on Niche Topics?

Part of my current job involves searching and curating news articles on a variety of topics, related to alternative investing. Currently, my workflow involves scouring Google Reader, Google News, Google Alerts, and some specialized newsletters. I'd like to automate this more. Sadly, I'm struggling to find good tools to make the process easier. What does MeFi recommend?
posted by SansPoint on Jan 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Please help me find a thrash version of Six White Boomers.

Can you help me find a thrash/garage version of Six White Boomers? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Seeking Louise L. Hay practitioner / counsellor in UK

Seeking Louise L. Hay style counsellor / practitioner in UK (preferably South East) [more inside]
posted by fries on Dec 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Like meetup.com, but without the $12/month fees?

What alternatives are there to meetup.com? I'm looking for the RSVP and calendar functions, but without the $144 annual fees to run a group. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.

I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 24, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I tell my parents that I'm not having sex?

I have no idea how to talk to normal people about my not-normal relationship, particularly when it comes to parents. At what point does it become strange? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Sep 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Trying to keep turn length under 30 minutes per side would be great...

Looking for ideas for determining if fired weapons hit a target in a turn-based tabletop tactical wargame using dice. [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Jul 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Steel homes

What is the best company to contract for building a steel home? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Jul 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Retraining a career from an MLIS

Picked up a MLIS on a whim and finding it to be hindering me more than helping. How can I retrain for a viable career in today's job market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 12 answers

I want my new music track of the day!

Help me find a new 'new music track' podcast! [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Thinking of switching electrial provider and need some tips.

I am considering changing my electricity provider and I have never done this before. What I want to know are what things should be considered before making a switch such as this. My basics reasons are cost and that Comed, the local provider has treated me like crap over the years and I am tired of their corporate doublespeak and crappy service. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jun 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Alternative systems to current money and currency

Money: who are the current deep thinkers about money, monetary systems, currency, global flow of cash... and alternative systems and options. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Wheatgrass for cancer?

Have you or anyone you've known had luck with an alternative cancer treatment - wheatgrass in particular? [more inside]
posted by gardenbex on Apr 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How to watch the 2012 Olympics after cutting the cable

I'm paying too much for cable TV that I don't watch, and I am fortunate to have good broadband internet (both from Comcast in the US). There are only a few events my family and I care enough about seeing immediately on TV. The Tour de France and major league baseball are both usually available via internet subscription services. But what about the 2012 Olympics? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Jan 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Anyone who had spine fusion surgery for scoliosis, or tried alternative methods?

My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis 2 years ago, wore the boston brace for a year, but her curve had progressed to 50 degrees, which is the number to be operable. I would like to hear from people who had (or had their child) go thru surgery, or tried other alternative methods, like the Clear method. How is it living years after surgery, its success, or the success of Clear method or any other treatment? The idea of spine surgery for my child is overwhelming and scary and I would like any input from people and parents who experienced or are experiencing thru it. Thank you.
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container?

Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 23, 2011 - 26 answers

Give me a Flickr with better architecture.

Flickr is perfectly fine, but I hate that it switches up photo URLs/servers, so photos I post on my blog turn into 'photo not available.' Since that's what I mainly use it for, it's getting to be a pain. What do I switch to? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 15, 2011 - 24 answers

Android Media Player alternative to smartphone?

Is there an Android -based media player that I could tweak to use as a smartphone? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Nov 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Our love will last forever, or until Lotrimin is applied topically for 2-4 weeks.

Hopefully-soon-to-be-fiance can't wear rings. What should I do instead? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Oct 28, 2011 - 28 answers

Adventurous and skill building career aside from the Military?

As a Canadian, is it possible for me to join something like the Army where I can learn and do all kinds of cool stuff (like what you see in all the commercials) without having to do the unpleasant business of killing people and whatnot? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Oct 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Having a ball in the office

Is there an office chair that provides the same strengthening and stability as a medicine ball but would pass the office requirement for safety? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

iPod voiceover without iTunes

Help me ditch iTunes but keep using my iPod. Difficulty inside. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Jul 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me get rid of battling Adobe to make graphs, please

A (free) software tool for gorgeous and effortless (pie, bar,...) graphs? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jun 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Pointed Questions

How do I choose a good acupuncturist? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on May 19, 2011 - 7 answers

How should I rank these alternative poker hands?

I'm trying to rank some non-proper poker hands within the conventional poker hand-ranking framework. I would like to rank them conventionally, i.e. on their probability of occurring in a straight, five-card deal. The non-proper hands are: (1) "Four-card straight" (four cards in a row); (2) "Four-card flush" (four cards of the same suit); (3) "Four-card straight flush" (four cards in a row of the same suit); (4) "Same-color flush" (all 5 red cards or all 5 black cards); (5) "Straight same-color flush" (a straight composed of all black cards or all red cards); (6) "Four-card straight same-color flush" (a four-card straight composed of all black cards or all red cards). My probability skills are "OK" (the odds for the four-card flush and same-color flush are straightforward), but some of them (particularly the straights) seem too tricky for me. [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Instruments rarely heard in pop music

What popular songs or songs by popular bands use instruments not commonly associated with rock/pop/alternative music? [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad on May 12, 2011 - 55 answers

Indie Songs of Sex

Suggest some non-mainstream songs about sex, the erotic, and especially seduction. Bonus points if Australian. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 20, 2011 - 48 answers

I Will Die a Happy Person If I Find This Song

I'm on a search for a song from the eighties. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Apr 19, 2011 - 42 answers

Experience with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

Does anyone have any experience with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2011 - 1 answer

What is this song called.

What is the name of that song that has lyrics like "Becky was a choir girl, down in Costa Rica, Susan was a fire-fighter way out west in Chico"? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 30, 2010 - 13 answers

The gift that keeps not giving

What have you given to (or done for) friends and family as an alternative to standard christmas gifts? [more inside]
posted by palacewalls on Dec 6, 2010 - 21 answers

Identify these two songs from the late 80's/early 90's.

Help my father identify two songs he recorded off the radio in the late 80's / early 90's. One is bluegrass and the other is alternative rock. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers

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