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What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures?

What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Nov 21, 2010 - 5 answers

 

What causes laser source speckle patterns, and why do they remain constant even if the observer moves?

Why doesn't the speckle pattern that you see around the source of a laser change when you move your head, and what causes the pattern? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Frosting a clear light bulb?

Is it possible to spray something on clear light bulbs to make them frosty and not make them dangerous? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Nov 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find some minimalist footwear?

Help me find the right pair of minimalist shoes! I've been a member of a Crossfit gym for six months, which means I've been exposed to the peer pressure regarding Vibram FiveFingers. Plus, I'm starting to travel a lot (and lightly) and want a pair of running shoes that have a small footprint (heh) when packed in a suitcase. Recommendations for this recreational runner? Are Vibrams a good option? Which model? How do I size them? I'm training for next October's Portland Marathon, if that makes a difference. Bonus points for shoes available at REI (though that's not a requirement).
posted by jdroth on Nov 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Should I turn off the SRS light on the instrument panel on my 2003 Honda?

The SRS light on my 2003 Honda Civic comes on when the ignition is turned on and remains on while the car is being driven. I googled this and understand that Hondas as well as other cars have this problem. I can take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired. Or I can turn it off myself which I'm tempted to do since it appears that Honda has a faulty system that has nothing to do with the airbag --just the light. But there is a small part of me that wonders and is concerned if something could be wrong with the airbag. Does anyone have experience with this?
posted by Tziv on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

X-Mini-level light

Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Oct 26, 2010 - 4 answers

I want to put a light on my bike helmet.

I want to put a light on my bike helmet. Do you have any specific products or strategies to recommend? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 12, 2010 - 33 answers

Where to find matching house light.

Can you help me find this outdoor porch light? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Sep 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please..

Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please.. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Total Eclipse of the Bulb

What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Sep 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Laptop please

One dead laptop, means time to go shopping. Help me askmetafilter.....again. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Sep 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Know some good lamps?

I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How's the commute from Beacon Hill or Greenlake to downtown Seattle and Bellevue?

Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 - 13 answers

I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.

How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
posted by winna on Aug 19, 2010 - 32 answers

How do I keep light from coming underneath my bedroom door and the Roomba from shutting it?

I have two problems with the bedroom door in my apartment. First, light gets through the 0.5-inch gap underneath it and wakes me up. Second, my Roomba bounces against it, causing the door to bounce against its spring doorstop and close, trapping the Roomba inside. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Remote control rescue?

Can the infrared light of a tv remote control be seen by airborne rescue personnel? [more inside]
posted by looknevada on Aug 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I find this light fixture?

Where can I find this light fixture? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Aug 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Best time for a senior photoshoot?

Photographers, what's the best time of day for a senior photoshoot? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Aug 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Long before the clapper, push-buttons ruled the hallway.

Why did push-button light switches go out of fashion? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

Not a disco ball, but a disco...disc?

What is the name of the light that comes in as the background around 1:05 of this video? Bonus points for other wacky disco lights you can tell me about.
posted by mike_bling on Aug 4, 2010 - 5 answers

A coronal mass ejection question.

What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 3, 2010 - 6 answers

I want more cranberry juice.

I love cranberry juice. It is the best juice. It is delicious. Is it bad for me? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jul 16, 2010 - 59 answers

For now we see through a roller door shutter, not at all

What are some good ideas to preserve your health and happiness if your flat has windows, but they are covered with exterior metal roller doors? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Would it be horrible to have an office in a basement?

Have you ever worked in an office without windows? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus on Jul 14, 2010 - 65 answers

I will call it "my cell"

I'm thinking of renting a room with no windows! Yes/No? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Jul 13, 2010 - 40 answers

How do I open this light fixture?

How do I change the lightbulb inside this light fixture? It has no obvious fasteners or screws. I tried twisting it, but it's not really budging in a reassuring way. I'm staying at a rented beach house, and I am extremely leery of using undue force. [more inside]
posted by popechunk on Jul 11, 2010 - 5 answers

A tricky trick of the light...

Help me solve an optical puzzle. How might I make this fictional camera obscura work, given the parameters of my fictional location? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

A 20 million candle power lighthouse

I have a candle and its brightness is exactly one candle power or candela. If I buy a 10,000 candle power torch/flashlight, does that mean it's 10,000 times brighter (and what does that mean) or that I can see it 10,000 times further away? Are these the same thing and why do they seem unbelievable?
posted by westerly on Jun 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Disabling a laptop screen?

How much damage am I likely to do to my laptop if I leave it running with the screen closed? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 5, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy?

I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
posted by timoni on Jun 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Seeking least offensive light beer

What's the least offensive light beer? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on May 24, 2010 - 37 answers

Solar path lights

Do they actually make and sell solar garden/path lights that aren't total crap? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on May 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Eco light grant for small business

My boss' small business, an exhibition, spends a lot of money on electricity due to all of the display cabinet's lights. Is there a grant or loan we can get to change over to low power lights? We are in England.
posted by By The Grace of God on May 11, 2010 - 2 answers

What is the light source being used here?

[artFilter] Can anyone tell me what light sources are being used in this art installation? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Apr 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Brighten my office

Just moved into a windowless office. The lack of daylight is killing me. Please suggest hacks to brighten my office. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Apr 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Explain this so I can sleep

What just scared the crap out of me? Hallway light went on for about 15 seconds, then off, and is now burnt out. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Apr 8, 2010 - 19 answers

There...Are...THREE...Lights! (hopefully)

I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Does somebody make a waterproof tube?

SurelyThisProductExistsFilter: Where can I find a metal tube with a threaded, transparent cap? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Mar 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for a Tall Clamp Lamp

I'm redesigning my workspace and starting with the lighting. I'm looking for suggestions for tall lamps that I can clamp onto my table and have shades that would cover large/high watt CFLs. [more inside]
posted by palionex on Feb 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Need info on fighting red light ticket

Husband got red light ticket in the mail. It wasn't him driving. He sent it back and marked the box that he wanted to contest the ticket. What should he do in court (WA state)? Does he have to say who was driving (it's a photo of the car, no picture of the driver)? He kind of has proof as to where he was at the time of the ticket.
posted by MsKim on Feb 10, 2010 - 20 answers

How to get a time-controlled dimmer switch?

What's the best way to set up a dimmer switch in my room which is controlled by an alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by insperatum on Jan 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find a body light

I'm looking for something like a laser pointer that can be comfortably and easily attached to one's body. Not a flashlight; this light should show a clear point that can be used to check body alignment.
posted by portabella on Jan 7, 2010 - 9 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

You are not my quantum mechanic

I'm looking for something like Feynman's explanation for how a difraction grating works only for the absorbance of a colored chemical in solution. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Nov 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Last thing I need is more car trouble...

Why did my Subaru outback lose power steering on this rainy night? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Oct 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Options for a small & cheap Mac laptop?

What are my options for a cheap, small Mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Oct 2, 2009 - 25 answers

It's so very, very cold...

I have an uninsulated sunroom that gets pretty chilly in the winter, and want to make it so that it is at least room temp. and can be used for plants (without breaking the bank). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me find a light graffiti machine

While in various locales I have seen what what appear to be advertisments or graffiti that appears to be light generated that is projected onto a wall. I would like to use this technology for a sign for my business. I am not able to find anything with my google talents. Can someone point me in the right direction to locate and price this technology?
posted by citybuddha on Sep 30, 2009 - 5 answers

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2d artwork from above?

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2-d artwork from above? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Two bulbs, one switch

Can I wire two light switches into one switch? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Sep 7, 2009 - 6 answers

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