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Help me fix audio problems with my desktop PC.

Until recently, I was able to plug headphones or audio cables running between the Line In jack on my monitor into the green Line Out jack in this picture, and successfully hear sound. I don't know what happened, but now I get nothing. There has been a weird unprompted change in my volume control settings: it looks like this when before I'm pretty sure it was a speaker icon. I can click on the slider and do a test like so, but no actual sound comes out. Can you help me troubleshoot?
posted by Quilford on Dec 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Can birds fog up windows/mirrors?

Imagine a large bird like an ostrich. Could its breath fog up a window? We are watching Jurassic Park and wondering if the raptors' breath could fog up the window in the kitchen door.
posted by curious nu on Dec 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Please help a tech dummy remove malware from her Mac!

My husband somehow got malware installed using safari. The malware is a popup that will not go away and looks like this. We have a mac running OS X. What do we do? Truly, we are tech dummies and need instructions a 6 year old could follow.
posted by waterisfinite on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Identify this mystery gift, please!

My sister recently had a young Japanese student staying with her family. As a parting gift, he left one of these small mat type things for each of her young girls. She didn't ask what they were at the time, we don't read Japanese, and we're both stumped. Can you tell use what they are? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Dec 19, 2014 - 9 answers

What do I call the spring loaded metal bit that holds watch bands in?

I have been gifted a Samsung Gear Live, and in the process of struggling to put a backpack on over a heavy winter jacket, I ripped off one of the watch bands. The band itself is fine, but the metal post or whatever that attaches it to the watch face is bent. Can I buy just the post somewhere? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

A scandinavian video tradition

I remember something on the blue, likely last year, about a day's long video of a boat sailing somewhere in Scandinavia. Thought it might be Christmas related. Does anybody have a link to last year's or even better whether they're doing it this year?
posted by blackjack514 on Dec 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Please translate this mug

Can any [Japanese? Chinese?] speaker please translate this mug? I realize I only have a pic of one side of it, but it would be nice to know the gist of what it says. Thanks!!
posted by Dr. Send on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Is office culture in England really as lewd as portrayed in The Office?

Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Hand controls for aging drivers?

An older relative has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in his legs. It isn't debilitating, but it is causing problems with driving, as some days he can't feel the pedals well enough to control the car safely. Would hand controls help him stay independent? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 18, 2014 - 2 answers

iPhone MP3 weirdness...

I run a website that hosts almost 2,000 sermon MP3s (all content that we own or have permission to host). I have one iPhone user who says that when they listen to THIS SERMON (just the first 2.5 minutes) the audio skips and loops back to the beginning. I had 4 other iPhone users listen and cannot reproduce this issue. I have Googled until my fingers bled. Anyone know what could be causing this? It plays fine on Windows and Linux as well.
posted by brownrd on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Calculating radiation received at distance from light source?

How do I calculate the radiation energy that a surface / object receives at distance d from a light source of power W watts? I'm familiar, in theory, with the inverse square law but need help thinking about how to apply it. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Dec 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I fooling myself?

I'm a gay man, and I'm letting myself live / linger in an amorous state with a guy whom, for all I know, is straight. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Dec 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Compelling true-life mysteries that end with a definite resolution

The final episode of Serial will be released this Thursday, and I fear that there will not be any sort of satisfying conclusion to the central mystery of what, exactly, happened to Hae Min Lee. So, as an antidote to the frustration that I'm likely to feel soon, I'm looking for real (non-fiction) mysteries that do get resolved in an unambiguous way. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Dec 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Let me ride through the wide open country that I love; don't fence me in

Tell me about the current best open-world games for the Playstation 4! Very few snowflake details, just want to give someone the top titles in their favorite genre for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by erst on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Need image reference for Chinese business/office interior

I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Dec 15, 2014 - 3 answers

HIPAA/Medical Release for Emergency Situations?

In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Hindi Transliteration

Hello MeFi: I'm trying to transliterate a friend's name into Hindi, a language I'm quite unfamiliar with. The Google's and the Yahoo's are giving me different options for each consonant and vowel sounds. The name (her last) is Hackman - any tips on where to look or someone who knows Hindi well enough to help me out? There is also a Delhi street name that I'm trying to find in Hindi too! thanks!
posted by AutoPilot83 on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

4dsply.com pop behinds

Starting a couple of months ago, some of my favorite web sites started producing pop-behinds that tried to load advertising from 4dsply.com. I've got that URL blocked now, so the pop-behinds come up empty. But they're still happening. It's obvious they're coming from an included Javascript file hosted somewhere else, but I haven't been able to figure out which one it is. Does anyone know who is perpetrating this atrocity? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Firefox graphics glitch?

There are odd characters appearing on top of my Firefox window at the active tabs. Is this just a harmless glitch? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Dec 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Fun times in slc tonight?

Due to a series of unfortunate events, I'll be in the Salt Lake City airport from 4pm-1am today. Is it worth going into SLC from the airport? Anything exciting going on tonight? Anything worth checking out in the airport?
posted by pi on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

The Physics of Water Pushed Upwards into a Shoe

My waterproof shoes are now letting water in slightly, but the store, after sitting them in water for a bit, says they do not leak. Seems to me there's a big difference between shoes sitting in a pail vs. shoes pounding the pavement. [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Dec 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Rediscovering Folksy Classics

I've enjoyed how recent video games have featured old bluegrassy/folksy hymns. Any recommendations for further exploring this sound? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Dec 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Movie about a Father and Daughter From the 80s or 90s

I'm trying to find the name of a movie that was either made in the late 80s or early to mid 90s. It was about a washed up actor reuniting with his young daughter when she is beginning a career as a child star. I vaguely remember the actor who played the father had blonde hair and maybe facial hair, and the young girl had long curly brown hair. The movie climaxes when the young girl needs to cry for a role and she is able to successfully cry because she thought of not being with her father.
posted by girih knot on Dec 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me break into my closet

My closet door handle has broken, on its inside. I can turn the knob freely, but doing so does not move the bolt. I've tried various things to attempt to open the door, but have been unable to do so. What else can I try? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Dec 14, 2014 - 18 answers

Different mediums to seal hardboard for oil painting?

I bought some hardboard for oil painting; I plan to cover it with acrylic gesso. I've been told by an experienced painter to use GAC100 to seal the board to prevent discoloration due to chemicals leaching into the paint from the hardboard. I've read articles that say either GAC100 or high-quality (e.g. Gamblin) PVA. Do you use those, or something else, for this purpose? Will any acrylic polymer substitute? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Giftfilter: Book ideas for a hobbyist writer?

I recently learned that my (retired) mom is interested in writing, and I would like to get her a book in support of this. Bird by Bird would have been perfect, but she's already read that one. Can you suggest other books have that same feel? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Dec 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Processing hard veggies into cubes?

I love the blend of cubed root veggies on the salad bar at Whole Foods. From the research I've done, however, these pea-size cubes can't be made by a regular food processor, only by special cube blades that run over $100 and are meant for use in professional kitchen equipment. Is this true? Is there any way other than chopping by hand do get the same results?
posted by harrietthespy on Dec 13, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find a place to donate a small amount of money to?

I have two gift cards with small amounts on them (just under $5 total) and to be honest I'd much rather give it to a charity than mess with trying to spend it at the store. It seems like a trivial amount but I figure it'd be better than nothing. The problem I'm having is finding a cause that will accept less than ten dollars by card. Any ideas?
posted by DriftingLotus on Dec 13, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I let people know I'm claustrophobic?

People throw around the term claustrophobic to describe tight or otherwise uncomfortable spaces. I actually am claustrophobic, to the point where I'll have panic attacks or come close to blacking out. How can I make this clear to people like my landlord who do not understand the severity of the problem? Would a diagnosis help? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Dec 12, 2014 - 32 answers

Is it safe to drive to Daly City tomorrow?

We were planning to go to Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace tomorrow, but...y'know, Stormageddon happened. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Dec 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Durable kids' train / activity table with storage?

I want to find my son a durable play table that he can set up his wooden railway toys on, and that we can store some of them in - do you own one you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Can *someone else* eat it? Flu + cookies edition.

So. Wednesday I felt totally fine, and baked a batch of (delicious!) cookies for a work party on Thursday. Woke up on Thursday and felt like death. Fever, chills, vomiting, the works. Slept all day and feeling pretty ok again today. Here's my question: are the cookies safe? I've eaten a few, and so has Mr. Arkham but we figure we're already exposed/immune to whatever it was. Think they are safe to share though?
posted by JoanArkham on Dec 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Typographilter

What font is this/this/this?
posted by stinkfoot on Dec 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me come up with a title for a colloquium

I'm scheduled to give a talk in a couple months at my undergraduate institution and need some help coming up with a title for my talk. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Dec 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I Retract my DMCA Complaint?

An organization who used one of my copyrighted images wants me to retract the DMCA complaint I filed with YouTube. The offending video has been removed and YouTube placed their account on some kind of hold/probation for 6 months? Should I retract my complaint? [more inside]
posted by paulcole on Dec 11, 2014 - 27 answers

What is this blue plastic thing?

We got these blue plastic discs at work as part of a promotional campaign, but no one here seems to know what the item does, exactly. Googling has failed us. Has anyone seen one of these before? What does it do, besides stump people? (You can see the full extent of its functionality in the linked video.)
posted by heurtebise on Dec 11, 2014 - 31 answers

I need to delete pages from a PDF, in Windows, locally, for free.

I have some very large PDF files, and I have to print out some pages, but not others. Is there some Windows freeware that will help me prepare them for easy printing? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Wordpress - white screen of death login issues - and then some

The owner (Mr Firstname Lastname) of a website I manage (firstnamelastname.com) notified me of a plugin issue that was visible to users on the front page of his site. So I went to try to login to admin. Oh no! WSOD! No login option! So I googled... [more inside]
posted by Kerasia on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Seeking info on decorative plate from Central PA area

Collectible plate features imprint from defunct department store- how old is it? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me misremember a stage production on TV.

Can you help me recall the name of a play on TV? I have a very distant memory of watching a stage production on TV, the premise of which was that it was behind the scenes of an actual stage production. (how meta, huh?) [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on Dec 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I have to?

I'm a month-plus into an ambiguous breakup/break/whatever situation, it's freezing cold where I am, I'm broke, and staring down the end of the workday. Is it really so bad to just go home and read a novel until bedtime? Or should I push myself to go to a yoga class or something? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Dec 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Pleas help me find this type of French soap

My favorite aunt is retired from her job where she traveled widely; she misses her favorite French soap. I am looking for sources as my Google-Fu has failed. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Dec 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Remembering the dead

I lost my husband this year, and my adult children lost their beloved father. I would like to start a tradition for remembrance this Christmas, at a meal or at gift opening. Ideally it should be short, meaningful, and accommodating of a wide range of beliefs, from atheist, to agnostic, to believer, to alternate religion. Any suggestions?
posted by francesca too on Dec 10, 2014 - 17 answers

a good kind of quandry to have

How to handle giving notice at work around Xmas time? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?

For more than two months I've been taking one photo of the view overlooking the river and trees outside the kitchen window. Is there a visually creative way yet somewhat quick way I can print this into a wall sized poster? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Dec 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Number of recent Congressional bill banning certain expert testimony?

During the week the Keystone Pipeline bill failed in the Senate (Nov 17-21), another bill passed the House of Representatives that barred experts from providing testimony about a study if they had been involved in the execution of the study. Does anyone remember the number? [more inside]
posted by halifix on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I solve for a percentage of a total budget...

This will be easy for someone, but math is my second language so I'm at a loss. How do I solve for the percentage of a TOTAL budget, when one line item is unknown (and is part of the total budget)? [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Dec 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Schools that allow faculty to retain IP rights over online materials?

Are you aware of any schools or universities that allow faculty to retain intellectual property rights to their course materials that are used online, and perhaps also receive royalties from the school for its use, above and beyond a normal faculty contract? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

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