My wife and I have been removing jury-rigged insulation from our basement pipes placed there what looks like centuries ago by a previous owner. At the lowest level, on the pipe itself, we find a sporadic and uneven white substance. Can you help us identify it? [more inside]
Looking for iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for an aggressive, adversarial home inspector in the Milwaukee, WI area (specifically Shorewood). [more inside]
give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
A friend is moving to Providence, RI - where should he live? Where can he find reliable apartment listings, or well-situated, reasonably priced apartment complexes? What else does he need to know? [more inside]
What are the great novels of Detroit? All genres welcome, but latter half of the 20th century preferred. Thanks!
How do you know when it's time for a new microwave? [more inside]
Dear Ask MetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me: requesting recommendations for a private house cleaning service in Durham, NC. [more inside]
I'm new to Tumblr. Which are the best Tumblrblogs to follow, particularly in the realms of literature/arts/film/tv/comics/culture, science fiction, stand-up comedy and comedy podcasting, lefty politics, and MetaFilter-style "potpourri"? Thanks in advance.
When to move with a newborn? [more inside]
I entered graduate school in literature six years ago, and since then I feel like I've lost track what's happening in contemporary literature. Help me catch up: What are the essential works of the last six years?
Syllabus prep: Looking for pop culture artifacts (both U.S. and transpacific) centered around the nuclear bomb that *aren't* science fictional in nature. [more inside]
Help my friends plan a honeymoon in Australia. [more inside]
What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
A family member once received an inscrutable fortune from a fortune cookie: "The rubber bands are heading the right direction." Googling has revealed other people similarly afflicted, but has not revealed any useful clues to the meaning. Does anyone have a guess as to what proverb is being mistranslated here?
What are the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Bloomington, Indiana? What else should I be sure to do while I'm there for a conference this weekend?
What's going on in Chicago this month? [more inside]
Asking from a position of almost complete ignorance, and to reassure anxious family members: Would today's news of the full meltdown at Fukushima cause you to cancel a planned trip to Kyoto this July? Can you give me some hard data about the radiation danger of a week in Kyoto versus (say) the radiation danger of a trans-Pacific flight?
I need a (preferably free) program to pull high-quality screencaps from a DVD on a Mac. [more inside]
What did you do the summer before you went on the academic job market? What do you wish you had done? [more inside]
How common is human chimerism of the sort described in this Boing Boing post? What implications does the existence of chimerism have for DNA testing, especially with respect to the criminal justice system? Does it pose a practical limit on the usefulness of DNA evidence, or just a theoretical one? Has chimerism come up in any cases, or been considered as a problem in legal scholarship?
I'd like to do something cool with my wife for Valentine's Day. Difficulty: we'll be away from our home base in Riverside, CA (near Los Angeles). [more inside]
My mother is interested in "Daily Affirmation"-style websites and is looking for some new ones. [more inside]
I'm looking for high-resolution cover art from Golden Age pulp science fiction magazines that's definitely in the public domain. [more inside]
Wedding ring follies: how can I get these pennies out? [more inside]
What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
The marketplace of ideas and bad-faith arguments. [more inside]
How to scrub a carpeted rental apartment of cat residue? [more inside]
What are the amazing, can't-miss things to do and see in Brussels and Amsterdam this week for first-time visitors to the cities? We'll be in Brussels until Wednesday and Amsterdam until Sunday morning. Thanks!
What shouldn't I miss in Dublin and London this month? [more inside]
Rounding out my summer syllabus: Favorite studies, statistics, theories, essays, short stories, comics, poetry and other short readings about television? [more inside]
Rust Belt Boogaloo: What to do in Detroit, Indianapolis, and/or Cleveland this week? [more inside]
Best current exhibitions in New York City museums? [more inside]
Blogger/Haloscan problem. [more inside]
What to do during a weekend in Chicago? What to do *this weekend* in Chicago? [more inside]
Favorite philosophical, historical, analytic, or lit-critical essays about comic books? [more inside]
Do you recognize the original of this photograph? A stink was made a few years ago when France's National Library airbrushed the cigarette out, and I'd love to have the side-by-side comparison if possible.
Do I really need Norton installed? [more inside]
My wife and I are heading to San Francisco this weekend for a wedding, but we'll have a little bit of extra time to play around. Is there anything super-awesome happening this weekend? What should we do? Things we like include art, music, books, and delicious vegetarian cuisine.
Looking for a science fiction short story I read years ago. [more inside]