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Answering Unasked Questions?

Do people ask for advice IRL? If they talk about a problem but don't specifically ask for advice, does that mean they don't want any? [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Oct 22, 2006 - 13 answers

What are the canary islands like?

Where should we go for new year? Egypt? Canary islands? Anywhere else? What are these places really like? Criteria and... [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 18, 2006 - 18 answers

Preventive psychological prescriptions please

Trying to find ways to chill out. I need something that can occupy my mind and entertain me during the evening without putting me in a trance or putting me to sleep. I can't relate to characters on TV or novels, so all I read is non-fiction. With music, it either puts me in a trance or I get bored. I've tried meditation but it just makes me go to sleep. Basically, if I'm not actively engaged with learning something new, being creative, or solving a task, my mind shuts down and I get bored or zone out. Other people tell me, oh that's good that you don't watch TV or anything, but you know, I'm just sick of being so intense. I'm 20, male. Any suggestions, fokes?
posted by Laugh_track on Oct 9, 2006 - 35 answers

How can I help?

I have a dear pal with a coke habit that has driven him to homelessness. He is not a US-native; he grew up in pre-change Eastern Europe. He does have a green card. He has had trouble hiolding job and appears to have never received training in money-management issues either in the US or at home. I do not want him to die, which he will surely do this year if things do not change. What can I do?
posted by mwhybark on Oct 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Advice for a modern international traveller?

EuroFilter: My mom is going to Munich the first week of November. She needs some help...see [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Sep 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Should I pay $500 for to replace my engine?

Short story: I got a tune up including an oil change. That night, the car died, and now they say the engine needs to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Sep 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Searching for new computer

I'm looking for advice on what and where to look for a new PC to run graphics and art programs (Photoshop et all) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Sep 15, 2006 - 18 answers

Where can I find resources to help me become a freelance IT pro for small businesses?

I think I have the kind of "jack of all trades" IT skillset which would be useful to those small businesses, say those with less than 5 staff, who are unlikely to have their own "IT guy" in-house. I'd like to find any resources/websites/communities that would be able to help me move towards being that IT guy who can support these small businesses. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Sep 10, 2006 - 7 answers

Now that my apartment is turning into a condo...

My apartment complex is turning into condos [more inside]
posted by vionnett on Sep 1, 2006 - 5 answers

What is an original format for a sex/relationships advice column?

What is an original format for a sex/relationships advice column? [more inside]
posted by stokast on Sep 1, 2006 - 21 answers

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote.

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Aug 28, 2006 - 0 answers

Why don't we follow good advice, even our own!

Why is it so difficult for us to follow patently useful advice from a neutral (i.e., presumably objective) source (i.e., so NOT advice from someone we have a personal connection to)? To keep things simple, consider the advice in cliched proverbs like "Haste makes waste" or "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" (Polonious to Hamlet). The "wisdom" embodied in these maxims is obvious, and yet we all rush, and we all borrow/lend, and later regret it. Not just proverbial advice, but ALL advice is difficult to follow. Why? Knowing of these difficulties, how is it possible for those offering advice to frame/formulate the advice in a form most likely to be followed? I don't think there's a simple answer here, leads and speculations much appreciated!
posted by adamrobinson on Aug 19, 2006 - 27 answers

How to date two women at once?

How do I date more than one person at a time? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Aug 9, 2006 - 23 answers

I want a geeky sewing machine

I want a geeky sewing machine. [more inside]
posted by squishy on Aug 4, 2006 - 13 answers

My friend needs a date!

I'd like to help my buddy find a girlfriend. He's 26 and pretty normal, other than the fact that he's never had a girlfriend or even been on a date and he's obviously extremely shy around females. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Aug 2, 2006 - 35 answers

Suppose you could help jumpstart a real progressive youth movement.

Help me prepare a presentation on the use of social media, especially networks like facebook and myspace, to help grow and enhance progressive youth groups, particularly College Democrats. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 17, 2006 - 1 answer

Know any good copiers?

My small office (~20 people) needs a new copier. We don't need an uber-copier, just something to handle a few hundred copies a week. Any advice?
posted by crickets on Jul 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Im having trouble with my 90 year old neighbour. HELP

Problems with my Neighbour Filter: Im having trouble with my 90 year old neighbour. I live in a ground floor flat and she lives above us. I play music in the daytime as I work from home at a normal level. She is always reporting me to the council saying that I am a nuisance neighbour, HELP! [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jul 3, 2006 - 37 answers

Which style of writing is best?

HelpMyWritingFilter: Am I overthinking or do I actually need these extra words of clarification when it comes to writing fiction? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 29, 2006 - 41 answers

Cellphone Filter: Hunt for a superphone.

Cellphone Filter: Help, getting a new phone this week! Looking for an awesome superphone. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jun 25, 2006 - 13 answers

After 'A' Levels: advice and recommendations for a university undergraduate.

What would you say to a reasonably bright (nearly) 19 year old at this stage of her life? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Jun 22, 2006 - 38 answers


Indonesia: Should I go? How long for and where? What about a visa? 18,000 islands await me... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Can you help with my Mother's eyes?

My mother has been experiencing severe swelling under her eyes at night. None of the doctors she visited have helped. More inside... [more inside]
posted by frogmoses on May 30, 2006 - 3 answers

Great Doc for A Woman at Kaiser in L.A.?

Can anyone recommend a good, woman-friendly physician or nurse practitioner at Kaiser-Permanente's Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles facility? [more inside]
posted by Scram on May 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Can my female friend become less emotionally sensitive? Can I help?

My best female friend is very emotionally sensitive-- to the point where we can't mention a specific ex-boyfriend from three years ago in her presence. I and her other close friends are starting to think she can't control her responses about this, and that it's starting to impact how honest we can be with her. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by woot on May 27, 2006 - 22 answers

Tips for starting a book club?

How do we start and run a successful book club? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn on May 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Risk of talking to a pschologist

Many years ago I did something that was bad and illegal. I've been plagued by guilt and I want to talk to a psychologist about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2006 - 36 answers

"Put blue food coloring in your milk so everyone else thinks it has spoiled"

I'd like some advice for 3 first-time apartment dwellers. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 23, 2006 - 30 answers

Falkland Island travel advice

I want to spend a month in the Falkland Islands next year. A few questions. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Mar 20, 2006 - 16 answers

Advice for starting a non-profit

Things to know about starting a technology based non-profit catering to other non-profits, individuals and struggling small businesses in Ontario, Canada [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Feb 27, 2006 - 6 answers

What gift should I get for a famous graphic designer?

Design metafilterites: If you had $100-150 to spend on a thank you gift for someone who is an acclaimed and famous graphic designer what would you get? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Feb 27, 2006 - 29 answers

What do I want to be when I "grow up"?

Help me decide my future. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Feb 13, 2006 - 6 answers

seeking free tax advice?

Seeking reliable, free-to-no-cost tax advice. [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Jan 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Caribbean Cruise advice wanted

I'm planning on taking a Caribbean Cruise in April (my first cruise of any kind). Your experience, knowledge, and wisdom would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by gummo on Jan 20, 2006 - 16 answers

Time for a laptop

I need to buy a laptop to study overseas for sixth months. All of my previous computers have been desktops which I've assembled, so I have little experience buying pre-built machines. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 1, 2006 - 15 answers

How can I get involved in filmmaking?

CareerFilter: I'm a technical person (software developer/researcher) looking for/needing a career change to something creative. I've been thinking about filmmaking. [more inside]
posted by chos on Dec 26, 2005 - 10 answers

What do I do about my food-addicted boyfriend?

My boyfriend of three years has an eating disorder. It's getting worse, and I need help (advice, emotional support, AskMeFi words of wisdom). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2005 - 43 answers

Blog Setup Advice

I am starting a blog. (I'm a little late to the 21st century.) What resources, blogs, and tutorials should I study up on before launching? I'm using WordPress but I'm looking less for technical info on the software and more for general tips and guidelines I can study. Personal suggestions are also welcome. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Dec 13, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I prepare to speak on a conference panel?

I'm speaking on a panel at a tech conference tomorrow for the first time. I'm nervous. Any last-minute suggestions or advice for preparing for a 1.5 hour moderated discussion in front of a big crowd? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Dec 5, 2005 - 19 answers

True, Useful and Kind

Help me source a bit of wisdom about advice and criticism. [more inside]
posted by anglophiliated on Dec 2, 2005 - 5 answers

help me upgrade my computer

Help me, a hardware ignoramus, upgrade my computer... [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Nov 29, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I tell my parents about my tattoo?

Hello! I'd like some advice on how to tell my parents I have a tattoo, without ruining Christmas. [more inside]
posted by kindle on Nov 17, 2005 - 41 answers

Traffic avoidence tips: Venice to Glendale

LA Residents: Looking for tips on avoiding traffic on a morning commute between Venice and Glendale. [more inside]
posted by KenFox on Nov 13, 2005 - 11 answers

when your on your own...

My s.o. and I are at a crossroads. We are both architects and are hoping to start a fashion/design company that will be able to sustain our incomes (at least partially). We have product, we have a website, we have customers. What we are looking for are good books/websites/opinions on how to proceed out of our day-to-day jobs and into our own billing/taxes/sustainability models. We are open to "get a lawyer" responses, but are really looking to get our heads around some business concepts. Any sources that you have found helpful? [more inside]
posted by grimley on Nov 11, 2005 - 5 answers

[LifeFilter] Help me help myself

Help me help myself. I have had social anxiety for almost as long as I can remember and for the last few had also been depressed as a result. [Gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2005 - 10 answers

Rap music for folk fans

I love the music of the "freak folk" scene - Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, Iron & Wine, Joanna Newsom, etc. What rap music would I like? [more inside]
posted by hifimofo on Oct 27, 2005 - 36 answers

How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost?

How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost? [more inside]
posted by zogbie on Oct 20, 2005 - 7 answers

Funny sixties movies?

One of my favorite movies of all time is It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, at least when I'm in a certain mood. I'm also inordinately fond of The Party. Given those, what other movies from that era might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Oct 19, 2005 - 32 answers

London Travel Advice

Things to do in London when you're us. So, a couple of friends and I decided to fly to London this weekend. We need some help. [more inside]
posted by helvetica on Oct 11, 2005 - 11 answers

nouveau richer

I'm just out of college with an average paying tech job and I don't know what to do with all this money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2005 - 41 answers

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