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The Art of Finding Someone

Fellow skip-tracers and family historians: I am looking for ways to improve my investigative skills in public records and the like. What are some good tips and tricks for tracking down people, dead or alive? [more inside]
posted by Driven on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Me Find this Online Service (if it still exists)

Quite a few years ago, I recall ordering a sort-of "background check" online, only it didn't just have the usual criminal background, legal stuff, etc.--it also had details about the way the person looked, their interactions with their family, personality tendencies and such. It was a little spooky, actually, all the personal details it included. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Mar 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Tenor who sings (too briefly) in The Red Shoes (1948)?

In the 1948 movie The Red Shoes, there is a scene (search YouTube for "Vicky Page is offerred her first lead role"; about 45 seconds into the clip) where Victoria Page ascends the stairs to Lermontov's villa. In the background is a view of the Mediterranean and the sound of an Italian tenor singing to orchestral accompaniment. Can anyone identify singer (and song)?
posted by RichardS on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Different background color for each WordPress category?

Just like it sounds above - for some reason this has been much more difficult than expected. More inside, naturally. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Movies/Television: Stories with a recurring person/object in background?

I am looking for movies (or related) that contain an unusual twist: At the end, it is revealed that unbeknownst to everyone there was a person or object repeatedly appearing in the background. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 3, 2013 - 31 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc on May 26, 2013 - 9 answers

What background screening services show someone's salary history?

I found a background check service at one point that showed a summary of each paycheck my employer issued to me, including bonuses and other payments, and I believe my Social Security number was required in order to retrieve the report. I can't locate the service again. Are there any out there that still offer such a service?
posted by scottso17 on May 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Marriage on your permanent record

Does a previous marriage show up on a background check? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Where can I find some good halloween background images for a photo booth?

Where can I find some good halloween background images for a photo booth? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Subtle creepy strings.

It's time to play your favorite (maybe) Ask Metafilter game: recommend music for a specific purpose! Bonus difficulty: the specificity is really specific! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Sep 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Passing position of public trust investigation?

My employer is going to soon require that myself and other employees receive a "Position of Public Trust - High" classification. My credit is not good and I'm married to a person who is not a US citizen, though is a permanent resident and is from a country that the US likes. There's a couple of other minor snowflake bits, but, overall, how big of a deal is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Background Checks

What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Volunteer criminal background check deal breakers

Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jul 17, 2012 - 17 answers

How does one get an apostille for a background check?

A friend asked me for help getting an apostille of her daughter's background check for a job in Korea- I haven't a clue where to start, but I've included her question inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Does Getting Fired 20 years ago show up in a background check?

I was fired from a retail job back in 1994. I worked there 6 months. The firing could have been argued but I left. I have a job interview tomorrow requiring a background check. I don't want to lie but I don't want to tell the truth as it is so damn long ago and a ridiculous thing....and that job is long long long gone from resume replaced with great work and academic history. Does a routine background check dig up that old dirt? Thanks for your time and have a good week.
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Making a wide-screen background'ed website

Webdesign: How to make a wide-screen centralized background in HTML? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Jun 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Nanny is as nanny does

Suggestions for nanny background check websites? [more inside]
posted by lapidus on May 28, 2012 - 1 answer

How to sprite a back

Web design question about using the CSS Sprite technique for speeding up page loads, but while hiding part of the background. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

TV and film background calling services

Recommendations for calling services for background (extra) work is Los Angeles? What services have worked best for you?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Feb 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Help ID this classical music on Radiolab's "Loops" episode

What's the classical piece in the background of the Radiolab "Loops" episode's segment on Gödel? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

I fudged the end date of my last job by six weeks. What now?

On my resume, I fudged the end date for my last job by six weeks, to cover up a bad situation where I was not at fault. A new company has given me an offer, checked my references, and sent me all the new hire paperwork. I'm supposed to start in two weeks. Only problem? I had to consent to a background check. Now I'm concerned that my lie will be uncovered. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Can I refuse to let them talk to anyone from my current employer?

I got a new job! Yay! But I have to fill out a consent statement... and I may have exaggerated a part of my job history... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 - 22 answers

Background check question.

Offered a professional level job at PG&E. I would be driving a company car, but not all the time - desk job with field duty. On the online application I indicated that I do not have any criminal convictions (i.e. felonies, misdemeanors, etc.) For fear of not getting an interview at all, I replied in the negative. However, I have one misdemeanor DUI from almost seven years ago. They will be performing a background check. I know they really want me - they offered me the job within a day of interviewing. Does the background check go back this far? Am I screwed or will I have the opportunity to explain myself if it comes up? HR has not gotten to me to do the check yet. What, if anything, should I do?
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Is this the end of my fiance's driving career?

Will a suspended driver's license with extenuating circumstances disqualify my fiance for a position that requires him to drive a company car? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Info on the foreign service background check.

How in depth does the Foreign Service background check go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I find background music?

What music could I put as background for a movie of children's interviews? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to find a photo of a bare white Mediterranean wall-- the kind one might see inside a house on the island of Hydra?

Where can I find a photo of a bare white Mediterranean wall-- the kind one might see inside a house on the island of Hydra? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Jan 2, 2011 - 5 answers

And strrreeeetch!

What is the best website background dimension to accommodate nearly all screen sizes? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Dec 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Somebody stole my identity to live in an apartment for 4 months?

So my name's been evicted from an apartment I've never lived in. And yet nothing appears on my credit report. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beardlace on Dec 7, 2010 - 10 answers

From Point to Polygon

I want to learn 3d modeling but from a vector standpoint (if possible). Needs to be OSX compatible. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I become MORE trackable by GPS?

Is it possible for two iOS 4 apps to access and use GPS information at the same time? Specifically, would iOS let me use RunKeeper to track a run in the foreground, and let an app like PlaceTrack update Google Latitude in the background? [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Oct 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Upload iPhone Photos while Multitasking?

iPhone App: I want to upload EVERY photo I take, to Flickr, immediately after being taken. This means that I want the app to upload in the background, REGARDLESS of what I'm doing. I may hit the home button and go on to another app, or I may just throw the phone in my pocket. I want the new spiffy multitasking to work as promised and upload my photos. I want to use this as my main camera app. I use a 3GS, so multitasking does work fine. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Sep 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Webpage background weirdness - ? Explanations Welcome!

Explanation for website background behaviour please? Why & how does this websites' background do what it does, namely travel the opposite way to the main body of the page when scrolling with a mouse wheel? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd on Jul 18, 2010 - 7 answers

What can an employment background check entail?

What can an employment background check entail? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Jun 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Progressive Mix

If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Background Cheque Republic

I'm applying for a position at my school that is mine contingent on passing a background check/"live scan" screening by the University's Police department. Therein lies my conundrum... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Sources of Free Downloadable Instrumental Music that's Okay for Commercial Broadcast?

Can you recommend sources for downloadable instrumental music that is free and legally can be used for commercial on-the-air use? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 6, 2010 - 2 answers

What is the best website to conduct a fast background check for a potential tenant?

What is the best website to conduct a fast background check for a potential tenant?
posted by PlayWithFire on Apr 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I see what they see?

What background search companies do big employers use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I/should I do background checks on my building super?

How do I protect myself from a situation like the one I read about (inside), where a sex-offender was hired as a super and was allegedly being inappropriate? Can I/should I ask for background checks from anyone who has keys/access to my apartment, since it seems like the landlord is not required to do so (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Photogenic wintertime backdrops in the Philly area?

Some friends have asked me to take their engagement photos; most of the obvious backdrops are cold and less attractive due to the weather. We're in Philly, where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jan 5, 2010 - 36 answers

Spill the beans or clam up?

Do I have to divulge stuff that isn't on my record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2010 - 9 answers

photography that blends into web pages

Is there a term for photography with a plain-colored background (i.e. a background that will blend seamlessly into an x-colored web page background)? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Dec 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Good movie driving shots for chroma keying?

Here's a fun one: can you think of any films that have good, usable -moving background- shots / tracking shots, that I could use as a fake "driving" backdrop for a movie I'm making? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Sep 19, 2009 - 13 answers

If it hurts, don't do it?

Why does my background torture LCD screens? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Sep 16, 2009 - 13 answers

How to create a dot background pattern for a blog / website??

I'm looking to create a very subtle dot background pattern, like the one on this site. I'm pretty familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator and have been able to produce a dot pattern, but the scale is much too big, and when I try to create a smaller pattern using a smaller circle, it simply disappears, or becomes a solid gray once I import it as a background. Does anyone have any idea how to make a pattern like the one on that site? It seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but I haven't been able to figure it out.
posted by arbor day on Sep 11, 2009 - 9 answers

How to know if your luck has run out?

Five interviews in a three weeks...no offers...Am I doing something wrong or is it 'the market'? [more inside]
posted by lslelel on Aug 1, 2009 - 22 answers

Where to find vector graphic website backgrounds?

Where can I find/buy great website backgrounds such as the examples below? Or, where can I find good vector graphics to tile and make my own? [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Jun 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Why won't firefox display pages correctly?

What is wrong with my firefox? It seems like firefox has forgotten how to display backgrounds and colors on web pages. I don't know anything about css or html, so I don't really know what the problem is, but I posted a couple screenshots of two pages and the error console for one in this album. I have tried completely uninstalling and reinstalling firefox, but with no luck. Chrome and Safari work fine. This is on an Acer Aspire One running Windows XP.
posted by runcibleshaw on May 6, 2009 - 10 answers

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