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What's still unnecessarily hard to do in HTML?

I've been out of the HTML-writing game for a decade or so. Last time I did it, lots of seemingly simple things were very difficult to do (and not always because of IE! Vertical centering comes to mind, or truncating wrapped text to a fixed number of lines). I'm collecting examples of things that an HTML-naïve designer might want but which are technically impossible, poor-performing, or require crazy contortions to implement. Let's not worry about old browsers, and assume modern technology.
posted by jewzilla on Apr 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Bad fence, crazy neighbor

I'm repairing a section of picket fence that I had built ten years ago between my yard and the property next door. The fence fell down last spring. My neighbor didn't say anything about the fence or the repairs or property lines until the contractor I hired to repair the fence started putting new posts in the original fence post holes. Then she went even more nuts than she already was. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Sep 1, 2014 - 29 answers

Student Loan default for the second time

I'm 38 and I graduated in 1997. I've defaulted on my student loans twice. Maybe three times? They're direct student loans. I consolidated my loans in circa 2001 and paid on them responsibly for maybe 10 years. I think I messed up again about a year ago and rehabilitated them and got out of default. But now I've failed on that rehabilitation and my loans have been sent to a recovery agency. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Mar 18, 2014 - 8 answers

What is this four headed snow monster which has cut off one head?

This is a piece of folk art(?) in a house with many such things. I am house-sitting. Owner is away unreachable and in the past when I have asked her the story behind pieces, she doesn't know; she just buys them because they appeal to her artistically. I keep thinking there must be more of a story to it. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I deal with an explosive worker?

I got out of a freelance client meeting last night and I'm still shaken up about it. A coworker was visibly furious with me, and I'm still not understanding what the hell happened. I want to know what my next moves should be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Stealth evangelicalism in "haunting" shows?

What's the deal with shows like Animal Planet's "The Haunting?" Is this just a front for evangelicalism or charismatic christianity? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Apr 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Puppy love

Will getting a dog help me be less of an introvert? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Apr 17, 2011 - 31 answers

Socially engineered pain

How do you deal with the loss of what turned out to be something you never had? Social engineering relationship question [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 - 18 answers

"New" math?

Multiple students taking an exam at different times come up with the same baffling answer. Help! [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Mar 21, 2011 - 24 answers

name that wordplay

Is there a name for the type of wordplay where phrases are strung along by overlapping the ones preceding them? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Dec 5, 2010 - 11 answers

loinclothed drummer on a fourwheeler is taunting me

Help with music video/artist identification... [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Nov 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Could somebody listen to Russia, for a moment?

Does anyone have a shortwave radio, or something that could pick up an AM station in Russia? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Jun 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and Lions and Tigers and Bears and Hot Tubs and Hairy Chests and Press-On Nails...

Some now-former friends have decided to jump into polyamory as a solution to a big mess of relationship crazy. I think this is a terrible, terrible idea, for reasons specific to both the couple and polyamory as a whole. But how do I discuss this with them (and others) without sliding down the slippery slope of defining what other types of relationships are "right" or "wrong"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 - 50 answers

Did you guys see the size of that chicken?

[batshitinsane Filter] (etymology) What is the origin of BatShitInsane? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Feb 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me not be a psychogirl.

I'm exhibiting behaviors typically attributed to the architypal "psychogirl." And I hate it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 - 22 answers

What can the judge do to Orly Taitz?

What can the judge do to Orly Taitz? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Oct 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Is 'br****s' obscene?

I think the UK television gameshow Countdown just beep-edited out the word 'breasts' from their broadcast. Is this mandated by law or some broadcasting code? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

The Regretful Adventurer?

Any stories, published or personal, about those who've taken the road less traveled... and regretted it? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 15, 2009 - 18 answers

My friend has a persistent stalker who is not getting the message.

My friend has a persistent stalker who is not getting the message. Help us get rid of him. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jul 14, 2009 - 43 answers

Also, my hairy legs mean that I have "failed at being a woman."

How do you deal with a crazy person's total hostility? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 11, 2009 - 14 answers

I suspect he is not actually the child of novelist Robert Parker.

Has my brother completely lost his mind? And if so, what do I do now? Before 9 PM today I was prepared to ask about biodiesel cars. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Mar 22, 2009 - 25 answers

open source Mars Lander

Why isn't there an open source Mars Lander? The Phoenix Lander cost a Bunch'O'Money. How cheaply could it be done without NASA involved?
posted by Floydd on Dec 30, 2008 - 17 answers

getting the big O out of the little O

1. What is Barack Obama doing in my copy of Opera 9.62?
2. How do I get him out? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Nov 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Asking, "ou est le banc" won't cut it here.

How can I teach myself to read and translate French at the intermediate level in the next six weeks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Where oh where has my wifi gone?

What the WiFi?! My wireless network has gone insane, and it's about to give me a nervous breakdown. Please, please, PLEASE help. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Sep 23, 2008 - 7 answers

Child Support & Crazy People

Child Support Filter: He's supposed to be paying $207 a month, she has custody, he hasn't paid for almost two years, and served her with papers saying SHE owes HIM child support money. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Sep 16, 2008 - 16 answers

"Can I come in and have a look around?"

How feasible is nuclear disarmament? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Sep 3, 2008 - 27 answers

Help Me Break the Cymbalta Cycle

Hellacious Cymbalta withdrawal (I'm two weeks in). The side effects are beginning to overwhelm me. What can I do to make this withdrawal process easier? [more inside]
posted by misha on Aug 25, 2008 - 15 answers

Is Pizza a Sandwich?

Is pizza a sandwich? [more inside]
posted by nonreflectiveobject on Aug 3, 2008 - 68 answers

The future of military robotics?

Why is the only .arpa website about unicycles?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 27, 2008 - 9 answers


Last night, I spent an hour reading the crazy, hilarious stories posted here. One hour was not enough. I need more davesecretaryatwork - or at least, more like him. [more inside]
posted by yeoja on May 19, 2008 - 24 answers

Albany: Florida Of The North!

Defining Upstate New York as "anything within the state further north than Westchester," what documented bizarre historical events - large or small - have transpired in Upstate New York since the late 19th century or so? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 11, 2008 - 20 answers

I do not think i am wrong. Am I?

Insane-seeming relationship jealousy. Who is the crazy one here? Multiple questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2008 - 31 answers


Why do blue Christmas lights hurt the hell out of my eyes? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander on Nov 30, 2007 - 11 answers

Are my memories real? Does it matter if they aren't?

How can I be sure that my childhood actually happened? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Oct 23, 2007 - 42 answers

getattr(CSharp, "Pythonic") += 1

Hilarious, but earnest: how can I make C# more like Python? [more inside]
posted by electronslave on Jul 24, 2007 - 18 answers


I'm on the fence about having a BABY! Please see more inside. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 22, 2007 - 40 answers

Fired by voicemail

I got fired via voicemail. Am I allowed to publish this voicemail to the web? [more inside]
posted by Mijo Bijo on Mar 23, 2007 - 27 answers

Is the solution for us all to become Peruvians?

I am looking for a quotation similar to "Ron Paul, who believes the solution is for us all to become Peruvians..." [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory chart?

Looking for a satirical chart I saw some years ago of a "Unified Conspiracy Theory". [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Stop the cat stampede!

How do I stop the cat stampede? [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Feb 1, 2007 - 25 answers

What is the etymology of the phrase "bat shit insane"?

What is the origin, or etymology of the phrase: "bat shit insane"? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor on Nov 21, 2006 - 3 answers

From DC to NYC by public transit

How far from New York City can one get solely by using public transport? [more inside]
posted by armage on Oct 10, 2006 - 22 answers

Shoo-be-do-wop wop

What makes music from a time period so immediately recognizeable as from that period? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Sep 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Can ya help me be geeker?

Can you help me with my innumeracy? [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Jul 23, 2006 - 16 answers

That's not flying, it's falling with

Skydiving with respiratory condition...should I try it? Is it safe? Am I batshit insane? Skydivers and medical sorts are most welcome to reply! [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jun 23, 2006 - 11 answers

How can I convince my friend he's being nuts?

Help me deprogram a friend. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Mar 24, 2006 - 39 answers

God hates everything?

Why hasn't Fred Phelps perished due to violence yet? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Mar 20, 2006 - 35 answers

When a friend won't take no as an answer

How do you deal with a friend who keeps coming onto you via text message ? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Mar 15, 2006 - 19 answers

Really big pot bust: help?

Momma F___ing Mia Filter! Let's say that I, not really me of course, was caught by local authorities with around 500 very high quality marijuana plants. (Street value: $500,000) I'm in Washington state. I'm out on $2,500 bail charged with manufacture of an illicit substance. I was originally charged with intent to sell, that was dropped. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 11, 2006 - 67 answers

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