I've always wanted to know how funny people became funny. What particular attributes, behavior, types of humor makes them so hilarious? Do some of them practice jokes in advance? Do they watch comedians and funny tv shows a lot? [more inside]
posted by poilkj
on Aug 17, 2014 -
Was wondering if anyone knows the name and location of the lighthouse in the Lighthouse episode of How I Met Your Mother.
posted by LemonGardot
on Jul 18, 2014 -
The dish at a faraway hole-in the wall Chinese restaurant was titled "egg fried soft noodles". [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on
on Jan 11, 2014 -
All of my clients are asking for this style of animation/screen casting (SFW):
It's the manic screen twisting animation with text and simple images displayed over basic color backgrounds.
I am moderately skilled in After Effects (and own the suite) so I'd love to accommodate them, but I am more accustomed to creating explosions, light sabers and monsters than this kind of stuff. I would like to know if anyone knows of specific online classes or easy to follow tutorials for this specific style/type of animation? I've found many After Effects tutorials, but I'm looking for something specifically geared to creating a video similar to the one posted above.
I am happily prepared to pay for these as I really need to be somewhat proficient in this by early 2014.
Thanks a million!
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I am going bungee jumping in one week! But am TERRIFIED of heights! I want to go because I think it will be awesome and fulfilling, but am at the same time, completely scared out of my mind!! What things can I do to prepare myself for the jump?
posted by dinosaurprincess
on Apr 21, 2013 -
Whenever I eat potato chips, I wonder how the exact number of chips (or actaully, weight) was arrived upon. After all, if they put ONE less chip in my bag of chips, I probably wouldn't notice or care, but it would save them hundreds of thousands of dollars (...probably). So my question is - how do product manufacturers decide on the precise sweet spot that gets them the highest revenue without customers dropping off? Why 35 grams and not 34?
posted by cdenman
on Jan 10, 2013 -
What should I wear and how should I behave at a dinner, where my ex will be with his new gf? [more inside]
posted by artystar
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Ideas, theories, facts, about how online sites are making money when I no longer see banner advertising or Google ad links -- old stand-by methods from five years ago seem to have evaporated? [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Oct 14, 2012 -
How to quiet the "think about other women" impulse and become faithful in thought as well as action? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 11, 2012 -
Your friends scare you with their kindness. Now we're going on a roadtrip - advice? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Sep 21, 2012 -
How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 29, 2012 -
I need to learn Swedish, and I'm not the greatest language student. Who can point me towards the best online resources and courses?
posted by ewan
on May 29, 2012 -
I want to rig up a way to cover and uncover my fire alarm with ease. I cannot cook in my apartment, at all, without it going off, and I am too short to climb up and cover it every time. Any engineers out there? I'm thinking a wall aligned contraption like what would be on a very high window...does that make sense? Parts? How-to?
posted by Hannahesque
on Jan 27, 2012 -
I wrote a book and would like Urban Outfitters
to carry it - what specific steps would you take to ensure this eventuality? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Sep 19, 2011 -
What is the best resource for giving yourself a crash course in using a Digital SLR camera? Food photography tips also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Jul 5, 2011 -
I have 6 year old cedar deck by the ocean that is aging quicker than expected, I have power washed and coated it twice with Benjamin Moore transparent deck stain. It's decaying, and the stain is not penetrating and peeling. Any ideas?
posted by daveo'h
on May 21, 2011 -
How to buy a mic flag: The first week of June I will be attending a meetup via my favorite tech podcaster and I want to gift him with a microphone flag for his Shure SM58
since he records his podcast LIVE every week. [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl
on May 6, 2011 -
Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
posted by Funmonkey1
on Mar 18, 2011 -
I'm moving from Small Town, Midwest to Big Metro Area, East Coast within the next month. What do I need to know to prepare myself mentally for the transition? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden
on Mar 16, 2011 -
A neighbor is coming over in two or three hours to take a look at my opera and classical music vinyls. [more inside]
posted by amusem
on Mar 4, 2011 -
We want to buy something new and shiny, but an ancient direct to dvd camcorder seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by abirae
on Feb 28, 2011 -
How do I let people love me? Will I ever outgrow my fear of intimacy? I'm in my late 20s. I'm scared of intimacy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not scared of sex. Won't think twice about a threesome, but am startled by holding hands. If a guy wants to get to know me more, compliments me, or crosses the line from being sweet to me to being sweet on me, I get super flustered. I stutter or look at my feet. I run away. [more inside]
posted by jamaisvu
on Nov 6, 2010 -
I have a technical writing background but haven't written a technical piece in a long time. Can you come up with some good topics for me to write about? I can't seem to think of anything. [more inside]
posted by MrningLight
on Jun 21, 2010 -
They say that science takes care of the "how", and religion takes care of the "why"... What I want to know is, do "how" and "why" have equal philosophical footing? [more inside]
posted by klanawa
on May 23, 2010 -
I love to watch hockey at home, and I've always wondered - how many videocameras do they have running at your average NHL hockey game? How many are manned? Are some automatic? Do they have one guy just manning the net camera? Would they need 2 - one for each goalie? It seems they have a lot of cameramen - some to follow the play, others to follow any fights. I would love some answers from someone who is in a position to know. Thanks!
posted by Sully
on Apr 2, 2010 -
So, I want to move out of my apartment. I'm going to try to do things right, and I'm not trying to screw over my roommate (we have about 4 months left on the lease). It's a somewhat delicate situation, unfortunately there is (a lot) more inside... (sorry!) [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu
on Dec 10, 2009 -
VPS and Internet Proxy:
I have a VPS and want to be able to access the internet remotely from it. For example, the VPS is hosted in Scandinavia while I am in USA, how do I create a proxy server so I can access internet through the VPS country? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Jun 3, 2009 -
If you are really exhausted from lack of sleep and stress, x say 2 months off and on, what's the best thing to do to get back in good shape? [more inside]
posted by sully75
on May 22, 2009 -
Asking for my partner: What to DO if you live in a country where you speak the language quite well but it's not your mother tongue, but have 1:1 English literature degree, a fair bit of life experience and common sense, are interested in working with people but the idea of another crappy office job almost brings on a panic attack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 1, 2009 -
Help me learn piano on a budget. I have always wanted to learn, and now I am 31 and tired of just wishing! Problem is, money is tight, so I am looking for suggestions on how to teach myself on the cheap (if that's possible). [more inside]
posted by scarello
on Jan 25, 2009 -
I have a good, stable job with a disposable income. What should I be doing to take advantage of the troubled economy?
posted by bingo
on Sep 26, 2008 -
Ask me find this how to website! A series of videos with hipsters teaching you things like how to calm down a baby by turning on a tap, and wrapping your headphones' cord. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha
on Aug 27, 2008 -