We need to disconnect our refrigerator's water line (going to the ice maker) ASAP. Like, tonight, or before 8am tomorrow. (It's a long story.) There is a copper line that runs from the fridge to a hole in the floor. There are no valves. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I'm drawing/painting a globe (in time lapse, so the sun appears to rise) and trying to figure out what shape, exactly, the longitude (not latitude) lines are when a globe is flattened into a circle (I know I can just trace them, but I've gotten curious). So, the outermost longitude lines are tangent to the circle, they are half-circles, and the centermost line is a straight line from pole to pole, it's the progressively flatter curves in between that I'm trying to figure out. Do they have a name? Are they catenaries? Are they the curves of progressively larger circles? How do I construct them (easily)? Example image: HERE
posted by sexyrobot
on Jul 26, 2013 -
Okay, gang: I'm typing a very long document on Word for Mac (I'm on page 48). Everything has been working fine until now, but as of about thirty minutes ago, hitting return doesn't advance the cursor to the next line. It just jumps about four spaces away from the end of the sentence, as though I had hit tab. But when I start typing, the word immediately jumps to the next line below. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias
on Jul 25, 2013 -
CopFilter: Years ago I read in a book that cops have a box that they keep in their lockers. The idea is that if they are ever killed in the line of duty, that their partner would get the box and destroy it. I can't, for the life of me remember what the name for this sort of box is called, and what was traditionally kept in it. Can anyone who would be in a position to know help me out?
posted by Sully
on Jul 23, 2013 -
Here’s a simple computational geometry problem. I am trying to figure out the value at an point of two line segments based off of the values at both of one of the segment’s endpoints.
The problem is that I don’t exactly know the best
way of going about finding the value at one of those points.
Here is a reference figure
(X_C, YC) = F_C
(X_D, YD) = F_D
How can I calculate the value of F_E, where F_E = (X_E, Y_E), where E is the point on the segment CD, where CD intersects with the line AB?
(Extraneous details inside) [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Zip line filter: I'm building a zip line on our property. The issue I'm having is cable sag. Help? [more inside]
posted by charris5005
on Jun 2, 2012 -
What Would Have Happened if an American President-Elect Had Died *BEFORE* the 20th Amendment Was Ratified? [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey
on Mar 7, 2012 -
Combination polyester and polypropylene rope appears to be commonly referred to as PolyDac rope. What is the 'Dac' part? Is it a short form of a longer word?
posted by GleepGlop
on Dec 5, 2011 -
[main sewer line]: looks like we may have a block. how much should it cost to fix? [more inside]
posted by anya32
on Dec 5, 2011 -
I just got this
1.5" by 50' twisted rope and I want to know how a seaworthy veteran might coil this thing up for transporting to and from the gym. [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Dec 1, 2011 -
SF plot filter. Looking for story (maybe from Larry Niven) about a mysterious machine people keep on bumping into and immediately forgetting. [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan
on Sep 8, 2011 -
I just moved to a new part of the state, and had a landline telephone installed through my local telco. I asked if they could port my old number (123)-xxx-xxxx to my new landline, and they said my old number was not in the same "Rate Center". I confirmed that they were telling the truth based on this AskMeFi post
I have the option to enable call forwarding from my old number to my new landline, which takes care of incoming calls.
Now I am turning to you, the hivemind, to find out how to dial out from my new landline, and have my old number, (123)-xxx-xxxx, show up on other peoples' caller ID.
I've done some searching and found a bunch of convoluted VoIP setups that would achieve this solution for me, but I'm not that technical, and I don't want to have to dial a million numbers just to make a single phone call from my land-line.
Does the hive mind have any simple solutions?
posted by WhereAmI
on Jul 6, 2011 -
This may be the longest shot question I have ever asked. Help me identify this super-catchy tune! [more inside]
posted by msali
on Jul 1, 2011 -
I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34
on Jun 30, 2011 -
Our company has 5 Windows 2008 Standard (non-R2) servers - none of them set up on AD. I have to create usernames individually each time for each one of them when we have new employees. What would be the best avenue to pursue in order to make this process less terrible? [more inside]
posted by Mali
on Feb 8, 2011 -
Command-line calculator: I used to have a calculator program I put in c:\windows\system that took arguments, so I could type "c 5+2" into the start menu on W7 and a popup with the answer (7) would appear. Anyone know the name? Not quite a command-line calculator, since I want to pass in arguments and get a returned single value via popup.
posted by lrodman
on Dec 13, 2010 -
Yes. My IMac has that thin blue line on monitor. Yes. lots of folks get this. Question, though. [more inside]
posted by Postroad
on Aug 18, 2010 -
My bike helmet leaves deep indentations on my forehead. The marks are really bad right when I get to work, and linger for most of the day. What can I do to get them to go away faster? How can I prevent them? I still get them when I use a head wrap in the winter, so a cap or a bandanna underneath probably won't help. My helmet fits comfortably and I'm usually well hydrated. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Under normal circumstances our phones crackle, so it’s difficult to hear what people are saying. The line is clear if the router and computers are off and the phones are connected, or if the router is on and the computers are off and one phone is connected. In either case if we turn on one more component we loose the clarity. This seems to show that the fault is internal rather than with BT's line. What can we do to obtain clear phone lines whilst also running our router and computers? [more inside]
posted by ingridbroad
on Jul 7, 2010 -
Corporate Budget Transparency: Long standing difference in management style. Would love to settle a bet. Manage big spend via exception or line item? Is there a demonstrative impact to employees either way? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Jun 14, 2010 -
In what cartoon does Foghorn Leghorn say, "Kids coming up nowadays don't even know how to tie down their pumpkins"? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Dec 3, 2009 -
There's a monthly raffle at work for 5 parking spaces out back. There are about 30 people in my office. There's no limit to the amount of tickets you can buy. You can only win once. Otherwise, parking costs about $4 a day, or about $80 a month. Raffle proceeds go to charity. What's the optimal amount to spend on this? [more inside]
posted by boghead
on Jul 24, 2009 -
I have two new iPhones. I also have a land line in my house. My cell signal in my house is poor at best. I like my land line so I'm going to keep it. I would like my cell phone to transfer to my land line when I'm home so I can get cell calls at home. I can't seem to find a product that will hand off my cell calls to my land line. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Thrillhouse
on Jul 7, 2009 -
Inexpensive standalone (non-computer) DVR solution for in-line video game recording? Preferably RCA in, RCA out, with 10+hours record time uncompressed/highest quality. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher
on Apr 4, 2009 -
I'm looking for a program, or way to use a program I already have, that will make simple time lines. I'm studying for a history midterm that features lots of dates, and I want a way to display all of them in relation to each other. I don't need a lot of features, but I do need free. [more inside]
posted by MadamM
on Mar 16, 2009 -
Can anyone recommend a website that does stock technical illustrations such as line drawings of electronic circuits etc? [more inside]
posted by jacobean
on Feb 25, 2009 -
ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 20, 2008 -
I need to know which Planet of the Apes movie the line, "Your parents died 2000 years ago! (laughing)"....
posted by foodybat
on Oct 30, 2008 -
What can I possible do about someone that is repeatedly calling my place of employment and hanging up? [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme
on Oct 10, 2008 -
Long Forgotten Mathfilter: I have a point and a line segment in 2d space. How do I find the closest point on the line to the point? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer
on Oct 6, 2008 -
On a random walk through the East Village in NYC last night, we came across a line of paint on the sidewalk. It went from Tompkins park down Ave B. to 4th St, over to 1st Ave, up to 10th or 11th street and then we lost it. This was not a line painted with a bush or a machine. It was random and wiggly - kind of like someone punched a hole in a paint can and let it drip as they walked around the neighborhood. The line is peach colored. Then we found that it continues at Astor Place and Stuyvesant Street. What does this line mean?? Why was it painted? Where does it go?
posted by pithy comment
on Jul 4, 2008 -
Television show, movie, cartoon, what was
it that featured a character saying, "pour vous," in this particular way? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Jul 2, 2008 -
I want software which will allow me to capture text thoughts at work, to a remote web location - quickly, discreetly and privately.
posted by therubettes
on Apr 24, 2008 -
How do I calculate the slope of two points in three dimensions? For example, what is the slope of the line that passes through points A(-5,-5,7) and B(3,0,5)? Please show your work. This is not a homework question. [more inside]
posted by whatisish
on Feb 8, 2008 -
Two quick Thunderbird questions: 1. Outgoing mail filters (work-arounds). 2. Incoming mail line breaks. [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Jan 8, 2008 -