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Any plumbers awake?

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 - 11 answers

 

Longitude lines in perspective, what shape are they?

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 - 11 answers

Return not advancing to next line on Word for Mac

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 - 5 answers

What is the box in a cop's locker called if they die?

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 - 10 answers

What is the point at this!

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. Given values (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 - 10 answers

What's this red line on my thumb?

What's this red line on my thumb? (Picture inside, not gross) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Zip line sag. Keep tightening or no?

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 - 13 answers

How much will a 300 MBPS wireless router improve our home 1.5M DSL?

How much will a 300 MBPS wireless router improve our home 1.5M DSL? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on May 25, 2012 - 13 answers

What Would Have Happened if an American President-Elect Had Died *BEFORE* the 20th Amendment Was Ratified?

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 - 3 answers

Movie line: Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a deck of cards?

Movie line: Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a deck of cards? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Dec 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Where does the name PolyDac come from?

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 - 2 answers

cost for main sewer line fix?

[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 - 3 answers

How do I coil my training rope for carrying around?

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 - 10 answers

Help Me Fly A Kite!

I am interested in flying kites (single line). Need help to get started. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 16, 2011 - 7 answers

A forgotten SF story about forgetting

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 - 8 answers

Configuring a cisco router using command line interface...

Help me configure my CISCO 877 router... [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jul 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Masking my landline's outgoing number, with another phone number.

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 - 4 answers

Another damn "identify this song" question.

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 - 52 answers

Football virgin! Help!

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 - 11 answers

Line of Credit: Good Idea, or Bad Idea?

Financing company offered me a 2000$ line of credit. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by br4k3r on Apr 28, 2011 - 13 answers

How to create multiple local users on multiple remote servers?

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 - 13 answers

looking for start-menu commandline argument calculator

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 - 7 answers

a problem for many, it seems: think line appears on screen

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 - 1 answer

Helmet hair I can deal with, but I'm tired of helmet forehead.

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 - 7 answers

How can I get a clear phone line?

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 - 3 answers

Buy a cake Alice, make sure it has our logo

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 - 4 answers

I have timez, I need linez.

What's the best (free) software for creating an extensive timeline events? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Buying a Canon 7D On-Line

Where's the best on-line deal for a Canon 7-D body from a safe, reputable dealer? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Feb 5, 2010 - 11 answers

In what cartoon does Foghorn Leghorn say, "Kids coming up nowadays don't even know how to tie down their pumpkins"?

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 - 2 answers

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC?

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Sep 16, 2009 - 6 answers

How to set up a second phone number for a home office, cheap, in Canada?

How to set up a second phone number for a home office, cheap, in Canada? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jul 25, 2009 - 20 answers

What's the optimal amount to spend on this raffle?

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 - 19 answers

How to handoff cell to land line

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 - 14 answers

Inexpensive RCA-in, RCA-out, In-line DVR with no subscriptions?

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 - 10 answers

I need a simple time line program for OSX.

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 - 8 answers

Can anyone recommend a stock library of technical line drawings online?

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 - 1 answer

What is the name of this story about waiting? "Godot" isn't in the title.

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 - 8 answers

collection of memorable lines/paragraphs in english literature?

collection of memorable lines/paragraphs in english literature? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Need help on line from one of the Planet of the Apes movie.

I need to know which Planet of the Apes movie the line, "Your parents died 2000 years ago! (laughing)".... [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Trace a call that can't be traced?

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 - 6 answers

The mind is willing but the math is weak

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 - 13 answers

My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on?

My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by bend2squares on Aug 21, 2008 - 10 answers

NYC Esat Village sidewalk paint

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 - 6 answers

A question pour VOOO.

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 - 9 answers

The ineffable scent of sunbeams and happiness

Line laundry smells awesome and rack laundry... doesn't. Why? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 5, 2008 - 14 answers

How best to take discreet private notes on a not so private computer?

I want software which will allow me to capture text thoughts at work, to a remote web location - quickly, discreetly and privately. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Apr 24, 2008 - 41 answers

Formatting charts in Illustrator CS3

How do I format an entire data series for a chart in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Apr 23, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I calculate the slope of two points in three dimensions?

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 - 16 answers

Thunderbird Filters and Wrap

Two quick Thunderbird questions: 1. Outgoing mail filters (work-arounds). 2. Incoming mail line breaks. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jan 8, 2008 - 6 answers

I need help with a tagline for my new ecommerce store

Can you help me find a great tagline for my new ecommerce store? [more inside]
posted by adriana on Jan 2, 2008 - 17 answers

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