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Where are the antique webpages on the world wide web?

I stumbed on this gem through following bunch of links that began with a metafilter post. Somehow Geocities style webpages with bouncing icons and difficult to read fonts fill me take me back and manage to feel sort of charming like rotary phones or those 10 inch cell phones from the early nineties. I got the same weird technology nostalgia from re-watching the All Your Base video on youtube the other day. It got me thinking, where can you go on the world wide web to browse really outdated content, like old webpages or UIs that feel like an archaeological expedition?
posted by mermily on Apr 11, 2014 - 14 answers

 

Old car + too much auto insurance.

I'm a dummy. I have a 17-year-old beloved Honda CRV that I cluelessly have been paying too much car insurance on. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Apr 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Being New Money in an Old Money World

I am interested to read some commentary / discussion / critiques / first-person accounts about social climbing in our current society (preferably U. S. based). About both sides of the coin - people who are either successful or unsuccessful at navigating a change from lower-class to upper-middle-class, or beyond. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

29 year old virgin: embarrassed and confused

I am a 29 year old woman. I am fit, attractive, have a good personality, have had relationships, can sustain friendship. My friends say that I am a catch, and assume that I "get around" even though I never, ever, talk about my sexual exploits...because, well, the furthest I've gone is third base. I know my life circumstances explains some of the delay (details in extended explanation), but I want to know if there's anything else that I am doing wrong? Or am I actually not the weirdo popular culture made me think I am, and more people share this experience but are too afraid to admit? I feel so incredibly embarrassed. Am I missing out on something really important to become a real person? Will my lack of experience be a problem in the future? What if I am so lacking in practice my future partners find that a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2014 - 24 answers

Glass Block or Insulated Replacement Window

So I have been working on my house and making it energy efficient. It is now time to replace the basement windows in my split level. One double wide window needs to be replaced with one that opens to meet code, but the other three single wide windows do not. Would I be better installing glass blocks in those three, not vented, or installing either a picture, slider, or another type of insulated vinyl replacement window? If I should do a replacement window, which type should I use? [more inside]
posted by Nackt on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

What is it like to own an old-ish farm property with a pond and stable?

I'm currently on the market for a house, and have made a critical error in my house hunting quest - I've fallen in love with a house - which is a 1970s era home with stables, a horse paddock, and a pond. I have thus lost the ability to be objective in my assessment of said house, and so I turn to you, AskMe…. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Nov 16, 2013 - 51 answers

New power supply for old lego motors

I have a bunch of old Lego 71427 motors (seen here) and a battery pack (I believe part 5293) that was stored for a decade with the batteries inside, with predictable results. Easiest way to make these usable, short of tracking down the long-discontinued original battery pack? [more inside]
posted by ook on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

Minor computer upgrade.

I'm looking to upgrade my 2012 computer to be able to run some mid-range games. I'm not expecting anything spectacular. Is there a way to do this for $100 or less? I know upgrades tend to be expensive, but I'm hoping a minor upgrade to this computer won't cost as much as upgrading to the best-of-the-best out there because Technology Marches On and such. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Nov 6, 2013 - 11 answers

A fruitful pastime for a retired teacher

How can a retired teacher (in her 60s) spend her time wisely? Keep in mind she has difficulty walking (she uses a cane because of her hip). She likes to watch old movies but it isn't very healthy sitting around all day. She likes to write poetry and short stories, but she feels down most of the time and doesn't feel like writing much. I really want her do something that would make her feel better without compromising her delicate health situation. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Creative uses for old cut stones (blank tombstones)?

My house was built in 1890. When I had foundation work done several years ago, the workers dug out a lot of dirt from under my house, and in that dirt they found a bunch of cut and carved stones - pure white marble, limestone, and granite. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Why can't my cat stand up

Bridget [pics to follow] has been a little bit clumsy lately (missing jumps, etc) and she also went deaf fairly quickly over the course of several weeks. Still, she's been basically spry and happy - she's oldish at approximately 12 to 14 years old, but her weight is fine and she checks out fine. This morning I woke her up and she has been very unsteady on her rear feet. She fell from standing, and she's having trouble walking without falling over. We can see it's making her upset but when we pick her up she's happy and chases treats with her paws. But the falling is really scaring the crap out of me. Does anyone know what might be going on or if there's anything we can do for her? Really worried right now - thank you in advance for any advice.
posted by ftm on Sep 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me figure out how old this sign is?

Approximately how old is this sign, and what font is it? The stucco facade could date from as early as the 1920s, but the lettering on the signs looks to my untrained eye to be from the 70s or later.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I dump my car?

We have a 2002 Mazda Protege5 with 140k miles on it. The repair costs seem to be escalating and we are trying to decide whether to keep it on the road. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Sep 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Birthday Gift for my 16 year old niece

My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I figure out if this painting has any value?

I've had this painting for many years. It belonged to my grandfather. He owned an antiques store and he traveled a lot in China. I'm not sure where it came from/how he obtained it. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you help me to rewire this very old telephone?

As part of my ongoing efforts to remain stuck in the twentieth century, I'm trying to rewire and use this telephone. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Weirder = better

After watching Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, I'm suddenly dying to watch old, cheesy, crazy-ass sci-fi movies. Can you recommend the good ones to me? [more inside]
posted by heyho on Jul 11, 2013 - 38 answers

Please help my identify things in some old pictures

I inherited a bunch of pictures. There area a few I am curious about but there is nobody left to ask about them, so I'm turning to the amazing people of Metafilter. Can you tell me anything about these photos? [more inside]
posted by DrumsIntheDeep on Jun 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Need help fighting sleazy collection lawyers

I know I need a lawyer to deal with this, but I'm hoping that knowledgeable MeFi-ites can help me find the language needed to correctly describe the problem and my desired outcome, and perhaps give some advice as to how to find the right sort of lawyer. Warning, this is long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Does a potentially 9 year old bottle of Pine-Sol still work?

I wanna take a bath but the tub hasn't been cleaned in years. I've got a bottle of Pine-Sol but the label says © 2004 and there are now Pine-Sol "crystals" sitting at the bottom of the bottle (they're like Pop Rocks). Will this bottle of Pine-Sol still do it's job / could it be harmful to use at this point? I've also got a bottle of 409 (© 2004) and a bottle of Clorox (© 2002). Both of these bottles don't have crystals in em and look/smell fine.
posted by defmute on May 6, 2013 - 13 answers

You Are Not My Chemist, But... (old medicine question)

I've got an opened tube of hydrocortisone cream (hydrocortisone at 2.5%). It's expiration date is from 2008 (over 5 years old, for any future searchers). Still safe/effective to use it? [more inside]
posted by Cardinal Fang! on Mar 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for an old textbook.

My seventh grade French textbook had particularly charming illustrations. I don't remember the title of the book or what the cover looked like, but I'd know the illustrations if I saw them. They were mostly, if not entirely, in black-and-white and featured young people doing ordinary things like going to the beach. This textbook was used in about 1989 in a public school in southern New Hampshire. Is there any way of finding out more about it or perhaps buying a copy online? I suppose I could ask the school but I'd rather not.
posted by gentian on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Name that record: dinosaurs edition

I'm trying to find the name of a dinosaur record that I listened to endlessly as a kid in 1980 or so. It was a 2-record set, I recall the covers (or the records?) being one red and one green. Songs and maybe some narrated info on various dinosaurs. I'm nearly certain it wasn't The Dinosaur Record. Anyone here happen to remember it? And if not, anyone with a tip on a shop that specializes in long-ago children's music that might be able to help me identify it?
posted by genug on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Resources and reference material on the Old West

Need resources and references on life on the frontier in the post-Civil War Period. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Feb 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Not playing in Peoria

I have to go to Peoria, IL for a week starting February 6 to tend to the affairs of my mother, whose dementia is getting worse. I grew up there but I haven't been back for years, and when I did go back I stayed at Mom's. Now there is no room at Mom's because she's in assisted care. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

MacOSX: Create a new user, move safest bits over from my old user?

MacbookProFilter: I migrated my old user onto my new macbook, and carried with it a bunch of problems (slow startup, rapid battery life loss, etc.). Is there a clever, systematic way to migrate chunks of my user account to a new user? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

More Maniacs Please

My Son loves Maniac MaGee! [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Dec 11, 2012 - 16 answers

How to get my finances in order this late in the game?

Starting from scratch at 45 years old, what's the best strategy for saving money & planning for old age? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Books up a river

Tons of old (100-200 year old) books are sitting in an attic. I'm tasked with finding out how much they're worth. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Nov 2, 2012 - 22 answers

is my old boss giving me a bad deal?

I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

I look older than my age. How can I look my age?

I look way older than my age. How can I fix this? It's really starting to take a toll on me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2012 - 51 answers

Help me tell daughter Santa Claus truth

Help me tell 8 year old the truth about Santa [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 30, 2012 - 33 answers

Is it possible to exit the UK using a canceled passport, or use it to get a replacement within 24 hours?

A friend of mine is considering traveling from the UK to Spain using a canceled passport, having lost the replacement passport. Is this impossible, illegal, or might she manage it? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Sep 6, 2012 - 24 answers

New job, old job, school, and ageing

New job, old job, school, and ageing? Or just a failure? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me recycle/donate my old laptops.

What to do with old laptops? I have one 13 year old Dell Latitude, doesn't turn on, probably useless (?) and a 4 or 5 year old Inspiron1505, still works okay, should have utility for someone. I'd like to know how to best dispose of the old one, and best securely wipe/possibly donate the more recent one. Are these appropriate/feasible goals? I have a ceramic drill bit if drilling through hard drives is required, and I live in a city, so I expect I'd have a range of options if things need to be done. Thanks in advance for your help! Any and all replies are appreciated.
posted by pineapple carver on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this tool for?

WeirdToolFilter: What is this tool for? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Old books on how to write stories?

After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 27, 2012 - 15 answers

How old is too old?

Sick of everything and want change is 42 too late in life? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Jul 26, 2012 - 35 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

You'll get my Gaga when you pry it from my cold dead hands

Please help me build a playlist of music for a 56-year-old! I'm dating an old(er) guy, and he's smokin. Yay! But classic rock is so boring, and now I'm trying to pick some music.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 29 answers

Searching for an old drive in and motel in southern Ontario.

Looking for 2 film-shoot locations anywhere in southern Ontario: an old (ideally, abandoned) drive-in theater and a small shabby motel.
posted by davebush on Jun 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Mexico Oaxaca senior home/help

Mexico Oaxaca-What is the history or background of the poor old women who sell things at the Zocalo? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I ditch my old web hosting service without "letting them know"?

Can I ditch my old web hosting service without "letting them know"? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on May 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Gigalo wanted

How best to get safe but meaningless hetero sex as a unattractive older woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things?

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things? Circa early-mid 90's, an American show about a family (maybe just a single dad?) with a few sons (ages between 10 - 15?) that owned and lived at a holiday motel complex. The episode I seem to remember is one of the boys was cleaning or going through a guests room after they had stayed and found a porno mag. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Senior home in India

How to start an old age home for seniors in India? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Lifehacker for Older Parents

My parents are getting older and I'm thinking of ways to help them out. Can you share some gadgets/lifehacks/changes in way of life that might have helped out your older parents? [more inside]
posted by althanis on Feb 26, 2012 - 18 answers

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