Please recommend articles, essays or books about aging. [more inside]
The big five-O is coming up for me in August. Does this mean that I have to do something especially significant and particularly memorable? I don't want hubby to throw a party...although I do like to attend parties. Actually, I'd like to take a little trip somewhere alone--is that selfish? How did you celebrate your 50th birthday?
A friend gave me a Powermac G3 this afternoon It's not the fastest in the world, but it has OSX installed 10.4.11. What are some cool things I can do with this machine? [more inside]
What is this game? It belonged to my dad's cousin and she would have played with it during the 1940's, I think. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find an old wood lathe to restore and turn massive burls? This isn't your father's lathe, it's more likely your great grandfather's lathe and hasn't been out of the barn since before the War. It weighs half a ton. If you hang out at the VFW or in old union halls and ask around a massive bowl will be your reward for the beta. I'll go anywhere in the Northeast if it's cheap and farther than that if it is free.
Are stiffness and aches and pains a pretty normal part of just being 48 years old? How about muscle cramps? [more inside]
Compfilter: My PC is almost six, and getting a little creaky - how do I keep it chugging on? [more inside]
Anyone recognize these old copper printing plates? They were used to print some sort of encyclopedia or other information book, but which one? [more inside]
I need to find a game I've played so many years ago in the old Windows 3.11. [more inside]
Is "old" water safe to drink? [more inside]
I'm looking for a few knobs like these, seen on a Russian-built guitar effects pedal from the eighties. [more inside]
So, I just read David Foster Wallace's "Good Old Neon", and I feel like Neal is a creepily accurate description of myself at this point in my life. What do I do? [more inside]
I know many magazine questions have already been asked, but I believe this one needs its own thread. What do I do with the MAD magazines I have from about 2000 to now? [more inside]
Trying to remember the name of a game from the late 80s or early 90s -- text only, proto-RPG, DOS based. So, for some reason the imaginary imagery of this game has stuck with me for about 20 years. I had a copy from a friend on 5.25 floppy and I'm not sure if I ever knew the name -- but I'd love to try and hunt it down for a friend's kid. Can you help? [more inside]
Old Play-By-Email space-strategy-war-game: what was its name? [more inside]
How do I open these aluminum windows from the 60's? The lock has a top-of-window sash component, then a metal ribbon-looking thing, and a screw in the top of the bottom sash. [more inside]
Help me find an appropriate (guided) journal to give my father as a birthday gift. [more inside]
[Oldmoviefilter]: What is this movie? [more inside]
Where can I score some old fashioned liverwurst in the Pacific Northwest? There always used to be rolls of liverwurst next to the lunch meats, but no more. And Amazon no longer carries Mother Goose Liverwurst; there's a "unknown when again available" note. Mail order is fine, if it's a reliable source. (And I really don't want to make it myself; I just want to smear it on bread.)
How can I tell if my '87 GMC Safari Van is up to driving from Philadelphia to Louisiana? [more inside]
Found an old computer in the basement. What steps should I go through to get it up and running? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cartoon about King Midas from the early 80's. The keys about this version are: looks more like a book with moving pictures and a little song about how King Midas has the ears of a donkey/ mule/ goat (that part is fuzzy) and then a little pan flute whistle. Any thoughts?
Back when I was in Elementary school around 1969 our teacher read a book aloud to the class that I remember as being kind of fantasy and kind of spooky. The plot was something about a sister and brother who were latch-key kids. I think the sister wore the house key around her neck on a green ribbon. Anyway, somehow they were "kidnapped" by an old person and and ended up on an island where the people never got older. I believe a closet was involved too THe way the people stayed young had something to do with the kids not being abled to leave. If someone knows the name of this book it would be great. Thanks.
What are some classic, old sci-fi movies? [more inside]
Book filter: Getting a head start on Christmas presents - what books would you recommend for my kung fu instructing, deadwood watching, social work teaching freemason father? [more inside]
An old RTS game from the early 90s, took place in space. Controlled mother ship, collected blobs of stuff. More info inside. [more inside]
Looking for bits and pieces for 'No Country for Old Men' Halloween Costume...Anyone know where I can get a 'Javier Bardem' looking bowl cut wig ?
Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for both scenarios: The computer works, or it doesn't work. I'm waiting for a battery from eBay... Wikipedia says it runs OS 7. What can you do with that? A friend suggested I gut it and fit it with a Nintendo or Sega or something. Anything to spark an idea, and possibly where to look for how-to's concerning your suggestion, please!!
Caramel wafers one year after 'best by'. Should I eat them? [more inside]
What should I do with several dozen old National Geographic magazines? [more inside]
Why does my new Google Reader account show me old (read) postings when my old one didn't? [more inside]
How can I better appreciate people of different ages? Different generations? [more inside]
I moved into an apartment in a Victorian house last Friday and about 5 minutes after I start moving in I realize that the windows are in terrible shape. The wood frames have rotted, some windows don't open, some don't close. At least one had a broken frame like it broke when someone was trying to shit the window. A couple have cracked panes. Probably half of them are missing the locking mechanisms so I can't lock them. [more inside]
How to wash/clean old wool blankets? [more inside]
My mom really enjoys books about the Old West (nonfiction only). I'd like to get her an addition to her collection for her birthday, but I have no experience in this particular genre. Can anyone out there pass on some suggestions? [more inside]
Can anybody help me identify a comic I read around 30 years ago (yes, I know, but it was really good, hence this request). It was one of those American “fantastic tales/stories” (don’t remember the actual title) and as I remember the stories were from the 1950’s -1960’s. The strongest story was about a somewhat put upon geeky chap, a genius scientist whose life is dominated by an alpha male type. This man steals his ideas and become successful on the back of the scientists groundbreaking theories. Anyway, for some reason, the alpha male is not able to care for his newborn son, and our scientist offers to care for the boy. The twist is that the scientist uses the infant as a guinea pig to test his theories on nature/nurture, and the infant ends up looking exactly like the geeky scientist and not our obnoxious alpha male. Ok, ok, this may not sound that great a story but it had a big impact on me as a kid, and would love to find the comic if I can. Any ideas?
Help me with some free, easy to use software for elderly people to use on a computer. Specifically: hands-off, self-maintaining security, and a good replacement for Windows Explorer. [more inside]
A friend has a 10-year old Lexus (with only ~50k miles on it!) that gets driven 2-4 miles per week. Is there any harm in this? (It is a second car for one person.) Oil would keep recirculating due to the weekly drive and the alternator should keep the battery charged. Right? I mean, if the car is fueled only once every 12-18 months can that be good for it? (sediment?) Would any other problems be likely?
I'm looking for an old science fiction novel about an evil, blue giant titled "The Blue Man" - the Google and Amazon search is poisoned by both The Blue Man Group, and a young-adult science fiction novel "The Blue Man" which isn't it at all. [more inside]
Is there a way to determine the date range that this saw might have been made? [more inside]
I use 10.5.2 and need Photoshop a few times a year. I went to school for design, so I'm annoyingly competent with PS and depend on some of the more 'pro' features, like CMYK (which LE or Elements lacks, I think) and Channel Editing (which Pixelmator seems to lack). [more inside]
Old movie question involving US military, China, torture, and other things. What movie was this? [more inside]
Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
StupidVanityFilter: What can I do to prevent jowls? [more inside]
Resources for recreating the look and feel of 17th century books (their title pages specifically?) [more inside]
What preparations should I make for getting old? [more inside]