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Why is my Russian Dwarf Hamster so irritable lately?

Why is my Russian Dwarf Hamster so irritable lately? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Nov 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Found a bunch of some really pretty, nicely shaped clear colored with rainbow streaks, wine bottles. Any ideas what they can be used for?

Creative ideas for old opalescent bottles?
posted by watercarrier on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Old but awesome shareware.

Help me identify an older mac shoot-em-up with procedurally generated levels. [more inside]
posted by metacollin on Oct 10, 2009 - 4 answers

What to do with the Apple II?

What do I do with several Apple IIs (and a Commodore, and maybe a few other "vintage" comptuers) that I have? [more inside]
posted by niles on Oct 1, 2009 - 19 answers

How did saloons in the Old West get their liquor delivered?

How did saloons in tiny towns in the Old West get liquor delivered? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Sep 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for old 90's mac/pc game involving a green haunted house...

Looking for old 90's mac/pc game involving a green haunted house... [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Aug 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Please recommend articles, essays or books about aging.

Please recommend articles, essays or books about aging. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Aug 19, 2009 - 9 answers

50th birthday coming up

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?
posted by sandra194 on Jul 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Old Mac, new life?

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]
posted by bsexton on Jul 15, 2009 - 8 answers

What do I do with square pegs and a square hole?

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]
posted by scrute on Jul 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Seeking massive lathe

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.
posted by mearls on Jun 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Stiff and sore

Are stiffness and aches and pains a pretty normal part of just being 48 years old? How about muscle cramps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 - 19 answers

Compfilter: My PC is almost six, and getting a little creaky - how do I keep it chugging on?

Compfilter: My PC is almost six, and getting a little creaky - how do I keep it chugging on? [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 14, 2009 - 17 answers

What are these old copper printing plates?

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]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find that game, please

I need to find a game I've played so many years ago in the old Windows 3.11. [more inside]
posted by Leech on May 1, 2009 - 8 answers

water water everywhere!

Is "old" water safe to drink? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Apr 22, 2009 - 30 answers

Looking for some old Soviet knobs

I'm looking for a few knobs like these, seen on a Russian-built guitar effects pedal from the eighties. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Apr 8, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I stop being Neal from "Good Old Neon"?

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]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Mad Magazine, pure brilliance.

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]
posted by DolorousEdd on Mar 4, 2009 - 12 answers

[DOS game filter] Help me find that old DOS RPG?

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]
posted by melogranato on Feb 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Old Play-By-Email space-strategy-war-game: what was its name?

Old Play-By-Email space-strategy-war-game: what was its name? [more inside]
posted by Balna Watya on Feb 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Handiman?Handiwoman? Please help me open these 1960's era windows.

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]
posted by pomegranate on Feb 5, 2009 - 5 answers

A gift for the man who has everything but introspection.

Help me find an appropriate (guided) journal to give my father as a birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! on Jan 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Name That Movie

[Oldmoviefilter]: What is this movie? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Jan 13, 2009 - 8 answers

I can't find liverwurst anymore!

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.)
posted by kestralwing on Jan 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Help this man keep his van.

How can I tell if my '87 GMC Safari Van is up to driving from Philadelphia to Louisiana? [more inside]
posted by pantsonfire on Dec 9, 2008 - 11 answers


Found an old computer in the basement. What steps should I go through to get it up and running? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Nov 26, 2008 - 10 answers

King Midas has the ears of a what!?!?!

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?
posted by MayNicholas on Nov 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Anyone know the title of this book?

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.
posted by pjlalala on Oct 30, 2008 - 8 answers


What are some classic, old sci-fi movies? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Oct 29, 2008 - 40 answers

Bookfilter: what book(s) would my father love?

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]
posted by Acer_saccharum on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

What to do about an old doorbell?

What can I do about my doorbell? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me identify an obscure video game from the early 90s!

An old RTS game from the early 90s, took place in space. Controlled mother ship, collected blobs of stuff. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by Tachoh on Oct 10, 2008 - 9 answers

No Wig for Old Men

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 ?
posted by ashepp on Sep 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Names of the locations in these old slides?

Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 27, 2008 - 4 answers

What do I do with this old laptop?

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!!
posted by photomusic86 on Sep 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I eat the caramel wafers?

Caramel wafers one year after 'best by'. Should I eat them? [more inside]
posted by of strange foe on Sep 16, 2008 - 23 answers

What to do with several dozen old National Geographics?

What should I do with several dozen old National Geographic magazines? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Why does my new Google Reader account show me old (read) postings when my old one didn't?

Why does my new Google Reader account show me old (read) postings when my old one didn't? [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I better relate to people of different ages?

How can I better appreciate people of different ages? Different generations? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Aug 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Oh, you want working windows? Yeah, it's gonna be a while.

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]
posted by eatcake on Aug 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I wash old wool?

How to wash/clean old wool blankets? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Aug 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Beyond 'Little House on the Prairie'

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]
posted by orrnyereg on Aug 1, 2008 - 22 answers

Identify comic

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?
posted by ricardo on Jul 30, 2008 - 2 answers

Recommend easy-to-use software for elderly people

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]
posted by biwa-shu on Jul 2, 2008 - 9 answers

is extremely low mileage bad

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?
posted by umlaut on Jun 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Blue Man, not the group.

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]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Could my Great-Grandfather Have Used this Saw?

Is there a way to determine the date range that this saw might have been made? [more inside]
posted by hworth on Jun 19, 2008 - 4 answers

What's the oldest version of Photoshop that works with Leopard?

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]
posted by tremspeed on Jun 9, 2008 - 8 answers

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