There are certain web sites (e.g. www.amd.com) which load incredibly slowly from our office. On the same laptops from anywhere else they load fine. What gives? [more inside]
There was a story/performance I heard on some (probably NPR) radio show within the last 10 years. It was a man and a woman meeting at a party, and instead of saying things to each other they described what they would say to each other, kind of a meta-conversation. [more inside]
I am going to buy six tickets for Bay Pointe ballet's nutcracker show in San Mateo, CA. If I buy tickets on their website. I need to pay $15.5 for fees. I wonder if anybody knows if I can save those fees when I go to their box office in San Mateo to buy tickets directly. I was not successful when calling them to find out the answer.
I am a performer looking for some type of system to remotely control audio. And I have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
I have a new client, and I have to deliver a project by the end of the day. Doing the work I love is a dream come true, but in all honesty, I feel I will vomit out of nervousness. Any advice for someone beginning a challenging new career?
After a year of strenuous work, I am finally at the point where I think it's worth upgrading my bike to try to eke out some more speed. But I want to know what kinds of improvements are really worth it. [more inside]
Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
Looking for artworks where artists use instructional language, prompts or directives. Similar to Yoko Ono's grapefruit or artists who give tours through museums as a conceptual strategies such Andrea Fraser
The band uses Ableton Live for backing tracks (drummer uses a click track - metronome). From the arrangement view (Live's VSTs are used also) is there a way to place video in a track and have it stream from a Macbook while the audio streams to a soundcard? If not, what is the easiest way to play videos in sync with the backing tracks? [more inside]
Trying to recall the name of a performance artist/photographer. She used disguises (prep, ghetto, etc.) to pass as a member of various in-groups. Then she photographed herself socializing in these groups. [more inside]
My boss recently spoke to me about my performance and then today just dramatically increased my workload in a way that will pull me away from my primary job responsibility without a discussion. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills? [more inside]
Can the performance of toy walkie-talkies be improved? [more inside]
Where should I stay in Amsterdam and what should I check out? I'm going to Amsterdam for two days and two nights the first week of January. I am a 26 year old single lesbian who is very interested in checking out the local hotspots for gay women and also visiting some art galleries. I would like to see some unusual art installations and/or performance art while I am there. Thank you! : ) [more inside]
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed?
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed? [more inside]
What are some genre-breaking companies that blur the line between for-proft and non-profit in imaginative ways? [more inside]
I'm pursuing my dream but have so much pressure that it's not even fun anymore. Is this normal, or am I being unrealistic and setting myself up for disappointment? [more inside]
I am on the planning committee of an annual event held by my grad program in which the students and faculty do various activities and performances, play games, and generally make fun of each other. I need some ideas, preferably involving laughter and/or making the faculty do slightly embarrassing stuff. [more inside]
I'm wondering whether my Dell laptop is naturally slow at this point or whether there's something weird afoot; and also, how to figure out whether I can install a solid state disk in it without much trouble? [more inside]
How will the new 11-inch MacBook Air perform in comparison to a 2006 13-inch MacBook? [more inside]
As someone who's just starting to seriously explore classical music, I'd like a reference that surveys the repertoire, puts composers, their works, and specific recorded performances of those works into context, and which preferably discusses specific CD releases of those performances. [more inside]
How can I be funnier the next few weekends? (Brainstorming!) [more inside]
I'm considering buying an mac mini or 21.5" imac w. 4GB of RAM. Think that they're powerful enough to support upcoming Adobe CS5 (photoshop, bridge, and InDesign open), Windows 7 in a virtual machine, and HD YouTube video similtaneously--and in a timely manner?
Wrooom Wrroom Tractortronica: I'm going to perform live with three tractors. What kind of sounds can you get out of them? [more inside]
What's are some of your favorite slam poetry performances? [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a Japanese noise artist who uses analog electronics (light bulbs, motors, record player based sequencer, etc.) to create really loud and grating music. [more inside]
Seeking an artist's webpage: she or he has a unique business model of direct commissions via PayPal for actions at different price levels (will write a note, will travel to place X and take a photograph, send the photo to you, etc). None of my search keywords are turning it up ... ring any bells?
If your small-town choir tells you that they want to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the MidAmerica Concert Series - how good (polish, presentation, musical standards etc.) do they need to be to get the gig?
Squeezing a bit more out of a PowerMac G5... [more inside]
What do you know about sports psychology? My 15 year old son is a competitive fencer and has a tendency to dwell on the point he just lost, which tends to cause him to lose the next point, which he then dwells on even more, etc. I can't relax on the strip for him, so I'm looking for books or resources I can point him towards to help. [more inside]
My trusty old first-generation Macbook Pro is nearing the end of its 3-year warranty, and I'm debating whether to splurge on one of the sexy new machines or to see what I can do to put a little bit [more inside]
Let's try this again, shall we? The load on this graph shows the server load spiking about every 1.5 hours. I'm trying to find out why. [more inside]
i said yes to playing a gig in a week and a half, and now i don't know what to do. the last time i played was two years ago! i'm so nervous just even thinking about it... [more inside]
MusicianFilter: I need a sturdy, but portable music stand to take to my band concerts this summer. [more inside]
I'm an amateur classical pianist. I used to give solo recitals at college, and I would like to start performing again out here in the real world. But what sort of group/organisation/event do I need to get involved with to have this kind of opportunity? Could I organise a little independent recital for myself, or is that weird and too egotistical? [more inside]