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No download option - how can I get this audio?

I have a "premium" subscription to Mark Maron's "WTF" podcast, but do not have a smartphone. The hoster, Libsyn, does not offer downloads for the premium episodes unless you are using their app. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 2, 2014 - 9 answers

What kind of scam is this?

I received an email asking me to confirm a textie.me account that I did not create. It *appears* to be legitimate, and the confirmation link does look to actually direct to textie (I did not click on it). What kind of scam / ID theft issue do I need to be mitigating here, if any?
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Who took these photos? Who owns the rights?

I am trying to identify the photographer(s) and rights holders for two images of the Zapatista leader Comandanta Ramona. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 9, 2014 - 4 answers

High quality flowers in Brooklyn?

I need to have flowers delivered to a friend in Brooklyn (South Slope), and I want them to be great - looking for recommendations for someone who can do a beautiful, high quality arrangement and won't try to rip me off or fall through on delivery.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Budget MP3 player for use w/Ubuntu / Banshee?

I need a moderately priced, durable MP3 player that I can dump selected tracks / podcasts from my Banshee library into for my commute. Ideally, I'd like to spend less than $100. Any advice will be appreciated - I've been trying for 6 months to get Linux and my iPod to play together reliably, and I'm throwing in the towel.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Ubuntu 12.04 - wireless passwords rejected. Why?

Ubuntu 12.04 is suddenly unable to connect via two different routers. When the (correct) passwords are entered, it attempts to connect, but then brings up the pwd entry form again. This is a new problem, as of last Mon. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Kids' books for autumn and Halloween?

What are your favorite children's books about autumn and Halloween? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 3, 2013 - 25 answers

Victorian homes for monsters?

Can anyone explain why Victorian mansions like the ones the Addams Family and the Munsters were depicted as living in were, apparently, widely seen as plausible homes for monsters by the mid-20th century? Bonus points for detailed / scholarly analysis of this question.
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 21, 2013 - 26 answers

Idiot-proof burning a live CD from an ISO image for me

I am a Linux noob - I have downloaded an ISO file, extracted it, and now would like to use it to create a live CD. Can someone give me a simple, step-by-step explanation of how to do this? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Linux VPN hairpuller

Please help me figure out how to get my VPN to work with Linux - it claims to, but I can't make it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 7, 2013 - 27 answers

Recommendations for lead testing labs needed

I need to test several pieces of furniture and some toys for lead paint, and want to have a lab confirm the home tests I plan to run. I need recommendations for reliable (and hopefully affordable, too) options.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 25, 2013 - 2 answers

NYC with a 2 year old - fun activities?

I'll be spending the day with my two year old son in New York (staying in Cobble Hill, probably heading into Manhattan) on Sat. 3/2, and am looking for suggestions for fun, reasonably-priced activities that we can do together. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 15, 2013 - 14 answers

VPN that works reliably with Linux

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 w/Gnome - I use proXPN for Windows machines, but have never been able to get it to establish a connection w/the Ubuntu laptop I have. I'm looking for recommendations for VPNs that work reliably with Linux where set-up is basic enough for a Linux novice to understand.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Epson projector w/Ubuntu

Epson EX7200 projector + Ubuntu 12.04 - help me make these two play together. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

"esc" & f2 aren't doing it

Booting from a disc on a Toshiba Portege R935 - how? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Which BBC program is this?

Can anyone tell me which BBC program their recent segment on the Internet Archive is a part of?
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

RSS emaildigests slowerweb slowweb

RSS to email using Gmail (and w/out much tech knowledge) - is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 7, 2012 - 4 answers

VPN for someone w/minimal IT skills?

Secure VPN for a novice? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Brightening up a dreary corporate parking lot - what is it?

Can anyone identify this plant? It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD.
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Cable-ese to standard phone number?

I found this phone number in a diplomatic memo, and am interested to know how it would be rendered in the traditional XXX-XXX-XXXX U.S. phone number format: (81-3) 3XXX-5XXX.
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Tsukemono / Japanese pickle recipes needed

Give me your favorite tsukemono recipes, please. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Need an assist with some citation analysis

Highly cited journals in online / distance education? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Tagging within blog posts?

Tagging within blog posts? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Marmite. Chocolate. The United States.

Where in the US can I buy the Very Peculiar Marmite Chocolate Bar? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Toys for a brainy kid

Great educational toys for a 12 year old? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 22, 2011 - 8 answers

DC to Worcester in the 20s

D.C. to Worcester, MA by train, ca. 1927? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Drawing a simple, elegant chart for an MS Word doc

I need to draw a small diagram and drop it into an MS Word document - what are the best free, user-friendly tools to do this? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Irene wrecked my drywall

Contractor for drywall and stud repair in / around DC? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Video cable hunt, take 3

Follow up to this question: Where can I find a cable that will let me connect my old iBook G4 to a VGA cable? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Laptop-to-projector cable headache

I want to connect an iBook G4 to an Optoma PT100 projector - is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 26, 2011 - 4 answers

I guess I'll need to pick up some plastic flowers, too

Can you help me make this pagan bull god mask? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 18, 2011 - 16 answers

Food delivery in Portland, OR

Food delivery as a gift in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Romantic, vegetarian, and not swamped?

Need recommendations for decently classy, vegetarian-friendly restaurants in DC that might still take a Valentine's Day reservation. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Optoma PICO for watching DVDs at home?

Do you own an Optoma PICO projector? If so, are you happy with it? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Dirt power in a bucket

Does anyone know of detailed instructions for building the kind of microbial fuel cell described here? Or know enough to explain to me how it's done?
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 18, 2010 - 2 answers

'tis the season

Is Marmite's new chocolate bar being sold anywhere in the U.S.? Bonus points if you know of any retailers in the DC metro area.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Sort of like a jade tree, but not

Houseplant ID: can anyone identify the plant on the right in this photo?
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Weeds vs. brick patio vs. barely competent yard owner

Weeds vs. brick patio - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me make the most of this old stove

Old stove with two mystery components [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Native plants for a DC backyard?

Suggestions needed for mid-to-low maintenance, ornamental, native plants that I can grow in D.C. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Lazy gardening isn't cutting it

Cheap / free options for garden record-keeping? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Wading through the VU bootlegs

What are the best Velvet Underground bootlegs in terms of sound / performance quality? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Backingpacking on the east coast this fall?

Looking for an east coast backpacking trip this fall. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 17, 2009 - 2 answers

California gothic?

I really enjoyed the "You're as Cold as Ice" segment of This American Life's "Mistakes Were Made" show - can anyone recommend other documentaries / books / articles about the creepy / gothic side of California counterculture and technofuturism in the 60s and 70s?
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Abandoned ferry visible from the NJ Turnpike?

Is that an old, abandoned ferry in the Arthur Kill? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Help an out-of-towner see the best of Richmond, VA

What are some unusual/interesting/generally missed by out-of-towners spots in Richmond, VA that I should visit?
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 27, 2006 - 13 answers

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