## How to figure out vertical climb on a treadmill?

Because I am clueless at geometry, at least I think it's geometry, could someone please show me how to figure out how many vertical feet I would have climbed if I hiked for a mile on a treadmill set at 15%? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Apr 14, 2016 - 9 answers

## How do places get their names?

I'm thinking both of naming conventions within the U.S. Department of the Interior as well as counties, cities, towns, and streets. Also, how are counties created (and named) as populations grow? Finally, what circumstances would dictate name changes? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Dec 10, 2015 - 16 answers

## How to solve an equation that spells Merry Christmas?

I'm teaching my last class of term tomorrow. I found this image on the Chive ( Number 23, here. A professor solves an algebraic problem that spells Merry Christmas. I can follow every step but that from #2 to #3. "Ln" seems to become "Cn" and I don't know why. Might someone please write it out for me? Thank you and Merry Christmas!
posted by holdenjordahl on Dec 2, 2015 - 7 answers

## How do I download very large files?

Someone sent me a link (and I trust the link) to download a very large number of photos. What's the best way for me to do so?
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 15, 2015 - 19 answers

## How describe the American arts system to Chinese arts officials?

I'm going to spend a day lecturing, to a large group of visiting Chinese art officials, about the nuts and bolts of the American arts system. Literally, from org charts to budgets to curating to education to publicity to fundraising to opening receptions. Yes, that's a vague, enormous topic that I need to narrow down. I'm comfortable with the material; it's the structure and the audience (I'll have a translator) that I'm concerned about. I'm thinking I'll spend the first half of the presentation discussing non-profits, the second half comparing nonprofits to private arts institutions.
posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 8, 2015 - 6 answers

## What's the secret writing code used by Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey?

I remember reading, in one of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey detective stories, of a simple but clever secret writing code he devised. Might anyone either know which novel in which the code was described, the code itself, or some place where it's listed? I've googled it, to no avail. Short of tracking down and poring through each of the novels, I thought I'd ask here. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Sep 18, 2015 - 8 answers

## Is there a cure for summertime itching?

It's a summer thing. The instant I get into bed, turn out the light, and descend into sleep, I feel like something's crawling on the hair of my arms, my legs, and my head. I turn on the light and there's nothing there. Usually it's not something I need to scratch. If I just tamp on it, it goes away.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 26, 2015 - 20 answers

## Should I upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 or further up: 9 or 10.10.3?

I need to upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 to use a tool for work. Should I just go ahead and upgrade to OS 10.10.3? I ask because the 10.7.5 works just fine and I'm inclined to leave well enough alone unless as now when I need a later version for work. Is the upgrade (to whatever version) buggy, complicated, worth it? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 29, 2015 - 15 answers

## How to manage a grant writer's boss' expectations?

I've been hired to write grants for a new university dean. He says he wants a "Quick win," to show his boss that he's up to par. I tried to tell him it doesn't work that way but he's only interested in this quick win. For context, his college at the university hasn't written any grants for 13 years. How can I best explain to him that grant writing doesn't work this way? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 3, 2015 - 11 answers

## How to deal with a landlady who wants to keep an entire security deposit

On June 1, I gave month’s notice for an apartment I’ve been living in for ten years (I’m in California). I had a month-to-month lease and was never late with rent. Until now, I’ve had a cordial relationship with my landlady. When I gave her my notice, she called and said that she was going to keep my entire security deposit (\$950). This came out of the blue. She claims it was for two things. A few months back, she replaced my stovetop. There was nothing wrong with it and I hadn’t asked her to replace it.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 26, 2014 - 20 answers

## Where can I find info on the contemporary Saudi Arabian art scene?

I'm organizing as as-yet themeless, artist-less show on contemporary Saudi Arabian art for an American audience. Where could I find significant artists, significant prior shows, critical responses, constraints, if any, under which they work, and, in general, information on the Saudi cultural climate? Books, essays, blogs, I'm open to anything at this early research date. I don't read Arabic, by the way, but I can get by in French, Italian, and German, if needed. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

## What does it mean to create art that is "true to its times?"

I read a recent review in The Economist about a Whistler show in Washington D.C. This first part of this sentence set me thinking: "Whistler was keen to create works that were true to the times, but he also wanted to make art that was beautiful and enduring." My question is, how would you define "works that were true to their times?" I don't know if this is an academic idea or not. I'm thinking it's work that answers contemporary questions, be they in Whistler's era or 2014. I just don't know what those questions might be or how to go about finding them. And I don't know the causal relationship between the work and its times: does the work frame the questions or do the questions frame the work? I hope I've expressed this clearly. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 27, 2014 - 7 answers

## Does sharing a file on Dropbox give them access to other Dropbox stuff?

I'm sharing a project with a colleague via Dropbox. I've followed the directions to do so. It's very simple. This sounds obvious, but I want to be sure and I can't find it explicitly stated in the Dropbox documentation. When this colleague has access to a particular folder, they don't (or can't) have access to my other Dropbox folders and files, right? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 11, 2014 - 5 answers

## Inserted CDs loaded with images appear to be empty. Why?

The last two times I've inserted a CD with jpegs into my Mac desktop, I double click on the desktop icon for the disk and it says it's empty. I've tried the disks on someone else's Mac and it worked fine. I've waded through all the Mac forums trying to figure out what's going on, to no avail. I import images on a regular basis and, until recently, the process worked fine. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 21, 2014 - 8 answers

## How do I find how large various files are?

I'm getting a new external hard drive to back up my desktop files. The original one I had the Apple guy configure. Now that I don't have an Apple guy, I want to see how much of an external hard drive I need. How do I find the size of following things? My songs in iTunes? My photos in iPhoto? My stuff in DropBox? And, if possible, the size of everything that is backupable that isn't related to apps and the OS. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

## Cancel my credit card?

I just got a call from my credit card company. it seems my card's number got compromised, along with about a million others. they strongly urge me to cancel the card and get a new one. this will be a major pain, as i have all sorts of accounts linked to the card for automatic billing. and, besides, isn't security their responsibility? because what if this happens next week and the week after? do we have to change numbers each time there's a breach? does anyone have any experience with a situation like this and how did you resolve it? thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 15, 2013 - 28 answers

## How do I know if this hack warning from gmail is authentic?

posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 12, 2013 - 11 answers

## How to express interest in a job after the first interview?

Last week I interviewed for a job that, after the interview, I decided I really want. The interview went well in that I got out everything I wanted to get out. The moment I got home I wrote thank you emails. They said they'd be in touch in 7 to 10 days. This is day 7. Would it be appropriate to write again to express my interest in the position or, as I suspect, am I just being impatient, if not needy? I've read in these posts and elsewhere that a huge mistake job seekers make is not outright asking for the job. In my thank you emails, I wrote that I thought my skills were a perfect match for the position, that I could easily fit into the culture, and that I was very interested in the position. So, write again, or would that just be gilding the lily? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 23, 2013 - 13 answers

## Where are images for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 stored?

I have Adobe Photoshop Elements, version 9.03, on my Mac. I use it to resize images for posting on various blogs. I save the images to my desktop. I've had it a couple of years and I'm wondering, are the images also stored on some Photoshop Elements file? I have to think that, if they are. they're taking up a ton of space and I'd like to delete them. I've read the online documentation and have perused various forums, to no conclusive solution. Any ideas, anyone? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 26, 2013 - 5 answers

## How do I keep Shockwave Flash from crashing in my Chrome browser?

Suddenly Flash has been crashing. I went to a googol of Google forums and asked why. The same and only answer was to type in chrome:plugins and delete any second or third copies. The problem is, there are no second or third copies. Anyone have a similar experience and/or any solutions? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 24, 2013 - 5 answers

## Is there an equivalent to Amazon's now-deceased "Eyes?"

For a while, Amazon had a service called "Eyes." You could type in an author's name and they would email you when a new book by that author was published. It was great if you were following, say, a couple dozen detective series at once and wanted to stay on top of new additions. Then they discontinued it. Does anyone know of an equivalent service? Google Alerts doesn't work because you get a ton of stuff not related to just-published books. And i can't find anything that was as simple - and effective - as Eyes. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

## Does anyone have experience with Labor Boards?

I'm taking a former boss to the Labor Board (in California) next week. He owes me back wages, some or all of a bonus (he never provided me with the bonus criteria, as he said he would do in the offer letter, despite my numerous requests), he never paid two years of payroll taxes - another story, involving an ongoing IRS investigation. Next week is the preliminary hearing. I'm wondering what to expect. Should I have all of my material (offer letter, testimonials, emails) for this meeting? Or is this simply to determine whether an amicable solution can be found before a proper hearing? I would appreciate hearing about similar experiences - and lessons learned from these experiences. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

## Does Omega 3 fish oil, even temporarily, relieve arthritic knee pain?

A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee (no surprise there: ultramarathons, century bike rides, fiendishly long hikes). I've been taking glucosamine chondroitin for a couple of years. The pain flares ever so rarely and when it does, its tenure is brief; and so, it's totally manageable. Now, lucky me, the right knee, the one I had cartilage taken out of 15 years ago, has decided to antagonize me. This while I was taking the glucosamine chondroitin. I've read of the benefits of Omega 3 oil (capsules, serum) for joint pain. I'm writing to inquire if anyone out there has any actual experience, good or bad, with such oil. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 4, 2013 - 18 answers

## What are some good books on post-revolution Libya?

I'm considering an offer to teach English in Libya. And I'd like read as much as I can about all aspects (political, economic, cultural) of it's new society. I'm consulting articles (especially those in The Economist) as well as books. Has anyone read anything along these lines or can anyone otherwise provide me with suggestions? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

this is driving me crazy. at least ten years ago, i remember a commercial for jeans. levis, lee, wrangler, i looked for them all on youtube, to no avail. it's about some white dude, t-shirt, jeans, picking up some african-american woman for a date at her family's home. it makes a big deal about how he's white and he's definitely seen by the neighboring dudes as an interloper. can anyone remember this and/or provide a link? thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 15, 2013 - 6 answers

## Can a drink recipe be patented or copyrighted?

I accidentally (and deliciously) created and then named a drink that's catching on at a university and I was wondering if I could copyright or patent its recipe and name. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 25, 2012 - 10 answers

## How do I get my Apple wireless mouse to work?

How do I get my Apple wireless mouse to work? I was typing away on my iMac (18 months old, software up-to-date) when I got a message to change the batteries. I did. The batteries are new. Nothing. I tried another set of batteries. Still nothing. I've looked at all the forums and can't figure out what's wrong. Any thoughts, please???
posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 1, 2012 - 6 answers

## Can grains and legumes be eaten at separate meals to get their full protein complement?

I don't eat a lot of meat. I'm always combining grains and legumes because their combination gives you the protein your body needs. In his new book "Eat & Run," ultramarathoner Scott Jurek says you can eat, for instance rice at one meal and beans at another and still get all the protein. In other words, they don't have to be consumed at the same meal. I don't have any reason to doubt Mr. Jurek but I'm just double-checking, is this true? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

## How to cycle better with less effort?

As I get older and, perhaps, wiser, I'm looking for smarter ways to train for triathlons. I've had wonderful success with Chi Running and Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion swim program. Are there any similar programs for cycling? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 12, 2012 - 4 answers

## Is my google account hacked?

This morning about 108 gmail inbox messages vanished. I can find them under "all mail" but i don't know they would leave the inbox. Also, someone's been trying to add an event to my google calendar, with no success. are these two things related? is there evidence of a hack? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 13, 2012 - 9 answers

## Is my case eligible for a Labor Board panel review?

I was eligible for a sizable bonus on February 1, 2012, the one year anniversary date of my start date. The offer letter said I'd get an email listing the criteria on which the bonus would be based by the end of February 2011. I never got the email. Requests for the criteria went unanswered. So have emails and phone calls since November. Is this something I could present to a Labor Relations panel for resolution? I have tons of qualitative and quantitative data on the work I've performed, essentially in a vacuum. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 5, 2012 - 13 answers

## Does this violate our 501(c)(3) status?

I work at at a non-profit art museum on a state university campus. Though it's officially (legally, too, I guess) a museum, it feels more like a commercial art gallery. Does it violate our non-profit status when the founder buys a large number of art from each of the shows we do? I want to know so, when I begin to write grants, and if a potential funder asks, I can answer knowing where the question is going. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 11, 2012 - 14 answers

## How do you change a Facebook user name?

My young nephew spelled his name wrong when he opened his Facebook account. He's had it up for a month or so. Is there a way to change it or does he have to start over again? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

## What are some songs to get over a broken heart?

To get over a broken heart (me all in, she in 65%), I'm compiling a song list on Spotify. So far, I've got "In Too Deep" by Genesis and "Some Other Time," by Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. Now I'm stuck. It seems that falling-in-love songs were more accessible to my mind than falling-out-of-love songs. Any suggestions would be greatly if not sorely appreciated. If they help anyone out there, all the better. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Aug 5, 2011 - 53 answers

## How to save Blackberry text messages as a Word or PDF document?

Is there some way to transfer text messages from a blackberry to my mac in either Word or PDF format? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 5, 2011 - 3 answers

## Can Facebook get buggy?

Can Facebook get buggy? This morning (and since) I hit the icons for messages, notifications and they white out. I hit account to log out; it whites out too. I restart the computer, ditto. No other program seems affected. If it's useful, I use Chrome on Mac 10.6.7. Any ideas? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 22, 2011 - 10 answers

## How to make Delicious tag bundle bookmarks reappear on the browser?

Does anyone else have trouble with Delicious bookmarks suddenly disappearing from their tag bundles on the browser? I use a Firefox browser. Though they're still in their proper tag on the Delicious site, the bookmarks will vanish and then reappear on the browser days later, for no apparent reason. Wikis and tech support have proved fruitless. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 8, 2011 - 3 answers

## Can the wrong emergency contact written in ink in a passport be crossed out?

Is this something I should call the State Department about or is it just a tempest in a teapot? I just got my renewed passport. In the back, where it plainly says to write in pencil, I wrote the wrong name in pen. I'm thinking I can't white it out (or whatever the 21st century equivalent is) because that would raise all sorts of red flags at customs. It would, right?? And what about just crossing out the wrong name and inserting the right one, in pencil, above? Anyone have any experience in this? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 23, 2011 - 7 answers

## Does anyone have experience with disk brakes on a bike?

I'm considering a Jamis Bossa Nova bike. Does anyone have any experience (good, bad, neutral) with disk brakes?
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 21, 2011 - 9 answers

## How to restore a 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to factory settings?

I'm giving my 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to a charity because I'm getting a new Intel-based one. What's the best way to restore it to factory settings, so there's no trace of my personal data or installed programs on it? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

## Is there some way to create a watermark template for all outgoing Outlook email?

I want to format my Office Outlook Professional 2003 edition to include a watermark for each outgoing email. I searched around and found ways to insert graphics into the signature part but nothing on creating a watermark over which we can send email. Is it even possible? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 4, 2010 - 4 answers

## Where could 1,100 iTunes have gone off to?

1,100 songs suddenly disappeared from iTunes! Any ideas why or, better yet, where they might be hiding on my computer? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 26, 2010 - 9 answers

## Is there a word for the 150th anniversary of something?

There is centennial and there is bicentennial; is there a word to desdribe the 150th anniversary of something? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Oct 7, 2010 - 9 answers

## Does anyone remember the rest of a short poem by Ernst Wichert, in German?

does anyone remember - in german - the rest of a short poem by ernst wichert that begins "wir wissen wann kommt der taifun..."? as i recall, it was about how one can tell a storm is coming because their neighbors, even before the storm comes, are losing their heads, and the expression, "losing their heads" means the same in german as "losing their roofs." thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 16, 2010 - 2 answers

## opera browser 10.53 compatible with mac OS 10.4.11?

i use mac os 10.4.11. i recently upgraded my opera browser to 10.53. the documentation says it's compatible with os 10.4 as well as a power pc processor. now each time i open the browser i get an "application unexpectedly shut" message. i hit retry, get the same message, hit retry again and it opens. i've re-installed 10.53 twice, with no different results. any ideas, please? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 21, 2010 - 4 answers

## Why do Word and Excel for Mac OS 10 open as read-only?

Suddenly, my Word and Excel for Mac OS10 open as read only, with a command to save them with a new name. I haven't advertently (is that the opposite of inadvertently?) fiddled with anything. Anyone have a clue why? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 answers

## Recipients of my blackberry MMS photos get blank screens?

Suddenly no one gets MMS photos i send (their screen's blank). i sent one to myself and it worked. it doesn't matter what carrier they have. my tech support (verizon) said it was an issue with the other carriers. i read through other posts here, took the battery out for 30 seconds, to no avail. any suggestions? thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 19, 2010 - 4 answers

## Cycling: mashing versus spinning

Finally realizing that competitive cycling (for me, triathlons), like swimming, is as much a matter of skill as it is of cardiovascular strength, i've been studying the science behind pedaling. To date I've come to the conclusion that there are "mashers", those who grind the downstroke, and there are "spinners," those who try to keep equal pressure on the pedal throughout it's revolution. I ask fellow cyclists (those who even think about these things) whether one style is preferable over the other. There's no general concensus. My question is this: to get into a spinning mode with a big gear, don't you at least have to mash to build up momentum, at which time the spinning takes over? In other words, is there a transition? I do all the drills (one leg pedaling, the push-your-toe-to-the-end-of-your-shoe at about 11 o'clock on the stroke, the 9-and-3 focus) and I can't get the hang of one (mashing) or the other (spinning). Anyone have a similar experience and, hopefully, a provisional answer? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 5, 2010 - 16 answers

## Does having a PowerPc processor cause programs to not respond?

Is it simply possible that, because I have a 4-year-old Powerbook - OS 10.4.11, one month old new hard drive, memory and RAM maxed out, only used 1/4 of memory, system checked regularly with Onyx (with no problem) - I keep getting "program not responding to, especially, my Opera and Firefox browsers, as well as programs like Word, iPhoto, and iTunes? Plus, more than half the time my Powerbook won't close down when I ask it to and have to do a hard turn off, which can't be good for it. I've asked a couple of Mac forums, a Mac Genius, and my so-far trustworthy Mac guy whether having a PowerPC processor, instead of the newer Intel one, should make any difference. I got a resounding no. Still, does anyone have a contrarian and, perhaps, right, explanation? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

## How to find the size of iPhoto and iTunes files?

Can someone please tell me how to find the size of my iPhoto and iTunes files? I go into Library, find iPhoto and iTunes and then find bunch of subfiles, divided by date; but they don't seem to include all the pictures and songs. It doesn't make sense and Apple documentation doesn't clarify the matter. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 14, 2010 - 4 answers

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