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What is the consensus regarding chiropractics? Is there one?

I just started going to a chiropractor -- not for any one traumatic injury, but more to help me deal with general stiffness and range-of-motion issues. I don't know much about chiropractics. What is the current thinking on this type of treatment? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Recommend me a long-sleeve t-shirt with a high, tight, snug collar

Hi everyone. It gets a little chilly up here in the winter, and I like to layer up with a long-sleeve t-shirt. I'd like them to come up snugly right around the base of the neck (without being a turtleneck, obviously), but this has proven more difficult than you might think. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 8, 2013 - 14 answers

What Elmore Leonard book should I start with?

Simple enough question. I've never read any Elmore Leonard, and think I will give him a whirl. Where should I start?
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 21, 2013 - 18 answers

Birders: Do you think this is a common mynah? Kabul, Afghanistan.

Birders: I can't decide if this is a common mynah. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Need recommendations for brands of lens filters

Photographers: Please recommend good, relatively inexpensive clear and polarized lens filters. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Need recommendation for a lightweight photo editor

Lightweight Photoshop/Picasa alternatives? Main need is photo filters/effects. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

How to calibrate monitor without installing software?

Monitor Lizards Wizards: Is is possible to calibrate a monitor without installing software? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm killing my daughter's love of math. Stop me before I kill again!

HELP. My daughter hates math, and I'm not helping -- in fact, I think I'm making it worse!! How do I help my girl with her math homework in a way that makes math fun and interesting!? I feel like I'm at a moment pivotal to her future, and I'm BLOWING it!! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 10, 2012 - 39 answers

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Shop says car engine seized, with no warning signs. Need advice.

Catastrophefilter. Auto shop just called, say Subaru has seized engine. Baffling, because no warning signs. ~$5,000 for new one. Options? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 28, 2011 - 27 answers

Trying to find new-type winter tires to fit older car

I know very little about car tires. Having problems finding a Blizzak-type winter tire, and retailer of same, for lady friend's older car. Advice gratefully accepted! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Where does Google get the text it uses to describe a search result?

You know that text that shows up under the link in a Google search result? Where does it come from? Specific example follows, in which the text is nowhere on the website in question. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Please recommend good value in a ruggedized point-and-shoot camera

Recommendations please! What is the current sweet spot, value-wise, for a "ruggedized" point-and-shoot camera? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Macbook's ability to use TV disappeared overnight! Help!

Baffling and infuriating: Ability to use TV as external monitor for Macbook Pro has disappeared overnight! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Need a table: Long, narrow, simple, sturdy. Suggestions?

This is my dream table: Simple, classy, sturdy and inexpensive. My problem: I want it in an unusual size (long and narrow, almost like a console table [5-6 feet long, 18 inches wide]). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Would it be smart to buy/sell a new Mac laptop every year?

Spurred by today's announcement about new MacBook Pros, I have a quick question about owning a Mac. Specifically, I'm wondering whether it would be wise to just buy a new 13-inch Mac laptop (~$1300, after I upgrade the RAM and hard drive) every year, and sell the old one. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 24, 2011 - 21 answers

How to retrieve precious text messages from Nokia 2610?

Need to somehow retrieve SMS text messages from old, low-end Nokia 2610 cellphone. Please, someone save me from hours of mind-numbing thumbery. Details, including things I've tried, follow. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Please recommend an RSS-to-email service. Criteria within.

RSS-to-email: In which I lament the late, lamented RSSfwd, and look for a replacement service. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Coming soon to a theater near you: Me! Any advice for a soon-to-be hollywood extra?

Coming soon to a theater near you: Me! Any advice for a soon-to-be hollywood extra? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Need good recommendation for an external monitor

Can I get a good computer monitor recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 7, 2010 - 9 answers

How to teach a kid to write b's and d's correctly?

How to teach a kid to write b's and d's correctly? Tips, mnemonics, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 28, 2010 - 23 answers

What actual evidence is there that Osama Bin Laden is still alive?

What actual evidence is there that Osama Bin Laden is still alive? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 16, 2010 - 19 answers

Check, mate! Help ID this illustrated chess book for beginners

Help me identify this very dramatically illustrated beginner's book about chess. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Help identify author: The Happy Holidays (old YA series)

Identifyfilter: Probably quite cheesy children's/young adult book series -- "The Happy Holidays". Google-Fu failing spectacularly. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Adding a TV to home network -- do I need a router?

Simple (I think) question about cable modem + home network: Would like to add TV -- do I need a router, or just a different modem? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Mistake in federal job announcement: Recourse in holding agency to terms?

Federal HR experts: Due to an "unfortunate mistake," I am being offered a salary less than that which is listed on the federal job announcement. This after investing an enormous amount of time, energy etc. in the application process. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Alaska dork needs help! Cool things to do in DC Oct. 27-Nov. 2?

Woohoo! Several idle days in Washington DC! I desperately need wise counsel; Please please please tell me about cool things to do! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 14, 2009 - 31 answers

ID movie: Graffiti artist tricks drug dealer

Help ID 70s or 80s movie: Graffiti artist tricks drug dealer into committing one last crime. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 22, 2009 - 2 answers

Advantages of LCD over plasma?

For what reason would one buy an LCD TV? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 10, 2009 - 36 answers

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think)

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think) [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on May 31, 2009 - 6 answers

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