I'm tired of buying $100 shoes which don't last any longer than the $35 shoes I used to wear. It's time to put the Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice to work for me. What are some well-made men's shoes that I can wear every day to walk the two miles to my casual academic-environment workplace and back, plus wear at work, without them wearing out immediately? I should be able to get them repaired or re-soled when they do have problems. Under $500 would be ideal. [more inside]
We are going to Rhodes for a week in June. What should we do and see? We are enthusiastic ballroom and Latin dancers, so we would be especially delighted if we could find somewhere where we could engage in a bit of partner dancing. Any particularly lovely spots for swimming would also be wonderful. We would love to hear about a wide range of options, though. [more inside]
I want to get in on the leggings trend (seriously I would wear my snug yoga pants all day if I could get away with it) but I have never bought/worn/thought of how to wear them successfully. Anxious fashionable snowflakes within! [more inside]
So, my 15mo old daughter poured a cup of coffee in my 2011 Mac Book Pro, and now the keyboard and none of the ports work. I am trying to figure out what to replace it with, if anything (at the moment). [more inside]
We want to stop overnight somewhere around Winterthur, so we can wake up, drive to the museum, see the gardens, and head back to the City. What towns along the way are worth staying in? Any notable hotels or B&B's? We're driving back from DC to NYC around June 22. [more inside]
I like to travel. I also like to make money. I have always heard about the internet being a great tool these days for doing both. A very long time ago, I made money doing journalism writing for legit media outlets. I don't have a degree, just a natural talent. For the better part of the past decade, I have focused on screenwriting and have even optioned a script but other than that I haven't made any serious traction. What resources exist for doing this remotely and where should I look? What would I need to do get started? I do still have articles from my journalism days that I could provide as samples. I would also be open to other forms of writing/online work if it was easy to pick up on. Thanks!
I have a beloved pair of Koss TD-80s that I now have to admit are ready for retirement - and of course they've been long discontinued. What should I replace them with? [more inside]
ASKING FOR A FRIEND: She is trying to remember the name of an old picture book that was about an invisible dog. We think it was originally published in the 30s, then re-released in the 90s at Costco as part of a set of three picture books, one of which was about a lion. [more inside]
I have a beautiful teacup and saucer that looks to be English in manufacture, but unlike all the other bone china i have this one has no manufacturer or mark of any kind. Can anyone point me to a reference for finding out this information? Thanks. [more inside]
Thinking of trying my hand in the on-demand self-publishing space with a kids' (0-3) book. But I am more or less a noob, so lay some knowledge on me. [more inside]
For nearly a year, I've been plagued by my Google searches periodically defaulting to the Swedish Google page (and all of my Google activity turning into Swedish language). I have clicked on "sign out of all other web sessions" in gmail lots and lots of times. I have recently worked out that this happens because I signed into Google on my girlfriend's mother's account last summer. How can I make this stop without involving my girlfriend's mother? [more inside]
Does the Chromebook media player display timing info when playing audio? [more inside]
Our team hosts a monthly forum get-together for team members at a similar stage of development. I'm hosting the next one (which is more informal), and I'm at a loss about what I should do. What are some 60 minute-ish corporate workshoppy things with general skills you have done that were actually useful? [more inside]
I'm working my way through BSG (just started season 3) and I've learned of the existence of Ronald D. Moore's BSG podcasts (details here). How spoilery are they? Should I wait until I've finished the series to dive in, or is it safe to listen episode to episode?
Is it more important that my new lightsaber be battle ready or have a removable blade? And is ultraforce still the go-to source for all my lightsaber-shopping needs? [more inside]
So there's a concert I want to go to at a dive-y bar in my big city (for Toronto folks: Lee's Palace). None of my friends like the music that's going to be played, or at least none of my friends here. I want to go anyway. How do I go to a concert by myself? Do I? [more inside]
This question isn't for myself so much as it is for someone I know very well who is looking for a job that will hopefully be a radical departure from her previous career. For the sake of argument, let's refer to her previous job as a position within what I will call the "bartgage industry" from here on forward. The challenge for her will be to frame her resume in such a way that effectively illustrates her prior experience while also emphasizing her desire never to work in the field of bartgage ever again (so help her God). [more inside]
Sudden problem with Chromebox and fidelity.com [more inside]
InDesign: why would the file name be visible within the photo placed in a doc? [more inside]
I'd like to read some of the graphic novels that are behind the new Netflix/Marvel series that are coming out, but with all the re-boots and multiple story lines I have absolutely no idea where to start. [more inside]
My laptop is being wacky. Without me touching the volume keys when typing, the volume keeps re-adjusting--up, off, down, whatever. Additionally, iTunes is opening up when I have not tried to open it. I can quit, force quit, restart, whatever. It just keeps happening. MacBook Pro mid-2012 running Yosemite 10.10.2. iTunes 188.8.131.52. I could update iTunes, but I am out of the country with limited bandwidth. Any ideas what is going on?
What's a good way to 'give up' an item on your bucket list without feeling resentful? I don't mean giving up a life-long dream (like becoming a successful writer) or an impossible wish (like being an astronaut), I mean giving up something small like 'Before I die, I want to go to Paris for a few days' (my actual example is something else that's about the same level of effort as visiting Paris). [more inside]
A friend recently downsized from a large house to a small apartment near the beach. That makes two adults and a dog living in a (700 sf? I can't be sure) home. What is a gift that I could give that wouldn't just be clutter, or better yet could improve their household? Obviously it should be small, and it has to be something the TSA won't confiscate because I will be flying across the U.S. to visit.
Trying to remember the name of a movie I only saw a clip from about 22 years ago. It was a color film, definitely arthouse/independent -- possibly foreign. All I can remember is a piece of fruit (a pear?) playing an important symbolic role, and in the scene either the fruit (or perhaps it was a ball) was rolling incongruously across the floor of a nice manor room where elegant-looking people were sitting. Ring any bells?
I'm interested in buying a solar system for my roof (not interested in a lease option) and am not sure I'm getting the best consumer info from various review sites. [more inside]
I'm leaving my apartment at the end of the month. I need to find someone to take over my place (yes, I've talked to my landlord about this), and I posted an ad on Craigslist. It's a pretty nice room, especially for NYC standards, and I've only gotten one hit from Craigslist, even though I've posted several photos and listed all the good points of the apartment. [more inside]
Friday we're scheduled to fly from Seattle to San Jose, Costa Rica on tickets bought in January on American Airlines. On the way there we have a connecting flight in Dallas, and on the return Miami. Today I received an email confirming our flights and when I looked at the departure times, they had been moved later so that our connecting flights leave before we arrive in Dallas and the same thing on the return to Miami. There was no notification that the itinerary was impossible What do we do? [more inside]
I need the least disgusting protein powder available with a few limitations. [more inside]
I live in an apartment building where smoking is allowed in individual apartment units, just not in the hallways or common areas. I smoke a few cigarettes and have a glass of wine when I get home at night, and about 1/3 of the tenants in the building are also smokers who smoke in their apartments. It's just one of these low-cost, kind of dirty apartment buildings occupied mostly by college-age kids. Two days ago, a family with a newborn baby moved in above me. They left me note this morning telling me that they will not tolerate me smoking in my own apartment because they are concerned for their baby's health... [more inside]
A contract consultant who has been working for my business just submitted invoices and expenses that are very, very overdue. He submitted hours incurred 4-6 months ago and expenses that stretch back to 2013. With this latest bill, my business partner expressed his frustration and asked me what we should do. Has anyone else had to deal with such a situation? [more inside]
My brother killed himself yesterday. I just found out today. While I'm not surprised he would do it based on a complicated and messed up history, I am still in shock. Please help me process my feelings. [more inside]
Lately, I'll feel a very mild urge to urinate, but when I do, the output is high volume and seems disproportionate to the urgency. It's a little unsettling because this is unusual for me. [more inside]
I’m a 32 year old male and I currently have a very good government job working as a CFO in Finance. I have a great title, freedom, and excellent benefits (4 day work week, pension, plenty of vacation/sick). However, I'm not sure if I want to stay at this job or accept a riskier job that is more aligned with my passion/interests. [more inside]
I'm a US resident, looking for a cell-phone I can use both in the USA and Canada to receive phone calls. Any outgoing calls would be a case of a very serious emergency, and I don't particularly care what they cost. Minimal if any texting. No smartphone. Minimal minutes. I'm looking for a way to have a phone on which a few select people can reach me if they need to, and which will work across the widest area possible. Long standby battery life a plus. Suggestions for phone and plan appreciated. [more inside]
Surely I can get good gluten-free, dairy-free cake in San Francisco. Where is it? [more inside]
I have a chunk of work to do this summer that doesn't require me to stay where I live (in NYC). I'd like to sublet my apartment and find a place to stay for about a month and a half or more that's close to nature but has electricity and Internet access. Unfortunately, I don't own a car, which complicates things, and I'm floundering with options. I'd love any recommendations, experience, or advice about thinking through how to do this. [more inside]
My partner works in one Ohioan city but lives in another. For the past 20 years, his employer has been taking taxes out for his work city, but not his home city. My partner doesn't really think about taxes, so it never occurred to him that he would need to do something extra to pay his city taxes. Consequently, he hasn't paid any city taxes to his home city for 20 years. [more inside]
I would love your recommendations for conveniently-located, secure, and moderately-priced accommodations in Barcelona. [more inside]
I'm learning C++ and I have this code that's supposed to ask a user for the name of a file to read from, then perform some editing of what it read, and then write the result to another file, the name of which was also provided by the user. The code opens and reads and performs the edits just fine, but reports that it cannot open the file for output. Out put to the screen works fine with cin >>. [more inside]
I've been asked to sub in a Language Arts class tomorrow. I'm having a hard time coming up with fun activities. Help! [more inside]
In Eduard von Grützner's painting Vor der Brotzeit, the monk has something in his hand. What is it?
We're moving away. We want to get a present for our amazing part-time babysitter, as well as a gift for the parents of the children who share her, and who host this arrangement (we drop our daughter off at their house two days a week, where the babysitter watches our daughter and their two kids). What should we get? [more inside]
Is there any good reason why I can't grow tomatoes in area with grass? Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
Is there some way to get Flight Simulator X to use terrain and ground texture from Google Maps or Apple Maps as scenery? I don't mind streaming on the fly. [more inside]
Recently, I've heard noise in my attic only near the wall in the bedroom. It sounded kinda like marbles at first but when i moved closer it sounded a bit like scurrying but hard to tell. It was only from about 4-6am. No noise before midnight when I go to sleep or after 6. In the past, I've heard some thumps in that area outside the house like something jumping down but it could be just something outside. No visible openings on the side of the house. Anyone have a clue what animal it could be?
Please help us find our perfect special snowflake vegetarian-friendly beach resort. Details inside. [more inside]
This Strawberry Patch dollhouse kit is sitting in my house and I've promissed my daughter I'll turn into something recognizable. What do I need to know that isn't in the instructions to make this happen? What are your tips and tricks for working with miniature houses?
I'm looking for a particular comic strip--a web-only comic, I'm pretty sure. The plot, more or less, opens with a small child tormenting an animal (cat? dog? mouse? can't recall). The child grows up, becomes an upstanding member of society, a model citizen, an all-around gem of a human being. He eventually dies of natural causes, and--hello, plot twist!--goes to hell, which consists of a cat/dog/mouse torturing him for eternity. I'm googling my damned fingers off here, and can't track this comic down. Any help?
With recipes that call to "bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 [or 3 or 4] hours," how do I translate this to a crockpot? [more inside]
Last night, I attempted to make creme brulee tarts using this recipe. But something didn't work. Did I do something wrong? [more inside]