I like functional, high-quality linen or cotton handkerchiefs, but which are neither plain white nor bandanas, nor flannel, synthetic, nor shiny. I don't want them to match a tie, I just want a piece of soft cloth with a fine hem that I can sneeze into which I don't have to make myself. Striped with white is fine. The boringest shade of blue possible would be ideal. Where do I buy this, preferably in packs of several?
This Onion article reflects pretty well my relationship with my mother. I love her very much, but I can rarely bring myself to share much with her about my life, and when I do, I usually regret it. Is this common for men? [more inside]
I have $475 left on my deductible. I already received bills this year for $841 dollars that I've haven't yet paid on. Do I have to pay all $841 or will I start getting coinsurance after I pay $475. [more inside]
Where can i buy a walkman online or at the very least a place that does repairs? I've been looking for a sony walkman for awhile now to no avail. All the ones i've found on Ebay either don't work or the radio works but it needs new parts. I would buy one that doesn't work if i knew i could send it somewhere for repairs. So, are there any websites besides ebay/craigslist that would sell old walkmans or do repairs that you know of?
I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
Hi. From inside my very plain vanilla home network (192.168.0.x) the fairly well-known blog site www.rachelstavern.com resolves to 192.168.1.254, which is the address of my own DSL router. When I try to follow a link to a page on rachelstavern.com I'm soon looking at my modem's internal setup page. What gives? A few more details inside. [more inside]
At least I'm almost certain it was Trotsky. This was near the end of a book he wrote, in which, after the revolution, men not only gain control of the world, but somehow, the end result of Communism was men gaining actual control over their bodies and (I think) becoming something close to immortal. They'd be able to cure disease with their minds or something. [more inside]
I am trying to find a web font that has the same aesthetics as the Latin subset of the MN fonts (Sinhala MN, Oriya MN, Bangla MN, ...) that are part of OSX. I am specifically interested in matching the capital C of the font.
I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
I met this really great guy a few months ago (in a pretty romantic/spontaneous way) after a string of not great relationships. Everything is really healthy, relationship-wise right now. We both have loads of space to sort our brains/ lives, and the small amount of time we do spend together (looking like once a week/ once every two weeks) is really, really something special. However, he’s on a career fast track and has a hard time balancing work/family. [more inside]
I'm familiar with the William the Conqueror onwards verse about English kings (Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee, etc), but I know that I saw one for the Saxon kings somewhere and I can't find it. I recall bits like "With Egbert's name our tale is led, then Aethels Wulf, Bald, Bert, and Red" and "Never-ready Aethelred" and you'd really think I would be able to google up an answer with that as a start, but I've got nothing.
I'm losing more weight than I anticipated, and while weight loss was in my plans, I want to make sure this rate of loss is OK. [more inside]
I need to buy a costume to fit a character who is a young gay man living in the early 80s. Looking for ideas or reference images. More details inside. [more inside]
I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
My domain name registrar appears to have gone belly-up and I still have my domains there. What do I do? [more inside]
Thanks to this AskMe, I have a 19x26" poster that I'd like to frame at a reasonable price. [more inside]
I woke up this morning, smiled with the rising sun, and then heard (approximately) three little birds singing in my bathroom ceiling. Upon further investigation, it turns out that they are nesting in our bathroom venting, in the ductwork between the the ventilation fan and the exterior wall. We have seen the adults fly into the vent opening on the side of our house carrying food to their babies, and we hear the babies chirruping throughout the day. [more inside]
I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
The CEO of my company shot me a chat saying something alongs the lines of "My wedding invite must have been lost in the mail". (I requested time off from my job and cited the reason that I was getting married). [more inside]
Excel question: Can I enter just a 1-31 value into one cell and have a complete date appear in a different cell based on fixed month and year values? [more inside]
Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
How does one become more mature, if they are currently very emotionally immature? [more inside]
I'm looking for a water bottle that will fit in the bottle cage of my bike. It must be dishwasher safe, BPA free plastic, and allow a high volume of water to be gulped without squeezing the bottle or sucking on a straw. [more inside]
I'm in the market for a new bike - help me narrow down my options! [more inside]
Please help me process this incident of horrible male behavior, put it in perspective, and come up with some ways to respond if I am ever unfortunate enough to experience something like this again. The balanced, zen part of me says that jerks like this must be living pretty sad lives*, and are probably more miserable than they try to make other people, but right now, that zen part needs a little support. [more inside]
I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
A friend just lost her baby in the second trimester of pregnancy. She's invited me to the funeral. I want to go to support her. I cannot imagine the pain she's going through. But I'm 8 months pregnant and all is going fine. Would this be upsetting for her? [more inside]
We woke up to a strong burnt sugar or maple syrup smell permeating the house but not the garage, attic, basement, or outdoors. Tell us what to do.
How do restaurant reviews get pictures of the meal/establishment being reviewed? [more inside]
How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
I have a couple of plant box holders to hang from the porch rail on my second floor apartment. They were advertised as having mounts adjustable to railings up to 6" in width. My porch rail is 5", but there's a small bumper on the bottom of the plant box holder that juts out and reduces the mounts' maximum width to 4.5" or so (image from another disappointed buyer). How do I bend the bumper so it can accommodate my porch? [more inside]
Years ago my college roommate took a statistics course. In the textbook was a small, confounding cartoon that appeared to make no sense but was hilarious in its absurdity. I would like to know about that cartoon. [more inside]
A good friend of mine is participating in methadone replacement theory to deal with opiate pill addiction. She tells me that she can't ever see herself attending an inpatient rehab to get off both opiates and methadone, as it would require her to take significant time away from her job and her child, and she would always worry about relapsing. Instead, she plans to continue with MRT for the rest of her life. Is this a healthy and realistic plan? Can someone stay on methadone for the next fifty years of her life? [more inside]
I'm entering the era of modern bicycles and want to sell my "vintage" road bike. I'm unsure how to price it, and where to try selling it. [more inside]
My partner and I are flying from the west coast to the east coast at the end of July with our 15lb cat, Buddy. Which carrier should I choose? [more inside]
UX Designers - How do you decide the types of deliverables that are necessary on the projects you work on? [more inside]
Like, the technical name. Payment stub record book? Accounts payable tome? Cash losing journal? Expensanomicon? [more inside]
Someone was taking this bike to the dump, but it looked like it had a nice frame still. It also looked a bit older, maybe something vintage. It needs a new front tire and a new cable and seat. Is this worth fixing? I don't know anything about the brand so I don't know what they go for new, and couldn't find one like it. All I know about it are the words "Alpine c/moly 3t". Thanks in advance. Here's the bike.
Inspired by reading this post today, I would like to get my affairs in order so that folks know what to do in the event of my death or severe disability. See below the fold for my question in two parts.... [more inside]
help french speaking mefites! we are in lepuy france on the camino and lost our american to european electric cord adaptor for my surface pro 3. does any one know an electronics/computer store store that would sell these in le puy? merci!!!!
On the medwebs, you're told to seek immediate treatment if skin around a probably broken toe has turned blue or grey. Why is this -- what does it signify that is different from the bruising?
This is driving me nuts: I keep hearing this song in busy loud places and I can't identify the lyrics enough to find it. I haven't been able to ask anyone who the artist is, unfortunately. [more inside]
A couple years ago I ran across an unusual map. The map was of the United States and it didn't have states. Instead the map had shapes surrounding influential cities. The map was created by surveying Americans and asking them "What city represents your area at a national level?"
Hi! I love this site so much! I am hoping you can help me; as a kid (maybe about 10 years old, in 1991,), I read a book about sisters. The older one was (I think) a hairdresser and was bossy. The younger one and a friend got into some mischief eating buttermints that they were supposed to be selling. I've tried googling things like "My Sister the Boss", but to no avail. That's what I thought the title was....anyway, I would love if someone can help me out and tell me the title of this book! Thank you!
Partner lives and works in a rural area of the country. I have lived in cities all of my adult life. The area where he lives is beautiful, but services of all kinds are limited. It's also very conservative, and we are not. But due to circumstances to be explained, I've committed to living there for at least 3 years. Please give me your tips and suggestions for making rural life work so that I can continue to see this as an adventure and not something to resent! [more inside]