On Tuesday, voters removed three Iowa judges from office after they legalized same-sex marriage. I'd like to write those judges, thanking them for their service and their brave decision. Is this appropriate?
Cheap, awesome wedding ideas for a small group? [more inside]
I'm helping a friend go over some financials of a small business . I have a *little* accounting training but am definitely not in accounting. My question is about indirect Cash Flow Statements. In the attempt to understand Cash Flow Statements enough to help, I'm running into a roadblock about Net Income and my understanding of how it's applied to the Cash Flow Statement. [more inside]
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.
Backup disk/external hardrive advice for a non-techy with a mac. [more inside]
Help me think of creative-but-cheap-and-easy-to-work-with materials I can use to make a pickguard for my new, cheap, Strat-like guitar. Challenge: I have virtually no access to specialized tools much beyond an X-Acto knife/utility knife, drill, and file. [more inside]
What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
I'm investigating the feasibility of offering coffee mugs as incentive-gifts for donations to a boarding school. Does anyone have experience with such a thing? [more inside]
What to do with an orchards-worth of apples? I have access to a semi-abandoned orchard (it's maintained, but no-one uses the fruit), and it seems a pity to have all the fruit rot; there's still a fair amount left on the trees. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a way to hack/mod the Symon Netbrites. I can pick up one or two locally, from what I've read they need a server and expensive software. But here http://www2.symon.com/general/NetBrite-Brochure.pdf They have serial ports, any ideas how to go about breaking them?
I'm looking for recommendations for instructional sign language DVDs for babies. [more inside]
Our 10-year wedding anniversary is coming up in 2 weeks. I'm compiling a list of 100 (or maybe more) memories. How can I present the list to my husband? [more inside]
On a keyboard, can I map a key combination (Ctrl+C) to a single key? [more inside]
Where in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America should I go in late November? [more inside]
How do I figure out if my SO is a stoic or disinterested? I get relatively minor red flags that may or may not add up to a big one, and I do not want to stay in a relationship with someone who is not as interested in me as I in them. Possibly over-analysis inside. [more inside]
Pacific NW geology filter: How savvy are locals about the Cascadia Earthquake of 1700? How about the OWL? [more inside]
24 year old man and wetting my pants (well, sort of). [more inside]
What things would you would never consider paying money for, once you learned how easy it was to do/make/fix yourself? [more inside]
My friend was in the hospital and a surgeon delivered the wrong (and devastating news to the family). How should we handle the situation? [more inside]
Does Kwanzaa really exist? [more inside]
I was wondering if anyone knew a good tape to use for masking curves when painting? [more inside]
What is standard etiquette/SOP for an owner to extend a contractor during a home renovation? What can I generally expect to happen to my life? Details inside. [more inside]
Excel Filter: If, Count and Sum functions, oh my! I need help creating a function that will search between worksheet B, and if certain conditions are met, count the sum of cells in another column (also in worksheet B) and return that result in column A. Mock Excel workbook enclosed! [more inside]
Facebook filter: Asking for a friend. If you're an admin for a page, is there anyway you can change settings so as to allow visitors to tag people in photos you post? [more inside]
My HP tx2500 recently conked out with a blink code 1 (replace CPU). I've replaced the CPU and reapplied thermal paste + copper penny shim to the GPU, to no avail. Could I do anything else before buying a new laptop?
what part of south east US is likely to have the best fall colors (foliage) over the next week? [more inside]
Kittenproofing tips for nerds with too many "wireless" electronics? [more inside]
Help me to identify this story about a man who agrees to become a prisoner in exchange for money, but ends up growing as a result! [more inside]
How can someone from Sweden in the U.S. on an expiring H-1B visa stay here longer, preferably permanently? [more inside]
Good jobs for graduating BA/psychology student seeking work-life balance? [more inside]
Looking for a vaguely remembered book, published (we believe) in the last 10 years. [more inside]
What do I need to do, or what do I need to be aware of, to use mobile data on a Nexus One using a Softbank rental SIM card in Japan? [more inside]
Recently, I successfully applied for unemployment benefits in New York. My former employer has filed an appeal. They are claiming I was discharged for misconduct, specifically, absenteeism and tardiness. I am claiming that my absences and latenesses were due to illness, specifically, depression. How do I prove my case? Will a letter from my therapist suffice? Do I need a letter from my psychiatrist (an M.D.)? Do I need the therapist/M.D. to verify that my illness was the cause on each of the dates in question, or is it enough to provide a general statement that my illness was the cause of this pattern of behavior?
Why does my wife zing me all the time? How should I react? Is there a way to stop it? Am I being paranoid? [more inside]
Database Filter: Building a database for project portfolio management- The project table must contain a record of every member of the project team as distinct people so that I can query which projects John Smith is working on as well as all of the team members of Project ABC. Project teams have between 3 and 20 people. The best design I can come up with is 20 fields for resources (ie, R_1, R_2, etc). Doable, but this will make my queries pretty bulky. Is there a better way to do what I'm trying to do? [more inside]
Where can I buy Guittard chocolate chips in SF proper? [more inside]
What popular music do classical musicians listen to? [more inside]
Need clips discussing self esteem and need them fast. [more inside]
Creative Writing Filter: I'm looking for examples of first-person narrative texts in which an important plot-point is revealed through a change in the narrative itself. [more inside]
About a year or two ago, I saw this great website that provided a list of the top 50 influential documentaries ever made. (Including a video streaming of each documentary with a short written analysis of why it was so influential) Can you please help me find that site again? [more inside]
In two weeks I'll be starting a new job (in the same organisation I work for now) setting up and managing a new team. What can I do right from the start to build a great team? [more inside]
I started a new birth control pill. Then, unexpectedly, a bunch of my old birth control showed up in the mail. Now what do I take? [more inside]
Older relative could use an iPod Touch, but she's baffled by the interface and easily flustered. Ideas for helping her learn to use the Touch? [more inside]
Parents of 3+ year olds! How do you deal with being tired *all the time*? I've gone from being single and childless and in my early 30s to being the boyfriend of a mother of two boys (3 and 7). Things are astonishingly good between us, and the boys are great (albeit a lot of hard work, even according to their Mum), but I'm *so* tired after helping out with the boys - it's all the games of tag, the nerf gunfights, the question and answer sessions, etc. We're really enjoying ourselves, but ohmigod I'm exhausted. Help me not feel like I'm letting the side down at home with my housemates, at her place, out and about with my friends and at work. Other than 'coffee', 'more sleep' and 'less time with the girlfriend and the boys' (done, done, and ain't gonna happen), what are your protips for fighting off tiredness and irascibility?
I'm looking for the name of an old PC game - a top down shooter arcade style PC game in which you fought hordes of enemies. [more inside]
My wife is traveling to New Orleans this weekend, and I'd like her to pick me up a (vinyl) record or two. The place she's staying is on the edge of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. Can anyone recommend some cool record stores in that general vicinity where she could pick up N.O. jazz/blues vinyl? I've done a bit of searching, but most of the places I've found seem to stock mostly CDs.
Can I Eat It Halloween Edition: We bought two giant bags of Willy Wonka assorted candy for Halloween (mostly so I could steal all the BottleCaps). We only went through one, the other is unopened. Can I save it until next year? There's no expiration date that I can find, and the stuff is nothing but sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
Please help me ace the event planning component of this job interview! [more inside]
What are currently the best books about Large Hadron Collider physics for someone with a reasonable background in physics (eg an undergraduate degree), rather than the purely lay reader? I already plan on getting the pop-up book for the fun of it and I'm not interested in conspiracy theories about it gobbling up the universe. The limits of current knowledge and how the experiments will add to this are what I'm interested in, so the best of the latest books that provide the relevant context are also welcome. Thanks!