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Magic mirror on the closet door, begone.

Please help us with design ideas and DIY strategies for replacing ugly mirrored closet doors. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Are Healthy Latkes an Oxymoron?

Hanukah has arrived and I'd like to make latkes and apple sauce. I did read this thread. But my goal is a result that is tasty but healthy -- that is, I really would like to avoid greasiness and oiliness. Does anyone know a scrumptious lower fat recipe?
posted by bearwife on Dec 2, 2010 - 12 answers

'tis the season

Is Marmite's new chocolate bar being sold anywhere in the U.S.? Bonus points if you know of any retailers in the DC metro area.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Excelfilter: XML Mapping gone wrong

Excel 2007 Filter: I need to convert a text file to XML. I have an existing XML file that has the correct schema, but no functional xsd file. How do I get the schema from the old file to map to the data in the new text file? [more inside]
posted by ashirys on Dec 2, 2010 - 1 answer

Ordering dates when writing about geologic time?

What's the proper way to order dates in geologic time when writing and why? In this example, The Iapetus Ocean existed between 600 and 400 million years ago, would it be equally correct to write 400 to 600 million years ago? Can you also direct me to a source for the rules?
posted by Kronur on Dec 2, 2010 - 26 answers

Black is beautiful

I'm re-seasoning my workhorse Lodge 12" cast-iron skillet. I've seasoned pans before to pretty good results, but I want perfection. What kind of oil/fat is going to give me the hardest, strongest, blackest finish, and what temperature is going to get me there?
posted by wabbittwax on Dec 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Working with an unweildly vector in Illustrator?

Illustrator gurus! Is the answer staring me in the face? [more inside]
posted by smelvis on Dec 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Hotel in Minneapolis

Where should I book a hotel in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Dec 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Need to create budget for graphic novel

I'm interested in hiring an illustrator to turn a recently completed screenplay into a graphic novel. Any ideas/resources I can use to create a budget for such a project? I'm looking to come up with a ballpark figure which can be fine-tuned later. Where do I start? The story is set in Los Angeles and the desert Southwest. Any suggestions regarding potential illustrators from that part of the world would be appreciated.
posted by kidkilowatt on Dec 2, 2010 - 20 answers

Are digital watches STILL a pretty neat idea?

Seeking recommendations for an inexpensive watch or clock (or other thing) with a low-volume hourly chime. [more inside]
posted by Anephim on Dec 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Does this have any hope of not ending in tragedy?

Star cross'd lovers facing another hurdle - can I convince him it's worth it to keep trying? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Dec 2, 2010 - 41 answers

Undercover Kringle

I hate giving people normal gifts, like soap or cheeses... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 2, 2010 - 25 answers

How best to share a shedload of 100MB images?

Could anyone help an academic history of the book / digitisation project by sharing their experiences of collaborative work on huge image files via the cloud? [more inside]
posted by bebrogued on Dec 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Ubuntu 10 on an IBM T60?

I downloaded the pendrive version of Ubuntu 10 and it boots fine on my IBM T60 laptop. But when I actually ran the full install it doesn't want to boot up . The boot process just ends with a blank, non-responsive screen.. Any ideas?
posted by Scoops on Dec 2, 2010 - 9 answers

What are the sights to see in good old San Anton'?

In San Antonio for a couple of nights, and want to see the sights, eat, and drink good beer. Where to go for these fine exploits? [more inside]
posted by deezil on Dec 2, 2010 - 11 answers

IE6 on a Mac?

What is the best way to run IE6, 7, 8, and 9 on a 2010 iMac for web design and testing purposes? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Donde están mis virtual vecinos?

Does a Spanish conversation listserv exist... or anything that would gather people interested in conversation and discussion of the language? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Dec 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Cry Murder

Is it legal in America (USA) for individuals especially Politicians and Journalists to publicly call for the murder of an individual who has not been tried or convicted of anything? I am particularly referring to the US rightwing calls for the execution of Julian Assange. Is this considered freedom of speech? and Yes I have read this and this. Which leads to Part 2: - If one of these shills for murder visited another country could they be arrested, or only if they repeated their exhortations whilest in that country?
posted by adamvasco on Dec 2, 2010 - 28 answers

Print and be damned

How can I print a graphic nicely from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Gift ideas for my boyfriend’s dad?

Help me pick a great gift for my boyfriend’s dad. I’m spending Christmas Day with my partner’s family. They do a Kris Kringle for the adults, and I’ve drawn my partner’s father. I’ve only met him twice (the dad, not my partner). He seems lovely but I have absolutely no idea what to get him. I’ve asked my boyfriend of course, but he is not exactly brimming with ideas. Help! [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Point me in the right direction!

Help me create a birthday puzzle for a geocacher. [more inside]
posted by nelvana on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I control what I want sync'd in Android?

I'm a new smartphone user... How do I sync calendar/contacts but not Gmail in Android? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Drywall hanging in earthquake country

I'd like to hang a 15 lb framed painting on drywall in an earthquake-proof way. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Dec 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Gender nonconformity and sexuality

How strong is the correlation between non gender conformity and homosexuality? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 1, 2010 - 32 answers

Do I need to send a transcript from the grad school I dropped out of to the grad school I want to attend?

Two years ago, I dropped out of a grad school program after only one semester. This winter, I want to apply to new grad school programs in an unrelated field. In my application, do I need to include an official transcript from my abandoned program? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Dec 1, 2010 - 13 answers

My computer shut down right after I finished a paragraph. Can I recover it?

Possibly a waste of a question but can you recover lost text in Word before it saved? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

My oven goes boom

Why did my oven make a loud banging noise? Is this dangerous? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Dec 1, 2010 - 12 answers

I like fungus in the form of truffles, mushrooms and bleu cheese... NOT IN MY BATHTUB!

Do you have a whirlpool/jacuzzi type bathtub? How do you clean its guts? [more inside]
posted by ChefJoAnna on Dec 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Where are the good job sites?

What are the best online sites for job hunting - specifically technical sales and marketing (software sales, hardware, etc). I got blind sided by a layoff on Monday. I've spent the last two days working my network and now it's time to start hitting the job sites. What are the good ones? I haven't had to do this in about 6 years. My initial reaction is that the job sites aren't any better, and maybe are worse, than I remember.
posted by COD on Dec 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s?

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s? Every week, they'd send a logic-type puzzle that was part of a larger mystery. I never solved the last two, and I wish I had. I'd love to give it another shot if this game is still online somewhere. [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for an inexpensive way to print a small quantitiy of letterhead

I'm looking to have some paper with custom letterhead printed up. I have design ideas, and I'd like to submit the designs for a bulk printing of 50-200 sheets. Should I just use a local copy shop, or are there decently priced online options? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Mobile Health Exams

Any experiences with competency of mobile health exams; "Ultrasound Testing" screening for heart , arteries, blood chemistry. Rolling bus like exam facility scheduled in my area next week travelling under the name "Healthfair".
posted by Agamenticus on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Sexual Harassment in SF&F Fandom

You're at a science-fiction and fantasy convention. As you peruse the programming schedule, you come across a panel titled "Sexual Harassment in SF&F Fandom (one hour)". What would you expect to learn from that panel? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Dec 1, 2010 - 26 answers

What is this classical melody? Wagner?

What is this theme that's stuck in my head? I haven't found it on musipedia, shazam and google. Part of me wants to say Wagner, but what piece?
posted by stereo on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Is my job killing me?

I'm pursuing a career, but is it at the cost of the rest of my life? [more inside]
posted by beefetish on Dec 1, 2010 - 13 answers

When did they get married?

How do I find a record of the marriage of two now-deceased people? Challenge: They were married in New York City [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

What non-toxic material is best to fix a coffee pot?

I have a leak in my coffee pot's water tank, and upon examination, I cant see where the leak is coming from (meaning that the whole bottom generally gets too wet to detect the crack). I was thinking I would run a thin bead of some kind of material around the bottom of the tank to attempt to seal it back up. My question is: what kind of material would you recommend that would not pose any toxin problem in case the tank water comes into contact with it? It would also have to be generally heat tolerant as the coffee pot heats up under there.
posted by howa2396 on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I obtain company registration number information by address or director name?

UK: Can I obtain company registration number information by address , director name or any other means? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Do you start your morning with a bracing shower?

After your morning warm/hot shower, you crank the water to cold and shower, albeit quickly, in cold water. Why on earth do you do that? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Dec 1, 2010 - 42 answers

Ta shuo de bu hao.

MS Word won't display Chinese characters correctly for me. It claims the font for the characters is Arial, and when I paste the characters into a search dialog box, they display correctly, but in situ in the document they appear as placeholder boxes. Screenshot. (WinXP, SP3, Office 2002) WTF?
posted by IAmBroom on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

I am really, really glad I went for the slipcover.

Why did my totally toilet trained dog just cock a leg on the couch right in front of me? [more inside]
posted by Wantok on Nov 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How to merge & combine .pdf to Excel pages

How can you merge and combine imported and converted .pdf to Excel 2007pages? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

What is "drv.mv" on a Windows computer?

What is "drv.mv" on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you recommend some music (vinyl records) for me to check out?

Can you recommend some music that I would like? I buy used vinyl records, and am looking to expand my collection to include artists I may not yet be familiar with. [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Nov 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Best program for character portraits?

What computer game, online or otherwise, or other avatar-maker type program, has the best character-portrait maker? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Spam Filter

I receive a couple of non-Gmail-filtered spam emails a day, from a friend's compromised machine/account. I can easily deal with them / filter them / discard them. Besides hitting "Report Spam" I'm just wondering if there is a better place to report these consistent messages. I've been getting them for 6 months or so, doesn't seem the Big G's learning algorithm is ever gonna catch on...
posted by Exchequer on Nov 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Experiences with sinus surgery?

What have your experiences been with (endoscopic) sinus surgery? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Nov 30, 2010 - 28 answers

I'm the only person who likes the Gmail dink.

I just started using Pidgin, and I like it, but I don't like the default sound when I receive a message. Previously, I IMed using gchat within my gmail account and really liked the little "dink" sounds that it made. Is there a way to import those sounds into Pidgin? Google is less than helpful on this front.
posted by Fuego on Nov 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Replace a missing vehicle title before it's registered?

Just bought a used car last week with cash and received the title and other paperwork at time of purchase. Now I can't find the title and I need to get the car registered. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Nov 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Thank you for the music. That is, if I could hear it.

So, I'm running a shoutcast server. Properly forwarded ports and everything, and people can listen, give the info a look. However, my other DJs can't connect from remote IPs. What's going on? It just disconnects them.
posted by Askiba on Nov 30, 2010 - 1 answer

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