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Paging Mary Poppins for adults....

How do I help my aunt (who has largely undiagnosed mental illness issues) avoid homelessness? Do they make nannies for adults? (details below) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Searching for searching for bugs

EntomologyFilter - Help a librarian out of his depth find a better plan of attack on some specific insect-related searching. I need to know if terminology exists for what I need to find. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

I need a rug that ties the room together. Fuckin' A!

Super shoppers of MeFi, I need a rug that will go with this painting. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Logic puzzles, what's their beef?

I have been wondering this for a long time—do so-called "logic puzzles" really help sharpen your mind, or do they just help you get better at logic puzzles? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 7, 2010 - 16 answers

How do I successfully market to a target audience?

I have a service that targets a small group of businesses. I need to figure out how to market to them, can someone give me some recommendations? [more inside]
posted by woolite on Jan 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Watches on a Plane

Was my Casio Pathfinder's altimeter function working on the plane? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Jan 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Stand Mixer Value

What is it that makes stand mixers worth so much more than the hand variety? [more inside]
posted by muteh on Jan 7, 2010 - 35 answers

How do we accurately measure time?

How did people make clocks more accurate before accurate clocks? [more inside]
posted by eclecticlibrary on Jan 7, 2010 - 26 answers

What must I do to teach in the US?

Hypothetically what if I, a New Zealander who has just graduated in New Zealand with a Bachelor's degree in teaching at primary/elementary level, wanted to teach elementary school in the US? What would I need to prove and do? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jan 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Flash flip book that links to cart?

We need to convert a pdf catalog to a flash flip book (ie this. No problem. however, the client wants to have it set up so that when the viewer clicks on an item, that item gets added to a cart, and then when the viewer is done, the cart list gets emailed to a distributor for a price quote. I've spent the afternoon searching, but I'm not finding anything that looks like what we need. Any ideas?
posted by korej on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Examples of trauma denial

What are some detailed examples of trauma denial? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jan 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Need to find a new pair of high performance polarized sunglasses to replace my lost Costa Del Mar. I need the best.

Need to find a new pair of high performance polarized sunglasses to replace my lost Costa Del Mar's. I need the best. [more inside]
posted by orehek on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Do Germans laugh at this sort of thing?

How are ethnic jokes and the like on Family Guy (et al) translated for the joked-about audience? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist on Jan 7, 2010 - 22 answers

Help Me Out Of Lost Luggage Limbo

Air Canada WTF? On Tuesday I took a trip from Laguardia Airport to Pearson Toronto to CDG, Paris on Air Canada. From Toronto to Paris, they lost one of my bags, which wouldn't be terrible except said bas contained 1) My only change of clothes for the next 2 weeks 2) My BFs extra heart medication and 3) I'm leaving for Prague in 4 days and there is still no news. Is there anyone I can call or talk to see that I actually get my stuff before I leave France? Kakfaesque detail follows. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 7, 2010 - 21 answers

It's like he's allergic to my love :-(

I popped the question. He said yes. His ring finger says no. How do we deal with his crazy metal allergies? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jan 7, 2010 - 49 answers

Graduate school is hell; what is a job an ex-grad-student can possibly get?

Help me out here -- who will hire grad-school dropouts to work for them after they have royally screwed over their chances of having an academic career, what are they likely to pay said grad-school dropouts, and how do I convince them that they want to hire me against their better judgement? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Jan 7, 2010 - 40 answers

The opposite of noise-canceling headphones.

Does there exist such a thing as headphones that allow/amplify/mix ambient noise in addition to the audio coming from whatever source they're plugged into? More or less the opposite of noise-canceling headphones. [more inside]
posted by J-Garr on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Paid in full

If I pay someone with a cheque/check and they lose it am I legally required to issue them another one? [more inside]
posted by hector horace on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Can't Find Stair Nosing

Does anyone know where I can find stair nosing similar to this:? It is for a commercial repair job. Thanks!
posted by lake59 on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Why is yawning getting me high

Why is yawning getting me high? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I stop my car from freezing solid?

How do I keep my car from freezing solid? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jan 7, 2010 - 27 answers

Recover Lost Files

How do I recover files that have disappeared from external USB drive after moving to another computer? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jan 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Getting to know new code

What are your tricks for understanding a large piece of new code quickly? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

What to do when a new job is a bad fit?

I began a new job that came with new duties and the chance to work overseas. A few months in (before international transfer), I'm now feeling that position is a poor fit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ohgeez on Jan 7, 2010 - 9 answers

What do you do with your canned pumpkin?

Tell me how you use canned pumpkin. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 7, 2010 - 39 answers

Sharpening without scratching

How to keep an electric knife sharpener from scratching the blade? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 7, 2010 - 24 answers

I'm not really a glutton!

I've just had a (near) choking incident. [more inside]
posted by scottymac on Jan 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Make it stop! Why does my nose tickle?

I-am-not-a-doctor-filter: Why does the tip of my nose keep tickling? [more inside]
posted by grieserm on Jan 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Make it bendy again!

Restoring flexibility to a burned digit. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 6, 2010 - 15 answers

What tastes like black tea or pure tobacco?

I love smooth, round, almost earthy flavors. So far, I've only found this flavor type from oxidized leaves, such as black tea (especially with milk) and the smell of good-quality tobacco. Is there any other source of a similar flavor? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jan 6, 2010 - 51 answers

Refrigerate or parbake?

Making yeast sticky buns for the staff tomorrow. Better torise once and refrigerate before baking tomorrow or to rise then par bake for a few minutes? Help please.
posted by BrooksCooper on Jan 6, 2010 - 5 answers

How much can you sell a repairable car for?

I have a 1999 Subaru outback with some pretty expensive damage to the passenger side door. I lowered the price to sell it, but received some pretty outrageous offers. I don't know if my price is unreasonable, or if the offer was just low balling. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jan 6, 2010 - 28 answers

The system may have got you but it won't get me

"Big A Little A bouncing B...." Help me find the original source for this childrens rhyme. [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jan 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Processor Upgrade

I'm interesting in upgrading the processor on my computer, but I'm having a hard time getting good information on how to determine a viable upgrade. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 6, 2010 - 10 answers

What would be a good font for my book?

What would be a good font for my book? [more inside]
posted by dng on Jan 6, 2010 - 18 answers

How to get Mac OS to split the desktop into thirds?

How can I get Mac OS X to arrange windows so each occupies a third of the screen? [more inside]
posted by dgrobinson on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 answers

I keep killing the recao!

I keep killing the recao! Help me grow better! [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Where do you go when you've won a free vacation for your family and you could go anywhere?

Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 6, 2010 - 22 answers

What is this device next to my window?

Can you identify this mystery device in my new apartment? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Jan 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Learning databases through selecting stars

Help me find a tool which helps you learn how to use databases through selecting stars. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm tired of looking at that spinning beachball!

OS X and Adobe Acrobat is a bad combination. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jan 6, 2010 - 14 answers

How did I not start an electrical fire?

How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 on Jan 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Software for managing academic projects and workflow.

Anecdote-Filter: The best Project Management software for the academic sphere? [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Jan 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Easier way to walk baby

How can I help my energetic baby to walk, without breaking my back?! [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Jan 6, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me find the stuff I wrote way back when.

What is the best and fastest way to locate articles written by me that were published ten years ago? [more inside]
posted by medea42 on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Upgraaade Me.

I hearts my Grado SR80s. But I need punchier bass. What are my options (for other cans, or whatever)? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Need an air freight forwarder in Vancouver (YVR)

Can anyone recommend a good/reputable air cargo/freight forwarder to send 3 boxes from YVR to HKG? Thanks!
posted by cst on Jan 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Tell me about RC Airplanes.

I'm exploring the idea of getting involved with R/C airplanes. Please help me decide if this is a good idea, and if so, how I should go about it. [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jan 5, 2010 - 21 answers

rss feed for authors' new books?

I read a lot of serial genre fiction, specifically science fiction and fantasy. I'm currently reading a lot of series and some of them don't get new books very often. I sometimes completely miss new books. Is there some resource, preferably Google Reader compatible, that will allow me to just maintain a list of authors, and have it tell me when a new book is out? Amazon doesn't seem to have specific author/series searches. There was this question, but it's old, Amazon specific, for subjects not authors, and the answer no longer works. Assuming there's no such resource, would you use such a service?
posted by jefftang on Jan 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Bring my cellphone back from the dead

Samsung SGH-d807 showing no signs of life. Recharging appears to do nothing. What could be wrong and what can I try to fix it? [more inside]
posted by mossicle on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

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