My new old sewing machine has a blind stitch lever with three settings: "B.S.", "M", and "S.S.". What is "M", and especially what is "S.S."? [more inside]
Would a plane ticket from Toronto to Beijing cost more after today? [more inside]
Where can I get oats in bulk near the Boston area? I'm looking to cut down my breakfast costs, so I want to buy something like this. I assume that I could get it even cheaper than Amazon if I got it from a local cooperative/farm/something in the Boston area. Is that true, and if it is, how do I go about locating such a place?
How come the View's audience, which consisted of naval personnel, were not allowed to clap or cheer when Sarah Silverman suggested that DADT was about to be a relic of the equal rights movement?
Why does there seem to be so many conservative books at book stores? [more inside]
My beagle has an ear infection. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. He's scratching to the point of bleeding. is there anything I can do for him tonight to ease his pain/itching?
I've password-protected part of my website so that I could put up some info about a project that a friend and I are working on, without anybody else seeing it. I have a vanity search saved on Google for my name. Today I got a Google Alert for one of the new password-protected pages. How is Google able to read my password-protected pages?
Federal job application filter. I see that the federal hiring process is going to be simplified by November, but I'm hoping to get a job before then! I'm new to this process, and I understand that federal job applications are different from others. I have a few specific questions about making sure I don't let anything essential slip between the cracks. [more inside]
I'm trying to pick up this Arduino project, but I do not know how to solder. I bought this temperature controlled Weller unit, and leaded solder (63% Sn / 37% Pb). What temperature do I need set the unit to? How exactly does "tinning" work? How do I prevent the board from burning when the tip gets close? [more inside]
What are some good strategies for fixing things when you started out on slightly bad terms? [more inside]
Is it possible to get accepted at a community college or university without submitting prior college transcripts and still get financial aid? [more inside]
I'm looking for books about life in New York City in the 1970s; nonfiction preferred. [more inside]
Is there a relatively complete movie database in csv or other Excel-friendly formats? [more inside]
You're at a loud party, or you have a bad phone connection, or the other person has a thick accent. Whatever the culprit is, you're having trouble understanding what the other person is saying. You've already asked them to repeat what they were saying, but still, no dice. How do you handle this politely and gracefully?
Is there a way to tell if I have already added the oil into the gas can for my two-stroke trimmer? [more inside]
DVD ripping newbie wants to know: how easy and legal is it to rip DVDs so they can be watched on an iPad? [more inside]
I saw a protest in Hong Kong, and took some photos of the signs. I've never been able to read them, and always wanted to know what the protest was about. Can you help me read the signs or understand what the drawings depict? [more inside]
Please help me identify a bridge as seen on Justified the TV show. In the first episode of the FX network show Justified, there is a large green suspension bridge featured quite prominently. According to Wikipedia the pilot episodes were shot in Pittsburgh and suburban Kittanning, Pennsylvania and Washington, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
I need to put a railroad tie post exactly where a red ant colony is. I don't mind that they are there, except that when I stand there, in seconds my shoes are covered with red ants, and a couple minutes, they'd be all over me and the bites hurt. I need them gone for a couple days. I don't want to use insecticide because I don't like such things in general and because it is very near an irrigation ditch. Ant suggestions?
Can you think of any re-makes that were superior to the original (or even just as good?) The originals of The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy, ...just as examples, were superior to their re-makes. The first Sabrina was wildly better than the later version. Any suggestions for films whose remakes are well worth watching--or actually better than the original?
I'm moving to Vienna to work for nine weeks this summer. What do I need to know? How can I get the most out of my stay? [more inside]
Please tell me why this idea about stopping the unstoppable gusher will not work: I remember vaguely learning of something called Venturi's law in science class - that if you restrict the flow of a fluid, the pressure goes up. Thus to lower the oil pressure enough to allow the mud to push it down, perhaps they should actually open it up rather than try to plug it. [more inside]
What exactly do I need to do to be able to download a Japanese exclusive iPhone/iPad app? (I am in the US, and the app in question is Puyo Pop Fever Touch.) [more inside]
How can I edit or update an image map in Adobe Fireworks CS4 or CS5? I've saved the .png that contains "hotspots", I have the HTML that Fireworks exports, with all the hotspot coordinates, but if I move these files to a different folder, then reload the .png into Fireworks, all the hotspots are gone :( [more inside]
I need help in figuring out how to go about buying a used car in Australia. [more inside]
Trying to help a family of ducks trapped in an empty swimming pool. [more inside]
SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
I just closed on my house a few days ago, moved in this weekend. I thought the inspector had checked the washer and dryer, but apparently he hadn't. No matter what settings I choose, all it does is the spin cycle. What causes this, and is it fixable? Also, how likely is the seller to be receptive to rectifying the problem? [more inside]
Tips for not complaining about a relatively minor physical issue? I'm beginning to suffer from hereditary osteoarthritis. I stand up funny and people ask what's wrong. I have stiffness and pain and tend to complain. I've listened to family complain about it and found it tiresome. How do I shut up and not burden people with a thing they can't do anything about and can't relate to, and isn't ultimately, that horrible? In twenty years, should I live so long, I'll freely complain about my hip replacements, but until then? We all find our own ailments fascinating, but other people's, not so much. I've read related asks, but this is specifically about a physical/health issue.
How do I assure myself that I did not just bring in ticks to take over my house? [more inside]
Anybody know of a tutorial for recovering a three-ring binder? [more inside]
Help my (elderly) mother take care of her (even more elderly) sister. YANML, and we will be consulting one soon, but in the meantime . . . [more inside]
Bookstore recommendations in London, Paris, and Barcelona? [more inside]
Advanced internet sharing: I want to share my MacBook's wireless internet connection via ethernet to a Netgear router, which will then act as a wireless access point for other computers. [more inside]
iTunes/Networking Filter: Cannot see a shared library that resides on my Windows XP desktop on iTunes on my Windows 7 laptop... [more inside]
Trying to locate a first-person essay I once read, back in the '90s mebbe. Situation: white English dude makes friends with/seeks to interview a ditzy, goofy, elliptical Arab dude. [more inside]
So, I got a promotion and will be moving from Dodge City, KS to Grand Forks, ND in about three weeks. I've moved many times in the past, but this is my first one with professional movers. And with cats. Please help. [more inside]
Is there a way -using greasemonkey or adblock plus in firefox- to hide/collapse all text in a webpage, but leave the images, etc. alone?
What kind of work is out there for a person with severe muscular dystrophy? Need about $200/mo. extra money.
What kind of work is out there for a person with severe muscular dystrophy? Need about $200/mo. extra money. I have extensive general computer knowledge, sort of a jack of all trades, master of few. [more inside]
What church was the Lost finale filmed in? [more inside]
Is this Cello restorable to playable condition? [more inside]
Help me identify a poem mentioned in Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell". [more inside]
Cheapest online source for Advantage Multi or Frontline Feline. And yes, I do have a prescription from my vet. [more inside]
Google-fu fails: I built a plasticam pinhole camera last year. I then printed out a guide of how long to expose the film. Then I lost it! [more inside]
What should I do with 30 10-foot, 1-inch diameter PVC pipes?
I'm not a very good swimmer. I can tread water, float on my back somewhat, and do a mediocre backstroke. But in a few months I'm going to Hawaii, and I'd like to have some fun snorkeling. What swimming skills should I focus on trying to learn? Should I start with learning finless swimming things first, such as the front crawl, or jump right into using fins and snorkel? [more inside]
My 9 month old Macbook Pro flashed the gray screen of death. Is there any way to recover the data? [more inside]
Why is everyone wishing me a blessed day? [more inside]
What are some short quotes or sayings that can be used to remind yourself to treat others with compassion and generosity? I'm looking for quick reminders (maybe one-liners) to be used on the fly during the day. Thank you!
Fat cat needs to lose weight, but can't afford special foods or diets, um, help? Special snowflake story inside. [more inside]