dating filter: (1) What are the best, most direct, yet polite questions to ask someone during the email stage of online dating in order to get a real sense of who they are? Any suggestions? (2) How do you still come off as fun and cool on a first or second date, even though you opt for the iced tea instead of a glass of wine? (some nights i just don't want to drink) [more inside]
We're in Vegas near the strip. We'd like a take-out dinner to delight our taste buds, but not break our wallet. We're tired and overwhelmed with unfamiliar choices. Suggestions? [more inside]
Looking for a story about a shipwreck (or something like that) of a bunch of aristocrats who are forced to survive on their own and eventually it's the butler who becomes their leader/head. Title? [more inside]
A friend of mine is essentially using his girlfriend for a place to live. He really should break up with her, but that would mean moving back in with his family. He claims to care about her, but constantly expresses interest in other women, going so far as to say he'd leave her for any one of them, if one opened that door. The girlfriend is clingy, emotionally dependent on him, and completely lacking self-confidence. What do I do? [more inside]
Do you remember an old Mac game where you play as a wizard's apprentice who goes to a magic store? [more inside]
I'm not a huge facebook user, but am freaked out by the sudden "People Who Want To Plug The Oil Spill With Sarah Palin" movement I'm seeing - amongst what I thought were people very much opposed to Sarah Palin.. [more inside]
The 24 Hours of Le Mans are taking place next weekend. How can I watch the race on TV, in the Americas? [more inside]
Our rental just suffered a serious roof leak. What should we know and do concerning the needed repairs? [more inside]
Looking for a childrens book about the origin of words illustrated in a late 60's/70's psychedelic style. [more inside]
We are a planning a vacation to Michigan in early August, starting with a wedding in Cadillac. I am overwhelmed by the number of lakes and vacation spots - please help me narrow down the list. [more inside]
Help me find a picture book about which I can remember almost nothing, and what I remember may or may not be true. [more inside]
What was this book I read as a child? It was about a neglectful mother and a young woman who caught butterflies. [more inside]
Help me pick out an awesome new hacky sack. [more inside]
Recommendations for crew-length dress socks for my sweaty-footed boyfriend? He has hyperhydrosis and is looking for moisture-absorbent dress socks that hit right below or at the calf. Regarding Smartwool: we live in south Florida, where the temperature is 90 degrees for half the year, so he's concerned that wool will make his feet very hot and sweat even more.
Where do I go in Dallas, TX today for vintage western shirts without breaking the bank? Hopefully in an area with books, CDs and records, etc. Also, where for lunch? [more inside]
Time to pick a cell provider. The big thing is that I use my Android phone for everything. I don't want a computer so the 3G needs to be good. It's between Verizon and Sprint because I know AT&T gets virtually no service. So I humbly ask of you, which one isn't lying on their coverage map?
My 2nd iMac suddenly is unable to connect to my printer, despite that nothing has changed: can the hive mind offer any solutions? [more inside]
I accidentally spilled a tiny bit of beer on my new macbook pro. Now when I try to eject a disk, it tries, but fails to do so. What should I do?
My sewing machine is bunching up thread and jamming up. Do I have it set up wrong or is it broken? [more inside]
Why won't our dog go out like she used to? [more inside]
A graphic designer is working on a new business card for me. I've never worked with one before and he's a recent college graduate. How do I be a good client and make things easy for him while still getting a design I really like. He keeps coming up with designs that are close, but not quite what I want.
Movie Title Filter: Help me remember this 80's movie! [more inside]
I'm looking to hang out in a voice server and idly chat with strangers during the evenings and wee hours of the night from time to time. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for smaller brewpubs around downtown Portland, OR. I've tried the rest, and want to try the best. [more inside]
ReadingPlayboyForTheArticlesFilter: I once read an article about Swiss bank secrecy in an issue of Playboy from the 1960's or 1970's. Can anyone help me find out which issue this was? [more inside]
I need new additions to my "Modern Folk-Rock" playlist (which currently includes Greg Brown, The Mountain Goats and Jack Johnson)... [more inside]
Looking for an old dos game with a bouncing ball that I played as a kid: [more inside]
Please help resolve an office grammar debate regarding hyphenated adjectives! (Sounds fun, right?) [more inside]
Can someone provide me the verifiable, accurate original Latin phrase that is often translated into "fortune favors the bold"? [more inside]
What documentation works for taking a dog from U.S. to Canada and back? Do I need a USDA form, or will a letter from the vet suffice? [more inside]
Did Minnie Rae really exist, who was she, and was she the inspiration for Wendy in Peter Pan? [more inside]
Look for recommendations on where to watch the World Cup while traveling in Italy. [more inside]
I'm looking for a big hotel room or suite or apartment for rent in New York City for a single night. For 12 people. On short notice. [more inside]
SpanishFilter: Translation these apartment moving phrases from English to written and spoken (Mexican) Spanish, por favor? [more inside]
A year ago, a property management company took over the house I've been living in for 10 years. Now, 10 years after I moved in, they want me to fill out a walkthrough checklist to indicate the condition of the house. I feel like I'm being set up somehow. Tell me how to protect myself (or that I'm being paranoid). [more inside]
[BugFilter] Something is biting the everloving hell out of us -- help! [more inside]
NYC-filter: recommendations for a therapist who does CBT or something similar. [more inside]
How do I help my friend recover from having his home broken in to? [more inside]
[PhysicsFilter] Yesterday I saw what appeared to be an upside-down rainbow, in a part of the sky nearish the sun, but only when I was wearing my polarized sunglasses. This goes against everything I know about rainbows. Can someone explain? [more inside]
Best Chicago-centric blogs? We're moving next month, and I need some help getting jazzed up about this. [more inside]
Is this the right time to re-start my home base business (craftmaker of gel-candles)? I currently work full-time and Im growing tried of the job, but need the paycheck. Im 52yrs old and my heart and soul is in my crafts. Started about 10yrs ago, but went astray, but always though about doing it again. I need to make the right decision before I jump into spending $$ on new venture.
Gift ideas for a mid-20s woman embarking on an adventure to India, and moving from the east coast of the US to the west coast after her return from India? Would like to mark the occasion and tell her how awesome it is that she's fearlessly following her own path. [more inside]
Classic picture. How can I get it legally? [more inside]
I just received my first of many wedding invitations, and I am a little unsure about how to respond. Based on this pic, it looks likes after "M_____" I put Mr. John Doe. Correct?
I'm looking for an awesome restaurant to go to in San Francisco with my out of town friend and my car. [more inside]
I have a knee injury and I'm on a budget. Here and here [pdfs] are the radiologist's 2-page MRI report. I'm not asking anyone to interpret it or offer advice, but a translation into layman's English would be helpful. Just a summary. Thank you. [more inside]
NYC restaurant filter: I'm looking for a good brunch place near Penn Station. I'd prefer a place that either takes reservations, or tends to have minimals waits on Saturday mornings. Thanks!
My month-old iPod Touch suddenly stopped connecting to my home wireless internet. Please hope. [more inside]