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Snakes on our stairs!

Snake filter: Found this guy in our apartment. It was in the entranceway near the door. Can anyone identify it? Live in Central Florida.
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Jan 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me remember the name of a song

Trying to remember the name of a Canadian hip hop/blues song, released at some point during 2008 (2007?). [more inside]
posted by olya on Jan 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me find a taxi

Left a camera in a taxi last night in Minneapolis. Would like to try to find the taxi company or driver, and welcome your tips on doing so. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jan 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Heel Strike or Toe Strike?

Should I heel strike? Or toe strike? With all the recent controversy about athletic shoes with lots of padding vs. athletic shoes with no padding (e.g. Nike Frees), I'm unclear how I'm supposed to be running. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Jan 23, 2010 - 25 answers

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10.

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10. Mainly seems to be a problem finding a proper CUPS-aware driver on the OS X side. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by weston on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Cleaning up a cell phone for donation

I have a fairly new tmobile cell phone, which I hate and want to donate away. After I cancel the account, what do I need to do to the phone before getting rid of it? I have deleted all the contacts and calls/texts information. Is there anything else? I don't know much about how phones store information so please use small words.
posted by JanetLand on Jan 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Please help me connect my laptop to my television

Can anyone help me to connect my Asus laptop to my Samsung television for use as an external display? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Jan 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Best place in Vegas to watch the Super Bowl?

What's the best place to watch the Super Bowl in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Jan 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Discount arbitrage brokerage

Cheapest way to buy a single share of of Bekshire B? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 22, 2010 - 10 answers

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Need a dress I can swan around in and sing!

DivaFilter: Anybody with recommendations for where to get floor length gowns in Toronto? I'm plus-size and in need of a dress fit for an opera singer. [more inside]
posted by machine on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there an indoor HD antenna that will work in NYC?

Any way to get HD signal with an antenna in Manhattan building? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

I love my cat.

If I talk to a rescue organization about giving up my cat, how awful will it be for me and will it help my cat? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Jan 22, 2010 - 35 answers

Question about children's book involving a goat.

Children's BookFilter: So, I am asking for a friend of mine. As a kid she read a book about a girl or boy who saved a little goat from getting killed. There were perhaps some horses involved. And the girl liked to paint. We need to know the name of this book.... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 on Jan 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Text Mining for Lazies

I'm looking for a simple, low-level text mining software. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 22, 2010 - 20 answers

Where can I get a Virtual Debit Card

Is there a bank that offers virtual debit card numbers like the virtual credit card numbers offered by Citi? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Does having a PowerPc processor cause programs to not respond?

Is it simply possible that, because I have a 4-year-old Powerbook - OS 10.4.11, one month old new hard drive, memory and RAM maxed out, only used 1/4 of memory, system checked regularly with Onyx (with no problem) - I keep getting "program not responding to, especially, my Opera and Firefox browsers, as well as programs like Word, iPhoto, and iTunes? Plus, more than half the time my Powerbook won't close down when I ask it to and have to do a hard turn off, which can't be good for it. I've asked a couple of Mac forums, a Mac Genius, and my so-far trustworthy Mac guy whether having a PowerPC processor, instead of the newer Intel one, should make any difference. I got a resounding no. Still, does anyone have a contrarian and, perhaps, right, explanation? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

CFL bulbs and energy usage.

Has the relatively widespread uptake of CFL bulbs actually had any significant effect upon global energy useage?
posted by SueDenim on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy?

Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Jan 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Take a Cheesecake and a Carrot cake and smash them together at high speed? No, that can't be right....

Please help me duplicate The Cheesecake Factory's "Craig's Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake" at home. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 22, 2010 - 8 answers

When does copyright permission truly need to be obtained?

How can literary works have a copyright held, but appear to be in the public domain at the same time? [more inside]
posted by msali on Jan 22, 2010 - 30 answers

I'd stick it on the wall, if I could.

Does anyone know where I can find a diagram outlining the predicted availability of elements for industrial purposes? I'm looking for something that would predict the number of centuries each substance could be mined before it would only be obtained through recycling.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jan 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Need quick help with a legal citation

[Law student filter]. I desperately need quick help to find out the proper bluebook citation for an article from the NY Review of Books. Anyone out there with a blue book handy able to help me out? Many thanks!!!
posted by leticia on Jan 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Where have I lived?

What is a good resource for finding past addresses? [more inside]
posted by quine's_gavagai on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me not fry my new laptop

For the sake of convenience, I'd like to have a second power cord for my laptop. Can I safely use the power cord from my old laptop with my new laptop? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Jan 22, 2010 - 21 answers

PALing around in the EU

Where can I buy security cameras in the EU? [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Jan 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I use an iPhone with no data plan?

Using an iPhone with ATT; no data plan? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jan 22, 2010 - 17 answers

GIS Shapefile for Continental US

Looking for a (free) continental US shapefile. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Jan 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Travel tips for Eritrea?

Has anybody been to Eritrea recently (or does anyone have reliable second-hand knowledge, e.g. from a close friend who has been there) and has some travel tips? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Jan 22, 2010 - 2 answers

How to play a game remotely?

I have two computers, a Mac and a PC. Can I set up my network so that I can play a game on the PC and view it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Jan 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Help configuring VLC Media Player

I am setting up a computer for an art gallery show, and I want to configure VLC to automatically launch and play a DVD in full screen mode when the computer boots. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this on a Windows XP system? Being able to disable the on screen transport controls would also be a plus.
posted by theButterFly on Jan 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Where to go in Seattle?

Going to be in Seattle for around a month - where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats on Jan 22, 2010 - 17 answers

How to make sure a multiple-recipient is not marked as spam?

I want to send an email to several hundred school principals and am wondering if it is likely to be spam-filtered, given the amount of recipients. The content of the email is a clarification of some points that appeared in an educational journal (it is not spam of any kind). Would putting the addresses in the BCC box make any difference (other than hiding all the other recipients)? I'm using gmail, but Eudora is an option (although I have never used it before).
posted by strangeguitars on Jan 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Virgin will fuck you over, Rogers lives up to their name ...

Picking a better Canadian mobile provider is driving me out of my wits. Please halp? [more inside]
posted by Devika on Jan 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Great homemade caramel corn in Seattle?

Is there a great place in Seattle that makes homemade caramel corn? In Minnesota, where I'm from, places like Candyland offer giant tins of popped corn divided into three flavors--caramel corn in one section of the tin, plain in one, cheese popcorn in the third. You can smell it all the way down the street. Surely Seattle must have a place like this, right? Extra bonus points if it's north of downtown, Ballard-Fremont-Northgate area.
posted by GaelFC on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Mario Orchestra?

I'm looking for a YouTube video of an orchestra playing an arrangement of Super Mario tracks. On a screen behind them you can see Mario moving through a level, and as he enters different areas the orchestra plays the corresponding music. Does anyone know where I can find this video?
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 21, 2010 - 2 answers

Know any post-7:30PM painting classes in NYC?

I am interested in taking a late-evening painting course in New York City. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

The New Place

Help me make my first purchase for my apartment... [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP on Jan 21, 2010 - 41 answers

Valentine's Day Mix CD

Your favorite alternative/indie/classic but not overplayed love songs? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Jan 21, 2010 - 68 answers

Can you help me find/write an AppleScript to increase/decrease the quote level of selected text?

I'd like an ApplesScript that will let me increase or decrease the quote level of text that I've selected (like using ⌘' and ⌥⌘' in Mail). [more inside]
posted by davextreme on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

LCD Monitor Starring as TV

I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I properly use "sir" and "ma'am" in the South?

How do I properly use "sir" and "ma'am" in the South? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Jan 21, 2010 - 50 answers

2008 Mercury Mariner HELP!

I have a 2008 Mercury Mariner. Recently, all of the dashboard lights light up like a christmas tree (and stay lit) and the gauges all sweep to the end and then stop back at zero while I am driving. Once I shut the engine off, the car will not start. This does not happen all the time but enough that it left me stranded twice in the past week. I have replaced the battery. This did not help. Through trial and error, I learned if I hit the alarm button, then attempt to start the car, it will start and I will be able to drive until the entire process repeats itself. I have it at the dealer now and after 72 hours, they still have no idea what's wrong with it. The dealer has said that their diagnostic equipment is identifying "communication codes to cluster" but I have no idea what that means. Any ideas on what could be causing my mysterious Mariner problem? I am in the Northern NJ/Rockland County area (if you have any suggestions for shops to try).
posted by starsixnine00 on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I choose Mount Vesuvius or a baking soda volcano?

How can you tell if your reactions and emotions are rational and logical, and if you're expressing them in a rational and logical manner? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jan 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Shaking the hand that feeds you.

I need recipes that use a lot of milk and transport well. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Jan 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Podcasts in European Portuguese?

Recommendations for podcasts/other media in European Portuguese? [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Jan 21, 2010 - 3 answers

I Ain't 'Fraid of no Ghost.

Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

Speed up my Salad!

How do I best speed up my salad-making? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Breakfast smoothies: apparently I'm doing it wrong

I started making smoothies recently with about 200g frozen fruit, 1.5 cups of 1% milk, and a scoop of whey protein powder. I wedge some kale in when I have it, but I happened to be out this week. This makes about as much smoothie as I can comfortably consume. Normally if I eat breakfast (lentils or eggs or oatmeal or cereal or toast and jam or whatever) around 7 or 7:30, I'm good until lunch at 12 or 1 or even later, but since I switched to smoothies, I'm finding that I'm ludicrously hungry by 10am. As in "I would cheerfully kill you for the last quarter of your sandwich" hungry. WTF? Why is this and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dorque on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

PHP Mailer failure

Ok so I built a PHP order form that serves a dual purpose, it can be submitted electronically and then printed out and mailed it with the actual payment. Problem is the item name isnt showing up, even though everything else is. Look here for code,http://www.scribd.com/doc/25537386 Any ideas would help, I'm stuck..
posted by tropikal on Jan 21, 2010 - 7 answers

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