I have a list of 10 questions to help prepare for an exam. Of these 10 questions, 6 will be selected for the exam paper. Of the 6 on the exam paper I need to choose 3 to write an essay on. How many do I ACTUALLY need to research to be okay on the day? [more inside]
What are some unusual, creative, off-beat things to do/experience in Australia that would make for good and interesting travel-documentary TV? [more inside]
I've bought a pair of what I assume to be reasonably good hiking boots for a long trek/challenge I'm doing at the end of August - 100km in 36 hours or so, through the Australian bush north of Sydney (bush = forest, national park). Trying them out, eg. on a 12km walk at the weekend, they're quite tight across the toes. If I keep wearing them (generally around the place, and on longer walks) will they stretch over time, or should I buy a better fitting pair while I still have time to break them in? [more inside]
What is the difference between Gilbert Strang's two linear algebra textbooks? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good technical / business writing book? [more inside]
My Yahoo small business account (webhosting) was closed because my autopay credit card expired. I called to try to reopen and was led to believe that my website would be put back up like old times once I signed up for another year of webhosting. This does not now seem to be the case and I am now going to cancel the order within the 30 day period. Who do you recommend as the best webhost provider for a very small service business? (HTML5 capability would be nice.) I need to get up and running with someone else asap before i miss more emails/potential clients. Also, should I use the new webhost provider for email or something like googleapps? Thank you for any advice.
I really love religious art from the 14th and 15th centuries. What is the best place in New York City to see some? [more inside]
FoodieFilter: I want to create a small, gourmet food basket. Help me balance it properly and get the most bang for my buck! [more inside]
Is a site like legalzoom okay for doing an irrevocable living trust, or is that an insane idea? [more inside]
I'm currently questioning my sexuality. However I'm not sure who I'm sexually and romantically attracted to. All of the attraction that I've seemed to have has been to guys, but I'm not sure if it was sexual btw. I'm 19 years old if that helps. What is the most accurate indicator of sexual orientation / attraction? I'm not sure if I'm attracted to girls or not, thanks...
I killed my Logitech Ipod speakers, which I carted with me whenever I traveled, by leaving them plugged into a Madrid outlet with my transformer setting on "high." Doh! I love having good portable speakers with me when I travel, and am looking to replace with either this Logitech model or these Bose speakers. [more inside]
Typically, how often does a person in Japan eat raw fish? [more inside]
Can you enroll in Medicare Part B (medical) only? [more inside]
We're thinking about getting rid of our 1975 digital-tunerless Zenith and buying a new TV set. I've never in my life purchased a television and I'm a bit bewildered by the many options. [more inside]
I need help finding the title and author of a science fiction story. The basic plot goes like this: A guy finds a graffiti-covered box (looks like a telephone box or a power box) in the woods and realizes it is a puzzle. He opens layer after layer of the box to find harder puzzles that involve high math and even chemistry. He eventually is stymied and gives up. Turns out the box is an alien test to see if we are ready for first contact. [more inside]
I am 37 years old. I am 5'4. I weigh 250 pounds. Should I get lap-band surgery? [more inside]
I just got cut off on all social networks by an old friend who'd become mean and judgemental. I grew to dislike the person lately, so why am I still sad about the break? Do I bother saying anything? [more inside]
I have a large stamp collection that has postage stamps from around 1920 or so through the present (mostly 1920s through 1950s), mostly U.S. but some foreign as well. Most stamps came off mail and are in an album. Some have postmarks, some don't. I live in Boston and would like to take the collection in person to a dealer who won't rip me off, but I'm open to other alternatives too.
How can I learn to see with an Asian eye? [more inside]
I need suggestions as to how to make an emergency $80 by the end of today. I have nothing of real value to sell or pawn, I am ineligible to sell plasma, and my friends are all unable to help me at this time. I am in Dallas and I am pretty scared. [more inside]
Ideas -- pros and cons -- for turning a book-turned-teleplay project into a blog. [more inside]
What resources are available for someone who wants to know how to blow a whistle at their workplace? [more inside]
How do I destroy an Argentine ant colony in my soon-to-be vegetable garden? [more inside]
How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
What useful things can I put on a USB flash drive for a high school senior on his way to college? [more inside]
My partner has a hobby/interest that is important to him--similar to music or art, it's something that he occasionally shares the labors of his love with the public. The problem? I'm not crazy about these particular creative fruits. Am I just being too snobby? [more inside]
Obscure British legal history question: some kind of writ or procedure that used to be held only by clergy, now held by everyone? [more inside]
Long layover near Washington Dulles Intl. Airport. Is there a hotel with early check in? [more inside]
Does the traditional ginger salad dressing served in Japanese restaurants contain dairy? [more inside]
What is this plant that came in our CSA box today? The bunch is about 10-12 inches long, it smells vaguely like cilantro but without so much "soapiness", and the leaves are somewhat fennel-like. The flowers are small and pinkish to purplish.
My blender has a bit of black dust at the bottom after I use it, presumably from the black rubber connectors under the container and on top of the motor. It still works, but is this normal? Will the black stuff get sucked up into the food stuff I'm blending?
Okay, we finally watched Firefly and Serenity on Netflix. Now we're aching for more. What do we watch now? [more inside]
Help me find an essay on structuralist (?) critical/literary theory that I read in a class long ago. [more inside]
Mind freeze: what is the word/term for a literary mistake in a piece of fiction like the wrong stovetop chimneys in Charles Dickens? Something an author has put in a period piece but could not possibly exist in the time the work of fiction took place? [more inside]
DesignFilter-ish: I'm working on a project involving formatting lesson plans, activities, and readings for a secondary school level. What are some things I should be paying attention to? [more inside]
I want to transfer a bunch of reel-to-reel tapes to digital audio, but when I play them back, the sound is too fast/high pitched. Is there a standard percentage that I can slow things down by? [more inside]
The whole BP oil spill (with few legal ramifications so far, although apparently there is a cap on the damages which BP would be required to pay) and the recurrent stories of copyright violations (with many outrageous fines to poor saps who got caught downloading movies and music) got me thinking: is anyone aware of a nice infographic of different fines issued / punitive damages awarded for different crimes? I am basically curious how it would look like for different countries, and if it could be used as a rough "how much we value what" scale. [more inside]
Many early 19th century immigrants came to America for the opportunity to own land. How did they learn it was available? [more inside]
Do you have a favorite curry spice mix recipe? [more inside]
Looking for a poem about winter that I believe was Theodore Roethke but was in the New Yorker within the last ten years. [more inside]
Old dog isn't eating well and is wasting away. Need help making some tough decisions... [more inside]
I have a 2006 Scion xA with 40k miles on it. I just spent $800 replacing essentially my entire emissions system due to a pressure burst and subsequent contamination. I get regular maintenance and never attempt to overfill my tank. How do I make sure this doesn't happen again?
What is at fault for Last.fm and Pandora's terrible reliability on my Android phone, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
Experience good or bad using third party ticket sellers like Stub Hub or Ticket Triangle? [more inside]
I'm looking for a series of short autobiographical films that use a very simple animation technique. The artist draws pictures in real time as a voice-over tells the story. All you can see is the line of the pen as it forms the image, but you can't see the artist or the pen that's drawing the line. Thank you.
My CPA didn't do my taxes. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
Tips on coping with grief? My dad passed away a couple of weeks ago and since then i've been pretty much paralyzed with grief. Is there anything i can do to get over this quickly, or at least get a handle on it, because it's affecting my interpersonal relationships, and interfering with quality time with my 17month old. [more inside]