Diwali is coming up and I'd like to politely mention this to my close Indian coworkers, similar to a 'Happy Christmas' or 'Happy New Years' they would be likely to say to me. What's the best way, would a simple 'Happy Diwali' be appropriate? If so, what's the correct day for this as it's a 5 day festival from my understanding? This year (2010) it looks like November 5th is the main date.
I have come across the notion that "nature identical" compounds are not totally identical ? so by what degree, or how, are they not identical ? [more inside]
What is the best way to get a job in fixing bugs in computer or mobile software? [more inside]
Looking for a specific Android battery level widget... [more inside]
Help me hack my lunch-time post-workout routine so I still look professional back at the office! Others do it, why can't I? Is the trick to not get sweaty? Or do I just take an inordinate amount of time getting ready post-workout? [more inside]
I want to upgrade the chairs in my lab-- the ones that our human (well, undergrad) subjects sit in to do experiments. Priorities: stability, comfort, adjustability (with a caveat). [more inside]
My dad in on the waiting list for a liver transplant. What can I do to handle the wait as sanely and gracefully as possible? [more inside]
Is this an attempt at a buffer overflow exploit, or just some sort of mistake? [more inside]
'70s microfilm technology filter - what do (did) you call a gadget for testing or enhancing reading ability by having a student look through a viewer and read one line at a time? [more inside]
How should one evaluate the condition of a used digital SLR? [more inside]
Going to Sydney for three weeks in November. How do I find decent, affordable accommodations? [more inside]
What the heck is the guitar Colin Hay (ex-Men-at-Work) is playing here? Or in this video? [more inside]
So my roommate, a lovely, nice, intelligent, mostly wonderful sweet girl is MAYBE a psychopath. Maybe. [more inside]
New Yorker readers: do you remember an article about an "apple man", who had extensive knowledge of heirloom varieties, and could recommend what type of apple would be best suited for different locales? [more inside]
I can't find a couple Word for Mac keyboard shortcuts, and my google skills haven't helped me find the answer. Can you? [more inside]
Any ideas for repurposing promotional drawstring backpacks? [more inside]
What is kitty trying to tell me with this litter flinging? [more inside]
Oh metafilter, what is the best 30 minute game I can play with my students? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for food-themed things to do on a Monday afternoon in Chicago. [more inside]
What is a short phrase that means "of the people" or similar in Latin or another language? [more inside]
Vegetable salads that keep or even get better, when already dressed, for at least a few hours? [more inside]
Map-plotting / excel filter: I have precise latitude and longitude coordinates in excel for approximately 100-200 different locations. These locations are all located in a certain region of the U.S. What software can I use (free or paid) to populate a nice looking summary map with each of these locations? I need this to look presentable for client purposes.
Help me identify this book. It's a fantasy novel with a medieval setting that had a lot of references to woodchucks in it. The characters were not anthropomorphized animals, but there was a running joke about the word woodchuck with apostrophes in it, and I believe there was a picture of a woodchuck in a family crest or something like that on the cover. My sister remembers it too, so I am pretty sure it exists, but we can't remember any further plot details and google is not being helpful. Any guesses?
I like riding my bicycle, but I'm having trouble finding clothes that fit. I'm 6'1", 305 lbs. I've researched other askme's, and there was some good stuff-- including the only company I can find so far that even comes close to fitting me-- 3XL the Minus 33 merino shirt, and even that is pretty small and tight on me. But I'm looking for more information and pointers than I can find on my own. I know there is a passionate bicycling clique here at Metafilter, and I'm hoping they can offer me some advice and sources for clothes to fit my odd-shaped body. Details below the jump. [more inside]
Did a Bank of America teller just "lose" $1,000 of mine? I deposited $1,000 in rolled coins, which were placed in a plastic "CoinSafe" bag, sealed, and I was given a "bag receipt" (a piece of the plastic bag with a serial number/contents handwritten on it) and NO deposit receipt at all. [more inside]
How do I stop resenting my girlfriend's behaviour towards her ex? [more inside]
What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
How to get newspapers from all over the world. [more inside]
Is it possible to stop birds doing that goofy thing with their heads when they walk? [more inside]
I've decided I have more of an interest in computer software than mechanical machines, so I'm contemplating switching to a lesser Bachelor of I.T. from my Bachelor of Engineering degree, even though they would both take the same amount of time to finish. [more inside]
How do I get over him (and his family)? They live next door, I see him most days, and I just can't seem to let it go. [more inside]
We will spending Christmas in family in the Raleigh-Durham area and would like to take a couple of vacation days somewhere within driving distance (maybe 8 hrs max). We are not skiers and tend to prefer low intensity vacations - a few things to do and lots of time to unwind. Any suggestions?
As Marantz has introduced a new (but hardly improved) model, Music Direct is selling the PM8003 integrated amplifier for half usual MSRP ($499 vs. $999). From what I've read, it's a splendid piece of kit, and a solid value before the drastic discount. My question for you; would you recommend something else, for $500 or less, that you feel is superior to the Marantz? In terms of sonic character, I favor impartiality, perhaps slight warmth, but balance and purity foremost, if that informs suggestions at all. I'd like to feel I've surveyed my options thoroughly before going through with the purchase.
Given the option of either soap and warm water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which should I use to clean my hands?
I just started working out at my university's gym, but I have some difficulties and some questions... [more inside]
Amelie has turned me onto the occasional and random hobby of taking pictures of myself in photo booths.... [more inside]
What's the 220 V equivalent of a 120 V 40 W lightbulb? [more inside]
Am I limiting my career options in nursing by choosing pediatrics as a specialty? [more inside]
Somewhere there's a font or effect for it... [more inside]
Trying to find a name of the movie about a photographer in the Middle East. [more inside]
My husband is a over the road truck driver, need birthday gift ideas. He has a laptop and I have already gotten him a Yahtzee software game for it. Any suggestions for life on the road?
Help me diagnose and fix my Ubuntu DHCP server problem. I've tried asking a few Linux gurus and either gotten snarled at or ignored, and my google-fu is not getting it (perhaps there is no such problem other than myself). Hope me Metafilter! (detailed more inside) [more inside]
I thought that I was over my arachnophobia seven years ago, but today it came back threefold when I heard that brown recluse spiders now reside in New York City (my locale). My rickety old apartment is just teeming with nooks and crannies to worry about. Please help me sleep tonight!! [more inside]
What kind of screwdriver do I need to disassemble a Winsted Digital Desk? Model E4606 to be precise. [more inside]
Most people think most people are stupid. I hear and read this in person and all over the internet, and it drives me crazy. I want a good retort to this kind of comment. [more inside]
Why is the lid to my coffee carafe designed this way? Moving down the production chain, why is the interface between the brew basket housing and the lid is two two convex hemispheres? [more inside]
What's the bass & drum style of Flight of the Conchords Sugalumps, particularly 9th through 15th second of the video, called? Rhapsody's genres has something called Electro-Funk which includes artists like the Bass Mekanik that include test tones on some albums and Bass Transmission. I'm particularly interested in the sustained low low bass "notes," particularly when combined with higher percussion (snare) in a really danceable, but somewhat slow tempo.
Itunes tells me my iPhone has 1.06gB 'other' used space [as opposed to audio/video/apps/photos]. How do I discover *exactly* what this other is comprised of? [more inside]
I took apart the tub faucet. Now I don't know what to do, and Mr. Cyndigo will be home in two hours. HELP! [more inside]