I liked "Robin Hood," so why didn't the critics? [more inside]
I know of Salinger's Glass family and of Hal Incandenza in Infinite Jest. Who are your other favorite fictional child/adolescent geniuses? Literature preferred, although films are okay, too.
What is the best way to go about creating a simple iPhone database access application? I'm looking to create an application which, although it could be very easily done in a web-based manner through the combination of php and mysql, I'd like the data to all be stored locally on the iPhone, in the app itself. [more inside]
Looking to identify a passage from Shakespeare that someone gave me written in French. [more inside]
Wubbo Ockels blew up my brain. Does anyone who actually understands physics have an an educated take on his theory of time and gravity? [more inside]
What are the ethical implications (if any) of taking a job with no intentions of staying with the company long-term? [more inside]
How do I unfreeze my iPhone? Difficulty: the power-down/sleep button doesn't work, so I can't do the manual reset by holding down the two buttons. [more inside]
Can anyone identify this still life? Spotted on another site today, but no attribution was given. I really like the colors and would like to find a print of it. Tineye and revimg were no help.
Am I doing phase 1 of the south beach diet correctly? [more inside]
I need a list of video games adapted from books (or graphic novels). [more inside]
Is it possible for a US American to buy a part from a Japanese junk yard? How? [more inside]
How to cook steak (slow) on a grill? I heard a call-in segment on the Splendid Table about cooking steaks at a very low temperature on a grill but now I can't find the instructions online. [more inside]
Twenty-something Canadian girl would like some financial and investing advice. [more inside]
How long can one keep an unopened bottle of quality white wine past its vintage year? [more inside]
Is there a Firefox extension that will let you hover over keywords on the page and have it show a quick summary from wikipedia?
Is there a Firefox extension that will let you hover over keywords on the page and have it show a quick summary from wikipedia? I'm using a Firefox Extension from evri.com that does this, but it also comes with an ugly toolbar. If you hide the toolbar, the functionality goes away, but I really like it. (Example.) Is there anything like this? That maybe does it better? Most importantly is it bringing this data in dynamically without me having to spawn a new window or leave the page.
What does this apparently Asian writing say? I found it chalked on a wall last night in DC.
Trying to find the name of the song that was played in episode 405 "Inside Job" between the opening story about Ira's friend who was ripped off by her bookkeeper and act one. Tried to Shazam it, but to no avail. I made a clip of it, which can be downloaded here: http://sean.dwyer-personal.s3.amazonaws.com/TAL-Unknown-Song.mp3
I'm a former Blackberry user who hasn't used one for over a year, but who may have to switch back. I need to know if anything has changed/improved in how the Blackberry works with Gmail, Gcal, and Google's Contacts, specifically the Curve 2 (8530). [more inside]
Heading down to Boston Monday night to see Pearl Jam at the Garden. Don't want to take the train (from Portland, ME) since the last one will likely leave before the show ends. What is my best parking option for like a 7 hour stretch (6p-1a)? [more inside]
INDIE SONG ID: What is the song in this video? The song starts playing at 3:06 in this video by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I have some general questions about living, anonymous kidney donation. [more inside]
How do movies find real newborn babies for birth scenes? [more inside]
In Donald Westlake's "What's So Funny", the macguffin is a jeweled chess set that weighs 680 lbs. This doesn't seem possible! [more inside]
Why does fontina cheese give me a stomachache? [more inside]
What travel products do you actually use? [more inside]
What's it like to work in or own a business that uses the "open book" financial management system? [more inside]
What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer and fibromyalgia, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised) [more inside]
A ghost terrorizing my children is one thing; ...it's another thing entirely when he starts playing my Theremin!
My wife is turning 50 next month and, as is the tradition, I was thinking I'd buy her a Theremin. Is this a good gift for my wife? You know my wife, right? [more inside]
Comcast and L2TP VPN tunnels: One location works great, the other not so much. Where am I going wrong? [more inside]
What are the best shade-tolerant, ultra-low-maintenance plants for my mom's terraced flowerbed? [more inside]
AnecdoteCyclingFilter: What are your experiences cycling in downtown Minneapolis/Saint Paul? [more inside]
Help me find this Rilke poem? [more inside]
I'm looking to generate a cross-cultural list of famous young talents (singers, actors, dancers younger than ~20, from any time in history) that are/were widely considered to be precociously charming. Idols and starlets, if you will. Is/was there a Russian Donny Osmond? An Indian Justin Timberlake? Who's the quintessential Morning Musume girl?
Where should we stay in Portland, OR, for 3 days after a conference? (specific details inside) [more inside]
Where can I get a filtered, sorted, list of Ipad (or IPhone) lists? [more inside]
Lefties looking for a place to call home. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a downloadable bios patch to fix sound problems on an HP Pavillion PC? I need it! [more inside]
My dad plans to open up a small coffee shop -- how can I become more knowledgeable about such an endeavor so that I can be a better resource and support for him? [more inside]
How is my academic history going to be treated as a prospective law student in Canada? [more inside]
My colleagues are working in animal science and are often using the term "loi de réponse de l'animal" to describe how biological parameters (e.g. milk production in dairy cows) change in response to a stimulus (e.g. modifying the diet). Potential English translations such as "animal response law(s)" do not seem correct. The concept seems pretty simple, so is there an obvious English translation that would cover this?
What are the requirements to set up a political party in Australia to run in the next election? I'm presuming we would need to get 10^n signatures, and pay a fee, but does anyone know the specifics? [more inside]
Argh! What's happened to my fonts in Opera on linux? [more inside]
Could a tablet PC or a device like an iPad feasibly be used instead of paper notes in public speaking? [more inside]
Help me eat like an athlete for a week. [more inside]
Help me find interesting, dark Beatles covers. [more inside]
A friend is considering going to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for "Web Design and New Media" with the goal of becoming a web designer. Questions are (a) Is this school well-regarded by potential employers and (b) is it a good value for the tuition? They have zero interest in doing straight programming without design work involved.
Oakland, CA DMV: The next available appointment isn't until June 3rd. But years ago I went for an "appointment" and it didn't seem to mean anything - I still waited forever. Can I just show up without an appointment and wait in line forever now instead of on the 3rd? This is for a lost driver's license replacement.
What to wear the regional Emmys? [more inside]
What can I get my friend as a present for her second baby? I don't want to get the usual baby stuff, but something special and yet useful. Give me your best suggestions! Baby is a girl.