I started a new birth control pill. Then, unexpectedly, a bunch of my old birth control showed up in the mail. Now what do I take? [more inside]
Older relative could use an iPod Touch, but she's baffled by the interface and easily flustered. Ideas for helping her learn to use the Touch? [more inside]
Parents of 3+ year olds! How do you deal with being tired *all the time*? I've gone from being single and childless and in my early 30s to being the boyfriend of a mother of two boys (3 and 7). Things are astonishingly good between us, and the boys are great (albeit a lot of hard work, even according to their Mum), but I'm *so* tired after helping out with the boys - it's all the games of tag, the nerf gunfights, the question and answer sessions, etc. We're really enjoying ourselves, but ohmigod I'm exhausted. Help me not feel like I'm letting the side down at home with my housemates, at her place, out and about with my friends and at work. Other than 'coffee', 'more sleep' and 'less time with the girlfriend and the boys' (done, done, and ain't gonna happen), what are your protips for fighting off tiredness and irascibility?
I'm looking for the name of an old PC game - a top down shooter arcade style PC game in which you fought hordes of enemies. [more inside]
My wife is traveling to New Orleans this weekend, and I'd like her to pick me up a (vinyl) record or two. The place she's staying is on the edge of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. Can anyone recommend some cool record stores in that general vicinity where she could pick up N.O. jazz/blues vinyl? I've done a bit of searching, but most of the places I've found seem to stock mostly CDs.
Can I Eat It Halloween Edition: We bought two giant bags of Willy Wonka assorted candy for Halloween (mostly so I could steal all the BottleCaps). We only went through one, the other is unopened. Can I save it until next year? There's no expiration date that I can find, and the stuff is nothing but sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
Please help me ace the event planning component of this job interview! [more inside]
What are currently the best books about Large Hadron Collider physics for someone with a reasonable background in physics (eg an undergraduate degree), rather than the purely lay reader? I already plan on getting the pop-up book for the fun of it and I'm not interested in conspiracy theories about it gobbling up the universe. The limits of current knowledge and how the experiments will add to this are what I'm interested in, so the best of the latest books that provide the relevant context are also welcome. Thanks!
What's the best (easiest, safest, fastest) way to get from Saratoga Springs to Manhattan (and Back) on Thursday? I could drive but I don't think I want to deal with parking? [more inside]
How do I end this relationship with a jerk gracefully with minimum drama? [more inside]
Help Me Be A Good Web Editor! Please? Hi! The media outlet where I work has recently started a news web site, and I'm the editor. I have a vague idea of what I'm doing, but the actual copyediting-type-stuff I've been doing to AP print standards. I don't have a specific question, but generally, I'd really like to get some of the "official" basics of web editing down. I looked on mediabistro and they don't seem to have a class for this, and I looked on Amazon but I'm not sure about those books. Any suggestions for resources? I'd love either a class or a book that's as useful as the AP Guide, but for print. Your thoughts, hivemind?
I cannot find any explanation nor can I reproduce 'Error! Filename not specified.' being displayed in Outlook Web Access as shown to me in an HTML email. [more inside]
Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed? [more inside]
Say a group of citizens in a fairly progressive US state wanted to run an initiative campaign [i.e., pass a law by popular vote] that would implement one big, state-wide renewable energy effort. What should it be? [more inside]
Help a dude with a Cuisinart ice cream maker come up with a recipe for Guiness-butterscotch ice cream. [more inside]
So. Background: I'm in great shape. Eat well. Drink lightly. Work out at the gym a couple times a week and do martial arts. I'm also in my late twenties. Last few days I've had a tight feeling in the front of my chest, like a dull, centralized ache. I suppose it could be muscle pain, I did change my workout routine recently. But I've also found myself really short on breath intermittently. (It's hard to describe, kind of a fluttery, panic attack, 'can't catch your breath,' 'butterfly in my heart' feeling.) Coincidence? Could be. So the question is, should I be running off to see a doctor? I know they say to consult a doctor about ANY chest pain, but who likes to see doctors, and why would my heart be ailing anyway? I'm inclined to pass it off as nothing, but...
I need a poem about running/runners. The poem will be read at a banquet for a college's cross country team (coed). It should be short and accessible.
Who wins? The spouse who wants to pay the thousands of dollars to fix what's wrong with their cat or the spouse who doesn't. [more inside]
Can I use the subway to cross the path of the NYC Marathon? [more inside]
My family needs a sunny, warm, winter vacation without traveling through time zones of more than an hour (we're in Toronto, and jet lag affects our daughter in a horrific way). Challenge: quaint, walkable (would be GREAT if we didn't need to rent a car for the week), interesting, dare I say funky? Guide us, Metafilter.
Asking for a non-MeFi friend: new business idea seeking creative input Combine the old Google Answers with Facebook - ask your friends for answers and offer a bounty for the best one. [more inside]
Are there any documented examples of people moving from a bunch of 3rd party services like Flickr, Vimeo, or Tumblr "back" to the centralized, does-everything, monolithic my-own-website model? [more inside]
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
Before I go spending a lot of money on a pair of Ortilieb panniers are there any other panniers I should be thinking about? [more inside]
Help me find examples of people who are trying to change the world by pursuing Big IdeasTM. [more inside]
Where can I get a radio small enough to fit into my ear and be invisible so I can listen to information [more inside]
I recently broke up with a guy and now am considering asking if he'll take me back. Thinking my way around issues of the heart never works for me. But sometimes I can't feel my way around them either. [more inside]
I'm looking for short, humorous movie/TV clips of people who've lost it all. Wailing, moaning, gnashing of teeth preferred. [more inside]
origin of the hiphop music video booty row? watching Eric B. & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique (video). (dont know the exact term, mybe ass-in-a-row? see example @1:09 so... looking for earlier examples and research on the subject. [more inside]
A friend is traveling to Paris, France to stay for 2-5 days. He's a Bahamian citizen, which seems to indicate he'll need a visa for sure. Here's the twist: he's en route, and may have only a day to try to get any paperwork taken care of. Does he stand a chance of getting a visa through, or should he turn back now? The US French Consulate does not give out visa information by phone, and I've trying contacting Customs and the Police at Charles De Gaulle Airport (+33 1 48 62 31 22). Unfortunately, I don't speak French, and the phone system seems to be unforgiving.
What gets you going each day? [more inside]
Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
Help me find this 3 Musketeers cartoon from the 80s with a ridiculously catchy theme song! [more inside]
Does anyone attempt to breed housepets strictly for 'healthiness'? [more inside]
Which languages did James Joyce read, write, and/or speak? I've heard that he was quite the polyglot.
Youtube videos run for 1-2 seconds, then reload over and over, not playing at all. Help? [more inside]
What is it like to work as a scheduler for the President of a University? I can not seem to find a job description online and want to know what it entails. Bonus points if you know the general salary as well...
Can you recommend any wine/beer shops/distributors in the New York area? [more inside]
What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco? [more inside]
[Should I eat this filter] I hate myself for even asking this question. I made a quick delicious pasta with vodka sauce and clams for dinner late last week... and then we left the leftovers on the stove overnight. It was covered, still looks/smells delicious, and I'm really craving the leftovers. Is it safe to eat? [more inside]
Your tips for cooking cabbage and favorite cabbage recipes, please! [more inside]
Please recommend a good iPhone app or mobile-optimized website for following U.S. election returns on Tuesday night -- not just the outcome of races, but the returns of individual races as they come in. [more inside]
Is there a replacement for the even-worse-than-in-2009 Emusic? [more inside]
How can I watch election results without a TV? I dropped my cable subscription about 6 months ago, and haven't missed it... until now. How can I watch the election results roll in tomorrow night? I have broadband internet, so live streaming video would be ideal. Do you know if anyone is planning on providing a stream?
All I want for Christmas is an iPod touch. Please tell me we'll be happy together. [more inside]
Action RPGs akin to the Legend of Zelda? No turn-based fighting please. Any system. [more inside]
I ran away and joined the circus, and wrote a book about it 50 years later. [more inside]
I've started offering transcription services as part of my business, but at the moment I'm using Windows Media Player next to a Word document, switching to the player to press pause and play each time I want to stop and start. Not ideal. I learnt to audio type using a foot pedal and I'd like to do that again, so, transcribers and secretaries/PAs, please recommend! I'm in the UK and would prefer to buy something available (online is fine) within the UK. If it works with Windows Media Player, fine; if not, please recommend (inexpensive) software I could use. If you need more info, let me know!
So I'm a late-twenties bi woman, and I'm still a virgin who's never had a boyfriend or girlfriend (I prefer guys). I'm glad I waited this long, though - even when I was 18, my Asperger's had me feeling somewhat younger socially and emotionally, and I was nowhere near ready to date or do anything. But now I've reached the point where I'm ready to start meeting some nice prospects, looking for a relationship and, yes, having sex. (NSFW) [more inside]
Should I eat this? Pumpkin seeds were soaking in salt water for several days. Still okay to roast and eat? [more inside]