Suggestions on how to deal with a friend who is unwittingly insensitive to others despite being quite sensitive herself. I would like to figure out a tactful way to push back on specific insensitive comments. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
I've been tasked at school to photograph a negative emotion. I had a plan in place which broke to bits when I forgot my camera at school over the weekend. I need to shoot something tomorrow, but I'm having trouble being more creative than some crude and banal ideas for photographs of fear. I can't find inspiration online - all I come up with is crappy stock photography. Can you please point out for me good online and free resources on scene staging in films, resources on photographing emotions or good examples of emotional photos?
Disputing a bill with the electric company: how to estimate electric usage of heater/central air. [more inside]
Experiences with mastitis? [more inside]
One Hen, Two ducks, radio test/memory trick VS. alternate version - Are you a Turtle? [more inside]
I live with two other people in an apartment in Illinois. The lease holder of the apartment was just hospitalized for what be an extrended period and myself and the other apartment-mate are not on the lease. [more inside]
Do travel agencies exist any more? If so, will it be worth it to use one for this trip? Can they make it easier to travel with my owner-trained service animal? [more inside]
I need to send an MP3 music file to a number of email addresses. I want to do this by directing people to a download on a web link, rather than emailing the (large) file direct. I also want to be able to password-protect the file in that link (either the file or the link), so the music doesn't get passed around beyond the list of recipients. Does anyone know of any good resources for this? Thanks, oh wise ones.
TurntableFilter: Distortion within 'table itself requires diagnosis and repair. Troubleshooting ideas and/or audio technician recommendations near Boston, MA much appreciated! [more inside]
Camping in Alaska: I'm looking to camp at the Eklutna Lake campgrounds 3 weeks from now on way to a 4 day sojourn into Denali State Park. However, I can't reserve a spot in advance. How likely is it that there will be no free campgrounds available, being slightly after the end of the summer season? What are some similar quality campgrounds in the "between Anchorage & Denali" zone if Eklutna is fully booked? [more inside]
What to get a new-ish boyfriend's parents for their 50th anniversary? [more inside]
Road trip filter: what should we see on our trip up the Mississippi between St Louis and Iowa City? (more inside) [more inside]
What degree in the UK will allow me to call myself a medical doctor? Can I add a Dr. to my name if I do an MBBS or equivalent, or do I need to complete a specialization? [more inside]
Why is it that at McDonald's they rush you into ordering as soon as possible? Specifically, if I'm the only person in the store who hasn't ordered and I'm away from the counter deciding what to order, they'll shout at me say, "Can I help you sir?" This only happens at McDonald's. [more inside]
What are the best resources on the net for Android, in terms of apps, and the latest news? [more inside]
Which cardinal rule of dating am I breaking? If I don't know what I'm doing wrong, how can I stop doing it? (Perhaps mildly NSFW). [more inside]
How can I prove to the UK I can drive a manual transmission in Ontario? [more inside]
I made homemade garlic beet sauerkraut (using green cabbage) and it smells a bit old gym sock (but does not taste like it). Is this how sauerkraut is supposed to smell? It also tastes mostly salty and not very sour even though I let it ferment for well over a month. Is homemade 'kraut just milder than store bought?
I have a bunch of pieces of art that I'm not displaying, but I'm not sure how I should be storing them. What's the best way to protect and preserve them (preferably without spending a zillion dollars)? [more inside]
Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
Why can't I buy the opposite of a kettle? Why aren't they commonplace? [more inside]
Can/Should I visit The Cloisters by bicycle? [more inside]
I am about to buy 2-4 shares in a company that I would like to support. This company may not last this long, but they plan to pay dividends in two years. What do I need to know, having never invested before? Are there any good tutorials on what I can expect from my stock? What about paying taxes/getting deductions if I lose money? Basically, I would be happy breaking even, but am not sure that will happen. However, I strongly support the company and wish to see it succeed. How can I minimize the losses I might face if the company goes belly up?
Aren't blue laws essentially religious laws and therefore unconstitutional? [more inside]
How can we see a specific oral argument at the Supreme Court? [more inside]
Tape off a toddler? [more inside]
I'm interested in Philosophy of Law / Jurisprudence. What primary materials should be on a reading list fit for a semester-long 400-level university course? [more inside]
What's the best midi keyboard controller to use with Logic 9? [more inside]
Can someone help me find doggy day care in Santa Clarita, CA (yes i already looked on the internet and the chamber of commerce)
What is the best source of kaffir lime leaves and holy basil in Seattle? [more inside]
My roommate and her dogs are finally moving out. Now how do I rehabilitate the floors in my house? [more inside]
Banks in the USA 3 part question: locations and ratings [more inside]
Please recommend the best online sources for ongoing investment advice, free or paid? [more inside]
Help me relax and enjoy a long weekend in the country. The lonely, no cell signal, no internet country... [more inside]
How can I fix this beginner's canning SNAFU? [more inside]
Booting Ubuntu from a USB flash drive [more inside]
What are some common clichés, patterns, or unwritten rules that you find in profiles/bios for DJs? I'm putting together a bit of writing on how DJs are marketed through the strategic presentation of their biographical information. Some examples inside. [more inside]
My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
Are modern Rollei digital point 'n shoots manufactured by someone else, and if so who? [more inside]
TechFilter: Outlook on one laptop is displaying the source of some incoming HTML emails as the email instead of rendering it. Anyone met this before? [more inside]
Looking for job experiences involving human factors or education that will help me decide which field of study to pursue.
Pre-Graduate School Question: I am interested in both human factors and education/education administration. Do you have a job related to either of these fields in some way? Can you provide a small window into this current or past job and help me decide which (if either) field to pursue? [more inside]
I make my morning coffee in a French press, but then I keep it hot by pouring it into the carafe of my drip machine while it's switched on. Is this somehow going to damage my coffee maker if I don't have any water in the reservoir? I just want the hot plate to keep it warm. Relevant info: I have the Michael Graves coffee maker from Target.
What would happen if every Australian 'donkey-voted' this Saturday? [more inside]
Linux script to parse all files in file tree and submit to a program? [more inside]
Will some of Ask's motorcycle gang please being me up to speed on the availability of a particular kind of bike? I'm looking for an around-town middleweight like the Triumph 650 I rode in college but I'm looking first of all for capital-R Reliability. I do want adequate performance, for situations like matching the speed of oncoming traffic in a short merging lane, but I'm not looking for performance of the wheelie pulling, eyeball flattening kind. What I don't want is any more experience sitting in an ever-spreading Triumph/BSA/Norton pool of oil setting valve train tolerances, after having just set them two days ago. Had enough of that to last a lifetime, thanks. [more inside]
Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
In our kitchen remodelling plans, there is no space for a microwave so we're thinking of a built-in combo. That is, an oven that also works as a microwave. Which? gives the Neff H5972N0GB a good rating but I wanted a second opinion by the Metafilter Braintrust :)
Bookfilter: In 2007 I read the first part of a science fiction novel that I would really love to find again. I'm pretty sure the basic premise was that the book was a historical/academic biography about a famous general or other important figure in a future (possibly post-apocalyptic) America. More half remembered details below! [more inside]