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How to deal with an insensitive friend.

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]
posted by E-Boogie on Aug 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Shooting eyeball closeups isn't cutting it anymore

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?
posted by ye#ara on Aug 17, 2010 - 26 answers

SKUH, RUDE, SCREWED

Disputing a bill with the electric company: how to estimate electric usage of heater/central air. [more inside]
posted by samsara on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Blocked breast duct - what can I expect?

Experiences with mastitis? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Aug 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Alternate to Don Alverzo's tweezers?

One Hen, Two ducks, radio test/memory trick VS. alternate version - Are you a Turtle? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Lease Issues

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]
posted by lampshade on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me plan to fly a few places, with a service dog?

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]
posted by jesirose on Aug 17, 2010 - 18 answers

How to password protect a linked file?

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.
posted by Conductor71 on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Troubleshooting distortion within turntable.

TurntableFilter: Distortion within 'table itself requires diagnosis and repair. Troubleshooting ideas and/or audio technician recommendations near Boston, MA much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Figuring out logistics of camping & hiking in Alaska

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]
posted by Darke on Aug 17, 2010 - 4 answers

50th anniversary gift ideas for a boyfriend's parents?

What to get a new-ish boyfriend's parents for their 50th anniversary? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Twain-esque Road Trip

Road trip filter: what should we see on our trip up the Mississippi between St Louis and Iowa City? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I find out about browser-related issues when writing CSS/HTML/JavaScript?

Where can I learn about how to deal with browser-related problems when writing CSS, HTML and JavaScript for a web site? [more inside]
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

What makes me a doctor in UK?

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]
posted by hariya on Aug 17, 2010 - 8 answers

The McDonald's Counter Rush Job. Why?

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]
posted by sleslie on Aug 17, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me find the best Android resources on the net!

What are the best resources on the net for Android, in terms of apps, and the latest news? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Third time's the....nevermind.

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]
posted by motsque on Aug 17, 2010 - 59 answers

How can I prove I can drive a stick in Ontario?

How can I prove to the UK I can drive a manual transmission in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Is my homemade 'kraut supposed to smell/taste like this?

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?
posted by radioaction on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Please keep me from slowly destroying all my good stuff.

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact?

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

The Anti-Kettle

Why can't I buy the opposite of a kettle? Why aren't they commonplace? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Aug 17, 2010 - 19 answers

Biking to The Cloisters

Can/Should I visit The Cloisters by bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Aug 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Buying my first stock in a company. What should I know?

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?
posted by idyllhands on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Aren't Blue Laws Unconstitutional?

Aren't blue laws essentially religious laws and therefore unconstitutional? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 on Aug 16, 2010 - 22 answers

A date with the Supreme Court

How can we see a specific oral argument at the Supreme Court? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I get medical tape off a toddler?

Tape off a toddler? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Aug 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Philosophy of Law reading list?

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]
posted by Picklegnome on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

What midi controller do you use with Logic?

What's the best midi keyboard controller to use with Logic 9? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Aug 16, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I find doggy day care in CA (don't say search the internet!)

Can someone help me find doggy day care in Santa Clarita, CA (yes i already looked on the internet and the chamber of commerce)
posted by let444 on Aug 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Currying favor in Seattle

What is the best source of kaffir lime leaves and holy basil in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me clean my floors!

My roommate and her dogs are finally moving out. Now how do I rehabilitate the floors in my house? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Banks in the USA 3 part question: locations and ratings

Banks in the USA 3 part question: locations and ratings [more inside]
posted by artlung on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Beyond Barron's

Please recommend the best online sources for ongoing investment advice, free or paid? [more inside]
posted by beagle on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

City Mouse needs to chill

Help me relax and enjoy a long weekend in the country. The lonely, no cell signal, no internet country... [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Aug 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Will I paralyze myself and everyone I know with these pickled beans?

How can I fix this beginner's canning SNAFU? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Aug 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Bootable Ubuntu Flash drive

Booting Ubuntu from a USB flash drive [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How to not write a DJ-profile

What are some common clich├ęs, 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]
posted by LMGM on Aug 16, 2010 - 8 answers

How to exit a disagreeable contract?

My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
posted by Keysig on Aug 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Are Rollei's digital cameras rebadged?

Are modern Rollei digital point 'n shoots manufactured by someone else, and if so who? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Aug 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Outlook fails to render HTML email at all, reckons it's plain text, displays source.

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]
posted by krisjohn on Aug 16, 2010 - 6 answers

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]
posted by Defenestrator on Aug 16, 2010 - 4 answers

What can you tell me about these three men?

Can you tell me anything about this picture? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Aug 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Am I ruining my drip machine?

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.
posted by extramundane on Aug 15, 2010 - 14 answers

An ass recommends donkey-voting

What would happen if every Australian 'donkey-voted' this Saturday? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Aug 15, 2010 - 26 answers

Linux OCR

Linux script to parse all files in file tree and submit to a program? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Please recommend a reliable midsize motorcycle.

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]
posted by jfuller on Aug 15, 2010 - 26 answers

Give me all sorts of violin music.

Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Advice on the best oven / microwave combo? Thoughts on the Neff H5972N0GB?

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 :)
posted by kiwi.es on Aug 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find this great science fiction novel, please

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]
posted by cimton on Aug 15, 2010 - 12 answers

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