Asking for a friend: Is it legal for an employer (in Ontario, Canada) to structure an employment contract that requires the employee to stay and work for the company for a minimum period of time (say, one year)? [more inside]
I recently got a pressure canner for Christmas, and, being the treehugger that I am, I would like to eat local and join a CSA. Anyone have any advice for finding a good one near the Somerset county, NJ region? [more inside]
Is a recovered onside kick such as at the beginning of the 2nd half of tonight's Super Bowl when the ball is touched by the receiving team before it travels 10 yards but not recovered by them considered a turnover by the receiving team? [more inside]
What's the magic word for finding Super Bowl highlights on YouTube or elsewhere before they are deleted? [more inside]
It's time to begin my dream garden - help me design it! I've always dreamt of being self-sufficient enough to virtually take my family off the food grid. Last year we moved to a house with an acre of land, all woods, and as soon as this latest snow dump disappears the contractors will arrive and clear approximately 5,000 sf of it (out-of-scale pictures here). I'm poised on the brink of drawing up plans and am eager for some input; I've got the wee beginnings of an orchard coming in March, plus the beds will be built of harvested timbers and thus fairly permanent, so I want to get the design right the first time. [more inside]
I'm applying to study abroad in Russia. Problem is, I'm torn between studying in Moscow or St. Petersburg. [more inside]
When are the ceremonies for appointment to the Order of the British Empire held? [more inside]
How do I properly credit popular (presumably copyrighted) popular music when quoting lyrics in the context of original fiction being released under Creative Commons? [more inside]
Will a renewed U.S. passport have the same ID number as the original? [more inside]
Pros and cons of starting an online vintage fashion store in the UK? [more inside]
creating my own "cloud" backup? [more inside]
How much does it cost for the city clerk's signature to be verified, on both a marriage license and a marriage certificate, by the county clerk of New York County? I cannot find this information anywhere and I need it for an apostille. [more inside]
My 6 year old is getting ready to start taking violin lessons (taking Suzuki method). What can I expect and what do you recommend to give her the best results? [more inside]
Bulk herb shops in southern Ohio/northern Kentucky? (Kava kava, valerian, etc.) [more inside]
Can you identify this house song? [more inside]
How can I treat puppy ringworm at home/over-the-counter? [more inside]
Dell says my Studio 1535 doesn't support Win7. Should I install it anyway? [more inside]
"My SmartyPants are made from the fiber of a indigenous tree-plant in the south of Durkadurkastan where the Tree of Life was rumored to have been planted in 846BC by sabertooth tiger shepherds..."
My fiance has male answer syndrome. Lately, I have found myself getting irritated almost after every sentence. How do I change my perception/attitude so I can handle this with grace and humor instead of anger and stabbing?
I need recommendations from people experienced with setting up a dead-simple online store. [more inside]
Tell me your recipes that include rice. [more inside]
My car was stolen. What else should I be doing that I haven't done yet? [more inside]
I was up in the mountains this morning and got curious about avalanches. Specifically: has anyone skied (or ridden) post-avalanche snow? Does it act like powder, hard-pack, or something totally different? Bonus points if anyone's done this in the Tahoe area.
I'm in a mid-twenties rut. Please help me think of activities, classes, or organizations in NYC I can partake in to get me active and motivated! [more inside]
Quotefilter: I'm looking for a quote about having suffered many things only some of which happened. CS Lewis? [more inside]
How do I fix the clock alarm on an old GE stove? Photo and details inside. [more inside]
[DinnerEmergencyFilter] Accidentally cooked two pork chops for 60 min rather than 30 min - chops are tough and sad looking. How to salvage for dinner guest arriving in 30 minutes?
Chops were baked for 60 min (should have been 30) at 350 degrees, smothered in green apples and a thin caramel sauce of butter, brown sugar, and salt. Any ideas on how to fix this? I'm a sad bird.
Does anyone know a good (not too expensive) accountant in San Francisco? [more inside]
Your most unusual Bisquick recipe? [more inside]
When I connect to my office via VPN, I cannot access my local network, which uses the same IP addressing scheme as the remote network. I'm tired of disconnecting and reconnecting to control my music player. Would setting up a DNS server locally solve this? Do I still have to change the IP addresses of my local devices? [more inside]
Three weeks ago my home was burgled and my jewelry box (with all its contents) was stolen. Super shoppers of MeFi, can you help me find another jewelry box just like the one I had? [more inside]
I am looking for gift type products that either incorporate roses, are rose scented, rose flavored, etc.. for my elderly mother-in-law. [more inside]
My 11 year old son wants a LOTR themed birthday party. I'm ashamed to admit this, but have never watched all three movies. He's much more knowledgeable about all things LOTR than I. Help!! We've had a tough year, and I truly want to make this party a blast for him. (One party to rule them all, as he says!) [more inside]
I am searching for a specific wallpaper site [more inside]
Anti-psychotics and weight gain. How do I shut off my mindless eat switch? [more inside]
What is the best (or just your favorite) book about the home front in the United States during World War I or the early 20th century? [more inside]
Help identify this Japanese travel show featuring a guy in a green caterpillar outfit. [more inside]
A friend and her boyfriend bought a mixed use building in California, living in 1/2 and opening a business in the other 1/2. They broke up and friend moved out, ex stayed and doesn't want to sell or contribute. Any options? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a church in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, preferably with one with a lot of young people (20s-30s). I'd really appreciate if current members or visitors could chime in with their experiences. [more inside]
If I joined the US Air Force Reserve with a master's degree in aerospace engineering from a good school, what kind of work would they put me in? [more inside]
I have a Mac Mini that I'm using as a media center running Plex. I want to be able to watch the media stored there (a couple terabytes of AVIs, MP4s, etc...) from anywhere I am, on a laptop or hopefully even on my iPhone. Is there any hardware/software solution that will help with this? [more inside]
What laptop manufacturers are the best when it comes to build quality and which should be avoided? [more inside]
Where can I find curing salt/pink salt in DC? [more inside]
What are your tricks for making everyday chores exciting? [more inside]
Is there a stigma associated with being a part of a production of the Vagina Monologues? [more inside]
Should I eat it? Duck fat from one week ago. [more inside]
Why is my cat using her litter box to poop but not to pee? [more inside]
I want to do something similar to this London artist's idea...but when I think about it I quickly get mired in the logistics. Can you help me decide if I could do something like this that would be environmentally correct plus not cost me money personally? "Art bin" [more inside]
If You've Got or Remember "Free Enterprise" (1998), Help Me Figure Out This Impression/Accent/Reference
Free Enterprise (1998): Robert: "She's a hot little spicy salsa number." 15 minutes, 13 seconds into the film. Who is he doing an impression of? If not a particular person, what archetype or accent?
What do I do with dried black eyed peas? [more inside]
Finally realizing that competitive cycling (for me, triathlons), like swimming, is as much a matter of skill as it is of cardiovascular strength, i've been studying the science behind pedaling. To date I've come to the conclusion that there are "mashers", those who grind the downstroke, and there are "spinners," those who try to keep equal pressure on the pedal throughout it's revolution. I ask fellow cyclists (those who even think about these things) whether one style is preferable over the other. There's no general concensus. My question is this: to get into a spinning mode with a big gear, don't you at least have to mash to build up momentum, at which time the spinning takes over? In other words, is there a transition? I do all the drills (one leg pedaling, the push-your-toe-to-the-end-of-your-shoe at about 11 o'clock on the stroke, the 9-and-3 focus) and I can't get the hang of one (mashing) or the other (spinning). Anyone have a similar experience and, hopefully, a provisional answer? Thanks.