Food Science! Last night I saved the stock from cooking chickpeas. Today I thought to add some of the stock to hummus and found it had turned into almost a gelatin. Is this normal? What made it do that? Did the small bit of baking soda I used make a difference? Can we still use it?
Asking MetaFilter Ladies (and romantic gents): need inspiration for an awesome airport welcome! [more inside]
Is it advisable to travel to Greece this September? [more inside]
Should I take the dive? [more inside]
I need a tool to auto-format text according to my rules, such as 2 spaces between every sentence. [more inside]
UK: Is it possible to live with out Sky or Virgin and still get to see new shows by downloading legally?
UK based: I am just about to move into a rented house where cable TV is not possible and Sky TV is not an option. I could press the issue but do I really want to. Is it now possible for me to download (legally) programmes that I want to watch while they air or very soon after? [more inside]
How can I export just my footnotes/endnotes in MS Word? Without any numbers next to them, just the text? [more inside]
So how much brain damage does one actually sustain from nail polish fumes? [more inside]
Someone I met online begged me to build a website for his software idea and then stiffed me for the second and final payment even as he gushed about his delight with the site. Is it worth the trouble to go to small claims court or should I take this as a painful lesson and move on? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Large video file accidentally deleted from SD card. File has been retrieved, but somehow corrupted. [more inside]
I currently use AT&T as our broadband ISP at home. Our five-year-old modem/router just died, and since it's so old, AT&T tells me that it's no longer under warranty, and I have to buy a new one myself. Then they directed me to an AT&T Wireless retail store to go buy the equipment. But can they force me to buy one of their routers? What if I can find a comparable one cheaper somewhere else? Can they refuse me customer service or deny me installation help (which I will need - I'm hopelessly n00bulous in this department) if I don't by an "official" AT&T router? [more inside]
What is considered the best, most humane policy for dealing with street alcoholics these days? [more inside]
Every afternoon starting from 2 to about 4 p.m. I find myself exhausted beyond belief. I need tips or solutions to keep my energy up during those two hours so that I can actually *do* things instead of just enter some brain/body fog state where I can't even spell my own name right. [more inside]
LongShotFilter: I once was in a music store in Northern California and while waiting for a friend I picked up a mini acoustic guitar which was selling for around $75-150 (I think) in order to pass the time. To my great surprise, I loved the feel and sound of this cheap small guitar, and would have bought it at the time but was broke. Now I need to find it again... [more inside]
I'm looking for a movie: Scifi, set in space/on a spaceship, probably late 70s release, that has as a plot element humans hiding from a nefarious computer or machine that would stick a needle in the back of the person's head (possibly into a port) when person was caught.
I'm looking for the name of a relatively recent jazzy 40s/50s style band. They had a music video in a fake 50s (?) style, and perhaps most noticably, the two female singers were sort of hunched over one microphone. The music was quite good! But I can't remember what they or their song were called. Can anyone help?
My aunt has cancer. She has about six months left. How do I stop grieving while she's still alive? Is that possible? Also, if my grief is this bad already, what's it going to be like when she does die? Not so bad? Worse? [more inside]
Dog dementia - help! [more inside]
What can you tell me about the underground/alternative visual and performing arts scene in Cleveland, OH? [more inside]
Microsoft Word line numbering transcript query. [more inside]
What healthy snacks can I feed to my giving-up-smoking sweetie to keep his hands busy and his mind off cigarettes? [more inside]
My mother in law is going to Israel, and I want her to bring me back a cool souvenir! [more inside]
Does anyone know of any good iphone apps specific to either Boston or NYC? I live in Boston and will be visiting NYC frequently over the next few months. I'm looking for anything that is well designed and you've found useful (e.g. good public transit apps, travellers guides, stuff to keep me entertained on the train/bus while enroute in between the two or anything else that you think might be handy or fun.)
Can I buy practical but comfy shoes for my 88-year-old Nanna? Online? Other difficulties inside. [more inside]
Brownulated sugar. I think Domino's calls this a new product but I swear I remember it from my youth, so sometime in the 60s or 70s. Anybody else remember this product name?
What song played during the big fight at the end of last Monday's episode of Chuck? (Link inside) [more inside]
Help us identify the model of this oldish desktop. [more inside]
What is the best way for someone to peel an orange, if they have short fingernails? Assume growing longer nails, or eating the orange cut into slices are not favorable options. [more inside]
I'm trying to decide between grad school and moving to NYC to be a software developer. Please de-romanticize that latter option for me. [more inside]
I was not conned, but my friend will not re-pay loan. [more inside]
I'm looking to pick up a TV series on DVD. I'm fine with buying used DVDs, but some eBay sellers worry me. I see folks who offer the same collected sets, using the same pictures, and the whole set is selling for significantly less if I bought the seasons individually. Are they trustworthy? Or am I unaware of large discount sales where these people might get their stock? More queries inside. [more inside]
Replacing broken drop-in oven with another...plug-n-play or some disassembly required? [more inside]
I need help identifying the very first (Chinese) song in this short film. I remember my mum having it on her mix tape when I was a young girl. Thank you in advance!
Cheap / free options for garden record-keeping? [more inside]
Can I *Gift* a friend in Portland, OR with several months of the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network? [more inside]
I'm looking for the artist behind this drawing of Bender (the robots) head. From what I can remember it was apart of a series of similar head drawings which included Darth Vader and Homer Simpson. I believe the artist was selling t-shirts on his website.
What happened to my PC and why did it stop? Alienware Area 51 ALX, twin Nvidia 880 cards, Win7 32 bit. On Friday, I got a BSOD and then the system immediately re-booted. On boot, instead of the normal POST hardware enumeration screen, I got what appeared to be random characters and then Win7 went to start-up repair mode. Several cycles of this did no good. Backup was out of date (yes, I know, stupid of me,) so managed to get to a command prompt from the Win7 install DVD and run XCOPY to copy my entire user file to external HD. Took 3 days, I guess running under CMD wouldn't allow USB Speeds. Today, the file copy finally finishing last night, I started the machine intending to run Memtest 86 from CD, it started right up. [more inside]
I've come to possess an antique lie detector. How do I find out how much it might be worth? [more inside]
Free/low cost legal help in Suffolk County, NY [more inside]
Help me figure out which drugs I need to get through my next dental appointment. [more inside]
My gas hob/stove/cooktop doesn't have gas anymore, in any of the 4 rings. Our gas boiler appears to be working fine as we're still getting heating and hot water. The electric oven on the same appliance also works fine. The ignition works, it's just there's no gas coming through, but there was yesterday. What is wrong, and what do I do?
Looking for a poem about Life in the form of a product review. More details that I remember about the poem below the fold. [more inside]
ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
These shoes, I must have them. [more inside]
I've had a problem prone 2007 Mini Cooper S which is now in the dealer's shop after a major (potentially fatal) failure. Not being a mechanic, I'm really curious if I'm being fed a line of bulls**t. [more inside]
Recommend Me Some Books Filter (I know this happens a lot) [more inside]
Where can I purchase Carlos Drummond de Andrade's poetry in Portuguese and English? Portuguese version is for a friend; English version is for me. [more inside]
Does photography and reproduction of a publicly displayed sign fall under fair use? [more inside]