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Full faith and credit of the US Government or an insurance company I've never heard of

My credit union (in California) switched from being federally insured to private insurance through American Mutual Share Insurance Corporation (aka ASI). Should I put my money elsewhere? Or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance on Nov 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Visa Problems

I'm supposed to be at the Spanish Consulate in Miami getting a student visa tomorrow (appt. at 9:25am), but I don't have all the paperwork I need because some of it hasn't arrived from the school that I'll be studying at next semester(as a visiting student). What do I do? What can I do? Fun complications after the jump. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Nov 23, 2009 - 5 answers

My servos are seizing

Posting for a Roommate: His 802.11b USB adapter is unable to connect to our 801.11n network. [more inside]
posted by cabbages on Nov 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Paid-for air travel—help me save the money for later

Lots of air travel in near future. Help me survive and save money. [more inside]
posted by coolnik on Nov 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Out Damn Cat.... what now?

I sprayed my neighbour's cat with the hose and now he's missing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by taff on Nov 23, 2009 - 49 answers

What are those personalized audio cones above me at the museum?

What are the personal/individual audio cones are museums called? Is it possible to make one at home relatively inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Nov 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Oregon legal definition of good cause

I received a parking ticket, ended up paying late, and now I am looking to file an affidavit for relief. What qualifies as "good cause" in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by herda05 on Nov 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Desudser?

How can I clean the soap out of my (laundry) washing machine? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 23, 2009 - 10 answers

To The Moon Alice, and BEYOND!!!

Any suggestions for a high powered telescope that is t-ring compatible (for DSLR) AND is tough and light enough for backpacking and camping? I'm thinking 40 lbs max. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 23, 2009 - 8 answers

A silkscreen a day...

What is one creative thing you do each day? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Nov 23, 2009 - 38 answers

Probably-needlessly-complicated-family-drama-filter.

So my grandfather is really sick and I haven't seen him in four years. Up until I turned eleven or twelve, our relationship was great. After that, not so much. Long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card on Nov 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Subvert the dominant, oh geez, I can't even type it

Any experience / suggestions / pearls of wisdom / recommendations for free Subversion hosting? TIA, no more inside.
posted by mwhybark on Nov 23, 2009 - 7 answers

How to make my dog have a solid stool?

What type (not brand) of dog food is good for dogs with bad gas and soft stool? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Nov 23, 2009 - 22 answers

Why do my lungs hurt?

Lung pain brought on by sudden exercise - possible causes/solutions? [more inside]
posted by Salieri on Nov 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Did she imagine this book?

[Obscure book filter] Anyone remember a book about a grandfather hired to make a notebook to teach someone's daughter about the world, but he secretly makes two copies? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Where do I find a Nepalese hat in Oregon?

I'm looking for a local store that carries Nepalese hats (the kind with ear flaps and a tassle). Found lots on line, but I'd prefer to shop in person for this so I can try a bunch on before picking the pattern. REI appears to carry them, I'd prefer something along the smallish import store style. (Can one really shop local for an import item?) Location - I'm in Oregon, between Salem and Eugene, so recommendations in either city would be fine.
posted by dorey_oh on Nov 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Difficulty of writing and speaking English?

Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 23, 2009 - 37 answers

Information literacy in higher ed?

I'm looking for information on methods of introducing information literacy in higher education. [more inside]
posted by pahool on Nov 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Journal Of Tanzanian Meat Sciences

I'm looking for strange magazines to give as gift subscriptions. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 23, 2009 - 34 answers

Slick ideas for a seven-day countdown?

Help me count down from my wife's birthday to her Special Surprise. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 23, 2009 - 7 answers

PowerMac life extension

Squeezing a bit more out of a PowerMac G5... [more inside]
posted by omnidrew on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Sorry for your loss and by the way you're a terrible person

I've been told that it's not uncommon for friends to either ignore or drop you after you've been through the process of death/dying of a loved one. Good or bad, sometimes people just can't deal with that type of situation. However I've had 2 friends in recent months go off on me, tell me that I'm a terrible person, and that I'd said/done something that offended me so much that they don't want to be my friend anymore. Both accusations took me by surprise and I'm now wondering, did they wait to say anything to me until after my loved one passed? [more inside]
posted by green_flash on Nov 23, 2009 - 15 answers

give me a sign! women and their ways to show they like you

i'm absolutely smitten by this girl. i find myself constantly thinking about her. but what are the signs of that she may an interest back? [more inside]
posted by sniperantics on Nov 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Can I order prepared black recado online?

Is there someplace I can order prepared black recado (aka recado negro aka chilmole) online? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Nov 23, 2009 - 2 answers

The left side is the right side, and the right side is the wrong side.

[Possible Pipe Dream Filter] I used to ride horses competitively, and recently am longing to hang out with horses again. I'm not looking to compete, nor do I want to take lessons or go on guided trail rides, since I already know how to ride. I just want to get back into riding for the fun of it. What are my options, if any? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Nov 23, 2009 - 14 answers

I could almost handle the headaches, but I can I handle the stupids?

Tips & tricks for adapting to the side effects of Topamax (topiramate) for a full-time office worker & part-time grad student? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Nov 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Help us recreate iconic film costumes for our holiday party

[CostumeFilter]: My company is having a Hollywood-themed holiday party in two weeks. Please help me think of a good costume for myself and my boyfriend. Difficulty factors: He has a beard, I'm short and curvy. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Nov 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Compare these brands of jeans

I'd like a comparison of CK, Levi's, Dickies and Lee jeans. [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Nov 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Filter for Flickr feeds

How would I filter out a single user's images from a Flickr pool's feed? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Nov 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Cloned drive won't boot

How do I get a new hard drive, that's been cloned from my primary drive, to boot as the new primary drive? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove on Nov 23, 2009 - 8 answers

First wedding anniversary paper/origami gift ideas?

My husband and I will be celebrating our first (paper) wedding anniversary this Friday. We're really short on funds, so I'm thinking of folding him something with origami and writing our vows or a poem on the unfolded paper... Any suggestions on what to fold? [more inside]
posted by saileyn on Nov 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Hot, dangerous… rock music?

Help me make a raunchy rock playlist! [more inside]
posted by nuala on Nov 22, 2009 - 61 answers

Possessive?

Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Nov 22, 2009 - 14 answers

It wasn't kosher but does it matter?

Should I apologize (or otherwise acknowledge our "oops") for cooking my Jewish co-worker's family a decidedly non-kosher dish following the birth of their first child? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Nov 22, 2009 - 40 answers

Digital Camera Recommendations for Smoggy China

Digital Camera Recommendations for Smoggy China [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Nov 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Canadian Bluetooth Blues

Jabra Stone Bluetooth earpiece availablility in Canada? If not, recommendations for quality Bluetooth headsets that aren't grotesque? [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace on Nov 22, 2009 - 1 answer

How to handle Christmas stay envy?

What's the best way to stand up to my mother about Christmas and to handle her jealousy about our better relationship with my partner's parents? She's determined to make the holiday season into a zero sum game with my partner's mother [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Nov 22, 2009 - 42 answers

Don't mean to pry...

Need to replace a toilet seat. The hardware seems to be fixed fast to the throne; the screw is all rusty, there's a plastic-y sort of nut that has resisted all my attempts to pry off with a wrench. Would really like to do this myself and avoid having to call in a plumber. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Nov 22, 2009 - 20 answers

Riddle me crazy

This is starting to get seriously depressing - I'm no nearer to solving this riddle than I was 3 freaking hours ago. (Neither is my husband - and he's the smart one.) [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder on Nov 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Muffin book

MuffinFilter: Looking for a book details muffin recipes which range from run of the mill (but delicious) plain muffins thorough to healthy, alternative muffin recipes using non-wheat flours (spelt etc). [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Nov 22, 2009 - 2 answers

A day or two in Sicily? Worth the trouble of getting there?

Is a quick trip to Sicily worth it? I've got a ticket to fly to Rome 4-11 December, and am considering a quick trip to Sicily (max 3 days, min 1 day) via a low-cost air carrier. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Nov 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Rental of Fujitsu ScanSnap (or Similar) in Chicago Area? Or General Advice?

At some point in the future, I'd like to follow the recommendations of some various sites I've seen online and scan most of my paper archives to PDF. It looks like this would be the best solution (I'm a Mac user) – or, at least, that's the device I've seen recommended a few million times. However, I really can't see having the discretionary $417+ to purchase this device, not for a very, very long time. Does anyone offer this device for rental? (I live in Chicago.) Is there a RipDigital equivalent for this kind of thing (a very long time ago, they did the initial move of my music from CDs to MP3s)? Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as good?
posted by WCityMike on Nov 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Too niche for the hive mind?

Recommendations for "let's play videogame X" videos? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Nov 21, 2009 - 11 answers

(UK) mobile phone operator?

Is their a "decent" UK mobile phone operator? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Nov 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Cream, Whey and What?

What sort of dairy product did I inadvertently create? Bad housekeeping details under the fold... queasy stomachs beware! [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 on Nov 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Name-that-Film-Filter:

Name that Film-Filter: I'm trying to think of the name of a movie that I'd like to buy before the liquidation of a nearby Blockbuster comes to a close. High fantasy, vignettes, made less than five years ago. [more inside]
posted by fook on Nov 21, 2009 - 6 answers

70s TV show with female, puppet hosts?

Please help me ID this American TV show/special/variety hour from the '70s featuring life-sized female puppets/marionettes - or prove to me that I am indeed halluciremembering. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Nov 21, 2009 - 5 answers

places to stay in Provincetown, MA?

Suggestions for places to stay in Provincetown, Massachusetts over the Christmas Holidays? Looking for guest houses or vacation rentals. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Nov 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Why do we refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name?

Why do we refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name? Seems unconventional.
posted by found missing on Nov 21, 2009 - 16 answers

chinese language educational software for native chinese speaking kids

my kids (ages 3 and 6) are beginning to learn chinese. i am looking for useful materials and strategies to get them fluent. i don't speak chinese. one thing that helped a lot in learning spanish (their second language) was spanish language education software that targets native spanish speakers ages 3 to 5. does anyone have any recommendations both for the chinese educational software of this type and how to buy it when you don't speak chinese. there is absolutely nothing more daunting than a chinese language web site.
posted by alcahofa on Nov 21, 2009 - 20 answers

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