January 2006 Archives

January 31

Help me protect my new headphones!

What's the best way to protect my headphones when I'm on the move and not using them? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Gotta eat them all!

Who was the person who famously intended to eat one of every animal? [more inside]
posted by scodger at 11:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Name That Tune :: PBS ThirteenHD Promo

Name that tune please :: PBS is great, and the songs in their promos are actually just as good. Currently running is a promo that ends with the words; "Be More ~ ThirteenHD" (this is PBS Thirteen's High-Def channel which they broadcast in NYC & possibly elsewhere?). The music which accompanies it is a piece that I'd classify as sort of a Blues/Rock/Jazz instrumental. My Question: Name that tune!?! [more inside]
posted by Jhaus at 11:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Oh oh ohhhohhhhoh oh, oh oh. Oh oh ohhohhohhhhh - oh oh!

Commercial filter: That Listerine commercial featuring Tarzan Boy... Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 10:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Granny's got a habit...of spending too much.

Help me keep a compulsive shopper from getting more credit cards. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Help with habitually stinky clothing.

Does anyone have any recommendations for dealing with chronically stinky articles of clothing? [more inside]
posted by mragreeable at 9:24 PM PST - 20 comments

I might as well be printing potato chips.

I picked up an HP LaserJet IIIp printer a few days ago. Its great, I love how the output looks, but any paper that goes through (regardless of which output tray I use) gets ruffled. I just tried an envelope, and the envelope came out with ridges every 1/2" or so. This can't be right... any idea whats wrong and how to fix it?
posted by devilsbrigade at 9:15 PM PST - 7 comments

stumped for the hols

Stumped. Please give me some ideas for a holiday. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 9:14 PM PST - 10 comments

where can I find cheap t-shirts?

where can I find a great deal on bulk t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by psychobum at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

How to look up a lawyer's history?

I have a friend here in New York who has a major personal injury case starting very soon dealing with his child. Involved is a major chain, and some serious plastic surgery. Is there a database to check out some of the lawyers who are in contact with my friend - about their history, wins / losses, etc?
posted by eatdonuts at 8:48 PM PST - 18 comments

what's cool in europe?

What do you recommend to do in Europe? [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 8:35 PM PST - 39 comments

Pseudonym tracking

Is there anyway to find the real names of current authors who use pen names? presumably, the author isn't deep undercover. [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments


How can I become more handy? I suppose based on my upbringing, I never had to, or had the chance to be.....handy. For Christmas my brothers get tools, and I get...not-tools. My roomate MacGyver has no problem taking apart the engine on his boat, installing something on our roof, or building an elaborate tunnel to escape the throws of our evil landlord. I feel inadequate. I feel intimidated and overwhelmed just walking into Home Depot or Autozone. Could it be possible that I don't have the right stuff to be handy, or do I need to just put my 'hand' in something. I would love to have the confidence and skills to build a tree fort with full electric and plumbing. Help a brother find his handy-ness!
posted by jasondigitized at 7:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me get rid of these green rocks in my faucets.

Green "rocks" in my plumbing fixtures: what are they? [more inside]
posted by chazlarson at 6:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Who are Oscar and Emmy's parents?

Who are Oscar and Emmy's parents? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 6:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you figure out what video card this is?

I can't identify this video card. Help! Windows 2000 won't autodetect it, and I can't find any markings on it to help me figure out what it is so I can install the proper drivers. The only clue is the ATI logo. Two pictures: Front, Back. (big jpgs)
posted by atom128 at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my cats drink water from the bowl?

My cats will NOT drinks from their water bowl. Why, oh why not? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 4:40 PM PST - 45 comments

Is semi-swinging ok? Does it work?

My soon-to-be fiance and I are both quite in love. However, we met and had a child when we were both younger then we wanted to be to settle down with one person. She suggested (and I'm considering) dating other people while still being together. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 3:45 PM PST - 79 comments

How do I change /Developer/ to /Applications/Developer/ in OS X

A stupid Apple Xcode question. [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 3:29 PM PST - 13 comments

this is why i shouldn't be a manager

tax idiot filter: I need to get some things postmarked today. It's 6:30pm where I am. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 3:29 PM PST - 14 comments

US Arts Funding Compared to Other Countries

I know that the US has lower per capita arts funding than comparable countries. How do countries outside the US characterize arts funding and subsidies? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 2:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me destroy a junk car and my electoral opponents!

Help me destroy a junk car and my electoral opponents! (Well, actually, I just need help to obtain the car... we can handle destruction...) [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How does Mac OS X know what program to open when you double click on a file?

How does Mac OS X know what program to open when you double click on a file? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the best political websites?

What are your favorite websites of political candidates and why? What do you like about them - hate about them? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

News site offering "briefings" on news stories?

I’m looking for a special kind of news website or resource. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

The devil made me go on that road trip.

What are some interesting places that have the name "devil" in them (like devil's tower, or devil's postpile)? I'm thinking about visiting as many as I can. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 12:48 PM PST - 76 comments

Superhero Girlfriend's Kryptonite

My girlfriend pretty much has a breakdown and freaks out whenever she hears someone swallow. [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 12:24 PM PST - 51 comments

Cell phone service (minutes/price)?

CellPhoneServiceFilter: My wife wants a cell phone. Whats the best deal right now regarding minutes/price? She wants to do text messaging with her friends and relatives and id say most of her friends use t-mobile. We also want to spend as little as possible.Thanks! [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 12:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Are there any open-source typing tests?

Are there any polished open-source typing tests, either for Windows, or as a web app?
posted by Jairus at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get my iPod fixed?

I have a first generation iPod which no longer charges. It is long out of warranty. I have opened it up and found that the FireWire port has 'come unstuck'. Apparently this is a common problem with these iPods. As far as I can make out, the rest of the iPod works fine. It'd be handy to have it functioning again. I'm thinking of repairing it but I don't want to spend a lot of money on it. I also don't want to repair it and have it fail again. Do people have much experience with these repairs? Do they last? Are there any reliable repair companies based in Ireland or the UK? Shipping the iPod to the US and back will probably add a lot to the cost of repair.
posted by Grinder at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

port -> program resolution?

How do I figure out what program is using what network connection on a windows machine using the win32 api? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the most robust bandwidth throttling method for my Apache web server?

What's the best bandwidth throttling method for my Apache webserver? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Why is Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle in the SF/fantasy section?

Why is Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle in the SF/fantasy section? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 10:35 AM PST - 38 comments

Telling Thunderbird what folders to check for New Mail

How do I tell Thunderbird what folders to check for new mail? Situation: I use procmail on my mail server to filter my incoming mail into about a dozen mailboxes. The mail ends up in ~/mail/new/mailboxes Thus, my mail never ends up in the default IMAP inbox. It seems Thunderbird only checks the inbox for new mail. Desired Outcome: I want Thunderbird to check my dozen different mailboxes for new mail. How can I do this?
posted by fief at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do with a soaked laptop

This morning I awoke to find that my laptop had drowned in a pool of water. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:37 AM PST - 21 comments

It there any way to stain or paint laminate/particle board furniture?

It there any way to stain or paint laminate/particle board furniture without it looking horrible? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Best video card for DVI output to HDMI input?

Has anyone had success connecting a PC (DVI output) to a TV (HDMI input)? I, myself, have not tried it yet, but have a couple of questions before I do... [more inside]
posted by omair at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments


NTSC Digital Video Camcorder in Europe: how can I view my videos? [more inside]
posted by sic at 9:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Foot size doesn't matter...really...

I have terrible luck shopping for shoes, and need to get some new dress shoes (for business casual attire) for my somewhat oddly-shaped, and small, feet. NYC-specific help if possible. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments


I'm looking for a tool I can use to prevent users from shutting off the computers in the public library. [more inside]
posted by madmath at 9:07 AM PST - 15 comments

What's up with the Jerusalem Date Palm?

This past summer I read about the amazing resilience of the Jerusalem Date Palm, a plant with legendary medical powers that was thought extinct. I have been searching for news and updates about this little guy since then, but I haven't had much luck. Are there any updates on the progress of this miraculous seed?
posted by djacobs at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

AdFilter: Help me indentify this advert!

AdFilter: Help me indentify this advert! [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

girlfriend wanders the desert

Emergency GPS suggestions for girlfriend who is compelled to travel alone in the desert for a week. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

How to escape from SXSW?

Help me escape from SXSW! In live in Austin and for reasons I won't get into, I find the city intolerable during the week of SXSW. The music portion of the conference (March 15-19) is the most miserable and nearly impossible for me to avoid, and I'd like to just leave town and skip the whole thing this year. Any ideas on where to go for a few days? Something relatively cheap? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 7:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Looking for new job while still working

How to find a job while currently employed without looking sneaky? [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 7:37 AM PST - 19 comments

MemoryWiki or MemoryArchive?

NameFilter: We have a non-profit project called "MemoryWiki" (the "encyclopedia of memories.") We are thinking about changing the name to "MemoryArchive." Should we? Have a better idea?
posted by MarshallPoe at 7:15 AM PST - 22 comments

How could I start choosing the music for movies?

What goes into getting a job as a soundtrack advisor / consultant for film? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 7:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Any tips for studying abroad in France

As a college sophomore, I plan on studying abroad in France for a full scholastic year in the fall. To anyone else who has been in Europe for an extended period of time: I am trying to pack light, but what sort of things would you consider bringing that are either necessities or very helpful? Also, any other tips on getting along with the French, or helpful hints about Europe in general? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:06 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm looking for a text, or book...

Does anybody know of, or how to get hold of a work by: Arbuthnot, John: Proposals for printing a very curious discourse, in two volumes in quarto, intitled, Pseudologia politike; or, A treatise of the art of political lying?
posted by acrobat at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Dialup connection panel keeps popping up

Why is it that whenever I put a dialup profile in Control Panel > Network, Windows sees it as an opportunity to pop up a dialup connection panel whenever (1) I try to connect to a bad domain name or the server isn't responding and (2) I'm already on a DSL connection? This is getting annoying. I have Win2K.
posted by chef_boyardee at 6:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a mathematical formula relating time and memory?

Is there a mathematical formula relating time and memory? [more inside]
posted by bru at 6:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Basel what?

The Basel Accord: Risk Management (yes, I know: zzzzz) [more inside]
posted by katiecat at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Funny feta.

Has anyone come across a TV advert for feta cheese on the web? [more inside]
posted by asok at 3:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Chinese HTML characters

Chinese writing help! I need to convert some Chinese characters from a menu into HTML characters... [more inside]
posted by derbs at 2:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Big moon, little faith...

A few years ago I read an online article that explained that the common belief that the moon appears larger at the horizon because the Earth's atmosphere acts as a magnifying lens is wrong, and that this effect is due to an optical illusion caused by moon's visual proximity to much closer objects on the horizon. However... [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 2:20 AM PST - 34 comments

Advice for acquiring "myname".com from a cybersquatter?

Advice for acquiring "myname".com from a cybersquatter? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 1:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Blurred Jazz Photography

Photography question: an article in Spin in the 80s discussed a French photographer's blurred pictures of jazz musicians in motion. Very similar to Charles Peterson's photos. I wrote to the gallery then, but I have no idea who it was now. Any clues to who this was? My Spin collection has long been sold to Half-Priced Books.
posted by AArtaud at 12:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I make an angry martini?

Anyone know how to mix a cocktail called an "angry martini"? I ran across the reference in a movie, googled it, found more references but no recipes, checked DrinkBoy and Webtender, no luck.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:23 AM PST - 13 comments

January 30

Pay more or drive a little, Van to Sea?

Why is it so much more expensive to fly from Vancouver than Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Selling a 60 year old bottle of fancypants booze

My great-grandpa never opened his huge display bottle of Benedictine in a fancy wooden cradle. How can I find a buyer, or at least valuation, for this rarity? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 11:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Best wifi PDA solution?

I realize that there have been variations on the "best PDA" theme before, but hopefully others will find this question (and it's answers) usefull: My wife wants a PDA for all the basic PIM functions, but also to occasionally browse the web via wifi (it's a lot easier to hold out of reach of our 1-year old son than her 20lb. Dell laptop). Do I have to plunk down $299 for a Palm Tx, or are there more affordable options? Do you have a favorite PDA (we're not wedded to any particular OS) that may not have built-in wifi, but can accept a wifi expansion card, perhaps coming out cheaper even with the xtra $$ for the wifi card? Obviously, a used one would be cheaper still - are there any 2003-4 models you would recommend for this purpose?
posted by ericbop at 10:16 PM PST - 9 comments

combining turbo and superchargers

i know that you can take an engine and put two turbochargers on it, my question is can you take an engine and put a turbocharger and a supercharger on it? [more inside]
posted by quin at 9:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I bound by Florida's curfew laws?

I am turning 17 Friday and I am wondering about driving curfews. I have a Louisiana driver's license which lifts the curfew completely at 17, but I do 95% of my driving in Florida where 17 year olds have a 1 a.m. curfew. Am I bound by Florida law or Louisiana law?
posted by SuperCoolZane at 9:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Online photography tutorials?

Good online photography primers or seminars in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 8:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Start menu replacement

Has anyone seen a non-Konfabulator Windows Start Menu replacement that allows the user to enter the names of programs to run? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 8:21 PM PST - 13 comments

best binoculars?

Re: binoculars. What do I look for and what is the best for my money? We are hiking/mountaineering with kids. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:03 PM PST - 9 comments

What is that facebook font?

What is the font used in the blue banner at the top of the facebook website? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 7:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should I take my music-major girlfriend for her birthday this year?

My girlfriend's birthday is coming up. She's into choral music. I'd like to take her on a trip or special experience somewhere. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 7:23 PM PST - 13 comments

What router typically assigns ip?

What type of router typically has a gateway of, I'm used to seeing the typical router use 192.168.*.* but I'm trying to figure out what routers the local apartment unit is using to run their wireless.
posted by skEwb at 7:22 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I connect to the Internet at work?

I work as a contract employee at a large corporation. The company has provided us with laptops. Because I won't be there long, I don't have Internet access. I noticed, though, that I can ping yahoo. But I can't otherwise connect to any websites. Any suggestions as to how I might read my e-mail, other than leaving the office and going to a cyber cafe? [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 at 6:46 PM PST - 13 comments

And the winner is....

Theatre Audio Filter: I'm looking for stereotypical "award show" music, the kind of thing they'd play at the Emmy's when an acceptance speech runs to long. Or perhaps the kind of thing you'd here as the contestants walk on stage during a beauty pageant. More Inside! [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

I do not think this cable does what its vendor thinks it does.

Mystery cable claims to connect USB and firewire. What does it really do? [more inside]
posted by tangerine at 5:57 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I expect driving LA to SF?

What can I expect on a mini road-trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco/Palo Alto on a Sunday night? Very detailed insides.. [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 5:48 PM PST - 48 comments


Name that Book TV speaker: British author, late 30s/early 40s, spoke about West & rest international politics, looked roughly like a bearded Kevin Kline. [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Massalanga Nay Nay?

In 4th grade, We sang a song where the title sounded like "Massalanga Nay Nay". It was an African song, but not like real African, just cheesy grade school multicultural. Anyone have any inkling as to the real title or spelling, or where I can find the sheet music to this song?
posted by potch at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend shiatsu in Southern Los Angeles area?

Shiatsu recommendations in South Bay, L.A., California? [more inside]
posted by bephillips at 5:19 PM PST - 0 comments

rfid for overseas Americans?

Could rfid chips implanted in Americans working in Iraq save them in the event they were kidnapped?
posted by sswiller at 5:18 PM PST - 20 comments

How much gas does starting the car use?

Do I waste more gas by letting the car idle for 5 minutes or by turning off and restarting? [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 at 4:10 PM PST - 25 comments

What do kids write in, in Chinese schools?

I'm looking for an image of a notebook that is used in schools in China. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 3:58 PM PST - 15 comments

PDFMaker: play nice with XP!

Adobe PDFMaker and its attendant Word toolbars only work on an Administrator Account. Is there a way to make it work on a Limited User account? I'm on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Song with "into the quagmire"

Name that song filter: 1990s, female artist, line "...into the quagmire" [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Did movies invent slow-motion?

Did actors and directors use slow-motion movements in live theater before moving pictures? What about movements of exaggerated speed? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Flying on the cheap from Prague to Amsterdam?

Discount airlines from Prague to Amsterdam....? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc at 2:59 PM PST - 11 comments

How much trouble could writing a bad check get you in?

A friend of mine from Ireland did some things that were a tad bit illegal when he lived in California about seven years ago. Now I live in California, and he's considering visiting, but he's worried. Should he be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 14 comments

University Blues

Has anyone dropped out of school or taken a significant amount of time off and done something exotic? I can't stand college anymore. I know that most jobs I could get out of the US, or even in remote and interesting places within the US, would require some sort of skill, so what sorts of things should I work on now? What kinds of opportunities should I know about? I went to college for two semesters, decided that I was sick of being schooled after 19 years and took a semester off to travel through Asia by myself. I did, and came back full of fervor for learning and seeing my friends again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Where Did the Two Year Whitehead Go?

Dermatology question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Where's the spark?

I met a girl in December and have been seeing her for a couple of weeks. While I enjoy hanging out with her, it doesn't seem totally amazing like the beginning of some of my previous relationships. A few months ago I would have just ended this here but now I am not so sure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 15 comments

what do you think of seattle mental health?

Does anyone have experience with Seattle Mental Health's Northwest Counseling Institute in Redmond, Washington? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get the job I really want?

I want to become an investment banker, badly. After finding out as much as I can about what i-banking actually is, the more I want to do it. There's a short list of about 5-10 "top 40" institutions that I think make a good match in what kind of culture I want, what I'm looking for in a company. I'm a senior (err, graduate a semester early in December). The problem is I'm at a non-top tier college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Academic Job Interview Questions

What are likely questions to be asked at an academic job interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Hotels, promotional codes, and less-than-authorized uses.

Hotels, promotional codes, and less-than-authorized uses. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 2:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Cut and Hate: Firefox 1.5 + Outlook = composing madness

Firefox 1.5 + Outlook: cut-and-paste becomes cut-and-hate. Copying any text (URLs, content, source) and pasting into the content of an Outlook 2000 message instead attaches the text. Help?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can Chuck Norris sue me for this?

I run a t-shirt site, and have received a "cease and desist" letter from Chuck Norris's lawyers. Anyone have experience with something like this? What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx at 1:37 PM PST - 31 comments

A game puzzle has lead to a Google puzzle... help!

Why are my Google skills failing me when searching for help with a specific puzzle in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel? (Caution - may be spoilers!) [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

After the jump?

Does anyone know the origin of the phrases 'after the jump' or 'more after the jump'? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 1:25 PM PST - 12 comments

infrared camera detect rodents

Has anyone tried an infrared camera to detect rodents? I'm trying to figure out where flying squirrels are entering my cabin roof or walls. Please don't tell me about traps, poisons, electronics, strobe lights, etc. I'm interested only in use of infrared for detection purposes. [more inside]
posted by nancoix at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Help a battered teacher

A pupil at my Mum's school head-butted her today. She lost a tooth. She doesn't like teaching, and I don't want her to have to go back to that school ever again... [more inside]
posted by godawful at 12:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a good chocolate bar...

Sugar Filter: I'm looking for chocolate bars to use as favors for my wedding and I need some suggestions! [more inside]
posted by catfood at 12:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Work-related travel expenses on my personal credit card?

Is it unreasonable for me to be unwilling to put work-related travel expenses on my personal credit card? [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 11:37 AM PST - 34 comments

U.S. House of Representatives Popular Vote?

Where can I find an official source for popular vote results for U.S. House of Representatives elections? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 11:35 AM PST - 1 comment

2DD floppies?

Does anyone still make 720K 2DD floppies? If so, where can I get some?
posted by monkey closet at 11:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Rolling Stones Airline Commercial

TV Commercial Filter: I swear that "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones was in an Airline Commercial a couple years ago, but I can't seem to validate this claim using my Google skillz.
posted by matimer at 11:23 AM PST - 6 comments

$42 per second.

Am I being taken for a ride? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

What will happen to cities if a pandemic occurs?

What will happen to cities if a pandemic occurs? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 10:57 AM PST - 24 comments

Web Hosting 101

For those who pay for web hosting: I'm about to look for my first web host. What information, be it about privacy, or questions to ask, or really anything, should I have/look for as I shop around? I'll gladly take anything, I'm quite green.
posted by boombot at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How best to research a potential employer?

What's the best way to go about researching a potential new employer? [more inside]
posted by blingblong at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments


When I was in jr high I had wry neck. The pain is intense and you can not move your head. Anyway, two other times I believe it has come back. I did not return to the doctor. The second time was years ago when I fell on some ice. This time I think it's because I started lifting weights again (after a long time off) and I dorked something up in there. The pain is almost as intense but extends a little down in to back behind the shoulder. It takes a few days before the pain lets up enough to be manageable but even after a weak I can turn my head and still feel it. There is also like a "click" or twitch or something when I move my head a certain way. What should I do about this? Is it worth going to the doctor and paying some money for them to tell me what? Deal with it? What kind of exercise can I do for those muscles? The only thing I do is pop tylenol (how much can you really take before it dorks your liver?) and take long hot showers.
posted by arh07 at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

HTML help

Is there a site on the internet where I can type in an html tag or attribute and get an explanation of what it does?
posted by dial-tone at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Oh my God, my hair.

I have blonde highlights - well, I *had* blonde highlights, until I used my friend's color depositing shampoo... [more inside]
posted by KAS at 9:14 AM PST - 17 comments

overnight in Vancouver BC

Vancouver BC - where to stay? [more inside]
posted by warbaby at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Fake MySpace Profiles

Are fake MySpace profiles illegal? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Quit Claim Deeds and Income Taxes

Taxfilter: This year I used a simple quit claim deed to share ownership of my home with my SO. Now that I'm filling our our income tax returns, I need to know if this impacts either reutrn. [ for reference, I'm in Florida ] [more inside]
posted by gyrom at 8:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Trying to find obscure 80's tune

Obscure 80's tune--been looking for an answer for years! I used to be a DJ, and play a track by a guy who *sounded* like Springsteen. (Trust me, this wasn't Bruce) The only thing I have to go on is partial lyrics: "...what's it gonna be tonight? Red wine, maybe white. And if we're gonna fight, then we're gonna fight...(something something) down on the corner..." I *think* the name of the track was "On the Corner". (No, not CCR!) [more inside]
posted by g4zilla at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

No YOU are the sexy

I'm looking to name a script for an adult movie. Help! [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Singing with the choir

Looking for pop music in the last 20 years that make use of a choir where normally it is just a single singer, examples below. U2 - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten Madonna - Like a Prayer Rolling Stones - Can't Always Get What You Want
posted by gfroese at 8:18 AM PST - 37 comments

New Lacie hard drive not recognized - OSX

Lacie hard drive problem - Mac OS Panther. For the past couple days, I was ripping CDs as MP3s via iTunes and writing them to my Lacie 160 Gig Firewire hard drive (the Porsche one). This morning, the drive "is unreadable by Mac OSX..." What gives? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 7:55 AM PST - 12 comments

plumb dumb housing aplomb

De-leaded Apartments in Boston: What's the Scoop? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Wirless VGA Connection

Any way to wirelessly enable the VGA port on my LCD television for photo slideshows? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap safety razor in Toronto

Where can I get a safety razor in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by sid at 7:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Strip email attachments based on the subject line?

Email attachments - I want to strip attachments based on the email subject line and then save the attachment to disk under Linux or using Outlook. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Hybrid music?

MusicFilter: I really seem to have a thing for bands that combine two vastly different genres. For example, Dimmu Borgir combines an orchestra and a death metal band to form an excellent mix of metal + symphonic. What other bands should I check out? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 5:16 AM PST - 63 comments

Trac Off Light

On the way to work today a light on my car said "trac off." Is this a serious issue to the point that I need to take my car to get looked at?
posted by superbird at 5:04 AM PST - 11 comments

china news

Your suggestions for China news sites in English (Chinese equivalents of Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC, etc) and/or any other good sources of China news? [more inside]
posted by Voyageman at 3:15 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I make a t-shirt softer?

How do I make a t-shirt softer? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 12:14 AM PST - 19 comments

January 29

I'm looking for chant-like, repetitive pop music.

I'm looking for repetitive/chant-like pop music. [more inside]
posted by eschewed at 11:35 PM PST - 42 comments

I don't know art, but I know what I like

What painting is this? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:58 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I listen to an APE file?

How do I listen to an APE file? [more inside]
posted by erd0c at 10:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Enable screen resize?

I have a 1024x768 resolution. When I run programs which are native to 800x600, instead of stretching to fit the whole screen, they show in 1024x768, but in a small box in the middle of my screen with a huge black border. The same thing happens when I manually change my resolution to 800x600 - resolution stays the same, but the viewable area shrinks, leaving a small rectangle in the middle and a large blank space around it. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 10:16 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I do with my old magazines?

I am a magazine addict. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 9:56 PM PST - 22 comments

A collage montage...

I am looking to order prints of various album covers for a collage to go on an empty wall. Advice is needed on some of the logistics. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 9:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get a lifetime subscription to Harper's?

When I was a (very) broke college student, I somehow scrounged enough money together to pay for a one year subscription to Harper's magazine. At one point they offered me a lifetime subscription for a few hundred dollars, but I did not even have enough money to pay the rent... much less a lifetime sub to a magazine. Many years have now passed, and I have tried to no avail to get them to make the "lifetime sub" offer again, now that I can afford it. How do I get them to offer me a lifetime sub again? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 9:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Give the signal.

My significant other and myself find ourselves in social situations that we'd rather not be in. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:40 PM PST - 28 comments


Behold! I am one of those increasingly multiplying long haired adolescent boys! I NEED A HAIRCUT! [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 8:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Relocting playlists in iTunes?

Moving iTunes Playlists? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 6:19 PM PST - 7 comments

30th Birthday embarrassment...

Maximum embarrassment for a younger sister's 30th birthday? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 5:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Table tennis?

Table tennis? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Talking about affairs

My friend's wife is having an affair. What are the prospects at this point for my friend? [more inside]
posted by zek at 5:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Hebrew input support in X

How do I add a foreign language (Hebrew) input to X, and how do I switch keyboard layouts? This was easy to set up in Gnome and KDE, but I've since left those for Fluxbox, which doesn't (seem to) have a proprietary configurator. I'm running Debian/Testing, xorg 6.8.2dfsg.
posted by ori at 4:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me not be bored on the weekend

I am always bored on the weekends. I like to be really busy all of the time, but I am not very good at finding things that I enjoy that aren't also expensive (I have very little disposable income). Also, I dislike doing things alone, but I'm single and most of my friends are in relationships and hang out with their sig other on the weekend. What do YOU do on the weekends? I'm one of those people who likes work-type things more than play, but I don't really want to get a part-time job or anything. I guess what I'm saying is that I like things that are challenging and "suck you in."
posted by mintchip at 4:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Inhibitory post synaptic effects in the PNS?

Biopsychology extra credit question and I have no idea... "Why do you suppose activation of the first synapse of the parasympathetic nervous system produces excitatory post synaptic effects, but activation at some target organs produce inhibitory post synaptic effects (i.e. slowing down organ activity)?"
posted by j-urb at 4:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Tuxedo-friendly group dining in Austin, TX

I'm looking for a Tuxedo-friendly restaurant in Austin (preferably in or around Downtown) that can accommodate a group of 8-10 people. I'm looking to spend $60/couple. Thanks!
posted by mr.dan at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

I sell. He pays. He disappears. When can I keep his money?

Someone purchased a car from me and never picked it up. How long must I wait before I'm legally entitled to keep his money? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 4:26 PM PST - 27 comments

javascrtipt access to style sheets.

javascript question: im looking for a way to access the style sheet text in firefox. [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Straight to video filter

Help me find the title of a movie about some friends that have a contest to see who can be the most sucessful. [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Best band-aid ever?

What is the best band-aid ever? (In terms of effectiveness, not-falling-off-ness, etc)
posted by sdis at 4:17 PM PST - 16 comments

UnknownPort Filter: (Dell Advanced Port Replicator)

What is this port? It's on my Dell Advanced Port Replicator. I can't find any mention of it... http://flickr.com/photos/hatsix/92816980/ (p.s. the bottom one is of course a USB port... I'm looking for the upper one)
posted by hatsix at 3:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Help moving TypePad to Movable Type?

I am looking to switch my blog to TypePad a hosted Movable Type, but am having problems transferring the style sheet. [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic at 3:50 PM PST - 2 comments

It's time to give up on yanking them.

Is it possible to dye only the few white hairs I have, without also dying my very dark brown hair? [more inside]
posted by amro at 3:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Unsealed fridge contributing to high electricity bill?

How much electricity is wasted from a fridge that isn't sealed properly? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the difference between House and Trance?

What's the difference between House and Trance? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 3:22 PM PST - 16 comments

fly-by video search

Can anyone point me to hi resolution fly-by videos in quicktime? I'm looking for nature-scenery-lanscape flying, but google is not being responsive.
posted by icetaco at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Would you want to know the gender of your baby before (s)he was born?

Would you want to know the gender of your baby before (s)he was born? Why or why not? Help my friends decide.
posted by heatherann at 3:07 PM PST - 48 comments

Help translate this message.

Please help me translate this message into as many languages as possible: "This is an important notice. Please have it translated." [more inside]
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 2:32 PM PST - 51 comments

Mailbox Obligations

I backed into this woman's mailbox about eight months ago and now she wants me to pay for it. What am I legally/socially obligated to do? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 1:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Where do I find sweatshop-free shoes?

Where can I find nice athletic shoes (skate, running, or basketball shoes) that are sweatshop free? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

How far down can a cat jump without getting hurt?

How far down will/can a cat jump? Mine is up on a shelf 7/8 feet off the floor and I'm wondering if its worth distressing her and hauling her down or just let her get bored and get down herself. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Has TaxCut adopted AOL's marketing scheme?

I received an unsolicited copy of TaxCut in the mail. Has anyone else? Am I just lucky, or is something up? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 1:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Comparison of 4 GPS Systems requested.

Need your assistance in comparing 4 vehicle GPS systems before purchasing one of them. Units include Garmin Streetpilot C340, C330, Magellan RoadMap 360, and TomTom Go 700. Pl provide feed back on screen size and ease of viewing while driving, anti-glare sceen, backlight at night for viewing, ease of use. Your pro and cons would be appreciated. If you have a unit not mentioned but believe it is better than those listed above, let me know. Leaving soon on a trip and your responses would be appreciated ASAP. Thank you.
posted by Scanner at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Googleads Alternatives

I'm *considering* dropping Googleads from my site because of their dealings with China. Should I stand up for free speech and drop them?
Can someone recommend alternatives to Google Ads for my site?
posted by Blake at 12:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Gift for someone who can't accept gifts?

EtiquetteFilter: what to give someone who's not allowed to accept gifts? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 11:47 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I get gasoline out of my clothes?

How do I get gasoline out of my clothes? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the name of this crazy-new spreadsheet?

What is the heck of the name of this crazy-new spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by Tacodog at 10:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Practical military graduation gift

Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
posted by loosemouth at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Microsoft office keyboard shortcut problem?

Can you solve my frustrating microsoft office keyboard shortcut customization problem? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Burnt expensive pot. Sad.

Is my (month-old, Christmas gift from my mom) Le Creuset dutch oven still usable? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

MXL 990

I dropped my MXL 990 condenser mic. The grill is slightly dented and the capsule inside has come loose. Can I repair it myself? Can I get it repaired in London? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I teach my child a foreign language?

How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
posted by davar at 8:39 AM PST - 21 comments

perianal cyst treament options?

perianal cyst treatment. I have a perianal cyst which periodically becomes inflamed and then returns to normal. I usually get a prescription from the doctor for an antibiotic which helps reduce the inflammation. I take fiber supplements to loosen the stools so bowel movements are not so painful. I have recently had an inflammation which hasn't responded as quickly as usual. I'm aware that surgery is the treatment of choice for this problem however I've had a number of surgeries in the last 5 years that make me very reluctant to once again return to the hospital. I've had triple bypass surgery, emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix, a carotid scraping which was somewhat bungled and resulted in my losing my voice for 6 months, shoulder surgeries... well you get the picture. I'm looking for recommendations to alleviate the pain and help treat this without surgery at this time, such as sitz baths etc... I just can't bear the thought of another surgery right now.
posted by malhaley at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Can multiple 5.8GHz cordless phone sets co-exist?

Can two separate 5.8GHz cordless phones co-exist in a home? [more inside]
posted by iTristan at 7:42 AM PST - 9 comments

What was my friend's "most disturbing movie ever seen?"

What was my friend's "most disturbing movie ever seen?" [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 7:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Identify this alien-related mid-eighties children's TV show

Help me figure out the name of an alien-related mid-eighties children's TV show... [more inside]
posted by greycap at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

very short stay apartments in Chicago and Toronto

I take a lot of short business trips and I don't really like hotels that much. I would prefer to stay in an apartment. Does anyone know of a nationwide group which rents apartments for just a few days? Failing that, such a group in Chicago or Toronto would be great. In Montreal I found a hotel that had some apartments in a building around the corner, and that was a pretty good solution.
posted by shothotbot at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments

change font family on osx fonts.

Fonts in Mac OSX. I have 4 TTF fonts which should belong to the same font family, but don't. How do I combine them into one family? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 5:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Which are the best search engines that aren't Google or Yahoo?

Which are the best search engines that aren't Google or Yahoo? I want to find one that is good for searching but which also isn't in the business of turning this into this. [more inside]
posted by reynir at 3:55 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I avoid drinking and still have a social/dating life?

I have a urinary tract disorder that makes it difficult for me to enjoy alcohol. How can I keep this from affecting my social/dating life? Warning: [more inside] contains discussion of my "man parts." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me find some goals.

Help me get out of a rut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Lever-driven clock

WoodenClockFilter Saw a link a few months ago, lost it now. Guy who built a wooden clock with no gears, ONLY LEVERS. Help me find it again. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 1:19 AM PST - 10 comments

January 28

Can I use my academic discount?

Can I use an academic discount on software and hardware that I eventually will use to generate money? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 9:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Sending off gift for deployed-to-Iraq Nat'l Guardsman?

My friend is being deployed to Iraq and I want to get him a nice sending-off gift, something that will help make the year suck a little less. Ideas?
posted by joshuaconner at 8:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Will Apple print iPhoto books with nudity in them?

Will I have any problems with getting Apple to print an iPhoto bound book with nothing but nudie pictures? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Personal experiences with middle-eastern languages?

I'm hoping to start learning a middle-eastern language [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 7:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Shortwave Noise Filter (literally).

ShortWaveFilter (literally): My outboard noise canceller is actually increasing the noise... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Who fired the first musical shot?

[TriviaFilter] What could be considered the first insult/dis/call-out song? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 6:17 PM PST - 35 comments

What kind of cookware should I buy?

What cookware should I buy? I've always had cheap non-stick cookware. I'm looking to buy my cookware for life, and I think I'll lose the teflon. Help me choose. [more inside]
posted by duck at 6:13 PM PST - 36 comments

All I want is my music back.

Partition Magic Tragic destroyed a partition on my hard drive, is there anyway to get the data off of it? [more inside]
posted by Mijo Bijo at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Can protein powder go off?

A while ago I bought some protein powder; work and study conspired against me and it never got used. The best before date is February. My question is will the expiry of the best before date make it any less effective? Is it possible for it to go off?
posted by Rc at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Wordpress spam comments don't disappear from Recent Comments

I have a WordPress blog (linked on my profile page if that's helpful). It is set up to notify me when there are comments on postings. I've been getting spam comments and deleting them. They disappear from the post where they appeared. However, they DON'T disappear from the "recent comments" module on my homepage. This module contains a link to the spam URLs they are propagating. I know some SQL but almost no PHP. Is this a common problem? Any suggestions?
posted by scarabic at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking to buy a shortwave radio in Australia

I'm looking to buy a decent shortwave radio in Australia. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to buy a Powerbook power supply?

Where can I buy a power supply for a Macintosh Powerbook WallStreet?
posted by DreamStar at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Suddenly the whole Internet is emphasized. Why?

Why is my entire Internet suddenly showing up in italics? [more inside]
posted by Famous at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Take Me I'm Yours

Who did the Pet Shop Boys-esque cover of Take Me, I'm Yours? I thought I heard a spacey, warm new wave version of it awhile back, but it definitely wasn't the bouncy Squeeze version. Maybe I'm imagining things. The Wiki article says there were several covers done.
posted by rolypolyman at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Missing Pentium 4 Pins

I am missing two pins from my Pentium 4 3.06 (478)CPU... Can it still work? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 4:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there electromagnetic field in the Prius?

Anyone has information on possible electromagnetic field inside the Prius (Toyota Hybrid) from the large battery pack?
posted by semmi at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Trying to do a print-to-tape using Sony Vegas

caught in print-to-tape trap. [more inside]
posted by amusem at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Data on Tums during pregnancy?

Calcium carbonate (Tums) during pregnancy: [more inside]
posted by moira at 3:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Which is safest? Air or ground?

Is it true that commercial airlines are safer than cars or is this just one of those things that people say? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 3:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Open Source Web Service Tools?

Recommended open-source development tools for web services? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Blackboard Snapshot

Does a program exist that will download all documents and files available on a blackboard site? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find digitized, downloadable print advertisements that are free for academic purposes?

Where can I find digitized, downloadable print advertisements that are free for academic purposes? [more inside]
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

don't panic, kernel

Mac OS X 10.4.4: Disk Warrior or Tech Tool Pro or neither? mac [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Birth Control conspiracy

Planned Parenthood wanted to put birth control in the water supply. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 1:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Compiling contacts by label in Gmail?

I dutifully label "conversations" in Gmail, and would now like to e-mail everyone with whom I've ever corresponded with on one such labeled topic. Is there any way to automatically generate a huge cc/bcc list from all the conversations under a label?
posted by pzarquon at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Why don't commercial TV networks replay their prime time shows in the overnight hours?

Why don't commercial TV networks replay their prime time shows in the overnight hours? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the name of the asterisks that divide chapters?

Books are divided into chapters. Is there a name for the row of asterisks that divides a chapter? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Basketball players wearing masks?

I was at a college women's basketball game last night, and two of the players had on clear plastic masks covering the top half of their faces. Any idea why?
posted by The Pusher Robot at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are my cats different?

Why does cat A have evil red eyes when I photograph her and cat B have evil green eyes when I photograph her?
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 10:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Cool threads to buy online?

Cool threads to buy online? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Sightseeing In New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Driving from MA to NS. Sights? [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 9:53 AM PST - 7 comments

iPodding With The Stars

I have a 3G iPod 20GB, been working great for 2 years now. I am an avid song rater, and I always find myself going to rate songs, only to find out I already rated them! (I have my iPod docked in my car so its easy to rate songs while listening). So, is there a software hack out there that will allow me to see the rating of a song while it is playing?
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

I need a big suit, fast...

I need a suit quickly by mail order in the UK. I'm a large man. Help! [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

transcode files from flac and shn to aac or mp3 using OS X?

How to transcode files from flac and shn to aac or mp3 using OS X? What UNIXy tools will help me? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

How to make playlists on my Creative mp3 player

Creative Zen Micro mp3 player help, please. (mi) [more inside]
posted by barjo at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Root canal: Now or later?

Root canal: Now or later? [more inside]
posted by globetrotter30 at 8:00 AM PST - 19 comments


Mamtakim: Do any native Israelis remember a children's radio show or audio tape in which bacteria living in your mouth sang and talked about the dangers of sweets, sugar, and not brushing your teeth? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I display hours and minutes remaining on the Windows XP battery icon?

WindowsXPFilter: How can I make the power meter icon on my new laptop display the time remaining in addition to the percent of battery power left? [more inside]
posted by richardhay at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Super Question

I have a strange question, and maybe an answer, and am questioning whether I made the answer up, or actually read it somewhere... What does Superman do with his "street clothes" according to the cannon? I have a weird memory, but I may be totally making it up... [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 6:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Changing Drive Assmt for USB CF Reader?

Changing drive letters in Windows 2000 [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 4:03 AM PST - 6 comments

cellphone funkytown

I was just setting an alarm for 08:45 on my cell phone, and as I pressed those numbers, I noticed that the tones were highly reminiscent of the opening notes to "Funkytown". Can anyone teach me to play the rest of the opening to "Funkytown" on my cell phone?
posted by jimmy at 2:54 AM PST - 4 comments

"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my sugar pie..."

So there's this old cartoon. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 2:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone make headphones with a built-in MP3 player?

Does anyone make headphones with a built-in MP3 player? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 12:10 AM PST - 8 comments

January 27

Unprotecting a TI-83 program?

TI-83 Question. I have a protected program on my calculator and would like to modify it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Help my anxious girlfriend?

How can I help my depressed/anxious girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 34 comments

Is it safe to give oral sex to someone on antibiotics?

Is it safe to perform oral sex on someone who is taking antibiotics (NOT for an STI)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I wax my chest?

Should I wax my chest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 45 comments

Dr. Sexy and Mrs. Hyde

How can I make my wife dress 'attractively/sexier' at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 57 comments

Mother In Law in debt

Trouble with the in-laws: How can I convince my wife that we should not risk bankrupting ourselves to pay off her mother's credit card debt? What should we do to help them get out without endangering our own financial situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

does therapy work?

What can I expect from going to see someone about my bulimia? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Job Description: Travel

What jobs are out there that pay you to travel? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Growing up, no one would hold my hand.

Mouse pad for sweaty hands! [more inside]
posted by adzm at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Newo Aner

How do I do a convincing New Zealander accent? And how do I do a convincing Australian accent? And how do I manage to not make them sound the same?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 7:56 PM PST - 22 comments

Comparing poem translations

I want to build a comparative index of translations for a specific book of poems. How should I do this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

The Cask of Amontillado

Many years ago, (late 1950s?) I read in Yankee magazine that the Edgar Allen Poe story "The Cask of Amontillado" was based on an event in Poe's life. The article went something like this: Poe had joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor. While he was there he heard a tale about a very unpopular officer at the fort that had been walled into a room by some of his men and left to die. When the fort was modified for harbor defense in WW1, the engineers saw a room indicated in the original drawings that did not seem to exist. They broke through the wall at the point where the drawings showed a room and found a skeleton dressed in an Army uniform of the 1830s. Can this be verified or is it BS?
posted by Raybun at 6:41 PM PST - 13 comments


I just opened my mailbox to find a large envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau stamped with this friendly notice: The American Community Survey Form Enclosed - YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW What's the worst that could happen if I don't respond? [more inside]
posted by slhack3r at 5:14 PM PST - 26 comments

You know that one that goes ba ba baba baba ba ba bam?

Help me appreciate classical music. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:40 PM PST - 25 comments

More Ancient Rome, please.

Thanks to this week's featured article on Wikipedia about the Roman emperor Claudius, I have become obsessed with Ancient Rome, specifically the Julio-Claudian dynasty. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 4:27 PM PST - 27 comments

Name this cancelled TV show.

I have a friend that's trying to remember the name of a TV show from a few years ago that Fox cancelled abruptly. It was a drama about a family that had moved into a fire station and was having financial problems trying to rebuild it. [more inside]
posted by bbrown at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Replacement box?

Is there someplace I can go to get a replacement box for the dvd box set I purchased? [more inside]
posted by jplank at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

User agent simulators?

Does anyone know of any "browser simulators" for testing web sites on different user agents? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 2:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Frell My Citrix Server

Citrix Metaframe XP. I need to disconnect all the clients at a preset time without my involvement at that time. The rest of the server and services needs to stay running, including any Term Serv clients. How? Acceptable solutions include, but are not limited to, unpublishing the app, disabling the ICA protocol, and stopping the Metaframe server software. Client sessions will need to be forcefully disconnected. Data loss is not a concern.
posted by kc0dxh at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Song Question

Song question for my Significant Other... [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 2:05 PM PST - 18 comments

DRAM and Dell

GoddamnIwanttoplayNewPCGamesfilter: DRAM and Dell. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 1:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How to pinpoint the source of household mold.

My father has a problem with mold and humidity in his house. It grows copiously on the exterior walls of exactly one bedroom. Condensation appears on the windows, to the extent that there is a puddle of water on the window sill every morning; and this is a year long phenomenon. (Interestingly, the area around the windows does not get moldy. )The humidity in this room is literally palpable. We pulled up the carpet today, but it was always moist to the touch, towels don't dry, etc. The walls have to be cleaned with bleach every month or two. There is an adjoining bathroom, and we've tried leaving the windows open but it seems to have no effect. In any case, there is another bathroom in the house which in never ventilated and there is practically no mold. At this point we need to pinpoint the source of the humidity, and why it is only found in this room. Any ideas? If you need more info just ask.
posted by zorro astor at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Waking up at 4am yet still being human

I'd love to be able to wake up at 4am every day... think of how much I could accomplish! But I also love those evening activities of going to concerts and watching movies and having dinner with my wife. Has anyone figured out a way around this? Is a daily "power nap" the answer? [more inside]
posted by math at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me count hits and track referrers on my LiveJournal site.

A colleague of mine, as well as a fellow blogger, used BlogFlux's MapStats to track hits and referring addresses with his TypePad site. Now, he's switched over to LiveJournal, which doesn't allow Javascripting, so he's lost the ability to track referring addresses. Does anyone know of a free HTML counter that he can use that will track referrers? He's found some HTML counters that can log hits, and some others that can track referrers with Java, but he's looking for the best of both worlds. Thoughts?
posted by shallowcenter at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments

LA, televised car chases and OJ

Almost twelve years ago, did you watch OJ's drive in the White Bronco? I didn't, but have a couple questions. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 1:40 PM PST - 39 comments

Craigslist clone?

Is there any good Craigslist clone software? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Opening video files as streaming URLs in Firefox/Zoom Player

I want to set up Firefox and Zoom Player (or any other good media player) so that when I click on a .mpg or .wmv link, it starts streaming in my media player. I don't want it to download first. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

External RSS to HTML?

What are various methods of displaying external RSS feeds on my site? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 12:49 PM PST - 9 comments

One Good Job Deserves Another

How can my housemate turn down a job offer he's verbally accepted? So my housemate (not me...I wish) was offered a job this fall at Bank of America after doing an internship in cash equities sales there last summer. He verbally accepted it but hasn't submitted the signed contract yet. While he liked what he was doing he wasn't completely smitten, so this winter he interviewed for other jobs at various firms and today landed a job as a consultant at Bain. How can he gracefully get out of the BoA job without pissing too many people off or facing potential sanctions? [more inside]
posted by reflexed at 12:48 PM PST - 30 comments

Baby teeth at 26.

I recently found out at the dentist's office that I have "retained deciduous teeth." (I still have a bunch of baby molars, and their adult counterparts are still up in my face and behind my furthest-back current teeth) I have to go in for more x-rays next month, but the dentist mentioned orthodontics and seemed amazed by the whole thing, so now I'm anxious. Anyone ever deal with this?
posted by juniper at 12:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me build my Mozart CD collection

Inspired by the 250th anniversary of his birth, I want to put together a nice collection of Mozart's music. However, I have no idea where to start. Can anyone recommend favorite recordings of Mozart's music for me to start with?
posted by alms at 12:20 PM PST - 15 comments

New PC laptop

New laptop filter. If you were going to purchase a new PC laptop - at the high end of the spectrum - which one would you pull the trigger on? primarily a desktop replacement - wide screen and bright screen, good graphics card are the most important features [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 12:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Has anyone ever successfully revived a hard drive after it started making that dreaded metallic clicking sound?

Has anyone ever successfully revived a hard drive after it started making that dreaded metallic clicking sound? I've already tried whacking it, and putting it in the freezer. Any novel ideas out there before I add it to my paper weight collection?
posted by moseymose at 11:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Can static electricity start a fire in my bed?

Can static electricity within one's bedding be harmful? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

What's this music?

What is this piece of music? (1.5 MB MP3, twiddly Moby-ish instrumental, though I don't think it's him). [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

What is that behind Jim Morrison?

I need help identifying an obscure, ancient-looking sculpture. A picture of it appears pinned to the inside of a door in a photo of Jim Morrison holding a gas mask. Here is the photo of Jim My interest is in the photo over his left shoulder. Try not to be distracted by the one over his right shoulder. If you crop out the item and turn it right-side up, you get this. So, all you classical history buffs, recognize the statue?? [more inside]
posted by swlabr at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Awesome Harmonica Songs?

I want to make a mix CD of songs with harmonica in them for a friend of mine. What's your favorite? [more inside]
posted by pelican at 10:58 AM PST - 59 comments

seeking free tax advice?

Seeking reliable, free-to-no-cost tax advice. [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 10:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Experience with online counseling/therapy?

Does anyone have experience with online counseling/therapy, either from the giving or receiving end? What was good or bad about your experience? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Can ironing kill you?

Can using an electric iron for a long period of time and then washing your hands with cold water (or opening a refrigerator and standing in front of it) kill you? I know this question sounds whacky... more inside-> [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 10:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Best pre-puking practices? (Non alcohol related, non bulimia related)

A stomach bug is making its way through my system and the puking part is approaching. Best pre-puking practices? [more inside]
posted by poppo at 10:01 AM PST - 45 comments

Can social bookmarking services prevent a bookmark from becoming dead links?

Can social bookmarking services prevent a bookmark from becoming dead links? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 9:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Tell me about your malaria.

Does anyone have a personal experience with malaria? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 9:02 AM PST - 16 comments

How to motivate myself to go to bed?

How can I better motivate myself to go to bed and not browse the web, play Xbox, watch TV, etc?
posted by joshua at 8:13 AM PST - 24 comments

What's the name of this French Jazz-Trip-Pop album and band?

Around 2000, there was an album released from a French band that sounded like what would happen if Kind Of Blue Miles Davis and Portishead were to meet in a dark alley and get on really well. (In fact, that's basically the description given by Other Music ages ago, when I purchased the album.) I managed to lose it within a month and it's been bothering me for the last four or five years. I remember that the cover was blue and I really liked the record and that's basically it Any help, members of the green?
posted by beaucoupkevin at 8:04 AM PST - 32 comments

5 hours at the San José, Costa Rica, airport.

My gorgeous wife and myself will have a 5 hour stopover in San José, Costa Rica (from 1:25pm to 6:10 pm). Is it worth it to go into town, grab some lunch and hang out, or should we just hole up at the airport and gaze vacantly into space? If we head into town, whither shall we go?
posted by signal at 7:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Omooo? Ah-mu? oh-MO?

How do you pronounce Omoo?
posted by sohcahtoa at 6:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Botanicals gift ideas

Botanicals Gift: I'm looking for aromatic gifts made from botanicals (especially flowers) that go beyond lotions, candles, etc. [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 6:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Affordable Ireland Accomodations

Traveling to Ireland in Sept. Will be renting a car in Dublin and seeing the countryside for a week. Any suggestions for affordable (<100 eu per person per night) castle accommodations? Recommendations on B&B's also welcome. Also, what are the must-see, non-"touristy" attractions.
posted by unccivil at 6:03 AM PST - 27 comments

Did Napoleon say this?

Did Napoleon ever say... [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 4:57 AM PST - 10 comments

January 26

How much money is there?

Some friends and I had a rather long, somewhat alcohol-fueled debate and could come to no real conclusion to the question "how much money is there in the world"? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 11:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Radio Shack Smack

Is it possible for Radio Shack to "not guarantee" an "allocated" online order can be cancelled? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 11:07 PM PST - 10 comments

College troubles

I'm halfway through my first year of college and things are not going well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 PM PST - 53 comments

Limited liability?

ApartmentFilter: Is it financially safe to not clean up impeccably when moving out of an apartment, or will a landlord normally go after you for money over and above the security deposit, if they think enough work was involved? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 8:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Good pen for a pocket notebook?

Not to be a total "hipster doofus" (are we still using that one?), but I got a pocket-sized Moleskine for Christmas, and I'd like to get a pen that would be forever with it. Like, hooked onto the cover or something, so that I always have a pen with my notebook. Suggestions?
posted by MrZero at 8:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Bathroom Remodeling: What is the best order for tub/tile/sink?

Bathroom remodeling - which comes first? Tile, toilet, floor tile, sink, tub? Also we have a non-standard sized tub area (damn do-it-yourselfers built this house). [more inside]
posted by mojabunni at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Is my throat abnormally suggestible?

Why is it that I feel nauseated when I hear other people rattle their phlegm (you know, that pre-loogie sound), but my own throat feels somehow "better" when I hear someone else clearing his?
posted by kittyprecious at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How does the trademark system work?

I run a small local computer repair business. I have a website and i have acquired a DBA (assumed name) in the name that i use for my business. the problem is that my website, lets call it computer repair man for example, i own THECOMPUTERREPAIRMAN.com. the site without the word "the" infront of it is taken by someone else. If they havent trademarked "computer repairman" can I? Or if they were using it first without TM do they still have the rights to it? If they have already done it, can i trademark "the computer repairman"? How else can i protect my companies identity??
posted by Bjkokenos at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

should i opt for auto insurance when renting a car?

i will be renting a car while on vacation in arizona next week. should i opt for the auto insurance? i currently own a car and have both liability and collision insurance. i live in massachusetts, if that makes a difference.
posted by brandz at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Losing papers and numbers

I have a campus job delivering newspapers, and must keep track of how many were left over from last week as well. The problem has two facets: one, I sometimes forget how many I just picked up less than 5 seconds after picking it up. I normally do not have a problem with this, except with names. Two, I lose the sheets where I record the numbers about one out of every two weeks. [more inside]
posted by austin5000 at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

anyone out the REALLY like Ike?

Did Dwight Eisenhower ever say this about leadership... "I'm not sure how to define it, but I know it when I see it"? [more inside]
posted by peppermint22 at 5:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Are guns more available than they used to be?

Where can I find out information about gun availability. I recently heard that handguns are no more available than they ever have been, but that doesn't seem right. I found some stats on the Department of Justice site, but these stats don't exactly cover what I'm looking for. It seems to me that over time, there would of course be more guns available, since guns don't stop working and more are always being made. Unless guns are destroyed, it seems the numbers are always going to rise.
posted by abbyladybug at 5:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Things to do in or near Santa Cruz, California on a weekend?

Things to do in or near Santa Cruz, California on a weekend? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 5:01 PM PST - 27 comments

2 Chileans in Miami

My lovely wife and I will be spending about a week in Miami starting next week. What should we see, where should we go? [more inside]
posted by skree at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Pesky Powerbook power/pointer problems

Mac NotWorkingLikeItShouldFilter: PB 12”: i) Pointer disappears upon closing mac after connected to video projector/monitor. ii) Battery not registering charge loss – machine shuts down unexpectedly. Haylp! [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 4:24 PM PST - 3 comments

What key is Happy Birthday in?

In what key do you sing Happy Birthday? [more inside]
posted by jayCampbell at 4:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Trippy SF book from the 70s

I'm trying to remember the name of a trippy science fiction book from the 70s, I think. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 3:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Friendly concern?

How do I tell a friend her email sig is really annoying? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 3:15 PM PST - 32 comments

Submandibular What?

Is this my submandibular salivary gland and why does it hurt when I'm sick? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Excel-fu needed.

Excel problem. How do I convert the following number format. 106026 where from left - first digit is CENTURY. Next two are YEAR and last three are JULIAN DAY. So last example is CENTURY 1, YEAR 06, and 26th Julian day of the year. I would like to convert to to mm/dd/yy. Anyone have good Excel-fu for this?
posted by thimk at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me pick a webhost

Yet another request for help selecting a web host - but this one's a little different. I'm not trying to move a small personal site but something bigger. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 2:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Blackberry lawsuit question

Will our business be impacted if RIM loses the blackberry lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt at 1:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone else remember the fake Bowie alterego, the Bucktoothed Wizard?

Inspired by this post regarding the early days of our beloved Leper Messiah, does anyone know how I might find images or footage of a late '90s Conan O'Brien sketch that included a fictional David Bowie alterego named the Bucktoothed Wizard? [more inside]
posted by scody at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for books or resources on basic practical graph theory

Graph theory seems hot right now. Don't know much about it, though. If one wanted to learn some of the most practical, useable, and interesting results from the field where would one turn? Bonus points for applicability in social sciences and/or web apps. And, tangentially, if one was potentially interested in focusing on graph theory and the social sciences, where would one look at grad school? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

I hate to ruin a good chili with excess cheese just because I'm too weak for it!

Is there an easy yardstick for judging spiciness pre-cooking? Especially re: chili recipes [more inside]
posted by e^2 at 12:06 PM PST - 18 comments

What happened to the coin-op videogame industry?

What exactly happened to the coin-op videogame industry? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 11:42 AM PST - 25 comments

GSM tetherering cell phone for Mac

I need to buy a new cell phone. It should have a text keyboard, work with a higher-speed EDGE/GSM network and most of all sync (address & calendar) + act as a bluetooth modem for my Powerbook. That last bit is a problem apparently: I am having trouble finding good actual info on which phones can do this. [more inside]
posted by neustile at 11:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Is this a legal HR practice?

HR Question: My company currently pays 100% of our health insurance premiums, even for dependents. However, due to rising costs, they must amend this. The current plan is to cover 50% of the health insurance premium, including dependents, the employee to cover the rest. The kicker and question I have about the legality is this: [more inside]
posted by psususe at 11:23 AM PST - 27 comments

This question is longer than most of my fiction.

What's the best way (non-spam) way to market a flash/micro fiction publication and community? (no, there are no gratuitous self-links inside) [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 11:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Dance game for GameCube?

We have a family GameCube and the kids want a dance game. Apparently Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix will be unavailable in North America for several months, and when I go to Best Buy and look at all of the stuff I feel old and confused. Could you suggest a good GC compatible dance pad (that I could pick up retail) as well as DDR-type titles for the GC so my kids can get happy? Thanks --chris
posted by cgk at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Napping at the job

Help me sleep at my desk... [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 10:38 AM PST - 14 comments


Digital camera upgrade! My Canon S400 is slowly dying and now is the time to start exploring options and saving. Sorry if this topic seems rehashed but the most pertinent thread I can find is two years old (ancient in terms of technology I think). [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

foothills hotel recommendation?

Please recommend an interesting hotel or B&B in the Angels Camp / Murphys, California area. Also looking for things to do in the area after exploring Moaning Caverns. Other caves? Hot springs?
posted by luriete at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

It's not how big it is, it's how you use it

Getting a USB drive - should it be flash memory or mini hard drive? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Recipes needed for a family gathering

I'm planning a menu for a family do (12 to 20 people expected) and I need three specific types of recipes. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Campus activism event ideas and advice

What are the most successful/engaging/popular events you've seen put on by campus activist groups? Any general tips for organization or planning? A new campus pro-choice group has sprung up to fill an ideological void, and a friend is running the show. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Joint tenancy or percentage interest?

I'm refinancing investment property with my fiancé. The deed is currently 100% in my name, and the bank wants her name to go on the deed before loaning the money. We have a choice of Joint Tenancy or specifying a percentage interest. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each choice?
posted by letitrain at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

3D Printing Online

3D printing. Does anyone offer it online, at a consumer level price, in the UK? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Breakdown cover needed for roadtrip?

I'm taking a roadtrip (Davis, CA to Vancouver, Canada) in a 20yr old car with 115,000 miles. I think it would be wise to get breakdown insurance. What companies provide this service? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

LA Days on Foot

LAonFootFilter: my friend in LA (West Hollywood) is having guests next week who don't drive, so he's looking for ideas for places he can drop them off in the morning before work (in Santa Monica), reasonably leave them there for the whole day, and pick them up at night (or perhaps they could cab home). [more inside]
posted by nwhycgirl328 at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments


I have a fun idea for a snarky blog, but I have one legality question and one name question. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:04 AM PST - 38 comments

How to deal with losing health insurance?

I'm about to lose my health insurance. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 9:02 AM PST - 11 comments

What should females where to an interview?

Is it still the case that females must wear skirt suits as opposed to pantsuits to interviews? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 8:33 AM PST - 35 comments

I need to have a two-word phrase translated into Korean characters.

I need to have a two-word phrase translated into Korean characters. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Working Man?

How will grad schools and employers react if I take a year off to work after college? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 8:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Sanding a floor

It's time to sand and varnish the floor in the front room, ground floor. We'll be replacing a few worn out floorboards but we're not totally confident about the best way to fill the gaps between boards. Some people say use resin, some say use a sawdust/pva mix, some say use filler, some say use wood fillets. The floorboards are 1" thick tongue and groove, solid pine. Any good suggestions? (Based in the UK) [more inside]
posted by gaby at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me dress myself better than the mall can...

What are your favorite styles or pieces of clothing that defy trends? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 7:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Other webcomic behind-the-scenes pages?

I'm looking for more online descriptions of how various comic book, cartoon, and animation artists produce their work. [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

OSX app to log phone calls w/ datestamp from my stock G4 modem?

I need an OSX app that will make use of my G4s internal modem to receive caller ID information and log the time of the call. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Homemade Cleaning Solution for Braun Syncro?

Anyone know a recipe for a homemade refill for a Braun Syncro electric razor cleaning cartridge? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Vanishing emails

Email stumper (for me, anyway): A site I consult on uses the IIS ASPMail module to send email confirmations for e-purchases. The customers seem to get their confirmations okay, but the site owners get theirs only intermittently... [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a wedding band in Cleveland

I need help finding a wedding band in the Cleveland area. [more inside]
posted by bhance at 6:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Is my dog in any danger?

I think my dog ate a penny. Has this ever happened to you? What should I expect at the vet? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 6:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Independent music distribution - how?

What's the best way to distribute my sister's music? [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller at 5:40 AM PST - 8 comments

running shoes and orthotics? the new Nike Free..does it really help

My son is a runner for his high school. He has bad feet but has no problem with custom designed orthotics. He just bought some new Nike Frees, which are designed to resemble running nearly barefoot and which are supposed to strenghten legs and feet and make them "sounder." But if he uses these new shoes without orthotics, and then switches back to orthotics for racing etc, don't the two different methods defeat what is trying to be done?
posted by Postroad at 5:04 AM PST - 6 comments

finding cracktro/intro chiptunes music?

Where can i find chiptunes (specifically from intros/cracktros) in mp3 format? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 2:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Pulling data from one window and pasting to another automatically - how?

Looking for a macro program or method that captures and pastes text among different browser windows? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut at 1:14 AM PST - 3 comments

What can I do with my parents in London?

London Sightseeing: My mum and dad (American and not well traveled) are coming to visit around February 20 for a week and a 1/2. Help?!? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:15 AM PST - 34 comments

I miss my AM radio.

I miss my AM radio. Help me find a unit that actually receives it. [more inside]
posted by verytres at 12:07 AM PST - 11 comments

January 25

one small step for mefi - the moon's spin and orbit

Is it cosmic coincidence that the moon spins once on its axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the earth (hence the dark side we never see from earth) or is there some reason why this should be more likely?
posted by humuhumu at 11:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Cricket Sledging Quotes

I wanted to read the sledging quotes said by Pakistan cricketers to Indian batsmen in the recent ongoing India-Pakistan series ? Is there any website or blog where I can find them ?
posted by inquisitive at 11:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Waking up: alarm clock advice for the undisciplined.

Two-part question about waking up: I'm looking for something that functions like the iPod alarm clock (but without having to own an iPod) or better yet, this "peaceful progression wake-up clock." The catch is I'm kind of a cheapskate, and have no idea whether an expensive alarm clock will really help me wake up earlier & more easily. (Secondly, any good advice on how to drag myself out of bed in the morning is more than welcome, too!) [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 10:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Red Riding Hood backwards?

Is anyone familiar with the comedy routine of Little Red Riding Hood told backwards? A teacher I had in jr. high just died and that was one of his trademark stories. I always thought it was an original, but then I heard it years later and now can't remember who did it. It basically involved telling the story straight but mixing up the sentence structure. At least that's what I recall some 22 years later.
posted by DonnieSticks at 10:24 PM PST - 14 comments

need more body ink

Does anyone have a recommendation for a tattoo shop/artist in either the Kansas City or St. Louis metropolitan areas? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 9:32 PM PST - 3 comments

"Me biased against the group? No, some of my best friends are of that group!"

Why is "some of my best friends are black/jewish/gay/whatever" seen not only as unconvincing when it comes to disclaiming bias but also as a stereotypical response by one who is biased? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 9:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Oh lawd lawd lawd

Oh God, my wife is going to drag me from our home in NYC to live in Philly. Where should I live? How will I survive? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 8:53 PM PST - 23 comments

What am I getting myself into?

What should I know before deciding to take on the responsibilities of moderator for a wiki site? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 8:14 PM PST - 7 comments

What's wrong with my cat's ear?

Why is my cat's ear all messed up? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Eating chocolates is bad for you!

So I am living in a hotel for the past month. Every day the maid leaves a standard hotel branded chocolate on my bedstand. Every night when I arrive I put the chocolate on a drawer. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 7:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Downloadable sheet music of duets for two soprano recorders

I'm looking for something pretty specific, but not all that bizarre: Downloadable sheet music (say, PDFs or GIFs) of duets (public-domain music) for two soprano recorders. Where? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs About F***ing

SEX! And music! And sexy music! Now that I have your attention.... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:02 PM PST - 70 comments

Boot up or die tryin' starring Systemax N34AS1

How can I find out what's causing this laptop to power down during startup? [more inside]
posted by moift at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

how do I survive work and grad school?

INSPIRATIONFILTER:I need suggestions and inspirational stories on how to balance a full time stressful job and grad school. [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Fast, healthy, on-the-go meal ideas and recipes?

I'm a health-conscious college student who would like to spend less money eating out. The problem is I don't have much time, or resources (like a full scale kitchen), to prepare "real" meals. Ideally, I would like something that I could cook in bulk and then take with me to microwave at work for lunch, or at home for dinner. But I'll need some variety. Keep in mind, I prefer vegetarian dishes and maybe an occasional fish meal. Absolutely no red meat. :) Low in saturated fat, and easy on the budget. Any ideas are welcome.
posted by blueplasticfish at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Extra long exercise DVD?

I am looking for an extra long exercise DVD. I need one that is at least 1 hour long, but preferably closer to 2 hours. [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find legal verbiage for selling clip-art?

Where can I find appropriate verbiage to sell people sets of my artwork for use as clip art? [more inside]
posted by edheil at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Aging Parent Filter

My Dad is getting older and is beginning to have problems keeping track of all the bills. Mom just called and said the phone had been turned off again and that the car insurance had lapsed. He obviously needs a little bit of help, but gets pretty defensive at the mere suggestion. I cannot imagine how bad things would have to get before he agreed to let us help. To make matters worse, while my Mom agrees that he needs help, she's entirely passive in their relationship, and would happily learn to live without heat / lights before daring to make my dad (the heart patient) unhappy. Anybody have experience with handling this type of situation delicately? How can I convince a stubborn old coot to let somebody help him? My parents planned well for retirement, and I have no reason to believe that they're in any danger of losing everything, but it seems to me that this is a situation that we'll have to address sooner or later.
posted by richmondparker at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

What's up, which doc?

My eyelids itch. Really badly. All the time. The family doctor said it might be eczema, but I'm not sure. Should I go back to her, see a dermatologist, or see an eye doctor? [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 4:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Recomendations for good indoor bike trainers?

I want to purchase a bike trainer so I can ride indoors during the winter months. What sorts of things should I look for? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 3:40 PM PST - 20 comments

garbage in, garbage out

A question about body weight, intake, and output. It requires an experiment on your part, so thanks in advance for your participation. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 3:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Home exercise routines?

ExerciseFilter: I'm not a gym going guy and I'm not "out of shape", but I'm looking to clean up a little bit... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Fetal Heartbeat at 14 weeks

MaternityFilter - Fetal Heartbeat Question. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 3:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Apartments or rooms in Barcelona?

Inexpensive apartments or rooms in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman at 2:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me fix my cd/dvd drive!

LAPTOP HELP!? I have an alienware laptop, whose warrenty just expired and am now having problems with the removable cd/dvd reader burner. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Good meditation or tai chi classes in New York?

Good meditation or tai chi classes in New York? [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Dance games for the Macintosh?

Inspired by this question and a whim, I'm considering dance games as a possible path to improved fitness. I have a modern Macintosh, but no PC and no game consoles. Though I can't find any commercial dance games for the Mac, I have found StepMania. Based on this info, what is my best option? Should I buy a console, a dance game, and dance pad? Can somebody recommend a good Mac-compatible dance pad? Are there other inexpensive solutions? This really sounds like a fun way to exercise, but I don't know where to start.
posted by jdroth at 2:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it obnoxious to offer my (published) writing to an author at a book signing?

Is it obnoxious to offer my (published) writing to an author at a book signing? [more inside]
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 2:25 PM PST - 22 comments

What would happen to the moon?

If there's anyone here who groks physics and math and astronomy and astrophysics here's a great big what-if for you. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 2:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Paper and pencil just aren't cutting it

Does anyone have any recommendations for free, Win98-compatible software that will help me design a community garden for my non-profit organization? Am I looking for a CAD program? If so, which of the thousands out there should I use? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

iTunes crashes when seeking from one CD track to the next.

iTunes (Mac) crashes when seeking from one CD track to the next. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What happens if you buy a stock between the ex-dividend date and the dividend date?

What happens if you buy a stock between the ex-dividend date and the dividend date? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Computer Death!

Please help me diagnose a dead computer. The missus' computer was just dead one morning. Pressing the power butten results in absolutely nothing. [more inside]
posted by The Carolingian at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a drill sargeant to make me get fit.

How can I develop a healthier lifestyle despite my significant lack of initiative? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 1:03 PM PST - 39 comments

Is there an auto-scheduling app?

I'm scheduling a meeting with 17 different people via email. It's a recurring nightmare. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find a weblog designer for Typepad?

Where can I find someone who can design an advanced typepad template for my blog for a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

CSS Help!

CSS help: If I have an element that contains two other elements that add up to less width than the container element, should the container element's background color not be visible between those elements? [more inside]
posted by Al_Truist at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Laundry Origami

My all of my cotton shirts seem to perform origami in the wash and I can't recover them. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Forestalling identity theft

Lost mail and potential identity theft: what to do? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

PC connection to stereo

How can I link my PC and stereo system in a wireless fashion? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 10:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Drunk Sound Clip

I've been hunting unsuccessfully for a sound clip (.mp3 or .wav, pls) of a drunk talking incoherently. Looking for 5-15 seconds worth. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by jbradley at 10:38 AM PST - 18 comments

This little piggy went to an intellectual properties attorney

Are classic tales such as "Three Billy Goats Gruff", "The Tortoise and the Hare", and "Little Red Riding Hood" in the public domain and available to be reused? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me hire a full-time programmer.

Help me hire a full-time programmer. [more inside]
posted by bigbigdog at 9:17 AM PST - 14 comments

US Supreme Court histories?

Good U. S. Supreme Court histories? I really like the Supreme Court. I like to hear about it and read about it. I love the place it occupies in our national politics, the deliberative position it holds. I'm interested in reading books of history about it, how it has evolved, major trends, what it used to be like. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 9:05 AM PST - 15 comments

False positives on HSV tests?

False positives on HSV tests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Cry for help about crying for help

I get crippling anxiety attacks in any situation that requires me asking for anything. This is predictably ruining my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 30 comments

Too much brutal honesty?

How much brutal honesty between friends is too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 32 comments

How do you measure intelligence across species?

Assume you had a list of different animal species, and you wanted to order it from most intelligent species to least. (1) What measure of intelligence would you use to compare different species--average number of neurons, for example, or ability to solve certain kinds of tests? Or something else entirely? (2) Can you give some examples of how some common farm, food, or pet animals might rank on the list? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:55 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm like a cat lady, but with books. Also, not a lady.

How should I organize my personal library? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 8:46 AM PST - 50 comments

How to find a catolog of "dead brands?"

I'm interested in buying / resuscitating a "dead brand". Something fairly old, but that would be interesting to consumers. Think Barbasol, or something like that. Any ideas on where to find a good catalog of expired consumer products that have been forgotten?
posted by mtstover at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Real estate broker I can trust?

RealEstateFilter: Short version: I need to sell a house in another city that I will never see. I know nothing about the process of finding a broker or selling a house. [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

With a little help from my friends... finding Belushi & Cocker?

I'm looking for classic "Saturday Night Live" sketches that might not have made the "Best of..." DVDs. Namely, John Belushi performing as Joe Cocker WITH Joe Cocker! But there were far too many good ones to let them all fade into oblivion! Is there any way to find these classic sketches to save them for posterity?? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Why consciousness??

Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:43 AM PST - 39 comments

Five Day Poker Session...

5 Day poker session planned... practical & poker advice needed. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 7:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

I stepped out of the house this morning, 'bout 6am or so, and gazed into the glow of a rather stunning crescent moon, crisp and pure. Sitting atop the moon, a distance of about one moon's diameter, dead center, was a star. Was it a star? Was it a planet? Oh how it twinkled... and the combination made for a curious astronomical alignment.
posted by Witty at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Where oh where did my story go?

I have an old laptop that I took on vacation to do some writing.......... [more inside]
posted by lee at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

To Pee or not to Pee

A close friend of mine has a job interview today for a permanent-placement position through a personnel agency. [more inside]
posted by Makebusy7 at 6:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Resources on network theory and social network theory?

I am looking for recommendations for books, textbooks, magazine articles, websites, etc. on network theory and social network theory. I am interested in "high theory" as well as the very practical "this is how you model a network that does such-and-such". I'll be happy with anything, however, as a beggar I be.
posted by mrmojoflying at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

UK based copyright query

Can anyone point me to definitive information on my copyright query? [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Fish outta water...

Mac network/backup/storage questions. Any Mac gurus willing to throw their 2 cents at me? [more inside]
posted by Richat at 3:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it ok to put still-warm food in the fridge or freezer?

Is it ok to put still-warm leftovers in the fridge or freezer? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 2:44 AM PST - 45 comments


how do i get rid of acoona , the friendly piece of spyware that wont go away ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:39 AM PST - 6 comments

It helps to stick out my boobs.

Seriously, what the hell is up with my chest popping? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 1:21 AM PST - 22 comments

the stolen lap top

The unthinkable has happened. My primary laptop was stolen (along with my PDA, numerous key cards, my checkbook, and a prescription pad -- oh yes, some seattle crack head scored tonight). Aside from the obvious closing of bank and credit accounts, changing sensitive passwords, what else could a savvy scumbag come back to hurt me with? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me understand Honduras.

Help me understand Honduras. [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 1:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Road Trippin' with a trailer over snowy passes...!

What's the best path via roads between Portland, OR and Houston, TX this time of year, keeping potential winter driving conditions in mind? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 12:43 AM PST - 11 comments

January 24

Creative talk podcasts?

I really like Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything. What else would I like?
posted by knave at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

nasty, brutish, and short

I have a questions about apartment hunting in New York. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 9:43 PM PST - 22 comments

The comments area is there for a reason, iTunes.

iTunesFilter: When I type in the search bar, how can I get iTunes to search songs' comments areas as well as the other areas? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Identify this Plant...

Plant Identification filter. Can anyone give me a name for the plant pictured here and here? [more inside]
posted by Jase at 7:59 PM PST - 9 comments

If MeFi was on rails, it wouldn't be hosted here.

Textdrive seems to be a good hosting company for my Ruby code, but I'm rather put off by their no dev/tinkering sandboxing policy. Any alternate suggestions?
posted by furtive at 7:37 PM PST - 40 comments

Electronic for beginners

I'm very interested in learning to compose electronic music, but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by p3on at 7:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Swobody! Fabryk! i Ziemi! Help my exchange my zloty!

I have a not-insignificant amount of Polish zlotych. Help me figure out if and how I can exchange it... [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 7:26 PM PST - 7 comments

wiki for FAQ?

What's the best wiki I can run on my server and use as a public-facing "customer FAQ"? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Formal negative sanctioning and me.

About a year ago I got a traffic ticket which I thought was totally absurd. I didn't pay it. Not smart, I know. My registered address and living address have been different for all of that time, and so now that I'm ready to pay the ticket (since my license is now suspended and I have no insurance) I have no idea how to find out how much I owe and who to give it to so I can get my license reinstated. I'm in the USA...anybody had a similar experience?
posted by baphomet at 6:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What 80s music video featured Darth Vader?

I vaguely remember a music video in the 80's with Darth Vader on a subway car. The musicians played on a stage, and had alien heads that I remember being disc-like. Can you help me identify the video? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

housing old folks

My question has to do with MediCal (which terminology doesn't show up as other than "medical" when I search tags.) So. My mother is applying for MediCal for her 90-year-old mother. The problem seems to be that until MediCal comes through, my mother will have to pay for a nursing home. Which luckily enough she can do, but: will she actually be reimbursed by MediCal? And how long will that take? I'd appreciate hearing others' experience in this really murky area.
posted by goofyfoot at 6:46 PM PST - 7 comments

potty, go potty!

My new shelter pooch is refusing to do her bidness. [more inside]
posted by cior at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Pittsburgh's going to the superbowl

Watching the Superbowl in England. For real [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 6:13 PM PST - 22 comments

A9 is A9 is A9 is A9

A9 browser bar weirdness. A thin horizontal white line appeared one day beneath the A9 toolbar, and now it's useless. Any menu I click on will not drop down. What's going on? I'm using firefox 1.5.
posted by bingo at 5:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Matthew Brady photograph where are you?

Looking for a Matthew Brady photograph... [more inside]
posted by starman at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

My laptop won't charge...

My laptop (due to me always having it in my lap) has quit taking power from my power cord. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 3:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Why leave out that one error bar?

A statistics / scientific convention question. I've noticed in scientific journals that often when a set of data is presented with values normalized to one of the sample groups, and the value for that sample group is arbitrarily set to 1, 10, 100 or whatever, to simplify interpretation, the variability/error data for that one sample group is left out. Is there a good statistical reason for that or is it just some random convention with no good reason? [more inside]
posted by shoos at 3:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Educational podcasts?

Educational podcasts? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 3:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Giant sausages full of what?

In this photo, does anybody know what these bicycle riders are transporting in the giant sausages? Does the Russian caption (which I don't read) explain it?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 3:22 PM PST - 14 comments

How would I organize a marathon?

How would I organize a marathon? What would it entail? [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How to make like a movie theater?

Projector question: Does any know of a consumer level digital projector with a fairly long throw distance? Or any DIY solutions for increasing the throw distance on a projector? [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheapest way to travel to Japan?

I'm a student on a budget and considering a trip to Japan. How much money can I expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Candide at 2:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Chromakeyed transparent windows?

I have found programs that allow you to apply partial transparency to a window (in windows), but I'm looking for something a little different: chroma keyed transparency, like what is used in visual effects or on the weather report. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 2:43 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I enjoy sex more?

Save professional psychiatric help, how do I learn to enjoy sex more? (ProbablyNotSafetoRead@Work...) [more inside]
posted by mercurysm2 at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Landline phone that can be set to ring just once?

Is there some model of landline phone available that can be set to ring just once? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 2:27 PM PST - 12 comments

How to keep writers sharp?

For our next staff meeting I have been asked to come up with a brief exercise that will help a group of fairly experienced business writers sharpen their research/writing/editing skills. Can anybody share an exercise that worked for them or point me to resources on the Internets?
posted by punkfloyd at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How'd they do that?

Curious as to how this effect is done? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 2:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I Contact Those He Left Behind?

Should I contact the family of a person whose death I witnessed? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:05 PM PST - 74 comments


I am soooo tired. Please help me stay awake, alert, and focused while at work. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 2:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Best program to automate adding ID3s/album art to untagged MP3s?

Can anyone share recommendations for software or "least-effort-techniques" for adding ID3 tags and album art to large sets of unsorted, untagged MP3s? [more inside]
posted by stuckie at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Learn Welsh online

Where can I learn to speak Welsh online? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get rid of a popup on my website?

How can I get rid of a popup on my website? [more inside]
posted by lorbus at 12:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Everyone's laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster

Arrested Development based gift desired. Where can I buy Lindsay's "Slut" T-shirt for a friend with a good sense of humor? [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 12:41 PM PST - 12 comments

I need help getting EtherPEG for OSX compiled correctly or just a working download link...

Can someone tell me how to get EtherPEG for OSX to work on my PowerBook? It seems that out of the box, it will only work with wired connections, not wifi. Please point me to the appropriate download or instruct me how to recompile it. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me debunk...

I would like to track down a local rumor with an Urban Legend feel... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

how do you automate?

I have loads of work. I dont want to do it no more (than once) With batch files, there are things that i could automate right now, but i want to get more complex, with loops and ifs and error handling and all the rest. What would be the most beneficial short term / long term routes, what do you do? [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg at 12:15 PM PST - 18 comments

MIDI music software that outputs image sheet music?

I'm looking for a tool similar to Noteworthy Composer in that I can open up MIDI files and extract sheet music from them, but I would like to be able to export the sheet music to an image format. Is there some sort of plugin or alternative software out there?
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Teaching English Abroad - Methodology

How do people teach English abroad in places where they don't speak the local language? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Itchy Gums

Why do my gums itch? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do I have such huge bowel movements after exercising?

Why do I have such huge bowel movements after exercising? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 11:11 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I quit talking like a valley girl?

white girl ebonics filter: How can I learn to quit talking like a valley girl? [more inside]
posted by tinaguppie at 11:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Black and blue

I never used to bruise easily, and now I do... [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 11:05 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I stop noise from a neighboring nightclub?

Noisy nightclub filter: What are the appropriate steps one should take to efficiently address, and ultimately stop, repeated noise violations from a neighboring nightclub? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 10:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there such a thing as an anti-refund?

What do my parents owe the hospital? [more inside]
posted by notbuddha at 10:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Digital photography "must haves"?

I want to take my photography to the next level. What should I invest in? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 10:23 AM PST - 46 comments

Starting a new career in midlife?

Has anyone out there begun a totally new career in mid-life? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 10:14 AM PST - 33 comments

Looking for a place to get away

I'd like to buy an inexpensive, second home (a summer place) in either New Hampshire or Maine. Someplace we can go for vacations/weekends with the kids. But I have no idea how to go about finding such a place, or what options there are for paying for it. Any suggestions?
posted by GernBlandston at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

ID this movie?

ID this movie from this scene description... [more inside]
posted by jca at 10:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Is Monster not really a monster at all...?

MonsterFilter: I've had my resume up on Monster for at least 6 months now and I've only had 17 hits - is this normal, are there a bunch of tricks I don't know about, or are employers only using Monster to post vacancies, as opposed to using it to search for prospective employees? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:47 AM PST - 10 comments

London to Paris

What's the cheapest way to travel between London and Paris? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 9:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Pepper, is it going to kill me?

Black pepper: delicious, delightful innocuous condiment or hideous lurking spicy gastronomic menace? [more inside]
posted by felix at 9:35 AM PST - 29 comments

Where to go and what to do?

What should I do and where should I go when I flee the country? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:12 AM PST - 17 comments

What do test pilots sound like?

I need to know about test pilot preflight procedures. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I buy a Belkin Pre-N Wireless router?

If I want a broader range for my wireless coverage - does the Belkin Pre-N Router make sense? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you wish you would have done with your young child?

Single dad with almost 4 yo son. For those with older children, looking back, what do you wish you would have done/started when your child was young. I'm thinking along the lines of "take more photos, buy life insurance, force them to learn an instrument, save $50/week for college, etc." [more inside]
posted by crosten at 8:21 AM PST - 67 comments

Please honey, I'm *trying* (Its just that I'm a bit dense)

Please share your best ideas on showing the man/woman/etc. in your life that you love them, day-in day-out. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:09 AM PST - 36 comments

How does one become a professional video cameraman?

How does one become a professional video cameraman? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:14 AM PST - 9 comments

When should I let possible employers know that I'm going to need time off for the wedding and honeymoon?

I'm getting married this summer. I'm also currently seeking employment. At what point should I let possible employers know that I'm going to need time off for the wedding and honeymoon? (The date is already set.)
posted by saucy at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Downloading information from Outlook Web Access?

Help my friend download her contacts and calendar information from Outlook Web Access. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 6:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are there glitches all over my icons in OSX?

After using software update to get to OSX 10.4.4 and uninstalling some older helper apps and reinstalling one other app, I know have "glitches" all over every edge on my screen, and a 128 pix grey box follows my cursor around. Pic inside [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 6:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Steering wheel tough enough for crowds of kids

I need to buy a USB steering wheel that is tough enough for an arcade machine. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 6:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I wrap gifts in a

When I was in Japan, I bought something which was cuboid shaped which I asked to be gift wrapped. The shop assistant wrapped it in such a manner that only one piece of sellotape was required. The paper was also arranged pleasingly diagonally across the gift, and seemed to be evenly spread around its surface, rather than having densely-folded sides like more common (western) wrapping. How can I learn that technique? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by cogat at 5:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Mental Retardation in the Animal Kingdom?

Are there incidents of mental retardation in the animal kingdom? If so, how does it manifest itself?
posted by ubueditor at 4:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Black pit of despair

Is it alright to leave a dental cavity unfilled? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I post my e-Bay starting bids at $0.99?

I'm an eBay newbie, and would like to post some items up for sale. Is it a good option to post my starting bid at $0.99 instead of my lowest selling price (about $10-15)? What are the pros and cons of either options? Would love to hear feedback from experienced eBay sellers / users.
posted by arrowhead at 1:59 AM PST - 30 comments

MP3 or AAC?

MP3 or AAC? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 1:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Stuff to do in Whistler

Things to do in Whistler besides skiing/snowboarding... [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 12:43 AM PST - 7 comments

January 23

How should I fix or replace my DirectTiVo box?

My DirectTV with TiVo receiver died tonight. The HD actuator (I'm guessing from the sounds of it) had been clicking for a few weeks, and I'd been getting intermittent read/write errors. Tonight after a power outage, it's stuck on the powering up screen. Should I: 1. Get a New One 2. Try a new hard drive (or some other potential fix) 3. Get the PVR that DirectTV is starting to push 4. Switch to Comcast cable and get one of their PVRs [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:56 PM PST - 12 comments

I need a new .sig

I need a new .sig [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 11:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for Adobe Indesign example files of music recital program booklets..

Adobe Indesign: I'm hoping to design a vocal recital program in Adobe Indesign. By that I mean a booklet given out before a classical music performance with song texts, translations, and notes. Can anyone find any example indesign files for me to learn off of? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 11:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Alternative to .Mac backup?

Is there an OS X app that will do what Apple's backup does but without having to be a .Mac member? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 10:42 PM PST - 13 comments

making a kotatsu

I want a kotatsu, but can't afford to ship one from Japan. I'd like to make my own if possible, but don't know where to start.
posted by Electric Elf at 9:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Lookin' for work in Dubai

Looking for a job in Dubai (for a friend). Does anybody know of any good companies with operations in Dubai or Qatar for internship or full-time work in public relations (or marketing, investor relations, event management etc...) [more inside]
posted by onalark at 9:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Online Karaoke CD-G Sources

So, I have been frequenting a small karaoke club for the last year, and I need to find specific CD-G's that match my taste. [more inside]
posted by Radio7 at 9:07 PM PST - 2 comments

shower gel??

What is shower gel? Is it liquid soap? is it moisturiser? How am I supposed to use it? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 8:49 PM PST - 52 comments

Warrent Buffet's strategy when he purchased Berkshire Hathaway?

I'm curious what Warren Buffett did after buying Berkshire Hathaway. He shut down the textile business and converted it into his holding company. In the initial stages was he in stealth mode or a publicity hog?
posted by Izzmeister at 7:49 PM PST - 2 comments

No-rub chug-a-lug?

Would it hurt one to drink contact solution? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 7:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Cheap hotels in Vancouver?

Cheap motels/hotels in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 6:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Name change during possible identity theft?

I sent my (original) passport, divorce papers and a form with all my identifying information to the social security office. Too bad FedEx delivered it to some random house. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Two OS X keyboard shortcuts are alluding me. I need assistance. [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 5:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Good WYSIWYG web development software for the Mac?

I'm looking for very simple WYSIWYG web development software package like JAlbum, Freeway and RapidWeaver. Are there more packages out there that are very similar and very good for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Copy most recent post from Wordpress to another server?

Copy most recent post from Wordpress to another server? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 5:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommend a really good, reasonable restaurant in D.C.?

Please recommend a Washington D.C. restaurant for a couple of adventurous foodies on a budget, but who want to have "that one really good meal of the trip." [more inside]
posted by iconoclastic flow at 5:07 PM PST - 41 comments

How to politely refuse eternal salvation

I just turned some Mormons away from my door, but I said it was because I was busy, so they said they'd come back later. Ack. I feel bad. What'll I do? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul at 4:31 PM PST - 94 comments

Java package for statistical analysis?

Know of a good, free Java package for basic statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by gurple at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Ricotta rotta! Fix my cheese, please

I just tried to make homemade ricotta cheese with a gallon of whole milk (to avoid burning) and a quart of buttermilk. Nevertheless, the majority of the ricotta burned to the bottom of the stainless steel stock pot I used, and the cheese which didn't burn, had that burnt-flavor. What gives?
posted by fourstar at 4:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Manhattan location for charity event needed...

Need a venue in Manhattan that will seat 100 and is able to serve booze for a charity singles trivia matchmaking event. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this pimp ride?

What is this pimp ride?
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 3:56 PM PST - 30 comments

How to adapt land line wired headset phone to bluetooth headset?

I have a Motorola Bluetooth wireless headset which I really like with my cellphone. But I'd like to also use it with my land line, which has a wired headset, detachable. In searching the net, haven't found what exists, if anything, that I can plug into the land line headset slot and adapt it for Bluetooth so I can use my wireless headset with it. Any ideas?
posted by rabbus at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do I keeping coughing up stuff?

I quit smoking like 12 months ago, but I am coughing up more phlegm then I ever did. The gunk is clear and not colored in any fashion. Is this information I googled up accurate?
posted by the giant pill at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

pay it forward?

Do landlords have the legal right to seek forward rent if a tenant is evicted? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Tissues and Irritated Skin?

How do you avoid irritated skin around the nostrils when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by cm at 2:31 PM PST - 31 comments

gmail pop work around?

Is there a way to connect to gmail using pop from behind a firewall that blocks the ports they specify? Ideally over 80? I don't have broadband at home so setting up a tunnel or variation to a pc on the outside isn't an option. Thunderbird on WinXP connected behind a typical corporate firewall.
posted by Mitheral at 2:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Help with the jealous dark side

Man I am a dumbass. I have a wonderful new boyfriend of about 6 months - who I absolutely truly adore - on the heels of surviving a really crappy five year marriage and divorce last year. Long story short, we were out over the weekend, drank a LOT, and he gave some (nice actually) girl that we were talking to a hug, told her that she felt "little and cute." I think the girl hugged me too. There was NOTHING lascivious there, he's just like that. Very warm person. Out of nowhere, I got very emotional. Told him that it upset me and we went 'round, tears and all. I am crazy about this guy, and really not a jealous person, this was deep, drunken, and came out of what seemed like nowhere from a dark place inside . We're cool, a little strained, it's weird things have been absolutley perfect up until this point, but no talk about putting the breaks on. I need help with two things one- how can I stop beating myself up over this and two-where in the hell did this jealousy come from? I really really like this guy...and we're cool, just mentally doing the equivalent of slapping my head with a shoe...I do not want to be a jealous person...
posted by mad_little_monkey at 2:25 PM PST - 30 comments

Whither Paul and George? (not the Beatles...)

Law and Order: TOS: TNT runs approximately a million episodes a week. Why do they never show espisodes from pre-1992? (Episodes with Paul Sorvino and/or George Dzundza as Chris Noth's first partners) [more inside]
posted by crickets at 2:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Buying out of state real estate

Help me learn a bit more about buying property in another state. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

The web as a platform for longform drama?

Web Drama Filter: I liked Broken Saints. What else would I like? ( I'm not looking for web comics so much as long-form dramatic pieces, with sound, 2D and 3D animation and possibly video.) Is there anything else out there using the web as a platform for viewing and distribution?
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me buy an HDTV

Help me pick which HDTV to buy. [more inside]
posted by Ateo Fiel at 1:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Guest actress on Grey's Anatomy?

Does anyone know of the name of the actress who played the elderly patient who's no longer sick, but refuses to leave the hospital on the 1/22/06 airing of Grey's Anatomy [entitled: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies]? [more inside]
posted by KevinKarl at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I need to find a facial creme by the name of lotus.

I need to find a specific facial crème or lotion. I don't know the brand, all I know is that the particular line I am looking for includes a product (scent?) named "bamboo" and another called "lotus." "Lotus" is what I am looking for. It is quite expensive. And it smells good. That's all I have to go on. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Does my rice cooker self-clean?

Does my rice cooker self-clean? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Night time is the right time

How do you insomniacs socialize? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

RSS Referrers

How can I include RSS visitors to my Web site in my monthly Web stat report?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I track down my ideal mobile phone?

I'm looking to upgrade my mobile phone, and I don't want to be limited to my provider's (T-Mobile's) choices. I have specific needs for the phone, in extended. I'd like to know if anyone knows of a phone that fits these requirements, or, better yet (and more useful to others), what are some good ways to track down a particular model that fits my specific needs? [more inside]
posted by blingblong at 9:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find this Pacific war videogame TV commercial

Help me find this Pacific war videogame TV commercial I saw a while ago (mi) [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 9:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find poutine in Salt Lake City?

Where can I find Poutine in Salt Lake City? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 8:47 AM PST - 25 comments

embedded inside

Can I upgrade my embedded/C development skills with a project at home? [more inside]
posted by rootz at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find plastic iced-coffee cups in NYC?

Where can I buy large quantities of those plastic cups (with lids with straw-holes) that you get with iced coffee or tea in a coffee shop? (I'm in NYC.)
posted by rustcellar at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

I have gaps.

Need help finding like-minded people with different skills. I have a couple of ideas for web-based businesses. Where are places to look for entrepreneurial-minded programmers/partners? [more inside]
posted by striker at 8:23 AM PST - 17 comments

emailing company?

What company do you use to run your external marketing email lists to customers? Would you recommend them?
posted by Macboy at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

What's going on down there?

I know nothing about South America. Where do I start making up for this? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 8:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Left too much tip!

The very tip of my 3/32" headphone adapter plug just came off in my Treo's headset jack. Any tips for how to extract it? I've tried: sucking it out (too much airflow coming from behind it); impaling it with a needle (won't impale); grabbing it with makeshift bobby-pin tweezers (no grip); and a toothpick tipped with Krazy Glue (didn't stick). [more inside]
posted by Eater at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Smoke Headache. How Do I Cure It?

How do I prevent a non-drinking related "morning after" headache from occurring? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Global Best Sellers list?

I there such a thing as a global best-sellers list? Every country has a very detailed best-sellers list, generally on a weekly basis, but is there a real global list, or at least a compedium of all lists from the world? Do I have any way to know, for example, if Ian McEwan's Saturday was a best-seller in Brazil or in Greece?
posted by dov at 7:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Which Ring Cycle recording should I buy?

I want to listen to Richard Wagner's Ring cycle. Where should I begin? [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 7:36 AM PST - 17 comments

The mystery of the double homepage

Why would users be seeing two different home pages? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

what is the music to Jet Grind Radio?

[Jet Grind/Set Radio filter] - very out of character but i love the music to the Dreamcast game "Jet Grind Radio." especially one song, who is the artist and what is this type of music called/what other albums are good and similar? [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I shield my TV from electrical interference?

I have a small LCD television hanging on the wall. I hung it in front of the power outlet in order to hide the cord, but it picks up a little bit of interference in that position. If I move it away from the outlet, the interference goes away, but you can see the cord. Is there a solution that will allow me to sheild the TV from the interference and keep it hanging where it is?
posted by spilon at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Can we have only a finite number of thoughts?

Since we are nothing more than our synapses, do we have limited thoughts? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 6:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Crossfit for beginners?

Does anyone here participate in Crossfit? Is it an accessible program? How long did it take you to get up to speed? How do you find it generally? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Hacking your jog

How do you optimize your jog? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 5:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Adobe Premiere Pro - How To

Where can I find a good free online guide to using Adobe Premiere Pro?
posted by crewshell at 5:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Can paralysis disappear from a high impact hit?

In the show LOST, a character who was previously paralyzed regains full motor skills due (presumably) to the plane crash. Is this possible, or has this ever happened? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 12:26 AM PST - 14 comments

old film lost cause?

I have 4 rolls of film form from honeymoon trip to vegas i have now been married 10 years would it be worth trying to get it devolved or are all pics lost
posted by starvinron at 12:22 AM PST - 19 comments

January 22

Brilliant "dinner hacks" anyone?

Nutrition filter: I am looking for unique ideas for making quick, easy, heathy, inexpensive dinners (in my case, for two) every night... or at least most nights. "Dinner Hacks" you might say. I feel like I've tried all the standard "solutions" already (for example, cooking a few big meals on the weekend and eating leftovers the rest of the week). There must be something else I can try. [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 11:22 PM PST - 51 comments

Bogus Election Email

Dirty Tricks Filter: Who would likely benefit from this bogus election email? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:04 PM PST - 5 comments

getting back at the mayor

RevengeFilter: Help me get back at my town's corrupt mayor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:55 PM PST - 29 comments

They aren't really from Mars, are they?

FormerLesbianFilter: Can you give me any insight about men and/or the way men think and function? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 10:48 PM PST - 56 comments

Can I Pull It Off?

I'm toying with the idea of getting a display to use with my 14" iBook (1.33 GHz, 768 MB RAM), mostly to watch movies on (VLC, fullscreen). Ideally, I'd like to do this while using the iBook's screen for other things (internet browsing, word processing, etc) (and on second thought, I may want to run VLC on the 14" screen and do other things on the larger display -- but that's probably irrelevant). [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:44 PM PST - 5 comments

CollegePartyFilter: Give me party theme ideas

I'm a 22 year old college student in a fraternity and have just been elected social chair, which pretty much means setting up parties with other organizations. To spice things up, we usually set some kind of theme for each bender. So far, we've been given ideas like: * tour de franzia (drink just franzia wine) * ultimate flip cup championship * country club aka golf pros, tennis hoes * walk of shame * trends gone bad * anything but clothes party * gi joes and barbie hoes * white trash trailer bash GIMME SOME MORE IDEAS!!!!!! [more inside]
posted by deeman at 9:16 PM PST - 53 comments

PowerMac motherboard (logic board) shorted, help me fix it.

PowerMac motherboard (logic board) shorted, help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Who Doesn't Want a Car Stereo In Their Computer

I am looking for a recessed knob for a computer project. The type of knob I am looking for is like the sort used in old car radios(here or here); they can be clicked in when not in use to be flush with the surrounding area. [more inside]
posted by tysiva at 7:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Affordable dining recommendations near DFW?

OutOfTownerFilter: Looking for some good, affordable dining/entertainment in the Dallas/Irving Texas area. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

powertool review sites, please

Power tool reviews. I'm in the market for some power tools, but I can't seem to find a decent review site to help me decide... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I give up relationships

Should I give up? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 6:26 PM PST - 39 comments

finding stolen mp3 player

My mp3 player was stolen from my locker, and I need to find the serial number to show it's mine. I registered it on the creative website when I got it. Is there some way to find whatever information about my player that I gave them? (I didn't write it down) [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 6:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Massachusetts Capital Gains Refunds

Does anyone know of a simple guide to calculating my refund on Massachusetts capital gains taxes for 2002? The state's instructions are long and, at first glance, incomprehensible. [more inside]
posted by teaperson at 6:10 PM PST - 1 comment

how much to allow for emergency vet costs?

How much money should we allow for cat veterinary emergencies? This is for our cat sitter or vet to spend to fix up our cat, without contacting us, if we're incommunicado. We're putting together a letter of consent for the cat sitter and vet. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a better way to read .pdf's?

What software do you use to read academic papers online? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 5:45 PM PST - 19 comments

What is the best way to make real colour images from Landsat bands?

What is the best way to make real colour images from Landsat bands? [more inside]
posted by richard m at 5:41 PM PST - 3 comments

What fonts used in this wine label?

FontFi: Am making homemade wine and looking for a new label design. Can anyone help me identify the fonts used in this 1900 Château Ausone (retailing at a mere $8,775) [more inside]
posted by johoney at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Mobile capturing?

CaptureFromMyPassengerSeatFilter: I've just got back from driving around my neighborhood with my webcam attached to the sun visor and linked to my laptop in the passenger seat. After about 3 mins shooting, the capture goes from super smooth to super jerky - what is causing this bottleneck? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 5:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I use drop-down menus in Word for Mac?

Menu bar / keyboard control of Word for Mac - is it possible? [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 5:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a good sage-scented cologne?

Anyone know of a good sage cologne? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Johnny Cash Folsom prison inspiration?

I remember hearing once that someone in the audience at Johhny Cash's Folsom Prison performance - as a prisoner - was inspired by it to go on to a successful career as a singer/songwriter. Is this apocryphal? If not, who was it? Someone mentioned to me Waylon Jennings, but I don't think it's him. Google is inconclusive.
posted by oxala at 4:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Good lesser-known companies for software developers?

What are some small or lesser-known software or IT consulting companies that have a reputation for being good places to work? Fog Creek Software has been mentioned here many times before, and they brag about being able to hire the best developers. What small or lesser-known companies can you think of with similar reputations?
posted by komilnefopa at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

AppleScript + Consulting = Profit?

I was laid off recently and want to use my knowledge of AppleScript to do some consulting. I have a meeting this week about automating tasks for a local newspaper, but am uncertain how to bill such a project. [more inside]
posted by the biscuit man at 3:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I buy mango juice?

Where can I buy mango juice (fresh, concentrate or otherwise) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 3:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Academic credit for high school sports?

Do high school athletes receive academic credit? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 3:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Can a split sleep schedule work for someone with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Is it possible for a young teen (or anyone else, for that matter) with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome to thrive on a split sleep schedule (i.e., sleeping for five hours from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and then another three hours from 3:00 am to 6:00 am)? [more inside]
posted by merejane at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Webcam exposure problems

I am having overexposure problems with a webcam pointed outside. It's not pointed at the sky, and it overexposes even on rainy days. I think I need software that will do a better job. [more inside]
posted by zek at 2:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Alfred Hitchcock story?

Identify this story about an unhappy man, an exclusive travel agency, and a magical transporting barn. Possibly from an old Alfred Hitchcock magazine. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

What laptop computer has the longest battery life?

What specific laptop computer, Mac or PC, has the longest battery life? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

MS Excel database question

Basic Microsoft Excel question. How do I join two databases together when they share elements but are not coextensively equal? (More) [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Sightseeing in Prague

Sightseeing in Prague. [more inside]
posted by Sagres at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Alternative to Craigslist for selling furniture (in LA)?

Are there good alternatives to Craigslist for selling furniture (in LA)? Ideally what I'd like is for a bunch of guys in a truck to come, give me some money, take my stuff all at once, and that would be the end of it. Does such a thing exist? This is nice functional furniture, not mid-century modern or anything antique.
posted by symbebekos at 1:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Roll, roll, roll your... window.

Is there a piece of software that /only/ rolls up your windows? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Problem connecting to the internet

I've been trying all weekend, and I can't connect my cable internet to my desktop PC. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 11:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Do I have pink eye?

Could I have pink eye? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 11:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I get chemo?

Posted for a relative: Should I get chemotherapy and radiation, or should I look into alternative methods? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 10:10 AM PST - 36 comments

Where can I find the source to "/bin/head" for a Mac OSX 10.4 system?

Where can I find the source to "/bin/head" for a Mac OSX 10.4 system?
posted by paradroid at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is phosphorus so biologically important?

To the biochemists: what's so special about phosphorus? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Need movers in San Jose ASAP

Help! I'm looking for movers in San Jose, CA for next Saturday. I've heard so much about scams that I'd really prefer someone who came with a recommandation over someone from the Yellow Pages or craigslist. My move should be easy: just to Sunnyvale and a 1 bedroom apartment with minimal furniture. I'm hoping to pay less than $100 per hour for less than 3 hours. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

3 floors, 2 computers, 1 problem

I need help with a home dsl/wireless/networking problem. [more inside]
posted by googly at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5.

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5. [more inside]
posted by Asef Jil at 12:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Printing Away From Home?

Now that I have a laptop, I'd like to be able to study away from home. The only problem is I print a lot of my documents to read hard copies. Is there a program out there (free, cheap or otherwise) that would allow me to press "print" on the road, save my print list and then when I plug into my printer, print it all out at once? If I try with the normal printing spooler, I keep getting error messages. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 12:19 AM PST - 15 comments

January 21

Split ends on eyebrows. Common? Can it be fixed?

My eyebrows consistently have weird split ends, breaks, hinging. Does this happen to anyone else? Does it mean anything? Is there something I can do to stop this?
posted by weston at 11:59 PM PST - 18 comments

iBook G3 and iBook G4... same external case?

I have an old 12" G3 500 iBook. Someone has a 12" G4 800 iBook he's selling because the case where the battery goes in is cracked and the battery won't stay in. I'm wondering if the cases are identical and if I can buy his and slip it into my case. Possible? How would I find out?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 11:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How to easily navigate in my online comic website?

Website Content Management Q: I'm setting up a website for my online comic and have no idea what script is needed (or possible) to automate the "previous" and "next" navigation buttons to show a strip to my visitors on a page they haven't yet visited. Make sense? Also, are there any easy to install scripts that automatically update my site by posting today's strip that I have previously uploaded (so I don't have to upload or change code every single day)???
posted by catcatwomanman at 10:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Most distant man-made object in space

Unless it is followed by an even faster probe, will New Horizons become the most distant man-made object in space? If so, when? Are there any projects planned that would pass New Horizons before it passes Voyager 1?
posted by jepler at 8:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I get my luggage checked to a layover city instead of final destination?

Can I just leave the airport during a layover and miss my flight to the final destination without incurring penalities on the way back? I know the usual answer is no but my circumstances are a bit different - I'll still be returning from the city I'm supposed to finally arrive at. I'm going from San Fran to New Orleans via Dallas, then six days later from New Orleans to Los Angeles. I just got in touch with a friend I really want to see in the Dallas area and I'd like to just get off in Dallas on the way to New Orleans and spend a day there, then road trip to New Orleans and spend the rest of my vacation there, leaving from New Orleans like I should. Can I do this? I'm interested in why I can or can't since I'm curious, but practical answers would be most appreciated, especially on how I can get my luggage checked only to Dallas (I have to check a bag - don't tell me only use a carryon). What do I tell the desk attendant?
posted by riverjack at 8:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Website with DVD sales profits?

Does anyone know of a website that has recent, regularly updated info regarding sales of top-selling DVD's? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

debt management

Debt management. I'm considering seeking debt counseling but I'm affraid that it might be scammy. I did fairly well as a single guy with a full time job, but now I have a family, a house and seemingly insurmountable bills. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:49 PM PST - 16 comments

my burning desire to see a show about arson

A few years ago, I saw a TV-documentary about a man who was burning down luxury homes somewhere in the American west. The arsonist's best friend (brother?) was instrumental in capturing him. It was on 20/20 or Primetime or some similar show. I was riveted by the story, have never forgotten it, and I'd love to see it again. Which show was it on? Is it available on DVD? Transcript? Based on a book?
posted by grumblebee at 5:52 PM PST - 14 comments

The Locks?

I'm looking for a piece of neo-classical music called "The Locks" or "The Lock" but can't find it anywhere. Unfortunately I don't remember the composer. Anybody heard of it?
posted by culberjo at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Train the trainer

I am thinking about starting my own computer training business, which I think would be a good fit for me based on my passions, interests, and professional background. I have combed the internet and can't seem to find any information on the intricacies of the business. Does anyone have experience in the business as a trainer or entrepreneur? I would love to hear some intelligent opinions on how to become the worlds most successful independent computer trainer.
posted by jasondigitized at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Web Cults: Do They Exist?

Crazy people, pseudoscience and cult pages, are there any on the internet with a following or are they just there to be amusing? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Name that movie - please.

Stupid question: recent movie (last year or so) 4 kids are homeless? Without parents? Bringing themselves up? What is it?
posted by leafwoman at 4:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Roll up the windows....

I can't sing well. At all. What are some good methods I can practice at home to improve?
posted by Mach3avelli at 3:33 PM PST - 15 comments

best ticket price from NYC to Grand Bahama Island?

Best price from a NYC airport to Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island. Going with a few friends to the Bahamas from March 18-25, 2006. Any suggestions on where to find the cheapest flight? I wish JetBlue flew to Freeport instead of just Nassau but we have a free place to stay (resort) in Freeport. Not sure of where to look...so any ideas would be great. And if you have suggestions on what we should check out on GBI (away from the touristy resort crap and the spring breakers..)
posted by jare2003 at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Advice for Dealing with Car Accident Stress

Yesterday I caused a car accident. I'm a college sophomore and I've never been in a car wreck before. I have liability insurance so it only covers the other persons car and its going to cost $1250 to fix my car which I have no choice but to fix. I also have to appear in court next month to deal with the ticket or whatever. The whole incident has just weighed on my heavily. I can't get any work done, I am having trouble sleeping. I just feel awful. Does anyone have any advice on dealing with this kind of situation?
posted by icespide at 2:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Is my chiroprator a nut?

Is my chiropractor talking nonsense? I have been seeing a cranial chiropractor since hurting my neck in a car crash. So today in my session she was gently fingering the top of my spine, base of my skull area, and she said that she had pinpointed the problem area because she could feel my nerves 'fizzing'. I think she is right about finding the location of the injury cause thats where I get the most pain when she touches me. But can she really be feeling my nerves fizz. Is that scientifically possible?
posted by juniorbonner at 2:18 PM PST - 33 comments

yummy coffee

Inspired by this, I'm looking for more interesting coffee/latte recipes.
posted by showmethecalvino at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How many copies a book has sold?

How can you find out how many copies a book (published, say, in the last five years) has sold? Not necessarily a best-seller, either.
posted by gottabefunky at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Web Developer plugin for Safari?

Something for (the latest version of) Safari that allows me to see which DIV I'm in by mousing over a section of the screen? Any suggestions besides webdevadditions (which doesn't work for me and the developer is unresponsive).
posted by Manhasset at 1:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Then the heat disappears and the mirage fades away...

My little sister is going to Cairo, Egypt. For a year! I'm looking for some tips and information on living there. [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Good LCD monitor for reading?

What should I look for in an LCD monitor primarily for programming and web-surfing? (i.e. reading text.) [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 11:37 AM PST - 26 comments

Need clipart representing a database

Needed: a good clipart graphic representing a database (shape of a cylinder) for a quick powerpoint presentation. There has to be something decent in the public domain. Any links? Thanks!
posted by queue_strategy at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Canadians: Do you vote for a party or a candidate?

Dear Canadians, Brits, and other citizens of parliamentary democracies: Inspired by this comment, how important is party affiliation to your vote? In other words, how much of an asshat does your party's parliamentary candidate have to be to force you to switch sides in an election? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 10:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Website redesign

How much should be budgeted to redesign a small/medium sized association's website? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the proper etiquette for eating sushi?

What's the proper etiquette for eating sushi? [more inside]
posted by hooray at 10:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Powerpoint into a DVD playable disc

How do I turn a Powerpoint Slide Show into a playable DVD? [more inside]
posted by erd0c at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Computer won't recognize external drive

A little help please in getting my computer to fully recognize an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Can AMD Motherboard be powered by G3 powersupply?

Here's a technical question. Will this motherboard work with a G3 (Mac) power supply? Gigabyte GA-6VTXD Also in the motherboard is an AMD Athlon 900Mhz. Is that fast? What's the comparison to Intel chips? I've never really understood the conversion. I thought it would be neat to use an old, unwanted G3 case for something like this. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to travel to as a photo-journalist?

I want to be a photo-journalist. Where should I travel to? [more inside]
posted by BobsterLobster at 8:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Are you going to be my girl?

How do I tell a crush from high school that I still have feeling for her? How do I act on those feelings? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:27 AM PST - 45 comments

Are there any jobs I could work from home on?

Are there any real, decent, and legit jobs I could work from home on for some extra cash? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Where Do I Get a High Quality Photo Print?

Where can I get an archival, museum quality photographic print from a 35mm transparency in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC area? Also, what kind of print should I have made (Cibachrome or digital/ink jet)? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Name That Painting

Artfilter: What is the name of the painting, and the painter, of the portrait hanging near the door of Will's apartment in Will & Grace? It's a portrait of a male, shoulders up, no shirt.
posted by Neale at 6:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my testicles descend even further......

Is it possible to train your voice to go deeper? [more inside]
posted by Oh Indeed at 6:01 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I make Network Solutions and Typepad work?

Please please please can someone help me make my Network Solutions registered domain map to my Typepad site? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 5:13 AM PST - 5 comments

From the country that brought you the Magic Roundabout...

Modern Art in the London Docklands. Anyone know exactly where this incredible piece is? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 4:22 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a title

I need to come up with a title for my current job to put on my resume [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 3:24 AM PST - 13 comments

January 20

Sweat Rash

For the past few months I've had a light case of Heat Rash (prickly heat, miliaria). What can I do to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by kjell at 11:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Human Swiss Army Knife?

Keep being the jack-of-all-trades guy? Or master something specific? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 10:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Turtle Sexing

Help me sex my Red Eared Slider [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 9:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Web development woes.

A client's website keeps losing its changes. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments


My neck cracking habit is killing me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Say What?

I have some 30 and 50 page articles from France, Germany, maybe Korea, and would like to read them. Are there people here who have experience with translators and translation services that could initiate me? What kind of prices and service times am I looking at? What are my options for this problem? Thanks.
posted by dgaicun at 6:36 PM PST - 14 comments

What's going on with my computer?

Hefty computer problems. My computer (Asus A8NX-E Deluxe) suddenly shut off one day. When I would power it up the fans would run for ~10 seconds -- no BIOS, nothing, then the fans would turn off. Replaced power supply, no difference. Replaced motherboard and the weird fan problem fixed. Placed everything in, no video now. And... [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments


How would one search out willing venture capitalists? A client of mine has a business plan, a good market, and a group of capable people, but just found her source of funding has dried up. If she can find one or more investors who can commit to funding, she believes that she can make it happen. But how would we find such people? (For the curious, this is a non-tech venture.)
posted by megatherium at 5:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Brick wall PSA

A few years ago, I saw a PSA narrated by what sounded like a black man in his 40s or 50s. It described how one summer he and his brother were told by their father to build a brick wall for no apparent purpose. He talked about how hot it was, how they didn't spend any time with their friends, and they had to rebuild parts that weren't up to snuff. At the end, the father said something like, "Now don't ever tell me there's anything you can't do." I loved the ad, and was wondering whether it was available online. Any ideas?
posted by ykjay at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Hassleless travelling to and from Japan in comfort?

A friend of mine and I are going to Japan in a couple months and are getting our tickets now. We'll be leaving from Washington, DC and will be arriving in Tokyo and leaving from Osaka later. I'm worried about comfort, he's worried about price. We're both worried about the hassle of switching/transferring between the two Tokyo airports on the way back. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tittergrrl at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Finding your Search Engine keywords / phrases

I'm looking for a way to find out what keywords/keyphrases are being used on all search engines for my website. My stats program shows a few but there must be loads that I haven't found yet. Thanks for reading.
posted by spinko at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Todo list applications

I'm looking for web-based application that I can use to organize my todo lists. I need for it to be webbased and it also must have an RSS feed. Does anybody have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hubs at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

ID a song?

Songfilter: Name of the song played often at sporting events, simply repeats the word "Hey"???
posted by apark at 3:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Toilets without Tanks: How Do They Work? Do They Clog?

PlumbingFilter: Help me understand my new tankless toilet with no shut-off valve. What do I do if it clogs? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me select a new job title.

Please help me select a new job title. [mi] [more inside]
posted by 27 at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

What do waiters call regular customers?

Does anyone know any slang that waiters/waitresses use to refer to regular customers other than the obvious "regulars"?
posted by saraswati at 3:02 PM PST - 17 comments

mexico tips

Heading to Guadalajara and Manzanillo in early March for 10 days and wonder about tips for must-see things to do, see, restaurant recommendations and accomodations as well. ( no all-inclusives please)
posted by frizelli at 2:33 PM PST - 1 comment

new fangled image maps?

I want to display images of stained glass windows on a church website. What is the best way, method, software, code etc to highlight details on the initial image and then have the user mouse over or click to get a larger shot of the detail, with a caption if possible? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 2:31 PM PST - 6 comments

yvan eht nioj

How do you cook navy beans so the "outer shell" doens't come off? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the word for items left in books?

Is there a specific word for the varied detritus people leave between the pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by steef at 1:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Got A Bad Case Of The Stationery Blues

What is the best resource, be it a site, book, whatever, to assist those unlucky enough to have to create stationery files for MS Outlook 2003? CSS supports seems inconsistent, and even table-based layouts don't behave as expected, or even as they do in IE.
posted by boombot at 1:42 PM PST - 0 comments

John Birch: Real, or pipe dream?

I need a link to support the allegation that John Birch, the U.S. Army intelligence officer supposedly killed by the Chinese in 1945, did not exist. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

PHP/IIS index page must be explicitly specified to use GET vars?

PHP under IIS doesn't serve default content page (index.php) when only GET variables are passed? e.g., /directory/?myvar=foobar ...I have a custom 404 error configured, and IIS is set to confirm file exists. [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Speciation and Chromosome Counts

How do species come to have different numbers of chromosomes? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 12:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Vegetarian cookbooks?

Vegetarian cookbook recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Succa at 12:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Keep me out of internet shopping cart trouble

I'm building a website for a local store; they want a small catalog to sell a few of their products online. They already accept credit cards on-site and have a merchant ID#; can a pixel-pusher like me set up a shopping cart system out of the box for them, or do I need to find a web developer? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

PVR/video card question

For a friend who is also doing a PVR project with an old machine:
I have a home made PC with an XGI Volari V3 128 mgb and a Magnavox (27MT3305/17) and I am trying to connect them through S-Video. The TV shows nothing but rolling grayscale ghosts of my desktop. I cannot find any means of configuring the video card to s-video, so I assume this is automatic.
[more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Lux et Veritas : Can my apartment windows be blocked over?

Looks like the one story warehouse next door has been put up FOR SALE. Problem is that if a building goes up in its stead, two of my windows will be covered over. Do I have any rights or say in the matter? [more inside]
posted by Skygazer at 11:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Things to do in Marrakech

Heading to Marrakech for a week, starting Sunday. Do any Mefites have tips, must-see places, restaurant recommendations (or places to avoid)? [more inside]
posted by darsh at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Salt Lake City: Hotels, nightlife?

Salt Lake City: Hotels? Nightlife? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

craigslist stalker is on the loose

Craigslist flagging question: How to avoid harassment? [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 11:08 AM PST - 13 comments

More male bottoms then female tops?

BSDMFilter : Is it true that there are far more male bottoms then there are female tops? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Best way to carry condoms with you

CondomFilter: What is the best way to carry condoms around with you for use away from home? Looking around on the Net, you find advice that keeping it in your wallet or pocket is unsafe (heat and friction), so what other options does a guy have? Will your suggestions work for carrying more than one condom as well?
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

HOSTS file and Firefox

I'm interested in enacting parental controls on the Mozilla Firefox browser. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Alternatives to Cafe Press and Zazzle?

I'm looking to make some t-shirts, on an on-demand basis. Are there any alternatives to Cafe Press and Zazzle, preferably one that's not weird about owning people's designs, and copyright issues? I'd like to have unlimited designs available, decent prices, and decent quality t-shirts. I'm not interested in getting anything in bulk. Thanks!
posted by apetpsychic at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I fix my own Metal Dance Pad?

Can I fix my own Metal Dance Pad? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Which guitar for a beginner?

I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

carrots to good home

What in G-d's name am I going to do with ten pounds of carrots? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 9:43 AM PST - 42 comments

Atlanta to Philadelphia?

Have you lived in Atlanta and moved to Philadelphia? What were your experiences? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Do I need to refrigerate vinaigrette?

Do I need to refrigerate vinaigrette? I make a traditional vinaigrette: olive oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, herbs, salt, pepper. Do I need to refrigerate it?
posted by shothotbot at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Logo NoGo in Firefox

Can you see why my website's logo is messed up in Firefox but displays okay in IE [more inside]
posted by mickbw at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Selected Umbrellas

[UmbrellaFilter] I'd like to get one of those snazzy umbrellas as seen in the Windowlicker video (by Aphex Twin). Does anyone know if it's possible, or where? For those who haven't seen the video, it's an old-fashioned-looking umbrella, white, with the logo on the cover of Selected Ambient Works as shown in the link.
posted by ChrisR at 8:48 AM PST - 9 comments

How long do burned CD-Rs last?

What, in your experience, is the lifespan of a burned CD-R? What about DVD+R? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 8:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Need full text of Double Day statement defending James Frey

How to find the full text of the public statement issued by DoubleDay defending James Frey? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Reasons/fixes for swollen parotids?

I want my face back! (Swelling of the parotid glands.) [more inside]
posted by tentacle at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Drunk midwesterner seeks novelty

Does anybody know if there has ever been a popular cocktail invented in Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to be more 'modern classical' literate.

Music Filter: I want to be more 'modern classical' literate. [more inside]
posted by elastic.scorn at 8:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Simple C IDE

I'm looking for a simple C IDE. [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Multiple Xboxes on a network problem.

I'm trying to set up a small network for some friends of mine. They have 2 xboxes (not 360s) and just got broadband internet specifically for Xbox Live. I picked up router (a LinkSys WRT54G). They previously had the xbox system link bundle (4 port hub and 4 cables). Then came the problems (after the jump). [more inside]
posted by Ikazuchi at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Why all the fuss over Google?

Why all the excitement over Google? I read in Wired Magazine that there has been a "breathtaking ascent of Google" in recent months, but I don't know what it's all about. [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 at 7:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Well designed objects

Where can I find other webpages like this one ? What blogs present other nice items (in terms of usability).
posted by vincentm at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Natural Resource Consumption

What percentage of the world's natural resources does the united states use? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 7:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Tell me about tea.

Tell me about loose teas. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:09 AM PST - 28 comments

IE... you are my enemy! (At least when it comes to CSS/Javascript)

How the heck do I iterate through all a given div's style sheet in IE? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 6:41 AM PST - 5 comments

When should I sell my house?

Question about when is the best time to put a house on the market... [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 6:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Mental performance

Whatever challenging and demanding mental tasks one has to perform, whether intensive games, tests, or problem saving, it just so happens that on some days the brain functions better during others. I am looking for tips on things to do to help keep a person's brain sharp, so that he feels "in the zone" during mind-intensive activities.
posted by gregb1007 at 6:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Wealth, Power, and Flattery

Why are rich and/or powerful people nevertheless so succeptible to flattery? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Can you pick me up some string cheese?

What is the *best* book you can recommend that covers diet and nutrition for a healthy pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 5:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Exactly what the hell is Paul Oakenfold doing?

Exactly what the hell is Paul Oakenfold doing? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:47 AM PST - 15 comments

US/UK customer service comparison

US/UK Customer ServiceFilter: In your experience, in what instances does US customer service outshine that of the UK, and vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me, help them!

Recently I've decided that I would like to take a service trip this summer, and would like opinions and ideas on where to go, who to go through, and who might help fundraise such a trip. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 1:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Caribbean Cruise advice wanted

I'm planning on taking a Caribbean Cruise in April (my first cruise of any kind). Your experience, knowledge, and wisdom would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 12:23 AM PST - 16 comments

January 19

How do I set up a server at home?

ServerFilter: How do I set up a server at home? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Saving a stream of links to my HD

How could I capture the steady stream of popularly ranked links on a web site (in this case http://del.icio.us/popular/). I thought it would be a snap with an RSS-enabled site - but after googling/trying different RSS readers, I am overwhelmed and have not found a solution. The idea is to capture the links on my hard drive so I don't miss anything if I'm away for a few days. (Bonus if I can weed out the repeats!)
posted by parma at 10:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Office parenting

Parents with home-based businesses -- how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

What's your favorite Google feature, trick, or hack?

Stupid Google tricks: I'm teaching a class on internet searching. Help me impress and inform by sharing your favorite Google or other search tool feature, trick, or hack. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:00 PM PST - 49 comments

Cyberpunk couriers

Why are couriers featured in most cyberpunk stories?
posted by jimmy at 9:54 PM PST - 23 comments

53g of powdered ginger, what to do?

Just received a big jar of powdered ginger -- what to make with it? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:35 PM PST - 23 comments

MidEast language map

I'd like to find a map of languages spoken in the Middle East. At least the major languages: Arabic, Farsi, etc. Anyone got better google-fu skills than me?
posted by zardoz at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Need to know the basics of Avid iNews

In 10 days or so, I'm going to learn how to use Avid iNews at my new job. [more inside]
posted by amusem at 9:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it ICED tea?

How does one make and distribute e-books? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I bypass my school's packet filter?

Is it possible to bypass a packet filter in order to log onto AIM from my school's network? Filtering is combination URL filtering via Sonic Wall and packet filtering via Packet Hound. We have tried proxies but have been met with little success, we need a simple lightweight solution.
posted by SuperCoolZane at 7:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Linux apt-get woes...

I think I broke it... I was attempting to apt-get install vsftpd when apt informed me that I need to upgrade certain packages... [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

foot cramping weirdness

Recurring foot muscle cramps. My fiancee has this weird *foot thing* that happens about 3 or 4 days per week. In the evenings, she gets painful cramps in her foot, usually her left foot but sometimes the right one does the same. It usually takes 10 or 20 minutes to work itself out. It's helped by massage, but it hurts like the dickens while it's going on. What gives? Her diet and exercise habits inside... [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 7:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Bad Chicago Restaurants

Is there a way I can find out if a restaurant in Chicago, Illinois has any health code violations? [more inside]
posted by super_not at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Problems with Windows Media Player

Help me play an .avi file. [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 6:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Holy crap my tooth is killing me, ow ow ow!

Sinus Infection filter with a dash of god aweful tooth ache.. Who should I go see? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Ladies (and some gents): What do you wear under your skirt?

Ladies (and some gents): What do you wear under your skirt? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 5:37 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm sick of being just a little bit chubby.

How do I stop eating before I go to bed? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 5:10 PM PST - 22 comments

study abroad info

Studyabroadfilter: I am a student at Texas Tech University and I am planning on studying abroad this summer but I do not know where to go. What do yall think?? I was thinking Spain, Italy, Norway, or Scotland. Please let me know if anyone has had prior experience with this type of program and what yall thought of where you went. Thank you very much. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Plasma TV Burn-In Questions

Plasma Burn-in Filter: I have a new Plasma 42" TV. The manual has a page in the front dedicated to burn-in and how it's not covered by warranty. How worried do I need to be? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 4:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Fensler Film’s fourth Sealab 2021 clip; what is the rock track that comes in at 00:20 and plays the clip out?

Fensler Film’s fourth Sealab 2021 clip; what is the rock track that comes in at 00:20 and plays the clip out?
posted by ed\26h at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me make Japanese Shrimp Sauce, Jacksonville Florida style.

Help me make Japanese Shrimp Sauce, as found in Jacksonville, Florida. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 4:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Downloadable Shakespeare

Shakespearefilter. One of my vices is collecting productions of Shakespeare's plays (particular Hamlet). I recently stumbled across this theatre group who have put two shows up online for download and I was wondering if anyone knew of any others which are available anywhere online. I can't imagine that this is the only group doing this. Ideally I'm looking for those in the canon which are produced less often such as Cymbeline or Measure for Measure hopefully in mp3 format. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:22 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with an 83 year old Acid Casualty Papa?

My friend is traveling back to the US to deal with her estranged 83 year old acid-casualty father’s deteriorating health and living situation. Can she be held legally responsible for his debts? [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 3:21 PM PST - 13 comments

"I'm sorry? We were talking about chocolate?"

The delightful "Land of Chocolate" and similar pieces... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I train my pet mouse to use an exercise wheel?

[BFSkinnerFilter] How do I train my pet mouse to use expensive exercise equipment? [more inside]
posted by iloveit at 3:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Unauthorized Content Use?

This might have been asked before but I couldn't find it in my search. My website has no advertising. Other websites have been displaying my content inside frames surrounded by advertising. How may I prevent this from happening?
posted by ig at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I translate data?

What is a good tool for translating data? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Investigating an international company?

How to find out the degree of legitimacy, trustworthiness, quality and ethics of the Amicorp company? [more inside]
posted by andendau at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

What do I do with empty toner cartridges?

My office has a lot of empty toner cartridges from laser printers sitting around. What should I do with them? I don't feel good about throwing them in the trash, but whenever I research selling the cartridges to a company, I can only get something like 1 dollar for each (and that will barely cover the shipping costs). What do I do??
posted by svdodge at 12:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to find Nigerian movies?

Where can I go in New York to get Nollywood films on DVD? What should I get? And should I be so overcautious/xenophobic to pay in cash? [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. at 12:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Roccoco Music

Many years ago in Boston when WBCN was a classical station, it broadcast a program called Dekovan (SP?) Presents. The commentator on this program made a distinction between Baroque and Rococo music. He did not elaborate on the differences between the two and implied they were too subtle for most of his listeners to understand. I do not remember after 40-45 years any of his examples of Rococo. Does Rococo music exist or was Dekovan the only one that recognized it? Do any elderly AskMefs remember Dekovan and know anything about him? The show was syndicated throughout the country.
posted by Raybun at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I find lost money?

Finding lost money filter. I was the executor for my Dads estate. The bulk of the work was done long ago, but I'm getting contacted by a company that says they know about some money still in his name. What can I do to find these funds myself?
posted by what-i-found at 11:49 AM PST - 42 comments

Web-based tutorial development

Are there any free/open source tools available to create web-based (HTML) tutorials that don't require server installation? I've played with IBM's Toot-o-matic in the past but it doesn't work with Java 1.5 and doesn't seem to be actively supported. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Why won't the video play?

Why is it that some videos won't play for me and I get this instead? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Need to access NT 2000 WS PC but don't have username/password.

I've got a old dell laptop which, just before I retired it, I loaded up with NT 2000 workstation from a legit cd I had. And I've forgotten whichever username/password combo I cleverly used. Furthermore I can't find the orginal cd anywhere so that I could just reload the OS. Does anyone know of a way I can access this machine? I want to give it to my young daughter 'cause it's free.
posted by thayerg at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Tourist apartments in Budapest, Ljubljana and Sarajevo?

Apartments in Budapest, Ljubljana and Sarajevo? My roommate & I are heading to Central Europe in March, and we'd like to rent apartments for a week in each of those cities, so we can have a kitchen and enough space to not drive each other crazy. [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Oh, this all too solid flesh is melting

Interested in approaches to getting my novel published. From those who are more in the know than myself. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 11:24 AM PST - 18 comments

What's a good network-enabled piece of backup software for Windows?

Is there a reasonably priced Windows backup solution that does SCP, not FTP? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I get a short-term, labor-intensive job in a field I'd like to start a career in?

How can I get a short-term, labor-intensive job in a field I'd like to start a career in? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Internet connection monitor

Is there a simple app out there that will monitor when my Internet connection goes up and down? I've seen dozens of utilities out there that monitor a specific website, but I figure these utilities might just error out if my own connection is down. Besides I should be monitoring 2 or 3 sites rather than just one to get a true measure of whether the Internet is down.
posted by rolypolyman at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Running a web site

I would like to run a web server and more. Any assistance or advice out there? [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 10:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Need recommendations on buying a parrot

I'm thinking of buying a parrot, and I'm leaning towards a White-Bellied Caique. Does anyone own this type of bird? Can they recommend it? [more inside]
posted by Gamblor at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Korean War Purple Heart

How can I find out if someone (living) received a Purple Heart award during the Korean War? [more inside]
posted by AmericnJewl at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Downsides of collecting unemployment (and giving it away)?

What are the downsides of collecting unemployment (and giving the money to a friend)? Would it affect, for example, applying for a mortgage in the next two or three years? (I live in NYC). [more inside]
posted by nobody at 9:49 AM PST - 25 comments

Powerbook or MacBook?

Powerbook or MacBook? Trade offs between the old generation and new generation of Pro Apple laptops. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 9:23 AM PST - 32 comments

Portable gym?

My job requires me to travel roughly 1 week out of 4. While I enjoy this, it seriously interferes with my workout schedule. What exercises can I do with equipment that will fit in a large suitcase and won't disturb the neighbors?
posted by ttrendel at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

"Beijing Soccer Heroes"

I desperately need (well want) a copy of 1987 Chinese movie "Soccer Heroes" aka "Beijing Soccer Heroes" aka 京都球俠 (Jing du qiu xia) [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

How thick should this steel plate be?

How thick would a carbon steel plate have to be to roughly approximate the bending & deflection characteristics of 5/8" to 3/4" plywood? [more inside]
posted by true at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Where is the great music?

Have we hit a low point for music at this time in history? Or is it that the great music which is out there is just not that popular? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 8:57 AM PST - 87 comments

How to reset a wireless access key without original computer?

My computer's hard drive died, taking my wireless access key with it. Unfortunately, I don't have a hard copy of it. Is there a way to re-set my wireless network's access settings without the original computer? [more inside]
posted by kevinmeyers at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

PDF Duplex Printing Failure

PDF Duplex Printing Failure [more inside]
posted by prostyle at 8:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Surviving winter training...

Another food/exercise/energy question: how do I arrange my life and diet so I can do two hours of a martial art every night for ten days? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Working with Text in Columns in Excel -- please help

Excel Question: I have 2 lists of text data separated into 2 columns -- column A and column B. Column A is a significantly longer list (close to 10k cells) than Column B (5-6k cells), but many of the cells in Column A are identical to cells in Column B. What I would like to do is generate a Column C that only contains cells from Column A that are NOT also in Column B. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Disable AIM prompt?

Disable stupid AOL instant message warning? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 8:28 AM PST - 5 comments

How safe are old plastic toys?

My daughter recently got my old play tea-set (cups, a teapot etc.). It is made from hard plastic. Is it still safe to drink from? There is no mention on the toys of the type of plastic it is made of. They are approximately 25 years old.
posted by davar at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I take notes on big books?

Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
posted by josh at 7:10 AM PST - 30 comments

Firefox place marking question

When reading long articles in Firefox, is there a simple way to mark your place so that you automatically start where you left off the next day when you reload that page?
posted by PurpleJack at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Palm OS forums that don't suck?

I bought my wife a Palm TX for pharmacy school (previously discussed here). Are there any decent Palm forum/portal sites out there that don't suck? I'm looking for something like ipodlounge but for Palm OS? I haven't been able to turn any up. [more inside]
posted by wheat at 6:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do I feel in a career tundra?

I've been an attorney for 4 years now, 28 years old, bored to death and uninsprired at my current job and completely clueless about my future. [long post] [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 5:49 AM PST - 27 comments

How to break into science and medical freelance writing?

How to break into science and medical freelance writing? High background in science, little background in writing [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 5:39 AM PST - 14 comments

InternetIdiotFilter: How do I get email addresses for my company?

InternetIdiotFilter: How do I get email addresses for my company? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 5:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Advice on Web Application Data Correlation.

What is the optimum way in an ASP.NET Web Application with SQL Server 2000 to perform the following data correlation? [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 4:32 AM PST - 2 comments

best form of working out?

I have been told recently that a short (say 20 minutes) series of sprints, hard workouts, is more efficient and better all around for fitness than slow long distance walking or running (jogging)...true or not?
posted by Postroad at 3:53 AM PST - 8 comments

big head eyeglasses

So I have this oddly shaped head and I'd like to find eyeglasses that actually fit... [more inside]
posted by rdr at 1:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Addressing confusing selection criteria.

In job applications, I'm having trouble addressing the selection criteria - in particular, the one wanting to know my "Knowledge and commitment to OH&S standards and Equal Employment Opportunities Policy". [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:08 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I make a flash drive more secure?

How do I make a flash drive more secure? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:02 AM PST - 18 comments

January 18

What is the best pool cue I can get for under 100 dollars?

What is the best pool cue I can get for under 100 dollars? Where is the best place online to get one? I'm thinking about getting one for a friend.
posted by petah at 11:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Fuss-free default footers for Word?

How can I set up a totally fuss-free default footer in Word? I want to add a default footer to Normal.dot, so that if users doesn't specify their own footer they get mine, and people who get printed copies of their documents know where to go to find the originals. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 10:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Trying to figure out what to do with pine forest landscaping

I'm trying to figure out what to do about landscaping in a pine forest location. The problem is the soil is sandy and nothing has grown there. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 10:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Fashionable Inspiration

Calling all fashionistas! Any one out there know of any good reference books for fashion designers? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for online groupware app for volunteer scheduling

I'm looking for a free online collaborative calendar/spreadsheet app to schedule volunteers. I'd like it to have time down the left side and 3 columns with titles and the whole thing can be group edited. I need 7 consecutive days of 1-hr slots from 8am to midnight. [more inside]
posted by bagelche at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Have any "Greatest Hits" albums had bonus songs which become a greatest hit?

Many times a "Greatest Hits" album is released and there is an extra new song or two added as a bonus (and they're usually not very good) . . Have there ever been any of these "bonus tracks" which themselves have gone on to become a greatest hit?
posted by jeremias at 8:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Why won't they get along?

Firefox 1.5 and Quicktime 7... Why don't they agree? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 8:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I report my ebay sales to the IRS?

Should I report my ebay sales to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Mental Health issues

A friend of mine is having mental health issues. How can I best help them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Hi there!

If someone who knows your name greets you by not using your name, is that rude and/or disrespectful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 41 comments

Looking for rehab in Terminal City

I need recommendations for private alcohol treatment programmes in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Health Insurance Application Spin?

Do I have to represent myself with a flawlessly healthful past to be approved for individual (Blue Cross) health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Why does alcohol combined with pot make me so sick?

I get tremendously sick when I drink, and then smoke pot. [more inside]
posted by lemur at 7:03 PM PST - 43 comments

Speedometer acting sluggish

My '97 Saturn sedan is having speedometer problems...it gets stuck on 31 mph and sometimes (after a smack) gets up to the speed I am going, but never goes below 31 unless I smack the dash multiple times, and even park and take the key out of the ignition! Any idea what the problem is and an estimate to the repair cost?
posted by psususe at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Tiny musical device wrecks girl's life shortly before 6-week trip.

It's my turn to have ipod woes. Has this particular problem happened to you? Please help before my ipod dream is tragically ended. [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 5:04 PM PST - 16 comments

If Volvo made a PC?

New PC system build, nearly new builder seeks the Volvo 240 of machines. [more inside]
posted by vers at 4:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Any recommendations for a grant writing course online?

I want to take a grant / proposal writing course online or at least learn a lot more about grant writing. Has anyone taken one or heard about one that is better than the rest? Is it something that is better taken in a classroom?
posted by k8t at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How much money can I expect to earn from ads on my website?

Would adding advertisements to my site generate enough earnings to even bother in the first place? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the Great Australian Novel?

What is the Great Australian Novel? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 4:13 PM PST - 49 comments

How to move from Aperture back to iPhoto?

I tried out Apple's Aperture for a month to see if I liked it and if it saved any time, but now that iPhoto 6 is out, I'd like to go back to iPhoto which runs loads faster on my iMac. This means I have about a month's worth of photos in Aperture I'd like to salvage in iPhoto. What I can't figure out is how to export photos from Aperture into iPhoto, instead of vice versa. Any tips?
posted by mathowie at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Plans for an offshore air defense platform?

I'm interested in writing a story set on a texas tower, an off-shore air defense platform used in the mid 50s to early 60s. However, I need an idea of how it was set up inside and I don't know how to get a map/plan/schematic of the tower. I don't every little detail about it, just how the space was set up and so forth.
posted by clockworkjoe at 3:51 PM PST - 5 comments

CSS'ing my way to a 4/3 resolution?

What's the easiest/best way to design a site that's meant to be viewed 4/3 while ensuring it looks right on even widescreen monitors? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

hosting a mefi clone?

Thinking about creating a website very similar to Metafilter. Have no php/mysql skills. What's the platform/CMS that comes closest to replicating the MeFi experience without requiring a lot of tech skills? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a Firefox fix for entering URL on startup...

Firefoxfilter: I want to stop Firefox (1.5) from changing the focus of where I'm typing when I'm entering a URL on startup. See inside for a (hopefully) more coherent explanation of the problem... [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 2:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Help Me Get to Highbury

How to get tickets to see Arsenal at Highbury? [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 2:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Simple, easy and delicious vegetarian Japanese recipes

Simple, easy and delicious vegetarian Japanese recipes I can make at home? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 1:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Good poster font?

What's a good, free font for use on a 5-foot-across poster that will be filled with lots of text? (Body text will be 20-25 points.)
posted by Tlogmer at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments


What would be a good, small utility for tracking my inbound/outbound DSL bandwidth consumption (as an end user)? All the tools I'm Googling seem to be for system administrators... I'm not running a server.
posted by hodyoaten at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

The incredible shrinking Photoshop file

I'm trying to copy/paste a 5x5 PSD file into an 8x8 CD template PSD. Every time I do so, the original 5x5 shrinks to 3.8x3.8! [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 1:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Maintaining a laptop

I just got a new laptop...help me care for it so it has a long and happy life. [more inside]
posted by apple scruff at 1:09 PM PST - 31 comments

How to index Outlook?

How can I get desktop search programs to co-exist with Outlook? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm a bad, bad husband.

I'm a bad, bad husband. My wife's birthday is this Sunday, and I've not figured out what I'm going to do. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 12:25 PM PST - 24 comments

IE/Firefox -- recalling clicked-on links

If I type or paste a link into IE or Firefox, I can click on the down caret at the right end of the address line and get a list of recent addresses. This persists even when I exit and reload. However, links I click on don't appear. Is there any setting or workaround (less clumsy than highlighting, copying and pasting) to get them into the list?
posted by KRS at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Explain Henna, please.

I just got an appointment to get a henna tattoo. I'm not entirely sure what that means..... [more inside]
posted by matkline at 12:15 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I make spending money while traveling?

How can I make spending money while I travel the world? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Explain credit card processing

How does my client accept credit cards online? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Entertainment alternatives to dancing at wedding party?

We're getting married in October. We've always avoided drinking and dancing at other people's parties, and we'd like to avoid having our own wedding consist primarily of drinking and dancing. What are some entertainment alternatives for a fun party? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 11:46 AM PST - 49 comments

Why doesn't caffeine affect me?

Caffeine doesn't seem to affect me, at all. Is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 11:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me choose which low rent NYC university to attend

I'm a twenty-one year old drop out who's looking to go back to school to get my English degree. My grades, while decent, weren't spectacular, and I can't afford NYU or New School. It's probably going to be CUNY (Hunter or Baruch) or Pace, both being fairly reasonably priced (especially, in CUNY's case, if you're a resident of NYC). BUT... [more inside]
posted by incomple at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a Mac utility that will allow remapping of the entire keyboard?

I've been looking for a one-hand keyboard. I've tried the Frogpad but the learning curve proved to be too high. I was looking for a solution that would essentially 'mirror' the right side of the keyboard to the keys on the left when a modifier key was pressed (the G key would be modified to H, F to J, etc.). [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

can a sony jukebox talk to a mac?

Trying to use a Sony NW-HD3S with a G3 Mac. IS there any software or workaround to allow communication/ basic functionality -similar to what XNJB manages for Creative mp3 players- on a mac? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 11:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding Someone in the Netherlands

How to locate next-of-kin in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I too proud?

How do you balance the risks you take with your career with the risk that you will be unsatisfied because you didn't take enough risk? (Further use of the work "risk" inside) [more inside]
posted by shucks at 11:04 AM PST - 12 comments

why weight your Derby car?

The physics behind the Pinewood Derby... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 10:36 AM PST - 39 comments

What Windows themes do you recommended?

i've patched uxtheme.dll and I'm looking for good free Windows styles/themes. What do you recommend?
posted by mr_silver at 10:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How to pull off programmed music live?

I make music with singing, guitars, and somewhat fast/complex backing tracks that I sequence in Logic. How can I pull these songs off live with zero to one other humans? [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 10:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Thinning the herd: how do I trim down my design portfolio and sample pile?

Fellow graphic designers: I need help thinning out my collection of samples and portfolio materials. What should I keep? please hope. [more inside]
posted by whatnot at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Why don't the radiators in my apartment stay hot?

Why don't the radiators in my apartment stay hot? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Stressed? Relax.

"Stressed? Relax." Looking for this full page artwork found in Heavy Metal magazine (or maybe it was White Dwarf) back in the 80's. I vaguely remember it showing a guy looking at the reader, tearing a transparent sheet. Any ideas how to find it?
posted by indigo4963 at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

exercise transversus abdominus

How to exercise the transversus abdominus? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Are all artists rich flakes who don't want to work?

Why can't I find an artist? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Ideas for corralling dogs and cats?

Need room flow control ideas for new dog + fat cat + short person. [more inside]
posted by idigress at 7:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Find a Scifi Short

SciFiFilter: A while ago, I read a short story called (something along the lines of) New York vs. The World....and I can't find it again! [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect at 7:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Textbooks on Statistics ?

Introductory college-level textbook of Statistics ? I've got an half decent understanding of calculus I and some practice studying functions (stationery points, flexes, limits etc) , calculating finite and indefinite integrals and some background theory. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

What's on your refrigerator?

What sort of useful stuff do you have on your refrigerator? I'm looking for cool things like notepads, calendars, utility magnets, etc. We're trying to spruce ours up and are looking for ideas.
posted by frenetic at 7:30 AM PST - 34 comments

How do I interview people (for the press, not for jobs)?

How do I interview a novelist? [more inside]
posted by caek at 7:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Best language schools in Tokyo...?

What are the best Japanese language schools in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 7:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Stereo to Mono: Keep Both Channels?

So, I'm gonna DJ tonight using my 12" PowerBook as the source. I know the mixer requires mono--the question is how to do it. I don't want to ignore the right stereo channel. But do I use a stereo-mono adapter? Stereo-mono cable? Software? [more inside]
posted by kenneth at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments

It's 1986, I'm in the first grade, I'm working really hard to get Mario laid

I'm looking for some nintendo-hop. Gangster shit a plus. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa at 2:38 AM PST - 24 comments

buying Diane Arbus prints?

I'd like to own a print of a Diane Arbus picture. [more inside]
posted by thethirdman at 12:44 AM PST - 12 comments

DVD Ripping and burning: I'm ready to rip my hair out!

Burning DVDs: I want to get clips from (commercial and locked) DVDs and into a new DVD for class, with a menu system. I've seen this explanation, but I have a Mac (OS X, I could be convinced to upgrade to 10.4 if necessary). What's the easiest and/or best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 12:01 AM PST - 11 comments

January 17

How does one remove a filter from a microKORG program?

Super amateur musician-filter: I have a korg microKORG, and it's great, but there's an issue that prevents me from doing anything useful with it, and I'm completely clueless as to how to resolve it. [more inside]
posted by helios at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

IRS: Does cashing personal checks at checkwriter's bank show up in an audit?

IRSAuditFilter: If one were to, sayy, cash personal checks at the checkwriter's bank, would the IRS know?
posted by anonymoose at 9:18 PM PST - 17 comments

2nd person perspective narratives

Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description. What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective (i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?
posted by 0bvious at 9:10 PM PST - 63 comments

Married Sexual Deviant Seeks Same

How do I reconcile my crummy (married) sex life with my increasing sexual deviance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 42 comments

Where can I learn how to ride a bike as an adult?

Where can I learn to ride a bike as an adult in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Fricken' Laser Beams

What companies sell industrial-grade lasers? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Im looking for videos of how to dance at a club; failing that, videos of people dancing at clubs

Im looking for online videos of how to dance at a club; failing that, videos of people dancing at clubs [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:48 PM PST - 26 comments

jon stewart and body parts.

after watching tonight's daily show (1/17), i wondered what the technical word for "taint" really is... [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 8:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Simple Accounting Inventory program not named Quickbooks?

I run a tiny record label. So far we have one release under our belt and book keeping has been relatively easy as far as keeping track of what outlets we sell the cd too, and keeping track of collections and what not...We have three releases planned for the upcoming months, and this is gonna throw a wrench into our book keeping.. I could very well, just adopt the same policy for every release as I do for our first one, but it seems like a lot more work then needs to be done.. I keep a simple ledger for each account with how may cd's they took in, what they ow, and when a check comes in subtract the payment from the existing balance. NOw with some vendors having two or three of our releases, and checks coming in for more then one of our releases, Im gonna need a better way to keep track of ... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

If only I could sell perspiration

PerspirationFilter: Is there anything I can do about excessive sweating (aside from staying completely still in a suitably cool environment)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me live past 50

Want to get healthier. In which order should I fix my three vices for optimal success? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 29 comments

Financial planning as a career

How can I become a financial advisor or planner? Is it prudent for me to consider entering this field at the age of thirty? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

my girlfriend can't sleep...

My girlriend can't sleep... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Question about drug testing....

Is "complete urinalysis" a euphemism for "drug test"? I'm going for a physical tomorrow for a teaching job I'm going to be taking in a few months. The forms say I need to have a "complete urinalysis". So, I have a two-part question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Chihuahua Outdoors Pee-pee Poo Poo Partay

Previously paper-trained Chihuahua, now on the path to being house broken will very very occasionally do her business outside. If let out from her crate, she may go to the bathroom in the house, however, for some reason, she prefers to go to the bathroom in her crate (just number one)! Outside she will just stand around our feet, looking to be picked up or just looking up at us. Her Chihuahua friend, similar history with paper training, will do her business in a mater of seconds on the lawn…she learnt this in a couple of days. What are we doing wrong with the stubborn one??? I don’t want her to be in a crate every time we have to leave the room. All I want for her to understand is that when Chihuahua goes outside, does the business, Chihuahua can quickly go inside … When she does go to the bathroom outside she is rewarded, but as mentioned, this is not often… Any hints? Any Chihuahua specific pointers? Thanks
posted by strangelove at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How to hang a large, unframed mirror without using glue?

I have a large mirror that my former roommates acquired via dumpster diving. It measures 48" x 36". It has 4 small holes, one drilled in each corner, 5" diagonally from the corners and 3.5" from the sides. It's unframed and quite heavy. How can I hang it without using glue or mastic? [more inside]
posted by Famous at 7:16 PM PST - 14 comments

How long does it take for caffeine withdrawal symptoms to go away?

I am currently going through caffeine withdrawal. I have gone for three days without any caffeine and still feel bad. I don't have headaches, I am just fatigued, irritable, foggy headed and unhappy. Has anyone else gone through this? How long before you started feeling normal again?
posted by Sonny Jim at 6:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I fix these recent horizontal black glitches on this onboard SiS chipset?

How can I fix my SiS onboard video? What did I even do to break it? I recently reinstalled my girlfriend's Linux machine, adding a hard drive in the process. For some reason, the display shows horizontal glitches and every once in a while blinks black for a few seconds. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

On my way to another magazine subscription.

I've lost a website that correlates rewards in frequent flyer miles for money spent various retail partners. [more inside]
posted by sled at 6:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I violate this non-compete agreement?

Should I violate this non-compete agreement? If I do, what's the worst that could happen? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 6:07 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the best online bookmark managing tool?

What's the best online bookmark managing tool? Importance placed on being able to access them from any computer and an interface/usability similar to bookmarks native in firefox? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Foreign aid: threat or menace?

Foreign aid: threat or menace? Help me track down this possibly apocryphal story. [more inside]
posted by richg at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Wacom XP ADB USB recognition not working HELP !!!

Help -- for Wacom Intuos GD users on windows IE - XP users: I bought an used Wacom tablet on e-bay and an ADB to USB. I hooked it up by slapping the wacom male to the ADB to USB and shot that into the USB 2.0 hub. The Wacom reacts with a green indicator light although the pen won't work. I've installed the download software and can not get the Wacom pen / device to work. Any idea's??? Many, many thanks...
posted by orlin at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How the gurz can I get a copy of this book?

I've recently discovered a delightfully insane religion, and I want to buy their book. There are a couple of problems, though. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 4:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Perspective on public domain

Its been discussed many times before on MeFi, and I'd like to get a clearer picture of this issue: copyright and public domain. [more inside]
posted by tetsuo at 4:33 PM PST - 19 comments

No cults, please

Has anyone ever lived in an ashram? If so, please tell me a little about your experience, positive and negative. Details such as location, work involved, costs, etc., also appreciated.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 4:19 PM PST - 5 comments


Rejection Letters - how to write them [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 4:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend.

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 4:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Using Sony mini-DVD camcorder with mac?

How can I use my Sony mini-DVD camcorder with my mac (and iMovie or Final Cut)? [more inside]
posted by esquire at 3:17 PM PST - 11 comments

She has a dream...

Can anyone reccomend resources for someone interested in finding work in Asia Pacific, preferably in a helping capacity? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

I wanna rock.

Help me rock out. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 3:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find lots of Superballs of one colour?

BouncyBallFilter - I'm looking for a place where I can buy a large quantity of Superballs (like the ones in the Sony Bravia advert). I can find lots of them using Google, but not those that I want. [more inside]
posted by lodev at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Natural gas billing, am I stuck?

Natural Gas billing question... [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 3:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Food Allergy Skin-Test Needles

Where can I find allergy skin-test needles to prick my skin? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

The Soiling of Old Glory

Can someone find a serviceable digital version of this Pulitzer prize winning photograph? I want to use it as a desktop picture... [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 2:13 PM PST - 13 comments

you're soaking in it!

Am organizing a small & quiet low-key (no strippers) bachelor party for a half dozen guys. We are thinking of Sierraville hot springs, although it's a little newagey/hippie/meditative for us, as we might want to be a bit more social. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 1:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Non-microsoft computer jobs in Seattle?

Blacklisted from Microsoft- filter: Can I still find a job for my computer skills in Seattle if I can't work for the 800-pound Redmond gorilla? [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 1:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Upgrading a DVD-less Powerbook

How to install Tiger (OSX 10.4) on a Powerbook with a broken DVD drive? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

50 years old and up a mountain!

Big FiveOH! is approaching... [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

What are possible causes for browsers not displaying webpages properly?

What could cause both IE and Firefox not to display certain pages (like expedia.com) correctly? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint at 1:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What's there to see and do in Houston, Texas?

A friend of mine is trippin' to Houston, Texas in March with her husband and their nine-month-old baby son, and she needs some specific travel advice. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Space heater recommendation?

Space heater recommendation? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get the baby to accept the sippy cup.

My 13 month old son is absolutely refusing to drink from a sippy cup (we have eliminated his bottles completely). Any advice on how to encourage him to drink? He's at the point where he actually throws a mini-fit if the sippy cup is brought near his mouth.
posted by Todd Lokken at 12:52 PM PST - 25 comments

learning from video vs. a book

Why do I learn better from a videotaped lecture than from reading a book? They both seem to be passive and linear in thought, but somehow I learn better from the video. Why is that?
posted by mrkohrea at 11:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Licensing Advertisements?

How would I go about licensing hundreds of TV commercials for sale as a repackaged product? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 11:53 AM PST - 9 comments

consider the author

I have tried google and message boards and the publisher's site to no avail. Any idea where I can get an official 2006 David Foster Wallace reading or book signing or appearance schedule? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Managing my own escrow

Managing my own escrow, where to put the money? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, and Dr. Howard...

I'm looking for a good medical dictionary. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Deadline for claiming small business expenses on income tax

I'm a Canadian who has very recently bought a pre-owned computer for a business I'm starting. Can I claim it in the upcoming income tax? Should I have registered the business first, and then make the necessary purchases? What is the deadline for claiming small business expenses on income tax anyway?
posted by rinkjustice at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Trader Joe's job application?

Has anyone applied for a job at Trader Joe's? Please help me with the application... [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 11:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I cure both my wanderlust and wardrobe inadequacy in one fell swoop?

I would like to travel and I recently realized that my wardrobe leaves much to be desired. I have read here that it is possible for a man to travel to an Asian country such as India or Thailand and have a suit of reasonable quality tailored for but a fraction of what an equivalent in the United States would cost. If it is indeed possible, how should I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 11:11 AM PST - 13 comments


Was wondering if anyone knew the Australian name for a hurricane/tropical storm/typhoon/cyclone. I have tried google-ing this but can't seem to find anything but lists of hurricane names... it came up over dinner last week and has been driving me mad!
posted by dazedandconfused at 11:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Bluetooth phone for land-line?

Are there any land-line (PSTN) phones that are Bluetooth-enabled and can sync with Address Book? I'm tired of manually transferring phone numbers from my home phone to my laptop and cellphone.
posted by eustacescrubb at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Receiving international calls on a mobile - expensive?

Anyone placed a call from the US to a mobile phone in the UK? Or more importantly, been the recipient of such a call? [more inside]
posted by globetrotter30 at 10:42 AM PST - 18 comments

stupid questions from women

why is the question, "so have a special woman in your life yet?" always one of the first 3 questions a woman asks when you haven't talked to them in a while.
posted by goldism at 10:34 AM PST - 41 comments

Boyfriend = plumber

GirlfriendFlushedHerTubeOfDeodorantDownTheCanFilter: Toilet clogged. As the statistically significant other, I have been enlisted to fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 10:27 AM PST - 25 comments

1TB of storage?

Do you know of a cost-effective way to add 1TB of storage? [more inside]
posted by quiet at 9:50 AM PST - 18 comments

What Happened to A Common Reader?

Ack! My favorite bookseller, A Common Reader, seems to have vanished. The web page is blank, and calls to the 800 number are unanswered. Has anyone out there heard anything? How do you go about finding out if a company has gone under and what the heck happened?
posted by JanetLand at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you know of a special place to stay in Bangkok?

I'm looking for "charming", "special" or otherwise "interesting" lodging / hotel recommendations in Bangkok for a group of 5 persons + a baby in the 30-50 Euros/room per night range for between 3-5 nights in April. Two of us are not new to the place (in fact one is a native). More inside. [more inside]
posted by magullo at 9:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Thumping noise during braking

I was out of town for three weeks and left my car in the open (almost) and due to the cold weather I had tough time getting it started yesterday. The AAA guy said it was very likely moisture in the gas, etc. But eventually after much cranking and screeching and some initial smoke it seems to working ok again. However, I also noticed I get a thumping noise coming from wheels or somewhere close by when I brake. I was wondering if somebody can tell me if it is related to cold weather also. I put the car in the garage yesterday. But the noise seems to be still there. I am not sure if it has lessened somewhat or not. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Gift suggestions for a God Daughter?

A very dear friend has asked me to be God Father to his young daughter. My friend and I go back 20 years - he's like a brother to me. What is an appropriate gift to give my soon-to-be God Daughter?
posted by stiffpicken at 8:58 AM PST - 21 comments

I kid you not.

MunchkinFilter: Suggestions on finding single women who don't want any children? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 8:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me name my department

I work for a medium sized software company with a significant professional services practice. This consists mainly of implementation consultants and project leads who do the hands on work of defining deliverables for clients and configuring the software to their specs. As part of a re-org last year we pulled a few people off of the line and set up what we called the Resource Team. This included a Knowledge Manager to organize all of our implementation articles and training, a project manager to build and rollout project management tools for the consultants, a design specialist to participate in the more complex projects, etc; about 8 people total that report to me. We recently did another re-org and I wanted to reconsider the name - looking for something a little more impactful. Any analogies out there or ideas for places to look? Thanks in advance!
posted by jbradley at 8:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Teaching demonstration advice

I’m applying for a position at a community college that requires a teaching demonstration. I’ve held teaching positions before at the secondary level and never had to do any demonstrations and I'm feeling a bit nervous. Does anyone have advice on how to prepare, what I should expect, and how to get over feeling somewhat silly pretending to teach in front of a large group of people?
posted by a22lamia at 8:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Rental car fender-bender

I was recently in a fender-bender in a rented car and I want to know who covers whom. [more inside]
posted by Corpus Callosum at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my Clie sync proprely with my Mac?

PDAFilter: I've been using MarkSpace Missing Sync to sync my Clie's with my Mac Powerbook as well as with my XP work machine. But the sync doesn't do anything on the Mac anymore. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a book that I read when I was younger...

I'm looking for a book that I read when I was younger and I can't remember the title or author! Details that I recall: A girl (baby) raised by aborigines (?) and discovered by a couple. They take her in (she's a teenager) and she takes care of them. The wife dies, the wife has the girl promise to take care of the husband, girl goes to college, something about a albino who is related to the girl, stuck on a island, girl ends up marrying (?) or going to marry husband. Anyone know this book? Help!
posted by Mike C. at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

What site paid $.02 per page view before going bust?

With talk of a flood of money to content sites, I'm trying to remember the name of a dot-com that went bust (maybe 5 years ago?) which paid $.02 per page view on articles written.
posted by jacobw at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

which aqua jogger to buy

Aqua Jogger -- I'm considering buying one. Is the revised model (about $60) better than the original ($40)? Is it easier to use (as a beginner) if I buy the pool hitch too? Any females out there who have switched to the women's version? Any buying advice is welcome.
posted by nancoix at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

how to restore a painting

Art Restoration : I have an old oil-painting that is pretty grungy due to decades of living with smokers and hanging near a fireplace. I'd like to get it cleaned, but I don't know the first thing about a) finding a restorer, and b) what I can expect to pay to have the work done. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

How to be a treasurer for an academic conference

Since I figured "hey, I can do algebra!", I volunteered to be the treasurer for an academic conference coming up in a couple of months. Thing is, I've never been a treasurer before; what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 7:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Hardwood floor in the bathroom?

Experiences with hardwood floors in the bathroom? I have decided I want to install hardwood flooring in my bathroom. If you have ever lived with wooden bathroom floors, please let me know if there is anything I should be aware of. [more inside]
posted by evoo at 7:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Music Download Services

A friend has a band, the band has CDs, the band want to sell digital downloads of the music on those CDs. Is there a web site that offers some kind of service to help with the problem of payment processing and hosting the files? They already have their songs in the iTunes Music Store, but they also want to offer them from their own site. This would let them keep a bigger chunk of the price paid, and offer the songs to people not served by iTMS (for geographical, technological or ideological reasons). They might be willing to use plain mp3s, without DRM, if this is what's needed to offer the songs on their site.
posted by sd at 6:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I watch more TV pilots?

How can I watch cancelled/never-aired TV shows? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 6:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Not THOSE kind of home movies!

PAL v. NTSC Re:Mini DV. I need help choosing a new video camera, but have some concerns about my future. [more inside]
posted by medium format at 4:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Why for the oranges make me itchy, daddy?

Why do oranges make my throat itchy? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 1:46 AM PST - 9 comments

January 16

What kind of employment should this person seek?

If you had the following skills and job experiences and were an incredibly quick study, talented problem solver, organized, smart, almost 30 (trust me, this is not about me...), what kind of work would you do? Any specific ideas? I'm trying to help a friend. (more...) [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 11:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I end my chronic illness?

How can I end my chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 11:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Apartment in NYC

I want to visit NYC for a month in April/May. Any tips for short term rentals? One bed or studio apartment. I hope to be working in the Tribeca area. I live in Australia so pls assume that I know nothing about the rental process and need to start from scratch!
posted by sconbie at 11:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Ech, you're giving me a coronary!

The "new, state of the art" cardio machines at my gym always tell me my heart rate is unreasonably high (170 beats per minute) even though I'm working at a level where I can still maintain a breathy conversation. Occasionally, the machine will say my heart rate is something totally wacky, like 220. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 11:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Oh when the saints go surfing in...

Dear NOLAfites: I have the opportunity to go to New Orleans for 2 weeks in February. The kicker is that I'll have to make it a sort of working vacation... [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 10:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Who's a good guitar teacher in San Francisco?

Can anyone recommend a good guitar teacher in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 10:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Best way to send money to india?

Best way to send money to India? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 10:06 PM PST - 11 comments

japanese pot kool aid

What powdered drink mix did they give my boyfriend in Japan to get him high? [more inside]
posted by c at 9:26 PM PST - 35 comments

When is it "time" to move?

After nearly ten years, I want to move. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Name that Egyptian hair style

Name that Egyptian hair style: the thin, elongated beards men favored. I think many were false wigs, and they even carve them into the masks worn on mummies. What was their significance/meaning? What were they called? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 8:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you mix rechargeable batteries with different mAh ratings?

Can you mix rechargeable batteries with different mAh ratings? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 8:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Selsun Blue Is Not An Option. . . .

My cat has dandruff. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 8:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Going Sideways to Solvang

I'd like recommendations on places to stay and things to do in and around Solvang, CA. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Uploading pictures to Flickr via Treo?

Uploading pictures to Flickr via Treo? I just noticed this service called ShoZu that is an app for certain phones to easily up load cameraphone pictures to Flickr. I'm sad to report the Treo isn't listed as being supported. So my question is, do any of you know of any palm apps that let you upload pictures to flickr in any way other than email???
posted by joshgray at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments


What is the best way to finish a soapstone carving? I have tried car wax, mineral oil and linseed oil - all applied with a leather sham, and all based on recommendations, but all unsatisfactory. I sand in gradations from 80 grit to 1500 grit but nothing that I do results in that smooth, shiny, almost translucent quality that I have seen in other soapstone carvings. I do all my carving and finishing by hand, no Dremmel or similar.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

disc cleaner

Do these disc repair machines really work?
posted by lilboo at 7:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you kick your own butt?

Can you kick your own butt? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:05 PM PST - 64 comments

Moving quickly and lightly, but cheaply?

Moving just a few bulky things halfway across the country ... what's the economical way? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Who's the man now Dog?

I'm looking for a version of today's Al Gore speech I can put onto my iPod for the commute tomorrow. Does anyone know where I can find it in a format other than the annoying Real Media format?
posted by DragonBoy at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

did al gore get a hair transplant?

as a civil-libertarian i greatly appreciated al gore's fiery speech on C-SPAN today. while the former vice-president looked a little heavier, i noticed his hair was much thicker than it was in the 2000 presidential race. did he get a hair transplant or is he combing his hair differently?
posted by brandz at 6:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I maintain a computer?

How do I take care of my computer? [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith at 5:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Speakers on the cheap!

Calling all DIY speaker enthusiasts! I'm packing off to college next year and my anticipated roomate and I are both interested in building a sound system of sorts. We are both somewhat experienced with audio systems (theatre sound techs) but have never tackled any sort of speaker construction project. More inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Expired NyQuil?

Expired NyQuil: bad for you? [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

High end digital camera

Looking for a high end digital camera that is mobile, yet takes pictures with a high enough resolution to be blown up to about two feet wide. Ideally the quality would be good enough to hang in a gallery... [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 3:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I apply to a top notch grad school with less than stellar grades?

GradSchoolFilter: After a lot of soul searching, I've decided I want to change careers. I think I'd like to become a Nurse Practioner. I've already registered for a few prerequisites and will begin classes in a few weeks. The problem is, although I went to a top-notch school for my undergrad degree, I have less than stellar grades - about B- average. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 3:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool gifts for a nine year-old girl

I want to buy some fun, interesting "stuff" for my girfriend's nine year-oid daughter. Suggest away: toys, crafts, music, surprises....If it helps, she's in Ontario, and I'm here in NYC.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:15 PM PST - 27 comments

how to advertise a product online?

How would you go about advertising a product online? [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 3:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Any such thing as a free DVD/CD writing software?

Any such thing as a free DVD/CD writing software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by sublivious at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Murder suspects outed on web

So the Florida kids who beat up three homeless men (killing one of them) were apparently outed to the police on a website discussion forum about street racing. Anyone know (or able to google) the site? I'm always interested when real-live criminal suspects have some connection to an on-line community. It would be interesting (maybe even worthy of the Blue) to see the web discussion forum that led to murder charges. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 2:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Optical Cable Curiosity.

I just bought an optical audio cable to plug my PS2 into my receiver. I bought the cheapest one because they ranged as high as 180 CAD and I'll be damned if I'm going to pay that much for a 4ft cable. Is there a difference between the 31 CAD one I bought and the ultra-blah-blah-blah Monster cable that I could have bought?
posted by ddf at 2:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Tuna Safety

How safe is albacore tuna? [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

A newspeak / new language question.

A newspeak / new language question. [more inside]
posted by snailer at 2:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I eat more fish cheaply?

I'd love to add more fish to my diet. But I can't afford salmon or tuna steaks or swordfish or any of that yuppie crap. I happen to live near a decent fish market. They sell all kinds of cheaper fish: spots and chubbs and mackerels and whatnot. Tell me about those. How do I pick 'em? How do I cook 'em? Which ones are the tastiest? Which are the best bargain?
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:21 PM PST - 27 comments

Take-Out Tipping

Is it mandatory to tip for takeout and, if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 2:04 PM PST - 43 comments

How dirty is the Gimp?

I'm evaluating The Gimp for use in a corporate setting, and it's looking pretty nice. Now, however, someone in desktop software is saying it's not allowed because it installs naughty things... [more inside]
posted by mimi at 2:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Adding 2wire speakers to a 4wire system

hifi-lter: I want to add an extra pair of speakers to my Panasonic (sa-pm25) hi-fi. But each of the existing speakers have 4 wires (2x 2pairs). [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 1:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Really cheap and really small digital cameras?

Do you have a super-tiny digital camera that cost less than 40-50 bucks? I am not getting a camera-phone anytime soon, but I am looking for recommendations for a really, really cheap and really, really small (the size of a lighter is about right) digital camera that I can carry everywhere, but not worry too much about losing or damaging. [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

What are my options for inexpensive carpeting?

Poor homeowner: What are my options for inexpensive carpeting? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Stitch 'em Up

I have a lot of still photographs and want to make a time-lapse movie. I am on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by p7a77 at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Tablex 4000 crappy crap

Help me name a new surgical table. [more inside]
posted by cior at 12:45 PM PST - 67 comments

Can I get an adapter for the connections in an internal hard drive for my G5?

Can I get an adapter for the connections in an internal hard drive for my G5? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this voice sample

Who is the person speaking in the sample on this song? (2.9 Mb MP3 file) [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Tips for tackling dense reading assignments

Metatextualityfilter: When it comes to reading philosophy, critical theory, and other forms of argumentative writing, what sort of active-reading methods or practices have you found successful? [more inside]
posted by mikelly at 12:28 PM PST - 17 comments

i would like to manage my package

In light of the recent release of google pack, is there current windows software that periodically updates my entire software collection? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Are we "at war"?

Is the United States "at war" or not? If Congress only authorized the use of force against Iraq, and did not formally declare war, what is our status under the Constitution? What about Afganistan?
posted by sushrob at 12:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Name that choral piece!

I am looking for the name/composer of a frequently-heard piece of classical female choral music. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheaper insurance in Business State then Home State?

Self Employed-Health Insurance? Company Inc'ed in better-rate state? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Limos and music in Boston?

We've got a couple last details to work out for our wedding in May in Boston. What we really need is a limo and someone to play classical guitar for our ceremony. Finding either of these isn't hard, what we really want is recommendations to try to narrow down the field to ones that people have had good experiences with.
posted by JonahBlack at 12:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I clean untreated hardwood floors?

How do I clean my untreated hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 12:00 PM PST - 11 comments

The significance of a "W"

Will a withdrawal from a course, and therefore a grade of "W" ultimately hurt my chances of getting into a good grad school? [more inside]
posted by almostbarefoot at 11:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Which mini-dv/still camera

My 5 year old jvc dvm90 minidv/still camera just gave up. It's my only digital still camera, so I want to get another, but don't have much money now. I was always disappointed by the low light filming any way. So, do I get an equivalent for ~$300 or go for a used "prosumer" like the canon xi, Panasonic 953, etc. for about$450 to $500 if possible(craigslist, ebay)? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Name my store.

Name my store. [more inside]
posted by Typographica at 11:27 AM PST - 44 comments

tables of costs of software projects

I need a link to tables of costs of software projects to help me estimate cost. [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 11:11 AM PST - 0 comments

Progression of a feline uveal tumor?

CatFilter: My 17 year-old cat has a uveal (ocular) tumor. [more inside]
posted by amro at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

My neighbor hates my tree

My testy back-fence neighbor came a huffing and a puffing about how much of my palm tree is over his fenceline. What's a poor Ogre to do? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Static Electricity vs. Computer

I like wearing shoes during the winter with furry fabric on the inside and no socks. Add this to cold weather and I find myself extremely static-y. I shock everything; light switch plates, my car, my laptop. My question is...am I doing any damage to my iBook when I get shocked by it?
posted by youcancallmeal at 10:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Location of no.6's flat?

Does anyone know the location of number 6's London Flat from "the Prisoner"? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Java Format for file sizes?

Are there any Java Format classes for handling file sizes? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Good used auto dealership in LA?

Can someone recommend a good used-car dealership in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Advice on unlocking a sony ericsson t616.

I have a Sony Ericsson T616 currently locked and branded to AT&T's network. I am a current T-mobile customer and would like to unlock the phone to use with T-mob. Are there any places in SF or Sacramento that can unlock this phone for me, or where I can purchase the cable to unlock and flash it myself? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 9:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Dial phone numbers from Excel?

Want to dial my softphone from Excel. [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Good city government websites?

Examples of well-designed local city government websites? [more inside]
posted by jca at 9:46 AM PST - 24 comments

Madrid Filter: Help me find something interesting for my wife while we're here for 6 months.

Madrid Filter: Help me find something interesting for my wife while we're here for 6 months. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I use a 3D FPS game engine to render and control virtual scenes in real-time?

Can I use a 3D FPS game engine (i.e. Half-Life 2 or the like) to render and control virtual scenes in real-time? Game modders, is what I want to do possible? [more inside]
posted by chos at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Ticket to Fly

What is the airline's obligation to me when they ask me to change to a different flight because of over-booking? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 9:27 AM PST - 23 comments

rocky mountain high!

Heliskiing? What did you wish you knew before going? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Retirement gift for dad?

My father is retiring this week and I want to get him something special as congratulations (and thanks). Any ideas?
posted by xmutex at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get Windows' VPN connection dialog to stay away?

I regularly connect to my school and work networks via VPN. When I am not connected, Windows' VPN connection dialog always pops up while I am surfing. I cancel the connection, but it returns at random a few minutes or a few hours later. How do I get it to go stay away until I explicitly tell it I want to connect? [more inside]
posted by pheideaux at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I convince my friend his business is being lazy?

What resources exist to illustrate that an online credit card subscription is a sound financial investment for a print magazine? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

history of can't beat it with a stick?

What's the origin of the phrase "couldn't (can't) beat it with a stick"?
posted by dial-tone at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Reverse price auctions

Lowest-unique-bid auctions. What's the rational approach? [more inside]
posted by Leon at 8:28 AM PST - 24 comments

Kissing off floppies?

How do I get something other then a floppy drive to show up as the a: drive in Windows 2000? It could be a USB jump drive or a mapped drive, it doesn't matter so long as it's not a floppy. I have an old legacy application that only loads its data from a:, and it's driving me insane keeping stacks of floppies around.
posted by voidcontext at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap source for unusual flours

I'm looking for an economical source for small quantities of various flours, online or brick and mortar in the Boston area. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Dead man's initials

Is it OK to use a 500-year-old monogram on my website? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 6:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Where do you get your (online) ecological tips & tricks?

Where do you get your (online) ecological tips & tricks? [more inside]
posted by mailhans at 6:07 AM PST - 7 comments

A chip off the old dresser

How to repair or replace veneer? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 6:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Oscar Acceptance Speeches

Does anyone know of an archive of Oscar acceptance speeches?
posted by ubueditor at 5:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for daycare in Chicago

If all goes according to plan, my husband and I will be needing child care later on this year (around October) in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by cajo at 5:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Spam Analysis Project (personal)

I have been looking for a way to analyze the spam I get. [more inside]
posted by raildr at 4:13 AM PST - 3 comments

What folding bike should I get?

Which folding bike should I get? Are Bromptons worth it? [more inside]
posted by handee at 2:54 AM PST - 13 comments

My USB drive went through the wash!

Someone who shall remain nameless put my Sandisk Cruzer Mini USB drive through the washer. It's one of the groovy ones with rubberised slipcases, and it's still working. What are these things made of? Will it rust? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 2:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Modeling the Dating/Marriage market

Dating/Marriage market and game theory [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 2:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Womens Bikes?

What kind of bike should my friend buy? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 12:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Yahoo! Search engine optimization

I've a site that ranks very well on Google, but is nowhere to be found in Yahoo! It seems to be doing a lot of correct things to get a strong Google listing, but with Yahoo - what can I do?
posted by arrowhead at 12:24 AM PST - 6 comments

January 15

Who was Reagan's theologian of apocalypse?

A tough one: I remember reading that during the Reagan years, as part of the campaign to convince the Russians that the US really would launch a second strike if faced with a preemptive Russian attack, Reagan turned to a religious figure or theologian who explained that a retaliatory attack, even if it resulted in the extinction of the human species, would be morally approvable and even required by God, and that it would serve the glory of God, despite the unfortunate consequences it might have for human beings. I don't think I just imagined all this, so I wonder: who was the religious person that articulated this position? What source can tell me about this stuff? Many thanks for any clues.
posted by washburn at 10:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for watches with both digital and dial readouts.

Looking for watches with both digital and dial readouts. [more inside]
posted by IronWolve at 10:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Messed up sleeping pattern

How can I sort out my sleeping pattern? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 10:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Austinite moving to Chicago. Guide me!

I'm moving from Austin to Chicago in two weeks. Tell me what to expect. [more inside]
posted by jammer at 9:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Choppy iTunes video

Why would an iTunes-ordered TV show have choppy playback? [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Key West travel

I'm planning a trip to Key West. Any suggestions on lodging, entertainment, dos or don'ts?
posted by prairiepmb at 8:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Refunds on online ordering of non-refundables

Ordered something online that was not refundable and immediately realized it was a mistake. (1) pay it? (2) report card missing? (3) report card stolen? (4) other? And consequences for #2 and #3. [more inside]
posted by curbstop at 8:04 PM PST - 25 comments

P2P download software

I haven't really downloaded music since the days of Napster, then Audiogalaxy and then Soulseek (until it started to suck). [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 7:49 PM PST - 42 comments

Canadian restaurants or bars in the United States?

I'm looking for bars or restaurants in the United States that serve Canadian food. [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 7:35 PM PST - 44 comments

How do you respond to "don't love it, leave it"?

[Rhetoricalhelpfilter]:What is a rational response to "if you don't love it, leave it"? [more inside]
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 7:32 PM PST - 26 comments

sosumi, baby

Have any Lawyers or Doctors ever been sued for giving free advice on the internet? What was the result?
posted by Paris Hilton at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

All I want is sheets!

For the love of God, do truly blank pads of paper exist? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 7:07 PM PST - 18 comments

MLK Video

Looking for an online video of MLK's giving the "I Have a Dream" speech. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:54 PM PST - 4 comments

No sir, I am NOT playing games at work

What information can be gleaned about me and my location and past gaming history by a person if I connect to their computer to play the Halo Demo? Can anyone else on that game server who is NOT the host glean any info such as location, my computer name, preferences?
posted by anonpeon at 6:44 PM PST - 5 comments

boot me up

I'm looking for the ultimate in multi-purpose sexy awesome boots!! [more inside]
posted by stray at 6:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Need a funny picture

I need a small (easily emailed) JPEG image to convey, in a humourous way, that I'm not interested in doing a favour for someone. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 6:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Great real estate agents in Seattle?

I would like to buy a house of my own in the near future. I'm looking for personal recommendations of good real estate agents who know the North Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 6:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Dreamweaver MX 2004: down the memory hole?

I need to download a trial copy of Dreamweaver MX 2004. I am NOT looking for a cracked version -- just the usual time-limited download that I can use for only 30 days. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Fair housing for elderly

Should I anticipate age-based housing discrimination on behalf of my mother? [more inside]
posted by puddinghead at 5:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-ugly spy-proof wallet?

Tinfoilhatfilter: There seem to be several designs for DIY RFID-blocking (read: duct-tape-and-foil) wallets (e.g.). Is there a comparable product available for purchase pre-made (preferably more elegant- / conventional-looking)? [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

cute clothes for cute baby

Eurobabyclothesfilter: How does one get Sergent Major clothes in the US? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TedW at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Science behind music therapy?

For as long as I can remember, I have used music to engage in regular therapeutic sessions, eventually resulting in powerful states of bliss, catharsis, and waves of intense sensations. While I certainly have my own opinion on the positive effects of this practice, I have never really known anything about the science behind the phenomena. Does anyone know exactly why such an experience can be induced on demand with this sort of music therapy?
posted by aletheia at 4:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Inspiration — not motivation — for writing.

Off-My-Ass-Filter: Finding inspiration — not motivation — for writing. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 4:51 PM PST - 21 comments

A friend gave me a poem about jazz. I left it there.

Lost Poem. This is *not* the poem I'm looking for:

A friend told me
He'd risen above jazz.
I leave him there.

- Michael s. Harper

Rather, that poem is the epigraph for a much longer poem. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to harvest information from a website?

What is the best way to harvest, automatically, information from a website? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How to be a landlord?

Anybody know a good online landlord resource? Trying to find a good 'one stop shopping' site that will let me make leases, perform credit checks, etc, etc. [more inside]
posted by matty at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a book of everyday statistics

Looking for a book of everyday statistics that I read within the last few years. I remember one that went something like: It's 250 million times more likely that you will win the lottery than be born. Also some statistical information on why you should finish High School. Does that ring a bell with anyone?
posted by BoscosMom at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Options for watching Winter Olympics?

What are my options for watching the 2006 Winter Olympics on television? I live in the northwest US and have cable, which carries the NBC channels, but I really don't want to watch their fragmented, melodramatic coverage. I'm open to getting a satellite system.
posted by neuron at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Favorite PalmIII applications, tweaks, and hacks?

What are your favorite PalmIII-compatible applications, games and toys? Tips and tricks? Tweaks? Hacks? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Facilitate eco-friendly hooking-up!!

Need pick-up lines for human powered laundromat [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 1:41 PM PST - 32 comments

Best international multi-city airfare?

Chicago, Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Chicago. What's the best way to book flights for this sort of multi-city route? Orbitz doesn't seem to allow for more than three cities. What's more, I'm not at all certain that an online broker is the way to go for something like this. Any jet-setters who can offer advice would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 12:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Is Nintendo DS wifi Safe?

Nintendo DS wifi questions... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I shed?

Why do I shed? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do I sometimes smell ammonia when I bend over?

Why do I sometimes smell ammonia when I bend over? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane at 12:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Scented candles that last?

What are the best scented candles? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 11:01 AM PST - 28 comments

Scanning medium format

Scanning Medium Format : Help Me ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Driving across America taking pictures. Where should I stop?

Driving across America taking pictures. Where should I stop? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 10:47 AM PST - 35 comments

Rules about old church construction?

Were there rules or guidelines dictating the construction or details of churches during the 12th century? More specifically, how can someone find information on Vatican instructed church architecture or design in the 12th century?
posted by MightyNez at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

my pings dont come back

I only ping intermittently if at all, to a wireless router whenever bittorrent is started. Its not upload/download limits/bandwidth or the usual, as there does not need be any data tranfer to time out, just having the BT program running. Bittorrent itself is fast as a button throughout. [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments

I've a cracked iBook LCD monitor - Help!

Is my cracked LCD screen causing my iBook to crash? Also, what is my best route for fixing the screen? [more inside]
posted by chill at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

I am working on a student short and I am need of good sounding 'punch' sounds for my film.

I am working on a student short and I am need of good sounding 'punch' sounds for my film. Are there any good leads on the web where I could find some that don't sound cartoonish? Thank you.
posted by cheero at 8:56 AM PST - 13 comments

How much of Apple Computer does Microsoft own?

How much of Apple Computer does Microsoft own?
posted by richard m at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

co-op lan games for the pc

Inspired by this thread; what are some good networkable co-op PC games for 4-6 players? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 7:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Free home utility for motion detection based video recording

I need a home surveillance program. All I want is a program that has motion and audio detection and automatically begins recording from one of those cheap logitech webcams that used to come with everything. I'm looking for something free that lets me configure the codecs for video and audio as well as the recording duration. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

bittorrent peers limited?

A Torrent Question: Why, when downloading (anything) using bitcomet can i only connect to peers who are also using the bitcomet client? When i use uTorrent i can connect to many more peers who are using all sorts of clients. I'm obviously going to switch apps, but would love to know the reason for this behaviour. Thanks.
posted by kev23f at 5:22 AM PST - 6 comments

some follow-on questions about Apple's 'rosetta' technology

I'm curiouser and curiouser about this "Rosetta" technology which will bridge the gorge between here and an all-Intel world for Apple. I understand that it is "binary translation" and not exactly "emulation," but I have some follow-ups... [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 3:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Single-screen co-op games for Xbox?

What are some good single-screen co-op games for the Xbox? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:33 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I survive Coast Guard boot camp?

How can I make it through Coast Guard Basic Training? [more inside]
posted by merlin17 at 1:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a quick henna tattoo removal process?

What's the best, fastest and safest method to remove a henna tattoo? I found this site and want to know if there are any better methods to quickly do the removal.
posted by thebarron at 12:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the best photo management software?

Went to Macworld, tried out Aperture, but I've got some questions about photo management software... [more inside]
posted by asavage at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

January 14

impossible design or what

How to design a corporate website that has to incorporate at least 8 different looking sub-brand-logos. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

My boss wants me to do shady things.

How do you refuse to do something your boss asks of you without jeopardizing your job? [more inside]
posted by Meredith at 10:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Why are my feral cats so wily?

My recently rescued feral kittens keep trying to climb into the drawers above the Air Conditioning intake vent. Why? [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Tell me there's more than this!

How can I totally blow my mind? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:14 PM PST - 130 comments

What to see in London in a day, if you have been there a couple of times before.

What to see in London if you only had a day, and have already seen the obvious places. [more inside]
posted by stupidcomputernickname at 7:53 PM PST - 38 comments

risotto, interrupted

I'm looking for restaurant-style instructions for making risotto, i.e. where you cook it partially, then hold until service and finish it quickly to order. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Where's the original of that U2 cartoon picture?

Can someone where I can find the original of that little U2 cartoon picture ? [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 6:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Thunderbird address book synchronization?

Is it possible to (easily) synchronize address books in Thunderbird across multiple computers? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 4:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get embedded pics in a webbased email

Is there a way I can send a picture in the body of an email if I use Hotmail? I'm responsible for sending out an email announcement and they want me to use the group's logo plus a picture of our guest. When I tried it all I got was the annoying red x box. Am I up the creek?
posted by konolia at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

I don't pretend to be a unix or any kind of expert

Dumb question about curl and setting up Ruby on Rails from an extreme novice. [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 4:26 PM PST - 16 comments

To cirque or not to cirque?

I am going to Miami / Disney World in February with my lovely wife and parents, their treat. M.L.W. and I are thinking of getting tickets to Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" show as a way of saying thank you. Has anybody seen the show? Did it turn your life around? Was it worth the entry price? Is there some other, much more awesome show/comparable-activity in the Orlando (or even Miami) area we shoud take in instead?
posted by signal at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to go to grad school

Where is there a good graduate program based around the psychology of games with a major focus on electronic gaming? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 3:38 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a good rackmount effects unit for a band's PA?

I'm after a new rackmounted effects unit for my live PA. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Selling domain names

I need to sell a good domain name for the highest price - fast. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 3:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Itchy and Scratchy.

What does an astronaut do if he or she is space-walking and then suddenly finds that there is an itch on their face that desperately needs scratching?
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a good toast?

I need a good toast. [more inside]
posted by Loto at 3:04 PM PST - 24 comments

I need a web site about web sites!

Are there any good web design sites that cover what popular design styles are and/or post examples of these kinds of designs? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 2:51 PM PST - 8 comments

to do list software

Looking for software to manage to do lists with tag and/or cloud capabilities - like boookmark sites. Any suggestions?
posted by Voyageman at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me print out the universe

I want to make a poster out of this massive picture (29 megs) of the center of the milky way. Whats the cheapest way to do this?
posted by pwally at 12:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Why does OJ need to be refigerated?

Many grocery stores have only Orange Juice in the refrigerated section, while the other juices sit on an un-refrigerated shelf. What's the deal with that? Why can't the OJ sit on the shelf like every other juice? [more inside]
posted by falconred at 11:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Help my dad walk again!

My dad fractured his hip. Need to hear about people's experiences with rehab and recovery. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

College is expensive.

College is expensive. I'm resigned to accumulating a certain amount of debt, but I'm increasingly afraid I may not make it through four years with my credit rating intact. I'm quickly becoming cynical about the high price of education in America. Advice? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 9:59 AM PST - 35 comments

l.a. photolabs?

Where should I get my film processed in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by jann at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do with the next few years of my life?

I'm a high school senior trying to plan the next few years of my life. I'll definitely take a year off before college, but everything else is still up in the air. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 8:37 AM PST - 30 comments

My gmail address has been joe jobbed... solution?

My Gmail account has been Joe Jobbed... anything I can do about it?
posted by Manhasset at 8:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find newish research on Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

What are the newest treatments and studies involving Primary Biliary Cirrhosis? I don't have access to scholarly resources at home, but I am close to a major university. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

What was wrong with me?

When I was 9, I spent a week in hospital and I still don't know why. [more inside]
posted by speranza at 8:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me rock out wirelessly

How do I listen to last.fm via airtunes? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:02 AM PST - 4 comments

What helped you restart your life?

Tips, suggestions, and resources for those starting life anew but have no clue - at the moment anyway - what they're supposed to be doing. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:36 AM PST - 14 comments

I don't like the drugs but the drugs like ... faaaaaaame

Not that I'm a fan or anything (and I'm not), but.... Back around the time of its release, a friend of mine forwarded me a very thorough point-by-point comparison of Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals with ... well, key points from David Bowie's entire career. It was a very good read and had a lot of insight into the recycling of ideas in music. My google-fu in this case seems to be weak at turning up what I'm trying to find - anyone willing to take up the chase?
posted by kuperman at 6:28 AM PST - 3 comments

pre-run eating

Should I eat breakfast before or after my morning run? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 1:42 AM PST - 15 comments

January 13

Writing Nonfiction, how does one organize it?

I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:45 PM PST - 12 comments

What is going rate for catalog design

To all professional graphic designers - What is the going professional rate for designing a catalog. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:34 PM PST - 6 comments

one man student newspaper from scratch

So my (relatively) new campus has no good student newspapers. The student body has no voice, and very little community. I am thinking of founding a simple paper, printed on 11 X 17. I should mention that I have no experience in journalism layout and design and advertising and whatnot. So what resources, programs, links, suggestions, tips, etc. does the MeFi crew have? [more inside]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 7:55 PM PST - 25 comments

retail job therapy?

Help me get a job in retail. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 7:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Doom, but with Nazis

Help me find some simple shoot-em-up types games for either the PC, PlayStation 2 or the XBox [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 7:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Why shouldn't I vote Green?

Why would anyone not vote for the Green Party in the upcoming Canadian federal election? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 7:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Importing Bookmarks into Del.icio.us?

Importing bookmarks into Del.icio.us? Is this feature coming back? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How to learn basic carpentry?

I want to learn some basic carpentry. Preferably through a class so I can get some hands on training. I know next to nothing about carpentry, never even had a shop class. Does anyone know of carpentry classes or schools in NY?
posted by bingwah at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

There's adware on my mom's computer, help me get rid of it!

There's adware on my mom's computer, help me get rid of it! [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 5:30 PM PST - 13 comments

ipod update help

I tried to update my iPod using Apple's "iPod updater" and now it wants an external power supply to finish the job. The problem is, I don't have the power adapter handy. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 5:16 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the deal with Incredible Fishing Video?!

I've been getting bombarded by all my friends with the video meme craze of the day, "Incredible Fishing Video." [more inside]
posted by analogue at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How to stop making self sick with anxiety?

How to stop making self sick with anxiety? So today I found a file from my boss among the stacks of paper on my desk. It had a sticker on it referring to a very fixed deadline for an important application. A deadline that had already passed!!! [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 4:42 PM PST - 33 comments

Amazon cover art bookmarklet?

Bookmarklet to display Amazon cover art? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Why doesn't my iBook know it has a trackpad?

Why doesn't my iBook know it has a trackpad? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Unembedding an image in PowerPoint

Is there a way to isolate/extract a .jpg image that has been inserted in the background of a PowerPoint slide? It has not just been placed on the master. Instead somebody did the Format>Background>Fill effects>Picture thing which embeds the image. HELP! [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

UAE firewall circumvention

I had heard that there was a pretty harsh proxy firewall set up for the United Arab Emirates... but I largely ignored it as I didn't plan or needing warez, pornography, or dissident views. I'm here now, and an absolutely astounding amount of (non-prurient, non-dangerous) things are blocked. Is there a workaround? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM PST - 30 comments

Stock blackout period regulations

I work for a public company that seems to have frustatingly long stock blackout periods around their quarterly earning calls (~2 months). I'm wondering if this is normal, and if the blackout period length is an arbitrary decision or somehow regulated by law. I'm mainly just curious about the regulations surrounding such a period.
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Having a crush on your doctor

What do you do if you have a big crush on your doctor? Assuming there are no complications such as marriages and they're not treating you for any illnesses. Anything? Nothing? Just keep your crush to yourself and go on with life? Or cross that line?
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

what to do when my husband dies?

My husband just died. What, legally, should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 19 comments

The Ant and the Grasshopper, redux

What do you do when a sibling asks you bail them out of a financial problem entirely of their making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 47 comments

Distinguishing autodiscovered RSS feeds in Firefox?

I have an HTML file whose title is Donald. It contains autodiscovery metadata for three RSS feeds, titled Huey, Dewey and Louie. Firefox recognizes the feeds and offers them with these titles. But if I subscribe to one, Firefox labels it Donald -- the title of the original page, not the specific feed. How can I get Firefox to use the feed title instead, to avoid confusing users?
posted by futility closet at 12:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Registration online

Can you help me find an easy way to do conference registration online? [more inside]
posted by jheiz at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

NoCal still sopping?

CaliforniaFilter: planning on taking a day trip north of San Francisco this weekend. Wonder if there are any areas I should avoid due to flooding aftermath. [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 12:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Hotdog vendor confidential

Where do hotdog vendors go to relieve themselves? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 12:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Good salsa music?

Good Salsa music? [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

I want my hands to learn how to dance!

How can I become more expressive with my hands when I'm talking to people? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 11:41 AM PST - 17 comments

How to manage the limited disk space of laptops?

How to manage the limited disk space of laptops? [more inside]
posted by howling fantods at 11:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me get my baby to sleep

We have a 3 week old son. He's in good health and is pretty even tempered but sometimes he doesn't seem to sleep well. If he's in my lap, or lying on my chest, or whatever, he sleeps like, well, a baby. Same goes for my wife. Any techniques to get him to sleep by himself? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Internal Interview Advice

Does anyone have any specific tips or experience with interviewing for a new position inside your own company? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Will Bactrim knock me up?

What is the real-world probability of my getting pregnant while taking antibiotics and oral contraceptives? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

How to teach a boy programming skills?

SW-Developer was asked by 8-yrs old boy how to write a computer program... [more inside]
posted by germanguy at 10:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Degrees for the self-taught?

Just how possible/feasible is it for a self-educated person to get, say, a computer science degree without actually attending classes or paying full price for tuition?
posted by squidlarkin at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Normany in March?

Normandy in March. What to see? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

drum machines

SOUND QUESTION - What are best drum machines, analog preferred, for about one hundred or two hundred dollars new/used? Alesis? earlier versions of the Groovebox? What about great old vintage ones? I know nothing about this topic and would love some guidance. Glitchy sound or authentic drum sounding, preferably with no midi, just straight knobs and buttons with RCA out - thank you for your nerding!
posted by Peter H at 9:46 AM PST - 23 comments

Is it worth it for me to return my new (powermac) iMAC for a newer (Intel based) one?

I bought a 20" G5 iMAC two or three weeks ago, and now Apple has just released the new Intel based iMACs for the same price. They annoyingly brag that they're 3 times as fast. Is it worth it for me to try to return it and get one of the newer models?
posted by apetpsychic at 9:37 AM PST - 30 comments

What is wrong with my arm?

What is wrong with my arm? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:23 AM PST - 21 comments

What's required for a Mac OS 8 CD to be bootable?

What's required for a Mac OS 8 CD to be bootable? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 8:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Buying New Windows

Buying New Windows -- Has anyone bought new windows lately? Our house sure needs them! [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 8:27 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get a children's book published

I wrote down a story that I made up and used to tell to my daughters at bedtime. I think it's really good, and that others would like it too. It would be my dream come true to have it published. [more inside]
posted by quietfish at 7:58 AM PST - 17 comments

How to write a cover letter?

When applying for a job, how do I write a cover letter that doesn't sound contrived, and phony? The guides I've found don't seem all that helpful, especially considering most of the positions I'm applying for are entry level. General tips for writing a cover letter?
posted by mhaw at 7:27 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I identify a diamond-shaped tropical fish?

Help me identify a diamond-shaped Tropical Fish. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 7:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Graphics Website

Damn, my memory sucks. I'm trying to find this very cool web site that has very cool graphics on American demographics, economy, and culture. I think "USA" was in the title, but all my googling has produced zilch. Help!
posted by MarshallPoe at 7:02 AM PST - 4 comments

why won't procmail do what I want it to?

I have a few questions about procmail, specifically the INCLUDERC command and a few other functions. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments


PivotTableFilter: Can I have columns by month if I have the full date? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 6:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Jokes that involve the listener

Jokes that involve the listener and make fun of them? [more inside]
posted by Sharcho at 6:33 AM PST - 55 comments

Couples massage in New York City

SaunaFilter: I would like to bring my special friend for a spa/couples massage in new york. Downtown prefered. If we had a sauna/steam room to ourselves for a while, so much the better. Money is not the binding constraint.
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What Homeowner Documents Should I Keep?

I've owned my home for about 4 years now, and one of my New Year's resolutions is to get rid of a lot of clutter and extra paperwork sitting in my overstuffed filing cabinet. [more inside]
posted by willmize at 6:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Do "one shot" stop smoking injections work?

Does anybody have experience with (or knowledge of) "one shot" stop smoking programs such as Welplex or Smart Shot? There's a lot [more inside]
posted by cps at 5:59 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get results from one Google datacenter?

When reading forums about search engine optimization, people discuss results from certain datacenters. How do they get those results? How would I search one specific datacenter?
posted by goodwillstacy at 3:18 AM PST - 2 comments

RISC architecture is gonna change everything.

Cyberpunk, hacker culture, BBSs and alt.2600 newsgroups... have they really all gone? Is it really all virus breeders and script kiddies now? What has happened to the cyberpunk movement - I keep reading it has died and post-cyberpunk doesn't seem to be doing much. What is the current counterculture on the net? Please don't tell me it's goths weeping on their keyboards? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 2:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a way to naturally remove chlorine from your skin and hair?

Is there a way to naturally remove chlorine from your skin and hair? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Fort Worth, TX - what do you suggest?

Fort Worth, Texas - I'll be there for a few days next week. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PY at 1:32 AM PST - 16 comments

iPhoto - do I have to update to keep my sanity?

All my iPhoto albums were updated when I inserted a cd with new albums. Only a newer version of iPhoto will open my existing picture libraries. How do I get my old albums back? [more inside]
posted by ouke at 12:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Are Flight Attendants jacking with my sanity?

Lately, when flying red-eye flights, I've noticed that the flight attendants, as part of their safety spiel, sometimes ask that the window shades be left up during takeoff and landing. Why? Also, [more inside]
posted by Zendogg at 12:18 AM PST - 18 comments

January 12

Thunderbird vs. Gmail

Thunderbird vs. Gmail: What are the pros and cons of using one over another, and how can they be used together effectively? What have you found useful that the other one did not have?
posted by Knigel at 11:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Ba-duh-ba-duh-duh, ba-da-ba, ba-duh-ba-duh-duh, ba-da-ba...

Name that song! Half-remembered music sample and... [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 11:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How many plants do I need to breath?

Given an airtight room with bright enough lights to fuel photosynthesis, how many plants would it take to provide an average person, at rest, with sufficient oxygen (assuming it is possible at all). [more inside]
posted by lucasks at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify this nighttime assassin scene

A geographer friend needs to identify this movie for a paper: We zoom in via satellite to watch an infrared image of an assassin leaving a tent at night in a desert to enter another tent and kill someone.
posted by mediareport at 10:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Sixties Dance Crazes

On this page of Dance crazes from the Sixties, at the bottom there is a fair amount of dances that are not described. If you can describe one that you know, that would be awesome. Or, a place where I can find out more.
posted by Stan Chin at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Any other words beside aside?

Can anyone (dorky enough to be interested) find any other word beside "aside," which is both a noun and an adverb but nothing else? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Online health/beauty shops prepared to ship internationally?

Any suggestions for an online store offering beauty/personal products which will ship internationally? [more inside]
posted by MrC at 9:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Darken the bright

Fashionmasters: I bought a snowboard jacket for this winter that I like a lot, but after a few months, I'm feeling it's perhaps a bit too loud. It has black sleeves, and the rest is a bright yellow color. What can I do (short of spray painting the thing) to deemphasize this brightness?
posted by zardoz at 8:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Retro patterns and designs

Where can I find patterns similar to this? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 8:11 PM PST - 8 comments

what's your favorite internet mental break?

breaking up the day? what are the best five minute 'break' websites you visit? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 7:40 PM PST - 37 comments

What is a New York Hello

What exactly is a "New York Hello"? [more inside]
posted by psychobum at 7:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Two children with close ties

Two sisters give birth. The two children have the same father. [more inside]
posted by amusem at 7:27 PM PST - 23 comments

single button for print screen

Is shift-control-apple-3 really the only way to take a screenshot and put it in the clipboard? I miss my single "print screen" button on a PC. It's a minor annoyance - but the key combination is cumbersome.
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does XP hate my network?

Mixed wireless network: 3 Macs, one Windows XP PC. We're using 40-bit WEP encryption, and for some reason the Windows XP laptop simply cannot stay on the network... why that be? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Seat belt Problems

I have a 2002 Suzuki Esteem Wagon and the rear seat belts no longer retract. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Hey - it's only software, man!

I have to learn some pretty tricky software and I know it's going to be a rough ride - what philosphies and techniques do you use to stop yourself being discouraged when you hit what appears to be an almost insurmountable hurdle? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 5:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Having trouble using 5.1 computer speakers and a microphone at the same time.

Having trouble using 5.1 computer speakers and a microphone at the same time. [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 5:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Tricks for cleaning pasta sauce jar lids

Pasta Sauce Jar Filter: I reuse my old pasta sauce jars for pantry storage. No matter how well I clean the lid the scent of pasta sauce remains and sometimes compromises the food stored inside. Any tricks for getting the lid spickety span. Note: I have no dishwasher.
posted by Constant Reader at 5:55 PM PST - 16 comments

How long to drive from Studio City (CA) to San Pedro in early morning rush?

L.A.TrafficFilter: getting from Studio City to San Pedro by 7:00 a.m. sharp tomorrow morning (via the 101/110) -- what's a good timeframe to expect? [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you want to hang out?

How do you feel when someone you don't know asks you out? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 4:49 PM PST - 47 comments

Converting old CPT files to something useful

Converting from an obsolete graphics format. [more inside]
posted by Noah at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

A speaker by any other name?

What's a nickname for the speakers on a stereo? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 4:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Getting the most out of my Rosetta Stone software.

I'd like to get the most out of my Rosetta Stone software. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 3:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Cable/internet... it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!

Best deal for getting both cable and internet in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Limiting the misery

I need advice on where to live in Northern Virginia--one of us will be commuting to Prince William county and the other will be headed into D.C.. How can we split the difference to minimize the traffic pain. [more inside]
posted by divka at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Subterranean homesick blues

Should I be concerned about subterranean living? [more inside]
posted by werty at 3:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Africa desert real estate

I'd like to have some range land in a desert country, lease or own depending on the price and local laws, and I'm looking toward Morocco, Western Sahara or Mauritania. Anybody have any good sources on property in this part of the world?
posted by ykjay at 3:03 PM PST - 1 comment

How to set up program association for opening folders?

ACDSee has taken over my Windows folders! Or: how to change the program associated with opening folders? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 2:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Polka costume?

I'm thinking of learing to polka. Any costume suggestions?
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Removable adhesive to connect a small wooden ledge to outdoor cottage-cheese-looking walls?

AdhesiveFilter: I'm looking for an adhesive to connect a small wooden ledge to outdoor cottage-cheese-looking walls. It must be strong enough to support a small (1-2 flower) flower vase in addition to the ledge, and it must be removable without any damage to the walls. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

1. In what way are cellphone ringer speakers limited, 2. Subtle ringtones?

Ringtonefilter: 2 questions. 1. Why does my fancy mp3 playing cellphone's speaker choke when playing mp3s I like (inaudible or distorted, depending). 2. Anyone have any relatively calm/subtle ringtone suggestions, that are not so subtle that one doesn't hear them? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for Reqwireless's Webviewer

Looking for Reqwireless's Webviewer... [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me find a music manager besides iTunes that also manages Podcasts?

Can you help me find a music manager besides iTunes that also manages Podcasts? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments


Which state has the most vanity license plates? [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 1:39 PM PST - 26 comments

continuity monkey

Broadcast industry humor. Specifically, the continuity monkey. Can any mefis help me locate it? [more inside]
posted by pepcorn at 1:36 PM PST - 0 comments

Will XP2 break my computer?

Should I install XP SP2? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 1:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Best Excel to HTML converter?

Excel's built-in conversion to HTML results in a monstrosity of a web page. Can anyone recommend the best "scrubber" or converter utility that does the best job (Windows or Mac)?
posted by spock at 1:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Broken HD

My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Birthday even in NY/NJ/Phil?

My fiances birthday is coming up Jan 27th...last year she put together a very sweet birthday day for me so I would like to reciprocate. My plan was to buy tix to Wicked in NYC and have a nice dinner. However, Wicked is sold out (unless I want to buy $300 tix I can't afford). I am looking for something to do on Saturday (the 28th?) in the New York New Jersey Philadelphia Area. I really don't think I can afford to spend more than $200 for the two of us...any affordable suggestions? I should mention we recently moved to the area but have been into NYC a number of times so we have already done the major attractions there (museums etc)
posted by UMDirector at 1:07 PM PST - 10 comments

need seed

Where can i find a single copy (ie. not a subscription) of seed magazine in the south east of England? [more inside]
posted by tnai at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Drinking the alphabet in shot form

Chicagoland area - Need to drink the alphabet in shot form. A = Absinthe, B = Beam, C = Cuervo and so on. What bar would have the most different kinds of alcohol in the area?
posted by dabradfo at 12:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Find me a tattoo font

I'm getting another tattoo. This one on my leg, maybe six inches long. A capital "E" for my grandfather. I'm looking for an elegant yet masculine font. Something with a little flow to it. Suggestions?
posted by captainscared at 12:57 PM PST - 18 comments

What stinks?

How do I get rid of that faint smell of sewage in my basement? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Latex problems

My girlfriend is allergic to latex. Can you recommend any online retailer than sells different varieties (ribbed, flavoured, etc.) of nonlatex condoms and also ships to Canada? We can't seem to find any in local stores. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments


My girlfriend has been on birth control for a couple years. The day before her period we had sex without a condom. The next day she had her period but it was very short and lasted only that day. Could we be pregnant?
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 21 comments

mmmm, greasy

Lube-filter. Probably NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Here's the story...of a lovely lady...

Dating the divorced...advice, anyone? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Where's a single guy to ski?

SkiFilter: Where to go for a (relatively) inexpensive ski trip? Priorities: maximize ski time, minimize travel time, have fun on the slopes and maybe even off the slopes, too. [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 11:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I take my Mozilla Firefox with me on my jump drive?

How do I take my Mozilla Firefox with me on my jump drive?
posted by bamassippi at 11:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a small dispenser!

Where can i find a small plastic container that can hold 30 ml or more liquid and is possible to dispense exactly 1 ml of it by spray? I'm doing research on different kinds of breath sprays and need something small, portable, and capable of dispensing exactly 1ml of liquid by spray. Push comes to shove, i can settle for dispensing by dropplets. Thanx!
posted by deeman at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What's wrong with my DVD-Shrink settings?

What's wrong with my DVD-Shrink settings? I want to produce a single ISO file, instead of a handful. [more inside]
posted by JamesMessick at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the purpose of the light coming from inside an escalator?

What is the purpose of the light coming from inside an escalator? [more inside]
posted by elastic.scorn at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Why do I have crazy feet in the sack?

Why do I have a compulsion to constantly move my feet when going to sleep? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:33 AM PST - 36 comments

developing 120 film in nyc?

I'm about to get my first Holga camera and am wondering where I can get 120 film developed in NYC. I live near the Queens border and am mostly home-bound because I care for my grandmother. I'd like to find an affordable 120 film developer that can also put the prints on a cd (a la drugstore processing). Preferably located along the E train line in Manhattan, but any location in Manhattan will do. Any suggestions?
posted by missed at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

I am going to eat my own left leg if I can't sort this.

How can I access my hidden external Hard Drive data? PLEASE HELP or I might have to cry my ass off, and that's harder than it sounds [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 10:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Experience with PhotoBooks?

Alrighty, Mefiteys...who's made a photo book? [more inside]
posted by youarenothere at 9:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Medium Density Fiberboard as substrate for photo mounting

I am looking for pre-cut/sized MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) in the 8x10 inch range. It is fairly easy to come by in the UK but it is proving difficult to acquire in the US in pieces smaller than 4x8 foot sheets. [more inside]
posted by shoepal at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Am I a crank operated well?

[PeeFilter] Why is it that raising my right arm while I am urinating seems to make my...um...stream flow with more pressure? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 9:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Using gamepads on the mac

Gamepads and a Powerbook G4 running OS 10.4. Any recommendations or help? [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Better than Flickr?

What is a good site for posting and sharing pictures? One that is better than Flickr? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Hipster PDA Filter - How do you deal with phone numbers and contact info in a paper based system?

I'm interested in switching from my palm to a paper based calendar and to do list, but the one thing I can't seem to make work is my phone book. I've been using my palm for many years so, I have a good number of phone numbers built up in there that I want easy access to - and need to be able to add to. This may sound like a stupid question (use a paper book for phone numbers!), but I'm just interested in how people do this, if they eventually enter numbers back into electronic form to back up (one of the things i like about the palm system is that the couple of times that i've lost my palm, i haven't lost the numbers), etc. Any advice appreciated.
posted by krudiger at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Where should I ski/stay in Quebec?

I'm thinking about taking a ski vacation in Quebec sometime in February. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

PHP - resize image to a specific (k) size?

Formula to resize an image (in PHP) so that the resulting file is roughly a certain size in bytes? [more inside]
posted by staggernation at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get this dog urine smell out of our couch?

How do I get this awful dog urine smell out of our couch and other furniture? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Partition or not?

Partitioning an external hard drive for a Macintosh Powerbook? Why? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you know a flash-based music recommendation site?

Does anyone know the URL of a site where you entered a band you like and it showed connections to other bands based on a recommendation system? The whole thing was done in flash and looked very cool.
posted by FeldBum at 8:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Need a cheap bevel circle mat board cutter.

I need help in locating a bevel circle mat cutter for holes smaller than 4 inches. I need something geared towards the hobbyist (not the professional). [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 8:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Mac OS X Blog Hosting Software?

I am looking for a software package to host a blog for our public schools. It would need to a) run on Mac OS X b) allow multiple users c) be incredibly simple for the users to use d) not cost an arm and a leg...or even an arm OR a leg...we're public, you know. [more inside]
posted by kdavies at 7:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Load Complete New Yorker on harddrive

Can you give me step-by-step instructions for copying my Complete New Yorker to my harddrive? (scroll down to Copy Issues to Local Hard Drive Issues Folder). I'm afraid I will screw this up and it will never work again.
posted by found missing at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments


My XP Pro desktop has started rebooting on it's own (after it's been idle for a while, not while in use...). Any ideas as to the cause?
posted by JABof72 at 6:59 AM PST - 13 comments

MP3 player for a backpack

My 14 yo's MP3 player (a cheap Motorola flash player) kicked the bucket the other day. She wants a new one. I really don't know what's out there, or even what I should look for. She's reasonably careful with her stuff, but the player would live in her backpack and has to be somewhat durable. A flash player is probably preferable, for the same reason. She doesn't want her dad's Zen (says it's dorky looking). [more inside]
posted by jlkr at 6:25 AM PST - 29 comments

Verity documents visible on Google?

How can we make documents stored on our password-protected Verity website visible to Google? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 6:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Salt Differences

What are the functional differences between regular salt, sea salt and kosher salt? Why are sea and kosher salts specified in some recipes?
posted by Raybun at 4:44 AM PST - 38 comments

Easy Interface for SQL

What is the best alternative interface for an SQL server? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 4:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Who are the 21st century Muses?

Who are the 21st century Muses? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 4:02 AM PST - 14 comments

What's with this .do extension?

A website's pages have the extension .do Such as index.do. I presume this is a server-side technology? Which one? [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 2:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Name that tune

What is the famous piece of demonic-sounding choral and orchestral music that goes ?
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 1:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Colorful language from the American South

My grandfather was from the Deep South, and his speech was very colorful. He used the word "epizootics" to describe any kind of flu-like illness. I realize this is a real word, used to describe epidemics in the animal world. But he pronounced it differently, "eppa-zoo-tiks." Or sometimes he said "eppa-zoo-ti-kus." Has anyone else heard this before? Would this be considered slang, or an idiom, etc? [more inside]
posted by shifafa at 12:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Make Them Go Away!

Is there any way to instantly restore all my system icons (OS X)? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:01 AM PST - 1 comment

Do Thousands of Companies Know their Visitors are Being Routed to Adobe.com?

FLASH: Do Thousands of Companies Know their Visitors are Being Routed to Adobe.com? (aka: Can't Access Our Site Without You First Going to an Entirely Different Site to Download a Thing Called FLASH so our logo is animated - please come back because Adobe does not have the techhnology or willingness to bring you back to our site?). [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 12:01 AM PST - 26 comments

January 11

Compulsory PHP instruction

I've received a $1000 grant that I can use to learn PHP, in order to eventually write an education-specific application. I could attend a programming boot camp this Summer, take an online course, or blow it all on books and software. Of course, I have a bunch of php/mysql books already. Has anyone gone to one of those programming boot camps, and was it worth it?
posted by mecran01 at 9:51 PM PST - 15 comments

mysterious happenings?

What are some facts, rumors, and speculation about secretive/mysterious organizations or events? [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 9:04 PM PST - 20 comments

I was adopted out when younger, am I out my inheritance???

Anyone know California probate laws. Heres a question. My father passed away with no will leaving me, and his other son as sole beneficiaries. However I was adopted by my step dad when I was 8(I'm 30 now) I guess he had a drug problem and couldn't do the dad thing. I did live with him as a baby, and my biological mom was married to the guy who adopted me. So do I still have claim to half the estate????????Only thing I found is probate code 6450, but not quite sure if it applies. I called a couple attorneys but they wanted $$ for consultation
posted by highgene at 8:43 PM PST - 8 comments

desktop organizer?

The desktop on my Mac is so cluttered that I can't even see the background, is there any software that can help me get organized? [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman at 8:34 PM PST - 23 comments

What's in MacGyver's pocket?

What kind of pocket tools would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by blueneurosis at 8:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Select text in web page

What is it about some web sites that makes it very difficult to select and copy text? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 8:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Tiny Tongue Sores

Every once in a while I get these very very small white-ish sores on my tongue. They hurt like crazy - especially if I eat sugars or citruses. What are these things and what can I do to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 8:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I warm my car up before I drive?

What are the advantages (if any) of letting your car engine run idle to warm up before driving? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Really big pot bust: help?

Momma F___ing Mia Filter! Let's say that I, not really me of course, was caught by local authorities with around 500 very high quality marijuana plants. (Street value: $500,000) I'm in Washington state. I'm out on $2,500 bail charged with manufacture of an illicit substance. I was originally charged with intent to sell, that was dropped. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:22 PM PST - 71 comments

Why so many AC adapters?

Can someone explain why every battery powered device ever made seems to have a utterly unique AC power adapter? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 6:44 PM PST - 24 comments

Corn chowder

Share your corn chowder recipes. I've tried three different ones in the last few weeks and am not satisfied with any of them!
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How to organise a music tour?

How to become a music promoter? [more inside]
posted by semmi at 6:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a marketplace for bookmarks?

Is there a marketplace on the web for bookmarks? I would love to buy experts in various fields bookmarks... I can imagine some more well known individuals (sean penn, yoko ono, ted turner for example) bookmarks might be worth some dough?
posted by specialk420 at 6:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Libya, Libya, Libya

Has anyone been to Libya? [more inside]
posted by hummus at 5:50 PM PST - 13 comments

French horn stock just went down another 10 pts.

I'm trying to sell my french horn. [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

puke vomit breath

Breath issues for tonight's date... [more inside]
posted by masymas at 5:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Microsoft Excel help needed

Microsoft Excel help needed. [more inside]
posted by teem at 5:24 PM PST - 11 comments

pvr minus the r

I've got a beater computer that I want to use to stream media to my tv (it's a 1.2 ghz P3). What do I need at the bare minimum (hardware/software) to get AVIs to my tv and feel like I'm watching cable instead of a computer file? Remember, I am looking for the simplest soultion. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

11. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard. There is only another fist.

Biographical-style humor incorporating absurd claims: Does it have a name, and where can I find more? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the greatest conceptual music videos ever made, and where can I download them?

What are the greatest conceptual music videos ever made, and where can I download them? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 4:35 PM PST - 56 comments

Web Org in Twin Cities?

What organizations exist in the Twin Cities for web professionals?
posted by gimonca at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Organic vegetable delivery in the Bay Area

Any recommendations of good services for organic vegetable delivery in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by rsinha at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Mac computer-generated layout app?

Mac computer-generated layout app? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Nice wine glasses

I'm looking for some nice wine glasses to give as a gift. [more inside]
posted by orangskye at 3:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Verizon Wireless Broadband, the bees knees?

Will you fill my brain with information about Verizon Wireless Broadband? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 2:51 PM PST - 6 comments

QT Streaming error

Streaming QuickTime problem: Usually when I click a link which should stream QT clips [eg, here], I get an error [-3285: disconnected]. Can anybody help me with this?
posted by dash_slot- at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Experience with girichoko?

Does anyone have experience or knowledge of the Japanese tradition called girichoko? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting latex paint out of wool?

Getting latex paint out of wool. What's the best way to remove the stain? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

ad-hoc networking blues

How do I set up a laptop to do ad-hoc networking through the wired NIC? [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

אַ סך שריפֿטן איך בעט אײַך

(Free) Unicode-compatible Hebrew modern handwriting fonts [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Tropical Family Vacation

My wife and two kids are trying to plan a vacation to somewhere warm to get out of New England in March - but we're tough to shop for. [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 1:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheapo printer filter!

Printer filter: Which of the cheap (roughly <$50) printers are most economical with ink costs factored in? [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

BC trip

My wife and I are talking about going to Vancouver and the San Juan Islands this year. What's the best time of year to go? We have a young son so kayaking is difficult... What's the best way to whale watch that's family friendly? Which island is best to stay on? Any other parts of BC you'd suggest we explore?
posted by Shanachie at 12:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Schadenfreudefilter: Video of Frey on Larry King?

Schadenfreudefilter: anyone know where I'll be able to find a an online copy of James Frey's appearance on Larry King tonight? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 12:37 PM PST - 12 comments

is this the end for trusty old ipod?

Is it possible to get a first generation iPod to work on a PC that has a firewire port? If so, how would one go about doing this?
posted by kaseijin at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find time to eat?

I haven't got a free moment during the day. When do I eat; how do I find time? [more inside]
posted by sian at 12:03 PM PST - 24 comments

How to "captrure" photos with a Mac

I am thinking of getting a Mac. I blog a lot and post pictures. On my PC I get Properties and then size the photo via Irfan. How would I lift photos from sites to post on my blog using a Mac?
posted by Postroad at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Switch. And Switch back, you know, whenever you damn well please.

This may be slightly premature, but would it possible to install Windows onto one of the new Macintel platforms and so have an OS X/XP dualbooting machine? [more inside]
posted by Tikirific at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Canker sore remedies?

Canker sore remedies? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:03 AM PST - 59 comments

How would you improve the Apple iPod?

If you were to create an MP3 player then, using the Apple iPod as a baseline for "good", what improvements would you make to it? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 9:59 AM PST - 66 comments

I need to buy some time installing office SP2

Office 2003 SP2 grief - it cannot install and i want it to quit trying to install for a few days. [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Defensive patents for free and open source software

Defensive patents for free and open source software: can I bind a specific type of license with a patent ? [more inside]
posted by a007r at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Mac Glitch Lab?

New Mac glitch music making software? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Besides Omega, what is a good outlet for purchasing thermocouples?

Besides Omega, what is a good outlet for purchasing thermocouples? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I see in Spain?

My wife and I are going to be in Spain for one week in March. We'd like to take in as much as possible, but not run ourselves ragged (especially since the laid back atmosphere of Spain is one of the draws). What are some things that you must see and/or do if you're in Spain? [more inside]
posted by Gamblor at 8:26 AM PST - 33 comments

Non-toxic wood stain

What's the least toxic way to stain and seal wood? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Make my own RAID

I recently got a large Mac G3 tower and stripped everything out of it. Does anyone know what I could do to make it a true external hard drive? Possibly with 4+ hard drives in it? I'm considering RAID BTW. It already has a power supply so I guess that is taken care of. Anything else I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I learn about chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine question: I'm looking for a good summary of the meridians and the most important tsubos, and my google-fu has been failing me. Any links? Any favorite books on the topic? I'd appreciate any advice.
posted by Fenriss at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a good "time and materials" web dev contract template

Where can I find a good "time and materials" Web development contract template? [more inside]
posted by Frisbee Girl at 7:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Nose Sore Treatment Suggestions?

What is a good remedy to treat nose sores? Recently I've started to develop small sores on the inside of my nose every winter. I realize it's because everything is dryer. I run a vaporizer at night. I treat the sores with bacitracin, mentholated ointment and petroleum jelly but nothing seems to work. The sores kind of come and go all winter. They are annoying and painful. Does anyone have any suggestions for some remedy that will help.
posted by malhaley at 7:11 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I stop the dreaded Delayed Write Error?

Ever since I installed my new cable modem via a USB port on Windows XP (SP2) my computer has been experiencing "Delayed Write Error" messages nearly every time I use a web browser (IE, Firefox, and Opera) that quickly brings the computer to a locked-up halt. How do I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 6:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I consolidate my gadgets?

Should I consolidate my gadgets? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 6:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Blanca o Brava -- necesito vacacion.

FebruaryTravelFilter: Costa Blanca or Costa Brava? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 3:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Best Aussie credit card reward programs?

Aussie Mefites: Are there any credit card reward programs worth using? More inside... [more inside]
posted by skybeedoo at 2:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Video codecs/tips/tools for easier Internet downloading

Video codecs/tips/tools for easier Internet downloading [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 2:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Organizing your hard drive?

Hard drive cleanup and organization tips, techniques, and asset management for someone who still has files from 1992? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Forever and now in ink on skin

Tattoo planning: I'm looking for related symbols (by meaning, not appearance) of the lemniscate, enso, ouroboros, and apparently whatever the symbol between the buddha's eyes is called. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 12:10 AM PST - 9 comments

January 10

unidentified U.S. Army mental test scores abbreviations

What do these "mental test scores" abbreviations (from a deceased relative's U.S. Army records in the early 1970s) refer to? : MOB-1, DCT, ALAT-1, ARC-1, ACS [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 10:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Oh, darling, I haven't seen you in forever!

How do I initially greet a potential lover after a several-month separation? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:24 PM PST - 51 comments

best tetris?

what's the best tetris out there? please recommend me some nice tetris games [more inside]
posted by suni at 10:21 PM PST - 43 comments

cooking with gas!

I got a kitchen blowtorch as a christmas present. Yay for culinary pyromania! Apart from creme brulée, what else could I burn?
posted by wilful at 10:10 PM PST - 21 comments

learn paint oils good!

How do I learn to paint with oils? [more inside]
posted by philscience at 8:59 PM PST - 22 comments

How to rid my room of whiteflies?

I must put an end to the whitefly occupation in front of my south facing window, but how? [more inside]
posted by benign at 8:56 PM PST - 3 comments

One should use "one"!

Why does one not use the word "one" more often when refering to people in general? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 8:53 PM PST - 25 comments

Workplace IT gems?

What technology practices in your workplace really seemed to make a difference? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 8:40 PM PST - 12 comments

The origin of sexual vocalisations...

When we have sex it is usually women who utter the most vocal noise. What are the possible evolutionary origins of this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 8:40 PM PST - 54 comments

What's wrong with this CSS?

I have a CSS class that displays "correctly" in Safari and Mac IE, but for some reason knocks the font size down in Firefox and IE under XP. Everything looks right to me, but I'm not a CSS expert by any means. Anyone care to take a look? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Why doesn't iMovie import my mpg?

iMovie question: I have not used iMovie much, but I'd like to play around. I have a Sony DSC-P100 digital point-and-shoot camera that records video, which I can save to my computer as mpg. However, I can't seem to use these files in iMovie. Does that sound right, or is there something wrong with my copy of iMovie, or what? I can find nothing in the iMovie help that describes what file formats may be imported.
posted by shaneflyer at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

SHould i buy this laptop??

LaptopFilter: A buddy of mine is selling his IBM ThinkPad T23 for $400 dollars. Here are the specs: P3 1.13ghz 60gb(5400) 1024MB ram CDRW-DVD 14.1 Display Docking Station Also has a PCMCIA WIFI card I want a laptop really bad and this seems to be a good deal, what do you think? Should i buy this? BTW..This will be used for web browsing and business applications. No graphic applications or gaming. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off?

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off? [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Why won't my Palm sync?

PalmFilter: My Tungsten E2 and iMac G5 don't seem to want to play nice together. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

...Oh my!

Plasmids, prokaryotes, and markers... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 6:30 PM PST - 16 comments

The Hebrew Hammer or The Passion of the Christ? This question has nothing to do with either movie.

In accordance with reform, orthodox, or conservative Judaism, what am I? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 6:27 PM PST - 25 comments

I need an adaptor but am an electricity ignoramus

I can sequence DNA, but when it comes to electricity, I can't tell my AC from my DC. Help me. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Designing a GTD Office

Designing a Getting Things Done office! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 6:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, help!

Help me find a digital, downloadable version of the "50 Nifty United States" song. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 5:57 PM PST - 17 comments

From Computer to Stereo

What's the cheapest "good" solution for getting my music from computer to stereo? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 5:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Damn you Adobe Gamma, and your Evil Minions!

I can't seem to calibrate color values on my PC monitor (using Windows 2000) using Photoshop! Help! [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

The Death of the Milkmen

PlasticsFilter: When, exactly, did milk start coming in plastic gallon jugs? [more inside]
posted by inging at 4:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Recent cultural innovations made to seem timeless?

What are some relatively recent cultural innovations that have been made to seem timeless? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:11 PM PST - 32 comments

Get up! Get on up! A sex machine!

I'm 23, recently lost my virginity, new girlfriend, cant stay hard. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 40 comments

Finding a partner - Seattle or the Bay Area?

City of Love Filter: I'm tired of being alone. Will this be easier to fix in Seattle or the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Washington DC with kids

Washington, DC hotels: The kids and I are going to see Butterstick! next weekend. I haven't been to DC in a long, long time. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 2:54 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I learn to stop worrying and love...well, everything.

How do I learn how to stop worrying, and being anxious, and get on with life? One of my biggest flaws is worrying about a negative outcome in most aspects of my life. Even though I know that in general my life is ok, and indeed I am lucky in many ways, I worry daily about it all going wrong, and this is having a negative effect on my quality of life. How do I learn to live and enjoy life without unnecessary worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Lemon-less love life

I am looking for good websites that sell sex toys online that I can trust. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 37 comments

Motivation lacking for weight loss...

I'm looking for some advice on how to stop waffling and finally make some significant changes with regards to my health & my weight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Will my army deployment make me ineligible for Peace Corps?

Does my involvement in information-gathering activities make me ineligible for Peace Corps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Neighbor sex and night vision goggles?

If I have sex indoors (main-floor room) with the lights off, at night, in front of windows with the blinds open...what are the chances of being spied on with night vision goggles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Reading old letters of recommendation

I recently sent out several job applications that required letters of recommendation from a professor. The professor's secretary sent me a box of letters that were sealed, mail-merged, and addressed to each recipient, with the intention that I drop the letter inside the application package. (This is standard operating procedure, as far as I know.) I ended up not sending a few applications for which I received letters because the recipients later indicated that no positions were available. The application period is now over and I was not offered a position. I will not reuse these letters in the future. May I ethically open the remaining sealed envelopes and read the letter?
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 41 comments

CSS/Javascript:1 || Me:0

CSS and javascript: I thought I had them beat, then I had to go and test my site in IE [more inside]
posted by renderthis at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

mass transit sucks

I can’t remove an extremely stuck oil filter. [more inside]
posted by spork at 2:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Be good or have fun?

Yay it's bonus time. Advice on spending a significant but not life-changing chunk of change. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 1:59 PM PST - 40 comments

A touch of jazz?

What are some good resources for finding out about new and interesting jazz? [more inside]
posted by box at 1:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Soccer in Canada

What's the deal with soccer (football) in Canada? I'm gonna be in Toronto and I've got The Champion's League, The Premiership, FA Cup and The World Cup to watch. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help a knob find a knob

Finding cheap after-market replacement burner knobs for gas range [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Cube set design?

TheatreFilter. In college, I saw a touring company perform Two Gentlemen of Verona using a very simple set made from maybe a dozen sturdy (but lightweight) cubes. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

region 2 dvd in region 1

I wanted to watch seasons 2 and 3 of the fine British comedy 'Black Books.' I live in New York (region 1). I think I can play these region 2 DVDs on my iBook G4, but also wondering if perhaps they could be played through Sony Playstation 2? I wasn't sure if PS2 was region specific in each country ...
posted by jgballard at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Royalty-free stock photography for corporate use?

What are your favourite royalty-free stock photography resources for corporate use? [more inside]
posted by melissa at 1:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Radio Scanner Recomendations

So I am looking for some entertainment while working (other than MEFI). Thought that getting a small scanner to listen to all the radio and walkie talkie traffic downtown would be good. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

How to find that perfect conditioner...

Every time I colour my hair and use the tiny jar of conditioner that is part of the kit, I'm amazed anew at how much better it is than any other conditioner I've ever tried. It leaves my hair silky and tangle-free. Does anyone know of a similar conditioner?
posted by orange swan at 12:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Entry-level music keyboard for a PC

My 16 year-old son is experimenting with electronic music. I want to get him a music keyboard that he can connect to a PC via a USB cable and will provide a direct means of getting notes into music software. What software would you recommend, and what affordable keyboard type/brand would work for this?
posted by tranquileye at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my "AutoRecovery" function fickle?

My office computer operates Windows XP with Word 2000. (I'm a Mac person at home so no lectures please...) About once a week or so, a Word doc will freeze up on me forcing me to hit the good old Ctrl+Alt+Del and End Task. I would say 50% of the time when I open Word again, the document I was working on comes up as a recovered document (phew!). The other 50% of the time, I open Word and... no recovered document (!!!). What gives? Why the discrepancy? How can I guarantee that a recovered document will come up all the time and not just when the computer feels like it? Aside from searching through a million temp files, is there an easy way to get the version I was working on back if it doesn't come up automatically? (Yes, I save as often as I can, but I'm only human.) Sorry if this has been answered before... I searched for a similar post, but didn't find one. Thank you!
posted by zharptitsa at 12:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Montreal to Toronto in Feb driving filter

Canadian travel in February filter: We'll be doing some college tours of Canadian colleges, including McGill and University of Toronto. To see these places AND impress upon my daughter the reality of what COLD weather feels like (we live in California), I'm thinking of taking her up to Montreal and Toronto between Feb 17 - 21. Cheap flights are available to Burlington (close to Montreal) and Buffalo (close to Toronto). Is it possible to drive from Montreal to Toronto in February? Or is it so snowy and blizzardy that this is ridiculous, and we should take the train or fly? Airfares seem high, but maybe I'm just not looking at the right flights. Any suggestions as to how to cram visits into those places during mid-Feb?
posted by jasper411 at 12:17 PM PST - 36 comments

Word mail merge to pairs of people at a time - possible

Can I use Word's mail merge functionality to send merged emails to pairs of people? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Seamlessness between Open Office and Microsoft Office?

Let's say that I got a new computer without MS Office on it and I install Open Office. Let's also say a person sends me a Word or Excel file via email. Will I be able to read it and edit it in Open Office without messing up the format? If I make any changes to the file and email it back to my friend, will he be able to read it and make further edits to it while using the Microsoft Office applications?
posted by NoMich at 12:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I print Entourage Tasks on one page?

Are there ways to print Entourage Tasks that are not obvious or are there non web-based applications that are similar for OSX? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 11:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Ocular eyepiece? A name?

An entirely pedantic and possibly stupid question, but does anybody know what the name of that elliptical thing with the hole is that doctors used to strap to their heads? It was used as an eyepiece of some sort. You generally see this in cartoons and it's a common symbol attached to medicine. I want to say that it's an occulator or some such, but I know there has to be a specific name for it. Bonus points if you can point me to its history. Thanks so much!
posted by ed at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Legal basis fot UK community wireless?

What are the laws for doing free/open municipal wireless in the UK? I know it's all over the place but what exactly are the laws permitting it? what restrictions, if any are on it? Thanks.
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Cheap train from Manchester to London

I want to get down to London for cheap from Manchester. Specifically, leaving on the afternoon of the 9th Feb (need to be there for about 5:30ish) and returning any time on the Sunday (I'm not fussed when I'm back, within reason). What can I do to wrangle myself a cheap train fare?
posted by xvs22 at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

The Adobe UI font could not be loaded.

Photoshop CS2: "The Adobe UI font could not be loaded. For best results, please exit the program and either install it or uninstall other fonts." [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this LCD controller board.

I need a replacement lcd controller board for an AU Optronics LCD screen, model number L170E3 / M170EN04. Does anyone know where I could find an afforable replacement board, or should I just trash the perfectly good LCD panel?
posted by jackofsaxons at 9:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Hack guitarist wants to become less of a hack.

What little things separate a hack guitarist from a decent one and how does one make the transition? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 9:16 AM PST - 24 comments

anonymize email

How do I keep my IP address anonymous when sending email through Outlook or Thunderbird?
posted by saffron at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I keep my feet from turning the color of my Reefs?

How can I keep my feet from turning the color of my Reefs? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I ignore one of a blog's authors?

Can I ignore one author's posts on a Wordpress blog, either by crafting RSS feeds or doing something smart with my client? [more inside]
posted by caek at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Problem with MasterChef and Palm Z22.

Problem with MasterChef and Palm Z22. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 8:47 AM PST - 1 comment


What's the easiest way to go from LaGuardia to, say, Times Square? What about vice-versa?
posted by taumeson at 8:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Dislocated shoulder

Anyone ever dislocate a shoulder? Any physical therapists around? [more inside]
posted by a3matrix at 8:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for blues song about a chair.

About 10 years ago, I heard a classic blues song by a female vocalist that pops back into my head. The song lyrics are a double entendre with the vocalist talking about a chair, with verses for the legs, seat and back, possibly more. Does it spark anybody's memory? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Biker trapped in parking garage

How do automatic gates in parking garages work? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Screenshots. Video. Linux. Commandline.

Screengrabs from video from the command line? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to ride my bicycle.

I would like to buy an exercise bicycle for a friend who wants to cardio train, but has terrible knees. However, I know nothing of exercise bicycles. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Does boiling a can of evaporated milk make sense for whipped cream?

Does boiling a can of evaporated milk make sense? There's [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 7:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Ask me! (not askMe)

Outlook gurus: How to make Outlook 2003 confirm before exiting? [more inside]
posted by anomie at 7:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Different cursor speed with dual-screen setup

I have a dual monitor setup, and until last week the cursor speed on both was the same. Now one is faster than the other. What gives, and how can I change it back? [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Airfare Price Alerts

Is there a Web site that monitors airline prices and alerts you: 1. When a fare drops to my requested price. 2. When there is an overall drop in an airfare to a particular destination. This would be similar to Google's news Alerts. I am looking to fly from Chicago to Orlando that later part of May. I am looking for an airfare around $150.00. Presently the lowest fare I can find is $182.00.
posted by Mckoan1 at 6:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Readable corporate statistics

I'd like to find a webpage or document that consolidate the number of employees and the revenues of the biggest corporations in the world. Where can I find an easy to read page like this ? Wikipedia have all the information but you have to browse from an article to another...
posted by vincentm at 4:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Five minutes here, ten there, oh no!

I'm having a bit of trouble tracking my time for web consulting work. I need to be able to handle small increments of time, and it needs to have a flexible reporting system. What (preferably web-based) software should I use? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 4:13 AM PST - 10 comments


According to Wikipedia, both the United Kingdom and England are countries. How can this be?
posted by jimmy at 4:08 AM PST - 36 comments


Anyone know where I can download last night’s Canadian party leader debate? Thanks
posted by strangelove at 3:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Will an internal frame pack get me kicked off a flight?

Will I be able to get thru airport security with an internal frame daypack? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 1:21 AM PST - 11 comments

January 9

Dentist in the Twin Cities?

DentistFilter continues: Recommendations for a good dentist in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 10:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Do I have to pay to rebuild a shared fence?

My neighbour just tore down a shared fence, and says I have to share the cost to rebuild it. Surely not? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 9:10 PM PST - 40 comments

I didn't know it was illegal, officer!

What are the tax implications of soliciting donations on your website or blog? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:42 PM PST - 14 comments

What tune does the worlds smallest violin play?

What tune does the smallest violin in the world play? [more inside]
posted by fossphur at 6:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to take psychology night classes in New York?

New York collegefilter. I'm thinking about applying to grad school for psychology. I'm 27, live in New York, and have a BA in something that is not psychology. I'd like to start taking non-credit classes now to strengthen my application, meet professors who could write letters of recommendation, and not least of all, make sure I really want to do this! [more inside]
posted by the jam at 6:19 PM PST - 10 comments

I don't wanna buy a b0rken camera

Has anyone run into the dread E-18 error on the Canon SD550? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 5:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Iraqi compensation

This fellow is interested in getting together a push to have Iraqis compensated along the lines established by the UNCC. Ideas, suggestions? How to proceed?
posted by Wolof at 5:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Recommendations for a twin cities chiropractor

So, I went sledding new years eve, and went off the big kid's jump at the bottom of the hill... and did a real number on my back. I've already been to the doctor, who said that "it's just muscles" but I've had "just muscles" back pain and this is a pain like I've never felt before (very specific, almost a point source of spinal pain). So, no, I don't want medical advice, I just want recommendations for a good chiropractor/spine doctor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Preferably one who can see me tomorrow, ugh.
posted by the_W at 4:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Motorcycle vs Scooter

Two wheeled high-mpg around-town/commuter options for year-round use in Seattle: motorcycle, or scooter? [more inside]
posted by hades at 4:36 PM PST - 31 comments

Seoul Food- Cooking Korean at Home

Korean Food—Help me get started making it at home. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Fried Octopus Balls, anyone?

Does anybody living near Portland, Oregon know where I can find the Osakan delicacy of fried octopus balls? (no, not that kind of balls!!!1!) [more inside]
posted by pieisexactlythree at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

mac accounting software filter: Should I buy a PC laptop solely to run Quickbooks?

Should I buy a PC laptop solely to run Quickbooks? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Too depressed to get out of bed

What can I do to change my brain state on waking? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 3:06 PM PST - 43 comments

Dance togs for a tall, large girl?

Where can I find dance togs for a tall (5'11"), larger (size 14) young lady? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Scheduled .zip in Win2k?

I want to start doing nightly offsite copies of a MSSQL database at work. The .bak and .trn files made by the SQL Server Maintenance Plan add up to about 1 gig, but they compress to just over 100 megs, so I 'd much rather export a compressed version. What's the best Windows 2000 app where I can schedule the idea "zip the 2 newest files in this source directory into another directory, into a .zip with the filename based on the date"? If it can keep the 5 most recent .zip files only, all the better.....
posted by Steve3 at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Sleep deprivation

What are the effects of sleep deprivation? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 2:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Online sports league management?

Sports League Management Software, web based ... can this be done with a package like OSCommerce? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:15 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the best Gaming chair I could use?

Comfortable, long-lasting gaming chairs. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 2:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Ebook sites that don't suck?

I am working with a client who is convinced this e-book web site is awesome. I am trying to convince him that a long page of text (not to mention the annoying popup) is boring, unprofessional, and no potential customer would bother reading it all. In his defense, he points to the Alexa rankings, which are indeed impressive. Does anyone have any examples, preferably with a better Alexa ranking than that site, of a web site selling an ebook that has a few short convincing paragraphs that sum up why the book is worthy of purchase and has a professional design that doesn't look so awful?
posted by banished at 1:44 PM PST - 25 comments

MT profile pages

Regarding Movable Type: [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Movie Score Music

Y'all know where I might find generic movie score music on these here internets? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments


There is a ridiculous huge rectangular cut-out in the wall between my bedroom and that of my sister (what can I say, NYC real estate is ingenious). Please help me cover it up in some soundproof fashion. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 12:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Cleaning up a fridge

Are there any good tricks for getting mildew (mostly odor) out of a late-model fridge that spent the summer in storage? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 12:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I use a Direct TV dish as the antenna for my Sirius receiver?

Can I use a Direct TV dish as the antenna for my Sirius receiver? [more inside]
posted by poppo at 12:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Best CMS for Review Site?

Best open source cms for a digg style review site? For linux based servers. [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Windows keystroke app launcher

Please recommend a Windows 2000 program that will allow me to assign a keyboard command to bring all windows of an active application forward or launch the application if it is not yet open. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Hardwood steam cleaner

Steam cleaner for sealed hardwood floors? The inflight Skymall catalog had a Eureka Enviro steam cleaner for $99. I did a little online searching and it seems to be discontinued (not listed on Eureka's site). Is there a comparable product that anyone has had good luck with? I have lots of hardwood and am too lazy to get on my hands and knees. I also don't want to hire a cleaning person.
posted by sharksandwich at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Which athletes are the smartest?

Which sport's athletes have the highest and lowest average IQ? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:35 AM PST - 34 comments

American Girl: Creepy or Cool?

Can someone explain the American Girl phenomenon? Are they creepy or cool? [more inside]
posted by hendrixson at 11:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Where did pirate speech come from?

Where did pirate speech come from? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 11:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Best place to buy bagels online?

What's the best place to buy bagels online? Looking for widest selection + coolest functionality of the site (ie, remembers what I bought, makes suggestions, looks cool).
posted by davebug at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I buy a cheap "feather fill" comforter online?

Should I buy a cheap "feather fill" comforter online? So far I've only ever had lovely Cuddle Down comforters at home, but now am striking out on my own, and don't have the budget for lofty bedding right away. Will I even notice the difference in fill type, or thread count? I will always have a duvet cover over it... or is this a save-for-it item worth the wait? [more inside]
posted by zenigmatic at 10:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Inkjet cartridges online in Canada?

Any recommendations for where to purchase inkjet cartridges online? I'm preferably looking for somewhere in Canada, or will ship to Canada cheaply. I've never actually owned a inkjet before (I've only used lasers), so can someone also tell me if it's worth the savings to get a refilled or off-brand cartridge, or would I just be throwing my money away? I need ink for an ultra-cheap HP PSC 1315, and I'd rather not spend more than the printer cost in the first place.
posted by cgg at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the best way to swap embedded Quicktime movies on a web page?

What's the most effective and broadly compatible way to swap embedded Quicktime movies on a web page? I've written my own JavaScript to do so, but it doesn't work on certain (a minority of) browsers, and it's a bit slow. Does anyone have experience doing this? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

help identify killers remix

can someone identify this remix of the killers - mr brightside? rapidshare download
posted by kewlio at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a better place out there to live for me?

I have been thinking about the best places to live for a gay woman, in a committed relationship whose partner has a 4-year old son. [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 9:06 AM PST - 71 comments

Which PDA: just for typing up plaintext?

PDAfilter: I know essentially zero about PDAs except generally what they do and what they look like. I'm looking for one pretty much just for... [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 8:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Repercussions of an offer for a famous public company by an unkown one?

What are the repercussions of an offer for a famous public company by an unknown one? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 8:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a lighted pen

Recommendations for a lighted pen? I'm looking for a ball point pen with a lighted tip, so I can write in the dark. I've searched the web and found many, but before I order one, I'd love to hear from the Metafilter pen fetishists. [more inside]
posted by evoo at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Heart-rate monitor attached to treadmill

Yesterday on "CBS Sunday Morning," a correspondent chronicled his attempt to lose weight. I'm trying to identify one of the machines that his personal trainer used to evaluate his progress. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Linux RAID 3ware

I would like to use a 3ware 8006-2L RAID controller for Linux. apparently it is really great and it looks like a true RAID - and no drivers or special setting needed. Anyone out there with experience or comments?
posted by bright77blue at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Rev. Jesse Jackson?

Is Jesse Jackson a reverend? [more inside]
posted by tublecain at 7:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Partial Screenshots with Firefox

Partial Screenshots with Firefox [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 6:55 AM PST - 13 comments

London Calling

Where should I try to get (indie-pop) bookings in London? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 6:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Streaming video on demand?

Streaming video solution needed. I would like to wirelessly stream video on demand from an XP-based desktop to an XP-based laptop. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 6:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Reading Paul Celan in english

I think I'd like to read Paul Celan (in English). Where should I begin? Which volume(s) do I want (my preference is for books currently in print)? Which translators do I want?
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home

Any U.S. Federal Government employees teleworking? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

where to get press releases?

how or where does one sign up to receive UK press releases? Are there centralized sources or do the releasing parties pick who to send news to? [more inside]
posted by Svea at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Window Covering for (windows of) human and feline dwellers

I have 3 indoor-only cats, a large floor to (almost) ceiling window, a need to cover said window for privacy and an aversion to vertical blinds (which seem to be the only solution but they're ugly, have no insulating properties and have gaps). The cats would definitely try to climb any cloth drape (I know, I know) and their hair hangs off the bottom of fabric like fringe. [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 4:05 AM PST - 40 comments

Is there any WiFi (virtual) Soundcard driver software out there?

How can I relay the sound of my computer to another computer through the WiFi network? A virtual soundcard driver is in theory feasible, but I can't find any. I know, this is more of a /. question, but I prefer to stay home.
posted by mitocan at 3:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Prince2 Certification

Here's a serious work related question that feels appropriate for a Monday morning: I was wondering whether any Mefites have gotten a Prince2 certification (project management)? If so, how tough was the exam? And has it helped you in getting a job or advancing your career?
posted by hazyjane at 3:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Could I make an eternal pot of soup?

Theoretical-food-safety-question-filter. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 1:20 AM PST - 24 comments

January 8

AE expressions tutorials?

Anyone know of any good tutorials on expressions in Adobe After Effects?
posted by brundlefly at 11:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Should it stay or should it go?

Is it weird to keep your married name after you split? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 10:51 PM PST - 40 comments

A podcasting how-to guide for newbies?

So, say you knew something about podcasting, what advice would you give someone who was about to start a cast of their own? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 10:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Why did Durex set up shop in Knutsford?

Yesterday I noticed something on the back of a condom wrapper, namely the address of the International Head Office of Durex: Canute Court, Toft Road Knutsford, Cheshire What I want to know is how did a condom manufacturer end up in Knutsford. Was it by chance or did they choose to set up shop there because of the name?
posted by Kattullus at 10:36 PM PST - 19 comments


Do we live in a natural world or a supernatural world? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 10:12 PM PST - 61 comments

Which Aceto Balsamico is best

Which Aceto Balsamico is best to get and where is the cheapest place to get it. [more inside]
posted by mi6op at 8:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Preventing recurrence of MRSA infection in a community space

HygeineFilter: How to prevent the recurrence of MRSA infection in a community center? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 8:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Creative bathroom door suggestions?

Creative bathroom door suggestions? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 8:20 PM PST - 20 comments

make my wireless adaptor work!

Router problems!!! [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

CD's for Ipod. Worth it?

I'm thinking about using the Ipod-for-CD's from milleniummusic.com. You give them 130 cds and they give you a 30gig Video Ipod. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 7:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Games, March 2006, Pg 35

Are there any common english words with a silent letter F, J, Q or V?
posted by yeoz at 7:32 PM PST - 40 comments

How do we get the HMO to work with us?

My parents are members of an HMO, but our dealings with them have been frustrating, and we need help. (*Catheter references inside.) [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the symbolic significance of seeing dead things everywhere?

I keep seeing dead things everywhere. What's the symbolic significance of this? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 6:58 PM PST - 30 comments

What's with all the pickups?

How come Tex-Mex restaurants attract so many big SUVs and pickup trucks? [more inside]
posted by zek at 6:55 PM PST - 18 comments

I killed a man on the Mexican border...

NYC: Should I drink the water? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 6:28 PM PST - 39 comments

movabletype help

Arrgh... I am trying to install movabletype and i can't get past the login screen! [more inside]
posted by cusack at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Would a trolley car conductor use a starter pistol?

Is this a starter pistol and if it is, why would a trolley car conductor use one? [more inside]
posted by jdl at 6:03 PM PST - 18 comments

How to delete copies of files on my computer?

My computer has begun making copies of every file on my computer on its own. I need help getting rid of them. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Geek Squad + Real Computers

What would happen if you picked up an Alpha or VAX, called up the Geek Squad, heavily hyped as being a bunch of friendly geeks who will help you with your computer woes, and said you wanted them to install VMS on it?
posted by Captain_Tenille at 5:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Oxford English Trickionary

The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 5:17 PM PST - 12 comments

dead g4 powerbook

completely dead powerbook g4. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Curds and way too much whey

Made some yummy paneer tonight to go with dinner. What do I do with the leftover whey? (Storage tips, please, also!)
posted by desuetude at 4:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Recursive Regex Fun?

Regexfilter: I'm using PHP and I want to match HTML span classes recursively/in a hierarchy. Help/pointers would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 4:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Recover hiberfil.sys data

WinXP SP2: Forcing hibernate to resume from old hiberfil.sys [more inside]
posted by adzm at 3:51 PM PST - 8 comments

I'll Take Airborne Swiffering For $200, Alex

What are disposable airplane headphones made of? And on a vaguely related note, what are those disposable Swiffer cloths made of? [more inside]
posted by gompa at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

superfriends dub?

Does anyone know where I could find the dubbed Superfriends PSA animations that were circulating around the web a few years ago?
posted by mert at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

selling them off

the girlfriend decided she wanted to breed and sell Blue Bar Ambilobe Panther chameleons. Once all these things hatch, how does one go about selling the over priced little bastards? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Who am I, anyhow? (username autocomplete)

How do I autocomplete usernames (which have saved passwords) in Firefox 1.5? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 1:59 PM PST - 21 comments

A Capella Recommendations, Please

Years ago I heard an album made from an a cappella show produced by, of all people, Spike Lee. It was called Spike & Co. Do It A Cappella. It had some great stuff on it, and I was looking for some recommendations of a cappella music in the same vein, or other flavors... [more inside]
posted by beth at 1:26 PM PST - 15 comments

auto-inject links?

Is there a way to automatically inject links to corresponding text phrases in Dreamweaver? For example, everytime the phrase, "flashy raver pants" appears, would it be possible for Dreamweaver to automatically make it a link to a pre-determined site? And if not in Dreamweaver, is there another way?
posted by mcsweetie at 12:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Mac visual web editors

Any Mac web designers used Rapidweaver or Freeway Pro? I know how to write valid (X)HTML and CSS, but I'm always looking for ways to save time and I was wondering if these tools actually produce valid, clean, and accessible code as advertised.
posted by 40 Watt at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Lovin' to cook - hatin' on my cooktop.

So, we just moved into a new (rental) house in Bavaria, Germany. Great house, nice kitchen except for the range / cook top. Bad enough it's electric, much prefer gas, but it's a ceramic cook top. I've had them before in previous domiciles and have never come to terms with 'em. There seems to be only two settings - too friggin' hot or too friggin' cool and it takes forever to reach either of these. Replacing the cook top is not an option as it's a rental. Therefore, reaching out to the MeFite community - have you any tips for making the best use of these cruddy cook tops? [more inside]
posted by Expat at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Boot a Blogger Blogspot Blog

How do I achieve shutting down a Blogger Blogspot blog? [more inside]
posted by chase at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How to operate ChefsChoice knife sharpener

Do any AskMeFi members know how to operate/own the manual for a Chef'sChoice Model 100 electric knife sharpener? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get back in touch with old professors?

How do I get back in touch with old professors? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Sorry California

I've got a craving for Turkish pistachios and need to find a way to get some here in South Korea. [more inside]
posted by vagabond at 7:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Warm in the dorm

I'm looking for creative ways to stay warm in my dorm room. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 7:39 AM PST - 58 comments