January 2007 Archives

January 31

R-E-N-T in the U-S-A. Yeah, yeah. Renting in the USA.

Renting by the week across the USA.
So I've had this crazy idea for a while and now that the Minnesota winter has finally succeeded in breaking my spirit after 25 years, I think I should go with it. Has anyone out there lived the life of an employed vagabond? Here's what I have in mind... [more inside]
posted by DonnieSticks at 11:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Do you grok my eureka moment?

Is there a term for the phenomenon where one can be studying a subject for months, but not truly understand it until some barrier is suddenly crossed? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 11:26 PM PST - 35 comments

What happened to my laptop, and did I fix it?

Laptopfilter: I'm curious about how CPU usage, noise level, and being able to go to standby/hibernation and shut down properly are related. For a long time (over a year, I think) my HP laptop(running Windows XP) was at 100% CPU usage all the time, ran loudly, and wouldn't go to standby or hibernation or shut down all the way. There's a lot [more inside]
posted by sleeplessunderwater at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a good speedtest tool you can host on IIS?

Is there a free or inexpensive package for self-hosting a bandwidth speed test on an IIS 6 server? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 8:51 PM PST - 1 comment

[catfilter] Why does my cat go into corners, look up, and meow?

[catfilter] Why does my cat go into corners, look up, and meow? Three locations, 2-3 times a week, 9 years: Living room corner (behind the lamp), bedroom corner, studio corner. She'll do it for a 10 minutes sometimes, just looking up and meowing. Sometimes she'll get up on the coffee table and meow, but mostly it's in the corners. Why?
posted by Señor Pantalones at 8:43 PM PST - 39 comments

Software for highlighting and note taking on the web?

Software for highlighting and note taking on the web? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 8:33 PM PST - 14 comments

What brand is Michelle Dessler's leather jacket from 24 - Day 3?

What brand is Michelle Dessler's leather jacket from 24 - Day 3? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 8:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Tax secrets of the married, please?

How do you file (jointly or separately) when both partners make decent professional wages, no kids? Is it worse for your pocketbook than when you were single, or better? [more inside]
posted by tk at 8:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Play By Post RPG forum?

I'm thinking about starting a new Play By Post RPG for some friends, and wondered if anyone had any recommendations. [more inside]
posted by geekhorde at 7:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find awesome obscure music on the iTunes music store.

Give me some obscure, yet totally rockable tracks to spend a $25 iTunes music store gift card on. [more inside]
posted by dkleinst at 6:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Who to believe? Broker or lawyer?

Brokers - I think I got some bad advice from a real estate broker when buying a house, and it might cost me the deal... how do I know who's telling the truth? [more inside]
posted by ny_scotsman at 6:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Music: Help me become good at cross-rhythms.

Help me become good at cross-rhythm/polyrhythm (mostly 3:4 and 4:3, but also 6:9, 6:7) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 6:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Working full-time but studying for a degree in my spare time... should I tell my boss??

I've just been accepted into a distance education university course. I'm working full-time and intend to keep working and do the course in my spare time. But I was wondering, should I tell my boss? [more inside]
posted by saileyn at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Brooklyn! Where to go?

Brooklyn, where to stay what to see that's not obvious? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 5:23 PM PST - 21 comments

My Kingdom for a DBA

Databasefilter: I'm a self-taught 'DBA' (I use quotes so as to not offend those who have this knowledge through a paid education). I'm having an efficiency problem with a few of my tables, and I thought maybe one or two of you could help. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 5:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Cold car after the weekend.

Oh no! We're going to freeze this weekend, and my car will be in an Amtrak parking lot! How can I guarantee that my trusty Volvo 240 will start when I come back on Wednesday? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 4:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Surgical or Medical?

Surgical or Medical abortion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 30 comments

How to cope with stepchildren?

My stepchildren are driving me crazy. Please help me figure out how to cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Crystal Reports & Stored Procedures

I have a Crystal Report which loads data from a stored procedure. The client wanted some new fields added to the report, so I added them to the stored procedure. (They've been added to the database, as well.) I cannot add them to the report, though, because they are not showing up in Crystal Reports' field explorer. [more inside]
posted by chillax at 4:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find historical fed statements?

Every time the US federal reserve meets to decide on changing interest rates, the news articles say something like "in their statement the fed says ...". So my question is where can I find a listing of the statements for the past 10 or 20 years? I'd like to see how the words change over time. [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to turn off my computer from my bed with a remote

I'm looking for a remote control solution for my PC. I find myself watching a lot of TV on my computer from my bed and I'd really like to be able to just click a button to turn off my monitor instead of having to get up and walk across the room. Yes, I'm that lazy.
posted by riz1 at 3:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Good pet sitter in Denver?

Can anyone give recommendations for pet sitters in the Denver Metro area? We have cats and need someone to come into our house for four days to feed them. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Google search

How do you know what Googlers were searching for? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Imitation is the sincerest form of myspace flattery.

Which celebrity or fictional character has the most fake myspace profiles? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

I wanna shoot!

I'd like to take archery lessons. Anyone recommend places in the D.C. Metro area? I would be particularly interested in places that are Metro accessible or, if not, are in Maryland.
posted by ilikecookies at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Will using a Marshall Power Brake, break my non-Marshall amp?

Will using a Marshall Power Brake, break my non-Marshall amp? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do digital camera batteries conk out in the cold?

A friend asked why (I thought) his digital camera batteries conk out after 3, 4 or 5 pictures. The situation: he is a real cold weather outdoor enthusiast. He's tried a number of battery types and it happens with each kind. I assume it has to do with the cold, but is keeping it enveloped in warm packaging, yanking it out (risking fogging) then wrapping it up again the only answer. (I tried searching "AskMeta" and could not find a specific repsonse to this problem. Thanks.
posted by schoenbc at 2:11 PM PST - 16 comments

101 things Mr. Boss Man never bothered to teach you

If there was ONE thing that you wish you had been taught at your current job what would that be? What I am looking for is not something like...."Don't talk to Spencer in HR, he is a perv," more on the lines of "how to get information on X when Y is not working," or "What things can program Z do to make my job easier?" I need to design some sort of educational media for workplaces (software or internet based) and I am looking for some juicy leads. General is better.Thanks
posted by Meemer at 1:50 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I remove the simlock of a siemens c55 phone given that I have the unlock code?

I have a siemens C55 telephone that is simlocked. I've also gotten the unlock code off my provider a while back. The problem is I either didn't receive or have lost the unlock instructions, i.e. what exactly I need to type into the phone along with the unlock code, and whether this should be with the original sim card, a new sim card or no sim card at all loaded. I know I can unlock it without the code if I have a data cable, but I don't have a data cable and they'd probably cost more than the entire phone is worth. Googling is made difficult by the millions of sites offering to unlock phones for low low prices.
posted by fvw at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

shuffling around

I'm thinking about getting an Ipod shuffle for working out. It seems to be the best choice, but am I missing any other great candidates? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 1:28 PM PST - 27 comments

YouTube for Serious People

Help me find issue-oriented video "backgrounders." [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Ooo, discipline me! But how?

I own a small company and I'm at my wits end. We have some people who are good but not great, and they keep making mistakes or not following rules, which drive other people nuts because they have to catch these people's mistakes and otherwise clean up after them. Problems vary but are almost always caused by carelessness (putting in a wrong zip code, mistyping pricing, forgetting to get something signed off, etc) These aren't necessarily enough for the managers here to want to fire anyone, but there's only so many times you can say "don't do it again." It's also causing some of the better (more careful) employees to lose morale. I'm hearing things along the lines of "nobody cares if mistakes are made, so who cares." Please help me come up with ideas on how to discipline people. It seems like there's only so little you can do besides the usual, which seem severe (firing, less/no bonus). Where's the middle ground? How do we motivate these people to do better?
posted by edjusted at 12:14 PM PST - 41 comments

You scare me and I don't want to talk to you.

Is there a way to tell clients I want them to communicate with me through email instead of the phone that doesn't make me sound weird? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 39 comments

Mean green

I think that marijuana may be giving me headaches, but I'm really not sure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM PST - 28 comments

How to I pay someone to clone this sticker?

I have one (color, custom diecut) sticker. I want to turn it into many stickers. The sticker places on the web are astoundingly not helpful for custom work like this. Should I be chasing down a local printer, and if so, which one? There's some additional complication, too. [more inside]
posted by majick at 11:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Where in Edinburgh do I take a heavily pregnant hen?

Hen afternoon/evening activities in Edinburgh for an 8-month pregnant bride-to-be and about 20 friends? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Unintentional erection during high G loads?

Do (male) pilots ever experience unintended erections while experiencing high G loads on their body? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 10:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Talk me into/out of a MacBook.

I want a MacBook. I want need a new laptop, and they're pretty. Please talk me out of (or into) buying one. [more inside]
posted by corvine at 10:22 AM PST - 51 comments

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job.

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Sudden problem encoding video

I regularly use ffmpeg to encode videos (from mpeg2 to mpeg4) for my ipod. I've been doing this for nearly a year with no problems. Now, every time I start an encode, my system is suddenly under a lot of pressure - I can't use any other application. If I go into the windows task manager and set the priority to 'below normal', all is fine again. Anyone have any idea why this change might have occured, or any idea how I can get around it (preferably without using task manager)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Software documentation

What's the best software for writing and publishing software documentation?
posted by four panels at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

ah, the sweet sound of deadlines rushing by

How do I get over my laziness, procrastination, and foot-dragging in my office job? [more inside]
posted by nevers at 8:32 AM PST - 32 comments

Does the new iPod shuffle do hand-picked playlists better/faster/differently from the old one?

I have an old shuffle. When I first got it, I could arrange its playlist on the iMac it syncs to without it actually being plugged in. This was fast, since it all happened on the computer. Then, I could plug in the shuffle and the actual synchronization would churn for about 30 sec (which I would not need to be present for). But in one of iTunes' famously regressive "upgrades," the ability to arrange tracks on my shuffle without it being plugged in vanished. Now, arranging tracks is a laborious process with delays between every user interaction. It sucks. No way am I buying a cute tiny colorful new one if it has the same crappy synchronization method. Does it? (I'm aware of iTunes' ability to pick random tracks from my library. No thanks!)
posted by Doctor Barnett at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get a friend out of a cult

I have a friend who has gotten involved in Avatar, and I want to disengage her from it. She first got involved about 9 months ago; at the time, I knew nothing about Avatar but was instantly suspicious. The more I've learned, the less I like it. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 8:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Prescription Drug Rebate Filter

I'm looking for coupons and rebates for prescription drugs from the drug manufacturing companies. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 7:50 AM PST - 5 comments

LCD Projector Bulb life - when to turn it off

To maximise bulb life, what's the minimum length of time an LCD projector should be turned off for? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 7:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Advice/opinions on CRMs?

I'm a web designer and a new client is interested in a CRM (Client Relationship Management). I've never used them (though have used plenty of CMSes). She's mentioned SalesForce and I've taken a scoop through their site. I'm wondering a) what other CRMs MeFites can recommend and b) if anyone has any first-hand experience with SalesForce itself and can offer any opinion. Thanks.
posted by Manhasset at 7:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Who says "it's important for educated people to know particular things"? Got a cite/quote?

I am looking for a writer or thinker (to cite in a paper) who said something good about "There are things that every educated person should know." I know that this is a popular idea, so I'm most focused on enlightenment and later thinkers. It doesn't have to be the first person to argue for some set of competencies / knowledge, and it is not terribly important exactly what's in the set (but if you know, or if there's a quote, please include it). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 7:01 AM PST - 14 comments

ParcelForce thinks it can levy tax!

ParcelForce are holding me to ransom! Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 6:59 AM PST - 14 comments

A number plate worth cherishing?

Does anyone have experience with buying, selling or swapping UK "cherished reg" car number plates? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 6:51 AM PST - 1 comment

What should I expect in a PhD interview?

What is involved in a PhD interview? What should I expect, and how should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by waxwing at 5:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a copy of a 1950s advert

How might I go about trying to locate a copy of a 1950s British TV advert (brand known but agency unknown, a websearch reveals nothing)?
posted by rongorongo at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

What melody is being referenced at 2:38 into Sufjan Stevens' song "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!"?

What melody is being referenced at 2:38 into Sufjan Stevens' song "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!"? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 3:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Making the switch: iBook to MacBook

Upgrading to MacBook... how do I move my email and especially my applications over from my iBook? [more inside]
posted by missed at 3:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Where do distilled spirits get their flavors from?

Does all freshly-distilled spirit, whether made from barley, corn, rye, grapes, or potatoes taste identical? If not, what makes the difference in taste? I know that whiskey gets a lot of its final taste from the sherry barrels in which it is aged. Are similar tricks used for other spirits?
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:35 AM PST - 16 comments

How to go from PHP to ASP

Going from PHP to ASP: Resources, Books? [more inside]
posted by uncle harold at 3:32 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I identify this hallmark?

I'm trying to identify a platinum hallmark for an elderly friend, but she lives far away so I can't actually see it (it's on a ring) or take it to a jeweller. Maybe the hive mind can identify it, or lead me to a site that can? It's a double-headed eagle with the letters 'P' and 'M' underneath, and she thinks it's European.
posted by dowcrag at 1:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best Digital Video solution for filming Web tutorials?

I'm in need of expert video equipment and editing software recommendations. I need to purchase a videocam primarily for recording tutorials. 50% of the shooting will be in an office setup focused mainly on the speaker sitting at a desk, 50% will be in a shop filming welding type machinery. [more inside]
posted by jpozadzides at 1:38 AM PST - 8 comments


ClaimsCourtFilter: A web design client of ours had a verbal contract with us, approved both the design and the logo, and then reneged due to a "misunderstanding," after most of the work had been completed. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:21 AM PST - 17 comments

January 30

What the thing?!

What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 11:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Is the canon XTi kit lens even worth it?

Any point in getting the Canon XTi lens kit? Tamron or Sigma? [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 9:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Photographer in Boston

Trying to find a photographer in Boston to do personal photos - just to be vain [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 9:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Trying to identify a transistor radio I saw in a film...

I'm trying to identify an old transistor radio, given a screencap from a movie... [more inside]
posted by helios at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments

The Terminal.

Random things to do in the New York airports while working there?... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 9:25 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find a babysitter in Seattle?

How to find a babysitter in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Riemann at 9:24 PM PST - 6 comments

How to Print with Pictbridge

Printing from my computer to a pictbridge-only photo printer [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Touchy Writing Problem

Writers and journalists please respond: I'm concerned about the anonymity of a subject in my writing. The obvious idea is to change names, however... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 9:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Help us look better than usual

Help me look good for my University grad photos. My partner and I are getting our professional grad photos done next week and want tips on how to look our best. Specifically: to (fake) tan, or not; how much makeup; what colour makeup; what to do with my ugly short hair and; what to do with her dreadlocks. (Good luck with the dreadlocks!) [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:03 PM PST - 14 comments

PDF me.

How do I batch convert a bunch of word documents into PDF files, using Automator (in OS X?) [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 7:47 PM PST - 5 comments

How to redeem XP upgrade to Vista on home-made PC?

Last month I built my own PC from components purchased from Newegg.com including Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2b 1pk w/Upgrade Coupon for Vista - OEM What do I enter as my "PC-Model" and "Serial" at the upgrade site listed on the upgrade redemption certificate since my home-rolled PC has neither a manufacturer model number nor a serial number? [more inside]
posted by drinkspiller at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments


Years ago on vacation in Europe, I was in Prague, and walking past a movie theater I saw a poster for "The River Wild"--that Meryl Streep river-rafting action movie out at the time. The language on the poster was, of course, Czech, but the strange thing i noticed was Streep's name, which was spelled "Streepova", with a little carat above the "o". Czech speakers, what's up with that? Is the "-ova" part silent, or is it pronounced somewhat like it would sound in English? If the latter, then this would totally change Streep's name, from one syllable to three syllables. Is this a Czech name? Even so, Meryl's is "Streep", so I can't imagine why it was changed. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:12 PM PST - 11 comments

HELP with Music project plz

#1) HAPPY MUSIC: What music do you use to cheer yourself up? A friend of mine has clinical depression. I am gathering recommendations of happy music so I can make a playlist of tunes to help uplift and revive downcast spirits. #2) AMBIENT SOUND: what music you listen at work to help create some good background music to help you concentrate on your tasks? #3) INSPIRATION: What do you listen to, to revive your energy and get you pumped up to work on that otherwise annoying project?
posted by earthwalker7 at 7:07 PM PST - 66 comments

Music that makes you lose yourself of get in the zone.

Recently discovered Explosions in the Sky, The music fades away in the background after awhile and I can concentrate on doing work. Anybody else have artists that are simillar or music that helps you get your work done and gets you in that zone. I do not want classical music, sleepy instrumental music and not drum&bass..please.
posted by radsqd at 7:03 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I manage two domains on the same hosting package?

I'm new to editing .htaccess files, and I'd like some help managing multiple domains on one hosting package. [more inside]
posted by rocketman at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Polling scripts?

Know of any good non-hosted free or open-source polling applications? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 6:32 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm big into Man Man, man.

I have recently found and fallen for the band Man Man. Recommend similar artists. [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 6:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Computer repair woes

Due to circumstances out of my control, I must find a local computer repair shop and receive a written estimate on the cost to repair my laptop. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to shoot photos in Boston?

BostonFilter: What are great places to take photos in Boston? [more inside]
posted by irisell at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me stop picking my acne!

Help me stop picking my acne! [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I create a clear and professional document to outline my online application?

I'm helping design a new online application at my work. I've managed and designed this type of thing several times, but have always worked with friends in an informal environment. For this project however, it needs to be completely legit and professional. Are there any formats/templates/standards I can or should use to list features, work-flows, data models, etc.? [more inside]
posted by adrock31 at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

What options do I have for hosted project collaboration sites?

What options do I have for hosted project collaboration sites? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 3:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Bluetooth Printer Adapter Setup

Setting up a bluetooth printer adapter. [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I show I am a quick learner in under 8 hours???

I am interviewing for a network engineering position. They like me and my knowledge base. However, I have never worked with the actual model of equipment they use. I have experience with similar products and I am a very quick learner. They would like me to come in for a day to see how I work and how quickly I can pick up things. What is a good way to show them how quickly I learn? [more inside]
posted by nivekraz at 2:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Click! Click! Boom!

I walk to work, so I'm good for the environment these days. However, the wear and tear that used be directed to my car tires now falls on my high heels! [more inside]
posted by mireille at 2:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me move my playlist across the file structure divide.

I have 2 installations of iTunes. I want to transfer a play-list from one to the other. Both have identical libraries. However the file paths of the two libraries is different on each computer. Is there a way to do this? Theres [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I sell data on demand?

I want to sell bits of on-demand data via my home computer and hosted website. What would be a good scheme for doing this without serving up data before it's been paid for? [more inside]
posted by stam_broker at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s?

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s? [more inside]
posted by stuckie at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you get New Mexican food in Phoenix?

Where can I eat good green chile in Phoeniz, AZ? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 1:48 PM PST - 21 comments

How to handle applying for work 8 hours away from your current residence?

How to handle applying for work 8 hours away from your current residence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How to find a job in AUS/NZ from Canada?

I want to find a job in Australia or new Zealand. But I'm Canadian, in Canada. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 1:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Best brainstorming practices?

A good buddy of mine and I are thinking of starting a business together. We are meeting tonight for a brainstorming session. The goal is just to start the dialog. We are going to take inventory of our strengths and weaknesses and start to throw ideas out there to research in the coming weeks. What are some good things to discuss in this very preliminary meeting? What are some good ways to make sure we make the most of our time tonight?
posted by ieatwords at 1:09 PM PST - 14 comments

CD/DVD drive kaput

I'm having trouble with the CDRW/DVD drive in my Inspiron 1000 laptop. When I insert a music CD or a movie DVD, nothing happens. There's no sound from the CD, and the DVD software doesn't automatically start as it did when things were working properly. I have both Windows Media Player and the Dell DVD player that came with the computer. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by NinaLee at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Best lens for K10D camera

I am planning on buying my first dSLR camera, a Pentax K10D. What would be the best lens to go with it? I can only afford one, so I was going to get the Pentax 24-90 zoom but I am not able to find one. What other similar lens would you recommend?
posted by blue shadows at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Making two columns work in MS Word shouldn't be this hard.

In Microsoft Word 2003, I'm trying to format a document so that there is both one-columned and two-columned text on the same page. Whenever I apply two columns to the text I want to be in two columns, it always shunts all that text to a new page, as if I had inserted a page break. What do to? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 12:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Home Network Expansion

What is the best (and relatively inexpensive) equipment I could use to expand my home network? [more inside]
posted by jbiz at 12:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Webform for item tracking

WebformFilter: I need something free that will create a form that i can use to check items out and in and keeps track of the items, specifically laptops. I have no experience designing webpages at all so the easier the better. It does really matter if its linux or windows based, although i would prefer windows.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Breakfast in Miami

We'll have a short morning in Miami. Where would we find a good vegetarian breakfast, pref. near the airport? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Give me advice on settling a bodily injury claim for a car accident.

I had a car accident a few months ago and am now talking with the insurance company about the bodily injury claim. I've heard a lot from folks (on mefi and elsewhere) that you shouldn't settle quickly and to ask for more than they offer at first. I'm wondering how I do that. How much more do I ask for? What can I expect as far as the insurance company's response? How do I rationalize my bargaining? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 11:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find examples for my exam.

I'm looking for examples of positive and negative communication experiences in the workplace... [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 11:52 AM PST - 17 comments

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness?

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness? That is, what books are most frequently alluded to or drawn from in popular culture and daily life? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 11:41 AM PST - 74 comments

Does anyone know the lyrics to "Words" by Sangie Davis/ Lee Perry?

Reggae fans- Please help me figure out the complete lyrics to "Words" written by Sangie Davis and performed as a duet w/ Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Upsetters some time in the 70s. It appears on several compilations. I have looked everywhere for lyrics with no luck. I have tried to muddle through the recording- no use..... please help. It is the most beautiful, haunting song......
posted by mistsandrain at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Setting up a think tank

How would I set up a think tank or similar institution? [more inside]
posted by quarsan at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it fishnapping...or MURDER??!!

What happened to 38 koi fish? Were they fishnapped or murdered? [more inside]
posted by clh at 10:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Client Server Database

This is probably impossible but... Is there an open source client-server database that I can put on a shared Windows xp server without actually installing it? In other words simply copy up a bunch of files and have it work without going through a standard windows installation involving writing to the Registry etc... Actually i dont even care if its open source as long as it is small and relatively inexpensive. thanks in advance.
posted by rhcclark at 10:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How to cancel a gift subscription and still get the cash?

My friend gave me a year's worth of "New York" magazine as a gift. If I cancel it, the money goes back to her. How can I get rid of my subscription and still a) not let her know and b) cash in on its $39.90 value? Ideas, anyone? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Print Audit alternatives...

Alternatives to Print Audit? [more inside]
posted by grimley at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How warm should my landlord keep my apartment?

I've tried Google-ing and I've done what I can manage with the archives, but I'm not finding the answer to my how-warm-is-the-landlord-obligated-to-keep-my-apartment question... [more inside]
posted by oreonax at 10:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Write My Cheese!

I need a song about saying goodbye, about never seeing someone again. Preferrably something rockin'. For the love of god, nothing emo. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:55 AM PST - 61 comments

MS Office Small Business Accounting Help?

What is the easiest way to set up Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 for a simple business? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 9:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Are teachers tougher than students?

When is it appropriate as a teacher to cancel a class due to pain or injury? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:37 AM PST - 14 comments

sentinal pile, should i worry?

[anusfilter] should i be concerned about a sentinel pile that is annoying but not accompanied by any pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Overall costs of thrombosis

I’m looking for statistics from a reputable source describing the cost of both treatment and loss of wages/productivity or a combination of both (general financial burden) due to incidence of thrombosis and thrombotic disease. [more inside]
posted by Java_Man at 8:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheapo "ethnic" jewellery in the UK?

Where to find FatChanceBellyDance style tribal bellydance costume jewellery in the UK? [more inside]
posted by unmusic at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Counselor/therapist in the Boston area (MBTA-accessible) who is good at handling career and life goal questions?

Counselor/therapist in the Boston area (MBTA-accessible) who is good at handling career and life goal questions? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

What films should I watch to better appreciate Kill Bill?

What films should I watch to better appreciate Kill Bill? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 7:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Please help me find a replacement for my HP Jornada minilaptop!

Technology orphan filter: What can I use to replace my HP Jornada 728? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 7:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Firefox extension to control HTML forms?

Can a user install an extension, preference or script to have Firefox manipulate an HTML form element on loading, e.g., having a SELECT's default OPTION set when visiting a certain page. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Mapping drive to MSSQL table

Is there a way of mapping a Virtual Drive letter or a share to an MSSQL database? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Unique reception venue in Sioux Falls?

Please help us find a unique but elegant wedding reception venue in Sioux Falls, SD! [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 6:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Insurance Pre-Existing Condition Woes

My insurance provider wants me to fill out a pre-existing condition questionnaire! Help! [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 6:41 AM PST - 18 comments

A banana would have made it perfect

I just ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich on soft white bread. The bread on the honey side developed a kind of rough texture, almost like the bread had been lightly toasted on one side. Not unpleasant, but kind of odd. I noticed this when I was a kid and I've always wondered about it, and just now realized that someone here might know what's going on (I grew up in the South, and I have been known to eat molasses and butter sandwiches - the rough-texture thing doesn't happen with molasses, only honey. I don't know about other sugary syrup products).
posted by cilantro at 6:08 AM PST - 30 comments

Where can I buy Napalese jewelry outside Nepal?

Where can I purchase this Nepalese bracelet, save Kathmandu? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 5:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I pursue him?

Should I pursue a guy I've only seen three times in 8 months? [more inside]
posted by girlwonder at 5:31 AM PST - 29 comments

How to not break legs in case of default?

How do I lend someone money? [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever at 5:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Run it on regular?

I am looking at purchasing a 99 Land Rover Discovery and I notice that it runs only on premium gas. Is this absolutely necessary? Does anyone with experience with a Discovery have any opinions of this vehicle? I heard that the diesel version is a better choice. Thanks in advance.
posted by scooters.toad at 4:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Public or private?

What questions did you ask when you were choosing your kid's school? [more inside]
posted by Framer at 4:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Too good to be true

How am I being scammed? Nepali gem business deal, sounds kinda shady, help me find out where they intend to make their money. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Things to do in Doha

Things to do and see in Doha, Qatar? [more inside]
posted by oh pollo! at 3:38 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a good easy to use online store builder?

My cousin and her husband would like to set up an online store for selling childrens' clothes, shoes, etc.. They are based in the UK and have very minimal technical know-how. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Email forwarding

Looking for an online email forwarding service that can deal with forwarding to multiple addresses. [more inside]
posted by qwerty155 at 2:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Does the ALL CAPS mean that it's REALLY IMPORTANT?

Why are the "Disclaimer of Warranty" and "Limitation of Liability" sections in terms of services presented in all caps? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie at 12:49 AM PST - 6 comments

A lot of stick shaking?

Where does the phrase "more [whatever] than you can shake a stick at" originate? [more inside]
posted by informity at 12:30 AM PST - 12 comments

January 29

Help me learn to make friends when I don't feel like I deserve any.

I've become dissatisfied with my social skills. Please, help me learn to act more like a normal human being. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 11:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Walk away in silence

Vaguely remembered literary (or something else) filter. The only way to get (somewhere? I forget... wherever it is you want to go...) is to walk away from it... What is that from? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me not owe taxes next year.

Help me not owe taxes next year. I thought I had figured out how to not owe taxes, but I was wrong. I thought that if I had 0 allowances I wouldn't owe anything. Why isn't that enough?
posted by disaster77 at 10:41 PM PST - 19 comments

why is my cat so afraid of these snakes?

FoodChainFilter: I recently agreed to take my friend's 3 ball pythons for the next 5 months and have since discovered that my cat is terrified of them. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 10:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Metafilter tell me how to fix my life

January is Quarter Life Crisis Month on Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by lemur at 9:35 PM PST - 20 comments

How to look like the people inside the magix box?

The wife and I are big fans of Dexter. Can anyone identify this hat and/or shirt? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 9:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Laptops for sale with XP?

I'm saving up for a laptop, but I don't want Vista. Can I buy a new laptop with XP installed? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Should my wife and I (with drastically different incomes ) file taxes together or seperate?

TaxFilter: My wife and I have drastically different incomes. She made about $45K this year and I only made about $15K, mostly from freelance gigs, so no taxes were paid. Should we file jointly or married but filing separately? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I best support my wife?

My wife has this annoying trait that causes arguments between us. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 52 comments

Help with Word Toolbars!

Is there anyway I can add a shortcut on the Microsoft Word toolbar which will format the selected text into a subscript or a superscript? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Zoloft, Klonopin, Craziness and a Desire to Change!

I have fought depression, anger, fatigue, lack of motivation (and more) for thirty years. I have taken so many psycho-pharmacological drugs that I couldn't list them all. One constant has been antidepressants. I've been taking Zoloft for ten years. It has left me with memory problems, brain fog, etc. I also take Klonopin (2mgs a day) and that leaves me feeling jittery if I miss it and has the "tolerance' effect of needing more and more. I have tried tapering the Zoloft - very slowly - but I am like a raging lunatic off of it. The Doctor says, "symptoms have returned." I say, "withdrawal," or as they like to call it with antidepressants: "discontinuance syndrome." Hey, if you freak out without it - I don't care what you call it, but withdrawal is what most people would think. The niceties of the semantics I'm not interested in. ***More inside about my desire to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*** [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 8:15 PM PST - 13 comments

RESP...still don't know what it means for me

College savings: Does the government care how you spend a college savings plan in Canada? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How does someone learn for free?

My fiance has become obsessed with making ice cream. He has been making at least 2 new (and unique) flavors of ice cream every single week since August. He keeps saying he wants to learn more about it, and is planning on taking that ice cream master class at Penn State when the time comes, but that is a whole year away. What I would like to try to do, as a gift, is arrange for him to observe a local ice-cream expert (in New York City, or within public transportation reach). [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

My feet stick out. Help me fix them.

I need to fix my feet. For as long I can remember, my feet have stuck out (supination.) I have super-high arches - you can barely see the inside portion of my feet on a foot print. I find it nearly impossible to hold my feet together parallel and flat (inner heel to inner heel, big toe to big toe) - they rotate upward and outward, instead. If I manage to get my feet in something close to that position, my toes get goofy, pointing in multiple directions. I want to learn how to straighten my (bare) feet when walking and hold them together, flat, the way I described...
posted by soulbarn at 7:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Numb toe

The tip of my left big toe* sometimes gets numb, down to the point about half-way down the nail, all around the toe. I can't see any cause for this. It's not injured or gangrenous. "What's up with that?" * someone else's left big toe
posted by Arcaz Ino at 6:54 PM PST - 15 comments

What can I do with my bridesmaid dress?

I'm done being the bridesmaid - now what can I do with the dress? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 6:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me fix this problem with my puppy destroying the house.

Update on my rescue pup...she's slowly destroying my home. Help me fix this.... [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 6:46 PM PST - 47 comments

Are there Automatic samples any remixes anywhere?

Are there songs that contain samples of or are remixes of Automatic [youtube] by the Pointer Sisters?
posted by ejoey at 6:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Moving on, moving out?

Parents want to move across the country, adolescent children want to stay. What to do? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:09 PM PST - 38 comments

Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center?

Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center? Was there some technology reason? security reason? Design carry-over from the door latch design before knobs?
posted by jbelkin at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Swing Dancing in The Big Apple

I'm looking for a great place to go swing dancing in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Freen at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I view CC information on my monitor?

Can I view the closed caption information on my plasma monitor which is hooked up to my dish network receiver? [more inside]
posted by jlub at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Make that blog work

How do you get people to use the company's internal blog? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 4:52 PM PST - 15 comments


CASE RACE: Countdown starts now for Friday Night. What can I do now to prepare my body to handle 12 beers in the fastest time possible. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 4:51 PM PST - 33 comments

Catch a cheater by the toe...

How can one cheat and predict the outcome of eenie meenie miny moe? [more inside]
posted by snailer at 4:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Biking Across America?

Considering riding a bicycle cross country and trying to plan a bit. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 4:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Shopping and giving.

What are some good causes I can donate to through the Amazon Associates program? [more inside]
posted by far flung at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a song artist name (may be Sanseverino) and/or translation and/or original French lyrics...

Looking for a song artist name (may be Sanseverino) and/or translation and/or original French lyrics... [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Do we have a (St. Francis') prayer?

Weddingmusicfilter: Can anyone help us locate sheet music for the Sarah McLachlan version of "Prayer of St. Francis"? [more inside]
posted by lleachie at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Portishead-like sound

I'm looking for any relatively new bands/artists that sound like Portishead. Signed or unsigned - any recommendations?
posted by phaedon at 4:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Why do Central Line trains sometimes jolt as they're leaving the station?

On the London Underground, on the Central line, why does the train sometimes jolt as if it's lost power for a second as it's leaving the station? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 3:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Wailing Guitars and facemelting solos!!!! \m/

I am trying to make the most Epic Rock Mix of all time... [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 2:58 PM PST - 51 comments

Help me name a new online community service.

I’ve seen some great suggestions come out of AskMe in the past and really need some creative help to break my naming block. I have been building a new online community service for groups. Our service specializes in helping groups collaborate and share knowledge effectively within their community. The obvious big issue (besides getting us to agree on the name) is acquiring the URL. We are not opposed to buying the URL, but all attempts to date have required obscene amounts of money A few names that we like, but cannot agree upon: (I own the URL’s): GroupSwim , Brighthive, GroopScoop As you can see, I’m really trying to incorporate group or the idea of community into the name. Any help or suggestions would be huge! Even a vote on the names above would be a big help. Thanks…
posted by tichance at 2:22 PM PST - 16 comments

ATMfilter: How to prove my ATM really did give me the wrong amount?

My credit union's ATM gave me too little money. It's a moderately small error, however, I have reason to believe this won't easily be resolved. How can I prove there was an ATM error, and what course of action should I take to get my money back? [more inside]
posted by smashingstars at 2:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Palm Beach trip?

Things to do in/around Palm Beach, FL? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 1:39 PM PST - 10 comments

help me live forever

What things should I be doing now, in my early 20s, to be sure I live the longest, healthiest life possible?
posted by logic vs love at 1:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Intestinal Distress

Crohn's Disease and Mangosteen - snake oil or success? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Freshen stale peanuts

Is it possible to freshen stale peanuts? How? [more inside]
posted by gresp84 at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Living in a Van

How feasible is it to live in a van? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 12:59 PM PST - 81 comments

Excel mindless list jumping

Stop Excel from jumping to end of column when double clicking on cell border [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Help! I lost my spice!

Identify this cookbook, or give me the potato/chili soup recipe I yearn for. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find indestructible video and still cameras

I need to find some indestructible (or as near to it as possible) still and video cameras for use in a school environment. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 12:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend a battery-powered outlet

Recommend a portable battery-driven power outlet, ideally suited to plug a cash register into all day at conventions. [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting a piece of the pie...literally and figuratively.

Investing in a restaurant - how is profit generally distributed among investors? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about... your musical equipment.

Short version: What cool musical equipment can I get for $200? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 12:11 PM PST - 30 comments

I'll get to drive ambulances!!!

What more do I need to do and know in order to pass an Ontario class F drivers licence test? [more inside]
posted by gavia at 11:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Suggestions for chef school in Ontario

What is the best regarded chef/culinary school in or near Toronto, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Depressed and uninsured. What now?

I've finally acknowledged that I'm pretty seriously depressed. I don't have insurance and live in San Francisco. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Shoe stores in Bay Arrea

ShoeStoreFilter: In search of good shoe store in the Bay Area (San Francisco or Berkeley preferred) for ecco shoes, Birkenstocks (the walking shoes, not the sandals), and White Mountain. I prefer not to buy shoes on line.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Long-term estrogen effects?

I've been on estrogen therapy for 26 years - anyone else with similar experience? [more inside]
posted by luckyshirl at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

What do I need to know about Bangalore?

Going to Bangalore on business. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Input on starting a trail shuttle

Looking for information on starting a shuttle service for backpacking/biking trails. [more inside]
posted by F Mackenzie at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

How can i fix the Dashboard on my Jeep Wrangler?

Does anyone know how, where, how much anythign about replacing the dashboard of a 1998 Tj Jeep Wrangler? [more inside]
posted by Justin Ryan at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

GPS on a Nokia E60

What is the best way to get GPS on my Nokia E60? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 10:56 AM PST - 2 comments

My car just got impounded for expired, out of state registration, what now?

My car just got impounded for expired, out of state registration. What now? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 10:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Accounting software for dunces

I need accounting software that will help me manage 20-30 people's income and expenses. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

When do grocery stores get deliveries?

Is there a certain day/time of the week when grocery stores get deliveries of certain items? [more inside]
posted by nbSean at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car.

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car. The smell--apparently--does not dissipate even with the windows rolled down. Any ideas?
posted by mwachs at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Why do zombies like to eat brains?

Why do zombies prefer eating brains (as opposed to any other part of the body)? [more inside]
posted by bryanboyer at 10:07 AM PST - 44 comments

Weird XP installation error on a Dell Inspiron 1100

I am having a really hard time with installing Windows XP SP2 on an older Dell laptop... [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments


Lunch-box-rescue-filter! Help me find a Mr. Bento lunch box (or similar multi-compartmented box) in London, UK. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 9:26 AM PST - 17 comments

The tree and me don't agree about what is best for the driveway.

Front yard tree eating my driveway to the point that the driveway will need to be repoured. Any chance in correcting the tree's uprooting behavior or is this the death knell for the tree?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

What can you tell me about home CD printers?

What can you tell me about home CD printers? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Chinese calligraphy question

I've bought a couple pieces of Chinese calligraphy in recent years and have been wondering what the characters on them mean/represent. Can someone here fluent in Chinese or just knowledgeable about Chinese calligraphy give me a decent translation of each? (Sorry about the frame glass glare in the first picture.) Thanks! http://tinyurl.com/38movo http://tinyurl.com/2nvc66
posted by aught at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

sister cities?

What is the point of "sister cities"? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Just how long does rigor mortis take anyway?

How long does rodent rigor mortis -take- anyway? The roommate woke me up before my alarm this morning to confirm that she was not, indeed, hallucinating the demise of her beloved hamster, Boo. And for good reason - extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Please pay for your coffee!

How do I encourage more people to pay into the work coffee fund without actively guarding the coffee pot? [more inside]
posted by JigSawMan at 8:17 AM PST - 44 comments

What country has the oldest unchanged borders, and how old are they?

What country has the oldest unchanged borders, and how old are they? [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 8:03 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I support my soon-to-be-medicated beloved?

My girlfriend is going on medication for anxiety. Help me be a good boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 40 comments

Exercise bike disposal

How to dispose of a broken exercise bike (in north New Jersey)? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

I miss my ex-wife, but my aim is improving...

Can I charge my ex-wife late fees on non-child support money she owes to me each month? [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 7:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Saying it wrong, every time

I know some people who just can’t seem to get the hang of correctly pronouncing uncommon words, no matter how many times they hear the correct way. These are intelligent, educated people, and at least one is an avid reader, but for some reason they constantly, repeatedly, stumble over certain words. Is there a name for this? [more inside]
posted by mauglir at 7:15 AM PST - 72 comments

How do I properly clean and tune a newly purchased, but second-hand, acoustic guitar?

How do I properly clean and tune a newly purchased, but second-hand, acoustic guitar? [more inside]
posted by chos at 6:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Sled FAQ needed

How can I get my sleds to go faster? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 6:27 AM PST - 17 comments

His father just passed away, he's from India, how do I show respect.

My Indian (Bangalore) co-worker's father just passed away. How do I offer him the proper condolences and support? [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 6:21 AM PST - 3 comments

1940s Song ID needed

A coworker of mine is trying to remember/identify a pop song from the 1940s, but all she has is some lyrics. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 5:24 AM PST - 4 comments

What if you just have poor balance?

Why don't law enforcement agencies in the US use breath-analysers to accurately check drivers' blood alcohol levels? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 3:04 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me help the victims of Darfur's genocide.

I want to *go* help the people of Darfur. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:32 AM PST - 14 comments

January 28

3rd Parth Magazine Subscriptions - What's The Catch?

Magazine subscriptions for cheap/free... what's the catch? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 11:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Weird error box while working in docs folder

Here's a weird error that I only get when I'm in My Documents or Windows Explorer (so it seems)... [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 10:56 PM PST - 11 comments

transforming chicken scratches with photoshop

How can I photoshop my kid's thin pencil drawings so that they look like they were drawn with a sharpie or thicker pen? I want to stick them on shirts at some point. Some of them are just funny and bizarre.
posted by mecran01 at 10:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Computer refuses to let us erase the hard drive

How can I wipe a hard drive if I can't boot from CD and there is no floppy drive? We want to install winXP on a machine with Ubuntu (eventual dual-boot). [more inside]
posted by billtron at 8:34 PM PST - 14 comments

No blue box for you!

How do I get a Tiffany's ring without the Tiffany's price? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 8:25 PM PST - 27 comments

So, why did you leave your last job?

My very first post-college job has little resemblance to the one for which I interviewed. In a couple of weeks, my trial period is up. I do not intend to take the option for employment. How do I spin this in future interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Do I need to baby my humidifier?

We have a Air-O-Swiss 7135 humidifier. Is it necessary to fill its tank from Brita-filtered water, or will straight tap water do? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Midlife crisis?

Midlife crisis? So, my husband and I have spent the past few years working to live more simply. We recognized that we did not want to spend our lives working very hard to have more stuff. So, we have simplified and are thinking about what to do next. [more inside]
posted by kantgirl at 7:39 PM PST - 21 comments

transitioning into management in I.T.?

Any tips for transitioning into management in I.T.? [more inside]
posted by xulu at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Luc Olivier-Merson Print

I have a Luc Olivier Merson print. It looks to be an original print. The original painting is titled "Rest on the Flight into Egypt". It does have a tear in the upper right corner. Any Idea What it is worth? Otherwise it and the frame is in good condition. Thanks
posted by Dale-Mac at 7:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Fancy a melee?

Are there any sports that are contested by more than two teams simultaneously? three or [more inside]
posted by Octaviuz at 7:18 PM PST - 26 comments

I need a quote about the fragility of modern technolog

I need a quote about the fragility of modern technology and our reliance on it. [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 6:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Accidentally Deleted Sound Playback

What software do I need in order to install an audio playback device on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find something to Ourtunes that works.

I have a Mac. OurTunes doesn't work. What will? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Best programming language for beginners?

I am a 21 year old "field IT technician" looking to pursue programming as a career, and am wondering which language(s) is friendly to beginners and/or likely to help me get a job. I am within commuting distance of Redmond if the MS factor is of any consequence.
posted by seiryuu at 4:10 PM PST - 30 comments

Good books/sites on acting/public speaking?

Are there any pro or amateur actors out there who can recommend some good books (or sites) on acting or public speaking? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Easy way to download an entire album from sites like Kodakgallery.com or snapfish?

Is there an easy way to download an entire album from sites like Kodakgallery.com or snapfish? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

I've Heard The Jokes Already

Help me find something to satisfy my oral fixation (no, not that). [more inside]
posted by rossination at 3:45 PM PST - 36 comments

St. Louis Wedding Locale

St Louis Wedding Locations: My fiancee and I are planning on getting married next spring (2008) in the St. Louis area. Neither of us is very religious, so we're looking for recommendations for ceremony locations that are not in a church. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 3:43 PM PST - 18 comments

How, and how much, do the makers of TV shows get paid?

How, and how much, do the makers of TV shows get paid? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Qs to ask your own self?

What are some good questions to ask your self in the interests of fostering self-insight? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 3:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for Gold?

Impossible-to-find-movie-filter: I'm looking for a movie called (in translation) "Gold", more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 2:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Connecting an XP box to two networks simultaneously

I have two Windows XP boxes with their own separate DSL connections, and one wireless router. I'm having trouble connecting these two machines with a wireless connection. [more inside]
posted by good in a vacuum at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac-friendly wireless routers?

Help me find a Mac friendly wireless router? I've got a broadband neophyte Mac-using brother stuck in the wilderness. He just got DSL, but the router he has only uses PC software, and there's nobody even semi-local who can help him. Are there any wireless routers out there known for their Mac-friendliness? That is, come with Mac software for setup, have Mac-oriented support, etc?
posted by Dunwitty at 2:11 PM PST - 30 comments

Awkward stolen vehicle situation

Stolen vehicle filter: I sold a vehicle that was stolen before the buyer took possession of it. WTF? [more inside]
posted by knave at 2:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Television commercial data wanted for cool research!

Does anybody know where I can get at a timeslot database for television commercials? (Preferably free or cheap). I'm not interested in viewing the commercials; I'm more interested in constructing bipartite co-occurrence networks between television programs. For example, I want to analyze what commercials are paired up with what other commercials (in that they air for the same shows), how many commercials share a given pair of programs, etc. -- and then making some inferences from the network. [more inside]
posted by SilentSalamander at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do I get angry when holding my arms above my head?

Help me understand my feelings of anger when I am required to hold my arms above my head for any amount of time. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:16 PM PST - 35 comments

What database should I use?

Help me avoid Microsoft. I need a simple database programme, is there a good cheap alternative to MS Access out there? Can anyone recommend OOo base? [more inside]
posted by Touchstone at 12:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Hoe does the new ESPN Shot Spot work?

How does the ESPN Shot Spot work? I've been watching the Australian Open with some skepticism. Why is everyone so confident that the calls are accurate? [more inside]
posted by elfollador at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

The problem with Google is similar: too many results.

Did Oscar Wilde actually say, "The problem with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings"? If so, where or when? If not, who said it? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Korean. Boy. Crab. Flower. Rain. Huh?

I was given a wee bookmark from my friend with an image from an apparently well-known Korean folktale. My friend, (who is Korean) doesn't know the folktale. Neither do I. But I have a burning desire to find out. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

I want my room to feel clean again, help me fix my carpet!

Can you help me salvage my carpet until I can get a new floor put in? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:16 AM PST - 18 comments

water + body = ?????

Beyond the idea that "Water is essential to carry out processes in the human body," I do not understand the more complicated health relationship between water and our bodies. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 7:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Cookies! Piping hot fresh from the rice cooker. Eh? What?

Can I bake cookies without a proper oven? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 7:21 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I correctly capture video from my camera to iMovie HD?

How do I transfer correctly my 16:9 video from my Sony camera to my computer using iMovie HD? [more inside]
posted by panzerboy at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

How to find and fix a scratch in my washing machine.

What to do about a scratched laundry tub? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 6:27 AM PST - 11 comments

I do not understand this The Streets lyric

In British slang, does the word "dud" have a meaning other than failure? [more inside]
posted by hooves at 5:40 AM PST - 23 comments

Non-boring post-wisdom tooth extraction food?

I really don't want to be bored by plain rice porridge after extracting three wisdom teeth. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 3:16 AM PST - 30 comments

Is this photo manipulated?

Scientificfraudfilter. Does this photo look like it's been fabricated or at least significantly manipulated? [more inside]
posted by shoos at 2:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Law of the lemon

What to do with a meyer lemon? [more inside]
posted by bendy at 2:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Hair Removal Cost by Method

I am trying to do hair removal cost analisys for women, and need some help. If you shave, wax, use depilatory creams, etc., would you please give me an average cost per month? [more inside]
posted by adriana at 2:13 AM PST - 32 comments

Fluoresent light fixtures

Hi: I am getting ready to replace my regular incandescent light fixtures with fluorescent ones. If you know of a good online company that has a good selection, please let me know. I am looking to replace the Kitchen, bathroom fixtures and also thinking about replacing the lamps in the bedroom. The reason for doing this is during the summer months in Houston it gets really hot. Thanks
posted by Noodles at 1:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Drop-down menu assistance, please.

I need some help with CSS. Can someone explain why is there a gap in my drop-down menu in Internet Explorer, but not in Firefox, and if it can be corrected? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 12:53 AM PST - 7 comments

January 27

How to plan a smallish out-of-town gathering?

I'm planning a regional get-together - are there any online tools or articles that can help? [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 11:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a print of a digital pic that looks great on my monitor, but like a** on paper

How to get a print of a digital pic that looks great on my monitor, but like a** on paper [more inside]
posted by weiler63 at 9:18 PM PST - 14 comments

wanted: intentional reboot cycle

XP machine in a reboot/restart loop. I want this to happen. Is there a script I can run that will cause it? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Article link about Israeli terrorism against US.

A year or two ago there was a news story about Israel awarding medals to several agents of their government for acts of terrorism against Egypt and the United States (in the 70s I think). Formerly they had been denounced by the Israelis as "rogue" agents or some such. Anyone have a link to the story?
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Reuse existing tabs in Firefox?

Can I make Firefox 2 for Mac open URL's called by an external application like NetNewsWire by reusing an existing open tab with the same URL, instead of opening a new tab? [more inside]
posted by dglynn at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Where in SF can I get a Moscow Mule in a copper mug?

Where can I find a Moscow Mule in San Francisco, complete with obscure copper mug? IF you can answer and you're in the SF area, I'll buy you a Moscow Mule too (more inside). [more inside]
posted by soda pop at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Double Library Trouble

Can anyobdy help with automatically converting MP3's to AAC's in iTunes WITHOUT duplicating the file? [more inside]
posted by mjlondon at 4:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Theories of Collaboration?

ResearchFilter: As part of my thesis work, I'm trying to understand current theories for cooperation and collaboration - what motivates collaborative behavior, what are the pitfalls of collaborative action, etc. I've come across a number of studies that look at a specific instances of collaboration, but very little when it comes to generalized theory. Wood and Gray's Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Collaboration has been helpful, but I could use a bit more. Suggestions appreciated!
posted by aladfar at 4:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you identify this connector?

Can you identify this connector? It's actually for bluetooth in the Mac Pro, but I want to figure out what this 10-pin connector is officially called so that I can buy a male analog of it. [more inside]
posted by floam at 4:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Getting back to safemode during a repair in xp

My XP Home SP2 PC is trying to finalize a repair job, but can't. is there any way of performing a system restore? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Why can't I exhale after a tonsillectomy?

I had my tonsils removed yesterday morning. Since then, when I'm lying down, I can breathe fine with my head to the side. But when I'm facing straight up, I can't exhale through my nose, although inhaling is fine. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make my own Brio Sky Train supports?

Does anyone here know about the Brio Sky Train system? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this a mental condition -- or am I just a world-class procrastinator?

Within the last few years, I've increasingly had to fight off my own tendency to break things down into nearly infinitesimal parts in order to get anything done. For example: I'll decide to have friends over for dinner. I'll invite them. I'll begin to peruse cookbooks, see recipes I like -- how will the side dish go with the entree? Is there a better place in town to get the chicken as opposed to the asparagus? And the music -- it would be nice to have a good jazz soundtrack going -- Sketches of Spain -- no, no! -- Johnny Mandel's score for "The Sandpiper"! Which I have on vinyl. Somewhere... the next thing you know, I've been out in the garage for 45 minutes, trying to dig up my copy. [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 3:38 PM PST - 27 comments

I want my Recherche!

Cool NYC libraries, foreign language books in NYC & availability of book borrowing to foreign people in NYC libraries. (mi) [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 3:31 PM PST - 12 comments

When vous becomes tu

In languages which use different pronouns to distinguish 'you' (close, informal, equal) and 'you' (distant, formal, hierarchical), how is a shift between the two handled? [more inside]
posted by reynir at 3:06 PM PST - 50 comments

Raster data in PCL

Could someone explain how the raster data in PCL is converted into what is printed on paper. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 2:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Going slow?

Is there a simple utility that tests data writing speeds? I have a new external device which purports to be USB 2.0 (as is my Win XP computer, I think), but just seems... slow. For example, 3.5GB just took 59 minutes to copy over from my HD to the external HD. How can I speed things up?
posted by jonathanbell at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm too sexy for my training bra.

Where can I find a great selection of very small bras? [more inside]
posted by sauris at 10:45 AM PST - 29 comments

Articlles about the evils of processed food

A doctor recently told my husband that he needs to change his eating habits, she specifically said that he has to stop eating so much processed food. He is going to make the change but wants more information about why processed food is bad. I need help finding an article or website about processed food that can convince him to stop eating it.
posted by sara558 at 10:16 AM PST - 34 comments

Is there a form coming?

Self Employed Tax Question: I worked as a freelance carpenter for half of '05. Should I be looking for a form from the place(s) that I worked for in the mail? Or do I need to crack out my bank statements and a calculator? (I'm in Chicago, if that makes any difference)
posted by schwap23 at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Yes, it is very country. But I'm confused.

Take this lyric and David Allen Coe it. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Indie / rock covers of ABBA's "Dancing Queen"?

I recently admitted to myself and to the world that I really, really love ABBA's Dancing Queen! Are there any interesting indie / rock covers of it to be found online? [more inside]
posted by Lush at 9:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me find other games in the same vein as Seven Kingdoms or, failing that, Netstorm.

Looking for another game in the same vein as Seven Kingdoms or, failing that, Netstorm. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I keep the peace with my boyfriend and still maintain a friendship with my (male) coworker?

Tips on dealing with suspicion and jealous responses from significant others to opposite sex friendship(s)? New friendship, steady relationship, and of course I'll give you the details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 29 comments

radiation exposure and fertitilty

IANAD do I do not know is this is a riduculous concern or not that I have. My son is 28 and I have reason to believe that he and his partner are trying to conceive. When he was 3 or 4 he had some fllings done on his teeth and the (old country) doctor who did them " forgot" to cover his lap when he took the xrays and I have always wondered if that sort of exposure to radiation ( 25 yrs ago roughly) could have damaged the motility of his sperm, or somehow compromised the general overall health or production of sperm. I have not mentioned this to him and I do not know if I should or just wait and see. Any thoughts or helpful informed repsonses? Thanks
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Truckers in Spaaaaaace - help me find realistic, grimy, near-future space stories

I'm reading Alastair Reynold's excellent Pushing Ice and I'd love to read more like it - help me Mefi! [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 8:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Cheap milk replacement for cereal? In a bulk dry mix?

Wanted: Extremely cheap non-milk replacement for cereal eating. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 7:53 AM PST - 39 comments

Photo book creation tips?

photo book creation: I'm a newbie looking for tips from the experienced. I've seen lots of recommendations for Shutterfly. I'm thinking of trying their 12 x 12 format primarily because I want to recreate 8.5 x 11 Christmas letters from years past, interspersed with the photos. [more inside]
posted by takenRoad at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for decent compact laptop.

This question was asked about a year ago.... I'm looking for a compact, small screen (12" or less) laptop for travel that's decently priced. Any thoughts/advise?
posted by gb77 at 5:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Anonymous admirers on Flickr

What's going on with Flickr? Myself, my wife, and people we know, are getting dozens of our photos favourited...by people with no photos of their own, no profile, and no contacts. And they never leave any comments. What's this all about? Some kind of scam? Spam? Or completely innocent?
posted by Jimbob at 3:47 AM PST - 30 comments

What to do with our dead walnut tree?

During a recent storm here in Belgium, the walnut tree in our garden was blown down. Now we have this huge (about 7 meters long) tree corpse in our garden. I could cut it into firewood, but it seems a waste of all that beautiful wood. [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist at 3:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Good online shops shipping within Europe?

Looking for personal recommendations for Europe-based online shopping sites that ship to different European countries; especially, at the moment, looking for a place that sells cosmetics from different distributors. [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How to connect internal TV speakers to audio system?

Connecting internal TV speakers to audio system. Is is possible? How could I screw up? The TV is already open and some wires disconnected. [more inside]
posted by Dataphage at 2:08 AM PST - 8 comments

A TAXing Question

H&R Block sells kinda pricey tax preparation software and for an extra $15 bucks, or so, you can file online using that software. Or, you can go to the IRS website and grab a link that allows you to prepare AND FILE your taxes for FREE -- using H&R Block's website. This makes no sense to me. Why on earth would they do that??? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:42 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the elbow/bicep straps so many NFL players are sporting this season?

What are the elbow/bicep straps so many NFL players are sporting this season? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 12:30 AM PST - 7 comments

January 26

Art per square inch

How to scale prices for my paintings [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 11:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Home time travel device?

What does this strange dial in my apartment do? [more inside]
posted by bbuda at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Take me far from the cynics in this town

Help a bankrupt student plan a week-long, post-exam, "let's-get-away-from-this-silly-place" road trip for cheap!! [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:49 PM PST - 5 comments

hungarian music

I'm looking for some modern Hungarian music, with Hungarian lyrics, preferably somethings with a bit of an electronic influence. [more inside]
posted by glip at 8:58 PM PST - 8 comments

What outward traits relate to personal info?

I've found that some deep seeded personal information manifests it's self through much more casual every day behavior. I'd like to learn how to spot more of these traits. Examples and clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by magikker at 8:12 PM PST - 32 comments

What does "hair and hemline" mean?

Explain to me what the "hair and hemline" issue is? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul at 7:59 PM PST - 20 comments

How much for the blood diamond?

I just watched the film Blood Diamond and am currently wondering just how much would that very sought after diamond actually be sold for? [more inside]
posted by dobie at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

What's best chip & memory bang for my buck?

What's best chip & memory bang for my buck? For my upcoming laptop purchase, any reason to upgrade the configuration from an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz 2M L2 Cache to something speedier like the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz 4M L2 Cache ($140 upgrade at Dell)? Is there a noticable difference? And, what's the ideal amount of memory? 2.0GB DDR2 SDRAM ($195 upgrade from 1GB at Dell)?... I'm inclined to skip the chip upgrade and get the extra RAM. Do you agree? What sort of use would necessitate the faster chip...gaming? No hi-graphics games for me. I just like my apps and my Web pages to load fast and tolerate multiples open simultaneously. And I'm not all that interested in a Vista upgrade...
posted by timnyc at 7:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Salvation from Super-Sizing!

Lunch time! Calling all Mefites for any and all suggestions of successful brown-bagging! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 7:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Who was this singer I saw on the TV in Steve and Barry's?

I was in a Steve and Barry's store today, and saw pretty cool music video, and now I can't remember who is artist is. It was a dark-haired female vocalist, whose first name I believe was Kaern or Kaeren or Karyn. In the video, she was in a snowy park in what appeared to be NYC. Any ideas?
posted by 4ster at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

A terminal shaped like a laptop?

I would like a dumb terminal - keyboard, mouse, and monitor - that's physically shaped, more or less, like a laptop. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 6:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Make my hole bigger!

How do I make a deadbolt hole in a door wider? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Tune up disaster

Spark plug wire popped off while driving and now it looks like that cylinder isn't firing. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 6:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Identify this gold coin

NumismaticFilter: Can you help me identify this gold coin? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

HT set up home wireless network with laptop using active directory at work?

HT set up home wireless network with laptop using active directory at work? [more inside]
posted by mdion at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Sick kitty needs nose to work again.

Tips for getting a sick pussycat on a feeding tube to eat by mouth again (and a cautionary tale)? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 5:29 PM PST - 34 comments

Wooing by untsing

I am trying to impress a girl, with a mix-tape. This is my second try since she failed to see the romance in Punks in the Beerlight and I Will Dare. She likes techno. Which I don't know nothing about. So I'd like some help, making a dance/techno mix-tape that spells romance with room for a plausible denial of any romantic feelings.
posted by I Foody at 5:21 PM PST - 54 comments

How can I prove that a mistake existed on a website six months ago?

How can I prove that a mistake existed on a website six months ago? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 4:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Guitar Amp- Tube Change

Replacing power tubes in a guitar amp [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie at 3:33 PM PST - 12 comments

You say tomayto, I say tomahto

What's the best tomato-based dessert you've ever had (if you've had any!)? [more inside]
posted by Leon at 3:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Save me two weeks of manual labor, please

I have a data set of approximately 9,000 hip-hop tracks. It's in an Excel file. I have the song title, the artist, and the album. Now I just need the year. How can I find and automatically import the year into the Excel file without manually looking up every track on Google? Is there a way to do this with MusicBrainz or a similar database?
posted by schroedinger at 2:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Web-powered reminder service that I can host

Need an easy way to put notes and reminders on my website. [more inside]
posted by sublivious at 2:00 PM PST - 12 comments

I Need Root Beer

Where can I find root beer in London? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 1:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I report what I suspect is a ponzi scheme being pitched?

What should I do about overhearing what I think was the pitch for a ponzi scheme? [more inside]
posted by frieze at 1:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Must Pro Tools Software be purchased with Mbox?

Can I use any Mbox device (compatible with this program of course) to run Pro Tools LE 6.0? Must you buy the Mbox and software together for proper use? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Modern ways of testing character

"Therefore a gentleman sends a man to a distant mission in order to test his loyalty..." What are some modern ways in which to discover others' true character? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 1:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Best way to scale up a prototype application?

Better to prototype an application and hire someone to port it, or learn C from the ground up and do it myself? [more inside]
posted by ndrw at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Help identify this movie

Please help me figure out the name of this movie... A few weeks ago I rented a DVD and it there was a trailer for a movie. I can't remember the name but I know kind of what it was about. It was about a guy who played music (from what I remember it was mostly piano). And he was kind of crazy from what the trailer revealed. He recorded himself on cassette and there was always some kind of little alien on the cover. I thought it was by Sony Pictures, but I couldn't find it on their website or imdb. Any help would be appreciated. If you've seen this movie, how was it?
posted by bsexton at 12:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Good places for singer/songwriters?

Where are some good places for an aspiring performing songwriter to live? Not so much looking to sweep the pop music world as I am looking to find a spot on the long tail. But I've been thinking it might be helpful to look for locations where there are sizable audiences of people who regularly choose live but thoughtful music as an entertainment option and artists and venues that oblige them. [more inside]
posted by weston at 12:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me pinpoint a day in the early 2000s.

Help me pinpoint a day in the early 2000s. [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 12:23 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for help and suggestions on an illusion/science experiment/bit of alchemy I can perform.

Looking for help and suggestions on an illusion/science experiment/bit of alchemy I can perform. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me bend Google Maps to my will....

Help me bend Google Maps to my will.... [more inside]
posted by anastasia at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Investment options for the young and the restless?

A friend needs to find a good place to park some money that will ultimately be used for house down-payment purposes. Help me come up with a few good investment options. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 11:03 AM PST - 23 comments

Where can I find a bboy workout?

The B-Boy workout: How are B-Boys able to build such strength in proportion to their own bodyweight? Traditional bodybuilding should be able to help, but are there certain exercises that allow for people to control and distort their bodyweight in the way B-Boys do? [more inside]
posted by misled at 10:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me pay for as little of the War in Iraq as I can...

Calculating cost basis for stocks I sold last year -- how much proof does the IRS want? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Did cavemen care about geometry?

Is there a way to get a perfect right angle out in the woods (for example)? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 10:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Video Editing and Processing

What resources can you recommend for professional digital video editing and processing? Books, magazines, websites, forums, courses and software suggestions are all appreciated. [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs.

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs. (Yes, I know. You're laughing at me.) [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:19 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm powerless@!

I need to find someone with awesome soldering skills in the DC/Baltimore area. [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

How to create professional-looking documents

I want to create a publication to send to customers, but don't know the best way to make it. Is there any program, tool, or template that I could use to make a professional-looking "Getting Started Guide" or informational booklet? [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Searching for homeowner blog

Homeowner blogs? [more inside]
posted by starman at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Satellite image date needed from Google Maps

Recently, the satellite images in Google Maps for Ocean City, MD were updated to a higher resolution. Does anyone know the date that these new images were captured? I know from landmarks that these images were captured sometime during summer 2006, but I'm curious to have an exact date, if possible.
posted by galimatias at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Pronunciation for Burns's Address to a Haggis

I am called upon, with short notice, to deliver the Address to a Haggis. I know the words, but I want to make it sound as good as possible; can you point me to a pronunciation guide or - better - a credible recording?
posted by Wolfdog at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Tricks for a Dietary Transition?

My wife has a condition that may be helped by cutting dairy foods and wheat from her diet. Can anyone advise us on how to make the transition from a diet replete with dairy and wheat to one devoid of these foods? How will our bodies react? What about our psyches? Can anyone recommend recipes or better yet, cook books?
posted by partner at 9:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Flooding, what to do?

My apartment had some minor flooding last night. Is it unreasonable to ask for a month of free rent? Or, have I lost my security deposit? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Identify these Spanish pop songs

Help me identify these Spanish pop songs. One; Two; Three; Four. Failing that, if any Spanish speakers could transcribe a few lines of lyrics for me, that would be helpful.
posted by ed\26h at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Am I obligated to pay this occupant for "holding" the apartment?

Am I required to pay half a month's rent for a room in 2 bedroom apartment, having had my bags there for 4 days and having never signed a lease? [more inside]
posted by Land Stander at 8:44 AM PST - 36 comments

Ohana in Kihei?

Seeking specific South Maui condo/ohana/cottage recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 8:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a utility that will let me save my screen layout?

Every morning, when I hook my mac up to my external display at work, I have to spend a little bit re-arranging all my active application windows where I want them. Is there some sort of utility that would let me save the layout?
posted by subpixel at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Do people have a real genuine "need" for sugar sometimes, or is it psychological?

Do people have a real genuine "need" for sugar sometimes, or is it psychological? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 7:05 AM PST - 20 comments

What's up with floaters/internal temps in companies?

What can you tell me about "internal temps" or "floaters" at large companies? [more inside]
posted by staggernation at 6:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Get me back to Canada.

How much is the going bribe for a Mexican police officer? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 6:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Need a utility to generate HTML

Utility needed: I've been hunting online for a free utility to do the following, and have had no luck, so I'm turning to the hive mind. I need something Windows-based that will scan through a directory structure and create HTML pages for each directory below the starting point with all the files listed and each one clickable as a relative link to the file. For the brave or helpful, there's a bit [more inside]
posted by hankbear at 6:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is my new laptop buzzing? And why do dogs have wet noses?

Why does my laptop make an annoying, high-pitched buzz when it accesses the hard drive? [more inside]
posted by johndavi at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Bit Comet screwing up my internet?

When I start Bit Comet dowloads (of legal material only) I notice it works momentarily, but then messes up the internet connection for all other apps. Logmein goes offline, MSN Msg logs out, and i can access websites intermittently... What gives? [more inside]
posted by tomw at 2:31 AM PST - 14 comments

January 25

I'm tilted!

[Girlie filter] I'm tilted! [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 11:57 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the best way to go about a diet while in college?

What is the best way to go about a diet while in college? [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert at 10:43 PM PST - 24 comments

I can't stop thinking about death.

I can't stop thinking about death. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Does any other company make a Mac-capable computer?

Why can't any other computer company make a Mac? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:26 PM PST - 25 comments

How to learn applied .NET from top to bottom?

Looking for resources on specific programming topics, with a particular teaching methodology (basically, applied examples and real-world walkthroughs). Some of the topics are C#-specific. Some are more general, but would preferably be taught from a C# (or at least .NET) perspective. [more inside]
posted by debacle at 9:13 PM PST - 2 comments

If I swallowed a penny as a child, is it possible that it's still somewhere inside me?

I swallowed a penny as a three-year-old but never told anyone about it. [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 8:01 PM PST - 39 comments

Early morning riser I am not.

Help me wake up with my alarm. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:42 PM PST - 45 comments

Can I collect unemployment because the owner abandoned his business?

Can I collect unemployment because the owner abandoned his business and will not return phone calls or e-mails? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How to put on a low-key indie wedding

How to create a low-key "indie" wedding? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:28 PM PST - 18 comments

(Possibly) searching for an assistant for a classical pianist

Please help my wife weigh her options and possibly find someone to help her career as a classical pianist continue to progress. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Watchband repair?

How do I keep my watchband from coming off the watch? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Account for Small Import Business

Help my friend find an accountant for her small but growing import business. [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:01 PM PST - 2 comments

A giant upright ponzi scheme?

How do condo developers make their money? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 5:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Scaling the small network

How to scale a small network to support a growing workforce? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

TRAC - 'how to' from a business perspective

I'm looking for tips/resources on how to best use Trac (bug-tracking cum project management software) for small web-app shop [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find discontinued Ikea silverware

Help me find discontinued Ikea silverware to purchase new or used! [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Coffee Machine Stinkiness

Coffee Filter: I was given a small espresso machine for Christmas. How do I get rid of the "new machine" smell? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Accessible Lodging for Coachella Festival

TravelFilter: I need recommendations on where to stay during the Coachella Music Festival. [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Things to do for students in San Rafael, CA?

My school is flying me and 30 of my friends to Dominican University in San Rafael, CA for an undergraduate conference April 11-15th. Help us find exciting things to do while we aren't presenting papers. [more inside]
posted by tragedy_and_comedy at 3:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Is crooked vaginal piping a problem?

GirlFilter: I am crooked... inside. Travelers to my vagina would find themselves taking an abrupt right turn 2 or 3 inches in. Is this normal? Do I have to marry a crooked man? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 29 comments

How to handle an insecure friend

If you have a few insecure friends that obviously get bent-out-of-shape when you make plans without them, what is the best way to deal with the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM PST - 16 comments

cranberry dessert

What's the best dessert featuring cranberries you've ever had?
posted by gregoryc at 3:27 PM PST - 32 comments

Plane etiquette

Is it rude to recline your seat on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by lalex at 3:15 PM PST - 100 comments

The 'feeling fat' syndrome

What causes the temporary "feeling fat" syndrome? Not "feeling full". [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 3:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Why can't a girl get a little freedom?

What is an average (even slightly conservative) weekday/weeknight bedtime/curfew for a 17 year old female high school senior? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 2:40 PM PST - 103 comments

I need dental insurance

Is there a Dental Insurance Plan out there that will allow me to cover my family? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Picking GPS for Vehicle

How do I choose a GPS system for my car? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 1:58 PM PST - 15 comments

How to stream video from a PC to a TV?

What is the simplest and least expensive way to stream MP3s and video in various formats to a standard TV? Considerably [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:52 PM PST - 18 comments

What rap song is sampling Berlioz?

There's a new-ish Rap song out there. I heard it this weekend... can't remember where. It's got a part sampled in from a song called "Songe d'une nuit de sabbat" or "Dream of a Witches Sabbath" from Symphony Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. What song is it? [more inside]
posted by bofe at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

The wrong bar

Taking the Illinois bar... Is the full BarBri course worth it? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 1:25 PM PST - 20 comments

from the Midwest to the Midsouth

My husband and I are thinking about taking a road trip in mid-March from St. Louis to Charleston. We'll probably swing down and visit Savannah, and then go back up and stop in Atlanta to visit family for a day or so. We only have a week to do this. Any suggestions for what we should see/do along the way? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Catch 22 help needed

Artyfilter: How can i depict the book Catch 22 in visual terms [more inside]
posted by Iananan at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Yo, Who Be Dis Chick?

Painting Identification Time: Can you identify this painting for me?. [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 12:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How long do you have to deliver a service?

I purchased a service to deliver traffic to one of my web sites. I know it reeks of scam, but I was curious. That's beside the point. The terms of service don't state anything about the timeframe in which that traffic will be delivered. It's come in dribs and drabs (then entire purchase would take years, literally, to be delivered). And their stats do not match mine. Every single day shows them delivering more traffic than my whole site gets. That said, I have two questions. 1) What is the legal basis for timely delivery of such a service, given that timeliness is not discussed in their terms at all. There ought to be a reasonable assumption of how long they have to perform their service, right? 2) Since legal action is not a reasonable option (it would cost more to get a refund than the refund is worth), what are some ideas for completely legal ways I could put a spotlight on this company's potentially fraudulent but certainly terrible service?
posted by JWright at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Please advise my girlfriend about overcoming her anxiety over times when I’m not there (I’m bipolar, she has panic disorder and OCD).

I have bipolar disorder and although I have been stable for more than a year I have had several manic episodes in the past (when I was very ill and she was unable to contact me) and my girlfriend worries I may have another when she’s not with me at night. We would like for me to be able to stay at home for a few days every now and then but this is currently not possible, as she gets too anxious and distressed. How can we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Installing Ubuntu

OK, just built a new system (AMD 64 bit Vista). Also installed a smaller hard drive for the purpose of optional dual boot to Ubuntu. I downloaded the alt. install disk, but it will not auto boot. When exploring the disk there is no executable file. What am I missing?
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I stuck with one electric company?

I need a new electric company. But there seems to be only one really sheisty one here in Daytona, FL. Am I doomed to pay their extortion? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 11:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Hip me out

I'm 30 with bursitis in my left hip joint. Should I get an MRI as prescribed? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 11:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Customizing the size of the tex-shell window

I want to make a very small but critical change in the way emacs behaves in latex-mode. Can I force the tex-shell window to be a different size than half the current window? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me consolidate thousands of pictures

I have a bunch of directories of pictures across multiple disks. Many images are duplicated. Additionally, I had to use some disk recovery software to rescue other images and the filenames changed. At the moment, I can't guarantee that all of the filenames are unique. I'd like to weed out the duplicates and then ultimately consolidate everything into iPhoto. I'm talking close to 20,000 pictures. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Were there any real pre-antibiotic cures for TB?

BackInTime Filter: If I could go back in time to pre-antibiotics, and I caught "consumption" (TB), is there anything I could do to treat it, given my 21st century knowledge? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 10:58 AM PST - 27 comments

Extending the range of a WAP54G

Wireless networking: I would like to increase the range of my wireless network inside my apartment. I currently have a Linksys WAP54G hooked up to my wired router. Is the best solution to get another WAP54G or the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)? Or would I be better buying a new pair of WAPs? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Misbehavior of the Markets and other things

I have a few questions about Benoit Mandelbrot's "(Mis)behavior of the Markets", fractal finance and Gaussian distribution. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Dynamic Mapping

Coding a custom Google Maps or MS VirtualEarth project for a 501(c)(3) charity web site. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Does it make sense to (and what are the tax implications) of converting IRA funds into a Roth IRA account?

Does it make sense to (and what are the tax implications) of converting IRA funds into a Roth IRA account? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Motorcycle Security

What’s the best way to secure a parked motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 10:43 AM PST - 15 comments

I, too, would like 10 million dollars

Can these fares to Japan possibly be real? [more inside]
posted by scrim at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Search and Replace across entire website

I need to do a massive replace of Flash object HTML code throughout an entire site. I really don't want to download each page and fix it by hand. [more inside]
posted by niles at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop the frost

Frost Experts: how can i stop frost buildup on a window/door? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Need TV stand with shelves on top

For the life of me I cannot find a TV stand with shelves on top for the DVD player, cable box etc. Everything has shelves on the bottom. I cannot afford to have one designed and built. Any ideas or suggestions?
posted by sandra194 at 9:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Life in New Orleans in 1925

Where is good source of information about everyday life in New Orleans during the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by thivaia at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Windy City Podcast Reco's?

Chicagoans: What are your favorite podcasts? (Non-Chicagoans can answer, too). [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 9:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Is my defined pension plan kaput?

What does "plan earnings are below ERISA minimum funding levels" mean? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Dog with mysterious pain -- what should I expect?

Dog in sudden, mysterious pain. Going to see the vet as soon as possible, but want to be as prepared as I can be. [more inside]
posted by treepour at 8:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Where should I rent a vacation house for 4 weeks this summer east of the Mississippi?

Where should I rent a vacation house for 4 weeks this summer (east of the Mississippi)? [more inside]
posted by Brussels at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 7:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Are people afraid of ghosts?

How much will my home's location across from a cemetery affect resale? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:32 AM PST - 25 comments

How to share a washer/dryer with other tenants?

So I found a new home. Its great. Only catch is this: there is a washer dryer hookup but I'm pretty sure its hooked up to only one of the unit's electric/gas (I'm not sure who's). This seems like this would ultimately lead to conflict. I'm trying to figure out a low stress solution to this problem. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 7:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a gym in Montréal.

Hi, this is my first question... here goes: I live in Montreal (but am not a native of the city), I'm looking for a gym that has 3 month or "pay-as-you-go" memberships (as I may be moving July 1st). I don't drive, so it pretty much needs to be near a métro station; on that note I work & live on the Orange line (work=Cremazie / home=Cote-Vertu). I'm kind of lazy, but I do enjoy going to a gym... i.e. if it's not too much out of my way, I'll go regularly. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by Laura in Canada at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Who goes hardest on these broads?

What are the most misogynist rap songs you have ever heard? See [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:25 AM PST - 60 comments

Where can I buy 50ml glass bottles in the UK?

UK Purchasing Filter: Where can I buy (for UK delivery) 50ml cylindrical glass bottles (in green or clear glass) that are watertight and can be properly sealed. [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Stockholm accommodation for couple with toddler!

Help my friend get a cheap, good hotel in Stockholm! Travelling with baby daughter! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 5:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a boy wow a girl.

My best friend is trying to make a major play to win back the lost love of his life. She left years ago, but has recently started gravitating in his direction. They're getting to know each other again, and the time is approaching when he needs to really make his intentions 100% clear -- he wants to surprise her with an adventurous getaway. However, because of a story that is too long for this forum, this all has to take place in the space of about 36 hours door to door. So, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 5:18 AM PST - 37 comments

How to prevent my daschund from jumping and standing?

My daschund dog won't stop doing two dangerous things for its spine: jumping and standing. How to stop it?
posted by dcrocha at 5:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Danish Sitting Arrangements

A friend was in a cinema in Copenhagen and the seats were numbered left to right 2,4,6,8,10,11,9,7,5,3,1. Is this normal in Copenhagen, Denmark, Scandinavia? If so what is the rationale?
posted by Gratishades at 4:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Let me fly away in a ship!

Where does one go to buy an airship? [more inside]
posted by tommorris at 4:07 AM PST - 18 comments

How does insuffalating medicine work?

How does the medicine actually get into the blood stream through the nose and sinus lining and are some medicines less effective when insuffalated?
posted by isopropyl at 1:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Should we move to Honolulu?

My SO has gotten a job offer in Honolulu. Should we go? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 1:20 AM PST - 21 comments

January 24

How to create a CrossBrowser Bookmarklet?

I have written a bookmarklet that works in Firefox but not in IE6. How can I change it to be supported cross browser or even as a separate bookmarklet to get the same results. [more inside]
posted by mickbw at 10:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Searching for Obscure World Currency

Traveling MeFites, what is the best place (online or in person) to purchase the widest amount of available currency from various countries? [more inside]
posted by richter_x at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to find fake snow in LA?

PropFilter: How to find fake snow in LA? [more inside]
posted by arishaun at 9:47 PM PST - 7 comments

If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted?

SpoiledFruitFilter: If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 9:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a durable retractable ID badge holder.

Help me find a durable retractable ID badge holder. This is similar to what I'm looking for, but the problem is that I only need ONE and not one hundred of them. I've been searching for quite a while now and can't seem to find anywhere that will sell just one. I'm having no problems finding them in bulk, but that isn't what I need. I have an ID badge holder now but it has a nylon cord and I've already broken two of them. I want something more durable than the cheap nylon freebie ones.
posted by drstein at 9:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me name that tune!

There is a song near the end of the movie Babel that does not appear to be on the sound track. Can someone please name that tune? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 8:58 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I sound informed about the Super Bowl teams?

How can I sound informed about the Super Bowl teams? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 8:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Sick of Denny's in Seattle

I am trying to make a decent list of 24 hour/late night restaurants in the Seattle/Lynnwood area. There are the obvious (Denny's, Dick's, Shari's etc) but we grow weary... [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 8:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How to find my laptop's second RAM slot

Why can't I find the second RAM slot in my laptop? [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Feel the burn! Then play fireman in the urinal.

Does "holding it in" burn extra calories? How much? [more inside]
posted by xiojason at 7:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Harmful Fantasy?

(possibly NSFW) I have an ongoing fantasy concerning my wife and I'm wondering why I fantasize about such a thing and whether it is potentially harmful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there any way to have embarrassing google results removed?

Is there any way to have embarrassing google results removed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make my stepmom stop bragging about me?

Should I tell my stepmother to stop bragging about me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Hygiene in the Middle Ages

Hygiene in the Middle Ages to 19th century [more inside]
posted by victorashul at 7:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Two speakers, one channel

My left computer speaker — part of an Altec Lansing ATP3 set — is going on the fritz. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by brett at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for wafer cookies

Where can I find single layer wafer cookies, with no cream filling? [more inside]
posted by lou at 7:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Books in Spanish for Kids?

Looking for good children's literature in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by that girl at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What book contains this description?

What book contains this description (and where in the book if possible)? Alaskan / Yukon rivers that freeze on the surface in the winter, then run dry beneath the ice, leaving river tunnels which bears and other animals then inhabit. Thought it might be John McPhee's Coming Into the Country, or Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams, but paging through both I couldn't find it.
posted by Jackson at 6:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Old west Mythbusters

Mythbusting Question: can you help me find inspiration in the old west? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 6:53 PM PST - 206 comments

My best friend: TV

I have Dish Network and my DVR has a USB port on the back. Is there a way to transfer programming from the DVR to my laptop? What is needed to make this happen?
posted by crapples at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find this quote!

There's a quote that goes something like this: "The problem with today's world is that children disobey their parents, and everyone is writing a novel." Anyone know what the actual quote was, and who said it? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 6:12 PM PST - 7 comments

PayPal spending suggestions?

US$5000 in PayPal cash. Can't withdraw it easily (long story). Need to spend it online. Not based in the US or Canada. Any suggestions of how to spend it (interesting or cheap or boutique shops or causes or opportunities that take PayPal and ship/download internationally?) Open to anything and everything. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for feedback on a citymap/GIS idea

My local city lacks a good online GIS/information map. I have a perfect idea for one, but am stuck trying to figure out to implement it. Anyone have suggestions/experience with building a web2.0/GIS website aimed at helping city residents find local information/businesses ? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 5:22 PM PST - 23 comments

How to get my LCD television a few inches higher?

Does something convenient exist that can elevate my LCD TV a few inches - like a monitor riser, but for a 37" television? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Do stocks track inflation?

Do stocks naturally track inflation? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments


Can anyone recommend a novel suitable for first year students studying the contemporary US? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Peas please (in NYC)

In NYC, where can I buy FRESH SHELLED peas? (Not the sprouted peas from Sproutman.) On the A or 2/3 would be great, but I'd love to hear about any possibilities anywhere in the five boroughs.
posted by lorimer at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How to not screw up my kid?

How can I get past the fear that I'm totally going to botch the very important job of parenthood, and just be a good mom? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 4:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Tax time!

I'm looking to find the right accountant. But I don't know where to start! Just a little bit [more inside]
posted by still at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to buy one-foot-square black bookcase?

I'd like to find a cheap one-foot-square black tower bookcase, like the one I bought years ago, but haven't been able to find one online. The shelves need to be large enough for a piece of 8.5"x11" paper. The ideal height would be 3'-5'. The ideal color would be black and the price under $150.
posted by espertus at 4:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Appropriate translation please...

I am helping my German girlfriend write her resume for a position in America (WI). What is the American equivalent for the "Erstes Staatsexamen für Lehramt"? Is this a Masters or a Bachelors in Education? Does the state one is applying to make a difference?
posted by Slenny at 4:15 PM PST - 3 comments

everybody here is fired

I just got fired. Looking for advice on how to spin my lack of employment to the people I'm interviewing with in the near future, some of whom know that I was working as recently as this morning. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 3:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Make me a better Batman

So I'm going to a party at the weekend in my off-the-shelf classic grey Batman outfit. Please suggest accessories to zazz up my appearance: bonus points given for cheap, cheerful and creative ideas.
posted by freston at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a name for the stains left on sidewalks by fallen leaves?

Is there a name for the stains left on sidewalks by fallen leaves? (I'm looking for something more specific than "leaf stain," any language is fine.)
posted by j.edwards at 3:22 PM PST - 12 comments

How to deal with two routers: one wireless, one wired?

How do I get my wired router network to see my wireless router network? Are they the same thing? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 1:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Health insurance and taxes

How do I "incorporate under my business" for the purpose of deducting health care costs from my income as a self-employed person? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I make sure Outlook Express stays as the default Mail program?

I just rebuilt a computer with XP Pro for a family member who got hit by multitudes of spyware. She uses Outlook Express but ever since the rebuild, the default email program keeps changing from Express to something else. Initially it was Outlook, as Office is installed, but since they don't use Outlook I uninstalled it and alas, the default email program switched to MSN Explorer or some such. Is there a way I can make sure Outlook Express remains the default program?
posted by leemajors at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Outlook Calendar

How do I see who booked an appointment on a shared Outlook Calendar (Office 2003)? [more inside]
posted by shemacg at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Why not buy Californian?

I'm thinking about buying a new car. I'm also thinking about moving to Washington State. Is there any reason NOT to buy a car in California - any reason that waiting and buying it in WA would be preferable?
posted by Cardinal Fang! at 1:28 PM PST - 19 comments

WiFi bridge via software?

My wireless router is on the second floor of the house and cannot be moved. There is a mac mini on the main floor. I also have a Windows workstation in the basement which connects to the network but very poorly because of the distance to the router. Is there any way to prod my Mini into acting as a wireless bridge to extend the range of my network?
posted by Evstar at 1:03 PM PST - 16 comments

How do to update rows without a cursor?

How do I update rows in a table in a SQL*Server 2005 database with data from another row in the same table? [more inside]
posted by apark at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Garageband problem or hardware problem?

Garageband problem or hardware problem? Or what? [more inside]
posted by MNDZ at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Medicaid coverage amount?

How can I find out how much the standard Medicaid coverage is for a certain surgical procedure? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 12:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Have I been penalized by Google?

Have I been penalized by Google? I used to be #2 for my main keyword in google. However, since mid Jan my site has dropped off of the face of google for all my keywords. I initially thought they dropped me from their index. Looking at google webmaster tools I get crawled almost every day, I have a PR of 5, over 800 backlinks pointing in, and google has over 47,000 pages of my site indexed. I have been given no notice of any penalty. There are a lot of sites reporting the same results in google’s webmaster forum. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

I do not see why we should have the disadvantages of being the gentleman while they have all the advantages of being the cad.

This spring I'll be teaching a workshop on memos that changed the world. Help me think of some. [more inside]
posted by josh at 12:12 PM PST - 35 comments

Investment options when you don't have a 401k?

My new job is a start-up, and they don't offer 401k. What are my investment options? I already have a Roth IRA to which I am contributing the max per year.
posted by xmutex at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Keyboard-to-Mac, minus the MIDI

I'm looking to connect an Alesis QS8 keyboard to my iMac, with the intention of making some music. I'd like to do a bit more than use it as a simple MIDI keyboard, though. [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me build my monthly budget for living in Los Angeles.

Help me build my monthly budget for living in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Who writes cover blurbs?

Who writes the back-cover blurbs (teasers) for books? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul at 10:35 AM PST - 33 comments

Grant, Revoke, Grant, Revoke: Help my db

Help me restrict MySQL privileges for a particular table without screwing up access to the rest of the database. [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 10:31 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I deepen my voice without smoking?

One of the few benefits of smoking for men is it deepens the voice. I've quit smoking and don't want to start back up, but is there anything else that has that effect - a drink maybe, without that whole dying a slow death from cancer bit?
posted by Andrew Brinton at 10:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for tips and resources for learning how to run a webhost on a linux virtual machine

I’m planning on getting a linux virtual machine (something like linode) for webhosting, but I could use some tips and resources for getting started. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Sudden, severe pelvic and leg cramping after sex

What could cause severe, sudden pelvic and leg cramping after sex in a healthy, definitely not pregnant 28 year old female? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Of all the stupid ways to die...

I just accidentally ate part of a metallic-looking mayonnaise packet. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Umbrella Insurance

Insurance filter Umbrella insurance - good for them or good for you? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Links for "developing countries in the multilateral trading system"? Anyone?

The most useful, economics & developing countries in the multilateral trading system links for a web-based "interview"? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the best chair for reading?

Having recently entered graduate school, I'm reading a ton of dense scientific literature. The problem is, I have no comfortable chair or other nice place to read. What is the best chair for extended reading sessions? If you dislike chairs, where do you read?
posted by fake at 9:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Sometimes being vertically blessed isn't such a blessing

Tall, female MeFites: where do you find buy pants? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 8:57 AM PST - 37 comments

How to get rid of bad dreams?

My partner reports consistently having bad dreams. She would like to be able to either (a) have good dreams instead, or (b) just not remember them anymore. What techniques/practices are there that can help her achieve this? I'm at a loss to help her, because I've never had the problem. [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Tax Time! THis time I won't avoid it!

Tax-filter: I'm being stalked by the IRS. Unfortunately, this is completely my fault. I've been remiss in filing taxes for the past few years, and they finally caught up to me. I've been paying taxes, I just haven't filed. [more inside]
posted by mixer at 8:39 AM PST - 19 comments

How do stickers that fade to transparency work?

At my (security-sensitive) work we all get badges. Sometimes we leave them at home. Sometimes we need to bring a visitor in. Then we get temporary badges. These badges have an interesting fading sticker on them. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 8:18 AM PST - 27 comments

You probably discussed this question with your friends yesterday, too.

What's the term (if there is one) for a previously-unfamiliar concept that you suddenly encounter all over the place for no apparent reason? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 8:10 AM PST - 38 comments

Over the onion dip, sick of the roses: What do do for Superbowl weekend & Valentine's Day

Anti-holiday ideas for Superbowl weekend and Valentine's Day? The V-day ideas can be for just-broken-up individuals, best friends, anything non-loverish or for people who simply want to forgo the dozen reds and box of chocolates (unless they're very, very different chocolates) for something less tradish. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 7:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Take two clowns and call me in the morning.

ChicagoFilter: What creative cheerer-upper can I have delivered to a sick sister? Who can deliver it? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 7:25 AM PST - 12 comments

I'll take "Latin phrases" for $5, Alex

Here's a phrase I doubt you Latin scholars ever expected to translate, but does anyone know what "you'll never see a dead cat in a tree" would be in Latin?
posted by chickygrrl at 6:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Be Clever, readysetgo

I'm working at being clever for a law school bowling team name. The best I can do is "Attractive Nuisance." Can the hive do better?
posted by craven_morhead at 6:41 AM PST - 47 comments

Programmers Block: List dates from unix timestamps w/o murdering the server.

Programmers block: I have a table in my database. It has events that occurred and the unix time stamp (seconds since the unix epoch) stored in it. I can't decide on the most efficient way (or even if there is one) to list the dates on which events have been recorded. [more inside]
posted by jcruden at 5:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Water, water, everywhere, so let's all have a drink

Will water kill me too? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 5:36 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me prepare for a foot race!

Help me tackle an 8 mile foot race one month from today with an elevation gain of nearly 1000 ft. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 5:24 AM PST - 2 comments

"Are you experienced" -- as a vaporizer user?

To those in the know, please recommend a high-quality, efficient and reliable, solid and durable vaporizer. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Who will buy my suit?

I live in London. Where should I sell my suits? [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 5:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Cops. Bend over or not?

I had an unfortunate run-in with the police last night. Yes, I admit it, I took a picture of them. Should I talk to a lawyer (I wasn't charged with anything) or should I just let it slide? [more inside]
posted by shinybeast at 4:43 AM PST - 26 comments

"So I notice your breath smells of liquor!"

Asking for a friend: She works in an office. One of her supervisees has breath that smells boozish. How does my friend tell her to do something about it? [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 2:02 AM PST - 18 comments

January 23

What do you write in a condolence note?

What to write in a condolence note to the boss? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 11:57 PM PST - 6 comments

My employer isn't paying me, what do I do?

My employer isn't making payroll regularly. What's my best recovery strategy? My bank account needs [more inside]
posted by hackwolf at 11:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Stupid car alarm!

Disable the alarm on a 2006 Buick Allure? It's a rental, and it's 2am and the alarm is going off pretty much every 30-60 minutes. We have the key and can get into the car etc, but have no idea how to disable it. [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 11:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Four-handled leak wrangling in a luke warm shower

I have a four-handled shower/bath (hot/cold for shower head, hot/cold for bath faucet) that decides to start leaking about every 6 months. It's driving me batty, and is possibly contributing to my now luke-warm winter showers. No fun in chilly NYC. (pic inside) [more inside]
posted by teemo at 11:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Where does Adium store the photos it takes with the macbook's camera?

Where does Adium store the photos it takes with the macbook's camera? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 10:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Mark CF, if you're reading this, shoo!

How do I wish my programming-geek boyfriend "Happy Birthday" and tell him "I love you" using computing code? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Where has my hard drive space gone?

I just got a macbook pro with a 120 gig hard drive. I only have 93 gigs available, what gives? [more inside]
posted by nimkip at 9:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Books and the reviewers who review them

I found this comment by languagehat earlier today somewhat bewildering; "You don't think book reviewers, even the insightful ones, read every word of all those books, do you?" [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 9:56 PM PST - 45 comments

Yo ho ho and a bottle of Jim Beam

What were people who emerged from the cliffs of Cornwall and Dover to steal bounty from wrecked ships in the 1700s called? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 9:55 PM PST - 35 comments

Revert to classic Google Image results?

As of today, my Google Images search results only show image thumbnails and their titles (screenshot). I have to mouseover individual thumbnails to see their pixel size, file size, and URL. All image info was visible yesterday, and no changes or updates were made on my end. What happened and how do I fix this?
posted by cenoxo at 9:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Wanted: A Place to Hold a Corporate Meeting in Wash DC

Any suggestions for a hotel and/or conference center in the DC Metro area for a 3-day corporate meeting? The meeting must take place the last week of March and there will be about 80 attendees. The big hotels are booked. Where can my colleagues have their meeting? [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da at 9:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Albrecht Dürer's hat

I want Albrecht Dürer's hat. The hat is the one in this self-portrait. I would like to make a replica of this hat. It looks fairly simple at a glance, but examining it closely, I can't figure out how it's constructed. Other paintings or illustrations of this type of hat would be helpful, too.
posted by Stove at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Web page updates for the musically-inclined

Help me update my group's website without pulling my hair out... [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 8:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Most presidents gathered -- past, present and future

When, and where, have the most living past, present and future presidents of the United States gathered at the same time in the same place? [more inside]
posted by beagle at 8:14 PM PST - 10 comments

What do I do about my boss?!

How do I deal with the most unprofessional and innapropriate boss? [more inside]
posted by dearest at 8:00 PM PST - 39 comments

Copyright in screenshots? Who owns it?

Can anyone explain, in some detail, precisely *how* the taking and use of a screenshot of a program running on a computer can infringe the copyrights or trademarks of others? [more inside]
posted by baylink at 7:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Are there any hazards associated with eating un(der)cooked specialty meats, such as rabbit?

Are there any hazards associated with eating un(der)cooked specialty meats, such as rabbit? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 7:38 PM PST - 8 comments

buying gold

What's the cheapest way to buy and later sell physical gold? [more inside]
posted by bkiddo at 7:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Early early early Vegas Check-in

(Really really) early check-in at Vegas hotels/casinos-- anyone have any luck? We're getting in late Friday night Super Bowl weekend(midnightish) and are planning on gambling then crashing at 8am/9am. Any places let us in there without paying for Friday night stay? I'd rather not waste money on a far from strip place and stay in something sort of central. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I take that later flight?

I need to have a flight pushed back, any suggestions? Ok so I am away and I need to go home but I just found out that I have to leave later in the day than when my flight departs. I am flying United and I bought the tickets through their site, they are the cheapest tickets you can get, no refunds, etc. Is there anyway I can take a later flight without spending more money? Does anyone have any experience with this? (I'm going Salt Lake City to Chicago)
posted by tev at 6:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Get me some SOTU

Where can I get A full video of the SOTU address?
posted by ryanissuper at 6:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How to teach a six-year-old to ice skate?

I'm taking my six-year-old daughter ice skating for the first time. What's the best way to help her get on the ice? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 6:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Need Permission to use this art...

Would anyone know how I might find out who owns this painting by Amos Bad Heart Bull in order to get permission to use it? It "shows (Crazy Horse) on a white horse charging in among Custer's fleeing troopers at the Battle of the Little Bighorn". Sorry that I don't have a link, I just can't seem to find it online. Thanks so much for any help.
posted by Jujee at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get an official new holiday

I see that today is National Pie Day. How does one go about getting a day declared an official day or holiday. [more inside]
posted by EllenC at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I have an abnormally acute visual memory?

Do I have an abnormally acute visual memory? Or can a lot of people do this? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 4:52 PM PST - 42 comments

Lazy? Why, Yes.

I need help finding downloadable stock exchange info. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 4:22 PM PST - 6 comments

THC-induced aches

Why do my muscles ache after I smoke pot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Enjoyable books about bad things.

I'm looking for good books about other people's misery. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 3:54 PM PST - 37 comments

What can I do with a dead bird?

What can I do with a dead bird (beyond outright disposal)? [more inside]
posted by bookley at 3:43 PM PST - 24 comments

Buy when its low...

i know of a small business that is doing well profit-wise, but it's owner is a flake and the Feds are threatening to lock the doors and impound the inventory. Help me buy it. [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 3:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Help identify this Looney Tunes music

Help me identify this piece of classical music from Looney Toons. Its the music they play for a scene at dawn with birds chirping. The only way I can describe it is to piece out the first 10 or so notes. Keep in mind the key is most likely incorrect but the intervals are. It goes like this (moving downwards on the scale until G then back up to D again. Sorry i'm not a musician so forgive the description): D-B-A-G-A-B-D-B-A-G-A-B
posted by postergeist at 3:10 PM PST - 21 comments

My mission: get involved in research so I can cure myself.

My mission: get involved in research so I can cure myself. [more inside]
posted by wireless at 3:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Recommend books on Project Management that are NOT related to IT

Please recommend the best books on Project Management that are NOT related to IT [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Identify these (non-)photographers?

A question from a friend: She's trying to figure out who took these (famous?) photographs. [more inside]
posted by nobody at 2:57 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some strategies for academic reading?

Gradstudentfilter: What are some strategies for reading 500-900 pages of academic text per week? [more inside]
posted by carmen at 2:26 PM PST - 42 comments

Another question trying to find the name of a poem, possibly a very cheesy poem from my youth.

PoetryFilter: I (mis)remember a single line of a poem and Google isn't helping me. God (maybe? or some other speaker?) says, "Oh, best blade of grass!" And that's all I've got, and it's probably wrong. Any guesses?
posted by terceiro at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What are your healthy alternatives for your guilty pleasures?

What healthy -- or at healthier -- alternatives do you eat to fulfill cravings for emphatically unhealthy food? Clarification and examples inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:04 PM PST - 73 comments

are my business expenditures deductible?

How can I tell whether or not the expenses incurred by my new LLC, which I'm filing taxes for as a partnership and which is operating at a loss this year, can be claimed by the members as deductible business expenses? [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

When does Spring bloom in Washington, DC?

Historically, when is Spring in full bloom in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 1:50 PM PST - 12 comments

How to turn a trich...

Advice for coping with trichotillomania? NYC therapist recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 1:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Examples of companies offering sick leave donation programs?

I'm seeking examples of for-profit companies offering a program to allow employees to donate unused sick leave days to other employees who have none. [more inside]
posted by bac at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

MS Access query - finding the reocrd with a maximum value

In MsAccess, how can I choose the record where a certain value is maximum or minimum? [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Anniston, Alabama - Specifically the Noble Training Center.

Any MeFites with knowledge/experience of the Noble Training Center at Anniston, Alabama? [more inside]
posted by X4ster at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Duct tape on my arm and a frown on my face

I have a beautiful velvet blazer. While teaching today, a piece of duct tape got stuck to it (I don't know how). When I try to peel it off, it totally screws up the finish (the little fibers come with). How do I get the duct tape off the velvet?
posted by rbs at 12:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Writing and the Revision Process

I'm looking for anecdotes, or in-depth quotes, from writers about the process of rewriting/revision. Specifically, the difficulty or dedication some writers to the process. I'm aware of a few of the more popular maxims (i.e. Allow yourself to write a bad first draft, etc).
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 12:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Online chocolate purchase - Toronto.

Where can I order Godiva Truffles (or any other premium chocolates) online to be delivered to Toronto? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Going West with Young Men.

Summertime Roadtrip : My brother and a couple of my nephews have been contemplating trying to make the quintessential western american road trip this summer. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris at 12:06 PM PST - 25 comments

What happened to the toboggan that tried to kill me as a kid?

To this day my childhood friends (all in our thirties now) swear there was only one snow sled which could always be trusted to thrash the competition. The Paris Orange. Even when those fancy inflatable tubes started showing up on the hills, the Paris Orange always came through and made sure everyone knew what the score was. As we got older the Orange showed its versatility and became just the thing for hauling Keystone Lite through the snowy woods where we used to drink. [more inside]
posted by paxton at 11:58 AM PST - 18 comments

can i win

should i contest a moving violation? [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 11:22 AM PST - 29 comments

LSAT questions

I'm taking the LSAT in feb but was planning on canceling my score no matter what. I feel I will be more ready for the June exam, but have already registered for Feb. Is there any negative repercussions for canceling? Do schools view it poorly? Can I take the test back to back (Feb and June)?
posted by milinar at 11:08 AM PST - 15 comments

I feel that I am at a major crossroads in my life, and I would appreciate any input on my decision.

Please help a lawyer decide whether to become a police officer/detective. [more inside]
posted by metawabbit at 11:07 AM PST - 35 comments

Ring-Buying for the Anxious

Going to buy a ring for my partner for our anniversary on the sly. [more inside]
posted by atayah at 11:06 AM PST - 22 comments

My poor little bear

Will Lupron help my ferret's adrenal disease? [more inside]
posted by Constant Reader at 10:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Something smells fishy...

I'm not quite what sure what do about a financial situation, and I'd appreciate some opinions from the hive. I'll try my best to provide additional info if necessary. Also, I would loved to have asked this question anonymously, but I can't find the 'ask an anonymous question' link anymore?? Anyway... a former employer put contributions in my 401(k)... [more inside]
posted by matty at 10:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Good alternative to iSight?

What's a good webcam for video chatting on OS X? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Is the Nike Triax Speed 300 worth it?

Nike Watches -- is the Nike Triax Speed 300 worth it? I've had problems with the resin bands on older models. [more inside]
posted by frogan at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

One Man's iTrash

Due to a break in at work, some exceptionally stupid criminals, and an unusually responsive police department, I'm now in possession of a knackered high spec iMac G5 that has been dropped and no longer boots. I there anything I can do with the rest of it? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Regaining hourglass figure after birth

My wife recently had a baby and is looking for tips on how to regain her hourglass figure - specifically, how to put back the ribs the baby moved for comfort. [more inside]
posted by true at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm not a Yes Woman.

I want a bobblehead doll that says 'no.' [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Buying a wedding present in Australia from the U.S.

Buying a wedding present for friends living in Melbourne, Australia. I'm here in the U.S. What online retailers should I be using to shop? [more inside]
posted by BT at 8:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Labour statistics for the EU

I'm trying to find some labour statistics to support a graduate school application that I am putting together, but my google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 7:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Need help from someone familiar with LibraryWorld Gold

Attention tech-savvy librarians! I need some help from anyone who is familiar with the library cataloging software LibraryWorld Gold. Is there a way I can write some kind of batch utility to add a field and a tag to about a thousand records? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this from the Atharva Veda?

Is quote really from the Atharva Veda? "We are birds of the same nest, We may wear different skins, We may speak in different tongues, We may believe in different religions, We may belong to different cultures, Yet we share the same home – our Earth... [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 4:47 AM PST - 6 comments

What (not) to wear

What should I wear to meetings with telco companies like T-Mobile and Cingular in the US? Consider that I'm a Dutch business development executive / deal maker from a hip, young, rapidly growing and very down to earth Dutch IT company, which doesn't allow its employees to travel business class (not even when traveling trans Atlantic). I would prefer wearing something comfortable, meaning no suit and tie. But is this in any way acceptable?
posted by IZ at 1:49 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I instantiate person-to-person calls from the internet?

I remember seeing a service online somewhere. When you were looking at a phone number, you could enter your phone number and the service would call you and when you picked up the phone, it would be ringing the phone number you were looking at. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 12:43 AM PST - 4 comments

January 22

custom leatherworker wanted

I am looking for a custom leather worker to create a leather jacket. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 11:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I trust these cruise ship job sites?

A friend of mine wants to be a cruise ship florist. [more inside]
posted by owhydididoit at 8:27 PM PST - 12 comments

No user-servicable parts inside. This means you. Yes, you.

idiotgeekfilter: Should I be worried about a 330v shock? [more inside]
posted by turducken at 8:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Can I skip work?

Is it ok if I miss a planned work trip to attend my wife's grandfather's funeral? [more inside]
posted by ubu at 8:22 PM PST - 23 comments

How to avoid performance axiety in music lessons

I'm taking classical guitar lessons, and I can't seem to get over my performance anxiety when at my lessons. Anyone have any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Software to create simple PDF templates?

Does anyone know of any software that will let you take a PDF and make it into a simple template? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How to add web pages to Google Reader's "Shared Items"?

How can I add web pages to my Google Reader account's "Shared Items" feed with minimum fuss? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 7:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Where to find Ahoo Skin Cream

Anyone use Ahoo Skin Cream from Patagonia? Know if it's still around anywhere? [more inside]
posted by altcountryman at 7:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us use our free airline tickets wisely!

I just won two tickets that will take my husband and me on a round trip from our home in Brooklyn to anywhere in the continental US. We'll be traveling with our one-year-old. Where should we go to make the best use of our tickets? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by ROTFL at 7:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Can a store expire a coupon before it actually expires?

ConsumerFilter: Does a retailer in California really have a right to null and void a published coupon before it's expiration date? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 6:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Baby Shower or not?

Baby Shower - How to have a non-greedy one? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 6:28 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me help my family, please.

A doctor has gotten my sister-in-law addicted to meds (Oxycontin). She lives in a small town with no treatment programs available, has no insurance and no money. How can I get her help? [more inside]
posted by Spoonman at 6:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Why does my street look white?

Why do roads take on a whitish-grey color in winter? And I don't mean because of snowfall. [more inside]
posted by padjet1 at 6:14 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I get a DVD playing on two screens?

How do I have one DVD player go to two TV's? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to get film developed?

Where do I get 2.5 year old black and white film developed? [more inside]
posted by hampton at 5:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Position: Bottom Issues

CSS/HTML/Javascript: I cannot get all browsers to obey my wishes regarding the placement of my absolutely positioned footer. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 5:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Postsecret Proceeds

How much of the revenue generated from the Postsecret books is donated to the Hopeline Network? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 5:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Uh-Oh! Man-boobs. Help!

Uh-Oh! Man-boobs. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 14 comments

MCPS license for non-copyrighted music

Do I need an MCPS license to make a CD of public domain music performed by myself? [more inside]
posted by cbrody at 4:51 PM PST - 4 comments

It's a Wii, Wario!

I want to host an awesome and inclusive Wario-Ware Tournament/Party. [more inside]
posted by superbird at 4:37 PM PST - 11 comments

How to turn off "low ink" warning ?

I have a Dell Photo All-In-One Printer 924, and I can't get the "low ink" warning to go off. I did install a new black ink cartridge (not a DELL product), and it works fine, but the warning still won't go off. What can I do ?
posted by therealshell at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me "Feel Lucky"

Is there a way to replicate "I'm Feeling Lucky" in IE 7's search bar? [more inside]
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Party's over, apparently...

ContractFilter: My friend had a contract for a superbowl party at a bar in Chicago. Nowhere on the contract does it say that the bar can cancel this contract at will. [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 3:23 PM PST - 37 comments

What are the tinfoil hat set saying?

I'm trying to find published accounts of alien abduction experiences, particularly those that involve missing time. Either first-hand narratives are okay, or transcripts of peoples' accounts would work, too. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I organize my gadgets at home?

I have many gadgets and it's respective chargers and cables, and I hate to have everything around the room. Anyone know a good way to store all the things in a neat way that everything get handly and sorted?
posted by Leech at 3:08 PM PST - 13 comments

software that will index the contents of my hard drive...

Is there a software that will index the contents of my hard drive and then allow an intelligent personalized search to take place whenever I search for stuff online , slanting online search results in line with the contents of my hard drive? The goal of this post is to find an online search engine (e.g. google) that can work seamlessly with a desktop search engine (e.g. x1) to come up with more intelligent personalized online search results. [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 2:19 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the best method for adding a staff blog to my college paper's existing web site?

I am the editor of my college student newspaper. What is the best way to implement a staff blog on our paper's web site, which uses a proprietary publishing package called College Publisher? [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

AV Receiver recommendations for the ignorant me.

Looking for recommendations and advice about AV receivers. Specific model recommendations, or good research pointers both appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Drastic at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Dying from cancer...

My friend is dying of cancer. It's just a matter of time before she goes since she has stopped receiving treament. She is bedridden, can't see and is too weak to talk but she can still hear. What can I do for her on our visits to help her get through the day? Are there massage services out there (NYC)? Should I read her a book - what's a good title? Should I ask her family if they will allow me to play some CDs for her - any suggestions? Your input is greatly appreciated.
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me locate this poem:- THE CONCEPTION

Poetry filter:- help me identify the author of this poem and maybe direct me to a volume containing it. The title (I think) is THE CONCEPTION... [more inside]
posted by mycapaciousbottega at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How to display a very special photo

How can I display a very special photo? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 1:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Video image stabilization after the fact.

Where can I get video Image stabilization software or site? [more inside]
posted by davereed at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone remember a picture of Times Square with all the ads / billboards / text removed?

Does anyone remember seeing a picture of Times Square with all the ads / billboards / text removed? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 1:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Breathe! Damn you, breathe!

How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:16 PM PST - 19 comments

How should a weight-lifting, running, vegetarian woman eat to have energy and life forever?

The more I work out, the more I realize that nutrition has a huge impact on my energy. When is the best time to eat various foods during the day so I have the most energy when I get to the gym at 5:30 p.m.? And how can I meet my nutritional needs, given that I'm a vegetarian who likes less-processed foods but doesn't have a lot of time for cooking (and can't handle eating beans every day)? I feel like I need a lot more protein all of a sudden. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 12:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Seeking Wifi (802.11a/b/g) friendly cordless phones

Can anyone recommend a cordless phone that won't interfere with 802.11b/g and is maybe even 802.11a friendly? [more inside]
posted by notpeter at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Bing-bing-bing. "YOUR. CAR. IS. F**KED." Bing-bing-bing.

Can I drive my car to the shop if the oil warning light has come on? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 12:34 PM PST - 33 comments

I'm lloking for confidential online research services

I'm looking for something like Google Answers where the answer is kept private. Basically I'm looking for an affordable internet research assistant. Specifically, I'd like to find competitors to an online business and I do not want the answers to be public. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jpep at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How to clean up phone audio using Audacity?

I've got a phone conversation that's going to become a podcast. How can I use Audacity to make it sound its best?
posted by jjg at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

can you recommend a home security / alarm company?

can you recommend a good home security / alarm company? [more inside]
posted by boygirlparty at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Is my car dealer violating federal law?

Do car repairs done at a non-authorized facility void the warranty? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Seeking advice on how to contract with a freelance photoshop designer

I'd like to find a few photoshop designers that will design website mockups for me. (I'm a freelance website developer. I prefer coding to designing.) How would you go about finding the right person? [more inside]
posted by namith at 11:17 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get firefox to stop asking me if I want to restore my session, every time it starts?

I use Firefox on a laptop running Ubuntu, and I typically start Firefox several times a day. I'd like it to stop asking me if I want to restore my previous session, which it is presuming crashed, when in fact I had only shut down my machine in the normal way. [more inside]
posted by ephemerae at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

jip jop?

Any suggestions for spanish/portuguese hiphop/rap like you can hear in Gotan Project's Mi Confesión (Coxmoz) or Bajofondo Tango Club's Miles de Pasajeros? Similar arabic hiphop would be welcome as well.
posted by Skyanth at 11:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Elusive blankets and shifting sheets

Bed Linen Trouble: Help me find a Velboa fabric blanket for regular sized beds and keep my fitted sheet on my mattress. [more inside]
posted by MasD at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

how is key bank?

How is Key Bank? I'm not very happy with Bank of America. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 10:52 AM PST - 21 comments

What's after Norwegian Wood?

A series of bad relationships left me a little bitter & twisted, so I've not been dating for quite a while. Reading Murakami's Norwegian Wood this weekend however has restored a little of my faith in the possibility of new relationships. What should I read next to keep me on this path?
posted by russmail at 10:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Wags & Wits, Lend Me Your Tongue!

MeFite wags & wits, lend me your tongue! [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 9:55 AM PST - 30 comments

Know a therapist in Washington DC?

A friend of mine (male and in his mid-20s) needs help finding a therapist in Washington, DC to work on serious intimacy problems. Anyone know of a good therapist? Or, how to find one?
posted by lkm at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me with my e-mail ponderings...

This is a two-part question concerning e-mail, the internet's original 'killer app'. [more inside]
posted by dance at 9:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a last ditch plan for getting rid of these warts - before I make the doctor's appointment...

Looking for a last ditch plan for getting rid of these warts - before I make the doctor's appointment... [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:36 AM PST - 26 comments

my toddler won't sleep!

Parents of current or former 13 month-olds . . . do your toddlers ever sleep? Or stop whining? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Is there a really good schedule for upcoming activities in the U.S. Senate available online?

Is there a really good schedule for upcoming activities in the U.S. Senate available online? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

PG Alternatives for R-rated Business Ethics movies

I have several films assigned for a Business Ethics class that I teach including Thank You for Smoking, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Wall Street. They make for good discussion and a change of pace from lots of tough reading. This semester for the first time I have a student who does not watch rated-R movies. I want to accomodate the student. So I'm looking for movies with themes equivalent or similar to these three movies that are rated below R, and preferably PG or G. Any ideas?
posted by ontic at 8:45 AM PST - 48 comments

MP3 stopped working, what shall I do?

My Creative MP3 players stopped working right after 1 year, warranty expired, credit card did not want to do anything for me, no real help from manufacturer... it really sucks that I paid $100 each (I got 2) and was only able to use them for a year. What are my options now? or I just have to eat the cost? [more inside]
posted by dy at 8:17 AM PST - 15 comments

ISO Excellent/Innovative/Efficient/Fast/Cheap Document Management Software

I'm looking for Document Management software along the lines of MediaWiki that is extremely user-friendly and FAST, but has more security options and more ability to control edits. [more inside]
posted by owl at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there more than this?

Is there more to life than just this? There is a lot more, don't worry. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 7:17 AM PST - 48 comments

Stop my new suede coat from smelling!

I recently bought a gorgeous new brown suede blazer in Sweden. It fits perfectly and it is my new favourite jacket apart from one thing - it reeks of suede/leather. Not just a subtle odour, but a full on beefy smell that smacks you in the face. Even to the point where other people comment on it. Nothing else I have ever owned has done this, is there anything I can do to rescue it? Even Febreze has been outclassed!
posted by csg77 at 6:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Choosing a multitrack recorder

I'm looking for recommendations for a good cheap multitrack recorder. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 6:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommend a mailorder book club with no extra to buy?

I greatly enjoy the Writers' Digest new-member offers I get every so often. Are there any other book-club (or CD, etc) memberships that don't have a processing charge? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

The car wants to be mine, but...

How do I register my vehicle in a new state without a title or a bill of sale? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 6:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Ok so I've started seeing an ex girlfriend of mine, we had a pretty intense relationship a few years back........

Ok so I've started seeing an ex girlfriend of mine, we had a pretty intense relationship a few years back which had a messy ending. We got back in touch a few weeks ago and have been talking on the phone for hours, met up a few times and seemed to be rembering all the reasons why we fell in love the first time. We met-up last Monday, everything went well and we had arranged to see each other again on Saturday. We exchanged a few messages on Wednesday she was saying how much she was looking foreword to sat how excited she was etc. I text her on the sat to confirm she does reply, I ring her she doesn’t answer. Slightly concerned I txt her saying iell be there anyway. Come the time to meet she’s not there and her phone is turned off. I've spent the last few days feeling like crap. I've text her a few times asking what the hell is going on still not one reply. Now I don’t know what to do if she’s changed her mind about me/us that I could deal with, just, but to drop all contact like that. Aghh it’s doing my head in. I can’t fathom how she could be so into me one second and ignore me the next. Anyone been in a similar situation, should I just drop it and move on? Do I confront her in person? With anyone else I think I would have got the message by now, she just means so much to me.
posted by Cookie Monster at 6:10 AM PST - 43 comments

Autobot Statue of Liberty Head

While watching a Japanese documentary about some kid in America (not famous, so nothing y'all would likely have seen), in the background there was a poster of the head of the Statue of Liberty stylized to look like the Transformers Autobot symbol. Googling has been surprisingly unsuccessful; does anyone know who the artist might be, whether that poster can be purchased or image found online, etc?
posted by Bugbread at 5:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Batch Speech Transcription programs?

Batch Speech Transcription? [more inside]
posted by empath at 4:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How much fat does a sinker have?

Given that I sink in a pool with my lungs full, how much is my percent body fat/bmi? [more inside]
posted by shokod at 3:02 AM PST - 13 comments

I just want to feel better.

Last Thursday I was diagnosed with the flu. Sunday I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Today is Monday and I do not feel even the slightest bit better. Help! [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 2:27 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I wire a network socket with 2 ports?

If i want to install a network socket box in an office, each with 2 ports, how do I wire it? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 2:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Powerbook Hard Drive Upgrade

What should I know before I upgrade the hard drive in my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 1:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Which gaming rig will come out on top in 2007?

Now that the dust has started to settle after the first round of the “next-gen” console battle, i think it's time to bite the bullet and decide how my next 2 years of gaming will be spent... X-Box 360, PS3, Wii, or a new PC? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 12:20 AM PST - 24 comments

January 21

open source/out-of-copyright textbooks exist?

Do open-source/out-of-copyright language textbooks exist? If yes, how would one go about locating/identifying them? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:11 PM PST - 9 comments


two part question: Can I ingest cellulace by eating assloads of termites or would my digestive system break it down into its base parts before it hits my blood stream? Second part - If i can get it into my body in a usable form, about how many would I have to eat before I could derive nutritional benefit from eating grass/paper/wood?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 10:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I travel to Tokyo as cheaply as possible?

I need the cheapest possible one-way ticket to Tokyo from the New England area. I need to leave some time around March 1st, but I am flexible. Thrift trumps convenicence: I just need for this to be cheap. What should I do? Are there clever methods of circumventing the Airlines' bureacracies to access inexpensive tickets?
posted by davidriley at 10:31 PM PST - 12 comments

"These far away places with strange sounding names," wrote X...

“These far away places with strange-sounding names…” Where is that phrase from?! I have reason to believe it was first written by a romantic poet (possibly Tennyson, Browning, or Arnold) but I can’t beat the answer out of Google. Thanks to Google, I know that the line is used in a Bing Crosby song. But that’s definitely not the source I’m looking for.
posted by chickletworks at 10:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheap basic gym in Inner Richmond?

Looking for a cheap gym in San Francisco's Inner Richmond (19th & Geary) [more inside]
posted by atmu at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find Scorsese's frames

See these frames Scorsese is using? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 9:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for cheap fun (desktop publishing style)

Looking for basic software recommendations for a non-profit org to use for making invites. Windows based, and as it's a non-profit, preferably free or almost free. [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

The burning sensation and smell

I turned on the Auto Clean on my oven and now my house stinks. [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Sci-fi short story with microscopic humans

Name that sci-fi short story: In the prologue, a colonist ship has crashed on a water planet. The colonists can't survive there themselves, so they genetically engineer humans to be about the size of microbes and live in the water instead. Most of the story deals with the resulting aquatic society, their interactions with other species of microbes, and their search for their now-forgotten origins. And no, it was not "The Incredible Journey". Any ideas on what it might be?
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get HDTV!

Can't get HDTV from an OTA antenna, turns out my TV is(?) not really HD, just "HD-Ready." [more inside]
posted by jckll at 8:23 PM PST - 8 comments

No tickets in Texas with concealed carry permit?

Today a friend adamantly claimed that drivers with concealed carry permits cannot be ticketed on state, county, or city roads in Texas. Is this so? [more inside]
posted by bloggboy at 8:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Laptop can't see secure wireless network. Can you?

PC laptop wireless issues: Can’t connect to my secure in-house wireless network. Any smart people able to help? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Birds nesting in our walls - help

Bats in the belfry? No, birds in the walls. How long do I have to wait before we seal up the hole? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I tell my grandparents I'm gay?

Should I tell my grandparents I'm gay? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter at 6:53 PM PST - 41 comments

Certify a funk bass player

I'm going to become a demigod bass player, relied upon to skillfully secrete pelvis-destroying, improvised funk-era bass lines. Who will I listen to? What albums will I know by heart?
posted by Moistener at 6:25 PM PST - 48 comments

Where to learn more about sound synthesis

Where do I start learning more about sound synthesis? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

How to think about a woman who has delibitating insecurities about dating.

What could I do if a woman I am interested in explains that she considers herself to be "too crazy" to be in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha at 5:11 PM PST - 49 comments

Nerdly ringtone?

I'm looking for Star Trek communicator sample in .wav or .mp3 [more inside]
posted by furtive at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Where did the phrase "strangely intriguing" get popularized?

Where was the phrase "strangely intriguing" popularized? [more inside]
posted by hidinginabunker at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my laptop to print wirelessly again?

How can I get my laptop to print wirelessly to an HP DeskJet 6980 like it used to? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Hey! I can hear you two in there!

My brother (with whom I share an apartment) and his girlfriend are having extremely loud sex, and they can't seem to quiet themselves down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:10 PM PST - 75 comments

A polite reminder to a forgetful recommendation-writer?

How might I go about com[posing a polite "reminder" email for a... forgetful recommendation-letter writer? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to protect a cashmere coat.

i just had a cashmere coat made in china. it's beautiful, and i'd like to keep it that way. can i use scotchgard or something like that on it for preventative care?
posted by andifsohow at 2:57 PM PST - 2 comments

How safe is the lower haight?

How much should I worry about crime when buying a place in the Lower Haight? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 2:56 PM PST - 17 comments

What comprehnsive program is best for a digital camera newbie?

I'm looking for recommendations for a program that can organize photos, burn them to CD/DVD, and works with an online photofinisher (preferably Shutterfly). [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Find a Public RSS Reader!

Is there a website, online reader or service that will allow me to aggregate a number of RSS feeds and share them on a single page available to the public? [more inside]
posted by phixed at 2:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Lost bags

Expensive lost baggage and multiple travel insurance policies. [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How to cope with a sharp decrease in amount of time spent together?

How to maintain a relationship where we've had lots of time together when I start as an associate at a law firm in NYC, and will have very little time? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 2:27 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I make the best of things in a relationship that's been derailed by both our health problems and our shyness?

I am in my mid-thirties and after suffering from shyness all my life am finally in my first long-term (2 years plus) relationship (she is slightly younger and this is also her first relationship). We have had difficult times when her mental illness/ anxiety problems got worse, and I have had bad spells with depression, plus our love life has been hampered by my impotence, but she has stuck with me and I really value our relationship. However our relationship seems to be "stuck" - she has said that while she really cares about me, she's not "in love" with me, and I have the same feeling for her. When we talked about this I felt maybe we should end the relationship and try to remain friends, but she persuaded me that both of us are highly likely to going back to being unhappilly single without the emotional support we enjoy now, and that it was better to focus on what we had (we get on well, enjoy spending time together, don't dislike or argue with each other) rather than what we didn't have. I'm convinced she is sincer, and I also want to put in some thought and effort to improve our relationship, but I'm not sure what to do or where to start. MeFites can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Math for the impatient?

Relearning math... [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

history of e-learning tools

Do you know resources illustrating the history of e-learning ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Dualboot Media Player

What's the best media player that works in both OS's in a dual boot setup (XP and Unix) ? [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

How to set up a cold saltwater Pacific NW tank for my school?

Since it sounds like we have some aquarists in our midst, can anyone make any suggestions about a cold marine tank I'm interested in setting up for my class?? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Howto Auto BCC in Thunderbird?

I want every email I send from Thunderbird to be BCCed to a gmail address? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Will they throw the book at me?

Going to court in MA because I'm not such a smooth criminal. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Songs, Movies, Novels with "genetic enrichment"

I'm looking for novels, movies, lyrics, poems, games, ie nonscientific cultural artifacts where germline engineering of humans or humans with added artificial genes appear. [more inside]
posted by Listener at 12:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Regex question

What's a regular expression to match and replace space characters between curly braces with under scores? [more inside]
posted by pealco at 11:52 AM PST - 20 comments

I'm startled awake as soon as I fall asleep.

Just as I'm falling asleep, I'm startled awake. Either it's a rush of that nervous "butterflies" in my stomach or it's a twitch in a muscle. Then I'm wide awake again. Every time I try to fall asleep it happens, waking me up. It's been getting worse over the past week or two, and last night I got no sleep at all. What is this and what can I do about it?
posted by Abraxas5 at 11:52 AM PST - 13 comments


How do I solve the Sunday Times crossword puzzle? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 11:49 AM PST - 26 comments

Recommended tutorials for the game Go

Does anyone know of a really good definitive tutorial for the game 'Go'? I've googled a few but would be really grateful for feedback on ones people rate ;)
posted by nickehsmith at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

How long do batteries last in a Wiimote?

Wii owners: How long did your original pack-in Panasonic batteries last in your Wiimote? [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

This thread is about threads.

Screws and bolts: How can I cheaply convert a Universal 1/4-20 screw (standard camera tripod mount) to either a 5/8"-27 (standard mic stand thread) OR a 3/8"-16 (boom mic standard thread.. i think) [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

No balls for me, thank you.

I think telling women to "get some balls" is offensive. Am I too sensitive? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:53 AM PST - 132 comments

The Object of My Desire

JavaScriptFilter. I'm learning JavaScript and I'm trying to find a way to call object X. [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Nag nag nag

How do I stop myself from being overly critical of everything I do??? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Coping with a relationship with a workaholic?

Coping with a relationship with a workaholic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

#2 and the Pothead

4:20 Filter: Heavy doper; been one for decades. Every few months, I give my lungs a rest for a few weeks. Why is it so hard to take a dump while I'm clean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

External HD problem

Trouble with an external hard drive & it's USB connection, possibly. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jhayes at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Change XP System Language?

Multiple languages (Japanese + English) for multiple users in Windows XP Home? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm chicken 'bout kyev

I'm thinking about moving to Kyev. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for an easy and cheap way to animate a photo of a person.

Looking for an easy and cheap way to animate a photo of a person. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

My bottles need inspiration!

I am creating 15 "bottles of inspiration" for a team building event at my company. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 6:41 AM PST - 7 comments

media literacy and advertising

Can anyone help me find some advertising oriented media literacy videos? [more inside]
posted by anglophiliated at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

The general art of buying and selling. How to?

the art of buying and selling aka whealing and dealing. How to improve? [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 6:34 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get power tools to work in Eastern Europe?

Do power tools need more than just a voltage converter to work in Eastern Europe (Belgrade, Serbia)? My father wants to purchase a power tool for my father in law (think a drill...). (more inside) [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Name-dropping when applying for internships?

I'm applying for internships. Is it smart to "name-drop" if I have a family member that already works at a company I'm applying to? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 4:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Help, I'm spalling!

The parging is flaking off my basement walls. How do I repair it? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 4:40 AM PST - 1 comment

To pick or not to pick.

Compulsive skin picking filter. When does skin picking become a problem? [more inside]
posted by rosethorn at 3:42 AM PST - 11 comments

January 20

Secaucus to NYC for beginners?

What is the best way for a first-time to NYC tourist to get from the Meadowlands Exposition Center area in Secaucus, NJ to Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by rcavett at 10:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Ashes in the mouth means? Comes from?

Would someone tell me, please, the origin and meaning of the phrase "ashes in your mouth"? I've googled like mad and only come up with song lyrics.
posted by onegreeneye at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Medical bill arrives with charges that I wasn't told about before treatment; can I argue against paying?

My dentist has sent me a bill for work done during two visits over the past couple of months; I thought that my insurance was covering everything, and my dentist's office never told me that I would be charged personally. I would like to dispute the charges; do I have a leg to stand on? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 9:48 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good "how to start your own business" read?

What's the most compelling, narrative-driven (perhaps), "how to start your own business" book you've read? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 9:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Proper gum-brushing technique?

ToothFilter: What's the proper importance of brushing your gums? Surprinsingly, there's - [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Driving Miss Daisy spoof?

Does anyone remember a spoof of Driving Miss Daisy? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 9:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do I see so many Asian women riding in the back seat?

Not sure if this is AskMeFi material, but google returns mostly porn results for "Asian wife backseat," and I can't find any previous question: I often see Asian men driving with women (presumably their wives) in the backseat. Nobody is riding shotgun. It is definitely the exception (i.e., most putative Asian couples I see are riding side-by-side). Does anyone know what this is about? [more inside]
posted by oxonium at 8:18 PM PST - 34 comments

gender substitution in mainstream music

Can anyone think of any bands who have switched a male member for a female member or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 8:03 PM PST - 51 comments

Disappearing XBOX 360 downloads

XBOX 360 downloaded levels disappearing [more inside]
posted by jonson at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Updates on tv House Flippers

Any fan sites with updates on the tv house flipping shows that are on A&E or HGTV? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Questions On Repository Pollution, Website Software Releases, SQL Patching, and Derivitives Thereof.

I'm doing some consulting as a release manager on a webapp. I recently got the programmers to start using subversion (by turning off their access to their old development areas...) and their own sandboxes, and releases go more smoothly than ever. But I'm getting configuration files that have to be individualized for environments leaking into the trunk, and I want to get my release process down to "type command. hit enter." What to do? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Save my gloves!

How can I salvage my lambskin leather gloves that have been sitting on the side of the road for a number of days in the snow/water? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 6:40 PM PST - 7 comments

To eat or not to eat...

Will squirrel spit kill me? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 6:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Hallmark or my mark?

I am courting a very busy but totally sweet women while I am also working through a very busy work-life period. I am a male. I have to return a CD she lent me, but I want to include a flirty/funny note inside... [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 5:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Why won't this DVD work?

What would cause a DVD to work fine when played on a computer, but not work when played on a "normal" DVD player? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Best way for .tivo -> .avi ??

I'm looking for the best way to get movies off my Series 2 TiVo and into high quality un-DRM-ed television shows of really any format, but preferably some kind of DivX. [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make life in a fish bowl tolerable

How to make life in a fish bowl tolerable [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 34 comments

Yack! iMovie White Screen- No Like

Got a new Macbook Pro. AVI files now show up as a white screen when imported into iMovie. I think that some codec is missing. I am not sure which one it is and would like a reputable source to download from. Any idea how to correct this?
posted by bkeene12 at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Scanning XBox disc for bad sectors

Is there any software (preferably for OSX) that I can use to scan a used XBox disc for bad sectors? The format is DVD, so I suppose a normal DVD scanning program could do the job. I just want to be sure that the whole game works before my guarantee expires and I'm unable to return it.
posted by Aanidaani at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

How Much Energy?

We hear a lot about global warming that is attributable to greenhouse effects, etc. Can anyone link-to/guestimate the actual thermal energy we are putting into the planet directly, as a result of burning, moving, etc.? [more inside]
posted by clord at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

The physical metafilters in the world

Is there a list of global regular events where a huge number of people gather? [more inside]
posted by daksya at 1:10 PM PST - 25 comments


I'm looking for a sample pack of all of the words/letters/numbers/phonemes from a Speak n' Spell (and/or derivatives). I'm not looking for crazy circuit bent samples... just something I can piece together words/phrases out of. Surely someone has done this. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Mac Search Software Filter: Is there an equivalent to Copernic? Help me find it!

Mac Search Software Filter: Is there an equivalent to Copernic? Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by rmm at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a digital camera that I can drop!!

Please help me find a digital camera repair shop in Dallas that doesn't charge up front. I also have a question about finding a DURABLE camera for a clumsy girl. More inside. [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Power While in Germany

If all my US devices have voltage ranges of 100-240 volts, can I simply plug them into a power strip and plug that into a plug adapter while traveling in Germany? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 11:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Mortgage filter: junk fees

Mortgage filter: junk fees [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 10:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a source for this quote!

Where's does this quote about the University of Virginia really come from? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 10:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Pattern for Marimekko "clover" bag?

I saw this Marimekko 'clover' bag at a friend's house recently, and I would love to make something similar (well, the more identical the better) for my wife. [more inside]
posted by misterbrandt at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Creditors won't stop calling

So... Debt collectors are calling, and I'm not sure if they're acting within the law. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Moving to Philly

In a few months I will be moving to (West) Philly. However, I've lived all my life in the suburbs, and I've only been exposed to the city a few times, so it will be a somewhat new experience. In order to facilitate the transition, can anyone lend advice or any tips on living in Philly or in cities in general? Places to check out, places to avoid, city etiquette, how to stay safe, and more.
posted by god particle at 8:26 AM PST - 42 comments

How can you pay royalties in order to use copyrighted music in for-profit videos?

Is it possible to pay royalties to bands in order to use their songs in commercial videos online? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 7:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Bluetooth calling in car with stereo aux input?

What is the best way to set up Bluetooth calling in my car if I have a stereo with an 1/8" stereo input & a Bluetooth phone/headset? [more inside]
posted by borrowed_tunes at 7:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Evil Partner

How do I deal with a business partnership dissolution that is rapidly getting incredibly ugly? (Both emotionally and legally.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

how do i fix my sex life?

sex is boring, not sure how to tell him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find these weird Japanese T-Shirts again

A couple of years ago I bought two bizarre T-shirts from an obscure, Japanese website. See them here. Does anyone know where I can find this site again? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

My computer is ruling my living room!

Two notebook computers in the living room. How do I keep them out of sight AND on hand? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Who did this creepy spoken word piece?

I need help finding creepy spoken word / song. I only remember snippets of it, but it is basically a creepy guy talking to a gal. In the lyrics are things rather like: "It's been so long since I've had a special friend"...and...."I'm warm, you'll see". Also...as I like creepy/weird spoken stuff...suggest some others!
posted by Wink Ricketts at 5:56 AM PST - 33 comments

When to buy a MacBook

When will the next MacBook update happen? I know Apple doesn't tell, but could someone give me an educated guess based on product lifecycle? I'm about to upgrade, but I always buy right right before they update.
posted by Dag Maggot at 4:08 AM PST - 14 comments

January 19

Asterisk PBX in a small contact center?

I'm trying to create a high level overview of the possibility of using Asterisk in a small (30-50 seat) contact center. For the people who know Asterisk and know the needs of a basic call center, what level of custom programming should I expect? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Working on that barista cred

I've been fortunate to come into possession of an older La Pavoni Europiccola, but there's no manual. So I have three questions for anyone who's got experience using this kind of machine. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 9:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Starfish Aquarium

What animals are needed in an aquarium to keep sea stars? What size tank? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I effectively dispute a hospital bill, that is 5 years old?

How do I effectively dispute a hospital bill, that is 5 years old? [more inside]
posted by engling at 7:58 PM PST - 7 comments

PDF Forms help needed

Our company needs forms in Word and Excel formats. Some forms contain math functions i.e. expense report forms. Is there a service to convert these forms in to PDF "filable" forms. We can buy Adobe Acrobat Professional, and but we need someone to convert about 50-100 forms for us as we do not have the time.
posted by bright77blue at 7:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Why aren't sitting geese "sitting ducks"?

I'm visiting an area with a small lake. During the day Canada geese scour the adjacent fields for gleanings. They return to the lake at night where they huddle together in the center, where there is a circle of water that has not yet been frozen. This part of the US also is home to bald eagles. Why don't raptors, particularly those adapted to water, have a field day preying on these "sitting geese"?
posted by turbojav at 5:45 PM PST - 16 comments

I left cheese out overnight. Is it still tasty?

I left my cheese out overnight. Is it still okay to eat? [more inside]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 5:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Interesting software for kids

I'm looking for a Windows gadget/soundbox software program for a young kid. Not kid paint software. I'm thinking more like a big screen full of clickable shapes/objects that make noise effects or do cool mechanical things with one another. Even a game would be fine if it has tinker value. [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion at 5:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Who stinks in here? Oh.

Deodorant failure! How can I stop deodorant burnout? [more inside]
posted by skilletfish at 5:03 PM PST - 49 comments

Is my friend an X-man?

What's the name of the condition for people who for some reason are highly susceptible to passing on electrical current to things like computers and other electronics, leading to strange problems with said devices? [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 5:01 PM PST - 41 comments

Kitchen slave to carnivore seeks vegetarian-friendly meals

She's a vegetarian, he's a carnivore, and their child doesn't eat food that touches. She does the cooking. What dishes can she make that reduce her prep time? How can she make sure that everybody's belly has [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:28 PM PST - 40 comments

DIY Phone Routing for International Calls?

If it costs me, say, 2 cents a minute to call a landline in Europe and, say, 25 cents a minute to call a cell phone in that same city- why isn't there a service (in Europe) that allows me to call a landline which connects my call to a mobile phone (and charges me 5 cents a minute or a monthly charge or whatever) Or, is there?
posted by vacapinta at 4:23 PM PST - 12 comments

How aggressive should we late the older Pug be with the new puppy Pug?

How aggressive should we late the older Pug be with the new puppy Pug? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 4:22 PM PST - 7 comments

How to make a simple railgun?

How to make a simple railgun to demonstrate the principle to children? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 3:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Quick! 9x7=?

100 multiplication problems in 5 minutes. Our 9yo needs help in speeding up his answers. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 2:32 PM PST - 63 comments

How can I hook up a second 17 inch LCD flatscreen monitor to my Power Mac G4?

How can I hook up a second 17 inch LCD flatscreen monitor to my Power Mac G4? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

We know he'll probably need them eventually, since Mr. Lucinda and I have 20/10000000000000 vision

Will my son need glasses? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 1:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Finding nonhomogenized milk in a city?

I live in a medium-sized city in the US. Where can I find cow milk that's not homogenized? [more inside]
posted by cmiller at 1:25 PM PST - 14 comments

All about skiis

Please help me understand the differences in ski/ binding/ boot technologies for downhill skiing. Kinda like... longer skiis are good for w, wider skiis should be used for x and stiff bindings are good for situations y and z. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Weird Alaska

I'm going to the Iditarod in February and March, and I'm looking for publications that might be interested in offbeat tales of the race/Alaska/mushers/etc. [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Best way to print papercraft projects?

I find papercraft appealing and want to get into it. What tools are good to have starting out, and what's the sweet spot in economy vs. quality for printing papercraft projects? [more inside]
posted by de void at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Heart murmurs and diving etc...

Whilst at the quack's for a check-up to do a diving course, he informed me I had a systolic heart murmur. I've googled (of course) but wondered if anyone else had experience so I can set my anxiety 'defcon' level appropriately! I have to have an 'echocardiogram'- potential problems for SCUBA? Thanks mefiers...
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 12:15 PM PST - 14 comments

My Thermometer Done Busted

Everyday, at random, I break out in the chills. It feels like I have a fever for a few minutes. It comes and goes. Some days it happens more than others. It's like my internal thermometer / hypothalamus goes wacky. I don't quite break a sweat but I get a little balmy. Does anyone else have this problem with regulating their temperature, and if so, what have you done about it. Is my thermometer busted, or is there something more sinister at work here.
posted by jasondigitized at 11:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Remodeling on a budget - scrap counters?

Remodel Filter: Looking for scrap granite / mica countertops for some home remodel projects - or how to go about begging for them. [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I get a business credit card sans business?

Do you have to have a business to get a business credit card? [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Color me confused

Color profile weirdness on my PowerBook. Of course there's... [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Why does my wireless hub signal degrade throughout the day?

Why does the signal and connectivity on my wireless router degrade and improve throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by Hypnic jerk at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

battery damage

How much will Battery fluid damage the interior of a car? [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 10:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Why can't I remember any numbers?

How do I improve my memory for numbers? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Any Atlanta doctors comparable to U of M doctors?

Living in Michigan, I have always felt safe using doctors from the University of Michigan Health System. I recently moved to just north of Atlanta (Gwinnett County). Is there a comparable health system in Atlanta?
posted by skunkspinner at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Being in love with being in love?

Is there a term for being in love with the concept of love? [more inside]
posted by mckenney at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Will suing a lousy doctor do any good?

Medical malpractice suits: What actually happens to an MD when they're sued? In terms of disciplinary actions against the MD, is there a difference between being found liable in civil court versus a settlement? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

What can be used as a suitable lubricant for wooden curtain poles?

We have some wooden curtain poles on which the wooden rings move really smoothly, but also have a couple where the curtains "judder" and sometimes stick quite badly when pulling them open or closed. How can I get the non-compliant curtains to move smoothly?
posted by Davis McBain at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How to Find Great Blogs on Any Subject?

How can I find a great blog on a subject I have found a new interest in? [more inside]
posted by XSteveMurphy at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

What does this sign with the red "X" mean?

What does this sign with the red "X" mean? [more inside]
posted by Pliskie at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the best way to sync multiple iTunes libraries?

What is the best way to sync multiple iTunes libraries? [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a barbershop on Chicago's north side

As a black man living in a predominantly white area of Chicago (Wrigleyville / Lakeview) I have a hard time finding a place to get my hair cut. So I have to make a biweekly commute to the other side of town which is wildly inconvenient. Any suggestions for establishments on the north side? [more inside]
posted by mjbraun at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

The Triple-Dog-Dare

Life imitates art: a schoochild in Wisconsin stuck his tongue on a frozen flag pole in the schoolyard this week, requiring the fire department to come and unstick him through the application of warm water. (via Obscure Store) Question inside. [more inside]
posted by briank at 7:43 AM PST - 18 comments

leaving a laptop in a car during work hours

How bad is it to leave a laptop in a car during the workday? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Creme de la creme

The cream that floats to the top of non-homogenized milk is extremely heavy, almost as thick as butter. Is it sold separately? [more inside]
posted by textilephile at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Warm Gloves for a Picky Person

When ever I go outside during the winter, my hands hurt (a lot). I have warm winter gloves, but I don't like them. I have issues with any clothing items that are bulky so that rules out ski gloves. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 5:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Soviet land swap offer to Finland.

The Soviet Union offered Finland a land swap prior to the Winter War of 1939-1940. I remember seeing a map of the proposed land swap maybe 20 years ago but my google fu is failing me. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by beccaj at 5:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Ferrari Bicycle

Does a Ferrari Newport tandem bicycle have any value? It is complete and functional. A racer friend said they are sought after because of the Ferrari brand, but also are not a very good tandem. It is taking up too much space and has to go. Does it go to the dump or Ebay?
posted by Raybun at 5:39 AM PST - 14 comments


Romantic Getaway Filter: Help my lovely lady and I find an affordable cabin (or other cozy, romantic-type-lodgings) within driving range of DC for 4-5 days midweek in mid-March. Google provides a lot of information on this subject, but I'm having trouble really narrowing it down, so I'm seeking the input of the Hive. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 4:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Decent windows CD-labelling software?

Is there any windows software for designing labels for my mix CD's which doesn't completely suck? [more inside]
posted by whir at 2:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Electronic music hardware gadgets & gizmos?

DAWs are cool, but I really like the feel of instruments in my hands. Where can I obtain potentially-electronic-music-producing electronic gadgets, oscillators, noise machines, etc. in Southern California?
posted by univac at 1:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Why can induce muscle cramps in my feet so easily?

I can induce foot cramps really easily - why? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:25 AM PST - 29 comments

January 18

red tag?

Posit a house in Santa Cruz, Cal., where the owners have questions about building, with permit, an extension. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:32 PM PST - 11 comments

How much negotiating power would I have as a full-time intern?

How much power would I have to negotiate compensation, contract length, and benefits for a full-time internship in a highly competitive industry in Maryland? What kind of wage is reasonable for this position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Sony screwed me again!

Help me ScrewFilter! I have an old Sony Clie I want to open to replace the battery but Sony used evil, tiny 5 pronged tamper resistant screws. [more inside]
posted by chairface at 9:57 PM PST - 12 comments

The most spectacular natural landscapes in France (esp. in winter)?

Where are the most awe-inspiring, hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes in France, especially in winter (or that amaze regardless of season)?
posted by shivohum at 9:16 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I skin/change the theme of OpenOffice 2.x for Windows?

How can I skin/change the theme of OpenOffice 2.x for Windows?
posted by remixer96 at 8:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Which of your own behaviors should you change when you have guests over?

When friends with whom you don't usually spend time in close quarters come for a brief stay at your house, what things should you change about your everyday, hanging-around the house behavior? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:46 PM PST - 29 comments


What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 8:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me not skid off the road

Moving from Seattle back to San Francisco this weekend - weather looks interesting to drive in! Any advice for a California (non-winter) driver during these icy times? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 8:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Gentle accelleration isn't

CarFilter: My car briefly loses power, or in one case stalled, as I accellerate gently from a standing start or after having slowed down to take a sharp corner. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 8:20 PM PST - 12 comments

JAG lawyer or law firm?

Should I become a JAG lawyer/officer now or work for a law firm for a year or two first? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 7:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get the most use out of my new monitor.

What should I hook up to my 22" widescreen HD monitor? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 7:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get rebel XT working on Macbook Pro?

I would like to tether my rebel XT to my intel Macbook pro. I know that there is PPC software to do this, but can not track down anything that will work on my macbook. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 6:54 PM PST - 17 comments

What could be causing anxiety-like symptoms after eating?

What could be causing anxiety-like symptoms after eating? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments

What's that smell?

What causes "old lady smell"? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 6:37 PM PST - 44 comments

Can Neruda and Longfellow see eye to eye?

We're all reading poems for Pop on his 90th birthday, and I'm kind of stuck. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 6:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Creative Mixer Applications

What is the neatest thing you do (or have done) with your KitchenAid mixer? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 5:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Funeral filter

Should I go to this funeral? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 5:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Adobe Reader 8 ruined Save as PDF in OS X

I installed Acrobat Reader 8. OS X no longer prints to PDF. How do I fix that? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments

First "evar" evar?

When did people start saying "best ___ evar" or "worst ___ evar"? Was there a single notable case that sparked the trend, or did it start happening more slowly without a specific origin? Standard etymology searches have turned up nothing.
posted by scottreynen at 4:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Attempt to control artist through LLC???

can someone form an LLC specifically and solely based on another individual's work/product -- without telling/consulting them? A *LOT*-- [more inside]
posted by msshe at 4:35 PM PST - 27 comments

What had happened to this woman?

I saw an shockingly disfigured woman today. Every inch of her exposed skin was covered by red-raw lumps - face, hands and scalp. It was like she was covered in a thousand ticks. What was her condition? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 4:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Suggestions for Ireland themed movie screening in East Timor.

Suggestions wanted for movies for screening in East Timor... [more inside]
posted by johoney at 4:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Freeze HD or Knoppix?

I turn computer on then drive spins up and then a very low click and the machine turns off! My question is will I benefit from putting this drive (120GB) in the freezer in a plastic bag then trying again or should I try and read from Knoppix, though I don't know if the machine will even boot enough for me to get to the BIOS to change the drive order and boot from CD.
posted by thinktwice at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Obsessive saving of documents isn't cutting it.

My year-old Powerbook G4 has acquired the habit of suddenly shutting off when it thinks it has no more power, which usually happens when the menubar item says the battery is around 30% full. Do I need a new battery? Or can I massage it into the proper sleeping/hibernating behavior somehow?
posted by dreamyshade at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

how to wash out flour?

How do I wash flour out of my towels? [more inside]
posted by iloveit at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Pain in foot.

Sometimes I get a feeling in my foot, and a few seconds after I get this feeling that something is stuck, and it feels very painful for about a minute. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 3:10 PM PST - 21 comments

pearls in the freezer, i know i know - it's ludicrous

Will pearls - regular, black and other types, both freshwater and non - be damaged by freezing for extended periods of time? We're not talking deep-freeze, just the temperature (or range of temperatures) in your average home kitchen freezer.
posted by luriete at 2:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Hack my Cuisinart

Will the BFP-7 food processor attachment work on my Cuisinart SPB-7 blender? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 2:53 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I get decent color brochure printing for under $1000?

Inkjet isn't cutting it for my home office. I give out about 200 product info sheets a month, and inkjet just gives, well, that technicolor "inkjet look", though granted I am printing on laser printer paper rather than inkjet papers. How good are these new $400 color laser printers? Should I give them a serious look, or is my money better spent on inkjet paper? [more inside]
posted by calhound at 2:37 PM PST - 15 comments


ConfusedYankFilter: What's the deal with the British pronouncing "idea" as "ideer"? [more inside]
posted by evisceratordeath at 2:36 PM PST - 57 comments

Post-surgical fevers and infection

Post-surgery, should I be more worried about the frequency of fevers or how high they go? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Funny movies dealing with investments...

Asking for a friend: Looking for a movie or tv show that deals with investing in a comedic way. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 2:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Need to describe a breakdown

I'd like to find a description, either fictional or an actual account, of a mental breakdown. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 2:08 PM PST - 44 comments

How does my computer know about DST?

What (if anything) do I have to do to my computer to make sure it knows about the new U.S. Daylight Savings Time rules? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Drop in dance classes in DC or NoVA?

Drop-in dance classes in DC or NoVA? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What sort of condiments go well with a hard boiled egg?

What sort of condiments go well with a hard boiled egg? I'm thinking - if I pre-make a bunch, and bring them to work with me as a quick & easy snack - how many different ways can I sass 'em up? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 1:05 PM PST - 52 comments

Minty Fresh, Freezing Cold

Why does eating mints make drinks taste freezing cold? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Is My Car Dying?

Car makes an Odd Sound [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 1:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Fuck, I hate trying to sell myself.

I just went through a fairly extensive interview process. I thought I nailed it after each step on the way. I ended up not getting the job, so there's [more inside]
posted by premortem at 12:57 PM PST - 27 comments

Ideas for a special proposal

My girlfriend and I have decided to get married. Rather then try to guess what she'd really like, we went down to the jewelery store together and picked out an engagement ring design together. It's currently being 'built'. Since she knows she's getting the ring and she knows what it will look like, I'd like to find a way to 'offically' propose when the ring is ready that will surprise her. I've also thought it would be nice to get her an early wedding gift, so there's an additional surprise. I'm looking for advice wherever I can find it. Considering the situation, does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by pathighgate at 12:47 PM PST - 51 comments

What happy songs mention breakfast?

What are some songs that mention breakfast (or, second-best, the morning)? [more inside]
posted by NickDouglas at 12:26 PM PST - 88 comments

Incorporate PowerPoint slides by reference, then generate finished presentations?

How to incorporate PowerPoint slides by reference, then generate finished presentations? I manage a number of distinct PowerPoint presentations with similar (but not identical) content. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Word master document creation and maintenance

Creating and maintaining a master document in Word with sections from other documents. [more inside]
posted by liet at 11:55 AM PST - 2 comments

How to eat when you've got long days

Please help me plan my daily meal times/menus given my long work hours. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Fool Me Once, Strike One. Fool Me Twice... Strike Three.

Why does my credit card company keep trying to scam me? And how is it legal? [more inside]
posted by krippledkonscious at 11:44 AM PST - 27 comments

Would a great horned owl kill a pug?

Would a great horned owl kill a pug? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 11:36 AM PST - 27 comments

fallen penguin butt

Specific Bloom County or Outland strip [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 11:24 AM PST - 21 comments

We need to eat and drink after our wedding rehearsal!

What would be a good restaurant for a rehearsal dinner in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Fisher Price 401K

No-nonsense 401k - I just wanted to get one up and running to take advantage of employer matching. So what does the following mean...? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 11:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Sweet the sin, Bitter the taste in my mouth

Know any soft, nutritious food that is unaffected by the nasty metallic taste that's a common side effect of the antibiotic Cleocin and its generic version Clindamycin? [more inside]
posted by acorncup at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

South by Southwest

Will it be worthwhile to attend SXSW in order to promote my album? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 10:31 AM PST - 17 comments

OUCH Why do these pain meds hurt my stomach 31 hours later??

Ouch! Why does this medication hurt my stomach a day after I've taken it for the last time? Please explain before I have an ulcer or an alien growing inside me or something... [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Memories Triggered by Smells

For a lot of people, a particular aroma can be a strong trigger for memory. I don't think it works in reverse: why is this? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 10:02 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I synchronize several GBs of emails on two computers?

I have several GB of email and two computers. How can I keep things synchronized? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 9:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Digital Camera Requested

Help me find a suitable digital camera for my sister. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 9:31 AM PST - 18 comments

PR gurus, please hope me!

Press release distribution services! About six years ago, I coordinated the development and delivery of weekly press releases for my then-employer. I recall looking at and evaluating a variety of online distribution services before eventually settling on a service that was either free or very inexpensive. [+] [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 9:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Art and Technology

I am gathering info on Technology and Art/Art Education and I have found lots of great articles and resources (any more are welcome). But I am still looking for 2 magazines that are (or have articles) about Digital Art. [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

For Sale, $150K/yr. Asking Price?

How to find a good web/mail host for 100+ websites all at once, and how to $value those fees? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Sky bridge downtown Seattle?

Seattlite AskMefites! What exactly is the rooftop/topfloor 'bridge' that spans 3 buildings downtown? [more inside]
posted by Sprocket at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Help a friend with a meth addiction

Help me help a friend overcome a meth addiction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Clear my accounting course confusion

I could use your help hive mind. I'm currently taking an accounting course in college, and I'm having difficulties with financial statements and what gets reported where. I'm looking a mnemonic system that can embed this into my brain, as well as tricks and formulas which can help simplify this for me. [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Renting a small DJ setup in NYC

A friend wants to rent a small PA system, a pair of CDJs, and a mixer, for a party in NYC tomorrow night (Friday 1/19). I will be DJing, so I have an interest in making sure that the gear is good. The party is for an organization affiliated with NYU, and he can get some kind of gear from the university, but he's afraid it won't be very good. What are some good alternatives in the city?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Where do I go from here? (Career)

I'm at a crossroads, career-wise. I don't know where to go from where I'm at, or even where I *could* go. Back to school? Certifications? Keep contracting? Help! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Politically Illiterate

I'm not politically savvy, and I want to know where candidates stand on certain issues. Is there a website that can do a simple side-by-side comparison? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Would this really bother me if I was as indifferent as I think I am?

I don't think I'm interested in anything, in any realm. I used to have interests and ideas and goals but I feel like I've slowly lost all of that. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 7:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Why Are My Headphones Picking Up Digital TV?

I hear voices in the static... and they're laughing. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite at 7:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Hmmmm, Lemon-Shrimp Soup!

In paris at the weekend, I was in chinatown and I had a soup in an a small restaurant. The most noticable tastes were shrimp and lemon. I want to make that soup. [more inside]
posted by markesh at 6:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How to make latex paint less sticky?

I painted my workbench using acrylic latex paint. It's smooth to the touch (been dry for a week), but anything that comes into contact with the benchtop for more than a couple minutes adheres to it. Removal of the object in contact results in tearing off of paint. Is there anything I can do to make the paint less sticky, or is the stickiness something that will wear off over time?
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 6:37 AM PST - 14 comments

401(k) employer matching

When must an employer deposit their matching funds in a 401(k) account? I understand that employee contributions must be deposited "as soon as possible", but what about the employer's matching?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I prepare for tax fallout from my grant?

I am an American working overseas for a year on a grant. It is my primary source of income, and there is no tax withheld from the grant. I am looking for advice on the best way to prepare for the tax situation I will face. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 5:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Thanks, but we won't be needing your services.

What can communities do to thwart the actions of the DEA? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 4:50 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I capture a video frame when my serial port tells me to?

How do I grab a video frame when a specific string is received through a serial port? [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 at 4:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Firefox Issue

Why, when I look at an image or news link in firefox, do I not see the whole tooltip/caption (not sure that's the right word, but it's all I can think of)? [more inside]
posted by the_epicurean at 1:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Keeping the Catstomer Satisfied

I am driving two cats on a long trip tomorrow. How to make it go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 12:45 AM PST - 22 comments

learning Romanian in Romania

Has anyone any experience of learning Romanian *in Romania*? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 12:23 AM PST - 12 comments

January 17

Help me find evidence concerning the deadliness of splinters

I just watched the Mythbusters pirate special, and I'm looking for historical evidence to argue with the cannonball/splinter conclusion. (don't click through if you don't want spoilers) [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 11:54 PM PST - 22 comments

converting .PSD files into .PNG files?

What's the best automated way to convert multilayer .PSD files into multiple .PNG files, for the video game I'm developing? [more inside]
posted by Emera Gratia at 10:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Safety in Fiji

Fiji - what's the situation like for tourists? [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 10:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the SWOT analysis on SCRUM (Agile Software Development)?

Project Managers (PM) selected the SCRUM management and software development methodology to build-out and implement a customized a bolt-on application for SAP. If you are experienced with SCRUM, what is the 411 for a SWOT analysis on SCRUM (Agile Software Development)? [more inside]
posted by choragus at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

TeX ⊂ LaTeX?

What is the relationship between TeX and LaTeX? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 10:05 PM PST - 7 comments

income tax question for waiters: Is tip share tax deductible?

waiter income tax question. Its common practice for waiters to "tip out" a certain portion of their money every shift to support persons. This might not seem like much, but for career waiters, this means an extra $2000+ Is this a deductible employee expense in the eyes of John Q. Tax?
posted by donmayo at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

He's nice, but I don't want to be friends with someone I don't really want to be friends with

How do I go about NOT making friends? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Bus Routes in Costa Rica

I am going to Costa Rica in the beginning of March and am trying to find a website or other resource that displays all the bus routes. Specifically, from area X to area Y and how long. It is easy to find the major routes, but I want to know what cities connect to what other cities. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments


Why does everyone seem to drop their cell phone in the toilet? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 9:01 PM PST - 30 comments

What to wear to the Symphony?

What should I wear to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

How do lemon laws work?

Has anyone here had to invoke the US federal Magnuson-Moss warranty act for a lemon automobile? How did it go? If you've used your state's lemon law, I'd like to hear your experiences as well. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 8:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Let's get the hell out of SoCal!

Help us choose a winter vacation journey or destination...of Southern California origins. [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 7:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get off the porn treadmill?

I think porn has ruined sex for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Worked nipple Filter

Possibly NSFW question: How can I (a man) harden and stretch my nipples? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

What's wrong with me?

What's wrong with me? I feel as though my ability to handle daily life is spiraling downward. Why, when I seemingly have everything going for me, can I not seem to get myself back on track? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 40 comments

Am I scared of swarms?

What do I call this feeling I have towards tons of really small things? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 6:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Buy/Sell books on campus

Buying and selling books on campus [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

I know. You can't get there from here. But she needs to.

My girlfriend is driving from Detroit to Los Angeles and can leave anytime starting tomorrow. But she's nervous about bad weather and ice storms. When should she leave? Help me plot out a sunny route to sunny california. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Junk songs wasting space

I have too many junk songs as a part of a compilation or a soundtrack or an album with a couple of good songs. On one hand I dont wanna break up the album, on the other, I don't want to waste space. What should I do? What do you do?
posted by riffola at 5:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Calling 9:30 club regulars, advice needed

DC Filter: Almost 16 yr old son going to the 9:30 club in DC (for the first time) with a friend for a concert this Friday. Anything I should be concerned or worried about? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:34 PM PST - 34 comments

Can I make potstickers at home, or am I doomed to produce mere wontons?

I want to make potstickers (a.k.a. "fried dumplings"), those round, doughy, dense, well-stuffed meat dumplings you can buy at American Chinese restaurants. But the recipes that I find, they produce something I only recognize as a wonton soup dumpling — a light, triangular, thin-skinned noodle with only a small ball of meat. Help me, oh filter of filters! [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:20 PM PST - 34 comments

Iraq casualty dataset

Is there a well-formatted data file of weekly or daily Iraqi civilian casualties? [more inside]
posted by thrako at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments


Where can I find new buttons for my blazer in Midtown Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What are good examples of sound used as a cue in cinematic history?

What are good examples of sound used as a cue in cinematic history? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 4:56 PM PST - 36 comments

I need to get copies of my W2 and Tax Returns, Help!

We're applying for a home loan and suddenly need all those tax documents we probably should have held on to. What to do? [more inside]
posted by genial at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Can an American get cheap dental care in Canada?

Can an American get cheap dental work done in Canada? [more inside]
posted by bajema at 4:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Adult driving school

Help me learn how to drive in Philly! [more inside]
posted by footnote at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

I just gotta be MEEE!!!! Oh, but wait, who am I?

Hello there Bay Area worker bees... care to help a girl trying to reinvent herself (yet again)? I need to find my niche here, but I feel a little lost sometimes. If I pour my heart out, can you share your local insights with me & maybe point me in some good new directions? I thank you profusely in advance for your help. There is much, much... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:08 PM PST - 19 comments

How to share files between two computers connected by a router?

Two computers, one router, no file transfers [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 4:07 PM PST - 11 comments

phone shenanigans

Is this identity theft, or some other form of fraud? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Inspirational Stories of Success After 40

I am looking for stories of inspirational people (names, URLs or in-thread) who overcame adversities to become successful after the age of 40. They could have become wildly successful, or perhaps just financially independent and can be famous or not-famous, perhaps even yourself or a relative. I've gone through an arduous career change and am starting my own business in my late 30s from basically nothing. I realize I'm still quite young, but it is so easy to feel late to the game when so many of my peers are established and successful. I'm really needing some inspiration right now. Thank you very much in advance for your answers.
posted by PigAlien at 3:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Surf the web with an IP in a specific country

In my current job (Ad trafficking), I have to set up ads so they only display for visitors from specific countries. The ad server has a db that maps ips to countries. I'd like to test/verify what the web page looks like to users from that country. I looked at anonymous surfing services (anonymizer, etc) but they only seem to have a few proxies (all in the US). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tboz at 3:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Transferring Firefox bookmarks

I'm setting up a new iMac and am seeking a way to transfer my Firefox bookmarks from my Macbook laptop to my new iMac. Any tips? I'm new to Apple, if that matters.
posted by docpops at 3:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Non-lame gifts for cool bridesmaids?

I'm looking for advice for what to give my (5) bridesmaids. They're smart, cool women in their thirties (and of a variety of shapes and sizes), and I'm not sure that many of the typical gifts I see on some sites (super-froofy jewelry, pastel totes, etc.) would be appropriate/appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mollymolo at 2:56 PM PST - 31 comments

Tons of car and insurance questions

I just moved to a new area and bought a car for the first time and have a list of questions about new cars and insurance. Feel free to answer whichever ones you want. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

shortcut to making multiple attachments in gmail?

Possibly a very dumb question: I need to use gmail to send about 100 different files. Surely, as we live and breathe in the 21st century, there is an easier way to do this than clicking "attach another file" 100 times for each separate one! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink at 2:45 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I milk a lemon?

I broke my camera. So now how can I break my camera? [more inside]
posted by DonnieSticks at 2:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Notetaking software suggestions please

'm looking for a easy-to-use software package that will allow me to 1) take notes during phone conversation, 2) copy & paste from email, website, word processing document into it, (I use and favor Open Office Writer, although I own MS Word and Wordperfect), allow to copy and paste the other way too. It should live in my system tray to allow fast access but not hog a lot of RAM. Any body here have anything like that? Oh, and I prefer it be free MS OneNote looks great, but too pricey for me right now.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

A Metafilter for essays?

A site where people write essays on a wide range of topics. Sort of like Metafilter, but less about the links and more about quality opiniated writing. Does any such site exist ? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Recommendations for house inspection companies

InspectionFilter : we just had an offer accepted for a house in Westchester, NY, and we need to get a house inspection done quickly. Does anybody have a recommendation for an inspection company in Westchester, and is there anything I should know going in (questions to ask etc?)
posted by ny_scotsman at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

New Commute: What Is the Fastest and Cheapest Possible?

I live in Berkeley, CA and have a great job offer in...yeesh...Palo Alto, so a commute is in my future. I need help in reducing that commute as much as possible. Some ideas: * If I get a hybrid, are those carpool lane stickers still available? It will help on time and money. * What GPS units will realistically help my commute based on traffic conditions? * What else can you think of? More details in the extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 2:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me turn Irish Breakfast Tea into Irish Alldaylong Tea

How do I keep hot Irish Breakfast tea fresh in a thermos all day long? [more inside]
posted by proj at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the web site that lets you upload, trim, and send MP3s to your phone for free?

Does anyone know the site that allowed you to trim audio, convert to mp3, and send a link to your phone via SMS for free? I already know about mobile17, and that's not it. This one had no waiting time, was completely free, and a really nice audio-editor style graphical interface. [more inside]
posted by cmicali at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I become a trader?

I'm looking to become a trader in Canada, and need some ideas on how to go about it... [more inside]
posted by smitt at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Dear Devil, can I interest you in these spectacular ice sculptures?

I'd like to get into sales. What are the best methods by which to break into the industry without prior experience? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

The question of a second child

Those with two or more kids: if you had to do it all over again, would you do so, or not? Not counting outside factors like the state of the world and so forth. [more inside]
posted by zek at 1:42 PM PST - 48 comments

How to index a password-protected site for searching?

How do I add search to a password protected site? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

What Indian film am I looking for?

Help me identify a Bollywood film please. [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Interception and redirection of streaming audio on an office lan?

Prankfilter: interception and redirection of streaming audio on an office lan? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 1:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Lost pigment in areolas?

BreastFilter: Why am I losing pigment in the lower portion of each of my areolas? [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the name of that song in the film Scream?

What's the name of the song that's playing in the movie scream when Matthew Lillard's character is chasing people? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 12:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Car alarm locks me out; can't start car

My alarm won't let me start my car. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by kables at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

iDVD Number-of-Chapters Limit

Does iDVD have a limit to the number of "chapters" it can burn? Do DVDs themselves have a 99-chapter limit? I need to make a DVD with about 1.5 hours of video divided into over 100 different short clips (possibly up to 120), set up with an easy hierarchical menu system. [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Beer in Atlanta.

Is there a bar in Atlanta where I can get John Courage? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I print a directory of .pdf files in WinXP?

I'm using XP and I have a directory of dozens of short .pdf files. How do i print them all on a specified printer without laboriously opening up each file? (I have an inkjet printer and a laser hooked up, but I only want it to go to the laser).
posted by storybored at 12:01 PM PST - 10 comments

allofmp3 legality

Is using allofmp3 any more or less legal than downloading from an open server that lives somewhere under explicit RIAA coverage? What about an open server in Russia?
posted by mzurer at 11:53 AM PST - 21 comments

God forgive me - I need to delete then retrieve a MySpace URL

If I delete a MySpace profile, and wait the stated 48 hours for the account to become inactive, can I grab the username and URL again and set up a new page with the same name? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How to tell a new employee her clothes are too sloppy?

How do I gently inform a new employee that she needs to dress better? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 11:36 AM PST - 62 comments

How do I deal with these chronic headaches?

How do I deal with these chronic headaches? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 11:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Are humans more naturally disposed to eat certain foods over others?

Most animals (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores alike) seem to eat and/or prefer food from a very limited set of options. But humans eat just about everything. Are there foods that humans are more biologically disposed to eat? Alternatively, are there other animals that eat foods as widely diverse as humans do?
posted by scarylarry at 11:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Dark Ages version of FileMaker Pro

I'm using Filemaker Pro 5.5 and one of the fields is locked, so to speak. It's supposed to have several possible entries/terms but only one pops up when you click on it. I therefore can't search for records with any other terms. Any ideas how to fix this?
posted by anonymous78 at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Career change via MSC in Library and Information Studies - pipe dream or not?

Considering doing an MSc in Library and Information Studies, and would appreciate people's views. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Magical css/javascript rollover?

I want to make something similar to the navigation menu of Helldesign, as in 'image > click > new image' (obviously, without refreshing). [more inside]
posted by Memo at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments

You're my last hope Obi Won

OSXfilter: Accidental overwrite of various account files. Can recovery be done? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Name for visionary state?

Is there a name for the act of seeing (projecting) something that is questionablely present? (For example, seeing the face of God, or Elvis, in the burn marks of your toasted bread.)
posted by R. Mutt at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Learn Masonry in Your Spare Time

I'm relatively crafty, but inexperienced and largely ignorant of building construction. What are the best tools to learn masonry, preferably stone masonry, first as a hobby but potentially as a career? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Songs To Kill Procrastination

MotivationFilter, MusicFilter: What particular songs motivate you? [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 10:29 AM PST - 34 comments

Bollywood poster?

Can anyone identify this movie poster of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai? [more inside]
posted by jca at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

French Baguettes

French Food Filter: What is the ham that you find on the buttered, cheese/ham baguettes in France? [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Dealing with a Molester Moustache

I have an indefatigable Molester Moustache. Does it look as creepy as I think? Should I make a habit of shaving multiple times a day? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 9:49 AM PST - 33 comments

To match modem/router vendors or to not match?

Is there any advantage to having a router and cable modem made by the same company, or is it better to go best of breed in both cases regardless of maker? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

1973 Denim Art Contest Catalog

I am looking for a copy of "Levi's Denim Art Contest: Catalogue of Winners." 1974. Published by B. Wolman/squarebooks, Mill Valley, CA. Can anyone help me?
posted by thunderpaws at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Options for a new RN in the criminal justice field?

I'm a former (er, trying to be former, at least) graphic designer and web idiot, now attending school to become a registered nurse. What I'd really like to do, tho, is eventually work somehow in the area of criminal justice, whether it's directly with victims of crime (and that would be preferable) or not. Help? [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

How long would it take the average gambler to lose $50 in Vegas?

How long would it take the average gambler to lose $50 in Las Vegas? Assume that they're playing at the lowest-stakes table possible. [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 9:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Is chemistry really that important?

I've been seeing a great guy. He's sweet, smart, funny, and he likes me! So what could possibly be the problem? [more inside]
posted by different at 9:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Electricity Bill Too High?

We live in a two bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Our electricity bill averages between $60 and $80 a month. Yesterday, however, we received a bill in the mail seeking an additional $645 for the past 215 days. [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 9:10 AM PST - 13 comments

What's there to do in Halifax?

How can I kill a few hours in Halifax? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Connecting my hard drive and my amp?

Connecting an external hard drive to my amp without a physical connection to my computer? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

How do i cash this canadian money order?

How do i cash this canadian money order? [more inside]
posted by BSummers at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Mobile to Cell Transmogrification

I need a mobile phone that I can use on a UK network for the time being and then take with me when I move back to the US later this year. Help me choose a phone with a camera, bluetooth™, and [more inside]
posted by medium format at 8:30 AM PST - 14 comments

I don't get debt.

Why is the U.S. allowed to have a debt of $8,681,815,012,958.68 (according to the U.S. National Debt Clock)? [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 8:27 AM PST - 31 comments

How prepared is your organization for the Daylight Savings Time changes?

Mostly directed at IT types: What have you/your department/your company done to prepare for the upcoming changes to the start/end dates for Daylight Savings Time in Canada and the US? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 8:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Ewww, sewer line backup.

PlumbingFilter: Just had a portion of the main waste line (aka sewer line) from our house replaced. Now the two lowest "drains" feeding that line are having trouble. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Things To Do In Vegas When You're Broke (and a mommy)

Stuck in Las Vegas for a week in April with a nine-month-old baby. What do I do to entertain him and myself, [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Help us find a wedding photograph in central Connecticut.

Looking for a Connecticut wedding photographer and general advice on picking a photographer. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Keeping friendships in grad school?

As a doctoral student, how do you maintain friendships with non-academics? With all the lab work and time that goes into research, there isn't a lot of time for fun. And it seems that friends and family don't always understand it - especially for first-generation students from places where not everyone goes to college. Have any of you had this experience? What's hard about maintaining relationships with friends and family -- and how do you cope?
posted by anondonna at 6:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Why can't we get 1 b/s/Hz?

Why, in wireless transmissions of data, can we not achieve 1.0 bits per second per Hertz? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 4:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for Fairways, Freeways and Cafe's

I'm starting research into a possible relocation to Shanghai and am looking for good resources into general accomodation and cost of living information. [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 4:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Hydroponic and/or solar-powered container gardening?

Solar-powered and/or hydroponic apartment gardening: have you done it or something like it? Do you like or dislike any commercial solar kits or hydroponics kits, or suppliers of seeds & equipment for container gardening? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 1:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Can't think of this movie?

What movie has a scene where there is a debate on the difference between flan and Creme Brulee? I believe the scene might be in a diner.
posted by rje7 at 12:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Worst ways to die old?

What are the worst (natural) ways to die as an old person in terms of how it must feel for them? Are there ways to die for which the symptoms cannot be alleviated by medical means and it's just a completely dreadful existence until death? What fraction of people die old horribly? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 12:03 AM PST - 31 comments

January 16

Images of people en masse spelling things with their bodies?

Desperately looking for images of people en masse, spelling something with their bodies. Or in stadiums, when they make a picture by having everyone hold up a colored card. [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 9:48 PM PST - 18 comments

But I'm an atheist!

Just how secular is the province of Québec after all? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 9:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife.

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife. Ridiculous amounts [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 42 comments

How to compress existing tiff files with lzw compression

What UNIX command-line tool can I used to convert tiff files to lzw-compressed tiff files. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Mr. Goodwrench (sort of)

Need advice on where to buy toy trucks and / or other small-sized construction vehicles that have moving parts. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do in San Rafael without a car?

I am in San Rafael for a couple of days this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, possibly part of Friday). What to do without a car? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Broiler? It's new to me!

I just realized that my vintage O'keefe & Merritt oven has a broiler. I also have some well marbled kosher steaks... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:20 PM PST - 16 comments

You ain't no picasso

How is the price of art determined? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 8:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Recommendations for a gas water heater

My current water heater is about 14 years old now, and I'm looking to replace it with a traditional 'tanked' water heater (I'm not going to be in this house long to justify a tankless unit). For the most part I'm only looking to heat water for two people, and I'm thinking a 40 gallon tank with a large burner will be sufficient. Does anyone have any suggestions or good resources for comparison?
posted by cfg at 7:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Portable speech recognizer for note taking

Digital dictaphone with speech recognition and voice control: Is this something I can buy? [more inside]
posted by springload at 7:37 PM PST - 2 comments

I need file sharing software for a website

I need to create a website to upload and share files with colleagues. I want it to be open source (or cheap or free), and be easily customizable (think wordpress). We all teach Social Studies and want to share things like powerpoints, worksheets, lesson plans, rubrics, etc. Is there something out there that would work? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

My son has ADD - what next?

My 6 Year Old has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. We are not going to drug him. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by greedo at 5:10 PM PST - 63 comments

Fukuoka For Foreigners

Any advice for places to eat and/or things to see in Fukuoka, Japan? [more inside]
posted by vagabond at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Explain the IMF to me

Explain the IMF to me like I'm a ten year old. [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 4:46 PM PST - 36 comments

South Beach Diet for Phones

Too many phone service providers. Help me reduce down to what I really need. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Reviews for Google Local

Did Google Maps yank their "leave a review" feature for businesses? All I see for my area are prepackaged reviews from Citysearch which aren't even specific to my city and aren't very useful. I see no user input links except for "Business Owners: Add/Edit Your Business". I distinctly remember leaving reviews there a couple of years ago.
posted by chef_boyardee at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me fix my DS Lite?

I own a DS Lite. Recently, the 'R' button has started to become somewhat non-responsive. It still works, but I have to push it really hard to get a response to it at all. I suspect that the contacts need cleaning. Since I've never done anything like this before, should I attempt to do this myself? By that I mean is it a relatively simple affair or would this be incredibly difficult to do? And if I were to go ahead and do it, what tools might I need to finish the job?
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Working poor need cash too!

My underpaid mother is in serious need of some extra income without quitting her day job. Of course there is... [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 3:13 PM PST - 27 comments


How do I deal with a roommate's SO? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 3:01 PM PST - 43 comments

What's the average length of an email address?

How many characters are in the average email address? [more inside]
posted by jknecht at 3:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Iraq troop prediction numbers

Anyone have predictions (with citations) offered on how many troops would be necessary in Iraq? I've heard that generals said up to 300,000 in the run-up, but I can't seem to find sources for these. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

drum machine/sampler for $150 and under?

I'm looking to buy a drum machine/sampler for general programming needs with an emphasis on hip-hop. [more inside]
posted by defmute at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Useless clutter or money makers in disguise?

My husband has a bunch of Masters of the Universe toys that his parents saved from his childhood; they are all in good shape and most have the original boxes (although most of the boxes have seen better days). More within... [more inside]
posted by melangell at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Excel formula question

Excel question: How to define a range so that it always adds up to a constant value. [more inside]
posted by corpse at 2:06 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the middle ground between "F.U!" and "Welcome!"?

One of my wife's distant friends has attempted to invite herself to stay with us, again. She did this last March, and we used the excuse of me starting a new job and needing to do x, y, and z as well as the "out of town" excuse for any remaining dates. This got us off scot-free, but we both knew the time would come again... and it's here. We need a final solution. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl at 1:38 PM PST - 124 comments

Can Stephen Hawking have sex?

Can Stephen Hawking have sex? [more inside]
posted by gelcap at 1:17 PM PST - 17 comments

My wireless router dies after 30 minutes. Help!

Help me before I kill (my wireless router) again. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 1:02 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get a phone number in St.Kitts / Nevis?

How can I get a voicemail/phone number in St.Kitts / Nevis? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

CoffeeFilter: How to clean water chamber of Krups Dual Drip Machine?

Folger loving Father spilled coffee grounds into main water chamber of Krups Dual Drip Machine (867), then proceeded to brew coffee anyway. The result was to bake all those coffee grounds onto the sides of the water chamber. How can I safely clean the water chamber? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 11:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How can my non-tech-savvy Mum maintain her own website?

My mother needs a very simple website for a small business. I'm reasonably technically competent and I don't mind doing some work to set it up, but I'd like my mother to be able to update the content on her own. What software should I use? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 11:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Help an artist with his style?

PortfolioWebsiteFilter: I need some examples of aesthetically pleasing websites! [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Bell DSL is now capped

Legalfilter: I accidentally signed onto a 2-year contract for Bell DSL (Montreal Canada). Now just a month ago they changed their service from unlimited bandwidth to limited to 30 gigs a month with penalties up to 30$ a month. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 11:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Do law firms ever employ evidence technicians full-time?

Do private law firms employ subject matter experts or evidence technicians? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Does drinking cold water really burn calories?

Does drinking cold water burn anywhere near a significant number of calories? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:31 AM PST - 13 comments

local business information

Hi All, Does anyone know where can someone get local business information such as name, address, zip code, type of business, etc?
posted by cmkjani at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I solve this simple math problem?

This is probably a simple math question for someone who knows math. Schools create an index number by using this equation: (X * testscorenumber) + (Y * GPA) + constant = indexnumber Some schools index numbers max out at 5, some at 200. Nonetheless, the difference between schools is in how they weight GPA vs. testscore. What formula would allow me to compare the importance of once factor over another among schools. I.e., School A weighs testscores 2x more than school B? Is it a simple ration between X and Y?
posted by JakeWalker at 11:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Are there sports blogs for those uninterested in sports?

What sports blog would you recommend for someone who is uninterested in sports? [more inside]
posted by chimmyc at 10:40 AM PST - 21 comments

charter school lotteries- bettering my odds?

Beating the lottery system for kindergarten slots in the top Washington DC charter schools- is this possible? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 10:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Use or Sell WoW:BC-CE?

Should I use my copy of Burning Crusade Collector's Edition or sell it? If I sell it, should I sell now or wait? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Windows Media streaming radio vs. Wii: FIGHT!!!

Is there any combination of software that I can lash together that will allow me to listen to a Windows Media internet radio station on my Wii? [more inside]
posted by steveminutillo at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

What is this British movie?

Looking for the name of a British movie I saw about 10 - 12 years ago. Basically, a young Mick-Jagger-look-alike dates various women and redecorates his apartment/house differently for each girl. Thats about all I remember.
posted by holdkris99 at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Jay Bees

One of my favorite writers is Edmund Jabés. However, I have never heard anyone pronounce his name. [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

It's like they're asking me to tell them a white lie

I have a Nokia smartphone. I have T-Mobile. But T-Mobile doesn't sell my phone, so they won't give me a smartphone unlimited data plan and I'm stuck with the much more expensive Total Internet package. But if I log in to T-Mobile's self service site, I can tell them I have any damn phone I like. So if I do that, and tell them I have a Blackberry or a Sidekick, and pick the BB or SK smartphone plans, is there some technical reason it won't just work? Am I in any serious danger of cancellation by violating the TOS or anything else?
posted by j-dawg at 9:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Time to get chippy with my ink cartridges?

Have you replaced your inkjet print cartridges with a generic by physically moving the cartridge chip? This site gives instructions, but I can't tell if this will screw up my printer's ability to detect low ink levels or not. Does this work?
posted by noahv at 9:35 AM PST - 2 comments

cheap teleconferencing

I'm looking for a cheap reservationless toll-free audio-only teleconferencing provider. [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Need creative shipping logic for a CubeCart dilemma

Hey CubeCart wizards (and e-commerce pros in general) ... help me solve a tricky dilemma involving shipping logic. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:41 AM PST - 1 comment

object for iframe

Using Object instead of iframe for Google Calendar embeds? [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 8:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Is a Treo enough?

Is this plan better than the Treo? I have a Treo 700p, which I dig, don't get me wrong. I enjoy reading e-books, playing games, using online apps like Google Maps, Quickipedia, etc. But then I start to fondle my wife's ... phone. It's the uber-slick Katana. Normally, I'm the gadget-head in the house, but her phone is quite damn nice. Got me wondering... [more inside]
posted by Merdryn at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

please cure a hopeless flutterpants.

I wish to woo. I want to woo. Will you waft to me wooing words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 8:19 AM PST - 38 comments

Free time in Chicago

Eight hours in Chicago... What to do if it's too cold outside? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 8:08 AM PST - 15 comments

What laws do non-criminals commonly break?

What are some laws that people break often without thinking about it or that it would be easy to break without realizing you're committing a crime? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 7:52 AM PST - 56 comments

Maybe I should just throw my jeans in a puddle...

So my girlfriend has a bit of a thing for those 'worker' jeans they have at Gap. I'm quite happy for my jeans to be blue, personally, but apparently the rolled-in-mud look is what she likes, and I guess I should have at least one pair of jeans that she can stand. My question is: where might I get something like them without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 7:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Help a Canadian MeFite in Paris play The Burning Crusade (Expansion to World of Warcraft)?

Help a Canadian MeFite in Paris play The Burning Crusade (Expansion to World of Warcraft)? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle)

Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle) [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Installing Bootcamp after installing Parallels

I'm running Parallels; I need to install Bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:02 AM PST - 9 comments

What do you do with a quacky Chiro?

I think my friend's "doctor" is a dangerous quack. Do I tell her? How? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 6:53 AM PST - 28 comments

Wireless without a router?

Hooking up wi-fi with DSL. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 6:53 AM PST - 8 comments

n00b-esque Powerpoint problem

I'm sure this is too simple to require the skills of the PowerpointGuruHiveMind, but I can no longer edit datasheets in Microsoft Graph, in order to create new charts in Powerpoint for Mac 2004. I must have checked some kind of "protect data" checkbox as a default, but I can't find it to switch back. Sheer frustration must have overwhelmed my google-fu.
posted by roofus at 6:53 AM PST - 0 comments

What's a good weighted electronic keyboard for my six year old's piano lessons?

Daughter (age six) perhaps to begin piano lessons. Considering a weighted response electronic keyboard as a piano substitute. Seeking advice in brands, models, retailers, price, durability, and indeed, overall wisdom of this route over standard piano. All views even slightly extraneous welcome. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 6:28 AM PST - 25 comments

cigar ros

What's the story on car cigarette lighters? Standardization, origins, etc [more inside]
posted by white light at 6:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Will keeping my effects pedals plugged in reduce their battery life?

Does leaving your guitar effects pedals plugged in (chained) reduce their battery life, or is battery life affected only when you forget to turn them off?
posted by Flem Snopes at 5:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Do I have claustrophobia?

Do I have claustrophobia? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 5:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Would the stars really look like that?

Would the stars really look like that? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 4:37 AM PST - 9 comments

How to cash a dollar cheque in a UK bank?

UK bank filter. I get small cheques from an Ameican tech publisher, drawn on an American bank., for dollar amounts. My UK bank wants to take 28 days to clear them, and deducts an unspecified amount to do it. Any recommendations for UK banks that are in the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by Pericles at 3:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Why can't I right-click quit apps in my OS X Dock?

I've been having an issue for the last couple days with my OS X dock. I installed Tinker Tools to move it to the bottom right. It seemed to work fine, but then all of a sudden, I couldn't quit applications by right clicking on its icon in the dock and selecting 'Quit'. I restored the dock settings to default, but it still isn't working after a number of restarts. Any other method of quitting (such as Command + Q) works fine. Anyone know how I can fix this?
posted by jdurlowe at 2:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Help with work

What advice would you have for a young american looking for work in India?
posted by vapidave at 2:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Only farmacists can read.

Why do most doctors have sloppy handwriting? [more inside]
posted by lorbus at 12:41 AM PST - 26 comments

I'm like a toddler with floaties in the deep end: I'm not going to drown, but my feet don't touch and I'm lost.

Help me simulate highway traffic using Java. I'm up to my ears in ArrayLists, and I don't know how to swim! [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 12:01 AM PST - 12 comments

January 15

Need a travel angel

How should I find a good travel agent? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 11:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I record straight to my iPod?

Can I record video from my ATI DVR straight to my iPod? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 11:06 PM PST - 2 comments

I need Go knowledge!

What's a good beginning Go book? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Disable/adjust Wii-remote volume??

Is it possible to disable/adjust volume for the Wii remote? [more inside]
posted by jengineer at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

PlayStation power supply

Help me fit an NZ power supply to an American PlayStation [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 10:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How do healthcare professionals balance empathy with detachment?

Doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, health professionals of any and all flavors: how do you dissociate yourselves from the misery, suffering, and death of your patients or clients? [more inside]
posted by granted at 10:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Background podcast downloader?

Free, (preferably) open source background podcast downloader for linux and OS X? [more inside]
posted by h2 at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

"I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer." -- Leonard Bernstein

Help me discover some great orchestrated pop music. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 9:55 PM PST - 55 comments

are all migranes knock-you-out bad?

Is there such thing as a "light" migraine? [more inside]
posted by joeblough at 9:22 PM PST - 21 comments

My laptop is busted

My laptop's backlight is acting up. And so is the power button. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Spreadsheet Cleanout

Help me remove unwanted spreadsheet info - I want to archive a massive buch of data from years of Excel spreadsheets but, I don't want to save all the extra gumph associated with macros and links in spreadsheets. [more inside]
posted by moocheen at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I improve readability of a low-quality .pdf file?

I'm attempting to transcribe some scanned documents. The quality of the .pdf files is low. Is there a way to play around with the images in order to help me make out the mangled words? [more inside]
posted by moira at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Mamma Mia! Massive Mold! Mediation Mandated!

How to best mitigate a *severe* mold/mildew problem? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 8:24 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I print one book?

What is the easiest way to print one (and only one) copy of a book? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 8:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Quick, MeFi I need a dog park to go to in Yokohama, Japan, anyone, anyone???

Quick, MeFi I need a dog park to go to in Yokohama, Japan, anyone, anyone???
posted by nintendo at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Commercial Building

I bought a piece of commercial property in a desirable area. Should I build three separate 4,500 square foot buildings or one large 13,500 square foot building? [more inside]
posted by Mhead at 8:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Roommates: yes or no?

Should I get roommates? [more inside]
posted by yohko at 8:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Online game crime?

Internet Credit Card Fraud? [more inside]
posted by lain at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Smooth job relocation/transition?

She said yes, you said go to her. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Karaoke help.

I have an awful, awful voice. Any suggestions for a go to karaoke song that is short, more like talking than singing and not too intimidating for someone who has never done karaoke before? [more inside]
posted by birgitte at 6:58 PM PST - 40 comments


Please name this music... [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Books about Tokyo?

I'm off to Tokyo in a few months and would love to read some interesting books about/set there before I go... [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Who gets custody of the kitty?

Two cats; one belongs to me, one belongs to roommate. Roommate is moving out. Will the kitties be better off together, or is it okay to seperate them? [more inside]
posted by bhayes82 at 5:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Old emails in Thunderbird vanish after trying to setup a new account.

Thunderbird swallowed my emails while I was trying to setup an account for an additional email id. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 5:41 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I get a 170 MB MPEG file on DVD without losing any quality using a brand new Macbook?

How can I get a 170 MB MPEG file on DVD without losing any quality using a brand new Macbook? [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I force Installshield to install an app to a diff. drive than the system drive?

I'm trying to install my kid's new PC game and the idiot developers didn't allow me to change the drive I want to install it to....it'll only install to the system drive and I don't have enough space. It's regular old Installshield; surely there must be a way to get around this?
posted by taumeson at 4:05 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I trick me into doing what I want me to do?

how do I make myself take more pictures? I post daily to my blog using my digital camera, problem is I want to motivate myself to use my 35mm camera. [more inside]
posted by henryis at 3:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Is my job really worth it?

I am a "girl friday." Neat title, but it means squat. I am unhappy with my job, should I stay or should I move on? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember at 3:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for Attractive Fluid CSS Examples

Fluid CSS Filter: I am looking for examples of a two column Web page with a fluid main column on the left and a rigid width sidebar on the right. The examples need to look good (no simple CSS box diagrammed "how to's"). I want to show this to a client but I want the Web page to be attractively designed to enhance the point I'm trying to make (that this CSS solution is a good thing, natch).
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Why must I raise the window shades on a plane?

On a recent Indian Air flight from Bangalore to Mumbai, the flight attendants requested that everyone make sure their window shades were up (so you can see out) for "safety reasons" during the landing. What is the reason for this?
posted by nitsuj at 2:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Home MP3 jukebox

I'm looking for recommendations for a home MP3 player. I want something with much larger capacity than an iPod (preferably using standard 3.5" drives), and am happy for it to be physically quite a bit bigger than an iPod. It needs to be quieter and less power-hungry than a standard PC. If it had a sensible UI and a remote control, that would be good too. Hopefully, it would be cheaper than either an iPod or a PC, too. [Currently, an old linux box does this job, but it is too noisy for my small apartment, and the interface is too clunky.]
posted by beniamino at 2:48 PM PST - 17 comments

how to find an ice cream man

I need to find an Ice cream man (man with an ice cream truck)... to provide products for my 3 yr old son's birthday party in west central Florida for this Saturday. I can't find any listings in the yellow pages, and Google seems a bit worthless regarding this. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommendation on a carpet installer in Seattle?

Anyone have recommendations for carpet installers in eastside Seattle that you've worked with? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 2:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Starving for gorgeous gravitas

OK, audiophiles. What other/new music would you suggest I check out if all you know about my tastes is that I like Keith Jarrett solo, Rickie Lee Jones, John Fahey and Jane Siberry?
posted by dpcoffin at 1:57 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I get rid of these Dragon magazines?

A few years ago I acquired, through a weird set of circumstances, about 400 issues of Dragon magazine from the early 80s. I have no use for them at all, and am trying to figure out the best way to get rid of them (for profit). [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Say "smile", and the world smiles with you.

Do you know of any examples where facial animation is used as a medical biofeedback interface? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 1:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Can our 2-and-51-week-old get into a 3-year-old preschool in Chicago?

How strict is the "age 3 by September 1st" preschool requirement (in Chicago)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Indoor Minigolf in the Philly area?

The Mrs. and I's Anniversary of our first date is coming up tomorrow, and I'd like to re-enact the original. Sushi is easy to come by, but an indoor minigolf facility within driving range is proving elusive. Aaaand she's coming home in an hour, so no more searching for today. (crackle) Help me hive mind... You're my only hope! [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to get out of IT, but still work with technology. What options are out there?

So what does someone who is interested in almost everything and a love for helping others make sense of technology do for a living? [more inside]
posted by nerosfiddle at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a nice boring cell phone!

Cell phone filter: I’m looking for a really simple cell phone, nothing fancy, to use with my Verizon service. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 12:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Old Movie Trailer

Ok, here's a tough one. Does anyone remember a movie trailer from the 1970s that showed an image of an x-ray skull -- scary enough in itself -- and then showed what appeared to be something dripping from the eye socket. Looking closer it was actually a woman wearing a billowing dress. Totally freaky image and I can't remember what movie it was for ... some horror flick for sure. Anyone remember this?
posted by dearleader at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Beers similar to Yuengling

I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I found out (when visiting family in Philly) that I really like Yuengling. However, I live in Portland, OR, where there is no Yuengling in sight and my beer drinking friends have never even heard of it. Based on this preference, what other beers (esp. those common to the northwest) would I enjoy?
posted by hopeless romantique at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Pimp my home security!

Help me secure my home! I need input on a safe and a security system. [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 10:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Web Design Schools in Chicago

Does anyone know of any good web design/graphic design schools or programs in Chicago (or the midwest)? I have a background in Computer Science, but I'd like to pursue web design. [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie at 10:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Great Gift for a Travellin' Girl

I need a great gift for my most excellent friend, who travels five days a week as a consultant. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 10:35 AM PST - 23 comments

What do I do with the Brazilian patent to a popular US toy?

I own the Brazilian patent to a popular US toy that has sold over 100 million dollars. What now? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 10:34 AM PST - 17 comments

how to pass a polygraph

Ok, here are the facts: i) I really want this job ii) The company administers polygraphs for shithead reasons Is there any way I can learn to pass this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me organize my gadgets.

Like any self-respecting geek, I've got a bunch of cool toys I carry around. Each of those toys, unfortunately, comes with a bunch of wires -- chargers, adapters, connectors... Help me keep them organized! [more inside]
posted by jacobian at 10:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Reversed Bike Gears?

Is there a bike that can be pedaled backwards? [more inside]
posted by Samizdata at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I wire my apartment for sound?

Our apartment is 11 years old. Apparently that's not quite new enough for it to have been wired for sound when it was built, so I have to do it myself. Hardwood floors, but it's a wooden building so presumably the walls and ceiling are fair game. Can I run wires without tearing off molding or cutting holes in the ceiling? How? Can I do it myself, or is it the kind of thing that requires a professional? How do they do this stuff?
posted by BorgLove at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Surely there's got to be a heart attack in the grotto at least?

How many people (if any) have died at the Playboy Mansion?
posted by yellowbinder at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Scanner recommendation...

Seeking best flatbed scanner >$300 suitable for portfolio scanning... [more inside]
posted by lovejones at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

How to Diversify Retirement Account

I'm planning to diversify my retirement account in the next 5-7 years. I need some advice on the best way to do this. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Facebook API and PHP

I use Facebook, and it seems to have a great API. But how can I tie it in to me, and not my visitor? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Dying CX7300 bogarting the digipix.. ideas?

I've got a Kodak CX7300 that keeps dying on me, which has a bunch of pics I need to pilfer at some point, preferably before it dies off completely. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What skills are most in demand these days in Tech?

What sort of technical degree or certificate is most likely to get me a solid interesting job in technology. [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Mercury Poisoning

Looking for a historical example of someone trying to build up an immunity to mercury poisoning (and obviously failing dismally). [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

localized weather predictions

Weather junkies: How localized are predictions? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 8:11 AM PST - 2 comments

How should I prepare for an upcoming Google interview?

How should I prepare for an upcoming Google interview? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 8:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Media Center is great except for the not able to view media thing

Radeon 7000 Series wont play nice with Media Center 2005 [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Land survey freeware sources?

I am wondering if anyone knows where to find free ware/economical software that will calculate the surface area of an object defined by a closed curve saved either as a bitmap or vector image? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Converting videos with odd aspect ratios.

How can I convert a video to MPEG2 while maintaining the oddball aspect ratio? Much [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

What happened to my Application Data folder?

Windows XP - My "Application Data" folder is still hidden even with the correct folder settings... [more inside]
posted by ssmug at 6:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a log of activity on OS X?

Mac OS X - is there some sort of log on an iBook's hard drive showing when the machine was booted up and shut down, over the previous few weeks? The reason I ask is that I'm in the middle of a weird Ebay tussle. [more inside]
posted by chill at 3:41 AM PST - 6 comments

3DsMax website plugin to zoom, spin and tag

3D-filter I need to know if there is some sort of web plugin that can show full 3dsMax creations on the web. Spin, Zoom and Tag, more info after the link... [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Where the WiFi?

Where can I find maps of wifi access points (free, hopefully) in major cities? [more inside]
posted by signal at 1:51 AM PST - 5 comments

January 14

LyricsFilter: "I'm a dope fiend and I'm on drugs. I got it from Rico the neighborhood thug..."

LyricsFilter: Anybody remember this song from the mid-90's? It goes: I'm a dope fiend and I'm on drugs. I got it from Rico the neighborhood thug... What was the name of the song and who sung it?
posted by chalupa at 11:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Trader Joe's Product Origins

I love Trader Joe's products - everything from Joe's O's, liquid soap, to the Triple Ginger Snaps. How can I find who actually manufactures their food & non-food products? All labels just read "Sold & Dist. by Trader Joe's..." That's it!
posted by thebarron at 11:03 PM PST - 5 comments

What Amiga game did I have?

Identify this Amiga game. [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 10:38 PM PST - 3 comments

pediatricians & parents, tell me of toddler tonsils

our 2.5 yo son has giant tonsils and sleep apnea. listening to his labored breathing hurts us. contemplating a tonsilectomy on such a little guy hurts us, too. anybody wanna weigh in?
posted by oigocosas at 10:25 PM PST - 41 comments

tape information required

highly interesting question! 3M 810 tape. is it polypropelene or maybe acetate? or is acetate just the base for the adhesive? what is the thickness of the tape? thanks
posted by edtut at 10:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Help find a goofy movie in australia title...

I'm trying to figure out a movie title. The movie was set in Australia, where a guy is traveling by himself and meets a girl, falls in love, and she drugs him and when he wakes up he is married to her and living in a commune. The thing is no one ever leaves the commune, and they make dog food there. I've searched netflix, and imdb. Now hits. It had a goofy two word title. I just cannot remember it. Can someone help me?
posted by chaska at 7:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Those MTV cabbie commercials.

Hey, remember those MTV commercials from the mid-90s with the creepy, sweaty cabbie? Who directed those? Who starred in them? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Take a picture, it will last longer if its taken each day and put into a handy calendar format. Or so I hope.

In search of a for a template/program/anything that will let me upload daily photos in a day-calendar format. [more inside]
posted by Meemer at 7:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are so many anti-psychotic drugs prescribed?

I just read in the NYT that Zyprexa (an atypical anti-psychotic, used to treat schizophrenia and mania) is the fourth-most prescribed drug in the world. Other lists I've seen put similar drugs in the top-ten sellers. How can this be? Are there that many people suffering from these disorders compared to being medicated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or any of a dozen other maladies I can think of that appear, on general observation, to be far more common? (And I don't believe, neccessarily, that this is simply doctors overprescribing - because, at least to me, that premise would mean overprescribing all drugs, not just the ones in question, right?)
posted by soulbarn at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Chromosomal 18q abnormality

A friend's 6 month old daughter has been diagnosed with chromosomal 18q deletion syndrome. I am asking for help with resources and personal experiences. What are the available management and treatment options? Contact points? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 7:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I make blog entries appear in different ways besides stacked?

I want to set up my next blog similar to how Sploid! looked (www.sploid.com), or so that entries don't simply appear stacked, most recent first. Are there existing templates or codes available that could do this in Moveable Type, Word Press, or any other utility?
posted by Unsomnambulist at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Automatic iPod Settings?

A fairly simple iPod/iTunes question—when I plug in the iPod, I would like the browser on iTunes to automatically be there (so I don't have to press apple + b), and I'd like it to be arranged by album, by year (so I don't have to click the "year" field every time). Is this possible? Is there a setting that I'm missing?
posted by interrobang at 6:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Designer Friendly Wiki Software

Which wiki software is most beautiful right out of the box? Which is the easiest to customize? [more inside]
posted by Typographica at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Beauty and the Beast

Identify this weird art please. Painting of a woman being mounted by a dog (or horse)? [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 5:36 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ?

How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 5:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for Clark/Ely/Hiatt/Lovett?

Last night, I attended a concert featuring Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark. It was just the four of them and their guitars. It was awsome, and now I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Writer's block :(

I am having problem writing more than 6 lines at a time. Any pointers: is it writing style, the pen, or something wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 5:16 PM PST - 12 comments

In skin grafts, what happens to the place where they took the skin from?

When they do skin grafts on people, doesn't it just leave an equivalent 'hole' wherever they took the skin from? How does that work?
posted by chrismear at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Enhance my day trip: Glendalough, Ireland

I'm in ireland, getting ready for the final leg of my trip tomorrow: Wicklow, Glendalough. Looks like we're going to miss the guided tour, and I think I'm alright with that, although this is a last minute plan, and it seems like an awfully big place... [more inside]
posted by greggish at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Job offer basics

What are things I need to know to ask and say when I receive a job offer? And, conversely, when I don't? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents?

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents? this Q applies to a very diverse group of kids. the issues i've noticed so far have specifically affected the muslim kids. [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 4:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find a tasty cup of Vietnamese iced coffee in New York City?

Where can I find a tasty cup of Vietnamese iced coffee in New York City? [more inside]
posted by sdsparks at 4:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Indirect Google Image hits?

Why am I getting Google Image hits for an image that's not on my site? [more inside]
posted by bink at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

An ounce of prevention?

I'm flying to DC this week, and all of my travel sized containers are four ounces, not the 3 oz. specified in the TSA bulletin. I went shopping to try to find some more compliant containers, and everything I found was 4 oz. as well!!! The bottles are short, I'm only using 2 of them, and they easily fit into the quart-sized baggie. What are my chances, MeFi? Would I be courting trouble to use what I've got? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 1:57 PM PST - 36 comments

Getting duration info from RealMedia w/o RealPlayer?

Is there any way to get the duration of a RealAudio/RealVideo stream using a command line tool (i.e. without having to launch RealPlayer)? In a perfect world, I'd like to pipe a list of RealAudio/Video links and get back a text list with the time lengths of each file. At all possible?
posted by gwint at 1:30 PM PST - 1 comment

How to recover from frozen Finder and Word

Word and Finder have frozen on my Mac with a USB flash drive plugged in -- please help me save 8 hours worth of work! [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Engagement ring insurance

Help me insure my future fiancée's (I hope) engagement ring! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I best get acquainted with my boyfriend's kids?

How do I best get acquainted, and develop a good relationship, with my boyfriends' kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Boston PI?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a private investigator/detective in the Boston area? Any tips for finding the best one, or helpful experiences working with one to share? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Stuck in a relationship with small child, love gone, what to do?

Stuck in a relationship with small child, love gone, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Oxycodone after expiration date?

Is it safe to take a pill after it's expiration date? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Inconsitent wireless DSL connectivity

Join me in trying to solve a wireless DSL modem mystery. As usual, there is [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does my UltimateTV box insist on connecting to WebTV?

I own one of the old Ultimate TV boxes for DirecTV. A few days ago, when the power winked out, the box rebooted and began trying to connect to WebTV. No matter what we do, the box wants to connect to WebTV, and won't let us view the menu for viewing our television programs. Why won't my UltimateTV box ignore its WebTV imperative and let me watch TV any more? [more inside]
posted by RossWhite at 12:23 PM PST - 1 comment

It's like finding a sword in a haystack

Dear kind folks Ask Metafilter: I am Desperately seeking public domain/creative commons footage of knights fighting. [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Need labeler recommendation

I need a recommendation for a labeler for my home office. Must come with a plug, not only battery-powered. [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Is the internet "dumbing down" language?

Help me find evidence contrary to this analysis that claims the internet causes language to be "dumbed down". As Hemingway said: "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
posted by Acey at 10:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Books spawned from blogs?

I want a list of blogs that have been published as books. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 10:16 AM PST - 61 comments

Did Fox tamper with Idiocracy?

I got my first chance to see Idiocracy last night, and I loved it, but I'm left wondering how well the film I watched reflects Mike Judge's intentions. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What's big and red and doesn't seem to eat rocks anymore?

What happened to Phil Agre's Red Rock Eater News Service? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

How to have snow in Texas?

How practical(and I use the term loosely) is it to have snow shipped? I have a dear friend who was praying for snow on her birthday, but although it was looking hopeful, we are, in fact, in Texas. Could a large foam cooler, lined with dry ice, keep the snow not only frozen, but at least snow-ey enough to make snowballs?
posted by pipesplus at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Framing Papercuts?

DIY Framing - Double Sided w/ Chinese Paper Cuts? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Azureus + force seed = ?

Has the "force seed" option been removed from the latest version of Azureus ( It used to be a simple right-click away, but now I can't seem to locate it anywhere... (I've searched the Wiki.)
posted by mykescipark at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Oh to not have to jockey for time to brush my teeth.

Older house thread: Most older houses have one tiny little bathroom and no real closets to speak of. Help me figure out how to rectify that! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

That's not what I set the volume at!

Does anyone know anything about iMovie 3? I've just finished creating a project, and when I play through in iMovie it seems fine. However, when I export it, it's like the volume settings are completely ignored. Music that I set at 10% is actually playing at 100% and is overwhelming the dialogue. There doesn't seem to be anything in iMovie's documentation about this, so I'm stumped. What am I doing wrong?
posted by shawnj at 4:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Water leak at 4am, do I call my landlord now?

It's 4 am and I just woke up to a bathroom full of water. I'm renting in the Sierra's and it's been really cold, so one of the pipes burst and started leaking (the heat was on and I was home all day, though..). I called the emergency plumbers and they came to turn off the water. Now the situation is under control. How do I break this to my landlord? Should I call her now or can it wait till morning?
posted by mrunderhill at 4:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving to Hastings (UK)

We're seriously thinking of moving from Brighton (UK) just along the coast to Hastings. Anybody think this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by peterbl at 3:55 AM PST - 9 comments

. . . building a home network so cool, it's HOT.

Not-My-Walls-To-Cut-Through-Filter: Anyone have experience running Cat5 through HVAC ducts? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 12:24 AM PST - 15 comments

January 13

What are these horror creatures?

What are these two terrifying invertebrates? [more inside]
posted by stammer at 11:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Crazy port-forwarding setup

Complicated port-forwarding situation not working: ICS on Win 2000 into WRT54GL, trying to port-forward to uTorrent. [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 11:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Which compact multi-tool is best for my new IT job?

Which compact multi-tool is best for my new IT job? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Do you live in an area with frequent earthquakes? Can you give some advice?

I've recently moved to San Francisco and experienced my first earthquake. During the very minor quake (so minor I thought it was a truck driving by for a second) I noticed one of my book shelves wobble. So I'm wondering: how can I protect collectibles and such from falling off/breaking in a more serious earthquake? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb at 9:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find an easy way to process credit cards automatically online.

Whats the easiest and most cost effective way to process credit cards online for a web service? [more inside]
posted by Geoffh at 8:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Cooking classes in D.C.

Interesting cooking classes in Washington, D.C. proper? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Christmas in Florence?

As a first-time visitor to Rome and Florence (and Venice?) at next Christmas and New Year's, what can I expect? What is a must-see attraction that might have special holiday hours?
posted by tristanshout at 6:47 PM PST - 14 comments

My Ass is Killing Me!

I've recently been afflicted with hemorrhoids. What has worked the best for you guys? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 5:45 PM PST - 32 comments

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract."

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract." [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 at 5:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find recording software.

Help me find recording software. [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 4:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Ipod dock + Auxillary input?

What is a comparable alternative to this Bose iPod Model that also features auxillary audio input?
posted by eggerspretty at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How can you send an autoreponse using Outlook?

How can our company use Outlook to send an autoresponse to all customers who email us? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Digital camera with pure software interface?

I need recommendations on a decent camera with a good software interface for a custom rig I may be building. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Italians make pretty rings.

I'm trying to find an engagement ring like this one. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 3:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Why is my macbook running slow?

Why is my new Mac acting so slow, and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by stresstwig at 3:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Stupid ancient iMac.

I have one of those crappy old iMac G3s that is pink and looks like a piece of bubble gum and it won't turn on. Help? [more inside]
posted by bash at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get hotter water sooner?

Cure for the takes-too-long-for-our-water-to-heat-up blues? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 2:59 PM PST - 18 comments

What determines the price you pay for Google Sponsored Links?

Is the price you pay for Google Sponsored links determined by simple supply-and-demand or is it determined by the the service/product being offered?
posted by jacobean at 2:51 PM PST - 2 comments

I miss my speadsheets!

Why is Excel not opening? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Anonymous hosting company?

Can you recommend an anonymous web hosting company? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Alternative to blogs?

I'm growing tired of blah blah blogs and bloggers. Where else can I get my daily fix for information? What is your alternative to blogs?
posted by ieatwords at 2:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Cover songs on emusic.com

I just started a 14-day trial to emusic.com, have 49 downloads remaining, and I'm looking to fill a playlist with cover songs. [more inside]
posted by icontemplate at 1:54 PM PST - 18 comments

my travel mug stinks.

Anyone know how can I make my travel coffee mug not stink of old coffee? I have a fancy, semi-new travel mug made of some almost indestructible hard plastic. It's great, except for the surprisingly strong stink of old coffee and cream, which seems to have permeated it permanently. This is particularly a problem with the soft plastic seal around the lid. [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 1:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Help the electronics newb

Help an electronics newb with his quest to make a cable and learn a little bit about electronics on the way. [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 1:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Where we should move?

Looking for suggestions to help us decide where to move. My wife, daughter (2yrs old) and I presently live in Atlanta, GA. We are interesting in moving and were interested in getting some opinions. [more inside]
posted by bydar at 12:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Homesickness at home.

Nasal congestion on waking... A few possible causes, but a lot of them are ruled out. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I show copyrighted images to a class?

Am I breaking copyright by showing digital images of sections of a book to a class? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there anyone who is attracted to no one?

Do people ever exist who lack any attraction toward any other human being? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 12:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Adding a new HDD to an old PC

I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 12:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Source for Japanese Cookware

Is there a good on-line source for Japanese cookware in the U.S.? Things like dropped lids and a tofu press are what I'm looking for, not cute sushi sets, etc.
posted by Mngo at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Used Computer Snafu

My mother just sold my family's old computer without zeroing the hard drive. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 11:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend the perfect cookbook

If you could only cook recipes from one cookbook ever again, which cookbook would you choose? I'm looking to slim down my large, useless cookbook collection and instead invest in one or two that have lots of cookable, consistently good and useful recipes.
posted by janecr at 10:35 AM PST - 51 comments

How Can You Get Rid of Banner Ads? Especially Animated Ones?

How can you stop banner ads from animating? Or just remove them altogether? [more inside]
posted by wfc123 at 10:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Children's Books with a Female Main Character?

Any recommendations for children's books featuring little girls? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 10:05 AM PST - 37 comments

PHP MySQL database creator

There are so many ideas I can think of for websites, but don't have the full skills (or time to learn the skills) to generate the Php/Mysql code and interaction. Is there a good application that can create the coding and website for me, if I give it the right information?
posted by wibbler at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

If you don’t use it, you lose it?

Where has my sex drive gone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 23 comments

If & how to leave things to friends in your will?

I am rewriting my will. I would love some advice on whether and/or how to "leave things" to (close) friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Background check: am I doomed?

Did I permanently screw up my work history? Last summer I worked a string of three dead-end jobs, none of which lasted more than two weeks. One was a contractor position; the other two were regular jobs that withdrew taxes and social security on a regular basis. I was broke, desperate, and depressed at the time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 10 comments

help me get rid of flying squirrels

how do i get rid of flying squirrels? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Right click, save link target as?

FirefoxMp3Filter: Why are clicked mp3s opening in Quicktime instead of giving me an option to save? [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 at 8:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me output a list of files in a directory to Excel or HTML...

How can I output a list of files in a specified folder, including certain file attributes (i.e. date created, date modified, etc), to a HTML or spreadsheet file? I'm using Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Down payment blues

I am looking to buy a house in the next 2 years or so. Should I (a) suspend payments to my 401(k) and build up my after-tax cash reserves, or (b) keep making my regular contributions, and borrow against the balance when the time is right? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Jewelry torch for apartment?

Recommendations on a jewelry torch for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

quirks mode

AJAX filter: I'm trying to repopulate the contents of a SELECT element, sounds simple but the damndest thing keeps happening. Every time I update this SELECT element in IE7, it shrinks by about 10px, until it finally disappears from the page entirely! [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Work for a English-speaking nurse in Madrid?

Work for an English-speaking nurse in Madrid? [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 4:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I bathe my cats?

Should I regularly bathe my cats? [more inside]
posted by bob sarabia at 12:34 AM PST - 40 comments

January 12

help me sing less like elvis costello.

i sing. i have never been trained. it has been noted by a number of people that i sing very loudly. i have a question about proper singing. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 11:58 PM PST - 19 comments

My memory ain't speakin'.

I need some help finding a short Nabokov passage. I've exhausted Amazon's Search Inside feature as well as my ability to Google. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Strange Jaw Problem

There's something wrong with my jaw: whenever I move it to the left or clench my teeth, I feel something bone-like moving in my ear. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 11:30 PM PST - 18 comments

I'd love to share a childhood book with my son.

Childhood book; can anyone help me figure this one out? I'm trying to find the name of a little remembered book, probably from the late '70s. About a child who wished all his food would turn to candy. It did, and at first he enjoys candy green beans, etc., but by the end he decides it's not such a great thing.
posted by moonlite at 11:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Heard of the song, "Un Beso Es Todo?"

Friends want to find the song, "Un Beso Es Todo" for their wedding. Know where I can find a recording/sheet music/mention of this song? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 10:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a shirt I saw in a movie. :

Is there a way I can find out what shirt a character in a movie was wearing and where I can get it? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Is David Lynch generous to fans?

[DavidLynchFilter] I'm going to be able to see David Lynch as part of a screening for his new movie this Sunday. Does he sign autographs? Will he pose with you for pictures? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I buy a tuxedo?

Is buying a tux worth it? I've got a black tailored suit already, but I'm attending a "black tie" wedding in less than two months, and starting to think I might get enough mileage out of a tux to make it worthwhile. As they say, it pays for itself if you wear it twice. [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 8:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Do they sell low-flavor drink mixes to add to water?

Do they sell low-flavor drink mixes to add to water? I love Aquafina's Flavor Splash water, but they don't have it in the vending machine at work. I can't stand the plain bottled water they do sell. Does anyone sell powder mix that can be added to water that doesn't turn it into a super sweet, heavily flavored drink? Stuff like Crystal Lite is too strong of a flavor.
posted by y0mbo at 7:58 PM PST - 17 comments

To what extent do major companies play to regional audiences?

I've noticed that lots of major nationwide American companies sell special "Texas" items here in Texas. Do they do they personalize stuff for other states? [more inside]
posted by magikker at 6:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer?

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do in Naples Florida?

Naples/Fort Myers tomorrow! I'm going to be in Naples and Fort Myers Florida for the long weekend. I plan to head down to the Everglades for a day and also maybe some scuba diving. If there are any natives or anybody who's visited the area I'd appreciate some 'must visits'!
posted by substrate at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

But I Don't Need It To Fit Under A Wetsuit

I am in search of a great tuxedo shirt. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to buy a new battery for a 2-year-old cell phone?

Where should I buy a battery for a 2-year-old cell phone? My LG VX6100 is down to 48 hours of standby time, and I'd prefer not to get a new phone (and renew my cell carrier contract) right now. But a compatible battery does not seem to be available from a small handful of trustworthy sources, only from dozens of anonymous cell phone accessory stores. I'm wary of lousy or simply fake cell phone battery stores selling refurbished or used batteries as if they were new. Does anyone know of any reputable sources of new cell phone batteries for old phones? [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Lost Keys Help!

My friends lost the keys to their 1999 Toyota Sienna. They were told that they can't just get a new key made, so they'll need to pay $1500 for a new computer for the van. Are there other less expensive options? Thanks in advance!
posted by GoshND at 4:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the technical reason why can't I migrate my Blogger account?

What is the technical reason why can't I migrate my Blogger account? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Gestalt for Dummies

English, non-cliched way to say gestalt/forest for the trees/see the big picture? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Recipe for Kua Gai?

RecipeFilter: How can I make the Thai dish Kua Gai? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

My friend is trying to finish his album on pro tools but is running out of hard drive space.

My friend is trying to finish his album on pro tools but is running out of hard drive space. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Lycopene? Yes.

What's a good sweet tasting canned tomato for creating a nice marinara? No salt added and/or organic would be ideal.
posted by Yukon at 3:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Yeah, so, who is this David Beckham guy anyway?!?

David Beckham is coming - I'm a huge sports fan, but like most Americans, I'm quite ignorant when it comes to soccer. I'll have to admit that the hype is getting to me and I want to a little more about this David Beckham fellow.... [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 3:42 PM PST - 36 comments

Watery Mud d'eBay...?

Why does a brand-new bottle of cologne smell very different (and not in a good way) from a small sample vial of the same? i just bought a bottle of Terre d'Hermes (which I think is wonderful, and great on me) based on how great the sample vial I got on eBay smelled. The "real thing" is a lot less sharp and the layers are a lot muddier. It actually smells like it could be a knockoff! WTF? (a little more inside) [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make my own keyboard shortcut in Outlook 2003?

How do I add my own keyboard shortcut to Outlook 2003? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 3:29 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the deal with EVERYTIME?

What's the deal with "everytime?" Is it one word or two? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 3:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Game design software advice needed

Help me help my students design video games. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Custom maps for reports

What's the best way to make maps like this and this for use in a report. The images generated by Google, etc are all a bit rubbish looking. Bonus points for free/cheapware or webapps.
posted by TrashyRambo at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

WTF Mac?!

What is going on with my display? Some kind of "pan-and-scan" effect has been switched on and it's making me seasick. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

if I must drink, what may I drink?

Trying to stay healthy this year, eat right and get to the gym 5-6 days per week. But, if I must drink, what may I drink? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 1:17 PM PST - 25 comments

quites possibly the coolest christmas present ever.

I have an Epiphone 12-string from the early 70s. How do I find its year of manufacture/model/worth? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

timed screen grabs of web page image

Is there a Mac application out there that will take a screen shot of a web page graphic that changes frequently? Something that will run in the background (grabbing then adding to a folder) once I set the URL?
posted by sharksandwich at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is it that when it starts to rain, some blocks of concrete sidewalk are completely soaked, while others appear to be completely dry?

Why is it that when it starts to rain, some blocks of concrete sidewalk are completely soaked, while others appear to be completely dry? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Domain controller issues.....

What is that windows command line command for finding out which domain controller your particular Windows XP workstation authenticated too? [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Print Service API

I'm looking for a printing company/service that has an API to send photos to, or other sort of commercial integration. Googling print/printer/photo API's turns up the wrong kind of printers. This is a small project but may get larger, and I can't do the printing myself but the rest I've got in hand. Anyone know of such a thing?
posted by voidcontext at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

jBoss noob questions

My new boss is suggesting we transition the current homebrewed corporate intranet to jBoss. Help. [more inside]
posted by Devidicus at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Washable food jar?

We have this food jar, and we hate it. The lid must be pried apart for cleaning, and it isn't easy to do. We want a soup-safe, insulated food jar we can just pop in the dishwasher for cleaning, but this seems to be an impossible dream. Any recommendations?
posted by frykitty at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Do many Muslim men have foot fetishes?

The Burquini thread got me to thinking about fetishes among Muslims. There is [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas at 9:52 AM PST - 38 comments

"A witty saying proves nothing." - Voltaire

My girlfriend needs a quote of needs 25 words or less to summarize her college experience! Hope me to hope her, Mr. A. Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 9:41 AM PST - 35 comments

My monitor won't display anything

Why does my monitor randomly give out on me? Furthermore, why does it say "NO VIDEO INPUT" when I turn it on after starting my computer up? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

how not to accept the wrong job

how do I know when not to accept a job? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 9:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Italian GSM card in US phone - PAC and PIN?

My sister is in Italy - and is trying to use an italian (Wind) SIM card in her American cingular GSM phone. It's asking her for a PAC and PIN number - which she doesn't know. What does she do? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Where Do We Go When We Die?

What are some religions or philosophies that teach that at death (or any other time) one's discrete soul is absorbed into a greater entity such as God and so the individual is no more?
posted by partner at 8:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Resources for headhunting and recruiting professionals

I'm looking for resources (books, online, other) on recruiting and headhunting. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Direct digital video extraction

I need to purchase a digital video camera for research into compression algorithms. The professor would like to extract the raw video stream from the camera, before it goes through any post-processing. The budget is thousands, not tens of thousands. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by donpardo at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How to design a performance-based bonus plan that works

Help me help my manager design my bonus plan. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to go dancing in Manhattan?

I’d like to go dancing in Manhattan this Saturday night. The question is, where? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the name of this book?

Help me figure out the name of this book! [more inside]
posted by lilybeane at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Small amount of money: stock, or cash?

Is holding a small amount of money in the form of insurance stock a smart move for a mid-20s grad student? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 8:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Home Buying Hidden Costs

Help me budget for buying our first home. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 7:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Your fund did not outperform its benchmark...

Fund benchmarks vs. the fund itself. How do I invest in my fund's benchmark rather than the fund itself? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Physics from a distance?

Two semester introductory physics series from abroad? [more inside]
posted by jwucd at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Build a lockpick from common office items?

Locked-out of my house, help me build some lock-picking tools from common office items. [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 7:01 AM PST - 39 comments

Do we need a financial planner?

Because we are looking to buy our first home in the next few months, my husband and I want someone with more knowledge to help us figure out our financial situation - where we're at and where we should aim to be. I am not sure if what we're looking for is a financial planner, or if this is even really necessary to do before we go home shopping. My worry is that most financial planners (if that's even what we'd want) seem to be focused solely on retirement planning & investing. I'm not sure if that's what we need. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 6:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Honest Garage in Miami?

This morning my car (95 Altima) wouldn't start. Seems like an ignition problem. Are there any honest auto repair shops I can take it to here in Miami (the closer to the intersection of Red and 8th the better)?
posted by 7878ponce at 6:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get in focus.

What's the best camera 200-300 dollars can buy? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 5:56 AM PST - 30 comments

What do the Japanese eat for breakfast?

What do the Japanese eat for breakfast in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 5:28 AM PST - 39 comments

Best free XP backup/restore software?

Best free backup-recovery software for Windows XP Home? [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 4:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How to configure second router as acces point?

How do I configure a second wireless router as a wireless access point, and have computers on both routers talk to each other? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 3:42 AM PST - 3 comments

UW IMAP mailbox compacting

UW IMAP stores inboxes in /var/spool/mail/[username]. When I delete mail from my inbox (using Apple Mail), a copy of the message is left behind in that file, and it gets huge, even though it appears to have actually been removed from my inbox. Is there any way to prevent this happening, or at least to compact it?
posted by cillit bang at 1:38 AM PST - 10 comments

January 11

If not Vicodin, then ... what?

[HouseMDFilter] What *are* the options for treating addiction in patients with severe chronic pain? (Spoilers for the January 9th episode and [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 10:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Wiping out the debt

Is it better to pay off all my debts, or keep the debts and invest the money I would have paid them off with? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 10:04 PM PST - 24 comments

What is the best way to figure out death rates in major cities and in the armed forces?

What is the best way to figure out death rates in major cities and in the armed forces? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 9:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Driving with parking brake?

Car driven with parking brake on; how badly am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 9:12 PM PST - 23 comments

No, it never has been on the level...

How to level a burner on a gas stove? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 8:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How to run an online poker night?

I'm looking for a way to have an online poker night with friends who don't live near me. [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Should we fly or drive from Indiana to Florida?

Overseas visitors planning to travel from Chicago to Orlando in the US. Which will be less hassle/expense, driving or flying? (Are one-way car rentals *really* that expensive?!) [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

How much does a typical stove-top oven weigh?

How much does a typical stove-top oven weigh? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Any tips for hiking safely among cows (and bulls?)?

Any tips for hiking safely among cows (and bulls?)? [more inside]
posted by mechantbruce at 7:02 PM PST - 29 comments

I don't think they'd be that distracting, honestly.

The back window of my car has little defrosting wires running through it to keep it clear in snowy weather. Why doesn't my windshield?
posted by boo_radley at 6:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I finish my second major?

I'm currently a senior undergrad planning on graduating in May. My majors are biology and history, but I'll be working in finance after graduation with a large firm in NYC (and I already have a job lined up). After meeting with an advisor this week, I realized that the "perspective classes" (classes outside my majors that are required for graduation) I had taken to complete the requirements for my bachelors of science in biology are different from those required for my bachelors of arts in history. [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 6:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Writers Workshop Experiences?

I’m considering attending a two-week live in writers workshop, but I have no real idea what to expect. Before I take the plunge and submit my application, I’d love to hear from others who have attended such things – good times? Too much chatter, not enough writing? [more inside]
posted by korej at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

No one likes DVDs anymore!

What's the best TV for watching DVDs? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 5:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Eek my pot

I burned some quince on my stovetop. The sugar from the fruit makes the stickiest black goo when burned. Do I have any chance of getting it off?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 4:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Moving average calculation algorithm?

How can I efficiently and elegantly calculate a rolling sum of count-of-events in a time period from a list of event times? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Baseline specs for downloading pr0n

Advice would be greatly appreciated on purchasing a laptop. The laptop im using is dying, i want to replace it but im not that up on technical specs and the like. [more inside]
posted by Reggie Knoble at 4:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Money money money money.

Help me find an accountant / money manager in Los Angeles who kicks ass. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Mystery split-screen film

Can you help identify this split-screen movie? It's from at least 8 years ago, featuring a man, his wife/girlfriend, and their baby. Detailed description inside. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 3:47 PM PST - 2 comments

I got rhythm, I got musi--well, not quite.

I've got an audition for a vocal jazz group tomorrow afternoon and I need a alto-friendly jazz standard to sing. [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 3:46 PM PST - 24 comments

How to disable adblocker

How do I stop the adblocker on IE 7 or Firefox? [more inside]
posted by JayRwv at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Construction Software Package

What software package is good for heavy construction that includes most aspects of the construction process? [more inside]
posted by Fairhavens at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help revive my PC!

Please help me figure out what’s wrong with my PC. [more inside]
posted by aceyim at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How to transfer a domain away from a registrar that doesn't want to?

A client has a domain registered through a registrar that is (at best) unresponsive. We need to transfer it away from this registrar, but cannot get authorization. What now? [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

usb vs external drive from mac to pc

Why can I use a usb drive interchangeably between my Mac and PC, but not an external drive? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 2:23 PM PST - 8 comments

I think I broke my vagina.

[FemaleMasturbationFilter] Is it possible for a healthy twentysomething to hurt herself while masturbating, but not actually hurt-hurt? Boys don't read, you'll get heebed. Somewhat gross [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 2:11 PM PST - 36 comments

Looking to collect signed film score sheet music

I'm looking for nice looking sheet music to start a signed collection. Don't worry, there is [more inside]
posted by eric-neg at 2:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Why did my muscles turn to jello on the Equator?

Equatorial physics filter: Please help explain (or debunk) the following three experiment results conducted on the equator. [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 2:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Salvage my car?

Salvage title or new-to-me car? I rear-ended the car in front of me at about 15 mph (I was passing on the left and he stopped suddenly), hitting my front right side on his left rear bumper. My headlight and blinker were pushed straight back and the hood slightly accordioned. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 1:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there objective proof of psychic phenomenon or what??

Is there any scientific evidence to support the existence of psychic phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 1:38 PM PST - 50 comments

What cocktail goes with pizza?

What cocktail can I make in advance and serve at a party for thirty-somethings that will go well with pizza? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 1:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Is all water created equally?

PhysicsFilter: A room (at room temp) has two identical cups of water in it. The water in one cup is +10 degrees over room temp, the other is -10 degrees. Left alone, will they reach room temp at the same time? [more inside]
posted by 777 at 1:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Save Christmas with Your Audio Advice!

Audio/Video help needed - suggest small mic to help me fight Canon Elura 100 (evil) motor hum! (Help me love my Christmas gift!) [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

What's this book about? And should I burn it?

Does anyone out in MetaLand own (or has read) a book by Bernt Engelmann called Deutschland ohne Juden (Germany without Jews)? If so, please can you tell me what it's about, specifically, is it offensive (Holocaust denial, anti-Semitic, that kind of thing)? [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it unreasonable to put a contingency lawyer on a budget?

Is it unreasonable to put a lawyer on a budget? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 12:37 PM PST - 21 comments

What's a good, off the shelf CMS for newspaper/magazine publishing?

What's a good, off the shelf CMS for newspaper/magazine publishing? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Boss Management?

How to explain company problems to bosses? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside at 12:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Burnin' Up For Some Burmese

Are there any Burmese restaurants in the Toronto area? [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 12:09 PM PST - 2 comments

TNT Fitness?

Does anyone out there have any experience with TNT Fitness in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Is burning silica gel dangerous?

Last week at a friends house we were sitting around a nice fire, when my brother found one of those silica gel packets, and (stupidly) threw it in. The room almost immediately filled with noxious fumes, and our throats hurt for a couple days afterwards. What happened when that silica burned, and was any permanent damage done?
posted by splatta at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments

BOOM HEADSHOT on older hardware?

I need suggestions on older games for an upcoming LAN party. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:51 AM PST - 35 comments

Photography Book: Good Idea or Bad?

Photography / Gallery / Book Filter: I am a amateur photographer in the process of building up gallery shows and the like. Can I create a book to show my work? Is this acceptable to most galleries? MORE INSIDE [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Love that dirty water ...

First time in Boston ... there's [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 11:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Movie: Beach house, kid in attic, murder

Please identify this movie: Woman owns beach house, rents it out to people. She keeps her son locked up in the attic for some reason. He comes down the stairs in the closet and murders the people who rent the beach house. Apprently he does this more than once over the course of the film. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

See my movie--check out my eclectic musical taste.

Self conciously hip soundtracks-- how far back does this go? [more inside]
posted by zeraus at 10:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Ziggy Stardust live?

Okay, this is probably the most farfetched thing ever proposed, but. I have really needed the 1973(?) performance of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie that's on YouTube here. Could anyone possibly have it?!
posted by hypervenom at 10:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Finding Found Footage

Looking for examples of two types of found footage film/ compilation video. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Will raising my computer up off the floor really help?

Some tech guy once told my wife that leaving your computer tower on the floor will destroy it. His solution was to raise the tower up an inch or two off the floor. That's the part I doubt. I know computers suck in a lot of dust. Does raising them up that little bit really help much? [more inside]
posted by Sean Meade at 10:03 AM PST - 38 comments

Writer's Market: What's the big hairy deal?

Writers: What's so great about Writer's Market? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Cisco non-root bridges not connecting using 802.11A.

Our small non-profit is trying to deploy some Cisco wireless bridges between buildings. Will a non-root bridge's radio show up as disabled if it cannot associate with the root-bridge? Scenario: Root Bridge on main building (Cisco 1240AG) - using 802.11A 2 satelite buildings have Cisco 1240AG Bridges in non-root mode using 802.11A Radio status on root-bridge is up Radio status on two non-root bridges is down Using 802.11A patch antennas and RP-TNC LMR-400 cabling to antennas from AP. No run is over 50'. All antennas are line-of-sight and longest antenna to antenna run is 500'.
posted by bloodniece at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

are there accepted standards for web design?

I was wondering if there are some accepted, current standards or design guidelines for web applications. In particular, I'm wondering about such things as target screen resolution (i.e., don't go wider than 800 pixels), color depth (make everything work at 256 colors), color choices (stick to things like 0xXXYYZZ, where X Y and Z are one of 0, 3, 6, 9, C, and F). specific answers or pointers to resources are much appreciated.
posted by davidvan at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

re-installing a modified greasemonkey script

I installed a greasemonkey script and it works perfectly, but I want to tweak it slightly. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:37 AM PST - 11 comments

How should I preserve my articles?

How should I be keeping my published articles/writing samples? [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop extreme night hunger pains that completely disappear in the morning?

How do I stop extreme night hunger pains that completely disappear in the morning? [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 9:28 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I see it ALL???

Google: Is there any way to see all 35k results for a search term in video.google.com instead of just the first 500 or so? At some point, clicking on the following page of results, Google yields a blank page.
posted by Clementines4ever at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

What would you do with a cardboard tube?

So I have a buttload of cardboard tubes...what can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 8:34 AM PST - 32 comments

Function or fashion?

Expensive dress shirts share some common features. Function or fashion? [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Fix my headphones or let them die?

My venerable Sony MDR-V500DJ headphones have finally, after 6 years, lost sound in the left ear. Is there a way I can repair the cord and the now faulty wiring? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

And now for something completely different

My partner and I are tired of getting beat up by institutions that ask us to do good and pay us little. We want a change! [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Beep goes the iMac.

What is that "return from sleep" beep my iMac makes, and why does it do it randomly? [more inside]
posted by starman at 8:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Old Games within New Games

Hidden in the video game Pitfall the Mayan Adventure for the Super Nintendo was the entire Atari 2600 version of the original Pitfall. Are there any other examples in the gaming world of an older version of a game being hidden in a newer version or sequel? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 7:28 AM PST - 42 comments

Why has my garlic gone blue?

Pickling garlic has turned it blue - will it be toxic? [more inside]
posted by patricio at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

windows file manager for folders with hundreds of millions of files

Can anyone recommend a file manager for windows that can handle directories with hundreds of millions of folders/files?
posted by yeoz at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

fresh air from the flue

I try to protect my health inside my abode by allowing access to outside air at all times, even in extreme temperatures. When my fireplace is not in use, I keep the flue open anyway, for that purpose. My question is: If the fireplace *is* in use, will the open flu serve the same purpose, or do I need to open a window as well?
posted by theskillspool at 6:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Does reaching the FDIC limit matter?

Does being over the FDIC $100,000 for your savings account really mean anything or signal any kind of financial danger? [more inside]
posted by unreason at 5:44 AM PST - 22 comments

Firefox vs. BonEcho

Is there a difference between BonEcho and Firefox 2.01? Also, why do both programs check from plugin updates EVERY time I load either program? [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 5:03 AM PST - 6 comments

How to kill January mosquitoes in Brooklyn?

How do I rid my Brooklyn apartment of mosquitoes--in JANUARY?! [more inside]
posted by tk at 4:37 AM PST - 26 comments

Driving Miami to Oklahoma City need help

Need to drive to Oklahoma City this weekend from Miami, need some help.... Will be helping my son with the driving over there ( he will be training at the FAA air traffic control center at the airport) Because of the short notice,FAA housing is not available at this time so he would have to stay at a motel nearby. If any of you have done the trip, please pass on your driving routes and any helpful suggestions. Also if you could recommend some short term stays near the airport and if there are any bad neighborhoods in the area to avoid. Thanks!
posted by FLHunter3006 at 4:33 AM PST - 5 comments

turn off radiators in unused rooms?

How can I turn off a hot-water radiator to avoid heating a room I never use? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:52 AM PST - 20 comments

How long have I been doing this?

Is there a way to analyse calendar (iCal) data that I've accumulated over the past year? For Example, Total hours spent doing X, or Total hours spent in Category A. [more inside]
posted by psyward at 12:18 AM PST - 4 comments

January 10

Buying an LCD tv.

Advice on buying an LCD tv. [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy at 11:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Pedestrian-friendly, family travel destinations?

I'm looking for recommendations on vacation destinations that are family-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, and have a great public transportation system. Also looking for package deals, guided tours, etc. anything that will make planning this vacation as easy as possible! (Will be travelling during spring break, but we don't want to go to the beach.) [more inside]
posted by lychee at 10:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Paris, London, Switzerland in a week - recommendations?

I want to do Paris/daytrips (1-2 days), Switzerland (4-5 days), and London/daytrips (1-2 days), all late this January. I'll be traveling alone. I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by Malad at 10:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Royal Rebellion?

Historically, has there been a member of Royal blood that, for either philosophical, political or religious reasons eschewed the royal lifestyle and struck out on their own? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:04 PM PST - 39 comments

Spill your beans and save my stomach!

What is the "shelf-life" of my homemade mixed-bean salad? Ingredients, recipes, and other curiosities follow, so please check out [more inside]
posted by numinous at 10:01 PM PST - 6 comments

SharePoint in software developement...

Using SharePoint in a huge software development shop?? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal at 9:30 PM PST - 5 comments

broken sliding window theory

The sliding window in my bedroom is stuck, and it is very cold outside. How can I put it right? [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy at 8:50 PM PST - 8 comments

MLK in SA?

Why does San Antonio, Texas host the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. march? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 8:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Watch Cable TV on a MacBook?

Can I watch and record Cable TV on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

location, location, location?

I'm considering moving to a new apartment with a better location but fewer amenities. Am I going to regret this? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 6:55 PM PST - 38 comments

How did a slice of bread give me a shock?

I recently received a static or electric shock from a slice of bread and I am curious how this happened. [more inside]
posted by crystaleden at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

as bad as spam, maybe worse.

We're having a seriously annoying (snail)mail issue. Help! [more inside]
posted by fidgets at 6:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to find ski travel deals?

What do you do when you are tired of the blank facades presented by Expida, Orbitz or Cheap seats? Where do you go to get the low down on travel deals, alpine skiing specifically? The when and where to get the best prices, the how and why when it comes to finding package deals on deep discount?
posted by flummox at 5:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to call Dr. Henry Jekyll to the witness stand.

When representing yourself in court, how do you call yourself as a witness? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 5:49 PM PST - 10 comments

How to lock Firefox in fullscreen mode?

How can I lock Firefox open in fullscreen mode so that unless you do some hotkey, no one can get at anything else (including Ctrl-Alt-Del and Alt-Tab) [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 5:30 PM PST - 17 comments

finding nemo

I need a recommendation for a freshwater aquarium fish that meets certain criteria. [more inside]
posted by xo at 5:14 PM PST - 22 comments

'Cause the rear-view ain't doin' it for me.

I want automotive radar in my Subaru. Where can I buy such a unit from somebody as a turn-key (I want programming interfaces, too)? Failing that, where do I get a narrow-band phased-array radar-frequency beamformer module?
posted by Netzapper at 5:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Going home...apartments in Portland?

I grew up in Salem and Portland, Oregon. My family moved to Wisconsin as a teenager. Now, finally as an adult, I'm moving back home to Portland (yay!). [more inside]
posted by ugf at 4:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Vacation Filter - Panama City, Panama

I'm going to Panama for a short (6 days) trip and am looking for recommendations for how to spend my time. [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 4:35 PM PST - 5 comments

It feels kinda weird doing either, actually.

Long johns: Are you supposed to wear them accompanying underwear, or as underwear?
posted by travosaurus at 4:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Just some guy.

Recommend and/or help me locate some masks. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

How safe is Downtown Denver?

How safe is downtown Denver? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Formatted movie data availability?

I'm working on a site that requires a movie database. Help me find formatted data! [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Detecting coffee spiked with xanax?

Can xanax dissolved in coffee be detected by a regular urine test? There's some background information on the question inside. [more inside]
posted by cps at 3:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Invincible bandwidth monitor?

Could there be a virus downloading from my computer that cannot be detected by a bandwidth monitor? [more inside]
posted by cda at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments


I've "broken" the shift key on my 14" iBook. Don't ask how. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 2:44 PM PST - 15 comments

grep sed or awk me some values

I want grep (or sed or awk) to return a word between two "bookend" words. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Lifestyles of the rich and stupid?

What are some of the stupid things rich and famous people have spent their money on? I know about Michael Jackson and his ten AIBOs, for example. What are some other examples? Actors, politicians, athletes, past and present — tell me about their excesses. [This is lazyweb research for a future article.]
posted by jdroth at 2:29 PM PST - 58 comments

Syncing my Axim with Google Calendar

I have an Axim x51. I'd like to know if there is a simple way to sync it with Google Calendar.
posted by jplank at 2:19 PM PST - 3 comments

how do I clean my garbage disposal?

My "garbage disposal" is all gunked up. How do I clean it?
posted by indigo4963 at 1:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Removeth thy label

What's the easiest way to quickly remove labels from bottles? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 12:40 PM PST - 40 comments

I repent

I may have filled out inaccurate information on my first car insurance application a month ago, namely "forgetting" to mention an accident I had 2.5 years ago when I was driving someone else's car (their insurance covered it) in another state with a different license. Now I am worried sick and have a bunch of questions and I don't want to ask the insurance company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find new shoes

ShoeFilter: I am looking for a new casual work shoe. I currently have Simple Barney and love them to death but want something new. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 12:11 PM PST - 16 comments


Can anyone point to a link that lists the yearly economic value, in billions, of major industries? [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 12:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me escape from NYC for one hour a day!

Good places to spend an hour lunch break in Midtown Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 12:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me choose new pots and pans

Cookware that doesn't suck for < $100 Canadian? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 11:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Unexpected windfall

My boyfriend recently received $25K as part of a settlement after his father's death, and he'll be filing the FAFSA for graduate school soon. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommendation for a book on Jewish Law?

Calling all Jews! I need a reading list for my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

self-taught programming for n00bs?

I'm a MechE by training, but I've got some time to kill while my boyfriend to finishes up his PhD this spring. I'd like to fill a portion of my copious unemployed time by learning to program in a useful language. Any suggestions for languages/websites/self-teaching books that are good for n00bs? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 11:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me deal with a partner's past abuse.

My girlfriend admitted to me recently that she'd been sexually abused as a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 20 comments

How do you put up with your family?

I am looking for advice on how to tactfully deal with difficult family members when it comes to my lifestyle. You know there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Affordable Hotel near the Riverwalk in San Antonio

Can anyone recommend an affordable hotel near the Riverwalk in San Antonio? [more inside]
posted by imjosh at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

LCD HDTV Prices: Buy now or later?

What do I need to know about current LCD HDTV prices re: buying a set now or later? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 10:35 AM PST - 13 comments

cool Canadian Cities

Cool, small American cities such as Lawrence, Portland and Austin keep cropping up on MeFi as places people want to live. What, if they exist, are the Canadian equivalents ?
posted by gwynp at 10:12 AM PST - 39 comments

How to ad a headphone jack to a simple speaker?

AudioFilter: how can I add a headphone jack to a simple speaker? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Firefox 2.0 Ready?

Is Firefox 2.0 Ready for Prime Time? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 9:51 AM PST - 45 comments

Forever in Blue Jeans?

Replacement for Levi's 501's? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me understand different GPS readings

Help me understand the differences in the way Latitude and Longitude are reported by my GPS and Google Maps [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

ligne claire how To guide about being a detective

I was reading Tintin and I remembered an illustrated How To guide about being a detective in a similar ligne claire style that I loved as a kid. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Fork, Knife, Spoon, Finger - What stirs it up the best?

What is the most efficient kitchen device for stirring a powder into a glass/cup of liquid? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Help Me Become A Toy Restorer

I want to restore pressed-steel Tonka toy fire trucks, but I haven't been able to find much information on how to do so. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 9:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for art in all the wrong places

Where can I find prints of Edo-period wildlife illustrations like these? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

loose chain + washing machine pump = help!

Laundryfilter: Emergency washing machine help, please! I've got something stuck in my washing machine pump-- is there any way to get it out? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Similar books to The Terror

BookRecFilter: One of my favorite authors has just knocked my socks off with his most recent book. I love what he did so much that I'd like to find other historical fiction like this. *Small spoiler for The Terror inside* [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 8:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Please won't you help me to drown out the voices in my head?

Ipod Killer? Qu'est que c'est? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 8:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Should an illegal alien go to med school or nursing school?

What's the better choice for an illegal alien: med school or nursing school? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Female leaders of american indian tribes?

Can you name famous woman or female leaders of (north) american indian tribes? [more inside]
posted by germanguy at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Dynamic Function Reference in Javascript

I'm writing a cross-browser JavaScript library that will allow me to apply events (onmouseover, click, etc) to elements using what look like stylesheets:
a {mouseover:someFunction;}
In writing a parser for these files, I've come upon a stumbling block. [more inside]
posted by potch at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Travelling to San Francisco for the first time in 10 years

Travelling to San Francisco in February.. It'll be my first time back in 10 years. Bay Area-knowledgable MeFites, fill me in. [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 7:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Has anyone traveled the Amtrak Lakeshore Limited?

Is it a good idea to take Amtrak from Chicago to New York City? [more inside]
posted by beachhead2 at 7:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Want to cheapen my debt expenditures. Know of any cheap money (unsecured loans)?

Cheap Money Filter: I've got a moderate amount of credit card debt right now ($15k), at reasonable but not great rates (13-18%). I'll be making more money in the upcoming year, and the debt load is manageable, but I want to explore trading these loans with an u