January 2010 Archives

January 31

Scholarly military history introduction/books/journals

Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 11:02 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I make it clear to new female acquaintances that I just want to be friends?

How can I make it clear to new female acquaintances that I just want to be friends? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 10:56 PM PST - 37 comments

Chrome, Chrome, Chrome, a bop bop bebop.

Please help me identify where this lettering badge comes from. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Irritated Enough To Irrigate

Ear wax-filter: I'm looking for some advice and/or tips about dealing with earwax blockage in one ear (resulting in muffled hearing) and the proper usage of at-home irrigation systems. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 10:18 PM PST - 44 comments

Did my former employer behave illegally?

Did my former employer behave illegally? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 9:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Advice for Portuguese Doctor-to-be

Is there any funding out there for international med students in the US? [more inside]
posted by ajliberto at 9:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I get a dutch oven?

Should I get a dutch oven? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 9:00 PM PST - 27 comments

Thes best way to merge multiple phone numbers and possibly use Google voice?

My work is providing me a Blackberry with voice plan that I'm expected to carry during waking hours and I don't want to carry multiple phones or maintain my $50+/month plan; I'm trying to figure out the best way to merge the two. Oh, and one other catch- I'd like to set up Google Voice for work and would really like to use the additional features that come with getting a Google Voice phone number. [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix at 8:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Did I receive substandard care from my OB?

Did I receive substandard care from my OB? Contains discussion of childbirth and related anatomy. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 8:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Sucking on a bone?

What has your experience been with bone marrow transplants? [more inside]
posted by NeonBlueDecember at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Sake to me!

Does anyone know where to purchase this particular sake in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Buying the cheapest available motherboard was an awesome idea

Reassure me that this is a motherboard issue (or correct me if it isn't) before I buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic at 7:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Identity of Ray Bradbury Cover Artist

Does anyone know the name of the artist that painted this cover for the Ray Bradbury book Dandelion Wine? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 7:41 PM PST - 12 comments

List of sci-fi essentials

I am looking to compile a reading list for myself of the essential sci fi novels. What should be on it? And also what order should they be read in? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse at 7:38 PM PST - 67 comments

Need recipes for a Weight Watchers meal plan...

I need some recommendations for tried and true Weight Watchers recipes so I can put together my own little plan. Hit me with your best 6 pt and 7 pt complete meals... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Why won't hulu load on my ibook?

Why won't my computer load hulu, or other videos? I have an ibook G4. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Name this short educational film from the '70s

Name this short educational film from the '70s that was about an urban garden getting destroyed. [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to be moving for many hours a day.

If you had 4-6 hours a day to work out, what would be a good routine? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Cape Town to Rustenburg

South Africa filter: Is it feasible to drive from Cape Town to Rustenburg in a day? [more inside]
posted by stargell at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Parable that wealth does not bring happiness

I'm looking for a specific parable or folk story with the moral that wealth does not bring happiness. It goes something like: Rich man comes into town. The people see his nice things and assume that he's happy. He goes home and commits suicide. The end. [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 at 5:40 PM PST - 10 comments

What is a ballerina standing on?

What is a ballerina doing when she's "on point"? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Cheap/easy ways to try out forefoot running?

What are some easy ways to try out forefoot running (Chi or Pose style) without paying for a book or a trainer or fancy shoes? I want to feel what it's like before making a big investment, and it's too cold to run barefoot right now. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Welcome to the big city montage!

YoutubeFilter: help me find a video online. I want to find a clip-from any movie out there-of the standard, cliche "new guy in New York seeing the sites with a huge grin" montage. The sort of thing that is in films from the 80s like Crocodile Dundee, where you see a tourist/hillbilly seeing the city for the first time, set to some poppy, uptempo soundtrack music. HELP!
posted by broadway bill at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

searching for wooden watermelons

I often find myself wanting to search sites like netflix and amazon with greater granularity than the sites currently offer. For example, I'd like to find every highly-rated thriller that takes place in another country and is available used for $5.00. Or if I'm searching netflix, I would want to find every foreign mystery that is rated at four stars or higher and is rated pg-13 or lower. Are there third-party clients or scripts that will accomplish these or similar tasks?
posted by mecran01 at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help my sister not be a frump

Chic, eco-sustainable potato sack? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 4:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What's it like to be a teacher in the United States?

Are you a teacher in the United States? Do you like it? As always, more inside... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 4:48 PM PST - 13 comments

You know what that movie reminded me of? Elfquest

Ever since I saw Avatar, I've been wondering: are there any verified hunting traditions in which a successful hunter thanks the spirit of the dying animal as he kills it? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 4:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Are you game?

What are the best two-player games in existence throughout history (besides sex)? By best I mean easy to learn, not too difficult to master, and doesn't depend on a significant expenditure such as a videogame system or one-use board game. [more inside]
posted by carlh at 4:38 PM PST - 44 comments

Which iPod cable to use with my Sennheiser HD650 headphones?

Any recommendations for a high-quality iPod cable for my Sennheiser HD650 headphones? I've been a using a Cardas cable, but the cable's so heavy that it appears to be damaging the headphone jack on my iPod.
posted by zembla3 at 4:35 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?

My hard drive on my dell laptop (inspiron E1705 - running windows vista) just crashed deleting my itunes library. I got a new a hard drive and have my music still saved on my 120 gig ipod (newest generation). What is the easiest way to transfer all my music from ipod to my new hard drive?
posted by AZNsupermarket at 4:23 PM PST - 12 comments

What is it like to get a Masters in Public Policy?

What is it like to get a Masters in Public Policy? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 4:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I cut this pipe?

I'm trying to install a toilet. My contractor put a PVC pipe in the floor, but the end is too high for my toilet to sit level on the ground. So I need to cut the PVC pipe. There's only about a half inch gap around the pipe, so I started trying to cut it with a Dremel from the inside. But it seems to be too thick and overheats the Dremel. Is there another cheap tool I can use for this?
posted by scottreynen at 4:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Just let me reformat the hard drive

Emachines won't let me buy the recovery disks for our emachine desktop, claiming that our serial number is unrecognizable. What are my options for reformatting the damn thing? [more inside]
posted by msali at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

It's a giant erector set, or, a series of tubes

Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Is February too late to sell winter clothes to a vintage store?

I have a lot of long-sleeved dresses to drop off at a vintage store that purchases used clothes for re-sale. Is February too late to sell winter clothes to a vintage store? Should I wait til late summer to sell? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Geology - mountains and oceans

Geology question: Does anyone know if there's a specific term for when mountains directly abut an ocean or sea? No beach, no shoreline, just the base of a mountain hitting up against an ocean. I feel as though I've heard of a term for this before but it's entirely possible that I dreamt it up.
posted by fso at 3:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Ain't no rest for the neurotic

How can I become less neurotic? [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Fantasy artist with "hidden" images within scenes?

Who is the prolific fantasy artist, quite popular in the '80s/early '90s, who would include hidden faces & animals in each scene and every surface seemed to ripple with detailed objects? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 2:54 PM PST - 23 comments

Is my frostbite/frostnip healing as expected, or should I get treatment?

I have stupidly given myself a case of frostbite or frostnip by leaving a coldpack on a small area of bare skin for several hours. The worst appears to have reversed, but I really don't like the big welt that has appeared. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by rosebuddy at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Sending cookbook abroad?

Sending an American cookbook to Europe: what do I need to include? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 2:45 PM PST - 15 comments

How Much Can I Earn at a Farmers' Market?

What sort of income levels do prepared-food stallholders at Farmers' Markets in the UK typically earn? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Vitamin/Hormone Imbalance Blood Test Question

Is there a way to get some type of comprehensive blood test (or multiple) that checks for imbalanced hormones and vitamin/mineral deficiencies? If so, how can I go about getting them done for my fiancee?
posted by mdpatrick at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

blood type diet

Is there anything to the specific blood-type diet? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 2:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Traveling for Business

I'm going on my first business trip and I'm nervous. Help me impress my colleagues. What tips do you have? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 2:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Help make this vacation rock!

My family is going on a trip to San Francisco this spring (March 27-April 3). We're staying at the Grand Hyatt on Stockton Street. Food/Activity recommendations would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by kylej at 2:13 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment?

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick at 2:10 PM PST - 35 comments

Help! So many India honeymoon options!

We are planning to honeymoon in India for around 12 days in November. We are overwhelmed by all of the options and places to go. For first time travelers to India, what did you love, what did you hate, what would you do differently? What is your personal best advice that you would tell your best friend about a short vacation in India? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Weed Party

What are easy to make meals that are high in (thc storing) lipids and would be good for a party? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Mapping Out the Historiography

Is there a William and Mary Quarterly for nineteenth century American history? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Transferring to Windows 7

My new laptop says it has two hard disk drives: OS (C:) with 31.7 gb free of 58.5 and Local Disk (D:) with 397gb free of 397. The C: drive has the whole Windows7 file structure in place with the users and the documents folders and the libraries, whereas the D: drive is totally empty. And all of the programs seem to default to put everything in the C: drive. Which doesn't seem to make any sense. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Gotta spend that Christmas money somehow...

I'm thinking about getting a small to medium inexpensive pressure cooker? Should I, and which one? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Cutting contact with an Ex from the same friendship group.

Ex-Relationship Filter: What's the best way to cut contact with an Ex, when you have got friends in common. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements at 11:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Hey, kids! Let's put on a show!

I'm "THAT" mom - and it's that time of year. It's time to plan the Spring Concert performance for a Kindergarten class, having a "Jungle" theme; and aside from the limitations imposed by circumstances, only one rule applies: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" has been banned after five consecutive years of being performed in every concert no matter what the theme. [more inside]
posted by peagood at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Twenty-Four Pixels of Sweet, Sweet Sticking it to the Man

How does one (or can one) spoof reported screen resolution from IE6 and up? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I buy an Ipod Touch or wait for the Ipad

Should I buy an IPOD Touch or an IPAD [more inside]
posted by Upon Further Review at 11:09 AM PST - 29 comments

Make me a film snob

I've recently gotten excited about Film with a capital "F", what should I watch? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:56 AM PST - 45 comments

What should I know before I get new windows?

I want new windows for my house. What should I know before contacting a company to make/install them? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

How to be a "greener" at packaging?

"Greener" Packaging - My company is trying to be better reducing our packaging costs and waste. Currently, we use a lot of foam and cardboard boxes. What have you seen that works? Lots more inside [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Recovering Data from Old DOS Floppy Disks

Floppy disk recovery service: I recently came across a cache of some very old 3.5" floppy disks of mine. Windows XP can't read these DOS disks. I would like to ship these off to a professional service which will safely export the data (onto a CD, say) and send it all back to me. Can you recommend a company which provides this sort of service? Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Art for art's sake...?

Is realism in painting still a valid form of art? I am terribly confused. [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 10:29 AM PST - 35 comments

make my oatmeal less healthy

The other day, I had a cup of oatmeal from Jamba Juice. The oatmeal was just fine, but what really made it for me was the "brown sugar crumble" that was added. In my quest to create my own, I'm finding a lot of "brown sugar crumble" toppings online, but the recipes I'm finding are for cruble that is spread on top of a dessert and baked at the same time as muffins etc. I'd like to create a pre-made cup of crumble that I can store for a while and just take spoonfuls as needed. Before baking a sheet of crumble without any baked goods, I thought I'd ask if anybody here has a proven method. Can anybody help me out? thanks.
posted by jimmereeno at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Citation needed for Frank Zappa's best bands ever list.

Frank Zappa was famously a fan of The Shaggs. According to Wikipedia he rated them as the third best band ever in a Norwegian newspaper in April of 1988. Does anyone know what other bands featured on Zappa's best-of list?
posted by Kattullus at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

How to remove mildew from small rubbery bathroom items

Can I remove mildew from rubbery bathroom items? [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

At my daughter's sleepover last night one of the girls said "your house smells bad". :(

How do I get rid of - after first identifying - a weird "animal smell" in my house? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet at 9:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Chemex carafe in Toronto?

Where in Toronto can I buy a Chemex carafe coffee maker?
posted by feelinggood at 9:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Someone's posting nudes of my student online!

I run a nonprofit education center in the Philippines, and a few of our students come from a background of the sex industry. One of my students used to work online for a live webcam sex site, where members pay by the minute. Well, it recently came to his (and my) attention that one of the members who paid for a private chat with him used screen recording software and then posted the video to a blogspot.com site. What can be done to get it removed? If this got out to too many people, his professional future could be completely destroyed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Orlando and Kima, buying drugs from who?

In season 1, episode 10 of The Wire ("The Cost"), who is Orlando supposed to be buying the drugs from? (Probable spoilers within.) [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

boston/cambridge professional writing group

I'm looking to find and join a Cambridge/Boston writing group comprised of (other) professional / experienced writers and producers of film and television. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I deal with intense social anxiety so I can get on with living?

For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with especially severe social anxiety with people at work and even some of my close friends. How can I reign this in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Open ice skating in Boston area

Where can I go to do weekend indoor ice-skating in the Boston(Cambridge--Waltham along I-90) area? [more inside]
posted by furious at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

How to buy my first car with no money?

How does a broke graduate buy their first car on a laughable income? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Proxy server for BBC in USA

Is it illegal to set up a proxy with a UK IP address allowing use iPlayer to view BBC programs? If not what is the best way (reliability, safety) to do it?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 5:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Need help finding the right medication

Can anyone recommend a psychiatrist in the Pittsburgh area, preferably one who takes UPMC insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 0 comments

Direct deposit between people, possible?

My husband's ex-wife wants child support in cash. Bad idea to do so? Or really, really bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 47 comments

UK Election Offences - help me not offend!

With UK elections fast approaching I need a crash course in offences. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Boreno, here I come!

TravelFilter: Going to Borneo in June/July for 3 weeks. Give me some advice..... [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 3:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Is an old mac mini beefy enough to play back HD video?

Can I use an older mac mini to play back HD divx and H264 content? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 2:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy computer hardware offline?

Where can I buy computer hardware? Offline? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 2:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a unique gaiwan.

I'm looking for a unique, artisan gaiwan to add to my tea set. Specifically, I want one that isn't (or wasn't) mass-produced, that's hand-made and hand-painted, and that isn't just a replica of another gaiwan. An antique would probably be good. Where could I find one in the Bay Area, or online?
posted by archagon at 1:44 AM PST - 2 comments

How to handle a new manager?

Asking for a friend: How to handle a new manager who's a perfectionist task-master? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk at 12:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can my sibling find a food truck without a kitchen?

My sibling is a baker who works all the local farmer's markets, and is interested in a food truck- but with the only utility being display and storage, not cooking. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:27 AM PST - 10 comments

January 30

Open source alternative to MagicZoom or Magneto ProZoom?

Are there any good open source product viewers? I'm trying to build a very simple site with that has a products section. I'd like to display a few views for each product, and the tools I've found so far are magic zoom and Magneto, but both cost a bit. I'm not opposed to paying, if these are the best, but given how many lightbox clones there are, I can't believe there isn't something opensource and better. Has anybody used these tools, or found better alternatives?
posted by heliostatic at 11:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it acceptable to judge one's behaviour/attitude through his actions?

Is it acceptable to judge one's behaviour/attitude through his actions? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 11:25 PM PST - 32 comments

The Old Man and the C(omputer)

Would a Mac be more resistant to abuse (such as abrupt power shutoffs) than a typical (?) PC? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 11:04 PM PST - 20 comments

finding a good realtor in SF

How can I find a good realtor in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 10:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for static IP host.

Looking for web hosting that offers a dedicated IP for, in this case, SSL. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 9:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Netbook for budding author...

Netbook for mostly word processing? [more inside]
posted by muxnaw at 8:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Los Angeles area rehab centers that accept Medicare

I'm looking for reputable alcohol rehab programs in the Los Angeles area that accept Medicare, for someone who may need to a program as long as 60 or 90 days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Will Office 2007 not allow one to view thumbnail previews of WMF files?

Will Office 2007 not allow one to view thumbnail previews of WMF files? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 8:01 PM PST - 1 comment

I wish I had something worth insuring

Watching antiques road show... lady just finds out she has a 350K dollar painting, appraiser says to get it insured ASAP! How much will this cost the lady? I have no paintings, just curious! [more inside]
posted by outsider at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

New career for an disillusioned teacher?

What's an okay paying new career for an disillusioned teacher? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann at 7:03 PM PST - 19 comments

A weally hawd question

Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:45 PM PST - 26 comments

More therapists, more better!

Shopping for not just one, but two therapists. I think. Best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How can a five-year-old get a black belt in karate?

Is Varsha Vinod a hoax? How could she be biologically possible? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 6:21 PM PST - 21 comments

What is the next step of this Kenken?

What is the next step of this Kenken? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 6:07 PM PST - 23 comments

at the very least, it's a pretty clock.

Anyone have recommendations for an Atmos clock repairer? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

No soy, no dairy

Give me your no-soy, no-dairy recipes! [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 5:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Rock and roll piano

How can I learn to play the piano like Nicky Hopkins and Richard Manuel? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 4:23 PM PST - 14 comments

No need to dip your toes in...

Mid-winter pool question... Calling all pool owners! We have our pool 'closed' every winter for the season, where the pool company puts in chemicals, plugs things up, and drains the pool about 3/4 to 1/2 way empty. But we've had a WET winter - snow and rain - and now the pool is FULL. [more inside]
posted by matty at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Academic and business styled conversations

Looking to balance differences between academics and business world communication styles? [more inside]
posted by pmononoke1 at 3:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Why are department store ceilings so high?

Why are department store ceilings so high? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a 1kg bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk in London?

Where can I find a 1kg bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk in London? [more inside]
posted by kyten at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

I wanna play my Myst again

Please help me figure out what to do with my old Game and OS CDs. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 3:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Should a band go to SXSW at all costs?

Band is invited to play SXSW, it's a pricey proposition from England. Should they go? If so how do they make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by terrortubby at 3:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Big tax bili. Not my fault?

I got a loan from the IRS. I used it to stimulate the economy. What is the best way to pay it back without also paying a fat under withholding penalty? You are not my tax attorney. [more inside]
posted by Midnight Skulker at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Should we get a pet? Google research seems to say 'yes'.

Can pets really ease depression? My husband is suffering from work-related depression at the moment, he is seeing a therapist for this. When we were discussing getting a pet, we thought it would be best to ask the therapist before going ahead with the idea. The therapist's answer was: if you want one, get one. The problem is that we do not know if it is a good idea or not. [more inside]
posted by tweemy at 2:52 PM PST - 41 comments

Are Braces Always The Answer?

So, I need some help with getting my teeth fixed. I know that there is bonding, veneers, braces, invisalign, retainers and whatnot.. But I need some comparisons. My question is two fold: What is the best option for my teeth; braces, invisalign, bonding, veneers? Second part of the question, what type of professional can I see that will give me an honest assessment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 19 comments

please disregard my accomplished but potentially backstabbing classmate as a possible co worker!

How do I tell my manager to disregard a former classmate as a potential candidate at work without directly saying so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 37 comments

Completely new to Mac/OS X. What do I need to know?

My father-in-law replaced his old Mac Mini with a newer Mac, so he asked me if I wanted the Mini. I've been a Windows guy for almost two decades (with a soft spot for Linux) but have never owned or used a Mac. Being that it's an older Mini, based on the Motorola chip and not Intel, it's not going to be the fastest thing ever, I'm sure, but I figure as something that doesn't cost me anything it's as good a way to learn about Mac as any. Seeing as I am a complete Mac virgin, I was wondering if those of you who know your way around Macs would give me a piece of advice. [more inside]
posted by Unhyper at 2:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Cheap power amplifier recommendations?

Based on their good reviews and cheap price, I bought a pair of JBL Control 1 Pros for my DJ setup at home without realizing they were passive speakers. Any recommendations for a cheap amplifier? I just need some basic reference monitors for my turntables/mixer so I'm a little out of my depth when it comes to wading though reviews on audiophile websites.
posted by cosmic osmo at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

I've got ethernet ports in my house and I don't know what to do?

So I have ethernet ports in every room, and I'd like to somehow hook up the internet to them. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by petah at 2:32 PM PST - 15 comments

How important are (chemistry) graduate school rankings?

I am planning to go get my PhD in chemistry and I am waiting to hear back from schools. I have already been accepted to 3 schools (one in the top 10), however, I really like some of the faculty at one located in the 30s in the rankings. How important are the rankings and will they have a big affect on my career?
posted by stevechemist at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

I want sauce that'll make me miss my Italian grandma, even though I never had one

I'm cooking up pasta sauce. I've got recipes, and also the knowledge gained from previous batches. But I have some questions about a few related matters. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 1:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for true story about adopting children with physical disabilities

I'm looking for a book I read in the mid '90's. It was a true story about a couple that adopted a bunch (8?) of kids with physical disabilities. I can't remember much about the book but I think their house had stairs and they made one child do push-ups until he could climb the stairs using only his arms. Oh, also I think they didn't have a tv. What is the title?
posted by ticketmaster10 at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

What Kind of Sloth is Sid?

What kind of prehistoric ground sloth is Sid from Ice Age? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

What men's clothing stores in the SF Bay area have salespeople who are helpful and willing to listen?

I need a fashion update. I'm in my mid forties. I know zero about fashion. Clothes bewilder me. Macy's and Nordstroms have nice clothes (I think?) but the salespeople are just kids and they don't give a rat's ass what you look like or whether they've actually helped you. In fact they're all laughing at me behind my back, obviously. Little bastards. Anyway, I need help from someone who knows what's what. [more inside]
posted by eeby at 12:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Where does one draw the line between a reasonable favor vs. being taken advantage of?

Where does one draw the line between a reasonable favor vs. being taken advantage of? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 11:48 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I get involved in possibly serious situations the right way?

How do I get involved in possibly serious situations the right way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I deal with casual racism at family gatherings?

My brothers-in-law tell racist and homophobic jokes at family gatherings. This makes me and my husband uncomfortable. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 36 comments

She's going to sue me and I can't pay... argh!

I'm being sued in small claims, but I don't have any assets except a car with no brakes. How will she collect the funds? YANAL and/or YANML. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 30 comments

Long lost Moxy Fruvous cover needs finding.

I need help finding a cover of They Might Be Giant's "The Statue Got Me High" performed by Moxy Fruvous. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

How does this dame learn to be classy?

I'm a female in my late twenties, and, well... I'd like to be more elegant. Classier. There isn't anyone I'm trying to impress except myself, I guess. I just realized that most of the women I look up to in my life all seem so graceful in their manners, speech, and the way they treat others. I would love to be like that! So, how can I learn to be? Would you recommend any books or tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 37 comments

How to figure what I actually earned with an incorrect W-2?

My W-2 is a work of pure fiction. Do I need an accountant or a tax attorney? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I donate breastmilk to Haiti?

Should I donate breastmilk to Haiti? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Me and the Beeb

I'm going to be interviewed on the radio on Wednesday, and i've never done it before. Help! [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 9:15 AM PST - 18 comments

I know THIS question has never been asked:where to buy Oprah's pink earrings.

Burning question about Oprah's earrings. [more inside]
posted by semacd at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

How much should a North Carolina Scrum Master be paid

I'm looking for a job as a Scrum Master in North Carolina--specifically, in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area--but I am having trouble finding salary data for how much Scrum Masters are currently paid. Got any data points for me? [more inside]
posted by springo at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I use the iPad in Europe?

Can I use the iPad in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 8:41 AM PST - 15 comments

How does "sale or return" work?

I'm starting a poetry publisher and I understand most books sold here in the UK are "sale or return". Can somebody explain exactly what this means, and perhaps illustrate a typical order process from start to finish (i.e. returns). In particular, do I have to agree to take returns at any point in the future, or is it only within a set time period?
posted by humblepigeon at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop my iPhone creating multiple calendars and merge them into one?

For some reason my iPhone's on-board calendar comprises no fewer than eight calendars. My appointments are strewn across the calendars quite randomly. When I add a new appointment, sometimes yet another calendar is created. The only way for me to view my appointments in a comprehensible fashion is to view "All". How do I bring an end to this preposterous state of affairs? Is there a way to merge all my calendars into one? I am a Mobile Me subscriber.
posted by skylar at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Administering taxes and insurance for out of state employees.

Non-profit overwhelmed with prospect of setting up and administering taxes and insurance for employees who will be located in other states. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 8:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I travel to Southeast Asia in the rainy season?

If I'm planning a trip to Southeast Asia in late September/early October, should I be concerned about the weather? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Can my logmein.com usage be detected at work?

My employer uses Websense to limit what sites we can visit. I recently discovered that logmein.com is not blocked. My question is: can they scan packets and figure out that I am using it to log in to my computer at home? Does logmein.com use any kind of signature protocol/port that would raise red flags, or is it pretty much just a standard webpage? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Well, even Warren Buffett had to start somewhere...

How do I go about investing $10k conservatively, yet with decent yields? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 6:46 AM PST - 16 comments

The Sounds of Paris

Is there a soundtack of sounds of Paris available online? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Too much orange

Last night, for reasons unclear to me, my iPod decided it needed to re-synch everything. When it was finished, it indicated that I had just as much space taken by "other" as I did by music and that my iPod is nearly full. How can I remove this "other" stuff? I really don't want to restore; is there any other way to fix this? I am running Windows on a PC
posted by pasici at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Serving tray for breakfast in bed, in the Perth metro area?

This is a question for people in Perth, Australia. Does anyone know where I can buy a (nice-looking) serving tray with fold out legs for breakfast in bed? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 3:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Netflix for books?

What are my options for renting books online? I'm looking for a service similar to Netflix/Lovefilm, but with books. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Who is Joe?

Whatever happened to Joe the Plumber? Is he, or rather the representation espoused by him, relevent anymore to American politics?
posted by Funmonkey1 at 2:33 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the top academic journals in various fields?

What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 1:04 AM PST - 49 comments

My formerly sweet neighbor is freaking me out a little. Help!

How do I tell my insecure older neighbor that I’m not having a fling with her husband? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky at 1:01 AM PST - 41 comments

Contemporary Japanese cinema

I'm seeking recommendations for contemporary (last 10 years) Japanese cinema. I'm no so bothered about crazy or ultra-violent manga / manga-style stuff, but open to anything that's really good. Thanks
posted by mairuzu at 12:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Where could I get an "Actor's Workout" and how much would it cost?

Where could I get an "Actor's Workout" and how much would it cost? [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 12:08 AM PST - 13 comments

January 29

VPN (PPTP) blocked. Is there a solution?

VPN (PPTP) blocked. Is there a solution? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 10:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Diversity resources?

Looking for materials (readings, film clips, audio, etc.) to use to stimulate discussion around transgendered issues and body diversity for a seminar on diversity. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 10:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Raiding the (probably unneeded) college savings

Should I pull the money out of my daughter's 529? She is 19. She is taking time off and is eventually planning to do a certificate program at the community college. Meanwhile we had saved up enough for an expensive four year college. Right now there is a loss on the account. Since it is an age related investment, it is invested pretty conservatively. My understanding is that if I withdraw it now since there is a loss there will be no tax or penalty and I can reinvest in something more aggressive and more flexible, spendingwise. Does this make sense to give up the tax advantage to avoid the possibility of penalties later?
posted by metahawk at 10:10 PM PST - 8 comments

So MeFi, what do I need to know to bottle lightning?

Help me photograph lightning. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 10:05 PM PST - 5 comments


I'll be driving from coast to coast soon. The only place I know for sure I want to see is the Grand Canyon. Help me get the most of this trip. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Get me out of my comfort zone - at least a little ways...

Travelfilter: what country/region should I visit next? I have a week or so for a trip that I would like to take sometime this spring. I'll be traveling alone and I want to keep it to a relatively tight budget. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 8:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Cape May in March?

I am looking to visit Cape May, NJ, with my longtime girlfriend. I am going to be proposing to her and I want to know if it is advisable to plan a visit during March (The only time that works for us). We're not necessarily looking to go swimming, but I'd like to be sure that there are still nice, romantic things we can see and do. Any advice about the weather and the sights in the area would be appreciated. I'm also open to suggestions about alternate destinations in the Philadelphia area. Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani at 8:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I start my software development company as an LLC or Corporation (in CA)?

Should I start my software development company as an LLC or Corporation (in CA)? [more inside]
posted by JoshSmith at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for the cheapest possible airfare San Francisco to London in June

Looking for the cheapest possible airfare San Francisco to London in June [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

What mobile devices can wirelessly sync podcasts?

What mobile devices (smart phones / Itouch / etc.) can wirelessly sync podcasts? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Free Miniblog Scipts?

Designing a website for a client, they want a little mini blog on the sidebar of the home page. What free PHP blogging software do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Stats are giving me a headache, stat!

Need help with stats and/or SAS (or your favorite free stats package). [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Where in New York City can I get colored bandanas or handkerchiefs?

Where in New York City can I get colored bandanas or handkerchiefs? I need two bandanas or handkerchiefs: one white, and one bright fuchsia. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 16 comments

why do I get sick so easily?

Is there something wrong with my immune system? I'm generally a healthy person, I eat well and exercise. But if there's ever a case where I have to briefly expose myself to some additional stress, I'm almost guaranteed to come down with a flu-like illness that puts me out for 3 or 4 days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm not being indecisive

Where in the San Jose area should I live? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

5, 7 or 9 a day?

The UK Government suggests everyone eat 5 serves of fruit and vegetables per day. However, Australia recommends 7 (2 fruit, 5 veg) and the US National Cancer Institute recommends 7 for women and 9 a day for men. What gives? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Help an amateur photo buff with these intertube thingies?

I've been inspired by fellow mefite gomichild's site . I want to put together some of my photos for a site but don't know where to begin. I'm not confident with my design skills, and I wonder if I have any photos that are really good enough. I usually just post photos/snapshots on flickr for friends but I have had people contact me wanting to use my photos- so maybe they aren't so bad...Any suggestions for how to start? Anyone out there want to give me a (paid) hand putting a page together? You can see some of the photos at my flickr site(lots of snapshots here) or at JPG. I could put a few hours a day into a project. Right now I am oozing lack of confidence....
posted by ginky at 6:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is the best XC skiing within 6 or so hours of NYC?

Where is the best XC skiing within 6 or so hours of NYC? Also, where to go for the most awesome wintry outdoor/nature activities in general, in that region, without spending a fortune? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Help! I'm running out of games!

Please recommend some great puzzle/adventure/escape browser games! [more inside]
posted by sentient at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

No Goth Please... Make it Chic!

Asking for a friend... She has an event coming up in which she wants to dress horror chic (not chick). She doesn't want to go goth. Where can I find examples of this style of dress? Examples of people who dress this way or websites that cover this would be greatly appreciated! I am clueless on this one.
posted by MayNicholas at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Open X or Google Ad Manager as a CPM management platform?

Open X or Google Ad Manager as a CPM management platform? [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 5:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Unfrozen Caveman Freelance Journalist

Looking for creative ways out of freelance journalism limbo. [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Scots/Gaelic shout help needed

Scots/Gaelic shout help needed [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Safely charging NiMH batteries

Rechargeable batteries: Any difference between NiMH batteries purchased in Europe vs. US? I have several AA batteries I bought in Eur for my camera, but I don't have my charger with me in the US. 1. If I buy a charger in the US, can I charge the batteries I bought in Europe? 2. When I go back to Europe, is it OK to use the US charger on the European current with just an adaptor for the plug? I just want to make sure I don't (a) start any fires! or (b) damage the batteries. The batteries I have are all either 2000 or 2650. thanks for your help!
posted by leticia at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the best method for adding color to metal?

What's the best method for adding color to metal without it chipping off? I have some brass flowers like these that I want to color but I have no idea where to start.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:01 PM PST - 13 comments

AT&T iPhone invades canada, canada wins?

Ill be visiting Canada (Vancouver, BC) for the month of February for the Olympics. I have a US based iPhone with service with AT&T on a Family plan with one other iPhone. AT&Ts web site is pretty opaque on the subject of roaming in Canada, but it appears that I can switch to a nationwide family talk plan that includes Canada for the month. Ive been able to find no information on what making that switch will mean for data usage for my iPhone. AT&Ts "customer service web-surfing monkey (tm)" on the phone was no help at all, seemingly having trouble understanding the difference between Mexico and Canada. So whats the deal? Can I get data for a reasonable price with my iPhone in Canada, or should I just go cold turkey and shut my iPhone off for the month (shudder)?
posted by taubman at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Outdoor-cat-to-indoor-cat transition

Attempting to transition an outdoor-indoor kitty to being an indoor-only kitty. Help/tips/suggestions for helping him be happier indoors? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully at 2:48 PM PST - 27 comments

Oh, North Carolina, How I did Love Thee...

I can't renew my Drivers License here in California because I've been flagged by the North Carolina DMV for traffic citations dating from 1991. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments


Are my frozen VHS videotapes ruined? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Permanent color over previous highlights?

Can I dye a permanent color over highlights on my own and not have it be a complete disaster? [more inside]
posted by dayspteh at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Name this Mathematics Textbook series

Recently, someone described a 10-volume mathematics textbook series to me. The books were written by a single author, an engineer with a name that sounded Greek, and came with full worked solutions to every single problem, making them ideal for self study. Unfortunately, they could not remember its title, and my attempts to find it with Google and Amazon have failed. Has anyone come across this series?
posted by James Scott-Brown at 2:13 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make myself feel better?

How can I make myself feel better (about myself and in general) without using food, money, or dieting inappropriately? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 1:44 PM PST - 63 comments

Reggae for this bhatti boy, please.

Suggestions for reggae artists from the Caribbean, but NOT from Jamaica. [more inside]
posted by Craig at 1:43 PM PST - 8 comments

I wanna develop for the iPad but I'd rather learn software than languages

I make multi-media pdfs. What do I need to know, do, watch, learn so I can make them for the ipad? I don't know anything about… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 1:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit Vista: are they friends?

Installing Windows 7 64-bit onto new hard drive. Will I still be able to access the data on the old drive that has 32-bit Vista installed?
posted by dabug at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Head is on spin-cycle when it comes to finding a new washer and dryer

Washer and dryer shopping has me completely overwhelmed. I need guidance to see through the soapsuds. [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 1:09 PM PST - 21 comments

What do I call this guy?

Army filter: How do I refer to a recruit in basic training in the army? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 1:07 PM PST - 12 comments

UK election compatibility quiz website?

UKElectionFilter: What's the name of that amazing website that asks you a series of questions and then displays your compatibility with the various parties? [more inside]
posted by bullox at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Wedding singalong!

Song to sing along to at our wedding? Lots of requirements inside are making us stuck. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 12:54 PM PST - 37 comments

Bizarre museums in Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, and/or Seville

I'm leaving for Spain tomorrow and going to Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Cordoba. Can anyone recommend any truly bizarre museums in any of these cities? I'm a big fan of things like deformed fetuses in jars and old medical instruments. Other types of off-beat, funny museum suggestions would be great too. Thanks!
posted by parakeetdog at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to turn for more diagnosis/treatment when local referrals fail?

A friend of mine has had, since childhood, a set of medical symptoms that defy diagnosis. She recently finished another round of appointments with specialists in our area to no real effect and much frustration. She's asked me to help her figure out where she might turn for additional diagnosis and care (ie, ways to locate/contact best-in-class specialists/etc, not non-traditional medicine). I'm pretty healthy and have never had this kind of interaction with doctors, so I'm at a bit of a loss. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:33 PM PST - 19 comments

the 1 mile financial life

I'd like to move my money into a local bank. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 12:17 PM PST - 26 comments

ASP .NET based CMS versus Drupal

Trying to make the case against Drupal and find a ASP .NET CMS solution. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 12:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Ideas for multi hard drive block

Ideas for harddrive enclosure with multiple connector types? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Blog Posting Old Letters?

Guys, what is that website or blog that is posting an old letter every day? I think they're all letters from famous or notable people. It's been mentioned in various media and around the web (though not, it seems, on MeFi), but I didn't note the name of it at the time, and Googling is not getting me anywhere. Ring any bells? I would love to be able to cite it for a research project.
posted by Beckminster at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the ideal content management system for my needs?

What content management system fits the needs of my website and can run on Microsoft IIS (web server) and Microsoft SQL server (database)? Full details of what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by wsquared at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Cough Cough Oww Oww

[MedicalFilter] My dad frequently gets a weird pain in his head when he coughs. He has seen several doctors already. I recall reading something about this possibly being jaw-related but cannot remember specifics. Does this sound familiar? Can you help? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Modern update on an old idea...

Does anyone know a good font that would look similar to the handwriting Woody Guthrie used on his guitar for the phrase "This Machine Kills Fascists"? Preferably free, or at least cheap. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Need suggestions for a romantic weekend in Tulsa

My wife and I will be spending a weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa for my 30th birthday. Need some ideas on restaurants and things to do... [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 10:53 AM PST - 7 comments

When "exchange program" means shuttling between houses

Protocol for exchange students and families with joint custody? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:44 AM PST - 31 comments

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Please help identify this toy!

Anyone familiar with G.I. Joe Battleship (toy from the 80's)? In need of some clarification, please. [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 10:28 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get my GF to understand a relationship problem without hurting her?

I'm having major problems with my girlfriend of 2 years. I want to work through my share of issues but I'm afraid that she won't see or do her part. Is there a way to explain these issues to her without hurting her? [more inside]
posted by cman at 10:28 AM PST - 32 comments

Lost memories

Whoops! Just deleted my Windows.old folder with System Cleanup. Can I get it back? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap girls looking for a good time

Awesome, low-cost date ideas for tomorrow night in NYC. (And in general.) [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 10:14 AM PST - 16 comments

A Free (or Cheap) Library of Sound Effects Online?

Is there a reliable sound effect library where you can download mp3s? short samples of "tea kettle", "girl coughing", "train"-- I'm picturing a creative commons kind of thing most likely. and google fails me miserably. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments

VPN without VPN software?

How to do a VPN without client VPN software? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish at 9:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me play with dad!

Entertaining a post surgery father? [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Where do independent retailers meet on the web?

What are the good, helpful, substantive websites where independent retailers hang out and share information? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What is the blandest toothpaste?

What is the blandest toothpaste? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 9:35 AM PST - 43 comments

Ballroom dance question.

Things with my ballroom dance partner aren't working out. Should I dump him, and if so, how can I do it without getting a bad reputation in the community? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Doing your own market research?

My friend is trying to start a business and is currently writing his business plan. He needs to do market research, but is having trouble finding the information he needs on google or other searches. Any tips on how to do market research for free without paying for a consulting service? If that is the only way, what is the pricing like for those services? Thanks!
posted by tessalations999 at 9:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Adobe Air Windows password storage problem

Adobe Air on Windows XP SP2, any idea what might cause it to suddenly be unable to store passwords? A searchof the web doesn't seem to show this as a problem others on Windows are having (it does seem to plague Linux users, however). [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with crazy family problem.

I am stuck in the middle of a mess with a family trust. [more inside]
posted by chocolatetiara at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

What plants should I buy for indoors?

What plants should I buy for indoors in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 8:44 AM PST - 27 comments

why disable flv?

why doesn't apple enable flash video on its mobile devices? How do they make money doing this, exactly? What market are they trying to preserve for themselves? why can't they just allow the freaking format already?
posted by cogneuro at 8:34 AM PST - 39 comments

What were the computer revolutions before Dot Com and Cloud?

What were the computer revolutions before Dot Com and Cloud? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 8:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Best Mac email program?

Customizable Mac email program? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's sell our house without getting screwed.

Should my aunt also be my realtor? [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 8:16 AM PST - 21 comments

Is My ISP Screwing Me? Yes! but HOW?

So I have an 'business' internet connection in my office which is supposed to be SDSL with a speed of 512kbps upload and download. But my expeience (browsing, streaming, voip, skype) doesnt match the quoted speed. Is my ISP screwing me? LONG! [more inside]
posted by london302 at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Good headphones for a corporate office environment?

What are good headphones (specific models) for a corporate office environment? I don't want to use noise-cancelling, but I also can't have the sound leaking out and disturbing people. But I don't want to lose all the low-end bass frequency!
posted by kelechv at 8:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Now that I've been summoned to jury duty, how can I maximize my chances of serving on a jury?

I've received a summons for jury duty. How can I maximize my chances of actually serving on a trial?
posted by box at 7:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Rock On!

Can you identify this mysteriously green rock? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:51 AM PST - 29 comments

Teach me the best etiquette for working with a real estate agent

I am looking to buy a home for the first time, and I have questions about working with real estate agents. How much time should I expect a real estate agent to spend with me? Three days a week? Eight hours a day? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 7:45 AM PST - 25 comments

No more pancake syrup - now what?

What are some alternatives for pancake syrup? Ideas, recipes, etc., needed. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:29 AM PST - 64 comments

Is there a way to bookmark sites with corresponding screenshots?

I have a LOT of bookmarks for craft tutorials, supply places, etc. Often I can remember what the page of a tutorial looked like but can't remember what it was called, or even sometimes what it was about. ("There was this project that I remember thinking was really cool at the time... the site was really purple...") Is there a Firefox plug-in, Mac application, AIR application, or online service that lets you bookmark sites with corresponding screenshots? Thanks!
posted by cyborgirl at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments


Do e-mail blasts actually work? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 6:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can you feel a fetus move?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant. I know WHEN I should start feeling my baby move. I just need help figuring out WHERE I'll feel it. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 6:15 AM PST - 6 comments

I Am Standing In Sunshine On A Tall Peak, Below Me I Can See Only Clouds

After listening to The Moth for a while I would like to work on becoming a better storyteller. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:55 AM PST - 15 comments

help me erase my trail

How do I erase my google trail? When I search my name on google, all kinds of old stuff appears, much of which I have already deleted. Is there some way to remove this stuff permanently and totally, so it doesn't appear when my name is googled?
posted by crazylegs at 5:32 AM PST - 11 comments

These boots weren't made for walking.

Another walking as exercise question. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Salzburg and Vienna in April for an internet romance?

Salzburg and Vienna (and day trips in Austria) for two in April. Two people from very different countries who have never met before getting to know each other. Your tips and suggestions most welcome. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 4:21 AM PST - 19 comments

How to lock an input device to one display.

Is it possible to lock one input device [mouse / tablet] to a single display? [more inside]
posted by n3rt at 3:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Czech Wild Swans?

Quick! I need to buy one book which best captures the history, culture and people of Central Europe! [more inside]
posted by greytape at 1:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Heat resistant bacteria?

Will heat treating food lead to heat-resistant bacteria? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:44 AM PST - 7 comments

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge at 1:00 AM PST - 46 comments

Carrying a kid and an iPhone sover hardwood floors is a bad idea, because you never know when you might have to choose which one to drop

My iPhone has a cracked LCD, and I'm considering sending it to Mission repair, who I found via this ask. Does anyone else have any experiences with them to share before I send away my phone? Are there any steps I should take to make data safe, or am I just being paranoid there? Are there any alternatives I should consider in the Seattle area? Note that the phone is not under warranty.
posted by Artw at 12:04 AM PST - 11 comments

January 28

What is that thing that Gordon Brown does with his jaw when he talks?

What is that thing that Gordon Brown does with his jaw when he talks? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan at 11:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What note is an oxygen molecule?

How far apart are the edges of an oxgyen molecule? How long does it take for a photon to travel that far? Expressing that photon travel time as cycles-per-second, what's pitch is it, and how many octaves away from middle C is it?
posted by Moistener at 10:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Why would my S.O. be so opposed to my attending the same industry event as him?

Industry event coming up and my S.O. really doesn't want me to attend, for some cryptic reason. He won't tell me just what the reason is, only throw out vague statements. Help me understand this situation. People who work in similar areas as your significant other - any advice? (others too) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 PM PST - 117 comments

Wait, you know her from... where?!

RelationshipFilter: A girl I've never met is spending a few days at my boyfriend's house. Am I overreacting, given the circumstances? (long-ish) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 PM PST - 52 comments

How do I approach this seemingly unsolvable marriage problem?

How do I approach this seemingly unsolvable marriage problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I go about finding a reasonably good lawyer and CPA in Massachusetts for a small business?

How do I go about finding a reasonably good (and inexpensive) lawyer/cpa for a small business in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Personal development blogs?

I'm interested in reading personal development blogs. By personal development, I mean things like career management, style advice, personal financial management, productivity, etc. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find Dennis Waterman

I'm looking for cds or mp3s of Dennis Waterman music, but I can't find him anywhere except YouTube! I'm particularly interested in the theme song to New Tricks, but I'd love anything he's done. [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for network card for Win7 64-Bit.

Recommend me a solid network card that works well with Windows 7 64 bit version. [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Supergroup Musicals?

Supergroup musicals? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 7:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Did I just kill a 200-million-year-old tree?

Can my very droopy and sad-looking Wollemi Pine be saved? He started out perky, but now he looks like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Or is this just what a 200-million-year-old gymnosperm looks like? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 6:47 PM PST - 26 comments

Need guidance on moving pets from US to Ireland.

Have you, or someone you know, moved pets from the US to Ireland? If so, could you share advice, or a bit about your experience? [more inside]
posted by lovermont at 6:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Hope us get unencumbered.

How do liens on property work in Ontario (the Canadian one)? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 6:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Got a new job, what to do during these last days before I start?

Got a new job, what to do during these last days before I start? I want to use my time wisely before I have to go back to the daily grind. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

I donated blood and still feel wigged out.

Blood donation question: how long does it take to fully recover from donating blood? Yesterday was the first time I've ever donated..some questions.... [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 6:05 PM PST - 35 comments

Speeding Ticket Mystery

I was just informed that I have a speeding ticket on my record, yet I was never pulled over. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 6:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Which rock songs climax at the very end?

Which rock songs climax at the very end? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 6:03 PM PST - 61 comments

Offline maps with custom POIs for iPod Touch/iPhone?

Offline maps for the iPod Touch/iPhone, and custom points of interest (POIs). Is there any software that can do this? [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 5:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Flatbed scanners and dynamic range for sketching

Why do flatbed scanners seem to have so little dynamic range for sketches? I draw for fun, usually with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. I do not put a lot of pressure onto the pen because it allows for more details/subtle shading. When I scan the images, the "light" details are always blown out and no amount of fiddling xsane's settings (gamma, brightness, contrast) seems to reveal them. Is there a trick I'm missing, or paper+scanner just really sucks and I should just use my tablet? Example scanned drawing lacking much of the visual information that the eye can see on paper. Scanners I have used over the years: HP ScanJet 3300C, Canon lide (briefly), and now a Brother MFC-5840CN.
posted by a007r at 5:41 PM PST - 23 comments

What Are Some Great Custom Dominion Supply Card Combinations?

What are some of the best custom decks you've used in Dominion, and why? Feel free to suggest combos from the original as well as the two expansions. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the best free blogging site?

What is the best free blogging site? [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 5:20 PM PST - 24 comments

What the heck is a "ton of carbon in the air?"

Help me visualize CO2 pollution. When we say we're spewing "tons of carbon" into the air, what does that look like? What does it mean when you measure a gas in tons? If I magically compressed a ton of carbon that's in the air to a density of, say, the graphite in pencil lead, what are the dimensions of that brick of carbon?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Small UK (USB) Plug.

I'm looking for a small UK plug with USB a connector to charge my phone with whilst travelling. As small as possible please!
posted by nam3d at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

When is a plantar wart gone??

How do I know when a plantar wart is gone?? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 4:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Are these dogs being fed enough?

A 130-lb Mastiff on 3 cups of food a day? Seriously? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 4:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Photographic memory?

I've been trying to find the source of this photo, off and on, for months. Reverse image search through tineye.com gives no results. Anyone recognize it? If so, what's the story behind it?
posted by seventyfour at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Can someone live without a bank?

I'm starting to toy with the idea of ditching banks altogether. Can it even be done? Has anyone successfully done it? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 3:55 PM PST - 26 comments

How to help pet with IMHA

My cat has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. YANAV, but please tell me your experiences with a pet diagnosed with IMHA. [more inside]
posted by motsque at 3:37 PM PST - 3 comments

What court would I use for a DMCA lawsuit?

A web host has refused to comply with a DMCA notice I've sent. I am interested in filing a lawsuit, but the web host (an individual/small company, not one of the big ones) has claimed I'd need to file in the federal court located in the state where he is incorporated. Is this true? Why can't I file in my own state if I'm protecting my own copyrighted material?
posted by justonegirl at 3:28 PM PST - 29 comments

Is the possession 9/10 enough?

After buying a flat in London (UK) with all of the previous owners possessions still present as part of a probate settlement, do I have any legal claim to stocks, bonds, and other named financial devices I found? [more inside]
posted by fizban at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Pressure, pushing down on me

Is an aneroid barometer affected by being indoors in air conditioning? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 2:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Have camera, will travel.

I just realized that I have 7 vacation days from 2009 that I need to use before the end of March or I will lose them. I'm considering taking a "destination" photo class somewhere for all or part of that time. I've already checked out the offerings at the Maine Media Workshop, but none of them really set my heart aflame. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a verb

I need a bit of grammar help, please. [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 2:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Did you take medication for sleep while pregnant, and if so, what?

Did you take medication for sleep while pregnant, and if so, what? YANMD. Many more details inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for musical role models

Help me find info on musicians who got their start at later-than-typical ages (especially over 40, especially women). [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

An area for potential jealousy... do I compromise or drop him?

Theoretical relationship filter: Would my boyfriend be a jealous freak if he told me he doesn't like or want me getting theraputic massages from my cousin's husband who's a licensed masseuse? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 1:44 PM PST - 40 comments


What is the most simple, robust program that will convert AVI files into WMV files? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find out who designed our competitors' websites?

How can I find out who designed a particular website? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Beware the Decay Rays!

Our neighbor is complaining our garage is too reflective. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 12:31 PM PST - 25 comments

What can I make ahead for brunch?

I'm going to a brunch next weekend and have been asked to bring something. What can I make ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 12:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Nothing "Karmic"al about my slow computer

Ubuntu 9.10 is running INCREDIBLY slow after a recent reboot. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Poisoning myself 4 artz

I'm getting interested in working with alternate photography processes that involve potassium cyanide. How stupid an idea is that? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 11:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me negotiate.

I got a job offer. Help me negotiate the salary I need--or better yet, want. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Lexile numbers

How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 11:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me, font nerds!

Help me, font nerds! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

QGIS tutorials

What is the best way to learn QGIS? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Camera on Cameron

Did James Cameron work on Halo? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Subway Illustrator Program/Webapp?

Help my non-designer friend make good-looking subway maps! What program/webapp can mimic the DC Metro system map style but with a very small learning curve? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Things to do in Phoenix when you're parents?

Things to do in Phoenix when you're parents? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 11:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Mac file to PC file conversion help?

Is there a way to open .pages (iWorks) files in Word 2007 which doesn't involve going back to the original sender to get them to export the file? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Underemployed and depressed

Waiter with a master's needs help staying proactive. [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 at 11:04 AM PST - 12 comments

New job ideas?

My husband needs an idea for a new job/career that will allow him to enjoy his work. He has a PhD in genetics, is mechanically minded, likes working with people, is exceedingly patient, has ADD, and loves strategy games. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor at 11:02 AM PST - 19 comments

More obscure books in serial killer fiction

I'm looking for lesser-known fictional books involving serial killers along the lines of works such as Monstrum (Donald James) and By Reason of Insanity by Shane Stevens. All the lists I am pulling up are the big names such as Deaver, Cornwell, Harris, Carr, etc etc. Anybody have some obscure favorites? They don't have to be series (though I enjoyed David Wiltse's '90s run), and actually prefer them not to be series. They can be older works like Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. Thanks for your suggestions.
posted by snap_dragon at 11:02 AM PST - 13 comments

McDonnell's SOTU response

Was Bob McDonnell's delivery of the State of the Union response at the Virginia House of Delegates, with a hand-picked, partisan audience, unprecedented? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Travel Dentistry in Costa Rica

Asking for a friend: I'm interested in travel dentistry, but don't know how to chose from among all of the dentists on the internet. Costa Rica appears to be cheaper than Mexico. Does anyone have a Costa Rican dentist with whom they have had a good experience? [more inside]
posted by stray at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Unscrewing an Access d/b permissions

How do I regain write permissions for an Access database. [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

[Family Vacation Filter]

[Family Vacation Filter] What fun and family friendly ideas are there for a family of hipsters to go a spring vacation that's within 4-7 hour drive of Baton Rouge, LA? [more inside]
posted by lrkuperman at 10:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Amtrak Boston to Chicago

Does anyone have inside experience, advice or discount price tips on Amtrak, Boston to Chicago (and return) sleeper service? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Doctor Visit: Testicle Lump

What can I expect to happen from my visit to the doctor for a testicle lump? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 9:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Isolating highlights

Is there a fast way to isolate highlighted text from a document? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

If generalizations are possible, would health insurance UCR billing rates (Usual Customary and Reasonable) be higher if based on 80% of the HIAA recommended rate, or 110% of the medicare negotiated rate?

If generalizations are possible, would health insurance UCR billing rates (Usual Customary and Reasonable) be higher if based on 80% of the HIAA recommended rate, or 110% of the medicare negotiated rate? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Please find me some walls to stare at

Buenos Aires Graffiti filter: Where are some notable pieces of street art, like these murals I just saw on the blue? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 9:25 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the best solar powered charger for iPhone?

My dad is going to Haiti to do trauma counseling and critical incident stress debriefing and needs to keep his iPhone charged. Can you please recommend the best solar charger for an iPhone, or one that can be used with it? I don't know anything about these products or about solar power and my dad knows even less!
posted by nitor at 9:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Obligatory Toto joke here

KansasFilter: writing a novel set in Kansas. Can you give me some advice about localisms that you had to have lived there to know? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 8:42 AM PST - 41 comments

I need to find a good hotel in Venice.

I'm going to Venice, Italy with my family. Can you recommend a good hotel (doesn't have to be cheap) and also, can you tell me what do I have to look for when searching for one? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Kitten-proofing stair bannisters?

Dear cat-owning MeFites, please help a new kitten owner: what's the best way to kitten-proof a stair railing with a dangerous drop-off? [more inside]
posted by Creosote at 8:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Wanting This Probable Possible Promotion!

Just got a call from HR for a "chat" about an administrative position I applied for with my current employer. The "chat" is tomorrow. How might this "chat" go, and other than the usual interview preparations, what else should I be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Doing good things and also... being able to buy food in DC?

Is there any hope of a non-technical internship in DC which pays well enough to live in DC? Asking for a girl interested in nonprofits, womens issues, rights, and has tons of writing skills, people skills, and work ethic. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

HELP me escape the art world.

How do I leave the art world for the design/product world? I want to work in project management/biz development. [more inside]
posted by mexcellent at 7:56 AM PST - 2 comments

The Shame

Really embarassing fashion question: Where do I get the parka thing that Kate Gosselin's mystery man is wearing in this picture [more inside]
posted by nomad at 7:46 AM PST - 11 comments

more like a MANdaid amirite

Where can I get bandaid that will stay on? [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:28 AM PST - 43 comments

I have a feeling this isn't possible

Is it possible to get an RSS feed of a Facebook group to display on a page outside of Facebook? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

A Long Weekend in Prague

Help us make the best of a trip to Prague this weekend! [more inside]
posted by nfg at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Good Print on People

Help me discover engaging, popular-level sociology books. [more inside]
posted by PunkSoTawny at 6:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Unlock the mysteries of meatballs for me please

What is the secret of really great meatballs? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:42 AM PST - 44 comments

I want to be happy!

Am I unhappy because of my relationship or am I just unhappy in general and attributing it to my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I learn about real estate?

How can I, knowing absolutely nothing about real estate or managing my own personal finances, learn enough to get an okay deal on buying a house or apartment in a couple of years' time? Later in the year, I'll finish grad school and start a job paying around AUD $70,000 a year. I have about $50,000 in savings. I'm looking to buy something in Brisbane, Australia. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find plays for an advanced reader

My daughter is looking for some plays to read. I'm looking for suggestions of plays that are interesting to an avid reader, but still appropriate for her age level (8 years old). [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 6:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Sourdough muffins? Sourdough...cake?

Besides bread, what else can I make with my sourdough starter? [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 6:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Fictional descriptions of men trying to stave off orgasm?

In all of fiction and literature, what's the best (or any) example of a male character thinking furiously about baseball, algebra etc. in a desperate attempt to postpone his orgasm? [more inside]
posted by gelcap at 6:01 AM PST - 20 comments

What is a shower jacket?

Husband is shopping some online European Football sites and came across a "shower jacket." The Everton site sells both a windbreaker (which was our first thought) and a shower jacket, so they seem to be different things. What is a shower jacket?
posted by dogmom at 5:38 AM PST - 6 comments

The codeine consumer.

What are the risks of regularly using codeine to relieve the pain of chronic migraines? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 AM PST - 15 comments

What can I expect from Zoloft?

I've been prescribed Sertraline (Zoloft) for depression. I've never taken any SSRI or depression drug before. What can I expect? What should I do or not do?
posted by anonymous at 5:25 AM PST - 27 comments

My gross freezer...

Green FlavorIce exploded in my freezer. It's disgusting. It's been there for years. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 5:19 AM PST - 16 comments

How to change the homepage for my Aino?

Can I change the homepage on my Sony Ericsson Aino to a page that actually exists? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next at 1:23 AM PST - 2 comments

January 27

Help me plan electronics and software for an interactive art installation

Help me plan the electronics and software for an interactive art installation involving buttons and a webcam and a monitor. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 11:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to help others find their favourite books.

Help a newbie volunteer make sense of a large, unorganised pile of books, most of which aren't even in English. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 10:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I tell the Other Man's Wife?

I recently discovered that my partner of 9 years has been having an emotionally and sexually intimate affair with a man for the last 2+ years. The man is married with two teenage children. Though devastated, I'm glad I now know the truth, and I feel very betrayed by two of our close friends who knew of my partner's infidelity and didn't tell me. Given that, should I tell this guy's wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 84 comments

We don't want to miss the ice skating

Setting up a PVR/DVR before the Olympics: feasible or not feasible? If so, what components should I buy? Guidance or current resources, please; current setup within. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Free trip to Hawaii!!! To work....

Going to Hawaii for work, I've got one afternoon and evening to get from Kona to Hilo (or within an hour of it) on the Big Island! Help me plan the best commute ever! [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Baking and bulk supplies in Montreal?

I'm in Montreal- where can I find bulk cooking supplies (you know, like bins of measure it yourself spices, n' stuff?) and supplies for baking? I'm living in the downtown and can only get to places easily reached buy foot of public transit. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:14 PM PST - 9 comments

The crush that refuses to die

I briefly dated a guy a few years ago. I ended things but then couldn't get him completely out of my thoughts. Recently we dated and stopped again. How do I prevent from falling back into pining? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 PM PST - 17 comments

nonlinear solver for a non-stats programmer

Nonlinear numerical solver for a non-stats programmer - I have a large slab of client data to generate reports on. I suspect this is a simple job for anyone who knows R and/or other stats tools, but have no idea where to start myself. [more inside]
posted by russm at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What are more songs that start off with (or feature) the stereotypical Native American "tom tom" beat?

What are more songs that start off with (or feature) what I can best describe as the Native American "tom tom" beat? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:29 PM PST - 39 comments

I need something that really sucks for less than $150.

I've got two huskies, a black lab, one long haired cat, and two short haired cats living in my house. And I'm drowning in fur. The Dirt Devil Vision I bought two years ago has never worked decently. So I need recommendations for an affordable vacuum cleaner that can handle a ton of fur and relatively new carpet that's still shedding a bit. I can borrow my grandma's Dyson once or twice a month for superawesome vacuum times, but I also need something I can use a few times a week just to get the majority of the fur off the carpet. Difficulty: Under $150.
posted by elsietheeel at 8:23 PM PST - 26 comments

What Would Google Do (in Government)?

How do I encourage creativity and improve morale in a web team stuck in dead-end jobs? [more inside]
posted by adverb at 8:14 PM PST - 18 comments

What do you call it when you manage the creation of graphical material, and it's your idea, but someone else does the actual computer work?

I develop publications with an external designer, managing everything from the concept to the fine details - but they do the actual computer work. So that I can be credited appropriately in the publications, I need to give a name to my contribution... but I'm not sure what to call it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Any MeFites have advice on a trip to the baseball and football halls of fame?

Any MeFites have advice on a trip to the baseball and football halls of fame? [more inside]
posted by Unintentional_Luddite at 7:31 PM PST - 12 comments

A legitimate app developer in a haystack?

Has anyone ever heard of or done business with a company called TRWDesigns in Las Vegas? I want to do some application work with them and need to make sure they are legit. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:43 PM PST - 3 comments

This Cream Eats Metal

Are there any types of substances that cause rapid metallic corrosion? For some reason, I've always imagined that there was a magic acidic cream or salve that you could rub on, say, a metal barn roof, and it would corrode very, very quickly. Is this completely a fantasy, or is this somehow based in something that exists?
posted by lifeofthunder at 6:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Call Me Yaroslavna

Calling All Opera Buffs: My darling husband absolutely adores Prince Igor (Alexander Borodin et al), but he's never experienced it on stage. He has a milestone birthday coming up and I would like to take him to a performance, regardless of where it might be: anywhere in the world is just fine. Metafilter opera buffs, do you know of any current or planned productions by a reputable opera company? Is there an information clearinghouse on opera productions I could consult if I need an alternative or can't pull this off soon? Thanks so much.
posted by carmicha at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Best place to live in Ottawa for a single woman in her fifties?

Where is the best place in Ottawa for a single woman in her fifties to rent an appartment? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Too Much Light Makes The Lady Go Blind

Ideas for eco-friendly curtains? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get beautiful quran recitations.

I am looking for recommendations on especially beautiful or popular quran recitations. [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus at 6:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Targets Wanted (or "I'm a dick")

I grew up with a pretty mean guy for a father. Thanks to my therapist, I have come to realize that "abusive" does not necessarily mean "illegal," and while his conduct was never the second, it was definitely the first. I'm certain many people grew up in far worse situations, but he still screwed me up, and I still get the bill. The bill comes in many forms, but one is that I'm very prone to anger, and really nasty anger at that. I'm wondering how I can either express or repress this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 50 comments

I need help dealing with rowdy teenagers at the library.

I need help dealing with rowdy teenagers at the library. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 34 comments

Where is the tasteful porn?

Please recommend some porn sites that present women and sex in a healthy, mature, beautiful, non-degrading way. Non-prurient interest is explained inside. Obviously NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 15 comments

questions about snowboarding whiplash from tumbling

Whiplash from big snowboarding wipe-outs: Dealing with / avoiding / preparing for / reducing severity in future falls. [more inside]
posted by figTree at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments

How much will 2 days in NYC cost a pair of old farts?

Mrs. MiamiDave and I are Amtrakking to NYC for our 25th Anniversary this June. We'll be in town for an evening (arrive 7 PM), an entire day, and a morning (depart 11 AM). The cost of the room and Phantom are included. The hotel is about 1.5 miles from the Amtrak station. About how much money should we budget for cab fares to/from hotel and theater, perhaps a Grey Line/Circle Line tour, and a couple of dinners at mid-range restaurants? To set parameters, in Miami we'd consider $150 for dinner and a bottle of Piesporter an expensive evening.
posted by MiamiDave at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Good food on the go in LA?

How can I eat healthy on the go in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Conductor71 at 4:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a fun place to watch LOST on Feb. 2nd in the bay area

I'm looking for a bar, club, or other party place that is showing the LOST premiere on Feb. 2nd in the Bay Area (preferably in San Francisco). I've tried Yelp and SF Station, and have found nothing so far. Is there anywhere else I should look? Anybody know of a bar or other fun public space that will be showing the final season opener? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

And then what happens?

Insipred by this recent question and a quick search of older posts I was wondering what are my rights when stopped by the police in Ontario: i) on foot ii) in a car iii) at my door/on my property?
posted by saradarlin at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

I want it hot, sweaty, and (downward) doggy style in Santa Monica!

Hot Yoga in Santa Monica? Or in LA that's not a Bikram studio? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl at 3:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Relaxing and learning more about the outer boroughs

Best cafes for reading / internet stuff w/ wifi in the outer boroughs of NYC, and activities that can put people in touch with unique cultural experiences (both foreign and NYC-native) in each outer borough. [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 3:07 PM PST - 10 comments

"Don't worry, dad is here!" but I worry

Should I move to increase my chances at getting a job? Should I drop it all to help my parents? Should I stay where I'm happiest? [possibly long] [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:51 PM PST - 22 comments

He Gives Me Fever?

Just got back from the dentist an hour ago, now I feel like I have a fever. Related? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Qwest or Comcast interwebs?

Qwest or Comcast internet? (especially in Denver) [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

how to turn a ham bone into split pea soup

recipe filter: how do I make a delicious split pea soup using a giant leftover ham bone? [more inside]
posted by phelixshu at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I move a mattress with a pickup?

How do I move a queen size mattress and box spring with a full size standard-bed pickup? [more inside]
posted by dalesd at 1:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it safe to email credit card info?

Is it safe to send credit card info by email to Asia? The intended recipient is totally trustworthy; it's hackers I'm worried about.
posted by yarly at 1:26 PM PST - 22 comments

I want my Dragon Age!

Is there any hope for a MacBook (NOT pro) + Dragon Age: Origins? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 19 comments

How can a 35-year old male treat facial cysts?

How can a 35-year old male treat facial cysts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Tipping the groceryman?

Have you ever purchased groceries online and had them delivered to your home? Did you tip the delivery person? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 12:56 PM PST - 32 comments

spring break toronto

Spring Break. 1 week in March. Toronto. What to see, do, and eat? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Tired of Arugula.

I'm awful at eating vegetables. Any way I can increase my veggie intake to 8 servings a day without eating a bajillion salads? I like soups and smoothies, but I need recipes. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 12:38 PM PST - 58 comments

What do I need to know about moving to and living in Germany?

What do I need to know about moving to and living in Germany? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy camel bacon

Where can I buy Camel bacon by mail order? I know this exists and is made in Australia, but where can I buy some? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me learn to think of better names for things

I have always had a hard time naming things. Is there a process you go through when choosing a name? Categories of ideas or questions that you run through? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Firefox keyboards, É?

I accidentally installed Firefox while my default keyboard was not English. I have switched everything I can think of to English default, but Firefox keeps giving me a French keyboard. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Houston Endometriosis support groups?

I'm looking for a specific type of support group in the Houston area or online. I will even just take therapist recommendations and advice. Has to do with Endometriosis, IVF, twenty-somethings, that kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Does Ted Turner have a VERY large fence?

How does Ted Turner keep his buffalo herds on his land? Does he fence the whole thing?? [more inside]
posted by cda at 11:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Intellectual treatises on suburbia?

I'm looking for some intelligent sources of commentary on contemporary and historical suburbia to absorb myself in. [more inside]
posted by jennyhead at 11:11 AM PST - 25 comments

The Lorum Ipsum of Images

I am looking for a sample gallery pack for use in testing uploading images in web applications. I would like to download a zip of copyright free images that meet a variety of qualifications, the prime one being that all of the pictures must not be offensive or weird to clients, in the same way that Lorum Ipsum text is used as a non nonsensical but useful placeholder for the layout of a web application. [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 11:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Stop and smell the smoke.

Smoke themed/flavored/used as a method food! Gimme your ideas! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 11:04 AM PST - 22 comments

To show or not to show, that is the question.

In New York State, if you are walking down the street on a public sidewalk (not doing anything illegal) and if a police officer asks to see your ID, by law, do you have the right to not show them?
posted by jasonspaceman at 10:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Crisp Baked Sweet Potato Fries?

What are your best tips, tricks, and recipes for sweet potato fries? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 10:55 AM PST - 29 comments

Replacement cushion covers for Ikea Börje chairs

I shrank the cushion covers for a couple of Ikea Börje chairs. How can I replace them? [more inside]
posted by brett at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Can we make this work?

Turning a close friendship into a business partnership: is it doomed? Are there success stories out there? What can I do to ensure this works? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 10:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Take my game from the table top to the screen

I'm designing my own tabletop role playing game. How difficult would it be to turn this into a video game? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Mount Hack for Laptop

Help me figure out how to install my laptop on the wall of my kitchen cheaply. [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Export Google Desktop Cache to PDF?

Is there a way to export my Google Desktop cache of webpages into PDF or plain text files? I frequently update my computer and although I include my Google Desktop indexes in my backups, for all practical purposes the browsing history is lost since there is no method to import a Google Desktop Index (You can restore an entire backup, but not import one into another). I'd like to be able to keep a PDF or plain text history of every web page I've visited. I've installed the PDFCreator toolbar, which allows one-click saving of a webpage, so I can save my history from here on, but I'd love to reach back in time and resurrect my browsing history stored in the Google Desktop Index.
posted by PigAlien at 9:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Super Freakonomics alternatives?

Book club recommendations required for easy-to-read business/technology books. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 9:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Three Months in Birmingham

On Friday I'm going to Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) for three months (until early may) for an engineering internship. What should I know? What's the Birmingham area known for amongst Britons? What should I absolutely not miss in my down time? What social norms (at work or otherwise) might be unusual to me? What do locals do for fun? What parts of the city should I wander around in to get a sense of the place (and in which areas would doing so get me killed or served with an anti-social order)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Ballin' Worldwide

How do I play professionally for (another) international basketball team? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Do TV shows always get worse as they go on?

Have there been any long-running television shows that have gotten better-regarded as they go on? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 9:35 AM PST - 45 comments

I KNOW I didn't cook THAT much more.

Did my downstairs neighbor break my gas bill? Or does the meter reader need glasses? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:14 AM PST - 33 comments

Who Gives?

I'm interested in how fund-raising for non-profits works. How do I find out more? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

The Korean Spa - Where I do my French Fry Imitation

There's an "infra-red" area at the local Korean Spa/Bath House. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Smaller music please.

*Affordable* home audio (not home theater). Various Q's inside. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Lowering my wife's expectations in her job search without damaging her and the relationship...

Wife is seeking job, but has unrealistic expectations. How to gently redirect without hurting her feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I get rid of a house?

Moved across country. Can't sell my house. Can't find a renter. Can't afford to keep paying the mortgage. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Mo money. no problems.

Asking for a raise. How do I backup my request with indisputable facts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Who's Responsible for the Weather Report?

I have questions about the weather reporting on my local television and radio stations, and how that data is gathered. I want to know how it likely works, rather than how it ideally should work, especially as I'm located in a small college town in the Midwest. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

I want a stiff drink and some like minded folks around me for this one, please.

Can you suggest a good bar in which to watch the State of the Union address in Cambridge? Bonus points for anything close to Central Square. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Total TV ad dollars in 2009 vs 2008?

What are the total ad dollars spent on TV advertising in 2009 vs 2008? If it hasn't been really totaled up yet, is there a projection? I'm trying to get a sense of the difference due to the economic problems and general trends away from TV advertising. If you can site a reference, all the better!
posted by moedym at 8:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Fun gift for friend traveling to watch the Olympics?

Fun gift for friend traveling to watch the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

If you can still read this shot glass, keep drinking

Need a personalized shot glass and I need it fast. Is there a store in NYC that can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by greenland at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Is that Fever Ray?

Is the woman in this music video Karin Dreijer Andersson, AKA Fever Ray, or is she an actress hired just for the video?
posted by jrb223 at 7:33 AM PST - 2 comments

How long has half & half been around?

When did milk companies start selling half & half, 2% milk, and the other modern variations?
posted by markcmyers at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

What is this symbol?

What is this symbol? http://tinyurl.com/ydaheoz [more inside]
posted by maykasahara at 7:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me Understand my Grandfather's Military Funeral

Help me Understand my Grandfather's Military Funeral [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 6:52 AM PST - 19 comments

The Late Thomas Jefferson?

What are the guidelines for referring to a deceased individual as "late"? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 6:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Having trouble getting paid for my digital artwork from a company, do I own some rights?

Having trouble getting paid for my digital artwork from a company, do I own some rights? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What's good at the National Harbor (Washington DC)?

I'll be attending a convention the second weekend of February at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center which appears to be in the center of a shopping complex called National Harbor. Can our locals recommend anything in the area? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 6:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Anonymous counseling?

Do I have any option for getting real, professional counseling/psychological help while remaining anonymous? Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by calyx at 5:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How to improve my posture?

So after watching a video of myself, I've realized that I have terrible posture. I slouch a lot. I've always known this, and periodically I'll try to stand up straighter, but after a few days I just go back to normal. Does anyone have any experience with beating the slouch for good?
posted by ben5757 at 5:36 AM PST - 36 comments

King and Queen of the Road

Planning a move from Brooklyn to Seattle by car in late February/early March, and need advice. My husband and I are cheapskates in our mid-20s who have never driven cross-country before and want to make an excursion out of this move. [more inside]
posted by doift at 5:34 AM PST - 25 comments

How to move domains to another host?

What are the steps involved in moving registered domains to another host? I'd like to move a number of domains from 1&1 to WebFaction so I can run Django apps easily. An extra wrinkle is that one of the domains needs to be assigned/given to another person who will do with it what they will. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Trews love in London

I'm throwing out all my trousers. Where in London should I get new ones? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 4:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Not for the squeamish

My dad has been diagnosed with cancer - malignant carcinoma in his stomach where the esophagus joins the stomach. They are going to remove his stomach! Has anyone had any experience of this personally or of a relative? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto at 3:31 AM PST - 12 comments

What book best enhances the experience of being in New York City?

What book best enhances the experience of being in New York City? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 3:24 AM PST - 22 comments

PHP IIS Windows Server 2003 - Help needed.

At my wits end with PHP5 on IIS6 Windows Server 2003. (Two days in - in desperate need of help and guidance) [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 3:19 AM PST - 21 comments


Please explain the meme "THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!" [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 2:58 AM PST - 24 comments

10 PRINT "What book was this?" .. 20 INPUT a$

FindABookFilter: What set of books did I get from my elementary school library in the late 1980s that taught BASIC programming, and contained pages upon pages of BASIC code to be keyed in by the reader? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 2:05 AM PST - 4 comments

You don't what?

So I'm dating a former religious fundamentalist. [more inside]
posted by canadia at 1:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Raining like a tall cow.

Where does expression "raining like a tall cow" come from? [more inside]
posted by Mayhembob at 12:28 AM PST - 14 comments

January 26

Literacy concerning Lupe

Can somebody identify this shirt (the guy in the middle)? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 11:32 PM PST - 4 comments

it's medical expriments for the lot of you

What do I need to consider before undergoing a medical procedure that my doctor has not yet performed on anyone else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator?

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 10:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Soon to be college grad doing IT consulting? That's either a great idea or a terrible one, and I have no idea which.

How does somebody break into professional consulting, especially IT consulting? How do you get clients? Should I even do it? [more inside]
posted by icebourg at 10:21 PM PST - 8 comments

On the count of three, say "ouch!"

Several questions about getting female delicate parts pierced, especially in San Francisco. NSFW, naturally. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 9:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Does Acai or Goji cure eczema?

Will drinking Acai or Goji juice cure eczema? I have heard anecdotal evidence from many people that this works, but I am still skeptical. Also, would it be safe for a pregnant woman to start drinking these concentrated juices daily?
posted by roaring beast at 9:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for Spookin' Light circuit

I'm looking for an old (ca. 1965-1969) article for an electronics project. It was published in an electronics magazine like Radio & Electronics, Popular Electronics, etc. [more inside]
posted by warbaby at 9:38 PM PST - 6 comments

You would think finding a piece of clothing seen on three different people withink a month would be easier...

My partner saw a cute skirt on someone a few weeks ago that she later decided that she might want to get a similar one. I've seen the same (or similar ones) two times since then, but have neglected to ask these strangers where they got it. [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 9:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Tattoo artists in Buenos Aires?

A dear, dear friend of mine has just died. I want to get a memorial tattoo, but I happen to be in Buenos Aires for the next two months. For all sorts of reasons, I'd like to get the tattoo while here in Bs. As. Problem: I don't know of any good tattoo artists here. Can the Hive offer any recommendations of tattoo artists in Bs. As. whose work they have *personally* experienced or seen?
posted by alaaarm at 9:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Its been done before.

Since I'm not trying to do something that hasn't been done 1000 times before. Will I have to go with a PHP programmer to make for me what I've seen and want, or is there a place I can buy a pre-made *something* that does what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Late-Night New York City

In a few weekends, I'll be in New York City, a place I only skimmed the surface of when I was younger. I'll have Saturday at noon until mid-afternoon Sunday completely free. Since I don't have much money, I don't need much sleep, and my time is short, I wouldn't mind skipping that $20 hostel bed, pulling an all-nighter, and seeing more of the city. There's been plenty of previous questions about how to do NYC on the cheap, but any suggestions on how to continue to do NYC on the cheap in the dead of night? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 9:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What will make this act more appealing?

My partner wants to perform a certain act on me. I would like to make it easier (possibly nsfw) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me get my stuff scanned in NYC

Help me find a place in NYC that will scan my B/W drawings quickly and beautifully. [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I change my night-owl tendencies?

How can I change my night-owl tendencies? [more inside]
posted by curiouskitty at 8:01 PM PST - 26 comments

I'm trying to find a website I saw a few years ago.

I'm trying to find this interactive map that I saw a few years ago that mapped relationships between members of the mafia, similar in style to theyrule.net, but my googling fails me. Does anybody else remember such a website?
posted by unlicensedarchitect at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Construction budgets: Wholesale Versus Retail

How different are "wholesale" vs. "retail" construction cost estimates? Is there a reason that numbers are varying by 100%? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Damn you, snooze button.

Different wakeup routines: How do I keep from killing my fiance once we move in together? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 6:48 PM PST - 54 comments

Affordable resources for rectangular tumbled glass bathroom tiles?

I'm searching for some tiles for a bathroom renovation, and having trouble finding a specific look... [more inside]
posted by illenion at 6:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Statistical Methods Crash Course Wanted

I need a quick course in statistical methods - Chi squared, Student's t-test, Kruskal-Wallis, etc. I have a research project coming up this Spring and I am sorely lacking in these specifics. Any book or website suggestions appreciated. More about the project inside... [more inside]
posted by Grundlebug at 6:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Experienced Sydney renter needs a little more help..

I'm familiar with the nightmare of renting in Sydney, Australia, but need some specific advice on my complicated rental reference situation, and a pet cat. [more inside]
posted by 8k at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Get me out of here!

Best strategy to negotiate out of a lengthy notice period for leaving a job. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone tweeting tomorrow's Apple event?

Can someone recommend a reliable twitterer who will be liveblogging the Apple event tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 6:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with a jealous, hostile 14 year old?

How to deal with a jealous, hostile 14 year old? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 78 comments

Help me frame my BA from the school of hard knocks.

You know that expression "I don't know my own strength"? I've finally started to know my own strength, in an emotional sense. Now, how do I start LIKING (and using) it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I make my non-wireless printer/scanner wireless?

I have a Samsung SCX-4500 (not W) laser printer/scanner, a Linksys WRT54GS v7.0 router, and a 13" MacBook Pro. Is there a way (using DD-WRT or something else) that I can print and scan over my wireless network?
posted by joshuaconner at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Which season(s) of Black Adder should I get my friend?

Which season(s) of Black Adder should I get my friend? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 5:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Ideas for a romantic week for two in Spain?

Looking for ideas about how to spend a romantic week in Spain in April. Both in our early 40s. Good music and food is a must. Everthing else is completely open. Anybody with some nice experiences, activities and secret travel tips they wish to share?
posted by vizsla at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you help me identify movies about exercise?

Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
posted by rokabiri at 4:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Door-window coverings in a rental?

The house I'm renting has uncovered windows in the front and back, which aren't ideal privacy-wise. I'm looking for advice on how to tastefully, non-permanently (no screws) add some more privacy without just taping butcher paper over the windows. Is something like this possible without being tacky? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Palomar at 4:45 PM PST - 22 comments

My girlfriend's Absolute Dream Job is to be an elementary school secretary....

My girlfriend's Absolute Dream Job is to be an elementary school secretary. She's got the skills, but she's never been able to so much as get an interview in any of the school districts she's lived in or near. Now she's starting the job hunt again in a new city, and I'm wondering if any school district (or local gov't) employees out there have advice on how she can improve her odds. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Red Licorice Recipe?

Do you have a reliable red licorice recipe? I have searched and searched, but get stuck with black licorice recipes or recipes that use red licorice, but not actual red licorice recipes. [more inside]
posted by jonah at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Death is free

It's tax time and I screwed up, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Help a first time international traveler have a good vacation in Belize.

I'd like to get some recommendations on travelling to Belize. I'm planning my first out-of-country trip ever from the US to Belize. I have never travelled outside of the country before and need some pointers on international travel in general and travelling to Belize specifically. I would like to stay on Caye Caulker and visit the Great Blue Hole and a couple of cave systems. I'm perfectly happy lounging by the sea in a hammock with an umbrella drink, but I'd also like to do something fun or exciting I can only do in Belize. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 3:59 PM PST - 19 comments

You're an Idiot, Dent.

I'm trying to find this passage from The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where there's this person who's so fed up with everything in the universe, that he travels the entire cosmos, telling each and every one of its inhabitants that he, or she, or it - is an idiot. The passage describes how he met Arthur Dent. Thank you.
posted by lipsum at 3:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding an Accountant in Chicago

Responsible Adult Filter: In the last year I've bought a condo, gotten engaged, and received a small inheritance. While I've used TurboTax to file in the past, I think I'm in a little over my head now. Does anyone know a trustworthy, reasonably priced accountant in Chicago who is still accepting new clients?
posted by Oktober at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the name of what I have ?

I have an infection in my left testicle. The doctor told me the name of said infection, but not I can't remember it. Do you know the name? NOT AN STD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Renting cars: which rate will I be charged, daily or weekly?

If a rental car's weekly rate is better than the daily rate I'd use for five days, can I rent the car for a week and just return it early? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Who do you trust to give you good solid information about TTC?

TTC filter: Trying to conceive for over a year now and feeling overwhelmed. I need trustworthy information. [more inside]
posted by ljesse at 3:16 PM PST - 23 comments


How do I ask my partner to be more subtle/modest/attentive? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 3:14 PM PST - 22 comments

To what extent can you fix a tin ear?

How important is having a good ear to studying/writing music and how much can a tin ear be taught? [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Ding Dong!

How can I get Outlook and GMail Notifier to play different sounds for the new mail notification? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 2:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Everything the body needs.

Is the goop food they eat in The Matrix possible? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 2:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I make real, lasting progress towards being better?

How do I make real, lasting progress towards being better when I have social isolation/anxiety and depression? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 2:49 PM PST - 16 comments

1099? WD-40!!

Is there a way to fill out 1099's online without signing up on an accounting site? Surely there's something easier than using a typewriter!
posted by Allee Katze at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Free land?

How legitimate are the offers of free land from Western towns? Has anyone taken up one of these offers (or do you know someone who has)? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Monopoly money

Paypal won't give me my money. How do I tell them to hand it over? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Data-only SIM for smartphones?

I'm sure I'm burning this week's question for a quick "no" answer, but just in case...is there any way to get a data-only (no voice plan) SIM for smartphone use in the US? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Is prozac a normal treatment for night terrors?

Doctor prescribed Prozac for my night terrors. I'm nervous about taking it and am not finding much info about it being used to treat them. That's where y'all come in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Can a company track down non-company email?

Hypothetically, let's say that an employee from CompanyX, a rather large large semi-techie company, sent something they shouldn't have to a competitor. The employee didn't use their work email address (which the company can search) but they did use their company computer at work and something like their Yahoo account. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 22 comments

I have no medicine for you

What are the rules for Dr Phil's 'medicine game'? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the purpose of a mousepad?

What is the purpose of a mousepad? Is it to protect the mouse or the surface that the mouse is used on? Does a computer mouse (optic) get damaged if not used with a mousepad?
posted by oracle bone at 1:59 PM PST - 32 comments

Where can I buy old/rare magazines online?

Where can I buy old/rare magazines online? [more inside]
posted by hatchback at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this Facebook app that is displaying a running Twitter feed?

Please help me identify this Facebook app. [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 1:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Light upon the surreal

I'm interested in reading and getting a better grasp on Surrealism. Other than Breton's manifestoes and Benjamin's essay (which i found not all that helpful) are there any illuminating essays?
posted by MrMisterio at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Where else can I find smart people online?

I love AskMeFi and MetaFilter because (well, it's just awesome) of the intelligent conversation. Where else can I find that online? I have a wide range of interests, so suggestions can be very varied as far as topic(s) go!
posted by CdnMathTeacher at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a good online newsstand for paper magazines?

Are there any stores on the web that act as online newsstands? Not in the sense that they provide online copies of magazines, but in that they have a wide selection of recent issues. [more inside]
posted by mikeh at 1:17 PM PST - 0 comments

What songs do you listen to on repeat--and then once more?

What songs do you listen to on repeat--and then once more? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 1:08 PM PST - 110 comments

Hooking up a GameCube to an Acer LCD monitor

I have an old GameCube that, until recently, has been chilling with my best friend halfway across the country. Having moved into a new apartment, I thought longingly about the fun I had farming in Harvest Moon, trotting about as Mario, commandeering Link through various worlds, winning the heart of Zel... the point is, that I'm getting it back. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me remove my bike lock from my bike.

How do I remove my £30 Kryptonite D- (or U-) lock from my £200 bike? The lock wouldn't open, I over-turned the key and the key sheared off inside the lock. I still have the spare key but obviously can't insert it. [more inside]
posted by KMH at 1:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Could the Perilous Potter Plague my Prospects?

Would having a comic with a similar name to a product that is tangentially related to the subject of the comic be legally problematic? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best cameraphone?

I'd really like a great camera phone. Is there such a thing? Oh, and can I have an affordable calling plan too? I'm flexible on some aspects of this. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Blues Guitarist and Harmonica Player

A bunch of years ago, on Public Access TV in NYC, I saw some old live footage of an electric blues guitarist playing with singer/harmonica player. A couple of times, the guitarist would play a solo, and in the middle of it, the singer would stop him by placing his hands on the guitar strings. It was amazing. I was thinking that in might be Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know who it was and where I can see that footage again?
posted by chirico at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Domain Name Redirection Help

How can I get our old domain name to redirect to our new one? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Buying a domain name...for the children!

How should my small nonprofit purchase a squatted-on domain name? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Not my doctor filter: I passed out the bus yesterday and when I came to my pulse was hanging out at 48. What could be going on?

Not my doctor filter: I passed out the bus yesterday and when I came to my pulse was hanging out at 48. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 11:17 AM PST - 26 comments

Sampler Platter

If you were a hip-hop producer, what song(s), artist(s), or sound(s) would you sample? I am having a lot of fun creating beats on my computer and am looking for some inspiration. I am already making full use of Pandora, Last.FM, Sample FAQ, WhoSampled, and FreeSound but am hoping for something a little more serendipitous. Answers could range from a complete 4 bar rip of a favorite song, sound effects from an obscure sci-fi movie, or the sounds heard in a Tokyo subway. This is about your aesthetic taste, not mine. Bass lines, explosions, laser guns, piano runs, orchestral movements, movie quotes, kick drums, laughing babies, bring it!. Answers do not include debates on sampling as music, copywriting, or Fair Use. Help this bedroom producer find the next killer sound.
posted by jasondigitized at 10:57 AM PST - 22 comments

I know someone didn't pay $400 for a cab ride

Why did I just see a NYC taxi in Natick, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 10:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Decent Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Can anyone recommend a decent budget hotel in Kuala Lumpur [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it ethical to copy the design of software?

Is it ethical or legal to copy the design of software, but not the code? [more inside]
posted by idb at 10:23 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I get you to come into my store?

Hivemind, help! What are things that someone could say to get you to actually GO into a store?? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 10:12 AM PST - 44 comments


How do I change sleeping behaviors that seem to be causing TMJ? What kinds of treatment are effective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm not going to CC you on this

What's the best way to respond gracefully to perceived micromanagement at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Yet Another Landlord Horror Story

I'm stuck in a ridiculous situation with the apartment I rent with my wife in Indianapolis, and would appreciate a little advice. [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 10:10 AM PST - 57 comments

Does having an LLC prior to getting laid off affect unemployment?

Does having an LLC prior to getting laid off affect unemployment? [more inside]
posted by flxyp at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Puppy day care?

Can anyone recommend a good puppy day-care provider in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by muscat at 9:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Best Speakers on a tiny budget.

Best HiFi experience for <=100€. [more inside]
posted by kall at 9:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Call of Duty and Teens

Teens playing "Call of Duty"--is it really that harmful? [more inside]
posted by sandra194 at 9:40 AM PST - 102 comments

Drunk Pedestrian Study

Study done in Japan(?) with regards to pedestrians walking efficiency and the effect of alcohol? [more inside]
posted by wackoacko at 9:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Your mother doesn't work here....

People at work, including my boss, are always raving about how organized I am. Normally, this would be a compliment, but lately I wonder if I'm not being underestimated. How can I get my boss to take me more seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 21 comments

MBTI, will it help us, hurt us, neither, or both?

Does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment have any value in couples therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Hey, travel writers - when do you pitch?

What's the best time for a travel writer to pitch a story to an editor? Before the trip, when you still have some flexibility? Or after, so you don't have to retract your well-worded promises when the place/angle turns out to be a dud? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I convert 5.1 AC3 to 6 WAVs?

How can I take 5.1 (or 7.1) audio from a DVD, encoded as AC3, and convert it so each channel is its own WAV file? (Mac solution preferred; Windows XP will suffice) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

How to develop realistic expectations for starting a relationship?

How do I flush out my unrealistic-due-to-mental-illness expectations for starting a relationship? (Way more after the fold.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

MySQL and I don't get along.

Open-source blogging with Postgres. [more inside]
posted by enn at 7:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to watch streamed live video of Apple press event on the internet?

Is there a way to watch streamed live video of Apple press event on the internet?
posted by omaralarifi at 7:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Cat on Prozac - any advice?

Does anyone have any experience putting a cat on Prozac? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

All the people who taught her card tricks are dying..

The woman I am romantically interested in has had an extremely taxing couple of years. Her long term boyfriend disappeared and committed suicide last year, and now her chief support/best friend/roommate has been given only 2 months to live. Both of her pets have cancer and will die soon. And me.. well, I'm moving out of country for at least 4 months in about a week >< Her family is all living overseas until mid summer. She says she doesn't think she can handle the pain and doesn't think she can live after the impending death of her friend. She basically has no one to turn to and I want to be a support for her without trying to replace her past. The question: How can I show my care for her without coming off as a looter during a vulnerable time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 19 comments

how can I kill sperm on my hand?

NSFW question about how to ensure any sperm on my hand are dead after the fold... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 49 comments

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

What are ways I can compliment my lover in bed when I don't find him as beautiful as he does me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Did my daughter almost drown?

How does drowning work? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 7:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Ladies: What do you wish your boyfriend would get you for Valentine's Day?

My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost six months now, but I know we have a special connection. I know she is very emotionally involved in our relationship as am I. We are planning on moving in together during the summer (mostly to save money). We are both 23 and live in Boston. She is Chinese, concerned with the environment, and about to go to grad school. I have been working on my start-up company. Neither of us have much money. That does not mean I can't do something special for her. The day before Valentine's is our 6-month anniversary which my girlfriend is planning and has already got some tickets to the opera for us to see. We agreed that she would plan our anniversary and I would plan Valentine's. What are some special things I could do or give her to show her I love her?
posted by 1awesomeguy at 6:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Building a low-power dumb terminal

Suggestions for hardware for a low-power dumb terminal? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 6:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Experiences with Midfirst bank?

Experiences with Midfirst bank in Arizona? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 6:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Allergy Treatment for Kids

I've heard about a woman outside of Boston who cures kids' allergies by starting with an infinitesimal amount of the allergen, and slowly exposing the body to greater amounts, until the allergy is overcome. A similar process was used in a study at Duke recently. Is there anyone else in the USA using this process (successfully) to treat/cure kids' allergies, that you know of?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Setting a toddler nap time

How did you get your toddler to take a nap at a somewhat consistent time?
posted by drezdn at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

To work or keep looking - What are you worth?

Human Resources Filter: Seems fishy to me but is it legal? [more inside]
posted by jrc at 5:17 AM PST - 13 comments


SalmonFilter: Help me devise a guaranteed home-run broiled salmon recipe, ideally involving cheese and wine. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 5:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Books about social work

Hi i'm intrested in becoming a social worker in the UK i was looking for works of fiction (based on real life) that may give me some idea of what the job may be like. If its a good read that would be ideal! Many Thanks
posted by lpoulter at 4:07 AM PST - 5 comments

I am not an animal!

What am I supposed to do about my peeling nose? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 3:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Will my fingernails re-attach to the nail-bed?

Can fingernails re-attach to the nail-bed? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 2:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Elephant Man Broke Strong Man's Necks

"Jimmy didn't like his place, in this world of ours, where the Elephant man broke strong man's necks and he had too many powers." [more inside]
posted by three blind mice at 2:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Can i share my PC with my partner?

Hello, I'm just about to buy a new PC. It has more power than I need right now (ITB/5,200 MHz/4,000MB ram) so i wonder, how easy is it to set it up so that two people can use it at the same time? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot at 1:56 AM PST - 16 comments

January 25

Oh yeaaaah, it's the taxman

A character in my story needs to hide gambling winnings from the IRS - what are some simple, non-James-Bondian ways he can hide his winnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 PM PST - 29 comments

Orchid Filter - we bought plugs! Now what??

Orchid Filter - we bought plugs! Now what?? [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 10:03 PM PST - 5 comments

I need an alarm clock that silently wakes me up!

My awesome vibrating alarm clock broke and I'm planning to replace it. Before that, can you suggest any awesome alarm clock for deep sleepers that doesn't necessarily make noise? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 10:02 PM PST - 10 comments

cold brew tea, you are a mystery

just got a box of "cold brew" tea. add teabag to cold water, three minutes later you have a glass of iced tea. how does this work? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

He has an ugly website, should he be told?

Can I tell someone (whom I don't know well at all) that their online presence is extremely dated and probably doing them more harm than good? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow at 9:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Who wrote the song, "Mama's Little Soldier"?

I'm trying to find out who wrote the song, "Mama's Little Soldier". I heard Bill Staines sing it years ago and I thought he gave credit to Tom Paxton, but I have been unsuccessful finding out who actually wrote the song. I can't even find references to the song anywhere on the Internet or iTunes. [more inside]
posted by hdh at 9:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Track Jacket Hunt

Where can I buy the coolest men's track jackets? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Failed WinXP SP3 upgrade sends PC into reboot death spiral

Yesterday, my husband clicked on that little balloon in the System Tray of his Windows XP desktop asking him to install unspecified "Software Updates." Windows proceeded to install XP Service Pack 3... and now his computer is unusable: stuck in an endless reboot loop. How can we snap the computer out of this? [more inside]
posted by maud at 8:36 PM PST - 39 comments

How do I schedule a Facebook link post?

How do I schedule a Facebook link post? [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet at 8:36 PM PST - 5 comments

My name's Zé Pequeno, Bullshitter Extraordinaire.

I arrived in Hong Kong last week having just finished my Masters in International Business. I'm looking to either start my own export brokerage company between China and Latin America or work for a while in a company that already does this in order to get some experience. I meet interesting people every day but don't have a card to give to them. If I did have a business card, what would I put on it? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me learn about this painter!

Where can I learn more about the Czech painter Mikulas Medek? [more inside]
posted by chickenandwine at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Principia Juicybeanica

Where do science fairs come from? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

If you owned this rental property, and a "get out of jail (practically) free" card, would you use it?

How can I calculate the ROI on a rental property in a bubble busted area? Is this as poor an investment as I fear? How can I show my friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Get in loser, we're going shopping.

What should I buy for my friend's birthday? Answers from hardcore Mean Girls fans preferred. [more inside]
posted by tantivy at 7:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Can someone recommend a good part-time nanny in San Diego?

Can someone recommend a good part-time nanny in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help, Hivemind!

Does this article about Zaha Hadid actually exist? [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Community health

What's the best method to be ok around an ex? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 6:33 PM PST - 14 comments

What is causing my new PC build to BSOD?

I build my own PC for the first time, and everything started out alright, computer booted, Windows 7 installed no problems. But ever since then I get about 2-5 minutes of playing around with my computer before it BSODs... [more inside]
posted by Endure You Are Not Alone at 5:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Where to buy skis in or somewhat near NYC

After many years of non-skiing, I'm a-comin back. I went through the rental rigmarole last weekend and it preeeetty much sucks, so I'm waiting till February for the end-of-season sales to kick in, and then getting skis, boots, poles. The question is: Where? I'm in NYC, but willing to drive up to, say, an hour. My fantasy is to find a place with a lot of selection, really good prices, and a patient, knowledgeable salesperson. If I can have only one of those things, it would be the patient, knowledgeable salesperson. Thanks, and...woo hoo! skiing!
posted by The Dutchman at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments


A recent question has me wondering about the dos and donts of fixing people up. [more inside]
posted by SillyShepherd at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Make Up Your Mind!

Why do internet ads load so many different URLs in your browser before displaying the final content? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Do vitamins work?

Do vitamins work? [more inside]
posted by duvatney at 5:03 PM PST - 47 comments

What is the maximum amount of memory (RAM) I can put in my HP Pavilion Slimline s3200t?

What is the maximum amount of memory (RAM) I can put in my HP Pavilion Slimline s3200t? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Fruit without fat = fabulous?

My roommate claims a diet consisting of mostly fruit is OK as long as she keeps it low fat. Is there any science to back up this claim? [more inside]
posted by idle at 5:00 PM PST - 40 comments

Air bed in NYC anyone?

Where to buy an air bed in NYC? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Inverter redo

Can this circuit board be redesigned? If so, how can I find someone to do it? (also inverter, battery question) [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I stop him from being suckered?

How can I stop my roommate from getting scammed? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 4:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a book that is like "Diary of a Spaceperson" but is something else.

What is this faintly-remembered book, if not "Diary of a Spaceperson"? It was a book of illustrations of a future tourist trip of the great sights of the (fanciful future) solar system. Like "Diary", it was similar to the Terran Trade Authority books. More clues inside... [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Protection from whom, exactly?

Is the payment protection plan on my credit card something worth keeping, or is it just an unnecessary $30-40 a month? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 4:26 PM PST - 13 comments

A Big Sound from Little Walter

About ten years ago, I heard a song by Little Walter that blew me away and I'm trying to find it again. The thing that sticks out most distinctly in my mind was a moment in the harmonica solo when he blows the harp so hard that something cataclysmic happens to the amplifier/speaker. It's a terrific wail, almost a painful shriek, and I would love to find that song again so I can hear that moment one more time. Any ideas what the song might be? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 4:15 PM PST - 2 comments

SWF seeks same for long walks on the beach

I am that most special of snowflakes: a good writer who is both tremendously shy and tremendously snobby. How can I balance my need for constructive feedback with my fear of being stuck with a bunch of laggards? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet at 3:29 PM PST - 20 comments

He missed a deadline again

I'm conscientious. Some people I work with are not. Help me understand them and keep my cool. [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 3:09 PM PST - 54 comments

Tell me about the Nexus One.

Please tell me about the Nexus One - confused about my buying options in the UK. [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

So, who does your hormones?

You: Are or know someone with goofy possibly-reproductive female endocrine issues on the Westside of LA. You love your UCLA Health System endocrinologist for their sterling patient care. Me: Someone in need of that doctor's name and office location. [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 3:05 PM PST - 5 comments

USB Crashes Windows 7?

Windows 7 x64 desktop gives me a BSOD (blue screen) whenever I insert my USB thumb drive/memory stick. Thumbdrive works fine on all other computers. [more inside]
posted by jckll at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

looking for a decent digital recorder for binaural recordings

I'm looking for a small, inexpensive digital recorder that will work with an external microphone and hopefully uses standard AA or AAA batteries. I want to use it for making binaural recordings. I would like to make decent quality recordings, but professional quality is not essential. I will likely be using this microphone. [more inside]
posted by pahool at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I make female friends like I make guy friends?

How can I (a mid-20s female) make more female friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 30 comments


Help a late-blooming dating newbie figure out the mysteries of entering a relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Please dress me.

Please help a cheap, butch girl pick out good work-appropriate clothes. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 1:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Backyard-y Bay Area location for SF and Menlo Park commuters?

Asking for a friend: Where in the Bay Area should a couple with one person commuting to the Embarcadero BART station (not Caltrain - this person works literally above the station) and the other person commuting to Menlo Park near the Dumbarton Bridge live? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I being a psycho birthday bitch?

Friendship filter. Am I being unreasonable, and if not, how do I go about talking to my friend about her hurtful behavior? (warning: long.) [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I find a San Francisco private school that will fit my children's needs?

Does anyone know the San Francisco private school system? Want a seriously engaging and academic (also nurturing, non-competitive) school for my (currently) 3rd and K boys, can't find any online guides worth anything, don't have many contacts in the city. We've been public school people all our lives but I don't think it's going to work with this move. [more inside]
posted by Wittamer at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Anyone used Subsonic?

Anyone had any luck with Subsonic on an Android phone? I can't find any in-depth reviews, so I turn to the Green. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a tailor turn pleated pants into flat-front?

Can a tailor turn pleated pants into flat-front? [more inside]
posted by ObeyScient at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

I have a sinking feeling my syncing won't work

iPhone + New Computer Syncing Help Needed. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best most thorough method of testing one's water?

I am thinking about cultivating a small vegetable patch area near a river. What would be the best method to thoroughly test the water for nasty contaminants like arsenic, lead or other spooky chemicals I can't even pronounce? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 12:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Did I kill my LIPO battery?

Did I kill this little Lithium Polymer (LIPO) battery? [more inside]
posted by de void at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

help me ID runaway "DLmpd" process in OSX?

help me ID runaway "DLmpd" process in OSX? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

what kind of dance/ritual is this?

what kind of dance/ritual/performance is featured on this youtube clip. the dance is featured at: 2:27 3:05 6:06 8:21
posted by mrmarley at 12:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I crazy or did he just say that?

My coworker is saying things that I'm not sure are inappropriate or considered harassment. Where's the line, and what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr at 12:26 PM PST - 55 comments

Recent German Luftwaffe movie?

Looking for a recent WWII movie from the German Luftwaffe perspective. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I teach AP computer science, or just an introduction to Computer Science?

Should I teach an AP Computer Science class, or an introduction to Computer Science? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by satori_movement at 12:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for headphones for listening stations

Headphone solution x 2. I'm looking for two pairs of headphones to mate with some listening stations at my record store. One is for a unit that's on the floor and accessible to everyone so should be corded so it can't be stolen (it connects to the unit inside the machine). The other we'd like a wire-free pair... however, the listening station has no wireless/bluetooth. Is there a dongle or something that can solve this? In addition, what headphones would you recommend in general, that give good sound, fit many size heads, and are reasonably priced? Obviously, earbuds are not appropriate. Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Homemade Lizano sauce?

Anybody have a recipe for a homemade version of Lizano sauce? I've been buying it online, but it's kind of expensive that way and seems a bit frivolous having it shipped such a long way. Surely it can't be difficult to make, right?
posted by redheadeb at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Music analyzation software

Is there any music analyzation software or website that will provide you with descriptive terms about the song? Like Pandora will describe a song as having "disco influences", "four on the floor beats" or "danceable beats." [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Teaching English as an Asian

How difficult is it to get a job teaching English in Asia as an American-born Asian? [more inside]
posted by jsmith78 at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

It's all in Sgt. Pepper's

Beatles-madness-book: I'm trying to find a book about a guy having a mid-life crisis who becomes obsessed with Sgt. Pepper's [more inside]
posted by lex mercatoria at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

[Job Filter] How can I interview with another company without my current employer knowing? Details inside.

[Job Filter] All of my relevant experience and powerful references are with my current employer. How can I interview with another company gracefully without my current employer knowing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I overcome jealousy and lack of trust in my relationship?

Before my now-boyfriend and I decided to go exclusive, we had a long uncommitted period where we were just besties who had great sex. At the time, his other flings and involvements didn't bother me. Now that we're actually together, I am retrospectively jealous. Very jealous. How do I overcome my jealousy and lack of trust? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for macabre comedy sketch

Trying to find & identify a comedy sketch involving a hardware store customer with nefarious intent. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

How long did google lock me out of searching?

I tried searching for a term multiple times (around 100 in a minute) to see if it would come up on google trends, and now I can't search on google at all. Does anyone know how many times you can search a single term on Google before they shut you down for "sending automated queries"? How long does the lockdown lasts?
posted by numbskeleton at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Shanghai Street Food id filter

I was in Shanghai in February 2006 and encountered a food stand in some side street off the eastern half of Fuzhou Lu that sold freshly baked crusty things vaguely similar to pizza bread. What was it? [more inside]
posted by themel at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Can't say exactly why I like it...

I really like the music in this Ibanez advertisement. Can you recommend similar music? Song/CD recommendations would be most helpful, but artist suggestions would not go unappreciated. And I guess it would help to know what genre(s) I should try listening to.
posted by bricoleur at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I cure my sexuality

How do you get over someone who you once loved, but now the interest is purely sexual? I don't need him emotionally, but at night I feel so damn lonely. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Golfer's elbow? But I've never been on a golf course.

What can I do about my possible golfer's elbow? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

things to do in phoenix when your computer is dead

I'm looking for a reputable computer repair shop in the Phoenix, AZ area. I lent my Compaq laptop (running vista) out to a friend and now it's totally owned by virii, and I don't have the time, patience, wherewithal to fix this level of problem. Is there a good, independent (not Best Buy) place in town to get this looked at and potentially fixed for a reasonable price? Again, I'm not interested in fixing it myself, I'd rather pay someone else to be frustrated for me.
posted by chlorus at 10:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Decent online web page editor?

Is there a decent, online web editor? [more inside]
posted by Terheyden at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Indy food and drinks!

Where to eat and drink in Indianapolis this weekend? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

x-rays, light, electrical rays

Is a hair removal system (used in salons) that utilizes intense pulsed light equivalent to utilizing x-rays or electrical rays? We need to know if we have grounds to go to war with a big bad insurance company. [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments

How to ask an embarassing question?

How should I let a potential partner know I have a rash that my doctor says is all in my head, where I'm not so certain it is? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow at 10:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Rainy day in NYC

What are the places in NYC (all boroughs) where you are released from the subway into a building without having to go outside? Such as the B train to the Museum of Natural History.
posted by xo at 10:02 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I fix my floors?

How can I fix the surface of parquet flooring which I have damaged with the plastic casters on an office chair? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 9:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace?

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 9:51 AM PST - 47 comments

Should I buy a Volvo?

Last year I almost bought a new Volvo c30. I drove one and liked it, but then work got busy and I put the whole thing off until the spring. However, in December Ford announced that they would be selling Volvo to Geely. Geely has apparently has only been manufacturing cars since 1989. This makes me hesitant, even though the BBC report on the sale states: Industry observers say the sale is good news for Volvo. Am I over thinking this, or is the ownership of a car company irrelevant?
posted by R. Mutt at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Lost party like it's 1999

I'm hosting a LOST viewing party for the premiere. I need some ideas to make it fun, welcoming. [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 9:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Counselling's not helping - should it be?

Counselling newbie, not having a great experience of it. Am I doing it wrong? Is my counsellor? Or is counselling just not the route to take, here? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 9:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Efficiency cooking...as in cooking in an efficiency!

Wondering if any mefites can help me plan simple (healthy) meals while living in an efficiency?! [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

What are these spiders doing?

Are these spiders mating? [more inside]
posted by e.e. coli at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Tips for going from Ruby/Python to Java?

I'm teaching myself to program. I learned the basics with Ruby on Rails, and I'm now coding in Python and Javascript, but I want to try an Android app, and that requires that I use Java. Going from Ruby to Python to Javascript was relatively painless, but I feel like I'm starting all over looking at Java code. Does anyone have any tips for going from scripted languages to Java? Or any really great tutorials for getting started in Java? Or any great tutorials for beginning programmers for Android?
posted by empath at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments

This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again.

Idiosyncratic movies filter. I've realized that I tend to like movies in a certain niche that you might call "uncategorizable," and I'm looking for your recommendations for more of these movies to see. It's hard to say they're all in the same genre (since some of them are quite different from the others), but it's also hard to say which genres they do belong to. In addition, there are several of these movies that I found very disappointing even though I would have expected to like because they seem to be "my kind of movie." Lots (!) of examples and elaboration inside. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 8:47 AM PST - 70 comments

New Laptop Video Card = Reset Blues.

BrokenLaptopFilter. Bad News: the graphics card in my laptop died. Good News: the part is a Nvidia MXM II modular card and is replaceable. Bad News: I replaced the card (didn't forget the thermal paste) but the laptop does a hard reset about 5 seconds after getting to the desktop. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Healthier alternatives to PowerBars?

Healthier alternatives to PowerBars? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 8:25 AM PST - 35 comments

What can I do with my suitcase while I visit the Museum of Natural History in New York?

What should I do with my suitcase while I visit the Museum of Natural History in New York? Do they have a bag check? [more inside]
posted by AV at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get gum off of pants

How best to remove gum from pants [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 7:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there software that can help me sell my band's music online?

How can I sell my band's album online? I'd like to use software hosted on my own server so that someone can pay me and get a digital download. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 6:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Olympic Hockey Pool site?

Does anyone here know of a site that will allow me to run a private hockey pool during the Olympic Tournament? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 6:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Did you seriously just ask the graphic designer if she knew what Photoshop was?

Working-in-environments-where-the-cheerleader-is-the-sinkhole-filter: Project manager isn't taking her job seriously, making it hard for me to do mine. [more inside]
posted by june made him a gemini at 6:22 AM PST - 24 comments

PEBKAC. For real.

Looking at remote access apps for our IT company. Would love to hear your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Fictional wills?

Fiction filter: how, precisely, would a will be dealt with in this situation? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 6:09 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get a record played on various radio stations?

Hi all - How would you get the attention of radio programmers to play a terrific independently produced recording? [more inside]
posted by hick57 at 5:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Paypal multiple countries

I live in Australia and I have a Paypal account there with an Australian bank account attached to it. If I open a bank account in another country can I associate it to the same Paypal account? [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 5:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it this weekend or next weekend?

Today is Monday, Jan. 25. What are the dates of next weekend? [more inside]
posted by rheumy_the_dwarf at 5:18 AM PST - 51 comments

hippie pants

I need a very specific style of mod / hippie pants. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:47 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this wall socket for?

My unit was built in Australia in the 60's or 70's and has an odd socket on the wall. It has two small round holes, 2-3mm in diameter, spaced approx 3mm apart. It's above my power point and below the telephone socket. Here's a picture of it. Does anyone know what it is used for?
posted by Kris10_b at 3:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Offsite tape storage in Shanghai

Can anybody recommend offsite storage in Shanghai for backup tapes?
posted by m3thod4 at 2:42 AM PST - 2 comments

January 24

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD?

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 11:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Copying a massive directory over the internet

How can I reliably transfer a massive directory with lots of files over the internet? It's a one-time thing. [more inside]
posted by aatreya at 11:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Help Connecting A Solar Junction Box

I purchased a junction box for solar panels off ebay and need help figuring out how to properly connect it to a 12v battery. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 10:31 PM PST - 15 comments


Hello. I have lost my remote for my Sylvania SRT 2319 and am trying to program my Time Warner Universal remote to work with it. I have found the code and the remote will power on and off the TV but it will not control any other features. Any time I press the channel key or a number key the CBL (cable) device button blinks, like it's not registering as a TV button. Does that make sense? What can I do?
posted by madmamasmith at 10:14 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I handle a fundamental conflict between my worldview and that of society at large?

I have certain feelings, beliefs, and opinions that don't seem to match those of the rest of the Western World. I feel like I'm going crazy. What, if anything, can I do to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec at 9:40 PM PST - 129 comments

Scent of a Man Filter

Please help me find the male fragrance that made me weak in the knees... [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Not The Air America with Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson.

Looking for articles that explain why Air America failed while conservative talk radio continues to flourish. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 9:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy a sport coat.

Where can I buy a fashionable, inexpensive (~$150, hopefully less) sport coat? I don't need it for work, just for the very occasional more formal outing. [more inside]
posted by stchang at 9:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Could somebody help me with my powerpoint project?

I need to do a powerpoint about gun trafficking in Colombia. First of all, how do I get the powerpoint to go to the next slide automatically after a certain period of time after one slide is shown, and how do I incorporate music into the slide show? Secondly, can anybody point me to any useful charts/graphs/pictures on the web? I found this online pdf U.N. report that was really helpful but unfortunately I couldn't save or copy and paste any of the graphs as they were part of the text. Help is greatly needed and appreciated.
posted by bookman117 at 9:04 PM PST - 12 comments

A tree by any other name

Plantfilter: Can anyone identify the species of tree in this image? [more inside]
posted by CardinalRichelieuHandPuppet at 8:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Seriously, if he kills me one more time, we are going to break up.

Yet Another Video Game Question: What are good video games for couples? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 8:29 PM PST - 46 comments

precarious trash

Mefites I would like to solicit advice in penning a polite yet firm grievance letter to an unknown person (or parties) in my apartment building. [more inside]
posted by sequin at 8:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Is walking sufficient exercise for someone in my situation?

Is walking sufficient exercise for someone in my situation? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:58 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I use orange-flavored olive oil?

What can I do with 350ml of orange-flavored olive oil, besides salad dressings? Can I use it in baked goods, and if so what? Thanks!
posted by DakotaPaul at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

risks of borrowing other's wifi

2 mac questions. 1. in a new location, I pick up a neighbor's signal...it may be free, but am I at any kind of vulnerability? Can I protect myself? 2. I have an old snowball. But do not remember the password or name. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan at 7:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Typeface used for "Parks and Recreation" titles?

Designers and font nerds: What typeface is use in the opening titles of Parks and Recreation?
posted by D.Billy at 7:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Things that only happen in movies.

Things that only happen in movies but are supposed to be things ordinary people do. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:25 PM PST - 225 comments

How to reclaim or restrain someone impersonating your personal web site?

An ex-member of our family has taken domain names of family members' names, and hosted a hate site impersonating one of them. How can we stop him and reclaim these domain names? [more inside]
posted by Ricket at 6:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Bonds and College

How should I handle US Savings Bonds? My husband has a payroll deduction plan for buying savings bonds, and he enrolled years ago as a way to supplement the rather meager pension plan. This has worked well for us because we are really bad at putting money away by ourselves. The bonds are earmarked for retirement, and that's the way he wants to keep it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm a night owl and people don't like it

How can I get people to show me some respect regarding the fact that I don't sleep during typical hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 58 comments

What does this Arabic inscription say?

ArabicFilter: What does the inscription on the bottom of my peppermill say? [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 6:44 PM PST - 7 comments

How close can I get to downtown Chicago for $900/month in rent?

How close can I get to downtown Chicago for $900/month in rent? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 6:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Bureaucracy, eh?

What do CEOs, VPs and Directors actually do? Is there a tangible product of their labour? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock at 6:16 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I configure my VOIP gateway (CISCO Linksys SPA-3102) for a multi-number phone line?

How do I configure my VOIP gateway (CISCO Linksys SPA-3102) for a multi-number phone line? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 6:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are mouse-ear balloons now encased in a second balloon?

I noticed recently on a trip to Disneyworld (FL, USA) that the ubiquitous mouse ear balloons are now enclosed in a second, clear balloon. When did this change, and does anyone know why? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 5:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Different covers for Miles' Jack Johnson LP?

Can anyone tell me about the multiple covers for Miles Davis' Jack Johnson LP? Before today, I'd only seen the iconic arched Miles blowing trumpet cover, but, today, bought a vinyl version that has a cover illustration of Jack Johnson in a canary-yellow car surrounded by women. Can anyone tell me anything about this (alternate) cover?
posted by the sobsister at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Should we take a day trip to Tangier, Morocco?

My husband and I are visiting Spain in April. I want to take a day trip to Tangier, Morocco, but he isn't feeling it (he doesn't think a day trip is enough.) So this is my question - should we go to Tangier for the day, or should we find something else in the Seville area to do that day? Right now, we also are planning on visiting the Pueblos Blancos for a day, and we'll be spending a day in Seville. We'll also be in Granada for a couple of days. Thanks!
posted by emilyv at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

disable iphone auto-pause

When I am playing music on my iphone (3Gs) and the headphone plug is yanked out, the music automatically pauses. Can I disable this behaviour? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 4:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Is an ipod touch worth it?

Should I get an ipod touch? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah at 4:12 PM PST - 58 comments

apartment electroshock therapy on the cheap?

What can I do to make my apartment more beautiful and interesting using items purchased from an art supply store? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone used the ColdAvenger?

Has anyone here used the ColdAvenger mask before, particularly if you have asthma? (Non-asthmatics also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic at 3:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How Should I Display and Describe my Sculpture?

I've made it to the final round in my school's art competition and I'm looking for advice on how to display my sculpture, how to describe it, and any other advice. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments


Is there a BBS community for people who buy and sell older/original retail copies of videogames? [more inside]
posted by softsantear at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I unset this rock?

Can a gemologist tell if a diamond has been set? [more inside]
posted by griseus at 3:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Why would someone even smoke these things? It can't be the taste.

Are Cigarillos used as a way to smoke drugs stronger than weed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Do My Best in Haiti

My job is sending me to Haiti for a month. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

EIDE -> PATA, supposed to be easy swap?

I'm replacing an EIDE drive in my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with a PATA one, thought that would be an easy swap. But, of course, I'm here, so it wasn't. The laptop now isn't seeing my new HDD, so I'm guessing I need to update something in the BIOS (ver. A07, 6/27/2005)? The new drive is a Western Dig Scorio Blue, if that makes any difference. Little help?
posted by Exchequer at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Book Burning

How to get the smoke smell out of books? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Quality Historical Stock Quotes

Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Turn the bed around? (hate to have concussion)

Will sleeping along the lengthwise grain of my bed slats rather than across them break my bed? [more inside]
posted by FelliniBlank at 1:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Map-Enabled Survey Data Collection?

Can I use Google Maps in conjunction with a Google Spreadsheet form to collect point data (X/Y) and answers about those points? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Real Social History

I love Jung Chang's "Three Wild Swans", what else would I like? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 1:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone have any cool amygdala lesion videos? Rage cats? Kluver-bucy syndrome?

Does anyone have any cool amygdala lesion videos? Rage cats? Kluver-bucy syndrome? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Attentive cats really can lead to serious injury!

Needed: Cat training genius, or source. Does anyone know how to train a cat or kitten to avoid being a potential tripping hazard, especially when going up or down stairs? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 1:04 PM PST - 24 comments

What to do with all of this free time?

I'm unemployed until march. I find myself spending hours on the internet for lack of anything better to do. What can I do that is either extremely cheap, or preferably free, to fill up my time until then? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:02 PM PST - 30 comments

Examples of fiction books based on dreams?

The story of Stuart Little is supposedly based on a dream E.B. White had while sleeping on a train. Can you give more examples of books that are directly based on an author's dreams (or nightmares)?
posted by iamisaid at 12:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Anyone can play guitar... Fewer can play it well.

I'm an okay guitar player. How can I become a good one? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:34 PM PST - 19 comments

How to come with not being unique.

How can I deal with not being unique? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick at 12:17 PM PST - 45 comments

The best home bread recipe you can think of

What's your favorite sandwich (in a 9x5 loaf pan) bread recipe? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

I need to rent a mac or video editing space in Seattle. Any tips?

I just got a new Canon T1i last week and have been going nuts with the HD video recording. But alas, I don't have my Macbook anymore and won't be able to afford one for a couple more months. Until then, I need to somehow edit the footage because I'm getting seriously antsy. [more inside]
posted by badish at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Urban incorporation by way of a bridge?

What cities have incorporated other cities by means of a bridge? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 11:44 AM PST - 39 comments

He just wants to play. All the damn time.

How do I convince my puppy to stop trying to play with the cats? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:43 AM PST - 31 comments

How long does the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas Last?

How long does the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas E.N.D. tour last? I have tickets to the show in Atlanta, which starts at 7:30. I am going to be late to the show, and would like to ask anyone who has seen this tour to tell me how long the opening act (PitBull) will last so we can at least shoot for the main event.
posted by 2legit2quit at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

did i let the drugs spoil?

pharmacists: i accidentally left the phenobarbital out for a few hours. is it hosed? [more inside]
posted by patricking at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice on WoW files not copying into external drive?

I plan to return to playing World of Warcraft. However, I need to keep the game on an external hard disk, or at least temporarily transfer it from the computer's drive to that disk frequently. When I played before, the files (install files or the installed game) would not copy to the external drive, although I have never had any such problems with a non-WoW file. I am thinking of getting an install CD for the game, so that instead of transferring from the computer to the external drive, I can just erase and reinstall. Problem is, I would need to reinstall all patches each time I did that. Does anyone have any ideas about why the external disk doesn't like WoW or how I can get around this?
posted by i2d2 at 10:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for texts and images about food and art

Please help me collect short quotations, texts and images related to food and art. It's ok if it's mostly food and just a little bit of art, or vice-versa. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Help finding the cheapest polarized sunglasses

Can you help me find the best/worst sunglasses out there? All I want is for them to have everything (except fashion sense) and cost almost nothing. [more inside]
posted by bryak at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Sheet music viewer for mac?

How can I view sheet music on my mac? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Is our SEO specialist and copyrighter optimizing and marketing our e-commerce website in the most strategic and advantageous way? Is there more we can do?

Is our SEO specialist and copyrighter optimizing and marketing our e-commerce website in the most strategic and advantageous way? Is there more we can do? [more inside]
posted by lorebella at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

I think I feel a draft.

Why do jockstraps leave his entire butt exposed?
posted by HotPatatta at 8:03 AM PST - 22 comments

iPhones in New Zealand? Go or no go?

What's going to happen to my U.S. iPhone in New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher at 6:14 AM PST - 14 comments

House for sale

I have a house I want to sell. I pick up the local paper and find an ad inside, the full text of which is under the fold. What exactly is the deal here? Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 5:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Do pinhole glasses work?

I found this pinhole glasses sold at the local pharmacy, and feel intrigued by its claim to help me see better and improve my vision overtime (I'm short-sighted). My skeptic alarm rang with warnings (if it's too good to be true, it usually is, etc.), but a quick google-fu turned up nothing substantial to refute such claims. So, does anybody have any experience or anecdotes to share in regards of such product ?
posted by joewandy at 4:41 AM PST - 17 comments

retouching a photo of handwritten text

looking for resources/guidelines on cleaning and retouching a photo of handwritten text. i'm not looking for OCR, just methods to combat uneven light, and compression artifacts. [more inside]
posted by yosh at 3:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find furniture stores in Innsbruck, Austria!

Where can I buy furniture in Innsbruck, Austria? [more inside]
posted by farfaraway at 2:32 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I search for newspaper articles by title?

How do I conduct online searches for newspaper articles by their title? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang at 12:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Buy a 27-inch iMac or not?

I'm strongly considering finally switching from PC to Mac. My heart is set on the new 27-inch iMac and I'd like some feedback from anyone who currently owns one. I'm a bit concerned because.... [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 12:41 AM PST - 30 comments

January 23

NEW TOYS no driver :(

Oh no! In the aftermath of a wicked virus I went in and manually deleted the corrupted files, one of which happened to include the driver I need to install new software.... I think.... [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 11:43 PM PST - 4 comments

maxed out the points on your bilingual poetic license?

seeking 'idiomatic' translations of 'wicked game' into french and spanish. (ie: what would manu do?) [more inside]
posted by kimyo at 11:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find good rock/punk shows or venues in Scotland and Ireland this March.

Help me find good rock/punk shows or venues in Scotland and Ireland this March. [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie at 10:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking past the pizza face

I skipped out on most of the woes of growing up; I've never had issues with my figure (naturally wicked metabolism), never cared too much about social circle pressures, no issues with clothes and dressing up. But...I've always had issues with my skin. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 9:14 PM PST - 38 comments

Baby's first haircut; now what?

What should I do to preserve a lock of hair from my baby's first haircut? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Possible fixes for DVR error

When fast-forwarding, my DVR jumps to the end of a show. Any solutions besides taking it back to Time Warner? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Dressed to kill.

CrimeFictionFilter: I'm writing this scene where a serial killer who has just been arrested (like, a day ago) has agreed to show the investigating detectives where he buried his other victims. They take him out there. What is he wearing? Is he handcuffed? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

And Mendel Hagler as "Alf's cousin"

In my youth, I remember occasionally reading about contests where you'd win a cameo on a TV show. Were these real and did people get to do that? Did anyone famous come out of it? Is there an online archive of the contest winners somewhere where you can watch their acting?
posted by history is a weapon at 7:45 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I find a dugout jacket for a team that's not local?

Where do I find a jacket like this in Toronto? It's not the team that's important - it's the style and colour. [more inside]
posted by scrute at 7:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Teach me about alcohol!

Teach me about alcoholic beverages. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 7:10 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get a time-controlled dimmer switch?

What's the best way to set up a dimmer switch in my room which is controlled by an alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 7:03 PM PST - 10 comments

My parents' souvenir spoons; let me show you them.

I have inherited a collection of souvenir spoons. Can you suggest funky or creative ways to display these? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 7:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Too sad to work?

Please help me treat a depressed boyfriend the best that I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 32 comments

Never been hit on?

Strange, and admittedly not a big problem, but it's starting to worry me: No guy has ever displayed any interest in me. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 49 comments

Is he a good big brother, or a bad big brother?

How do rental car companies know where you drove their car? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 5:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Smallest possible audio file to make a 440hz tone?

I want to create the smallest (file size) possible audio file that, when repeated, will sound like a given note (e.g. 440hz A). I think this needs to be just the length of one wavelength, but I'm not sure how I translate that to a length of time, or if the smallest audio format is one in which note duration doesn't matter. I don't care if this tone sounds artificial, but it needs to play natively in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome browsers. Is MIDI the best (most compressed) format for this or should I use something else? And what (ideally free) software might I use to create the files, given access to OSX and Windows XP?
posted by scottreynen at 5:45 PM PST - 11 comments

What would make me happy in Honduras?

Spring break (family style) in northern Honduras. What are the indispensable sights, experiences, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 5:24 PM PST - 6 comments

why can't I rotate my monitor?!

Why can't I rotate my monitor? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find an appraiser?

How does one find somebody to appraise a house? Especially when one is looking to buy said house, rather than sell it? [more inside]
posted by lips at 5:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Refuting the climate skeptics?

What single site (preferably), or sites, should I go to for a concise explanation on climate change, and specifically, refuting the arguments made by "climate change skeptics". [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Would you still recommend Battlestar Galactica, despite a weak ending?

Did the ending of Battlestar Galactica ruin the show for you? Would you still recommend it to someone who has never seen an episode? [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 3:55 PM PST - 58 comments

"Nothing good will come of this" ???

"Nothing good will come of this" is popping up a lot lately, but my Google+fu has failed to yield the origin of this catchphrase. Got clues?
posted by dorgla at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Etymologyfilter: Can anyone help explicate the origins of 'railroad (v.)'?

In search of historical incidental basis for the log-ism. [more inside]
posted by OntologicalPuppy at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us make the most of an Islay trip this spring?

Have you ever been to Islay in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Give me freedom or give me bubbles

Does anyone have any experience with adapters for Sodastream machines? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Thanks! Greetings!

Regional variations on "you're welcome"? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 1:38 PM PST - 78 comments

A good book for teaching yourself algebra?

Any recommendations for self-teaching guides to high school level math? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

help us haggle with a dealership!

shopping for used BMW's for my girlfriend and found one we are interested in. need tips for the haggling process. [more inside]
posted by austere at 1:18 PM PST - 17 comments

What do I need and want from a relationship?

Looking for tips on to figure out what one needs in a relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Advances I Am Unprepared For

I've found myself in an awk situation. The awk part may be me. Ever since I've become "legal", men who are significantly older than me seem to pick up on this and become quite taken with me. Is this weird, and how can I make them realise that *just because* we both like music from the 70's and I talk to strange men like we're BFFs...doesn't mean we were meant to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM PST - 80 comments

Will an Opteron 1218 work in a motherboard that supports the 1210?

Will an Opteron 1218 work in a motherboard that supports the Opteron 1210? [more inside]
posted by krilli at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Snakes on our stairs!

Snake filter: Found this guy in our apartment. It was in the entranceway near the door. Can anyone identify it? Live in Central Florida.
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 12:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Pimp my workout. From Weekend Warrior to all-around Athlete?

Pimp my workout. From Weekend Warrior to all-around Athlete? I want to be in all-around great shape; I want to improve my cardio ability and improve my strength. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me remember the name of a song

Trying to remember the name of a Canadian hip hop/blues song, released at some point during 2008 (2007?). [more inside]
posted by olya at 11:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Think I better compose now!

Please help me write a bass riff for Prince's Kiss [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Fonts used for Springsteen Album

I am trying to make a a design based on the one used on the cover of the Bruce Springsteen album "Welcome to Asbury Park." Does anyone know of any free fonts which are similar to the ones on the original?
posted by digsrus at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Activity Suggestions On A Cruise

After two years of savings, my wife and I are going on a a cruise to the Western Caribbean. Islands we are stopping at are St. Maartens, St Thomas, and San Juan. I would like to know if there are UNIQUE places, restaurants, shopping or fun things we can do on each island. I am not necessarily looking for the "canned" trips organized by the cruise lines. Both my wife and I are in our 60's so mountain climbing, ect would be a bit too much for us.
posted by Mckoan1 at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

How to make my web banner graphic proportional?

How do I make web banners (the ones on top of blog/website, not ads) without warping the picture I want to use? [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I cannot mentally visualize.

I do not have the ability to visualize. Is there anything that is possible to do to correct that? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 10:31 AM PST - 44 comments

Help me time travel

New Year's resolution: pick a different historical period each year and spend the year immersing myself in that time as much as possible. Help me decide the "when" and give me your suggestions of what to read and watch to learn as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 10:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the right sculpting material.

A question for all of the artists (and a bonus question for the doll makers): what type of clay (or other sculpting material) should I use for this project? More information inside. [more inside]
posted by long haired child at 10:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a taxi

Left a camera in a taxi last night in Minneapolis. Would like to try to find the taxi company or driver, and welcome your tips on doing so. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Heel Strike or Toe Strike?

Should I heel strike? Or toe strike? With all the recent controversy about athletic shoes with lots of padding vs. athletic shoes with no padding (e.g. Nike Frees), I'm unclear how I'm supposed to be running. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 9:39 AM PST - 26 comments

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10.

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10. Mainly seems to be a problem finding a proper CUPS-aware driver on the OS X side. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by weston at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

How would it be Constitutional to hold Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States without trial?

How would it be Constitutional to hold Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States without trial? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 8:57 AM PST - 31 comments

How can I make 'Stinkton' stink less?

Moving to Stockton, CA (yeah, I know). How can I get involved in outdoor activities and meet people? What kickass things are there to do within a 60 mile radius? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 8:18 AM PST - 22 comments

These boots were made for...

I need some new boots. I need some boots that will keep me warm and dry in extended periods of standing around outside, all night long on concrete. I would like them to be warm and durable, I want the best! [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 8:13 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I snag this gig and retain my dignity?

I got a call from my last boss who (managed the guy who) fired me at my last job over two years ago. He called out of the blue yesterday and left a voicemail about a contracting opportunity. How can I navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I keep everyone happy in a wierd relationship

I just entered a relationship with my (female) best friend of 3 years and roommate. We've previously never so much as cuddled and recently became very open about our feelings for each other and realized that we want to be together. We are extremely excited about where things are going. There's a problem though... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope.

I have some questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 8:04 AM PST - 5 comments

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes?

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Books on the War in Iraq

Can you help me put together a reading list on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan/"war on terror"? I'm reading The Forever War by Dexter Flikins right now, so what should I read next? Eight years later I'm still struggling to understand what happened and how exactly we ended up there. [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 6:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Cleaning up a cell phone for donation

I have a fairly new tmobile cell phone, which I hate and want to donate away. After I cancel the account, what do I need to do to the phone before getting rid of it? I have deleted all the contacts and calls/texts information. Is there anything else? I don't know much about how phones store information so please use small words.
posted by JanetLand at 6:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me connect my laptop to my television

Can anyone help me to connect my Asus laptop to my Samsung television for use as an external display? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

You can do almost anything with a Pelican...

Pelican-question: I need to transport some heavy equipment in medium-sized Pelican cases. The default soft gray pick-and-pluck foam is too soft and compressible for this purpose. I'm looking for a source to buy sheets or blocks of a very dense black foam that can be cut to my custom shapes with a hot wire knife. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Best place in Vegas to watch the Super Bowl?

What's the best place to watch the Super Bowl in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 5:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Blood, water and airline miles

I have a biological daughter (Angel), that I know, for certain, is mine. Angel, however, does not know that I exist. How do I remedy this situation? [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 4:31 AM PST - 54 comments

Distancing myself from a friendly colleague

I've got a colleague who I've gotten to know over the last year. He's made a big attempt to be friends. We've hung out together socially a fair bit. I've realised that we have an insurmountable personality clash. I don't enjoy spending time with him. He's not a bad person. I just don't enjoy hanging out with him. He's very good at his job. He's clearly being lined up to become my manager when my current manager leaves. I want to keep excellent professional relations. So how do I back off the friendship part and still keep good work relations? He keeps suggesting things for us to do in the future socially. I'm half considering skipping a work colleagues party next weekend because I can't face spending time with him. It would be fine if I was only going to see him at the party but I'd have to catch a ride with him there and back or make a very obvious excuse to avoid catching that ride.
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 3:56 AM PST - 23 comments

What do you keep from your Final Cut video projects?

Final Cut Express Archiving: What do you keep from your film editing projects, in what formats, and why? What should we keep? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Xinjiang Safety

Is Xinjiang, China a safe place for unsupported bicycle touring right now? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 1:00 AM PST - 3 comments

January 22

Help me drill my own little hole-in-the-wall.

I'm looking for an apartment on/near Capitol Hill in Seattle. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

When is an aftershock an earthquake?

Why is a 6.1 "aftershock" called just that- an aftershock, and not another 6.1 earthquake?
posted by xmutex at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Discount arbitrage brokerage

Cheapest way to buy a single share of of Bekshire B? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 9:13 PM PST - 10 comments

What Philip Glass album is this composition found on?

In which Philip Glass album can I find "Wichita Vortex Sutra?"
posted by lazy robot at 9:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Barclays is bending me over

I need some advice on how to handle some questionable conduct by my credit card company... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 7 comments

corporate personhood around the world

The story of how Corporations became legal people using the 14th amendment is pretty famous. But that's a US phenomenon. How did it work out in other countries? Are corporations legal people in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia etc? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Need a dress I can swan around in and sing!

DivaFilter: Anybody with recommendations for where to get floor length gowns in Toronto? I'm plus-size and in need of a dress fit for an opera singer. [more inside]
posted by machine at 7:05 PM PST - 7 comments

If I only want to get married if we're poly, should we still get married?

I think I want to marry my partner, but only if I can still have the possibility of other intimate relationships. Is this a healthy desire for a polyamorous approach to relationships, or is it a sign something's wrong in the primary relationship that might come back to haunt us if we go forward this way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 42 comments

I want to be more kinky and less thinky.

My hang-ups are stopping me enjoying kinky times with my wife. I want to find a way to get over them because they're driving me crazy. (Very NSFW details inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Pain-filled mouths, pain-filled wallets.

War: dental office vs dental insurance. War Casualty: patient. What recourse do we have? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 6:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there an indoor HD antenna that will work in NYC?

Any way to get HD signal with an antenna in Manhattan building? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 6:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do with a gallon of tasty beef broth?

My boyfriend made the most wonderful pot roast tonight (roast, carrots, potatoes, onion, spices) and we have about a gallon of yummy beef broth leftover. It seems a shame to dump it out. What can we do with it?
posted by _Mona_ at 5:50 PM PST - 17 comments

I love my cat.

If I talk to a rescue organization about giving up my cat, how awful will it be for me and will it help my cat? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 5:44 PM PST - 42 comments

Venture Capitalists, and Working in a Startup for Stock

Have you had any experience working for stock options in a startup or being a VC or dealing with a VC? Some questions inside about evaluating the promise of a startup company, and working for stock options... [more inside]
posted by oneous at 5:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I allowed to say "Super Bowl"?

A bunch of local radio stations here are running competitions with Super Bowl themed prizes (weekends away, catered parties, etc.) but none of them call it the Super Bowl. It's always the 'Big Game' or the 'Game of the Year' or whatever. Is the NFL that paranoid or protective of the words "Super Bowl"? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Question about children's book involving a goat.

Children's BookFilter: So, I am asking for a friend of mine. As a kid she read a book about a girl or boy who saved a little goat from getting killed. There were perhaps some horses involved. And the girl liked to paint. We need to know the name of this book.... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 at 4:56 PM PST - 2 comments

How to help a long-distance friend with trigeminal neuralgia?

My best friend was just diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. She initially responded to Tegretol but it was causing massive mood changes and suicidal ideations at its effective dose. Her doctor is working on figuring out what to try next. I'm 1000 miles away and can't get to her. She's single, lives alone, and is being driven crazy by the pain. I want to help -- what can I do or send that might make things a little better or easier for her? [more inside]
posted by Wisco72 at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows 7 power management insomnia mania!

My windows 7 PC ignores power management options, regardless of the selected power plan. [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How should we manage communication and documents for managing projects?

What's a good, free project management system for coordinating developers, product managers, QA testers, etc. in remote locations? What do you recommend for archiving correspondence, storing attachments, and communicating project status? [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 4:11 PM PST - 12 comments

NBA on the web

Can I listen to NBA basketball games on internet streaming audio? Specifically the Portland Trailblazers, but other might feel differently. Their radio station is 95.5 The Game but when I clicked during a game the other day, there was a talk show on.
posted by msalt at 4:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Leather Care Products

[Leather Care Filter]: What are some specific products to clean and restore this leather chair? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 3:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Kenya, here I come!

[Travel Filter] Safe to explore Nairobi alone as an american, caucasian female? [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 3:14 PM PST - 7 comments

YANMSE (You Are Not My Structural Engineer)

How Can I Calculate the Load Capacity of Some Existing Storage Lofts? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 3:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Text Mining for Lazies

I'm looking for a simple, low-level text mining software. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I get a Virtual Debit Card

Is there a bank that offers virtual debit card numbers like the virtual credit card numbers offered by Citi? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Texas tourists in Los Angeles!

Tourists in Los Angeles! Where can I take a group of 6 to 10 rowdy 20-something guys from Texas in or around the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Germs of Love at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I use this laptop in a dim room?

Do all new Lenovo laptops, or at least all Ideabooks, have the keyboard light? I love the keyboard light built into the top of the screen, but can't figure out if the Y550 has it, and the vendor has not been able to answer definitively.
posted by theora55 at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments

You didn't really want to post that to MeFi, did you? Oops!

The latest versions of Firefox and Safari that can run on my Mac Intel G4 tower (OS X 10.4.11) keep crashing when I open more than one video in separate tabs or windows on YouTube or Hulu. The problem isn't consistent, but it does seem to happen when I have at least 7 or 8 tabs open at once. Can anyone help me solve this? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Probability Friday Fun

Hi everyone. Say I have a list of 50 items. I pick 10 of them. I put them back. What is the probability that, the SECOND time I pick 10 items, I pick an item I already picked the first time? How about the THIRD time, from the first or second? How about the probability of picking 3 of the same item, or 5? Thanks!
posted by EduTek at 1:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Does having a PowerPc processor cause programs to not respond?

Is it simply possible that, because I have a 4-year-old Powerbook - OS 10.4.11, one month old new hard drive, memory and RAM maxed out, only used 1/4 of memory, system checked regularly with Onyx (with no problem) - I keep getting "program not responding to, especially, my Opera and Firefox browsers, as well as programs like Word, iPhoto, and iTunes? Plus, more than half the time my Powerbook won't close down when I ask it to and have to do a hard turn off, which can't be good for it. I've asked a couple of Mac forums, a Mac Genius, and my so-far trustworthy Mac guy whether having a PowerPC processor, instead of the newer Intel one, should make any difference. I got a resounding no. Still, does anyone have a contrarian and, perhaps, right, explanation? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 1:52 PM PST - 6 comments

CFL bulbs and energy usage.

Has the relatively widespread uptake of CFL bulbs actually had any significant effect upon global energy useage?
posted by SueDenim at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

help me class up the joint

$500 to spend on original art; where do I do that? I want to buy art for my home; specifically oil or watercolor paintings. I do not want to buy prints. I want to see the brush strokes. I would rather purchase in person. I am in the Phoenix AZ area. Feel free to list websites also.
posted by phritosan at 1:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Are all acids the same?

How can Prelief react with food acid but not with stomach acid? [more inside]
posted by Ery at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy?

Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 1:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me fight perspective!

I want to make an optical illusion with wood. How can I fool the eye into thinking these pillars are all the same size? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Press Play

Precor treadmill at gym has a USB port. Can I use this to watch my own movies? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Take a Cheesecake and a Carrot cake and smash them together at high speed? No, that can't be right....

Please help me duplicate The Cheesecake Factory's "Craig's Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake" at home. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Don’t Know Much About Worker’s Comp.

Don’t Know Much About Worker’s Comp. -- Last week I went to my doctor to talk about the symptoms of my work-related stress, he diagnosed me as depressed and gave me a prescription and a note to my employer requiring a two-week leave of absence. Because this is work-related, his office said the visit will be covered by worker’s compensation. That’s fine with me, although I have health insurance to cover the visit. I’m on leave from work now, resting, considering my options, and waiting for the meds to kick in. I’m paying for this leave with my sick time and vacation time. They will be tapped out when it’s over. I don’t anticipate a need of more time off, though I suppose this shouldn’t be ruled out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I broach the subject of marriage with my unsuspecting boyfriend without scaring him off?

How do I broach the subject of marriage with my unsuspecting boyfriend without scaring him off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 51 comments

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:28 PM PST - 19 comments

What Pictures Am I Legally Allowed To Put On YouTube?

What guidelines should I use re: copyrights and privacy when putting pictures on YouTube to "illustrate" my songs? I don't want to be sued or go to prison. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

When does copyright permission truly need to be obtained?

How can literary works have a copyright held, but appear to be in the public domain at the same time? [more inside]
posted by msali at 12:00 PM PST - 30 comments

I'd stick it on the wall, if I could.

Does anyone know where I can find a diagram outlining the predicted availability of elements for industrial purposes? I'm looking for something that would predict the number of centuries each substance could be mined before it would only be obtained through recycling.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Need quick help with a legal citation

[Law student filter]. I desperately need quick help to find out the proper bluebook citation for an article from the NY Review of Books. Anyone out there with a blue book handy able to help me out? Many thanks!!!
posted by leticia at 11:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Oh, Wednesday? Yeah Wednesday doesn't work for me. Tuesday either. Or Monday.

Most of the people in my class have expressed interest in setting up a group to work together outside of class. I'm only interested in working with the few I feel are on my skill level. What's the best way to ask the people I am interested in working with without hurting the feelings of the others? [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

"Do they have diets for kids?"

My 6 year old thinks she's fat. It's freaking me out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 49 comments

I can bake a loaf of bread, but I don't know where to buy flour

I am a graduate student who works with a lot of very computationally sophisiticated people. I'm doing okay with the content of my work (which is focused on computational modeling only to a certain degree) and feel comfortable acquiring new high-level skills. But there are a lot of basic skills, vocabulary, and background knowledge that I don't have, and it's slowing me down! What do I need to know, and how do I learn it efficiently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Where have I lived?

What is a good resource for finding past addresses? [more inside]
posted by quine's_gavagai at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me not fry my new laptop

For the sake of convenience, I'd like to have a second power cord for my laptop. Can I safely use the power cord from my old laptop with my new laptop? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Bachelor party in Bmore

I'm trying to plan a bachelor party in Baltimore in Feburary. Anyone know of any good places to go?
posted by Rondo81 at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

PALing around in the EU

Where can I buy security cameras in the EU? [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

A little 1099, a little W2. How do I file?

A little 1099, a little W2. How do I file? [more inside]
posted by jmoneystl at 10:20 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months?

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months? [more inside]
posted by flarbuse at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What are they phishing for?

This is a scam (right?). But, what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 9:37 AM PST - 25 comments

Sticky mouse button on my Macbook.

Cleaning (de-gumming) the mouse button on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

how do i shot ssh on phone

Is there a way to run J2ME apps that need to access the internet/filesystem on the LG Rumor 2 (virgin firmware)? Can I do this without having to edit the _policy file? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I use an iPhone with no data plan?

Using an iPhone with ATT; no data plan? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 9:16 AM PST - 17 comments

GIS Shapefile for Continental US

Looking for a (free) continental US shapefile. [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Why has no one built an all-in-one cross-browser testing application?

Why has no one created an application for web designers that allows you to test your website in various browsers? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 9:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Contract for Deed, Free Form?

Can I get a generic contract for deed form, for free, online? Ive googled, but everything is pay-only. I don't need a very complex one. South Dakota, if it matters. Even if someone could scan theirs and post it somewhere for me to copy, that would be great.
posted by yesster at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Lousy Love Songs

I'm looking for poorly written love songs [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 8:49 AM PST - 40 comments

Where in Seattle for cool vintage clothes?

What are some good vintage clothes or accessory stores in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Travel tips for Eritrea?

Has anybody been to Eritrea recently (or does anyone have reliable second-hand knowledge, e.g. from a close friend who has been there) and has some travel tips? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Request for help figuring out who "the one woman in the picture" is/was

I saw a photo of a person so alluring that I have to figure out who she is! The problem is, I can't find the picture now. It made the rounds online, so I'm sure one of you can help me out. About the witch and the fox... [more inside]
posted by hagelslaag at 8:26 AM PST - 23 comments

What's Next?

A few days ago, first-semester 1L grades were released at my top-25 law school, where I'm paying sticker. My jaw dropped when I found out that I'm well below median. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 77 comments

I'd Rather Not End Up with a Bald Spot

Help! I have a knot in my hair, and I can't get it out. I think there is some gunk in there, but I'm not sure what it is. I've tried mushing some peanut butter in, but that didn't really work (after washing the peanut butter out, it was still there, but perhaps I didn't use the pb correctly?). Is there some other remedy I can try before cutting a chunk of my hair off? It's in the back and on the top, so it would look a little weird to cut it. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 7:58 AM PST - 23 comments

How to play a game remotely?

I have two computers, a Mac and a PC. Can I set up my network so that I can play a game on the PC and view it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I do better than lecture to a small class?

I am running a technical class that I have taught before. It is is usually part class discussion and part lecture. The enrollment is really low this time, and the discussion part isn't happening as I have quiet students. How can I restructure the class to make it work better? [more inside]
posted by carpographer at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Blu Ray prices

I've noticed that Blu Ray discs are priced a lot higher than DVDs. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz at 7:26 AM PST - 32 comments

Help configuring VLC Media Player

I am setting up a computer for an art gallery show, and I want to configure VLC to automatically launch and play a DVD in full screen mode when the computer boots. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this on a Windows XP system? Being able to disable the on screen transport controls would also be a plus.
posted by theButterFly at 7:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Need help screwing so I can start pulling.

How do I get some screws into a door frame without a power drill? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 6:26 AM PST - 28 comments

Where to go in Seattle?

Going to be in Seattle for around a month - where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats at 6:17 AM PST - 17 comments

My Dad was right.

CareerSwitchFilter: I majored in Computer Science and Theater in college. I've been working in theater for the past two years and now want to switch to a career in the more lucrative major. Problem is I have no experience and no code samples, having deleted them all to make space on my computer for production photos. What's the best way to go about making this switch? [more inside]
posted by edbles at 5:33 AM PST - 14 comments

How much to spend on baby shower hostess gifts (and what to buy for a grown mother and daughter)?

My husband's second cousin and her mother are very generously hosting a baby shower for me. How much would it be appropriate for me to spend on thank-you/hostess gifts for them? (My sister said the amount I was planning to spend was too much.) Does it matter if I give the presents before/after instead of during the shower? Any suggestions of a good grown mother/daughter gift? (One idea would be to get gift certificates for two manicures they could use together, although I generally don't like gift certificates.) In case it matters, this is in the San Francisco Bay area.
posted by espertus at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should I spend Chinese New Year

Where should I spend Chinese New Year? [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 5:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Legitimately unlocking a mobile phone?

How I unlock a mobile phone that I bought? This sounds dodgy but I'm within my rights. [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Beat Wisdom

DJs and club-goers: Pass on some advice to help a first-time DJ keep the place moving. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting that Long-Distance thing to Work?

Long-distance single parent dating filter: if we really, really like each other, why is there this problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 AM PST - 26 comments

How to make sure a multiple-recipient is not marked as spam?

I want to send an email to several hundred school principals and am wondering if it is likely to be spam-filtered, given the amount of recipients. The content of the email is a clarification of some points that appeared in an educational journal (it is not spam of any kind). Would putting the addresses in the BCC box make any difference (other than hiding all the other recipients)? I'm using gmail, but Eudora is an option (although I have never used it before).
posted by strangeguitars at 2:16 AM PST - 25 comments


i was defriended on facebook by a guy i'm seeing. is this not as weird as i thinks it is? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 1:13 AM PST - 54 comments

January 21

Virgin will fuck you over, Rogers lives up to their name ...

Picking a better Canadian mobile provider is driving me out of my wits. Please halp? [more inside]
posted by Devika at 11:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Divorce after Tragedy

Why is it when a child dies, the parents' relationship will often grow worse (many times leading to divorce) instead of stronger? [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 10:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Great homemade caramel corn in Seattle?

Is there a great place in Seattle that makes homemade caramel corn? In Minnesota, where I'm from, places like Candyland offer giant tins of popped corn divided into three flavors--caramel corn in one section of the tin, plain in one, cheese popcorn in the third. You can smell it all the way down the street. Surely Seattle must have a place like this, right? Extra bonus points if it's north of downtown, Ballard-Fremont-Northgate area.
posted by GaelFC at 9:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How much are SMS (text) message deliveries worth to advertisers?

If I have a group of people who are willing to receive SMS (text) messages with advertisements on their cell phones, how much is that worth to advertisers? What's the most important demographic information such advertisers would want for segmentation purposes? Gender? Age? Zip code? How would I find potential advertisers?
posted by Dansaman at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me identify this scifi (softcore?) porn movie from my formative years?

It was camp scifi porn (is there any other kind?) -- not Barbarrela, but something of that genre. [nsfw? barely] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me accept fabulous 'cos perfect doesn't exist

No relationship partner can fulfil us in all ways. I know this. But I need some tips and tricks on how to accept it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Mario Orchestra?

I'm looking for a YouTube video of an orchestra playing an arrangement of Super Mario tracks. On a screen behind them you can see Mario moving through a level, and as he enters different areas the orchestra plays the corresponding music. Does anyone know where I can find this video?
posted by Aanidaani at 7:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Everytime I hear you I want to own you.

What is the song in that Ford commercial that sounds like jazz and the commercial itself is a lot of graphics. It is a commercial that is currently running. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Paying for yoga teacher training?

I am trying to get a 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification in New York City. I am a social worker already trying to pay off student loans, and all the programs I am looking into cost $1000-$2000. Are there scholarships or financial aid available? I have looked around but have not found any. Thank you so much, I hope to one day teach yoga to teenagers who have trauma, have been homeless or in the foster care system. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 7:23 PM PST - 8 comments

What kind of Russian-speaking jobs are out there in Fairfield County?

What's a good place to find a Russian-speaking job in the Fairfield county area? And what jobs (other than translation, teaching) require Russian speakers? [more inside]
posted by zonem at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

need help identifying some tools and kitchen equipment.

Can anyone give the proper names for these items: [more inside]
posted by racecar at 6:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Customs and Immigration in Canada

I'm flying from Boston to Vancouver via Toronto on Air Canada in a couple of weeks. Where can I expect to clear Canadian customs and immigration? Toronto or Vancouver?
posted by taubman at 6:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the job titles between job A and career B?

I want to go from Data Entry Clerk / Executive Assistant to Business Analyst or Technical Writer. Please help suggest some job titles I can use in interviews or search for online. [more inside]
posted by neznamy at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

AT&T has finally beaten me down.

[At&T sucks filter] I cannot make or receive calls with my iPhone in my apartment, nor have I ever been able to -- since September 2008. I'm at the end of my rope. Help! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon at 6:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for date ideas in Toronto

Somebody please give me a great idea for a charming date in Toronto! (Bonus points for something happening this weekend) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Know any post-7:30PM painting classes in NYC?

I am interested in taking a late-evening painting course in New York City. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

The New Place

Help me make my first purchase for my apartment... [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP at 5:18 PM PST - 41 comments

My Father's Dragon Anime!

I am reading the "My Father's Dragon" collection to my son, and I recently discovered that there was an anime released in 1997 called Elmer no Bouken: My Father's Dragon. I want to find a copy of it. I searched google and amazon, but I can find no record of it. Can anyone help me out?
posted by senador at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I be more concerned about the giant cyst growing in me?

I had an ultrasound today because I've been experiencing a lot of ovarian pain, and I've long suspected PCOS and never had it comfirmed. They called with the results to say that I do indeed have PCOS, with many small follicular cysts on my left ovary, but in addition they found either a) 2 complex septated cysts both 4 cm in diameter or b) 1 giant complex septated cyst (giant is my word, not theirs). They can't tell if its joined or not. My question is: is my doctor taking this seriously enough? [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger at 4:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Valentine's Day Mix CD

Your favorite alternative/indie/classic but not overplayed love songs? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy at 4:23 PM PST - 68 comments

Why is my external hard drive revving?

Why is my external hard drive revving? [more inside]
posted by gene_machine at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Large Group Awareness Training, if you went through it, how was it?

A friend of mine is really encouraging me to participate in a Large Group Awareness Training program. If you participated in one, what was your experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 21 comments

LDR turns SDR Relationship Filter

LDR turned SDR goes sour fast - now my relationship's up in the air for the first time ever. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 20 comments

Help Me Find Closure

Help me find out how my sister died. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me do Taiwan this summer?

How to do a cheap trip to Taiwan this summer? From California in July, returning in August. And what are the chances of earning a little cash there teaching English? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me help my dog...

How do you deal with a dog on prednisone (specifically, the constant need to urinate due to increase thirst)? Also, what could be the cause of the problem that put my dog on prednisone? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 3:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Can you help me find/write an AppleScript to increase/decrease the quote level of selected text?

I'd like an ApplesScript that will let me increase or decrease the quote level of text that I've selected (like using ⌘' and ⌥⌘' in Mail). [more inside]
posted by davextreme at 2:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Best place for Avatar in PDX

Best place to see Avatar in 3d in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by efalk at 2:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Did Ignatius ever live here?

Where can I learn about the history of the house we're soon to own in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

LCD Monitor Starring as TV

I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Unemployment-filter: freelance job, getting paid with two checks..how to claim?

Unemployment-filter: freelance job, getting paid with two checks..how to claim? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 2:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Passwords and https://

Is there a way in Firefox (3.x, fwiw) to have the password manager save login information on https sites? [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Amateur Love

At 22 years old, I just ended my first real romantic relationship with a girl I've been with for about 3 months. I feel guilty and unsure if I made the right decision. [more inside]
posted by Risiko at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I properly use "sir" and "ma'am" in the South?

How do I properly use "sir" and "ma'am" in the South? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 2:05 PM PST - 51 comments

Help me choose a van for a cross-canada trip!

My girlfriend and I are taking a (return) cross-Canada road trip in April, and I'm getting pretty excited about it. We want to keep overall costs as low as possible, and I think purchasing a cheap Van is probably going to fit the bill. Any suggestions on makes/models? [more inside]
posted by weasel at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Get VLC to save multiple streamed audio files from a single .asx playlist?

I'm trying to use VLC media player 1.0.3 (XP) to capture, and save to file, 34 streaming audio tracks that are linked via a single .asx playlist. (The "play all tracks" link on this page.) I've been able to capture and save individual tracks from their individually-listed links, but I'd prefer not to go through that 34 times. [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 at 2:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Watering the money tree?

If one were to come into 5,000.00 what is the best way to make it grow with very little to no risk?
posted by gypseefire at 1:57 PM PST - 17 comments

I need some snazzy cardigans in Austin ASAP.

Shopping filter: Store in Austin, TX with an above-average selection of moderately priced sweaters? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Color safe bleach chemical composition?

What is color-safe bleach composed of? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to fly away...

Tell me all you know about getting started hang gliding. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

USA: A People's History

Is there an american series of documentary that tells the story of how USA came to be what it is? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

What is Slipstream?

What is slipstream fiction? I've read the Bruce Sterling article and found a list of slipstream novels but I'm looking for a further explanation of what could be called Slipstream and what it is. I noticed the Jonathan Lethem's novel As She Climbed Across the Table is slipstream, but his book of short stories Wall of the Sky, Wall of the Eye is not. Wall certainly made me feel weird (in a good way) while I was reading it. what new books and authors could be called slipstream (I've read Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters).
posted by crios at 1:25 PM PST - 12 comments

NYC to Du Bois and back again...

Tomorrow, I'm going to be traveling from NYC to Du Bois, PA for a business trip. Essentially, I'll be driving along I-80 the entire way (roughly 4.5 hours). What are some places that I MUST stop at along the way? Restaurant suggestions and any other recommendations are welcome. I'm willing to take minor (i.e. 30 minute) detours. Thanks!
posted by arm426 at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Wholesale inventory how-to?

I'm interested in starting an online store that caters to a specific niche. So how do I acquire products for it? [more inside]
posted by lhall at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I properly mix a personal credit card with a business bank account?

How do I log the use of a personal credit card for my business so as not to confuse the heck out of my accountant, come tax time? (Canada) [more inside]
posted by Imperfect at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Software recommendations for epidemiology and/or population biology?

What software have you used for research in epidemiology and/or population biology? [more inside]
posted by inkyroom at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Blah blah blah

Looking for a quality discussion forum [more inside]
posted by Red Loop at 1:01 PM PST - 12 comments

2008 Mercury Mariner HELP!

I have a 2008 Mercury Mariner. Recently, all of the dashboard lights light up like a christmas tree (and stay lit) and the gauges all sweep to the end and then stop back at zero while I am driving. Once I shut the engine off, the car will not start. This does not happen all the time but enough that it left me stranded twice in the past week. I have replaced the battery. This did not help. Through trial and error, I learned if I hit the alarm button, then attempt to start the car, it will start and I will be able to drive until the entire process repeats itself. I have it at the dealer now and after 72 hours, they still have no idea what's wrong with it. The dealer has said that their diagnostic equipment is identifying "communication codes to cluster" but I have no idea what that means. Any ideas on what could be causing my mysterious Mariner problem? I am in the Northern NJ/Rockland County area (if you have any suggestions for shops to try).
posted by starsixnine00 at 1:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me reinvent my telecommunicative self.

Toronto: Help me figure out my phone/internet/gadgets arrangement. Can I really do it all with the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend some Manga for a Noob

Help me get into Manga. In the last few years I have gotten into comics when previously they had been lost on me, now that I am comfortable with the American form I want to try some Manga but I have no idea where to start. See inside for a list of things I have read and enjoyed that might inform your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 12:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Should I choose Mount Vesuvius or a baking soda volcano?

How can you tell if your reactions and emotions are rational and logical, and if you're expressing them in a rational and logical manner? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 12:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Shaking the hand that feeds you.

I need recipes that use a lot of milk and transport well. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 12:17 PM PST - 14 comments

I want to start a taco truck. How?

I want to start a taco truck. How? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Costa Rica vacationing...another original Ask Mefi topic

Has anyone been to Los Altos de Eros in Costa Rica? What did you think? Alternatively, other CR recommendations? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

"You can't fire me, I quit!"

I think I might get fired soon. Should I quit so that I don't have that black mark on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 23 comments

How to deal with this?

Is it possible to even hope that someone would not be repulsed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 30 comments

Where have all the porches gone?

Are we growing to be a porchless society? I am trying to settle a disagreement with my friend - she thinks that porches are still an important part of design, and I say that front porches have largely disappeared from modern architecture and are a social relic of the past. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 11:50 AM PST - 54 comments

What Vancouver, B.C. schools offer good Game Design programs?

I am thinking about applying to some Game Design / 3D animation programs in and around Vancouver, B.C. Got any suggestions?
posted by smartless at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Where have all the cobblers gone?

Have you ever had anyone custom make you a pair of boots? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Finding the needle in the thrifting haystack!

What high-quality apparel or goods should I be looking for at the thrift store? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 11:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Seattle

Please recommend a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) in Seattle or the Eastside. This is for a male friend of mine, so the therapist can be male or female. Feel free to memail me your recommendation if you want to remain confidential.
posted by matildaben at 11:32 AM PST - 0 comments

What is the "best" way to buy a vehicle for a relative?

Have made the likely-unwise decision to help my brother buy a vehicle. What is the least-messy way to accomplish this? Absurd level of detail, and... [more inside]
posted by Pufferish at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Release of 911 calls

Are 911 calls public domain? I mean you hear clips from 911 calls (in the USA) on the news. Are they made available to the media through some kind of freedom of information regulation? Or do both parties (the dispatcher and the caller) have to agree to it? Why are they released? and does the calling party have any kind of privacy rights (they can be pretty awful calls and stressful/horrific etc). [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 11:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Turn my 'shroom head into a hipster do instead of a soccer mom don't

Keep my hair from going from "awesome, slightly damp" to "pouffy mushroom." Difficulty factor: it's a (human hair) wig. (Hence the anonymity.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

What happens now that I've been reported to CPS?

I was reported to CPS. The case was closed, but now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to buy Slovenian cd releases?

Where can I buy these two Slovenian music cd's? [more inside]
posted by starscream at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Podcasts in European Portuguese?

Recommendations for podcasts/other media in European Portuguese? [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find NYC property value statistics for 2009-2010

I am looking to find out overall statistics for property rentals in NY for 2009-2010. I am trying to write a letter to prevent a rent hike and I want to fill it with some statistics to help better illustrate my point. Thanks in advance.
posted by lukeomalley at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

What are these girls up to?

Every couple of weeks a different ~20 YO girl with a provocative picture, young enough to be my daughter, will try to friend me on Facebook. This squicks me out and I can't hit the ignore button fast enough. I can't help but think it's a precurser to some kind of scam. What are these girls up to?
posted by Daddy-O at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Is this actually Chris Ware, or just a good homage?

Is this actually Chris Ware, or just a good homage? Conan O'Brian.
posted by Olive Oil at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Ingredients for St Dalfour cream?

Ingredients for St Dalfour cream? [more inside]
posted by mandapanda at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Why am I losing weight but not body fat percentage?

I'm losing weight but my body fat percentage isn't changing much. Should I change something or just be more patient? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 10:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me plan an awesome anniversary party!

How can I make my parent's surprise 40th wedding anniversary party the best? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

I Ain't 'Fraid of no Ghost.

Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee at 9:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Speed up my Salad!

How do I best speed up my salad-making? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Breakfast smoothies: apparently I'm doing it wrong

I started making smoothies recently with about 200g frozen fruit, 1.5 cups of 1% milk, and a scoop of whey protein powder. I wedge some kale in when I have it, but I happened to be out this week. This makes about as much smoothie as I can comfortably consume. Normally if I eat breakfast (lentils or eggs or oatmeal or cereal or toast and jam or whatever) around 7 or 7:30, I'm good until lunch at 12 or 1 or even later, but since I switched to smoothies, I'm finding that I'm ludicrously hungry by 10am. As in "I would cheerfully kill you for the last quarter of your sandwich" hungry. WTF? Why is this and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dorque at 9:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Motivate me.

Mefites, how do I stay motivated and do my physio exercises? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 8:32 AM PST - 14 comments

How to get an iPod to work in my 2007 non-Sport Honda Fit?

I have a non-Sport 2007 Honda Fit with a factory radio. It has an Auxiliary-in button on the controls, but no physical aux-input (unlike the Sport, which does). How can I best get my iPod to play through my Honda stereo (with an FM Modulator as a last resort)? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 7:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What questions to ask first-time authors?

I belong to a mystery writers club and I have been asked to moderate a panel in February. On the panel will be three mystery authors who have just recently published their first books. If you were in the audience what questions or topics would you (as a reader, aspiring writer or published writer) like the panel to cover?
posted by storybored at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

This lady is high...

I saw a crazy labor and delivery video on youtube, can't find it now. The woman is having no pain, smiling and laughing. There might have been funny happy music playing. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me give my hats a home

Help! I has hats... hats who has no home. Help me organize my hats. [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 7:25 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I best get a materials science PhD in Germany?

Studying in Germany Filter: I want to get a PhD in materials science at a German university, hopefully starting in 2011. Please help me get started figuring this out! [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find this magazine article

Where can I find an online edition of a Cycle World magazine article without ordering a copy of the entire magazine from the archive? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

PHP Mailer failure

Ok so I built a PHP order form that serves a dual purpose, it can be submitted electronically and then printed out and mailed it with the actual payment. Problem is the item name isnt showing up, even though everything else is. Look here for code,http://www.scribd.com/doc/25537386 Any ideas would help, I'm stuck..
posted by tropikal at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting penalised for over-contributing to my RRSP

On Canadian taxes, specifically with RRSP contributions. [more inside]
posted by tksh at 6:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Party Like It's 1939

Willkommen Weimar! Looking for the most Jazz-Age places in NYC, ideally with a decadent Berlin feel. Awesome art deco bars, antique cocktails, hot hot neo-retro music where I could breakout a charleston without blush : Where can I find the past? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 5:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Plenty of winter to come & I'm looking to liven up the menu

Winter produce, both fruits and veggies, looking for ideas. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Building Materials

How big are the holes that are left from digging up the material for the world's buildings? Where can I see one? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:57 AM PST - 27 comments

January 20

Why doesn't tire pressure vary with vehicle payload (much)?

Stupid physics question: tire pressure. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 11:45 PM PST - 33 comments

I work with words, not numbers!

Deal or no deal with my future: should I take the money I'm offered, or risk it for a better grant? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot at 10:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Toddler hates the covers

2 1/2 year old hates the covers, blankets , comforters etc. Almost no matter how cold the room is. When covered after asleep, he will kick them off in minutes. Usually his room is 60's-74 so not that cold. What recommendations can parents make about making sure he is warm enough at night, in terms of either clothing options or getting him to like being covered?
posted by dougiedd at 10:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Sixty minute funks

Sixty minute blues [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does my throat think it's time to cry when it's not?

I have a constant lump/tightness in my throat, like one gets before crying. I feel choked up I suppose. However, there is nothing sad or distressing going on. How do I make this go away? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 9:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Car-only NYC spots?

What are some great places in NYC that you actually need a car to get to easily? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 9:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Big, dramatic gesture for retiring mom who does not want a party?

My mother is retiring. I want to do something grand for her, but she doesn't want a party. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 9:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me wake up my iPhone.

So my iPhone has suddenly died. This is very bad. I can't restart it and I can't get my computer to recognize it. Help? [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some concrete things I can do for a friend whose child was stillborn?

My closest friend's pregnancy just ended in a stillbirth at 32 weeks. What can I do for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Korg D888 No Longer Overdubs

Korg D888 multitrack recorder no longer overdubs [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 8:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Removing Yahoo search results from Firefox address bar search.

When I search for something by typing keywords into the Firefox address bar, it directs me to Yahoo search results. It used to function more like Google's "I'm feeling lucky" option, and I'd like to get that functionality back instead of these incessant Yahoo search results. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Avoiding pate de crap

I am making pate de fruit and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Has my dinosaur of an mp3 player become a paperweight?

Help me fix my circa 2004 Creative Zen Micro and save a few square inches of landfill space! [more inside]
posted by Acer_saccharum at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Cleanup after a macbook/coke spill - possible?

MacBook Pro (late-2008 model, unibody). Spilled can of Coke. Still works, but what can I do about the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 8:23 PM PST - 11 comments

How different are science textbooks edition to edition?

How different are science textbooks edition to edition? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 8:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me take care of my friend.

I want to give my friend who's having a really hard time lately something to do to take care of herself on Valentine's Day in LA. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I break up with my real estate agent?

How do I break up with my real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 8:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Different strokes...

Is a totally mismatched sex drive between two otherwise well matched people who like each other a rational reason to end a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 47 comments

Find me an observational stand-up comedy bit for a class

Can you find me a clip from an observational comic that I can use in class tomorrow? I am looking specifically for a clip where a comic (relatively cleanly) notices some everyday annoyance and potentially notices a solution... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are there so many ads for gold-related businesses on Fox News?

Why are there so many ads for gold-related businesses on Fox News? [more inside]
posted by squorch at 7:00 PM PST - 23 comments

FontFilter: What font is used in Photoshop CS3 dialog boxes?

FontFilter: What font is used in Photoshop CS3 dialog boxes? [more inside]
posted by kenliu at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Soy gringa... Or not.

Is it a bad thing to call oneself a "gringa" (if one is indeed a caucasian American female) when speaking with Latinos? (context inside) [more inside]
posted by amyms at 6:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Finding work in Sydney via temp agencies

What are some good temp agencies in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat at 6:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Help make me uncomfortable.

Looking for a reading list of things that will make me productively uncomfortable. (tl;dr inside) [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 6:50 PM PST - 59 comments

Peace dress for baby

Twirls & Twigs is a (new to me) brand of children's clothing. Their "peace dress" is adorable and deeply desired as a gift for my favorite new mom. I have googled and sought it everywhere I can think of to no avail. I would like it in a small (infant) size, but if I can find it in any size, I would be thrilled. Anyone?
posted by mmf at 6:38 PM PST - 6 comments

How am I ever going to find a ring I like for our 10th anniversary?

You are not my jeweler. We were waiting a bit to get our 10 year anniversary presents and both rings I liked sold out. Please help me find something as good or better. [more inside]
posted by Issithe at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a preview of my first 6 months or so as a junior programmer

When I get my first junior programmer job - fresh out of school, shiny faced and new - what will that look like? What will I be tasked with? What will the expectations of me be? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 6:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Is this bargain electronics site a scam?

Is this electronics website legit? How can I find out more about them? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 6:07 PM PST - 13 comments

How hard is it to learn Rhino?

Can an intelligent but non-computer person teach themselves to use Rhino? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 6:03 PM PST - 5 comments

I want my C bak

why is the "c" on my keyboard sticking, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Spanish speaking preschools in Minneapolis

Anyone know of Spanish language pre-schools appropriate for 3 year olds in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by limagringo at 5:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Help my friend find political essay contests?

I'm looking for politically themed essay contests with a cash prize for a lecturer in the Political Sciences I know who has just been laid off. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 5:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me get Internet!

Linksys Router Problems...Help.... [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Open to new ideas

Any recommendations for songs played in open guitar tunings? [more inside]
posted by chelegonian at 5:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Difference between $100 men's dress shoes and $500 men's dress shoes?

What is the noticeable difference between a $100 pair of men's dress shoes and a $500 pair of men's dress shoes? I wear standard, department store $100 dress shoes to work every day (I used to wear Cole Haan; now I wear Johnston & Murphy). When the $100 shoe soles wear out, I have them re-soled. They do end up looking beat-up fairly quickly, even with polishing. I have been told that, if I spend more money on the shoes, they will last longer and the investment will be worth it. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 4:59 PM PST - 29 comments

Ways to dress up fruit.

Plain fruit and a handful of nuts or a slice of cheese grow old pretty quickly. What are some ways I can dress up or vary my fruit snack? [more inside]
posted by moira at 4:54 PM PST - 29 comments

gifts for a new baby

A friend of mine is due to give birth in March to a baby with a cleft lip. Is there anything I can buy and/or do for her or the baby that would be especially helpful? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I stop my sister's dog from enabling my cat's obesity?

How can I stop my sister's dog from enabling my cat's obesity? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Fightin mad in Philly

Older leftist, new to Philly, want to find way to organize against teabaggers and their agenda. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

100 PUs + 200 SUs = Freaky figure?

Will 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups a day make me look like an idiot? [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 at 4:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Jetta Dilemma. I want my money back.

Last summer, I purchased a used car under the impression that it may need minor repairs. Turns out, it can likely never be registered or pass an inspection because of absurdly expensive repair costs. Now, the [niceman] who sold it to me refuses to refund anything. I want my money back. [more inside]
posted by rrrico at 4:15 PM PST - 16 comments

First time tri-athlete - any hints and tips?

I've just entered a fairly short triathlon - 400m swim (in Sydney Harbour, so not open ocean but not a pool), 8km cycle, 4km run. The route for the cycle and the run is fairly easy and my level of fitness is such that I could definitely do both of those individually with no problem at all. This weekend I'll be doing an 8km cycle followed immediately by a 4km run just to make sure, but I don't foresee any problems. [more inside]
posted by infinitejones at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Why can't I just be a liberal?

When and why did modern liberals, especially bloggers, begin to label themselves as "progressives"? Why do they do so? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 3:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Lying Firewood Guy

Suggestions for accelerating the seasoning of firewood? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Worry, be happy.

In search of uplifting/inspiring music suitable for lefties. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Walking tours of Europe - villages, wine, beer, art for beginning walkers?

Walking tours of Europe? Looking to change up our usual travel style, see smaller places, and get some exercise at the same time. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments


What pots and pans should I get? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 2:51 PM PST - 33 comments

Share your tree expertise!

Please help me decide what kind of tree to put in my front yard (Zone 7). [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

How to sell stock I got as a child?

When I was younger, my parents bought me several shares in Disney. I'd like to sell that stock now. What do I have to do to do so, and what taxes, etc. might I incur on it? [more inside]
posted by Mali at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What do I wear for an interview for a (math) postdoc?

What do I wear for an interview for a (math) postdoc? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 2:38 PM PST - 29 comments

This door is secured, sir!

I've got Weslock doorknobs in my new house... which I can remove easily, except for the ones with privacy latches, like the bathroom doors. The privacy latch is a little button on the side of the door with the collar that's supposed to rotate so that you can access the screws underneath it. How do I get it out of my way? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:24 PM PST - 12 comments

What makes a drummer good?

What makes a drummer good? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 1:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Now I wanna see y'all on ya baddest behavior

Help me totally beanplate a good dance playlist for a house party. Looking for strategies to get people to shake their asses, and hot tracks if you want to share. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I, and should I transition to L&D

How does one transition into a career in Learning and Development? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Teaching to Distraction

I teach college. I have ADD. I have some kind of mental block against fully planning my courses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

is it worth confessing your innocence to someone who is prone to writing you condeming letters?

I received a not very nice letter from my neighbor. Is it worth explaining to this neighbor that I did not actually litter? What happens when someone reports you for littering? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 46 comments

Are you legally an adult at 18 or 21?

Is there an accepted, universal age of majority? Is it 21 or 18? Does it vary by state?
posted by Jenna Brown at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Who Saw Jane?

What-is-that-song-filter: What song about Jane did a girl sing at my high school choir concert pre-1998? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

legally dropping out of school, in MN

Can a Minnesota student who is 17 legally drop out of school with parental consent if they are in special education? What if they are 19 and still in school? Where is this referenced in MN law? (Asking for Mrs. Pithy Comment.)
posted by pithy comment at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find reusable doodle pad

What-cha-ma-call-it Filter: A kids doodle paddle has a transparent layer of plastic and a black board underneath. You doodle on it with a plastic stylus. To erase you just lift up the transparent layer.
posted by bleucube at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

What free services exist out there that automatically send a text message alerting you to something or another?

Ever since I was pointed towards Umbrella Today I've yet to be caught out in the rain without an umbrella. I'd quite like to find other free services that automatically send a text message alert. It can be about whatever, doesn't have to be weather related at all. I live in Providence, Rhode Island.
posted by Kattullus at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

A performance art as business website?

Seeking an artist's webpage: she or he has a unique business model of direct commissions via PayPal for actions at different price levels (will write a note, will travel to place X and take a photograph, send the photo to you, etc). None of my search keywords are turning it up ... ring any bells?
posted by finnb at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Firefox only work with VPN connected, why?

I work remotely, have a company-owned laptop issued to me and I use VPN and IE to access through to our company's intranet. For years, I've also used Firefox to browse the internet regardless of whether I was VPN'd in or not. No problem until a couple of weeks ago. Now Firefox will not work unless I am connected to my company through VPN. Why? [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments

These are not the 3gp files you are looking for

Problem converting 3gp audio files. (recorded on Motorola Droid) [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 12:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I play the ukulele without using codeine?

Ukulele players: Is this a more finger-friendly instrument than the guitar? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 12:06 PM PST - 14 comments

hatching a flock of quail is not an option

What can I do with 18 quail eggs? [more inside]
posted by troika at 11:57 AM PST - 20 comments

The truth about freezing salmon to kill parasites, please.

I am seeking science-based answers (i.e., not dubious factoids passed along from one food blogger to the next) to the following questions: When making gravlax, 1) at what temperature and for how long must it be frozen in order to kill parasites, and 2) what is the risk of consuming gravlax that has never been frozen, both in terms of likelihood of getting parasites and what they'll do to you. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

A Better eTabulaRasa

What's the best whiteboard software? Free would be nice, but not essential. [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 11:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Objectively speaking, was Jerry Garcia a great guitar player?

Objectively speaking, was Jerry Garcia a great guitar player? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:28 AM PST - 33 comments

How to best transfer and keep a domain name I own?

How to best transfer and keep a domain name I own? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 11:28 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I look into a murder from the 60's with little data to go on?

How do I look into a murder from the 60's with little data to go on? Do I go straight to the poilice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 16 comments

more like Rousseau

Searching for artists similar to Rousseau... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Animation studios in the Pacific Northwest?

Does anyone know any animation studios in the Pacific northwest? [more inside]
posted by bleedfoot at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

North Chicago Suburb Dating (Highland Park Area)

I have an upcoming first date in the Highland Park, IL area. I don't really leave the city to often, and I don't have a car, and I've actually haven't spent too much time in the North Suburbs. Can anybody help me out in suggesting 'things' to do, proper first date stuff, in the Highland Park through the Skokie Area. [Friday Night] - thanks for your help.
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me suggest a virtual event to my virtual friends...

What kind of mellowish, retroish virtual entertainment can I suggest at my friend's Second Life sim? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Really tempted to put this in the pets & animals category

How important is sleep training for a 6-month-old baby that already sleeps pretty well, but can't go to sleep on her own? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 10:53 AM PST - 22 comments

Trailer park sous vide?

Help me sous vide at home without spending money. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 10:35 AM PST - 24 comments

It's as if a hand has come out and taken yours

Books or poems that are more like old friends? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 10:29 AM PST - 98 comments

Building a turntable for actors

I plan to put 3 actors on a 6' wooden turntable (which I will build myself) for a video shoot. Have you done or seen something like this before? Is my turntable design workable? Is there a better/simpler/safer way to do it? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 9:55 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I help someone escape Retail management?

Trying to help a family member out. He graduated with a BS in business administration but feels stuck in retail. Help plot his next course of attack. [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Talk to me about friendship

Looking for your favourite stories, poems, or quotes about friendship. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Tasty coconut treats?

Looking for Cleveland Coconut Bar recipe [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 9:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Trying to find a phone number @ Citigroup...

I'm trying to get in touch with some old colleagues at Citigroup in North America. I'm looking for an external phone number for their employee directory. Anyone know what that number is? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comment

What would happen after the Senate's "nuclear option?"

The United State's Senate's "nuclear option" is, as far as I can tell, the threat of the majority of Senators using a Point of Order vote to claim that filibustering is unconstitutional. Republicans threatened to do it in 2005, and now there are rumors of the Democrats thinking about the same thing. My questions: If this happened, would it get reviewed by the Supreme Court? Would the filibuster be gone for good? And, if it is unconstitutional, why is getting rid of it such a demonized option?
posted by Damn That Television at 8:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Getting out of a lease?

Friend of mine needs advice on how to go about breaking a lease. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Who is this lady vampire of yore?

Who and/or what character is this? Photo'd from an 8 x 10 glossy in an antique store.
posted by everichon at 8:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh

SongFilter: What funny, contemporary (last 50 years) Broadway song can I break out for an upcoming cabaret? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 8:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Quiero Queso!

What is a traditional Mexican Cheese to go with Black Beans in Burritos and where can I get it in London UK? Also where can you get Tomatillo's in London? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 8:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Wow, children do weird things

What is the origin of "Mama had a baby and her head popped off"? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 7:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Do maritime salvage laws apply to my apartment?

I live in an apartment near the ocean, facing an interior courtyard. Are there any circumstances where if a Tornado picks up a boat from the ocean and drops it into the courtyard, I am allowed to salvage from it? What if it lands on my balcony, or breaks into smaller pieces? This is especially topical since I live in Los Angeles.
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for lesser-known gems of art, architecture and history in Europe for an ADVENTURE

Planning a Midlife Crisis Adventure Tour! I want to know your favorite off-the-beaten-track archaeology and art locales. I don't have unlimited time or money, and would like to be traveling to two or all of the following countries: Italy, Greece, France, England, Scotland. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Non-profit career counseling?

Can you refer me to a non-profit industries career consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area? I am not so much looking for a headhunter but a career coach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Effective Giving

Most effective charitable dollars on a local scale? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

formula for thinking

If I'm trying to come up with a model or a function to determine to what extent a specific person is able to think outside the box (or unconventionally, or differently), what variables do you consider crucial to do this analysis?
posted by ttyn at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Definition a RV...?

I am converting a step-van into a RV. What are the requirements for a RV in California? I would like to register it as a RV.
posted by digital-dragonfly at 7:08 AM PST - 1 comment

Chemistry party ideas!

I'm throwing a chemistry themed birthday party. I need help generating some awesome ideas. [more inside]
posted by Carhart at 6:50 AM PST - 35 comments

Please find us a hobby we'll both enjoy

He's extroverted, a bit macho ("ballroom dancing is for sissies!"), adrenaline junkie, but also lazy. She's introverted, nerdy, does NOT like adrenaline rushes (especially not of the "there's a rather real possibility I might injure myself or die doing this" type). Please suggest hobbies and activities they might both enjoy! [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 4:34 AM PST - 40 comments

Yes, but does it come in blue?

Help me find shopping sites where I can 'build' my own stuff. Sites like this or this. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:07 AM PST - 25 comments

Dear MetaFilter, can you recommend marketing companies who specialize in producing small-yet-nifty promotional items?

O, MetaFilter, I seek your wisdom! I work at a local Health Club, and my General Manager has tasked me with searching out marketing companies which offer promotional items with which to emblazon with the Club's logo. Can anyone offer any recommendations? My employers are particularly interested in pens and keychains . . . thanks!
posted by caseymichael at 3:25 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document?

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document? [more inside]
posted by sour cream at 1:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Can't sleep; sounds will wake me.

Auditory hallucinations at sleep onset wake me up. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 1:50 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm trying to join together subtitle files on a mac

Can someone please direct me to some software and a helpfile that will tell me how to join together subtitle files on a mac? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 1:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Why did my Twitter tweet-count suddenly jump by 8,000?

Why did my Twitter count suddenly jump by 8,000? When I started Twitter about a years ago, my Tweet-to-Follower ratio was about one-to-one. When they added the re-tweet feature to my Twitter stream, that ratio dropped to about 3 to 2. Yesterday I had about 3.3K tweets, now it says about 11.3K. It's been hovering around 3,000+ for weeks now. Why the sudden jump? Is is possible that this was caused by a hacker getting into my account, or are a lot of Twitter users experiencing this?
posted by SociologistTina at 1:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Auckland side trip?

An afternoon side trip outside of Auckland? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 1:21 AM PST - 10 comments

January 19

Can you help me identify an old movie from the 70s or early 80s?

Can you help me identify an old movie from the 70s or early 80s? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 11:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Do apprenticeship programs for MDs exist in the U.S.?

Is it possible to become a board-certified physician in the U.S. through an apprentice program? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Is Hank Azaria's Depiction of Apu Racist?

Is Hank Azaria's depiction of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons racist, or not? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:17 PM PST - 85 comments

How can I get groceries delivered to my house by tomorrow morning?

I live downtown Toronto and have a wicked fever, an empty pantry, and want to find a grocery store that will deliver some staples to my apartment--ideally by tomorrow morning. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 9:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Je voudrais apprendre

Name some intensive language courses that take place in universities! [more inside]
posted by djgh at 7:56 PM PST - 21 comments

As mediocre as it gets?

I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in college, and now I'm 25. My life now is a lot more stable. My life then seemed a lot more fun... where to next? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 at 7:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Hardcover book about how Robinson Crusoe made all his stuff.

When I was a kid (late 70s, maybe early 80s) I had a large hardcover Robinson Crusoe book that was like a how-to engineering type description of all the different things he made. Does anyone know the title?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 7:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Break My Cat's Trance!

Cat Behavioralist Filter: Can I get my cat to stop chewing on her tail in a trance-like fashion? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Help us go to Singapore!

Singapore conference/vacation! Toddler! Please help! [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm pretty sure my crotch isn't at my kneecaps.

My tights won't stay up. Help! Is this a sizing issue? A quality issue? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 6:31 PM PST - 32 comments

What a pain.

I moved from WA to OR. What kind of bureaucratic stuff do I need to do, and what can I get out of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Coping with MS diagnosis and symptoms?

How to cope with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the mounting symptoms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Auto-printing for a time-strapped student

How can I get a program to access the classroom sharing site Sakai (I am a student) and get the new materials posted there to be print automatically? [more inside]
posted by verapamil at 6:14 PM PST - 1 comment


Canadian law school: I am considering applying, or rather beginning the process of seriously exploring applying, to law school in Canada. I'm wondering if my somewhat lame GPA in my last year of undergrad study is pretty much a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 6:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Real time computer code share

What is the best way to real time share and edit computer code among 3 people? [more inside]
posted by bucksox at 5:51 PM PST - 19 comments

How to make reading long books ergonomic?

What is the best ergonomic setup for reading heavy (literally!) books for long periods of time? Are some chairs better than others? How high should the table ideally be? What kind of lighting is best - direct, indirect, or something else? Are there other helpful tools (eg something to hold the book flap down as you're reading)?
posted by shivohum at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Straighten my cane!

No, not like that, dirty Gurty! How do I straighten 12 bamboo / river cane rods (about 7' in length), all at the same time? Please note, I am not above making a simple machine to get the job done. [more inside]
posted by metajc at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Downview computer desk? Patch Chloe O'Brien to my cellphone, now.

Downview computer desks? Ever used one? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:35 PM PST - 15 comments

I need a recipe for the best dip ever made.

Help me win the dip-off at work. I need a recipe for the most amazing dip ever made that will blow everyone's socks off. One restriction applies... [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:15 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me be more relaxed and comfortable in my own skin.

I am looking for practices or teachings that will help me be more relaxed and comfortable in my own skin. [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 4:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I host interactive 360 degree panoramic photos?

So I've taken some 360 degree photos and I'd like to host them somewhere on the internet. I've found a couple of places but I can't get them to work (they're a bit clunky): http://pan0.net/ & http://you3dview.com/ Have I missed something? I thought this would be quite popular and there would be a site like Flickr or Vimeo hosting them.
posted by fernbritton at 4:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Please don't say skydiving

I need to make a decision to stop marking time and, if you will forgive the unforgivable cliché, start living. I think it might help to have some kind of ceremony or event to make this concrete, to establish a break point in my life. It's important that I realise what it means to intend to be alive in five years' time. But I can't think of anything appropriate. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 3:55 PM PST - 55 comments

In search of the perfect blog.

Looking for blogs that address a particular situation: Professional mother, stay at home dad. Some hints are inside. [more inside]
posted by madajb at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

NYers on UHC, let's trade doctor recommendations!

New Yorkers on United Health Care: care to recommend (or warn against) an orthopedist, gynecologist, general practitioner, etc, etc? [more inside]
posted by Opal at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What questions should I ask a prospective small business accountant?

Recently started a small business. Meeting a few prospective accountants. What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

My boyfriend's left testicle has been sore for almost a week. He went to the doctor today, and was told he had a varicocele. They scheduled him for an ultrasound in a week to make sure there's nothing else going on. Since his appointment this morning, the pain has worsened significantly. Should he go to the ER, or tough it out until next week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 24 comments

One wedding dress, two sleeves, zero frump?

Two questions: does a wedding dress with sleeves always look dowdy? And, if not (!) : Help me find a wedding dress that has at least 3/4 sleeves but won't make me look like a grandma! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 55 comments

cache.manifest & Yahoo webhosting?

How do I serve a .manifest file as "type text/cache-manifest" using Yahoo small business webhosting? I have created the manifest file and uploaded it to the server. I have declared the manifest file in the index.html, but I don't think the mime-type is recognized. Yahoo doesn't allow ht access files to be uploaded either. (I am trying to write my first web-app for the iPhone) Thanks for any guidance!
posted by DB Cooper at 2:31 PM PST - 4 comments


Is it legal to levy class materials charges in scotland ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Cat adopts stuffed animal. Weird?

My cat has grown attached to a stuffed animal. Specifically, a raccoon. What instincts are at work here? [more inside]
posted by inkytea at 1:43 PM PST - 55 comments

Looking for examples of good photographic websites

Websites for professional photographers and artist photographers are needed for my review. I am about to build my own website, and would like to see as many examples; via their links, as possible. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me prove how bad AmEx gift cards are to my company!

How do I convince my company that American Express gift cards are a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

London Events Guide

UK/London Events Filter: I am looking for a site or a group which lists events such as (paid and free) talks, debates, seminars etc so many of which take place in London every week. [more inside]
posted by london302 at 1:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Ipod Restore Issues on a working older gen iPod

I have a 4th Gen click wheel iPod. It still plays and charges. Today, I got the "restore" error message when hooking it up to my iMac/iTunes. I tried restoring it but it then gave me the msg "The iPod could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1433)" and directed me to here. I tried the usual stuff recommended including: unplugging and replugging; trying new cord; holding menu and center button down for reboot; trying on other macs -- and still get the same msg. Although the technology is old, the iPod itself has hardly been used. Any suggestions? (Besides buying a new one.) Thanks for your input.
posted by snap_dragon at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Babies, smell, and hunger

When your your brain identifies a smell as yummy/edible, is it a learned or instinctual phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 12:13 PM PST - 18 comments

How to teach math to a small child?

How do I teach math to a small child? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Need a current address for a long-lost parent

Looking for an estranged father. Need an address to write a letter to, only have a name and a (possibly old) cell number. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Rules/policies re FTM top surgery

Trying to support my butch lesbian trans-y friend. Would like more information about top surgery options for a person who does not fit into the classic FTM model. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Big Death for a Mac Mini

My Mac Mini (bought Oct 2008) has died. I've done all the SMC/PRAM/whatever resettings, and now I've been led to believe it's the logic board. Somehow, I don't have AppleCare (I've gotten it for every other mac I've ever bought). So, my question is whether it's possible/practical to replace the logic board - if that is indeed the problem. If not, how can I put the brick to good, creative use? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Legitimize our user group...

I run a user group...help me make it legit. [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a decent computer chair around $100

Help me find a high backed computer/desk chair that allows you to lean back and provides excellent lower back support. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me assemble Dessert Devastator.

Can you help me find principles for dessert making, so that I can make a dessert without following a recipe? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Games like Dragon Age

What other games are there (for the Xbox or PC) like Dragon Age? More details below. [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 11:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Ways other than swapalease.com to assume a car lease?

If you can't find possibilities on swapalease.com or leasetrader, are there other ways to assume someone's car lease? Contacting leasing companies directly? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Recipes that turn time-consuming food prep into short bursts of effort over several days

A friend just shared her recipe for "Friday Chili," which requires 5-10 minutes per day, starting Monday, to yield a steaming pot of chili for dinner Friday night. I love this idea. Can anyone else share incremental recipes that spread out the effort of preparing a meal over several days? Bonus points if they're vegetarian friendly. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Nutrition Software

I'm in search of nutrition software that tracks more than calories, fat, and carbs. [more inside]
posted by TwisterSister at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Mines or DU?

Help a student decide on a college: Mines or DU. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 10:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I confront my housekeeper about suspected theft?

Should we confront our housekeeper who we are 99.99% sure stole from us (though the evidence is purely circumstantial), or should we just let him and the whole situation go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 46 comments

Tired of mood-swinging

What are some good ways to combat mood swings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

No sad voice

As far as voice goes, I don't get sad. This is a bit of a problem. Also, the first relationship I've had that is getting to the 'real serious' level is getting weird. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 26 comments

I can see the light! Wait, no. Wait, yes. Wait, what?!

Why are my eyes messing with me?! Why do I see something that's not there? Or why don't I see something that is there? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 10:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Legal options for emergency lease breaking

Need to leave NYC apt due to bed bugs and need to break lease. How do do it? Need advice. [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Free/Cheaper volunteer abroad organizations/opportunities for 2-3 weeks in South America or Africa for full time professional [more inside]
posted by frozenyogurt at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Complete second degree years after graduation?

I graduated college a while ago with one BA in the sciences, and just short of a second major in the social sciences (like two classes short). Given current job plans, I'd really like to have that social science degree as well. How can I complete it years after graduation? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

How to dress when visiting a military college?

What is the dress code for civilian faculty at military institutions (like West Point, USAFA, etc)? To what extent does this apply to visitors? [more inside]
posted by xoran99 at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments

GB Shaw photos

Point me towards an online gallery of GB Shaw's photography.
posted by the cuban at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me start my letterpress printing business

I have recently purchased a Heidelberg Windmill platten press and am starting a letterpress and design company. I am a Graphic Designer by trade so I have the skill, all I am lacking is some insight into creating a solid business plan and help with suppliers etc... within Canada. What experience do you have with getting plates made in Canada? Do you use Polymer plates? Ink Suppliers? Paper Suppliers? Getting die's made? Any information above and beyond is much appreciated.
posted by Vanna79 at 8:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I infuse vinegar with cooked bacon?

Can I infuse vinegar with cooked bacon? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

About a bitch

I'm learning English. Here is a phrase from the film"The holiday". Just after having a good sex.A man says,"So you're totally great..Oh."And a woman says,"Yeah.This is a bitch." The question is, what does "This is a bitch." mean? My old American Slang dictionary by Chapman says, .."Anything pleasant or admirable=beaut,humdinger" So could you show me some examples,how do you usually use it this way?And do you both younger and older people say it often? I know this bitch is an offensive way of referring to a woman,especially an unpleasant one..or it means a thing that causes problems or difficulties,though.
posted by mizukko at 8:14 AM PST - 34 comments

Option NOT to cure a lapse in health insurance coverage?

Can I and/or should I be reimbursed for an employer-caused lapse of less than 30 days in group health insurance in Connecticut? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 8:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Mallicious Virus doesn't like holiday snaps

Excel files, word documents, pdf:s and pictures. All selectively corrupted by a virus. What virus was it, and can I restore the files somehow? [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I watch Hulu outside U.S. for free?

How can I watch Hulu outside U.S. for free (from India)? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

“I’ll take MOLD GOLD for 200 Alex…”

So I was told by the doc that I have a SEVERE mold allergy…now what? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Juniper Netscreen Question

I need to have 2 subnets (/29s) on the external/untrust interface on my netscreen firewall. It will be NATing and I'll need to use VIPs from both subnets. [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Are we entitled to our security deposit?

How do I get my security deposit back? We bought our first home and moved out of our apartment 6 months in to a 12 month lease and found someone to take over our apartment. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Obtaining access to WileyPlus by buying the book online.

Hey, academics: a question about purchasing access to a value-add website for a college textbook. [more inside]
posted by britain at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Low-carb breakfast ideas

Low-carb breakfast ideas... which AREN'T meat, egg or cheese-based. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:11 AM PST - 40 comments

Any way to speed up local network?

So, over the holiday season, I invested in a 2tb hard drive. I brought it to the dorms with me and, since a friend had a netbook laying around that he wasn't using, I decided to hook up my hard drive to the netbook and connect the netbook to our router so that people on our network can access it. Everything's working fine, except for the fact that transfer speeds are typically incredibly slow and the connection doesn't seem to be particularly stable. Anyway I can improve this?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 6:50 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemist?

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemistw? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:22 AM PST - 4 comments

boston schools

what are the best private/independent schools in the boston area? (feel free to define "best" however you see fit)
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Behind the Times

What are your favorite stories / essays / etc. from the New York Times? I recently started reading the Sunday NYTimes and love a lot of the stories I find within, especially within the magazine. I feel like I have just discovered a treasure trove of interesting reading but have no idea where to start. I am not interested in any specific topic. I just like reading interesting stuff. Here are perfect examples recently found via AskMe. Help this cave dweller discover the light of the Gray Lady.
posted by jasondigitized at 5:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Chase what matters. Does security?

Why is it that Chase makes an effort to protect against fraud by only showing the last four digits of credit card numbers throughout most elements of the Chase web site, however, a would-be thief can easily see all digits of the account by simply opening a statement? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 5:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Amusez ma bouche s'il vous plait

So I bought some new and very cool looking amuse bouche spoons and glasses but except for one amuse that I made up (pomelo, tiger prawn, avocado and mint), I am somewhat stuck... So bring it on mefis, what are your favorite, memorable or just plainly wow-inducing amuse bouche concoctions?
posted by kitchencrush at 5:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Where did sex+bluebirds+complicated public dancing come from?

Where did the whole iconography of being recently sexed, skipping down the street, bluebirds landing on shoulders, and people joining in on a complicated dance routine thing come from? [more inside]
posted by maykasahara at 4:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Advice on learning more about business analytics & business metrics?

I'd like to learn more about business analytics and business metrics, but don't know where to start. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:30 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this car for?

What is the nature and purpose of this Land Rover variant or customization?
posted by TheophileEscargot at 3:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Is time on my side?

Planning on booking a flight from Honolulu to Philly (round-trip) for March 20-21 using United miles. What's the latest I can/should make reservations?
posted by the NATURAL at 3:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Anti-Frostbite Gloves

What are some great gloves for real cold weather? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 2:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Which do I need a external sound card or DAC?

Which do I need a external sound card or DAC? I have a Macbook Pro that I for listening to mp3's and some light meddling with in Ableton (mostly working with samples). I run Ableton 8 under windows 7 which I have connected via the headphone jack to a decent hifi amp and speakers. My goal is 2 fold. 1) To get better sound quality when listening to mp3's 2) To get better sound quality out of Ableton I’m unsure if i need to get an external sound card (like a M-Audio Fast Track Pro)to do this or if an external DAC (like a Beresford Caiman DAC) would be better. Could someone outline the pro and cons of going down one of these routes? am I missing the boat are both these the same thing?
posted by toocan at 2:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Weddings are hard

Help me hurt as few feelings as possible as I plan my wedding. [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 2:01 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I get from this idea in my head to having a shop?

I'm looking for advice in setting up a small store in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 1:51 AM PST - 5 comments

I need to WIN

Is there a martial-arts style (using your opponent's strength against him) way of winning at duvet-stealing, tickle fights and other such important things? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 12:52 AM PST - 40 comments

How good is mobile broadband for regional areas of Australia?

I'm planning to head to the south coast of NSW (Narooma) for about two weeks or so, to get a bit of work done. However, I do need to access the Internet (mostly google searches). I was thinking of getting a USB mobile broadband dongle from one of the main providers. For instance, I checked with Optus and they say they have good coverage in Narooma. [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 12:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Art purchasing advice

Advice for a neophyte purchaser of original art. [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 12:02 AM PST - 8 comments

January 18

lingua franca?

What poetry is untranslatable? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 10:35 PM PST - 49 comments

Contemporary Geometry: does it exist?

Contemporary Geometry: does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Ex-pat sewing classes in Europe - Possible?

What type of international work will I be doing and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 9:39 PM PST - 9 comments

thai food in denver?

What are some great Thai places in Denver, specifically in Cherry Creek or downtown? [more inside]
posted by negative1 at 9:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Any places similar to Koh Phangan?

What other places in the world are like this place: Koh Phangan in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 9:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Moving Trucks in Washington DC

Rental Truck in Washington DC [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 9:24 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm having burning problems with Toast, specifically, space remaining.

I'm trying to burn a mix of mp4 and avi files with Roxio Toast Titanium 9 as a data cd. The blank DVDs I'm trying to use are RiData, 8x DVD-R, with 4.7 GB of free space. Each of the files I am trying to burn is about 350 MB. [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you hear me now?

Problems being heard on the droid... is this a Verizon network problem or a Droid problem? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I export a list of names from my spam?

Help me make the most of spam! No, I don't want to send it. I want to receive it - and have some fun with it. And I need your help, especially if you know how to export bits of email. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 8:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me beat Depression without meds

How can I treat my depression without medication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 43 comments

A 10-track introduction to the music of The Fall

Help me put together a 10-track "introduction to The Fall" mix CD. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 7:31 PM PST - 30 comments

What did you say?

My mom has 85% hearing loss. Phone calls are frustrating most of the time. I have to keep things very simple. Has anyone used a device like CapTel (http://www.captel.com/) ?? Looking for testimonials or other options.
posted by jack.tinker at 7:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a hearing-aid compatible cellphone headset

I have a BTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aid with a T-coil. Can anyone recommend a headset for use with my cellphone and a reputable online vendor?
posted by desjardins at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Brazil: It's only a state of mind.

Darling Fiancée and I are planning our honeymoon, it's down to Costa Rica and Brazil at this point. I'd love to hear the Hive's experiences with both destinations. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 6:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Help some painters clean their brushes

How do I change the heating element on a small 20 gallon electric water heater if I can't find the drain? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Why won't she go away?

Am I reading to much into the actions of my boyfriend's ex? Beanplating follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Things to do when face down for a LONG time?

My mother is scheduled for her second surgery for a macular hole in her eye. Recovery includes up to two weeks keeping her face down - which means lying on her bed with her face in a frame off the side of the bed 24 hours a day, with only brief breaks to use the bathroom. She's dreading it even more this time around after being miserable the last time. I live far away, and would like to get her something to help the time pass or make her more comfortable. Last time I got her a body pillow. My dad will be there to get her meals, etc., but having something to do other than listen to the radio or CDs would make a difference. I'm hoping you can come up with some creative ideas.
posted by Sukey Says at 5:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Can you describe Washington DC in NYC terms?

I might be relocating to Washington DC. I've visited a few times as a tourist but I know nothing about what life is like there. I've found a few discussions in the archive about moving to DC, but they seem to be written for someone who is trying to figure out where to move to. But I'm not at that point yet. I'm mainly trying to get a sense of what DC life is like for someone whose career is not in politics. Really what I want is a description of life in DC that uses NYC as a frame of reference, comparing neighborhoods, transportation, dining, night life, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 36 comments

Did Eminem record a version of "Suteki Da Ne?"

Did Eminem record a version of "Suteki Da Ne" from Final Fantasy X? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

my kid wants to turn out better than me!

I'm on ChexSystems, and I can't get another bank account for a long time. My kid wants to start a savings account to start saving for college. I want to help her open one in her name. Can we do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a vasectomy as a young man?

How do I get a vasectomy as a young man? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 4:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Raising pre-teens really IS hell

I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 70 comments

Or I could take many photos and have AskMe ID them all.

Where can I take a summer graduate course in field botany (or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments

wedding road trip, music needed

help me make a playlist for the road trip to our wedding. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 3:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Cheap Bean/legume recipes, please

Looking for low-cost vegetarian bean or legume recipes. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Pablo Neruda's French Equivalent?

What French-language poets remind you of Pablo Neruda? [more inside]
posted by datarose at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

OS X Server kicking me out?

Why is OS X Server logging me out after a period of inactivity? [more inside]
posted by drstein at 3:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Experiences with chemotherapy drug, Xeloda.

My father starts both radiation and chemotherapy tomorrow for colorectal cancer. For chemo, he has been prescribed Xeloda - which is taken orally. Can anyone share their experiences with this drug? It's noted that Xeloda is well-tolerated by patients, but I wondering what that exactly means in terms of real-life experience vs the pamphlets and website.
posted by punkrockrat at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Child-proofing an HDTV?

I'm looking for the best way to child-proof an LCD HDTV, considering that wall-mounting is not an option. [more inside]
posted by CMcKinnon at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Why not the Red Cross?

What's wrong with donating to Haiti relief through the American Red Cross? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 2:56 PM PST - 28 comments

Building a sculpture of a sound

How can I turn a waveform graph of an audio clip into a string of numbers describing the graph? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 2:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Admissions consulting -- should I do it, and if so, anonymously?

Admissions consulting -- is it a good idea to start doing it? Should I try to be anonymous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the best prepaid credit card?

What's the best prepaid credit card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Single user, looking for long term relationship with the laptop of my dreams. Love of linux a must

Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 2:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Lost in the jungle

I'm currently in Medellin, Colombia and am flying to Letitica in the Amazon in just under two weeks. What gear do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Olson timezone by population

Where can I find a list of Olson timezones ordered by population? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to reach high note without straining

What is the best way I can reach that brief high note Alicia Keys sings in "Empire State of Mind"? "Concrete jungle where dreams are MADE of..." I'm just a singer who hears the notes, can't read music but is trying not to sound like I'm screaming on the hook like she does. And I need to learn this by tonight! Please help.
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Birmingham, Alabama food and shopping ideas

Birmingham (Ala.) bound, and need your travel help for food and fun. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 2:15 PM PST - 8 comments

like the iphone, but cheaper

What relatively cheap mobile phone will help me enjoy a bit of digital life while i wait to replace my lost iPhone 6-8 months from now? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Give Cleveland a chance?

My husband and I are thinking of moving to Cleveland in just under two years. We love Cleveland for the restaurants, parks, museums, orchestra, and the people. We just want to know that we'll be able to stay and that there will be jobs for us there. Does Cleveland have a future for us? Current Clevelanders and others: what's the mood there, and is our vision feasible? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Library tracker for the iPhone?

Is there an iPhone app out there that allows me to keep track of all my books? Preferably one where I can add the books on the web and sync to the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with someone unhinged who has threatened our reputation?

Need some advice on dealing with a mentally ill person over whom I have no control. Several months ago, I along with other people that I know, agreed to help someone put on a show. We run our own community theater company, and we have a lot of contacts – volunteers of all stripes, a couple of professional people, etc. Without detailing everything to the point of giving myself away, there were points along the way where we really thought we should quit, but this person was a friend, and we thought it would work itself out. Long story short, it has not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:46 PM PST - 16 comments

How to communicate more clearly?

I apparently don’t sound intelligent when I speak. Is there a way to solve this that doesn’t involve therapy or Toastmasters? Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 23 comments

park city nights--you keep me burnin

Have you been to the Sundance Film Festival? What should I desperately know about attending it as a press person? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to go for free chin ups in NYC?

I want to do some chin ups and other random exercises outside in New York City... [more inside]
posted by melissam at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you adapt the Garmin GTM 20 receiver to USB interface?

Can you adapt the Garmin GTM 20 receiver to USB interface? [more inside]
posted by parttimeninja at 1:35 PM PST - 0 comments

Unambiguous English name for Ireland in the 40s?

Fiction-writing-filter: Was there any non-ambiguous English name for the modern-day "Republic of Ireland" between the years 1937 and 1949? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Everybody dance like there's ass in your pants!

I'd like to buy some yoga/dance pants. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 1:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Mass. Election Day Voter Registration?

Massachusetts election day voter registration? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

A place on the East coast of Australia where one can reliably see bioluminescent algae (or dinoflagellates or fish)?

Is there a place on the East coast of Australia where one can reliably see bioluminescent algae (or dinoflagellates or fish)? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 1:07 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I get CSS dropdown menu options triggered by image rollovers, that are cross-browser compatible?

I'm doing a website for free for a good friend of mine who is starting up a business. I've been out of the web monkey loop for a few years and am banging my head against my desk with regards to cross-browser compatibility for CSS dropdown menus -- that include an on hover rollover image as the trigger for the dropdowns. [more inside]
posted by juliebug at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Westward, ho! But where?

Another where should I move question (West of the Mississippi edition), but with a special snowflake twist. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:01 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm Too Old for the Draft

Is it safe to insulate around the crawlspace exit point for a hot water heater vent pipe? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I access to the world's airline and rail schedules?

Is there a way I get access to the world's airline and rail schedules? [more inside]
posted by jevy at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get a glass paperweight restored

How could I get a many-decades-old glass paperweight brought back to life? [more inside]
posted by tyllwin at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get a job at a big company

How can I get a job at a big company? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How to be a cultural imperialist foot soldier legally in South Korea.

How does a Canadian student, with only two yeas of college, tutor privately in South Korea legally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting over math anxiety

I have deep and life-long math anxiety. I want to overcome it. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Trudgery drudgery

I'm tired of being a prisoner to Yak Trax. Is there a particular kind of boot sole that is never-fail on icy sidewalks, short of hammering in little spikes or suction cups to the soles of my winter footwear?
posted by BostonTerrier at 11:44 AM PST - 9 comments

You're probably wondering why I'm here, and so am I... so am I.

I'm very close to walking out on both of my shitty jobs. What the hell can, and should I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

How best to renegotiate rent on commercial property...?

How best to evaluate what a commercial rent should be--and renegotiate with the landlord? Toronto, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Buffy 101

Buffyfilter: What are the essential Buffy episodes? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 11:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Need help connecting to a wireless network with Windows XP Home Edition

I got a virus on my laptop, which was running Windows XP. To fix it, my boyfriend wiped everything on it and then reinstalled XP (home edition). Everything works fine now except that he can't get it connected to a wireless network. Any ideas for fixing this problem?
posted by spinto at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Need an alternative to 48hourprint

I need an alternative to 48hourprint.com. They were great until this weekend when I placed an order with overnight shipping and due to the holiday it won't get here till Friday. I have to use Kinkos for now to get the order done on time, but I want to take my business elsewhere for future projects.
posted by thebwit at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I remove a recalcitrant HD from a Macbook?

macbook hard drive problem [more inside]
posted by mandrake at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

But she didn't actually shoot anyone

fiction writing filter - I'm writing a story set in anytown, USA. I know that gun laws are different everywhere, and I've googled gun laws for each state, but they don't really answer my question. So, here goes... [more inside]
posted by patheral at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

The landlord can make the credit rating better?

I have a friend who just started renting in the area (Detroit, Michigan suburbs). He says his landlord claims that he will increase his credit rating if the rent is paid on time. Is this BS? Or can the landlord have a positive effect on the credit rating? [Obvious: YANAL, YANML, You Are Not Anyone's Lawyer]
posted by Drasher at 9:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Espaliered tree, stay out of my basement!

Fruit trees are very pretty when trained or pruned to a trellis; photos often show these espalier trees up against a wall. Why don't the roots knock the wall down? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get a guest speaker at your group

How do you entice semi-popular people to speak in front of your group? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Herbal weirdness

Am I high on St. John's wort? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 17 comments

(How) Do I get over my girlfriend's one-time infidelity?

My girlfriend cheated with an old ex. (How) Do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 55 comments

How to get from attraction to sleeping together without dating?

I seem to find myself in the same situation all the time - I'm friendly with a girl, and there seems to be a pretty clear sense of mutual attraction. But for whatever reason, I'm not really interested in dating them. Sometimes it's a shared interests thing - maybe there's one thing we have in common but share pretty much nothing else. Or maybe they're just really immature about some things. Or maybe they're someone I work tangentially with that it would be sorta inappropriate for me to date. Anyway, for me it seems like the attracted-to scale and the want-to-date scale are kind of independent. It's great when they line up, but often they don't. So how do I go about telling them that I'm attracted to them but don't really want to date? Or is that just totally unwanted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I keep waiting for the Win7 upgrade or move on?

Request for advice: Should I keep waiting for my Windows 7 upgrade before I load up my shiny new PC? [more inside]
posted by Breav at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How risky is it to have a baby?

How high is the mortality risk of pregnancy/birth for a woman in the developed world, as compared to other lifestyle choices? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me watch The Wire.

Where can I find spoiler-free information on The Wire? Also (and related), should I watch the prequels ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:05 AM PST - 35 comments

Russian equivalent of US stores

Can anyone suggest Russian equivalent of... [more inside]
posted by caelumluna at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a London Dentist

Can you recommend a dentist in London? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I change the color of my eyes using my mind?

How can I change the color of my eyes using my mind? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 8:32 AM PST - 41 comments

What makes a better wedding officiant?

What key studies should I pursue to improve myself in order to become an effective and dynamic wedding officiant? I was ordained in 2002, but have only recently begun to perform marriages. At first, I officiated without fees for close friends but now the requests for my services are snowballing. [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to dance all night in Los Angeles.

What gay bar/club should I go to in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 8:07 AM PST - 5 comments

One, Two, Three, Floor! Underlayment?

We're putting in a laminate "wood" flooring in our kitchen. I've read this thread for great tips. However (underlayment question)... [more inside]
posted by carlh at 8:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Automatic contact sheets + extra info?

I'm looking for a program (OS X, must be 10.5.8-compatible with my oldtimey work computer) that will generate contact sheets of photos and it must print the file name under each photo and allow for a title to be entered on top (ex. Marcy Building Site Visit 1/13/2010). Right now, my work computer has iPhoto 5 and Photoshop Elements 3 on it. PE can do everything except auto-add a title. Is there anything that can do all of this AND run on this crotchety eMac?
posted by stefnet at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Inny or Outtie

New country kitten: How long before we let him go outside? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 7:32 AM PST - 34 comments

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo I've got another puzzle for you

I am thinking about doing a study in my school that correlates diet with behaviour, what advice would you give me to ensure watertight data and conclusions? Any other interesting variables I could look at? [more inside]
posted by Saddo at 7:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Really going behind-the-scenes

What are some great behind-the-scenes tours that aren't just mocked up for tourists, but are open to the general public?
posted by smackfu at 7:02 AM PST - 35 comments

How does political cash in a campaign translate to a win?

How does political cash in a campaign translate to a win? [more inside]
posted by destro at 6:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Please recommend a Mumbai tailor

Please recommend a tailor in Mumbai. [more inside]
posted by subtle-t at 6:13 AM PST - 4 comments

MySQL and PHP suggestions for beginner?

I am looking for suggestions for inexpensive online or real life courses, books, or web sites that will help a friend learn MySQL and PHP. [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 5:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Small biz accountant recommendation for Seattle metro area

Which small business accountant would you recommend, who works in the Seattle metro area? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:50 AM PST - 1 comment

New air conditioner features

Can a wall air conditioner be set to pull in fresh outside air in fan mode instead of moving around the air inside the room? [more inside]
posted by boby at 4:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Best practice for stopping bandwidth thieves via captcha

How do I properly use a captcha to protect file downloads from bandwidth leaches? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Drag King Magic

What are some magic tricks that are simple to make/do for an indoor cabaret? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:40 AM PST - 6 comments

In Southern California, what is the custom and practice in residential (1-4 unit) real estate transactions with respect to payment of Escrow Fees and Title Insurance?

In Southern California, what is the custom and practice in residential (1-4 unit) real estate transactions with respect to payment of Escrow Fees and Title Insurance? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 12:36 AM PST - 2 comments

January 17

help me understand three phase electricity

So the place I work is about to grow and needs more power in the building for more people and a very large serverfarm upgrade. I am a bit unclear on a few topics, mainly related to three phase vs single phase power. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM PST - 12 comments

I would buy your cheese if I was certain I could eat it...

Most lactose intolerant people can consume small amounts of lactose without becoming ill. So why do the nutritional labels on food and drink not list the amount of lactose the product contains? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 11:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you write a construction contract in a situation with many unknowns?

How do you write a construction contract for a fixer-upper with many unknowns? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 11:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Food safe adhesive - stainless to porcelian

What sort of adhesive do I need to stick stainless steel to a ceramic surface, which will withstand repeated immersions in boiling water, and will be food-safe? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 10:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to live in the San Rafael, CA without going broke?

Where to live in the San Rafael, CA without going broke? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 at 10:39 PM PST - 28 comments

How does "The House on Carroll Street" end?

How does "The House on Carroll Street" end? Our DVR malfunctioned and it cut out at the point where the agent was disarming the bomb. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 9:16 PM PST - 1 comment

What next, Picasso?

Is anyone aware of statistical data that has been gathered on professional visual artists? [more inside]
posted by madred at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me teach myself Physics via the Feynman Lectures

I've decided to nerd out by working through the Feynman Lectures. Help me turn that desire into a workable plan. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 8:15 PM PST - 24 comments

The last few links in the chain.

Tell me about chain restaurants still operating near you that had been successful in the distant past, but where there's now only a few remaining restaurants nationwide. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 7:23 PM PST - 98 comments

How to make a threshold or where to buy one

Cuttin Wood. I need to custom make a threshold for an old doorway, and I'm having some problems. [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 7:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Random Fashion Questions

London/UK/Fashion mefites - I require help on moving a fashion business and marketing it to the USA [more inside]
posted by gadha at 7:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Is It practical to play Manager on a small software project?

I Know some C++ and Python, but I don't know enough about algorithms to really implement the project, a fairly simple web app, I have in mind. So I'm wondering if it's possible to divide the problem up appropriately, write good app specs, then use Rent a Coder or a similar service for the hard stuff. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

How do i stock a clothing eCommerce store?

How do i stock a clothing eCommerce store? [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 6:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I feel kind of like that scale in "Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" that determines that Egyptian kid's fate, only I'm not Osiris, and these are books, not souls.

What strategies can I use for culling books? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 6:44 PM PST - 35 comments

You are Socrates, I am Meno's slave.

Please explain what calculus is to a dummy. [more inside]
posted by Sova at 6:09 PM PST - 49 comments

If you were almost 26 and got an interesting job in china...

If you were almost 26 and got an interesting job in china... [more inside]
posted by townster at 5:44 PM PST - 49 comments

Help me define rulesets for my drinking pacer?

Inspired by last night's hangover, I'm considering developing a web application that I can access from my mobile phone to help pace my drinking in the future. Given my relative unfamiliarity with alcohol, I'll need some help defining the ruleset. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 5:25 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to take an amazing gap year.

What do you suggest for a productive, amazing, life-changing gap year between high school and college? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 5:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Getting built day by day

What is the best roman chair (for back extension exercises)? [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to print cheap

I want a new printer. Please help me decide. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 4:23 PM PST - 19 comments

What is "self-knowledge"?

Is self knowledge different from self-awareness? How does self-knowledge lead to personal growth? What is personal-growth anyway? [more inside]
posted by y6t5r4e3w2q1 at 3:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I see every season of The Amazing Race?

How can my wife and I watch every season of The Amazing Race? We've become hopelessly hooked on this show. We've downloaded the last three seasons at iTunes. We've grabbed seasons one and seven from Netflix. But there are still ten seasons of sheer awesomeness remaining. Is there a way to get them? (Legal methods preferred.)
posted by jdroth at 3:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Its like Medieval Total War, but its an MMO

GameFilter: Has there been a game yet that has pulled off a graphically rich, deep strategy "Massivly Multiplyer Real Time Strategy" --or-- an RTS with a persistent online campaign mode, or something like that? More Details below. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 3:22 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you structure/strategize a job search?

How do you structure/strategize a job search? [more inside]
posted by VickyR at 3:13 PM PST - 26 comments

What are the best SolidWorks tutorials?

What are the best freely-available SolidWorks tutorials? [more inside]
posted by Cody's Keeper at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

What are your favorite Los Angeles thrift stores?

What are your favorite thrift stores in Los Angeles, specifically for men's business and formal attire - shirts, ties, shoes, sportcoats, trousers, and so forth? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 2:57 PM PST - 2 comments

SF to Vegas on a motorcycle in winter?

A dear friend has presented me with an interesting gig in Las Vegas at the end of the month. I live in San Francisco. I would like to accept, but wonder about the feasibility of making this part of a motorcycle road trip. [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem at 2:53 PM PST - 15 comments

A multipart question about moving from the UK to Germany.

A multipart question about moving from the UK to Germany. [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I need my own Civet Cat?

What coffee is most like Kopi Luwak? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 2:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Old creepy Alice in Wonderland show/movie on tv?

Help me locate a weird, creepy either Alice in Wonderland or Alice-esque show I saw on TV when I was younger. 80's early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 at 2:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Just call me Darby

Help me find some little people! Having trouble finding diorama/railway style figures to use as markers in a game. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 1:43 PM PST - 4 comments

what do I need to know before I donate sperm?

A female friend recently asked if I'd be willing to be a sperm donor. We've agreed to discuss the possibility in a series of conversations over the next few months. What questions should I ask her? What factors do I need to take into consideration?
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 29 comments

How to survive/thrive in AA when you don't really "believe" in the AA program?

AlcoholismFilter: Members of AA who “take what you want, and leave the rest”. How exactly do you DO this? What do you “take”, and what do you ignore? How can I benefit from the mutual support and encouragement of an AA group, and help others and myself, while there are many things about AA I disagree with? (Non-AA groups not available in my area). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Should future health care reform change my health insurance decisions today?

I'm about to purchase private health insurance in the US. How, if at all, should the impending health care reform legislation affect my decision-making process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Lots of music - one iTunes

Attending a "jukebox" party, where several people bring their music files on external drives and play through one computer. How can we (or should we) use iTunes without creating all kinds of mayhem? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Art historians/enthusiasts: Help me find this (18th c, european) painting?

I saw a painting that really intrigued me, but I forgot its title and author immediately. In this painting, a stately man sits at a desk, and there's a globe in the picture, but also a really indistinct object which looks wrong in some way - the perspective seems off somehow, its coloration - until you look at it from a more acute angle relative to the painting, at which point it makes more visual sense. It might have been titled 'diplomats' something or other.
posted by voronoi at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a coat like this one, but in gray?

Where can I find a coat like this one, but in gray? It doesn't have to be by this designer. I'm looking for a gray, wool or cashmere double-breasted women's coat with princess seams and large lapels. I'd prefer one without a belt. It should be fitted and should fall at or below the knee. I've looked all over the Internet and in stores, but can't find what I want.
posted by zembla3 at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is my laptop whining at me?

Please help my diagnose a problem with my ageing laptop making high pitched noises at random intervals. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

jury duty for the crazy

Depression and jury duty. [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 12:29 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good gift for my pregnant Wiccan sister?

My sister is Wiccan and pregnant. Is there a good gift I could give her to get her through labor? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 12:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Don't qualify for UVerse, what now?

I am seeking opinions and advice about TV/DVR service or setup that will let me record multiple programs at once and watch them from any TV. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments


So, what are some secret passwords, hacks, easter eggs, etc. that you have heard of? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 12:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Will this glass hold my imac computer?

Will this glass hold my imac computer? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me float Mom's boat (with a NYC dinner cruise)

Please share your recommendations/experiences regarding dinner cruises leaving from Manhattan or New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Buzz Kill!

Help, I need a force field strategy to repel sand flies in Belize! [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 12:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me help them help others!

How to (well) organize and motivate strangers to get together to do monthly charity* work and better their community... as a fun social event. Thoughts? *(Not one specific charity, we'd rotate.) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Things to do in Knoxville in April with an almost 2 year old?

Things to do in Knoxville in April with an almost 2 year old? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 10:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Why is Google Chrome not rendering italics properly.

Why is Google Chrome (OSX) rendering italics on this site as little boxes? [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Turn left on Kane Avenue, then right on Infantino and you'll make the next left at the "Hama Garage"...

Can anyone point to resources (online or in print) of fictional city maps, such as maps of Metropolis, Gotham City, Central City, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

me want job

What are current job prospects for librarians? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 10:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking to create a safe, non-toxic baby/ children's book

I'm looking to create a printed book/magazine that will be as safe as possible for small children kids and babies. Safe in that they can put in their mouths, tear it apart and the risk to them is as low as possible. However, I can't find much information on how to do this. [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur?

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:58 AM PST - 16 comments

How do the SCRA apply to deployment of active duty miltary?

Help me understand how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) applies to active duty military being deployed specific to installment loans. [more inside]
posted by Zophi at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Day Spa in San Diego?

Can anyone recommend a good day spa in/near San Diego? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 4 comments

I need some help dealing with romantic, wistful feelings when interacting with women.

I need some help dealing with romantic, wistful feelings when interacting with women. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

how to start again, if at all?

I’ve had reservations about my relationship. We agreed to some time of no contact, giving us both some time to think. How do I come back to it all 1) letting go of some of our past mistakes 2) ensuring that we don’t make them again? Am I even ready to start again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Art is the event of the coming of the Other

Google failed, perhaps the MeFi community would come to rescue: Who said [something like]: "Art is the event of the coming of the Other" (Derrida said similar things about Language). Thank you.
posted by lipsum at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Tips for Toddler Travel?

I am going to be flying alone domestically with my 23-month-old toddler soon, it will be his last trip without his own seat*. He is very, very active, and I am trying to get prepared now so it will go as well as possible. [more inside]
posted by 41swans at 9:22 AM PST - 48 comments

Where can I find information on good "international" TV shows (I'm located in the US)?

Where can I find information on good "international" TV shows (I'm located in the US)? [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I properly match a new gas furnace to an existing A/C unit?

HVAC befuddlement - Does anyone understand the consequences of having a blower on your furnace that is undersized for the A/C unit you have? [more inside]
posted by chinston at 8:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find an Oddworld type game

Help me find an Oddworld-type game [more inside]
posted by gabrielsamoza at 8:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Are there any Masters programs worth getting?

Are there any Masters programs worth getting? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:45 AM PST - 37 comments

Instructive photography examples?

I am new to digital photography and I am looking for instructive examples of technique. Ideally this would be a regularly updated website/flickr pool/forum where people post pictures with an explanation of how/why they took the shot, including technical info (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.). [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Is Guardsman furniture protection worth it?

Is the Guardsman furniture protection insurance worth it? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 7:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap cheap house construction.

Free or cheap or scavenged or used building materials in the GVRD or BC. Where? How? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Best cornmeal for pizza peel?

What's the best kind of cornmeal to use on a pizza peel? [more inside]
posted by krista_p at 6:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Swept into a low-quality stream.

What software or hardware changes will help me improve Netflix streaming? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Tips wanted for storing firewood next to the home.

I know that storing firewood next to your home is less than ideal, but I won't have any other choice so I'm looking for some tips to help prevent insects inside my home. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Great music websites from dead and forgotten bands?

I am looking for examples of great "from beyond the grave" music available online; the band split but the music lives on... [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 3:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do I feel guilty for not wanting a Wedding?

Minimalist vow-exchangers: any regrets later on not having a wedding? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 3:42 AM PST - 71 comments

From Hollywood to Bollywood

Are there any major Hollywood actors who take roles in Bollywood films? [more inside]
posted by painquale at 2:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Cross-OS Torrenting

How can I set up torrent software on a Xubuntu/XP dual boot so that the same torrents are in the pipeline on both operating systems? [more inside]
posted by scose at 1:04 AM PST - 9 comments

How am I being deprived being brought up by parents who were themselves raised in a communist re

What complications, drawbacks and/or deprivations could I expect being brought up and living with parents who were raised in a communist regime? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 1:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Measuring productivity

what kind of productivity do we know how to measure effectively, and what kind do we not? What are some examples of good measurements of the first kind, and what are some examples of failing to measure the second kind of productivity? What distinguishes these two kinds of productivity? What's a good Google query for this question? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 12:29 AM PST - 7 comments

January 16

I want to live happily ever after.

I want to take up a questionable (but not illegal) profession to support myself through college. My boyfriend told me that if I do this, it's over. Is there a way to have my cake and eat it too? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:37 PM PST - 45 comments

It's not so easy to plan a weekend in the Big Easy

New Orleans for 3 days...where to stay, what to do and how to get to the starting line of a marathon. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 11:31 PM PST - 8 comments

How long will it take Apple to fix a fan problem on a MBP?

How will Apple fix this problem with my laptop's fan (possibly logic board and/or hard drive), and how long will it take? [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle at 11:28 PM PST - 5 comments

3D at home?

So after seeing Avatar I still have the 3D glasses. Is there anything I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 11:13 PM PST - 34 comments

Automated corrupt-pr0n detection tool?

Does a tool exist for Mac OS X--either GUI or command-line--that can churn through a folders (or entire drive) worth of video files and detect which files are corrupted and non-playable? [more inside]
posted by melorama at 10:33 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I be more clear in letting my clients know that they still owe me money?

How can I be more clear in letting my clients know that they still owe me money? [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 9:40 PM PST - 17 comments


Why were the subtitles different from what the actors actually said in the movie I just watched? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 8:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Where to sell original classic comic strip art online?

Where to sell an original hand-drawn Dennis the Menace comic strip online? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

When and where should I publish my poetry?

When should I start looking to publish my poetry, and where should I publish? [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How to become more than fluent in English ?

how can I improve my english speaking to the next level ? [more inside]
posted by anto1ne at 8:00 PM PST - 28 comments

help! i'm a slob.

My apartment is starting to look like I'm trying to audition for the TV show Hoarders. The floor is covered in trash and I have not a single organizational system. How do I deal with this mess by myself and how do I learn to change my behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 PM PST - 37 comments

dot the i with a heart

Why do younger women have bubble or circle style handwriting and older women do not? [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet at 7:52 PM PST - 31 comments

Leno/O'Brien Donnybrook

Please explain the current Leno/O'Brien Donnybrook to this non USAsian. [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman at 7:47 PM PST - 45 comments

What should I cook with my new cast iron?

I just bought an awesome 5-quart cast iron braiser. Help me find the perfect recipe for it. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get high speed internet in rural Kansas (Williamsburg area)?

How to get high speed internet (besides satellite) in rural Kansas (Williamsburg area)? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 7:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Where would yinz try a Panasonic DMC-LX3?

Where to try a Panasonic DMC-LX3 in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 7:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a poor college student plan an awesome spring break

I'm an undergrad, and trying to get a bunch of my friends in the dorm to go somewhere interesting for spring break. Likely candidates are New Orleans, Texas gulf coast area, or a little less likely places like Nashville, SF Bay or New York. No one seems to want to commit to anything beyond "not where my parents are," so I guess I'm going to try and get the annoying planning part done. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by sandswipe at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

One night in the Bay Area ...

You and have just landed at Oakland International Airport. It's 6 pm on a weeknight. Your next flight leaves in the morning. You have one night in the Bay Area and no interest in touristy stuff. You want to spend the evening exploring unusual, unknown and/or beautiful places. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by dacoit at 5:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Antiques and Electronics Buying Trip

Electronics deals between Toronto and Arizona [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Can we all use different computers for our multiple user Rosetta Stone?

When Rosetta Stone says you can have multiple users, do they really mean multiple users on the same computer? We're working with RS version 3 for personal use, Latin American Spanish. The box says 5 users, but when installed on a second computer, it won't let us use the activation code to get all the lessons. Can we run it on two different computers? (MacBooks OS 10.5.8)
posted by jenmakes at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside.

How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Can anyone spare me a pint?

Has anyone had blood transfusion in a non-life-threatening situation in order to speed healing? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this itchy red patch on my breast?

YANAD, but what is this itchy red patch on my breast? I'm breastfeeding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 16 comments

"You're not listening. Don't you understand? You're not going to be okay."

How do I learn to accept a severely modified life as a result of a psychiatric disability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 17 comments

pharmaceutical patents

For the patent lawyers in the house... If a pharmaceutical company creates a me-too drug, (i.e. a drug that offers no improvement over the existing drug in its class--for instance claritin, allegra, zyrtec, etc.) is their burden of proof in the patent process that their drug is "better than placebo" or that it is "as good as the pre-existing drug in the class?"
posted by mert at 3:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Lawyer recommendation in Northern Jersey

Looking for OSHA and workers rights attorney in Northern New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by zentrification at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's the "barbie crotch" porn?

Where's the "barbie crotch" porn/erotica/conceptual art a la Nipple Non Grata[NSFW?] extrapolated. I'm looking for photos of naked humans retouched to replace genitals with smooth areas of skin. [more inside]
posted by morganw at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Tourist hits for Brits in Kiwiland

Things for 2 Brits to do on New Zealand North Island in late Feb... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 1:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I book this flat in London, or keep looking?

Traveling from the US to the UK - I'll be spending the month of May in London on a working holiday, and I'm in the process of looking for a flat, but I'm flailing a bit and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by mewithoutyou at 1:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Paper bread bags?

Paper bread bags? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Tall size undershirts that ship to Canada

Calling all shopping assassins: I need to buy some tall size undershirts that ship to Canada. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Reading Comprehension in Graduate School

Does anyone have any experience with psychology in graduate school? We recently started reading journal articles in one of our classes and it's quite a bit of work to understand what the articles are all about. I'm not sure whether I'm a little slow or whether I just feel intimidated, but really understanding what I'm reading is quite difficult. The method I've used for now, is to read the article a couple of times, highlighting what I think is important. Then I take notes on the article and it slowly comes to me. I'm not sure whether it's significant that I wasn't a psychology major in my undergraduate program. If anyone has any tips or tricks or other advice for understanding what we're reading, I'd greatly appreciate the help. Thank you,
posted by Garden at 12:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Best book on getting (aerobically) fit?

I am looking for solid (evidence-based) information on the most efficient way to get as aerobically fit as possible. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How to create a caloric deficit without going into starvation mode?

According to the nutritional guidelines in my p90x program, my required calories per day (resting metabolic rate+daily activity burn+600 calories of exercise calories/day) equals 3000. I'm looking to drop fat, and gain muscle. Should I create a caloric deficit? And, if so, how can I keep my body from going into starvation mode where it will hold onto fat? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Adventurous books for a sensitive 7-year-old.

I need books with adventure but not a lot of suspense or overt conflict, for boys age 5-8. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 11:41 AM PST - 49 comments

Wait, do they make wheeled dogsleds?

To exercise my new dog (and myself), I'm looking for some form of hands-free wheeled transportation. But, the road quality here seemingly makes unsuitable the obvious choice of inline skates. Bonus points if the chosen 'vehicle' can also be dragged behind a kite. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Another word for "ringer"

sportsmetaphorfilter: Is there a word/term for one player who is vastly, ridiculously better than everyone else in their league? extra credit: It's not "ringer" unless you can convince me the term can be applied to someone who comes by their advantages honestly.
posted by thinkingwoman at 10:05 AM PST - 53 comments

Help me improve mobile access to the state legislature website.

HTML question: Is it possible to change an href location in a link based on today's date with javascript? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

How to fake a forest?

How to record (or possibly fake) forest ground, roots and moist dirt in an arctic climate? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Took my stuff, left an address

Question about check fraud and police reports. [more inside]
posted by puckish at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do with used braising liquid?

What should I do with leftover braising liquid? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 9:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us find a wedding planner!

Recommendations for San Diego wedding planners? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 9:05 AM PST - 3 comments

I hate computers, etc.

How can I fix weird HTML to copy it into a text document? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

New address, same old checkbook

Is there any reason to get new checks with my new address? [more inside]
posted by nayrb5 at 8:55 AM PST - 32 comments

What bit me?

The other day, I developed 3 itchy red marks (they look like bug bites) on my elbow. They're in a triangle formation, and everything I look up online indicates that they could be bed bugs. However, I got them while I was sitting at my desk at work, 6 hours after I'd left my house, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt. Is there anything else that would cause marks like these? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

public records of coop purchase

I'm buying a coop apt in NYC and I'd like to sublet my current rental apt. What is the likelihood of my current landlord (large co