January 2011 Archives

January 31

Do I need to be concerned about my computer security?

Today I clicked on the Chapters website's "My Account" link, which usually 'remembers' who I am and shows my email address, asking only for my password. Today, however, it showed a stranger's email address and name. Do I need to be concerned? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 11:41 PM PST - 10 comments

The curiously not strong enough mint

Altoids are a lot healthier than cigarettes, this I know. But what's healthier than Altoids? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Want to buy shoes, not closet decorations!

How to find the right shoes for the dress? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 11:03 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm trying to recover, but no one believes it happened in the first place.

I grew up in a difficult home situation involving one of my parents, who recently informed that whenever I reached out to a therapist/counselor about what was going on, they would go to her with what I said and even forward e-mails I sent talking about my situation at home. [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 10:45 PM PST - 46 comments

Dual band router mystery

I can see but not connect to one of the bands on my dual band wireless router. But I know that band works, because I can connect to it with a different computer. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 9:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Trainspotters Nightmare

Trainspotters Nightmare...trying to find a track. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 9:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Sample social media policies?

Sample social media policies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm in my extrememly late 30s and still can't cook

Please help me change regarding how I feed my family. I know the following is lame and stupid, but I haven't been able to overcome it my whole life. Maybe you have the right words of encouragement! [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 8:48 PM PST - 46 comments

I want to spend .50 on $90,000 worth of groceries.

How do people end up saving 75%+ in groceries by using coupons? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 8:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Biotech postdoc simultaneously exploring academic and industry jobs?

How does a biotech postdoc simultaneously explore academic and industry job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Edge of your seat science!

What are some jawdroppingly awesome videos about science? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 7:57 PM PST - 19 comments

What to wear to a kink con?

I'm attending a weekend-long alt-sex/kink convention. What clothing should I pack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Lyrics request, "Down on 33rd and 3rd"

Can anyone help me find the lyrics to "Down on 33rd and 3rd (Thoidy-thoid and Thoid)." [more inside]
posted by bleeb at 7:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting off my butt

I'm a very inexperienced snowboarder ( gone twice with a three year period in between, so...very inexperienced). My problem is, I can't get up, while on the slope, from my butt. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a sleek and modern-looking shower clock radio

I'm looking for a badass shower radio + clock for my partner. I found a few with great reviews, but they're not all that aesthetically appealing. Design is an important factor for my partner. [more inside]
posted by overyourhead at 6:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Fast, inexpensive Magento web host??

Best shared web host for small Magento commerce sites? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

down with that.

can you clean a down comforter in your own washer and dryer rather than getting it dry cleaned? if so, do you have any pro tips?
posted by violetk at 6:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find out what my shrink really thinks.

I'm going to be requesting my psychiatric records; what should I know beforehand? [more inside]
posted by reren at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get out of my career(less) rut?

How do I get out of my career(less) rut? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

The whirring. The. Constant. Whirring.

My radiator fan JUST WON'T STOP. [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 6:20 PM PST - 6 comments

"fiancé" or "finance?"

Need a little advice about a relationship, finances & the future. I'm recently engaged to someone I get along well with & we have a lot in common. But I'm starting to find out that financially, he's a little up the creek & is now asking for my assistance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 51 comments

Engaging students in collaborative learning

Seeking ideas for getting my Intro to Literature students in a community college involved collaboratively in their class experience. [more inside]
posted by oneduck at 6:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Choosing Betty Ford for rehab?

Is Betty Ford excellent rehab for anyone? [more inside]
posted by CruisinForABruisin at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

bone for teething grandson

My grandson is in to his teething time-- gnawing on wood gates, cribs, plastic (phone); my daughter has all the "appropriate" teething items (of no interest to Dylan). My ideas tend to be on the outer fringes of things; I was thinking of going to the local butcher and getting a bone for the kid to chew on; naturally I would boil it for a while (soup) and then file off the edges. I think the bone might have a better taste then wood or plastic; am I a bite to far on the fringe???
posted by broadmargins at 5:41 PM PST - 27 comments


Are you a member of Society for Neuroscience or ASBMB or FASEB or something similar? I have a doctorate in biochemistry/pharmacology. I've completely left academia and work at a small biotech firm as a scientist. I don't want to permanently narrow my field of interest, so I thought it would be helpful to become a member of one of the science societies and/or attend some conference(s) separately from those that come up for my job. I'm having trouble deciding on what would be the most efficient and enjoyable option. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space

Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Town is putting huge pile of snow in my yard. What are my rights?

The town is dumping snow in my yard. What are my rights as a homeowner? [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

I think I saw this exact scenario on As the World Turns once...

How do I deal with a treacherous friend in a way that is ultimately kind? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 4:56 PM PST - 50 comments

Commuting from Brooklyn to Ewing, NJ: how bad will it be?

What should I expect if I were to commute from Brooklyn, NY to Ewing, NJ approximately twice a week? What is the suggested method (car, train, combination, etc)? [more inside]
posted by amylicious at 4:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find data on consumer behavior?

How do we leverage technology to better service our customers? [more inside]
posted by cad at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Poodle With a Kidney Stone

HELP! My elderly dog has a kidney stone that is ruining his life. Anyone have any advice on easing his pain? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 4:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Giving thanks for being alive.

I want to commemorate a difficult anniversary by celebrating life. And by that I mean both my life and life in general. [more inside]
posted by swingbraid at 4:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Wheat Flower Brooch

Antique wheat-flower brooch. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 4:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Sue Dawe need not apply

Trying to remember the name of an artist who does fantasy landscapes usually involving waterfalls, caves, and castles, with a touch of mystery and secrecy. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Fix my life, move back to the city, or travel around the world?

I live a sad, lonely, purposeless existence in a city that I'm not crazy about. Should I try to fix my life here, move back to the city that I loved, or quit my job and travel around the world for a year in the hopes of finding a mission in life? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Is PPC traffic, as annoying as it is, really so profitable?

I wanted to purchase a lapsed domain, now a PPC site, to give back to the former owner. It has a pagerank of 2. The person who snapped the domain wants $3,000 USD for the site. Is domain snapping on such a low-ranked site really that profitable? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

How to search Facebook profile content?

Is there a way to search through your own Facebook Profile, specifically your status updates? Alternately, is there some sort of third-party app that would allow me to gather/download that data and dump it into a local program and search that way? [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Mush! Ha! Ha! Mush!

Am I hurting my dog with our bike rides? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:10 PM PST - 29 comments

More veggies!

I was convinced I hated brussel sprouts until I gave them another chance last year. I am, as we speak, blanching broccoli rabe as part of dinner. What other veggies that are typically scorned in childhood should I be cooking up and discovering that I hated for no good reason? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 3:55 PM PST - 48 comments

Looking for website or tool to create and manage mini contests.

I am working turn my life into a game/competition. I have larger goals (like weight loss) that I am breaking down into shorter goals. Then to make these goals more fun, I am turning each goal into a competition. Do you know of a way to create these goals as a contest online with data entry and a mini chart? [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 3:53 PM PST - 2 comments

My Daughter Wants To Meet a Ballet Dancer

How can my seven-year-old daughter have a shot at meeting any of the dancers in a professional ballet production? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Manufacturing randomness over email!

Statistics whizzes, help settle an argument! How random are the results if a friend thinks of a number from 1-100, I think of a 1-100 number separately and then we add them together (subtracting 100 if the result is over 100)? So: Friend thinks of 29, I think of 90, result is 19. To me that seems properly random even if one or both of us tries to game it, but am I being statistically naive?
posted by Sebmojo at 3:15 PM PST - 30 comments

What IRA to choose?

What's the best Roth IRA to invest in? Does Fidelity waive the $2500 deposit if you sign up for monthly withdrawals? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

To hell with poverty

I am essentially homeless, mentally ill, chronically unemployed and I may be seriously ill. I need to find some proactive solutions to the problems in my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 30 comments

my spouse, the once and future Moonie

My husband wants to be a Moonie again. How do I convince him this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Home is where I want to be, pick me up and turn me round.

Walkable cities and neighborhoods in those cities - or help us pick a place to live: [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 2:40 PM PST - 20 comments

what if 'there will be blood' was in comic sans

I'm teaching visual arguments and want examples of how fonts (or spacing, but especially fonts), drastically change the 'message' of a visual piece. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Korean Movie Recommendations

Recently, I saw "I Saw the Devil" and "The Man From Nowhere" and I loved both. What are some similar Korean movies with the same level of intensity?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

To reach the unreachable... No matter how hopeless... No matter how far...

How can I find someone in Thailand, who probably doesn't want to be found, without having to contact the one person who can contact him? [more inside]
posted by peagood at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you identify a long-forgotten book from my childhood?

[childhood book filter] Can you identify this science-fiction book I read as a child? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 2:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to find an asian table lamp with real butterflies?

Where to find an asian table lamp with a paper shade with real butterflies embossed upon it? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get into the Frankfurt book fair?

Long shot filter: short of getting a new job in the publishing industry or as a journalist, how can I get into the Frankfurt Book Fair on "trade visitor" days? [more inside]
posted by phisbe at 2:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me pickle some mackerel easy-like

I have a two part question: 1. Where can I find prepared fresh mackerel in Portland Oregon for the purpose of salting or pickling it myself, and 2. will pickling or salting other kinds of white fish turn out as tasty as it does with mackerel, and if so, what are the best kinds? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I have my cake abroad and eat it, too?

In a few years once I've finished college, I'd like to travel the world and pay for that travel, at the same time. How feasible is this? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 1:58 PM PST - 14 comments

NameThatSciFiFilter: a factory that makes other factories, sabotage, whole milk

Short story. Plot involved a far-future factory city that is tuned exclusively to war, long after the actual war is over. The protagonist tries to confuse / stop the machine by intercepting some message and responding with some nonsense. I seem to recall it having to do with whole or skim milk, or some kind of sandwich. The ending was that they manage to shut down the city, but this makes it just fire off a new city-seed out of a big cannon. It made more sense in the story! Possible candidates: Ellison? Vonnegut? I am thinking 60s or 70s.
posted by gregglind at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheapest way to get from US to Amsterdam?

What's the absolute cheapest way to get from anywhere in the US to Amsterdam? I am in Columbus Ohio, am cash strapped but have time to spare. The cheapest I've found is $420 from JFK to Amsterdam, can this price be beat? Thanks everyone.
posted by Benzle at 1:37 PM PST - 18 comments

What is that stuff called, anyway?

Star Wars Nerdery: Once, an indeterminate time ago, I was reading something about the making of the original Star Wars models. They used a term (named for one of the model makers?) for a certain kind of detailing. More specifically, it was used to describe the horizontal trench running along the length of a Star Destroyer. What is this term?
posted by TeslaNick at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Do they make portable seats for use on Asian squat toilets?

Do they make portable seats for use on Asian/Indian squat toilets? Can you recommend one? I have an older relative that wants to travel to India but he's got bad knees and that makes it difficult or impossible for him to use the squat toilets found throughout the subcontinent. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 1:31 PM PST - 13 comments

If I heat it, I can't eat it.

Organizing a pantry. BPA plastics and dry goods. Resources and suggestions for food storage and organization. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Twitter Account Suspended - What Next?

My Twitter account has been suspended and the live.com e-mail address I appear to have linked to it won't let me log in. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this mystery etching

Help me find the artist who made this etching. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Does Applecare care about my Apple?

I have a potentially rather silly question about Applecare as I purchase a new Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 12:44 PM PST - 27 comments

What books will be an axe to the frozen sea inside me?

What fiction should I read next? (Enclosed please find a ridiculously, excessively long (and yet incomplete) list of some books I've enjoyed, both to assist and as a thank-you.) [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 12:36 PM PST - 39 comments

My garden doesn't grow. I don't have one.

I'm looking to start a small vegetable garden this year. I'm in Westminster, CO. I have no experience with gardening. Where do I start? and when do I start?
posted by boo_radley at 12:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Grab Bag!

Bag Identification: maybe about 2-1/2 feet long, 4 inches diameter, with two smaller zippered pods toward either end. What is this bag for? (sorry, no photo)
posted by coffeefilter at 12:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Name some first person to third person translations

What are some good movies, based on books written in First Person, that don't use Voice Over narration at all? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:19 PM PST - 14 comments

How to scan a notebook's blue gridlines?

I draw and write with a variety of black pens in a Rhodia Reverse notebook. The notebook's paper is gridded with thin bluish lines, which I appreciate to help with ruling, etc., and because I like how the grid pattern looks with my drawings. I'd like to scan the notebook for safekeeping, but find that my scanner will only pick up a fraction of the gridding. I don't know if the gridlines are a true photo blue, but is there any way to ensure that my scans will match how I see the pages? I'm using an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner.
posted by the sobsister at 12:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a book on the history of science fiction literature.

I'm working with an English teacher that has a speculative fiction class for seniors in high school. He’s looking for a book (possibly something he would use as a supplement in class but also for his own personal reading) on the history of science fiction literature. He’s looking for something that is a retrospective and contains some literary criticism (optional). It can be a textbook but doesn’t necessarily need to be. There seems to be quite a few on Amazon but if I could get it narrowed down that would be great.
posted by crios at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

It's Disgusting. And it Oozes. Help me get rid of it!

WorldofWarcraftFilter: Help me sell my Disgusting Oozeling! [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 11:46 AM PST - 16 comments

How to master the Network Solutions VPS with Wordpress?

Facing the unenviable situation of setting up Wordpress on the Network Solutions VPS plan. Any tips on how to make this work? [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Who here knows Chinese and English?

Help us understand and translate these Chinese wall hangings! [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 11:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Where mouse go?

Quick! Where do I release a live mouse (or maybe rat). I live in the city. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 11:37 AM PST - 32 comments

How to hack sexual aversion?

I've been through all the obvious stuff - I need other suggestions on how to get turned on! special snowflake, of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 21 comments

How to recover data from a DVD+R?

I have a couple of old sporting events burned to a DVD+R. My DVD players and computers no longer recognize any data on them. Is there a way I can view what I recorded, or recover the data? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Demented old dog

Old, physically healthy dog and dementia. How did that go for you? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 11:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Diabolical Medical System From Hell

I just got health insurance for the first time in my adult life (thanks a bunch America), through my spouse's company. It seems like fairly robust insurance, and I would love to finally get treatment for my debilitating anxiety and possible ADHD. But I am so fearful of having these things on my medical record and possibly causing future insurance problems, that I am hesitant to make any appointments. Am I justified in these concerns? Are there things I can do to mitigate the repercussions? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 11:09 AM PST - 17 comments

I want to be a "doctor" when I grow up (which will be never)

I wannabe a doctor: What's the cheapest / easiest way to get an online "doctoral degree?" [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Can citalopram cause depression?

Can citalopram cause depression? [more inside]
posted by deticxe at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the financial implications of my girlfriend's career path (loan-funded PhD, then law school)?

What are the financial implications of my girlfriend's career path (loan-funded PhD, then law school)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 51 comments

How to manage a self-directed 401(k)?

I need assistance investing a self-directed 401(k) now that Vanguard does not offer the service I have been using. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Recycling 101 - How "clean" should a shampoo bottle be before going in the recycle bin?

My local recycling information page says I should rinse out plastic bottles, but shampoo (as an example) does not seem to rinse out very easily and I don't want to waste a lot of water, either. How do other people handle this? [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Think FreeCiv or Clevelandopoly

There's a board game I enjoy, and I've been considering programming a web version of it to play online. How different must my knock-off version be from the "real" one to avoid trouble? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me find a luxury car commercial?

Looking for a car commercial that made fun of luxury brand "types," for Hyundai or Infiniti perhaps? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 10:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Does this calendar still exist and where can I find it?

I'm trying to find an unusual four-season calendar kit I had as a kid that included stick-on Colorform-like transparencies. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 9:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Celebratory Dinner in San Juan Puerto Rico

Where's a good place in San Juan, PR, to host a 50-person rehearsal dinner for a group with diverse tastes? [more inside]
posted by kwaller at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I protect sensitive online info and a portable hard drive while traveling?

I'm about to embark on an approximately 3.5 month backpacking trip through the north of Africa and Middle East. I'm looking for advice on web/tech security while traveling. My first issue concerns web security- in order to avoid having credit card and banking info stolen through key loggers and such at internet cafes, I'm thinking of performing all my 'sensitive' interwebbing (ie hostel reservations, banking) on my iPod touch. Are there precautions I should take to ensure web security even on the Touch? Do more technologically competent MeFites than myself approve of using the Touch? Secondly, I'm planning on backing up my photos on a portable hard drive and I'll be using public computers to do so. Do I have to worry about any viruses and such getting onto the hard drive? If so, what can I do to avoid that? [more inside]
posted by isaypotato at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I start tutoring?

I want to start test prep tutoring this summer on the side for a bit of extra money and to be helpful to others. I would really prefer to do it independently. How should I go about structuring the sessions, getting students, actually getting these students to pay me? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

An iPod Touch won't restart.

An iPod Touch won't restart and appears frozen. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

How to live off-grid in an RV camper long term?

Living off the grid in an RV camper: Legalities, practicalities, and advice? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 8:51 AM PST - 35 comments

Is GKS (Graphical Kernel System) dead?

Need to find a new GKS package for an old visualization program. [more inside]
posted by poodelina at 8:50 AM PST - 0 comments

"The Greatest Game Ever Played"

What are some great, classic (pre-1975, for the sake of argument) American football games I can watch, online or through Netflix? Assume I haven't seen them and avoid spoiling the outcome, if possible. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Where did the money in my stock acct go?

I need help cashing a stock certificate through a Stock Transfer Company. I have the physical certificate in my hand, but the Stock Transfer Company says my account balance is zero. Can I get my money? How? [more inside]
posted by tk at 8:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Things to do in Denver when your Hard Drive is Dead

What would cause a 320Gb hard drive to report as 2.2Tb? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:18 AM PST - 9 comments

San Diego / Carlsbad California at the end of March

San Diego / Carlsbad California at the end of March with an eight year old? Places to stay? Stuff to do? Weather? Worth the trip? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Oh, for crying out loud, what now?

Weird new malady showing up after nearly a month of being sick. And here I thought I was getting well! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:14 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I get paid to shop for used furniture all day?

Is there a way I can get paid to hunt through estate sales for awesome furniture? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane at 8:09 AM PST - 14 comments

ESL textbook for experienced academic in tutoring situation?

Seeking: an excellent ESL textbook, with exercises and answers in the back, plus useful grammar reference, for tutoring an individual adult academic learner. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

New Millennials Movies?

What movies define this latest generation? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 7:59 AM PST - 69 comments

Small Business Social Media Best Practices?

What are the best-practices for a small business with limited resources when it comes to juggling the major social media platforms (e.g., FaceBook, Twitter, and blog)? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to stack two Ikea Engan dressers?

What are some things I should know about stacking two Engan dressers? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

How are passwords stored in systems that require the user to enter specific digits of their password?

How are passwords stored in systems that require the user to enter specific digits of their password? I am familiar with encryption techniques such as MD5 hashes, but I can't see a way in which a system would store the entire encrypted password, and still be able to authenticate individual characters, unless the password is stored in plain text, which seems unlikely for a bank. [more inside]
posted by InsaneRhino at 7:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Is my plan to clean these bottles good enough?

Glass bottles that were in hot water with some dilute generic store brand WD-40, so they got some residue on them. I need to make them safe and clean for flavored vodkas for human consumption. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 18 comments

How soon after starting a new job can I apply for another job?

How soon after starting a new job can I apply for other jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 8 comments

WiFi in Red Line DC

Looking for recommendations for a one day telecommuting locale in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Good VHS to DVD conversion service

Recommendations for VHS to DVD converting services? [more inside]
posted by mccn at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Is this really the autograph of Miles Davis?

Is this really signed by Miles Davis, as indicated by the certificate of authenticity on the back? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 7:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Negotiating with a collections agency on a very modest debt

I want to settle a modest medical bill that has gone to collections. How much should I offer? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 6:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I get 120 film developed in the UK/London?

Where can I get 120 film developed in the UK/London? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 6:16 AM PST - 6 comments

I've got 53 unplayed podcasts here, people.

I'm looking for a durable in-ear iPhone headset with reasonable passive noise cancelling and decent sound. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 5:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend any unknown gems for a romantic getaway outside of London by car (2-3 hours drive)?

Can you recommend any unknown gems for a romantic getaway outside of London by car (2-3 hours drive)? [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 4:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Best-est BBC Radio shows eve

If you had to make a "mixtape" of the best BBC Radio shows that you've ever listened to, what would you put on it? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg at 3:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Soulless to soulfull -- how to describe the full range of human personality?

Everything from awkward to convival, from fastidious to capricious. I am looking for a book (or a website, if it exists) about the complete range of human personality. [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 3:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Parental Leave - What's New?

I am looking for articles about new developments in parental leave schemes around the world, especially non-English-speaking countries. I am aware of developments in Britain and Australia (but would welcome better articles if there are any).
posted by Omnomnom at 2:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I get out of the EU without attracting attention to my visa status?

I've overstayed my tourist visa in Europe and need to know the best airport to fly out of. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 2:47 AM PST - 22 comments

What time will it be in Bishkek when it's 3:45am in Ouagadougou?

I frequently need to schedule phone calls across multiple international time zones. Can you recommend an online meeting planner or world clock with a pleasant Web 2.0-style interface? All the ones Google throws up have ugly design, clunky menus, pop-up ads, buggy java-based clocks and other olde-webbe annoyances. I use them every day and they drive me mad. Surely there's a modern alternative that's clean, fast and functional?
posted by embrangled at 2:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Finding a decent commercial bank in Southern California?

What would be the "best" commercial bank, credit union, or other financial institution for a college student in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by mtomanelli at 1:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Where are the lowlands now

What happened to Sara Dylan post 1977. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 1:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Mystery illness is none of my business

What is an illness that is non-fatal, but would keep someone out of work for a year, and that they might be embarrassed about? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 12:25 AM PST - 43 comments

Using birch Ikea dining tables as desks

My partner and I will probably soon be using Ikea's Björkudden dining tables as desks. They're made of solid birch and covered in a polyurethane/acrylic lacquer. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 12:13 AM PST - 16 comments

January 30

How should I pitch a magazine story?

Give me advice on how to pitch a story to Wired? Should it be short or long? Personal or impersonal? Do american magazines have a specific standard formatting for submitting pitches or is it all ad-hoc? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 10:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Out of Production Jeans!?

How can I find more pairs of my seemingly out of production favorite jeans!? [more inside]
posted by DolorousEdd at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Maternity Clothes in Manhattan?

Cute maternity clothes for sale in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl at 9:32 PM PST - 4 comments

"Call today for your free art test!"

How should I approach teaching classes in digital painting? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:48 PM PST - 10 comments

In what Los Angeles stores can I shop for plush leather desk chairs?

In what Los Angeles stores can I shop for plush leather desk chairs? I'd like to visit well established stores (ones that have been around for a decade or so) and try out various desk chairs before I make a purchase. I'm willing to drop some bucks for the right chair. I want it to be down-stuffed, soft leather, plush, swivel, tiltable back, adjustable height. I'm not really concerned so much about ergonomics...I don't have back problems. I just want a sense of plushiness when I sit at my desk. I'm willing to drive to any part of town.
posted by zagyzebra at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Vanilla bean's dream of playing for the other team!

Where's all the awesome girl-on-girl erotica/porn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Segregation for Other Minorities?

Where did non-black minorities go to school before desegregation in the US? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Bald Patches in Beard - Harbinger of Cancer?

YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Damnit, I have to be social.

How do I keep my offline life private AFTER I sign up for Facebook? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 6:50 PM PST - 42 comments

Need Some Help with the Hidden Love Language YOU Learned Decades Ago ...

I'm a straight man in his mid-thirties who is pretty much about to enter the "dating scene" for the first time. I'm fairly skilled with reading people's emotions, but thanks to the blank slate when it comes to romance and dating, I am utterly colorblind when it comes to romance. I can't recognize a thing about it yet. Seriously, you guys have your own little language that's been secondhand to you for decades now. What the hell do I do to learn it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for a social/creative/active hobby

I'm looking for a creative and/or active, social hobby. Interests and restrictions inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

That's so cliche...

I need your help coming up with as many cliched and hackneyed phrases as possible. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 6:17 PM PST - 48 comments

Crime fiction about London?

I'll be spending three months in London this spring, and I'm looking for more novels or stories--mysteries, thrillers, or other variations of crime fiction--that offer a really great sense of London but that aren't historical fiction. Barbara Vine's King Solomon's Carpet, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Dickens's Bleak House all work, but I don't much care for Anne Perry novels or Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice, for example. Suggestions for crime fiction that gives a great sense of London?
posted by jkinkade at 6:07 PM PST - 20 comments

An astro-Freudian fever dream?

Help me find a series of videos that remixed the awful TV show Alf. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I have to file state tax just because my company is based there?

State Tax Question: I live in Florida (no state tax) full-time, year round; the company I work for is based in North Carolina (state tax); I work in Florida in a home office set up by the company (co-workers home) year-round. NC State Tax is being deducted from my paycheck; is this correct? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Need to get rid of some bedding

How could I get rid of some duvets? [more inside]
posted by world b free at 5:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Yahoo RSS Issue

I use Yahoo for my RSS feeds but for some reason, some sites that are actually being updated are not updating on my page. Any idea why this might be and what I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by Maias at 5:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Tuna Steak Recipes, Thanks!

I have some tuna steaks, and I'd like to cook it up. I won't be eating it sashimi-style or raw. I'm already familiar with the sear-and-serve method of preparation; are there any other creative ways for me to cook this tuna? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 4:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Product Mystery Giveing Me Heartburn

What is really going on with Pepcid Complete and similar antacid/H2 inhibitor combos? recall was about packaging a long time ago but shelves are still empty and no explanation from "marketing"
posted by Barrows at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Fun with speakon

I've managed to put a speakon cable into to my bass amp upside down. I had no idea such a thing was even possible, but now it's stuck. Can I get it out myself or do I need a tech?
posted by Wolof at 4:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you actually be too short to be a high school teacher?

I want to be a high school French teacher, but at twenty years old I still have the height, weight, and voice of a twelve-year-old. I'm afraid these physical attributes will make it nearly impossible for me to be hired and taken seriously as a high school teacher. Is this a legitimate concern that should cause me to rethink my goals? [more inside]
posted by datarose at 3:48 PM PST - 40 comments

Traveling to St. Martin / St. Maarten

St. Martin / St. Maarten filter: My wife and I are vacationing there from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13. Restaurant suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also interested in general suggestions for things to do/see. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

How to convert designer's Adobe Illustrator files to Drupal templates

I'm a web programmer (LAMP) working on a project where a designer will give me about 30-50 page mockups in Adobe Illustrator, and I'm supposed to build a set of Drupal templates and modules out of them. How do I do so - what's the typical procedure? [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me solve a maddening problem with Doulos and IPA

Desperate IPA situation! I've opened up an old Word doc that was created using SIL Doulos or SIL IPA93 fonts. These are now defunct. I currently use Doulos SIL and Charis (both unicode, hooray!). The document is substituting certain alphabet characters for much needed IPA symbols. I need to know what those masquerading alphabet characters used to be in IPA. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

they took all of our things, now we have no things.

Our car was just robbed while passing through Los Angeles, anyone have any advice? [more inside]
posted by St. Sorryass at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Local Currency in Portland

Portland Filter: I've been reading a lot of Douglas Rushkoff and I'm really into the idea of alternative local currencies (something like Ithaca Hours). Is anyone in Portland, OR working on establishing something here?
posted by ohisee at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Mysterious Autocalls

Help me deal with mysterious automated phone harrassment. [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Charge me!

If I refused to give the retailer my drivers license when making a purchase with my discover card, what would happen? [more inside]
posted by TLCplz at 2:41 PM PST - 17 comments

getting back that loving feeling

Years ago, I met a guy. He was brilliant and creative and successful, and thought I was great. And suddenly, I was. I have never been so productive and creative in my life; I walked around with boundless energy and accomplished huge things with tremendous confidence. I also lost about ten pounds in a few weeks. Eventually, of course, things changed; you'll be shocked to hear he was less than perfect and it all ended in tears. But now I think about how I felt right at first and wonder: clearly, it was in me to be that way. Can I recreate that within myself, without some outside person sparking it? I would love to leap out of bed in the mornings and rush to create and accomplish all sorts of things, but don't want it to be giving the credit to someone else--or have it come falling down when the rush of infatuation is over. Is there a way, or is this why people do drugs?
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I help him anymore than I already have?

My partner is shy AND introverted. I'm suddenly finding myself terrified by thought of spending the rest of my life with the person I know and love because I'm tired of being the "entertainer." I'm exhausted. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM PST - 37 comments

Protein Shakes 101

Protein Shakes 101: Give me your protein shake/smoothie tips, tricks, advice and recommendations, especially the best, most delicious recipes you have. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 2:08 PM PST - 27 comments

So Many Estimates So Little Time

Help Me Choose an Electrician. [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments


Use iPhone as Bluetooth mouse? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Damn you text boxes!

Recommendations on a software to produce Structure Charts for software design? [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I contact Neopets?

How do I contact Neopets, preferably via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Are These Eggs or Something Else?

What the HECK keeps appearing above my dog's butthole? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me avoid a major marriage crisis

Please help me avoid a major marriage crisis [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Safe to raise a baby on a concrete floor?

Is it safe to raise a baby in an apartment with a polished concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 1:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Recommend some scholarly articles or publications that extol the strengths and advantages of a multicultural society.

Recommend some scholarly articles or publications that extol the strengths and advantages of a multicultural society. [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Best recordings of Ligeti's "Etudes for Piano"?

I'm looking for the best recordings of Ligeti's Etudes for Piano. Which are your favorites that I should listen to — or, likewise, avoid?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Maybe I should say no thanks in song?

Unwanted gift etiquette - What do I do with this thing now? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 12:45 PM PST - 22 comments

DC Metro area: good food blogs and food restaurants?

DC metro area: good food blogs and food restaurants? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 12:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I be this mad at a social worker's allegations?

Am I wrong to be furious about allegations made by a social worker? [more inside]
posted by Ninevolt at 12:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Veal meal appeal

How should I cook an entire leg of veal? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get a list of "most played songs in the last month"?

How can I get my Mac to tell me what music I've played most in the last month? iTunes seems to only record total play count. I don't want to publish a record of my listening to an online service such as last.fm. OS X 10.6; iTunes 10.
posted by nowonmai at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Drano in the dishwasher. Head in my hands.

My husband poured Drano into our dishwasher drain. Are we gonna die? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 11:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Just how light is Silverlight

Does enabling protected content in Silverlight install anything nasty? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Co-worker from Cairo is stuck here, wants to get in touch with folks back home

Co-worker from Cairo is stuck here with an Egyptian Blackberry that has no service due to the government shutdown of cellular providers; what's the best way to get him un-incommunicado while here in DC? [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

LCD monitor stopped working. Inverter or lights?

HP w2338h LCD monitor screen works for a split second, then goes blank. Inverter or tubes? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about café culture in Montreal...

Tell me about café culture in Montreal... [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is the best tiramisu in Vancouver?

Vancouverites, where is the best tiramisu in the city? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

what is your favorite sexy music playlist?

sexy.time and music. what is your playlist? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 9:45 AM PST - 60 comments

Have gold. Want money.

I have gold jewelry I never, ever wear. I live in Philadelphia. I want to sell it. Where do I do it and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

I am looking for Portrait Mode LCD Monitors but having no luck finding many on the web.

I am looking for Portrait Mode LCD Monitors but having no luck finding many on the web. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

I want these ingredients on a justice league of flavor

Perhaps you have the knowledge of some salad-y (i.e., meatless and somewhat easily prepared alongside other dinner items) side dish in which jalapeno, a red pepper, rosemary, and thyme work in harmonious concert. [more inside]
posted by dougmoon at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

publisher reputation

if I'm looking through a library... does being published with Springer Verglag mean that the research is legit, and does being published with Nova Publishers mean that it isn't?
posted by moorooka at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice on setting up a TOR public relay

I've recently set up a TOR node as a public relay and have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 9:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Not just about shocking pictures.

Garnering sympathy for a cause? [more inside]
posted by Ragingmelon at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I put the brakes on?

I'm getting overly excited about meeting someone IRL that I met online. It's not through online dating; however, we're both single and have discovered some significant and unusual commonalities. I'm afraid this might go from zero to 60. I'm not ready. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

My boyfriend wants to take a break to study for Step 1.

My boyfriend is taking a test at the beginning of March that will pretty much determine his career. (USMLE Step 1) He wants to take a break from our relationship during February to study (i.e. he doesn't want to see me - we'd still talk on the phone.) We have a very strong relationship and have been dating for a year, but I don't feel like this is right. Can you help me put this in perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 56 comments

Cause everyone's your friend in Philadelphia / and everything looks beautiful when you're young and silladelphia

PhiladelphiaFilter: Recommend me an awesome place in or near the city to go exploring. Either incredible parks, or incredible buildings, doesn't matter. I'm not looking for shows. (Any location on the Paoli-Thorndale line out of the city's fair play too.) [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What's Russian for "Metafilter?"

What is Metafilter's equivalent in the non-English-speaking web? [more inside]
posted by SciencePunk at 7:52 AM PST - 3 comments

How to quit my Homer Simpson related habit?

How do I stop saying, "D'oh" when I do something wrong? [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders at 7:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Name That Song

NameThatSongFilter: He was telling me to throw my hands in the air, but it wasn't Taio Cruz. [more inside]
posted by LarrenD at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Intensive driving course = stupid idea?

I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 7:28 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I make contact with recent parolees for a radio piece?

I'm looking to interview recent parolees for an independent radio piece. I'm looking for smart, responsible ways to make contact with them or to invite anyone interested in participating to contact me. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 5:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Celebrities on Flickr.

Has Flickr been embraced by any celebrities in the way Twitter has? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:08 AM PST - 17 comments

CMobile broadband plans that cover USA & Canada?

Mobile broadband plans that cover USA & Canada? [more inside]
posted by herox at 4:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Elementary School Science Experiments

I teach a group of 4-6th grade ESL upper intermediate level students in Korea. Once a month, we do a science lesson. I have approximately 40 minutes. I'm looking for tried and true experiments I can do within that time restriction. These have to be something that has a testable hypothesis, not just a demonstration. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 3:36 AM PST - 8 comments

How to fix my shrivelled baby cube tray.

How can I repair the damage I did to this Baby Food Cube Tray. I put it in a steriliser before using it and this caused a number of the cubes of the tray to shrivel inwards seemingly permanently. I not sure if it made from rubber or silicone or a combination. Either way is there any way of repairing it?
posted by therubettes at 1:15 AM PST - 9 comments

The Senses of San Fran

What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 12:35 AM PST - 45 comments

January 29

What movies and other bits of popular culture are about the Cold War?

What movies and other bits of popular culture are about the Cold War? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 10:25 PM PST - 65 comments

Event listings in Vancouver.

Best events/arts/concerts listings website for Vancouver? Best way to keep myself informed about local events? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

This mysterious song is driving me nuts - please help

What popular song sounds like this? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Interviewee compensation on true crime shows

Do detectives or authority figures get paid for appearing on true crime shows like 'Forensic Files'?
posted by JJkiss at 8:34 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best projector for me?

Any help finding an inexpensive digital projector to meet my home theater needs? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

identify this architecture

what is the style of architecture of this house? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 7:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Repainting Glasses: How to?

I just bought new glasses. Yay! They are perfect, except one thing: there is a small purple stripe on each arm, and I've realized that I don't like it. I'd like to paint over the purple, with black. But is it foolish to try to repaint glasses? Is there a reliable method, or business that can do it for me, that my googling hasn't found? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 6:19 PM PST - 24 comments

This projector blows. Or doesn't.

In search of a new fan for an LCD projector -- we can find it in China, but not in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Secrets of the black and tan?

What are the real keys to pouring a black and tan? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Rock and roll Hound Dog Hound Dog

ToonFilter: I remember, when I was very young, watching a cartoon about two bears living in a forest (note: they were not Yogi & Boo-Boo), who scrounged meals off people passing by. The older bear would, when an older couple drove through, make himself look pathetic and starving. When a jalopy full of teenagers drove through, he said "I'll do my Elvis act," whereupon he combed his head fur into a pompadour grabbed a guitar and sang "Hound Dog Hound Dog Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Hound Dog" and was rewarded with a bunch of eats. Has anyone else seen these and if so, what is the title of the short?
posted by jonmc at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Bustelo Instant in the bay area?

Where to find Bustelo Instant in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by extramundane at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Glare-reducing glasses for indoors?

Does anyone wear clear, glare-reducing glasses indoors? [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Yet Another Childhood Book Search

Any ideas for finding this book from my childhood? For a change, I think I remember the title, but I have had no luck googling it or searching rare book sites. [more inside]
posted by virginia_clemm at 4:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Denial of Service: New or Old?

Are denial-of-service attacks a new idea? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 4:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for Virtual Lincoln Logs

My 4 yr old son loves building structures with blocks. In addition to the real thing, can anyone suggest an online/computer based app that would be interesting/fun/challenging for him to play with? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 4:45 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to search the internal text of OpenOffice.org's odt files?

What is the best way to search the internal text of OpenOffice.org's odt files? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 3:51 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm thisclose to breaking my hip on my weekly commute.

Native Angeleno new to DC, and even with my snail-pace shuffle, I am still slipping left and right during my walk to the subway. If you spend a lot of time walking on icy roads, what do you use to gain a stable footing and traction? Online, I've found LL Bean Stabilicers, YakTrax, and select shoes by The North Face that are supposed to have better traction because of "Ice Pick™ temperature-sensitive outsole lugs." Before I spend a bunch of money on any of these, I'd like to know - what do you use that works? Is there some secret snow walk I should know? HELP. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 3:36 PM PST - 39 comments

As Needed Anti-Anxiety Medication In Conjunction With Seroquel

I am wanting to ask my psychiatrist for an as-needed anti-anxiety medication. I'm being treated for bipolar II with Seroquel and am mostly very happy with it. I'd like to be as well-informed as possible when I see the doctor next. [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 3:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

This is for all y'all who are GBLTQQIA-identified (let's use 'queer' for short). Do you find--or how do you find--that living in a non-queer world puts pressure on your intimate relationships and partnerships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 27 comments

PNW Island Camping

What is a beautiful, awesome island campground on Puget Sound? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 2:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Alaska fishing trip advice needed.

Need recommendations please for an Alaskan fishing trip. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How to port Excel applications to the Web?

What would be the best technology to port simple Excel-based applications to the web? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me improve my graphic design portfolio so I can go to college, please?

I'm a homeschooled high school senior and I'm currently applying to SUNY Purchase, and I'd like some ideas and suggestions for my Graphic Design portfolio. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Blogging for dummies

I’m contemplating beginning a health-related blog that will be in part personal blog and in part educational covering issues, treatments, and products related to a medical condition I have. While I will be writing mostly for personal satisfaction, if I were eventually able to make a little money from doing I that would be awesome, and I’m willing to put the time and effort into making that happen. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Facebook was never planned to generate revenue; how is Zuckerberg a multi-billionaire?

I feel stupid for not knowing this, but--why would anyone invest $500k in Facebook, when the website was never meant to turn a profit? (Slight spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 12:49 PM PST - 43 comments

Question About A Georgian Film

This is a question about the ending of a Georgian film titled Street Days. SPOILER ALERT, of course . . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for recipes, it's as simple as that

Weekly potluck, need recipes, there are (of course) some restrictions and details that make this snowflaky... [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Bizarre Apache/PHP issue.

I have a really weird Apache/PHP problem. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server, fairly typical webhosting setup. One of our sites returns 404s randomly through the day, typically late at night, but sometimes in the morning. It'll do this for an hour or two and then start working all on it's own. The other sites are fine. [more inside]
posted by signalnine at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

If I could just get my brain around this I would......

Life is unfair, complex, illogical, closed ended, open ended, difficult, and when _____ happens, I try to think my way out of it until it hurts. Effective tools for limiting obsessive thinking? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Best coffeeshops/bars for telecommuting in the Twin Cities

Got a new job working from home. Looking for a cozy, appropriate coffeeshop/bar to work from in the Twin Cities a couple of times a week. Requirements below! [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 11:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me decide on Macbook Air 11 inch or 13 inch

Help me decide on Macbook Air 11 inch or 13 inch [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 11:16 AM PST - 26 comments

How does Lionel Logue sound Aussie in The King's Speech?

What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 11:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Question on re-publishing Public Domain books.

What's stopping me laying out the text of these top PD books using a new PD font, designing my own covers and (occasionally) internal illustrations, and re-selling them via places like lulu.com? Just seems a good way to practice my design / layout skills and maybe turn a profit. Thoughts?
posted by gonzo_ID at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to buy Jacquot chocolates in the USA?

Does anyone know where in the USA I can buy Jacquot brand chocolates (preferably their Easter candy)? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 10:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Working untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for iPhone 4?

Does an untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 currently exist, and if so, does it work? There seems to be more than the usual amount of confusion about this on the sites that generally announce and host such software.
posted by killdevil at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Soviet/Russian Empire comic with Airships?

Can you help me find a vaguely remembered comic? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

wity text call out

A friend, sent me a text that she in a work "retreat" all day it is really dulll and painfully boring. Please help me think of clever texts to send that are witty and will crack a smile.
posted by jennstra at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

What the Hell is a Sunrise Party anyway?

This is my first askme and naturally it's about a book I read as a kid. I must have read it in the late 70's so the book could be older. [more inside]
posted by JohntheContrarian at 10:25 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a Monk's favourite food?

What food does Mr Monk eat? [more inside]
posted by djstig at 10:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Will Beethoven roll over in his grave at the sight of jeans?

Going to see an NSO performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC tonight. Does it matter what I wear? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 10:08 AM PST - 13 comments

"Could not validate this combination of email address and password."

[Gmail filter] I am trying to import all my stuff (mail, contacts, folders) from Yahoo to Gmail but I have encountered an error and can't find the solution anywhere. Help, please? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Save my neck from iPad on treadmill pains!

Can anyone point me to an ipad mount for my treadmill? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Copyright infringement letter

Back in 2002 I reblogged a story from CNN on a personal, non-commercial blog. I included a photograph that came with the story. Today I received a nastygram (at my work address) from the photographer saying I violated his copyright, with an invoice for about $1600. I took down the photo immediately. Now what? I am in the U.S. and the photographer is in Germany, if that makes any difference.
posted by kmel at 8:43 AM PST - 37 comments

Why would I lactate if I'm not pregnant?

I am not pregnant, and yet I'm suddenly lactating in both breasts. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I support my academic-wannabe boyfriend?

My boyfriend is on the academic job market this year, and (surprise) it's not going too well. How do I support him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Jewelry -- best materials and makers?

school me on high-end jewelry? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheap Dr Dre Beats

I want some Dr. Dre Beats. I found a site that sells them for almost 40% lower than Amazon. Is it a scam? [more inside]
posted by shew at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy a Vassar tee shirt in Manhattan today?

Is there anyplace I can buy a Vassar tee shirt in Manhattan today? (needs to be authentic; size L (male))
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Other uses for my yogurt maker?

Is there any use for my yogurt maker other than making yogurt? Or do I just keep the 8 plastic cups with lids and throw out the heating unit?
posted by paindemie at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Our landlord is being foreclosed on.

Our landlord is being foreclosed on; do we need to be doing anything at this point to maximize our chances of (a) not having to leave before our lease is up and (b) getting our deposit back? [more inside]
posted by devinemissk at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to: learning to drive in NYC

I am learning to drive. I need good places near NYC to practice. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

I am not an idiot or a child. I am a professional.

How to advance out of a receptionist position? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 6:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Flatiron Building History

Last weekend, I found out that my boyfriend's grandmother worked in my office building 57 or so years ago, for about six months, as a secretary for "the first sofa bed company in the United States." (It was their showroom.) Now, the Flatiron offices are entirely occupied by two companies, but then, it held many different small businesses. How can I find out where in the building her office was located? I'd love to take her there sometime so she can see it again.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Sheet options for a waterbed?

Where can I get high-quality waterbed sheets - Or get regular sheets to stay on a waterbed? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 6:13 AM PST - 3 comments

You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?

"You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?" I'm looking for a modern equivalent to this phrase, meant to express the youthful ignorance of history, even very significant history. Especially when such ignorance surfaces in a way that's jarring to folks who were there. [more inside]
posted by Myself at 5:26 AM PST - 92 comments

Pilot light help?

Pilot light help. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 5:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me not loose my dream job before Ive even started!

My us non immigrant work visa was temporarily refused under section 221(g). I cant work out how to do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by jcwilliams at 3:35 AM PST - 1 comment

Moist is a horrible word

My new dehumidifier has me curious...how many gallons of water are in the air in my building at a given temp and relative humidity? Plus a couple of related questions. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 3:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Lost cause?

What's life like after journalism? [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 12:20 AM PST - 14 comments

lemony, lemony, lemony nuns

In the film Black Narcissus, the nuns are referred to directly with a formal address that sounds like "lemony." What is it? You can hear Joseph say it here three times very clearly, at 5:15 and forward. It is used for all the nuns.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:00 AM PST - 10 comments

January 28

How do you find more meaningful work to do AT work?

How do you find more meaningful work to do AT work? [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 10:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Published research on the development of sexual fantasies

I'm wondering if there exists a published timeline that explains all the psychological changes before, during, and after puberty in regards to sexual fantasies. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments


So how's the Chumby, now that it's been around a while? Are there other control-freak customizable alarm clocks? [more inside]
posted by galadriel at 10:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Longest and shortest songs ever performed on Letterman?

Looking for the longest and shortest songs ever performed live on the Late Show with David Letterman.
posted by querty at 10:00 PM PST - 0 comments

How to get in touch with my birth mother?

I am looking for advice about how to get in touch with my birth mother. I have contact information for other biological family members, whom I have never met. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM PST - 10 comments

A Dog Tag in Greek Characters

Where can I get a pet ID tag engraved with a Greek girls' name? [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 9:43 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this title sequence?!

Help me remember a title sequence... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 9:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Help Egypt communicate

Egypt has apparently "shut down" their Internet. This says that they shut down DNS, which suggests that "shut down the Internet" is a bit of an overstatement and that such a thing might not be possible. Who knows more about how this "shutdown" is working and, more importantly, how can we help these people communicate?
posted by massysett at 8:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Mazel Tov! It's a mezuzah!

Mezuzah hanging ceremony - What's an appropriate gift? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Who even wears wodden headphones these days?

Movie filter: Looking for a movie that came on TV (maybe the Disney channel) somewhere around '86. The only thing remembered is that there was a character who wore headphones (wooden?) that had birds on either side (or inside?)and maybe he/she was a cat or cat-like... and maybe a castle in the sky?
posted by MayNicholas at 6:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Who was that "goofy" local celebrity in Portland, OR?

i'm looking for any info (website? videos?) on a local celebrity (white male in his early 20s) in the Portland OR area that promoted a (medical marijuana?) delivery service. i believe he did some kind of goofy promotion that made him recognizable on the streets in the last two years.
posted by mrmarley at 5:15 PM PST - 0 comments

I like 30 Rock, I watch 30 Rock... how hard could it be to get ON 30 Rock?

I like 30 Rock, I watch 30 Rock... how hard could it be to get ON 30 Rock? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 5:07 PM PST - 19 comments

How does the sudden departure of a person from a group of friends influence the mood of the rest?

How does the sudden departure of a person from a group of friends influence the mood of the rest? Or: Is it wrong to simply leave if you don't feel like partying? [more inside]
posted by Triton at 5:00 PM PST - 12 comments

I grew up. Help me prove it.

I'm going back to a job I hated, and want to get along better this time around. Seeking mind-hacks, specific behaviors, or little tasks that I can consciously do throughout the day- anything to make it feel like a new environment, and help me adjust my behavior. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 8 comments

What glue should I use?

Plastic laminated label on glass bottle, which glue to use? Please help! [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Inexpensive all-clad 4-Quart saute pan or rank impostor?

Is the "All Clad Stainless Steel 4-Quart Brown and Braise Pan" ($120 at Amazon) the same as the "All-Clad Stainless-Steel 4-Quart Saute Pan" ($225), just with a different lid? One reviewer says it's exactly the same, but the other reviewer says it has the diameter of their "3-quart saute pan" ($200), and is deeper. Who's right? And why is it so much less expensive than either of the sauté pans? Is it the accent aigu? I like the domed lid and the low price, but mostly want the large evenly-heating expanse of bare metal you get from All Clad. My turn-ons include braising turkey thighs and long walks on the beach.
posted by jcrcarter at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

One hopes it has to do with a poker game between governors...

Why is there a small piece of Connecticut in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 4:10 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop Twitter from hijacking keyboard shortcuts in Firefox?

How do I stop Twitter from hijacking keyboard shortcuts in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 3:52 PM PST - 3 comments

What am I now?

I recently became a homemaker without kids, and I'm feeling weird about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 51 comments

Getting her over the edge

How do I get her off? She rarely orgasms, and I feel like I'm letting her down. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Need a contract to licence my artwork

I'm licencing out some artwork to be sold on shirts and need a decent free example contract to work from. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 1:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Les Jours Tristes

Concert Advice: Yann Tiersen (previously) will be playing two nights in NYC in February. The first show will be an "unplugged set with orchestra," while the second will be with the "regular band." I can only attend one of these shows. Help me decide which. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

I was thinking cans of tomato soup, but that may be too esoteric...

I'm not much of a sports fan (or a cook), but we have been invited to a Super Bowl party at my brother's place. He's a big Steelers fan, and I want to bring food that says "Pittsburgh." [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 1:17 PM PST - 25 comments


My boss just gave me a gallon zip-lock bag full of shelled pecans. I'm guessing there's at least 4 cups of pecans in there. Short of pecan pie, what can I make with them?
posted by msconduct at 1:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Kindle: How can I skip through pages quickly?

Kindle: How can I skip through pages quickly? It's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 12:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help translate these sentence from a short story by Peter Watts

In the short story "Malak" by Peter Watts, what is the language and meaning of these two sentences? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 12:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't slip into that great dark footer…

A menu using the CSS "fixed" property stays in place as it should on this page, except when the browser window is smaller than my gloriously large screen allows. Then menu disappears behind the footer as one scrolls to the bottom. [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Name my blog babby

Help me name a blog. [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Ham radio 101, please

Please tell me about ham radio. This thread on the blue about the protests in Egypt contains a number of comments about ham radio and its utility in situations where the Internet is unavailable. Assume I know nothing about equipment or the process of becoming an operator (because this is true). [more inside]
posted by catlet at 12:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Weather along the west coast in March?

In late March, I'm going to drive from Seattle to Los Angeles via 101 and 1 (hugging the coast as closely as I can while staying on highways). Are there any spots along that route which have the potential for bad weather? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 11:50 AM PST - 15 comments

The symbol G

What does 1 G€ mean? I think it's 1 billion Euros, but I never use the symbol G and it's hard to find online. [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Rat out a plagerist?

A grad school friend of mine submitted a short story for a major literary magazine competition and won. It also seems she plagiarized the work. I'm not sure how to handle this or her subsequent behavior. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 11:36 AM PST - 51 comments

Honeymoon Help!

Looking for budget honeymoon ideas. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 11:35 AM PST - 20 comments

If I'm limiting my carbs to 20-30 a day, how much should I factor in my overall calorie intake?

DietFilter! I want to lose 15-20 pounds by this autumn. If I'm limiting my carbs to 20-30 a day, how much should I factor in my overall calorie intake? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 11:27 AM PST - 31 comments

access to trustworthy medical diagnosis for boy from Tajikistan

My relatives need some advice - a sick nephew in Tajikistan does not have access to trustworthy medical diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommend any of these NJ psychiatrists?

I have a list of psychiatrists my insurance will cover, but I don’t have good resources for a referral; All the doctors I know are in NYC and my plan is almost exclusively NJ. I have no out of network coverage. So...I know this is kind of a longshot, but does anyone have feedback on any of these psychiatrists (links inside)? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 11:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Cognitive Linguistics Reading List

Can you help me create an Independent Reading list on cognitive linguistics? [more inside]
posted by shesdeadimalive at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me subscribe to the Dean!

Can you help me find the address of the rss feed for Robert Christgau's blog, Expert Witness? I've tried fiddling around with the url, but nothing seems to work. If there really is no feed, is there some 3rd party tool which I could use to make one? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Today's poi is no longer "broke da mouth."

Why is it almost impossible to find older, fermented poi in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best Mexican cookbook!

What is your favourite authentic Mexican food cookbook? [more inside]
posted by geodave at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Discount Perfume Online?

Are online discount perfume retailers legit? [more inside]
posted by hefeweizen at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Mark of the Web. When to use?

Mark of the Web - I am confused. I'm making a site that will be delivered via CD-Rom as an option (for offline use, contains a lot of video and some javascript). It seems MoTW is necessary. Is that right? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 9:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Otto fails. Powershot help needed.

My Canon PowerShot SX10IS is used pretty much always on auto. I need to get a shot tonight and auto won't cut it. Success is way, way impossible without help. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Anyone recognize an obscure Show Tune?

In Bob & Ray's soap opera parody "Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife" the characters put on a show, and during one rehearsal a musical number is played, called "In Your Hat". It's obviously an original cast recording from some obscure musical, but what? Google returns no results except for references to the Bob & Ray usage itself. The lyrics are odd and the meter is strange, and the featured male singer sings off-key several times, but its no amateur production, as it has a full orchestra and chorus. Can anyone recognize it from the lyrics below? [more inside]
posted by bigguy1960 at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Easiest way to broadcast my slides?

What's the easiest way to live-stream a slideshow presentation so that someone else can see it via the internet? Audio will be over the phone. The main thing is that I'd need to advance the slides myself, rather than saying "next" every 6 seconds. Windows or Linux solutions acceptable, freeware/open source preferred. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Spreadsheet Data Sorting

Excel Spreadsheet - AutoMagically re-arrange data from one sheet to many based upon Alphabet? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

WTF is http://paper.li good for?

WTF is paper.li good for? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm not The Hulk. Really. I promise.

Got my student evals back, and all my students seem to think I'm angry all the time. [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 9:32 AM PST - 52 comments

What is "winter resort casual wear"?

What is "winter resort casual wear"? I have been awarded a trip (by my company) to Aspen CO in Februrary at the St. Regis. I'm told the attire is winter resort casual, but I don't know what this means. I'm not a skier, but I am a Googler, and all I find is resort casual, which seems to indicate warmer climate destinations, or mountain casual. Nothing for winter resort casual. Help me (and my wife) understand what not to wear.
posted by tdischino at 9:29 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the right time to start LDR?

I met a lovely young lady at dinner with a mutual friend last week, and am pretty sure there were sparks flying. The downside? She was only in town for vacation, and left the next day to head home to the coast. The upside? She's moving to town at the end of May. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Green eyed monster strikes again

Practical advice for dealing with jealousy towards one particular person? Or, how does one move from love to friendship? Sorry, whole plate-o-beans inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

In search of sweatproof Bluetooth headphones

I need reasonably good, sweatproof Bluetooth headphones for running. [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comment

I need a clarification regarding bonds and rents

Yesterday, Mike Konczal (rortybomb) wrote the following, "The graduating class of 2011 will enter a brutal job market that will hurt its ability to be rewarded for its labor, and thus lead a full life, for at least a decade. A note to these graduates: take comfort that you must “endure” this suffering in order to placate invisible bond vigilantes and protect rentier income." What is the rentier income he is talking about? Is he saying that bond holders, generally, are rentiers?
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 9:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Why do restaurants expect people to reuse their dirty utensils?

At many restaurants, after the starter course is finished, the waiter will remove my dirty knife and fork from the plate, and leave them for me to use with my main course. I dislike this, and usually will ask for a clean knife and fork for the next course. My question is: what is the thinking behind this? The added cost I would think is trivial, and it just seems really weird to expect people to eat a new course with food from the last course on the utensils. Is there some financial aspect to putting more utensils through the dishwasher that I'm missing?
posted by kevinsp8 at 8:58 AM PST - 47 comments

Can I Port a POTS line to Google Voice?

I know I can port a cell number to Google Voice, but can I port a POTS line to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Antiqing in PA

Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox at 8:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible?

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford at 8:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth trying antidepressants yet again?

Is it worth trying antidepressants yet again, or should I give up on the idea of medicinal assistance in favour of therapy alone? (Very long special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Resigned to being resigned

I wrote a letter of resignation, and asked my boss to countersign it - he refused to sign it, saying "this is not the way we do things in Japan". True story? What are alternative ways to make sure I have a copy for my own reference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Where is two way mirror glass sold in San Diego?

Where can I get two way mirror glass in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by albernathy0 at 8:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Java or .Net for a new dev team?

I work for an established technical company moving into the web space and we need to decide whether we're going to use Java or .Net for an emerging web platform. Where can I find non-frothing arguments from reputable sources? [more inside]
posted by CHABOXERS at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Can we make our landlord repaint our steps?

Whoa whoa whoa! Can we make our landlord repaint our concrete porch and front steps? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Wanted: Free Birdcall MP3s

I'm looking for free birdcall and birdsong files on the internet that I can download. [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Why doesn't my netbook want to use its entire screen anymore?

My netbook seems to think its monitor is 3/4 its actual size. Wha? [more inside]
posted by Casuistry at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I relax outside of, but nearby, New York City?

I need to get out of Manhattan and spend a weekend in a quiet place specializing in relaxation, meditation and massage. I don't want to travel more than an hour. I have no car. Cost isn't an issue. I just need sanity & isolation. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

xps vs. optiplex

Any major difference between optiplex and xps? I'm getting quotes 3 basic machines, 2 power user machines and 1 power user laptop for a small non-profit. They gave me the first quotes and they ran pretty basic configurations, intel duo processors, all optiplexes... i went to the small business website and mades some amazing computers, XPS's with much better specs, and around the same price points (i5 or i7 processors). The dell rep just emailed me and said that xps's are gaming machines, not really for business... any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a website that lists films by the number of awards or nominations won by year?

Is there a website that lists films by the number of awards or nominations won by year? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Amputation is sometimes a tempting option

Should I exercise after a vicious calf cramp? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How to negotiate a lateral salary when everyone wants to cut it?

How to negotiate salary when everyone wants to cut it? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 7:13 AM PST - 23 comments

What do you use to carry your earbuds?

What do you use to carry your earbuds? [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 7:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Green and gold cocktails! Go Pack Go!

Superbowl-themed cocktails! I need recipes for delicious green-and-gold or black-and-yellow mixed drinks. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

What information on a teacher website?

What information do you want on your kid's teacher's website? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 6:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Learning to let things go...

How do I not stew over negative interactions with other people? [more inside]
posted by the other side at 6:30 AM PST - 26 comments

I'd like to do a little reading first, then talk to the professional.

Career moves and taxes question: Need recommendations for resources that I can read to help me understand how my tax situation changes a) due to career-related educational expenses and b) when I start consulting. Also need a CPA in Chicago who will help me sort through these issues. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 6:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Is Alpha Chi worth anything?

Is membership in the Alpha Chi honor society worth anything? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Best Southern Food near Columbia SC

What are the best southern restaurants (barbecue, fried chicken, etc.) in and around Columbia, S.C.? Willing to take a day trip if it's worth it.
posted by bigboggle at 6:00 AM PST - 17 comments

DIY Plumbing Advice??

Plumbing question! I'm considering moving into a new workshop/studio space, price and location is perfect, the big downside being there is no toilet. It will basically just be me (and occasionally a few visiting friends who come to have a few beers) using the space. There is water and a sink in the space and I'm certainlay not considering using the sink! But, would it be possible to set up a urinal to go down the same set of pipes as the sink? I'm thinking - 'It ends up in the same place right!' But maybe someone in the know could tell me on a scale of 1 - 5 whether this is: Fine, A little gross, Gross, Really gross, or Disgusting... If this is off the table, are there any other solutions?
posted by halcorp at 4:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Should I partition really big PostgreSQL tables?

Is it worth partitioning big (>1.5TB) tables in PostgreSQL? Most partitioning stuff seems to be based on the idea of sequential data, where older data is moved off onto secondary hardware or something, but this data is all equally important. I can't figure out if partitioning would be a win when all rows are equally likely to be accessed. If it makes a difference, most queries will access only one row, but multiple row queries will span multiple partitions regardless of the partitioning criteria I choose.
posted by Nothing at 4:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Tom & Jerry (Not S & G)

Should we do something about mice living in our walls? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 3:43 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the required cash and carry of losing the keys to your apartment?

What would be the average cost to get a locksmith to come over in the middle of the night to help me get into my house in a suburb close to the CBD in Melbourne, Australia after I lost my keys? Additionally, what do I need to prove that I'm the actual tenant of the apartment? [more inside]
posted by moody cow at 3:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Homing Beacon

We're moving to Brecon, in Wales. What's it like? Anything that I should know? [more inside]
posted by piato at 2:23 AM PST - 8 comments

How to push an iPhone app?

My company iPhone app is now live. What do I need to make sure I don't forget when it comes to getting the right people to know about it? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 1:25 AM PST - 6 comments

January 27

Cheapest online storage?

What is the hands-down cheapest way to store a large amount of data online: say 100GB with say 100GB transfer per month? Bandwidth and transfer limit aren't a priority as long as media files can be streamed right away any time. Why? Because we would all like to put our music collections online. The lowest I've found is about 10 cents per gigabyte.
posted by oneous at 11:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Math and Crime

I've been asked to teach a week at a summer university. Help me to design the most awesome computer science/discrete math course ever. [more inside]
posted by mathemagician at 11:30 PM PST - 7 comments

A fun laptop based activity for Gr. 3/4s?

Teacher advice: Looking for a fun/educational activity to do with a grade 3/4 class that can be completed in less than a day. We have 10 laptops and wifi connectivity. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 10:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Can you recommend a book on the history of belief in reincarnation?

Can you recommend a survey of religious/spiritual conceptions of reincarnation? Group A thought it might go like this, group B thought this. I'm not looking for attempts to prove/disprove its existence empirically. I'm curious about the similarities and differences in ideas about reincarnation shared by large groups of people.
posted by snorkels at 10:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Throw away printed PDFs?

If you're an academic and/or grad student and you've printed out reams and reams of PDFs b/c they're easier to read that way... is it worth keeping them all, just for reference, even if they don't seem immediately applicable to your current projects? Or is an electronic copy enough and can the unwieldy stacks of paper go off to recycling without regret?
posted by shivohum at 10:31 PM PST - 28 comments

"And if you ain't into that, we don't give a damn"... really?

What are all the country songs that make reference to the differences between country living and city living (particularly those songs mentioning the city life in a negative way)? [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker at 10:27 PM PST - 38 comments

Thundersnow more common in NYC?

Is "thundersnow" more common in New York City, specifically Queens and Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 9:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Who writes the horoscopes?

Do magazines and newspapers hire actual astrologers to write their horoscopes, or do they just make them up? [more inside]
posted by jnaps at 8:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Who is that backing guitarist?

Who is playing guitar in the background of the MTV Alice in Chains Unplugged? How much heavy lifting is he doing? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone help me identify this video game controller for a friend? He lived in Armenia and its probably from 1996-2002.

Can anyone help me identify this video game controller for a friend? He lived in Armenia and its probably from 1996-2002. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 8:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Free/cheap anger management groups in New York City?

Are there any free, AA-type support groups/meetings for people dealing with anger management in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Are there any good looking fashions for an overweight guy?

Are there any good looking fashions for an overweight guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Tactical nuclear strike is the NEXT option

I hear the pitter-patter of little feet. No, there's no BabyCres on the way. Rather, we have mice, or some sort of animal, in our ceiling. Halp. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Not as hard as coming out, but still not easy

[Queer-filter] How do you cope with the ambient heterosexism of everyday life? [more inside]
posted by zahava at 7:19 PM PST - 37 comments

Maxtors and Macs

How can I read a Maxtor OneTouch drive on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Why does my vision keep getting worse?

What is going on with my eyesight? [more inside]
posted by jaynewould at 7:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me with some PlayTime Learning Activities For Puppies!

I've been raising dogs for most of my life but this is my first time having a solo large breed puppy in an urban environment. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:58 PM PST - 7 comments

title transfer fraud?

Is this fraud involving a title transfer? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fit in with football fans?

I'm a guy, I don't follow football at all, but a friend has invited me to his Super Bowl party. How do I attend without it being awkward? [more inside]
posted by indubitable at 6:38 PM PST - 42 comments

Best bets in Bellevue?

I'll be in Bellevue, WA for a conference over President's Day weekend. What are the best places to eat/ drink/ grab a cup of coffee and sit/ ???? in the area? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Get Us Out Of Here!

Due concerns about the US's economic situation and disillusionment with its foreign and domestic policies, my boyfriend and I are considering moving to another country, and we're looking for suggestions where, and how to do it. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 6:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Sudden eyesight / vision weirdness. Can I wait for a recurrence before worrying too much?

Sudden eyesight / vision weirdness. Can I wait for a recurrence before worrying too much? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Do dogs' teeth get dirty faster after having them cleaned the first time?

Do dogs' teeth get dirty faster after having them cleaned the first time? [more inside]
posted by atm at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Which summer internship should I choose?

Please help me assess two possible summer internship opportunities - NYC private equity or more interesting stuff abroad? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 4:49 PM PST - 14 comments

At least I was paid for a week's worth of work.

My name is listed in the acknowledgment section of a science protocols book where the authors thank me for assistance and advice. The sections that I wrote ended up being reduced to a few sentences, and I was not listed as an author despite a promise of inclusion. Would it be appropriate to include that on my otherwise skimpy CV, or would that be considered tacky?
posted by halogen at 4:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Do I need specific rechargeable batteries for the Magic Mouse?

Do I need a specific kind of rechargeable batteries for Apple's Magic Mouse? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 3:28 PM PST - 12 comments

What does 'arch support' in shoes even do?

What does 'arch support' in shoes do and why do I need it? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 3:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Funny Stories about Famous People

What is your favorite short anecdote about a famous and/or influential historical personage? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 3:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Help us plan our vacation in Mexico

Help us plan our vacation in Mexico [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Help identify this mystery watercolor

Help me identify this watercolor of two monks(?) [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise at 2:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Completing an affidavit for a friend's custody hearing

How do I best complete an affidavit to support a friend who is seeking custody of her child? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 2:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Please share the secrets of the Microsoft interview process.

Do you work at Microsoft? Please share the secrets of the Microsoft interview process. Because it's not working for me. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:27 PM PST - 29 comments

Can I repeat data from one record on all records in a mail merge?

Looking for a word/excel mail merge trick that may not exist. Basically, what I'm looking to do is put information from the header row itself into the merge document so that it appears in the merge for each other record. [more inside]
posted by robverb at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get untrap a trapped nerve and stop it getting trapped again?

So googling my symptoms tells me that I have a trapped / pinched nerve in my neck. Ouch! I know, YANM doctor / chiropractor / physio / osteopath, but I'm hoping you can give me some advice anyway... [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

It's time for your quarterly new boss

New boss, reorg after way too much chaos. How do I stay unemotional/not bitter? And keep from freaking out? And keep my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

How do you get over having to ask for what you want in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Is there a script I can follow?

How can I learn to be (or at least fake being) passionate about things when I'm happiest doing nothing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Opinions needed on an Atlanta neighbor I may be moving to

I'm considering subletting a home in the East Lake Meadows area of Atlanta, between the two major golf courses. I realize that this area was once extremely crime-ridden and poor, and was wondering if anyone could speak to the safety of the area today? What about the surround neighborhoods, if I were to be going to Midtown, Decatur, etc.? Thanks
posted by rbf1138 at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I go about contacting someone who has apparently confused my email address with her own?

Someone out there in internet-land with a first initial & last name somewhat similar to my own is apparently operating under the mistaken presumption that my gmail address is hers. I'm starting to get regular emails from her magazine subscriptions, her car dealership's service desk, etc. and I'd like it all to stop. I'd email her about the problem except, well, like her, I don't know her email address. A google search has failed to come up with anything promising. What are my options here? Have you had a similar situation that you resolved, and if so, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 1:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Best book for running a small business

Please recommend a “how to run a small business” book, but how to think about it (not the technical aspects). [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Take me past the powers of paint!

Free or very low cost image editing software? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 1:09 PM PST - 24 comments

The sparkles in my eyes

YANMO, but my opthamologist thinks I'm crazy and my symptoms are persistent and freaky. Maybe you can give me some idea of what's going on with my eyes, or at least if I need to be worried about it? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this about?

I just came across this; it was a banner ad on a site that was linked to from a comment here. [more inside]
posted by dubold at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

How to reduce cardio effects of caffeine?

Is there a way to help reduce my heart rate after it gets all ramped up from drinking caffeine? Lately I've noticed that whenever I drink even a small cup of black tea my heart starts to beat rapidly a few hours later and I feel a lot of pressure in my chest, like my heart is trying to beat faster but there's a rubber band around it. The sensation is similar to panic or running, but I don't feel panicky in my head. Aside from obviously avoiding caffeine, will doing something like drinking tons of water help calm me down faster than just waiting it out?
posted by ShadePlant at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to rent in Houston?

Houston Filter: The Mrs. and I are moving to Houston, and would like suggestions as to which neighborhoods to look at for renting an apartment or house. We want something safe, and with a reasonable commute to Texas Medical Center. [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

The problem that has no name...still.

How much time, on average, do you spend doing housework every day? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg at 1:01 PM PST - 44 comments

Any tips on market research for a training business?

I am considering running training courses in software. How can I research the need for this locally? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I do to set up an XP user profile for a little kid to experiment with?

What should I do to set up an XP user profile for a little kid to experiment with? [more inside]
posted by No Shmoobles at 12:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me identify this toy!

Help me identify this toy and how it works. It's a wooden head on the end of a red dowel, about five inches long in total. Two shallow grooves are cut into the dowel, and there's a short loop of elastic with a bead on it looped through a hole in the dowel. There's also a loop of elastic about eight feet long (i.e. in circumference) with a slightly bigger wooden bead attached to it, although there's a slim possibility that this isn't related to the head part. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

How to interview with those you will be managing?

I landed a second interview with a manufacturing company that I'd really like to work for. I am meeting with three potential direct reports who will be interviewing me (I'm applying to be their boss). What are some good questions to ask to help win them over? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

I always seem to like the Men's styles better, hmph.

Are these Men's Sorel boots appropriate for women, in terms of fit? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Is it okay for dogs to eat eggs?

How often can I feed my dog eggs? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 12:26 PM PST - 37 comments

Chest of mystery

So I have to restore this small chest which is no big deal, but I have no idea what it actually is. [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 12:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I change my plans to vacation in Egypt given the recent protests?

I had been planning a vacation to Egypt this year. The news of protests has me a bit spooked; is it unwise to travel to Egypt this April/May? If so, any suggestions for other international destinations as a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 12:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it a mistake to miss being 'cool' at 30?

Is it a mistake to miss being 'cool' at 30? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:04 PM PST - 56 comments

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my dog - a 2-part question

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my dog - a 2-part question [more inside]
posted by PepperMax at 11:50 AM PST - 30 comments


Dog behavior resources? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

a little bit goes a long way if you do it every day

I am a big fan of consistency- the rewards that can be reaped by simply doing something often over a long period of time are like slow motion magic. Please tell me about some of the things that you do for a few minutes a day to reap mega rewards in the future. [more inside]
posted by palacewalls at 11:15 AM PST - 32 comments

US Presidents Lining Up (I Think)

I'm looking for a country music song. All I can remember is the artist, male, singing about the presidents of the US. If can remember correctly they were lining up and at a funeral (but, I could be wrong). Any suggestions as to what song it was?
posted by nam3d at 11:04 AM PST - 7 comments

How does a librarian ask for a full time job?

How does a librarian ask for a full time job? Yes, I know I'm very lucky to have work at all! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 11:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me chill out.

I get irritated fairly easily (by coworkers, loud chewers, cats, etc.), and don't always respond in the best way. I'd like to be less irritated in general, but I also want to be able to hide my irritation better. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 10:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me recall the title of this book with an egregrious contemplation of death in the middle

Help me recall the name of this book: it's some kind of old textbook-type book, I think, maybe it's about stratigraphy or biology or something. At any rate, there is a famous chapter that is a near-total diversion: a contemplation of death, right in the middle. Ring any bells?
posted by johnnybeggs at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Adding Lightroom to my workflow

Help me get Lightroom to play nicely with my photo library on OS X. Caveat: I don't want Lightroom to handle EVERY photo, just the raw files. Any advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Children book long forgotten

Old book filter: Help me remember a book from my childhood that was kind of a Heidi knock-off. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I drop out of law school or finish my last year, or get a MBA? I need help fixing my life.

I am 24 years old and am just having a tough time with life in general. One of my most specific problems is that I am currently in my second year of law school (the school is ranked right around 100) and I hate it. I don't know whether it would be best to finish my law degree, apply to a MBA program, or just drop out completely and get whatever job I can find and start working my way up. [more inside]
posted by mephesta at 10:29 AM PST - 23 comments

impact of bad PhD viva on career?

How badly is a rough PhD viva experience going to impact a future career in academia? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine at 10:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Is he into this or not?

I'm in a new relationship-like thing but I have no idea what is going on. How do I tell? Should I ask? [more inside]
posted by ashotinthearm at 10:09 AM PST - 31 comments

Title, registration, proof of insurance and license, please

This Saturday I'm picking up a used car in Milwaukee and bringing it down to Chicago. I haven't had a car in 2 years, I lost my driver's license and I only have on-street parking. I'll buy insurance on Saturday once I know the VIN. I'll register the car and get a new license Monday morning. What can I do to make sure I'm not screwed on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by ictow at 10:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Does a monitor have to have an HDMI input in order to display commercial Blu-Ray films?

Are HDMI cables a requirement for watching commercial Blu-Ray movies? If I put a Blu-Ray drive in my computer, will I be able to watch Blu-Ray movies on a monitor that is hooked up via some non-HDMI cable? (DVI, VGA, whatever) [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I connect my TV (via my stereo system) to my wireless bluetooth speakers?

How can I connect my TV (via my stereo system) to my wireless bluetooth speakers? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 9:49 AM PST - 1 comment

How to keep lists sorted both horizontally and vertically?

Sorting and keeping track of my research: is Excel the best solution? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me create simple, multi-page PDFs that include vector art.

Help me choose the right software to create simple, multi-page PDFs that include diagrams and maps. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

To Corian or Not to Corian, That is the Question.

Kitchen Renovation Question. Do we buy countertops like we're gonna maybe get stuck here, or do we buy countertops like we wanna spend significantly less money? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:26 AM PST - 29 comments

Man Bag

Man Briefcase/Satchel: I'm looking for a bag which looks similar to a Mulberry Elkington. Can anyone recommend me something similar which won't break the bank. I'm looking at around £100-180/$150-240. I've had a look around and have been mainly unsuccessful because either the leather is too dark, big or it's far outside my budget. Room for my 13' Macbook Air, pad of paper and small folder is plenty. Shoulder strap and nice oaky brown coloured leather is a must. Thanks Hive!
posted by ashaw at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

What rapid development tool for iPad interactive book.

What iOS development enviroment is suitable for easy creation of an interactive childrens book? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Laptop recommendation request n+1

Looking for a laptop that will run Linux & Windows 7 without driver hassles. Budget ~$1k and under. Used would be ok. Must be able to install an SSD drive in it. Not a heavy gamer, but if it could run minecraft passably that would be a big bonus. Additional conditions and... [more inside]
posted by de void at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Start it up, shut it down, but on a schedule

What's the best and most reasonably priced software (or free method), on both the Mac and PC platforms, for scheduling computer startup and shutdown, along with application startup and shutdown. Different software for each platform is fine. Being able to control this from an iPhone would be great too. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

What building is that?

While driving southwest from Chattanooga to Birmingham along I-59, you see a structure standing alone on Lookout Mountain out of the driver's side window. It looks like a church or a monastery. I can't find it on Google earth. Does anyone know what it is?
posted by jefficator at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

TESOL filter: how do I get from my MA to a PhD, via Japan?

TESOL filter: how do I get from my MA to a PhD, via Japan? [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me out of a Microsoft Excel morass

If I don't figure out a solution, I may be doomed to hours upon hours of copying and pasting in Excel. My brain is crying out in pain for a solution, but I've never encountered this issue before. I need to transform sheet names into a variable on the sheet they represent. I'll try to explain this better inside. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Ode to a borrowed sword

Are there any old legends, stories, or superstitions about borrowed swords or blades? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Know of any social media marketing companies...

I am currently looking for companies, viral social media marketing firms who have clients in the entertainment industry or similar to the ones on the company's clients page. I need mefite help....anyone know any?
posted by likeapen at 7:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Free/Cheap psychiatric care in the Boston area?

TL;DR My boyfriend has asked for psychiatric help, but he is unemployed and uninsured. I don't know where to look or where to start. [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 7:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I buy emulsifying wax in Toronto?

My wife wants to make her own moisturizer, and we're wondering if there are there any retail stores in Toronto where one can buy emulsifying wax?
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Massaging hurts my thumbs! What to do?

My thumbs hurt after I give massages. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Not cut out for it?

I've always wanted to be a professor. However, it turns out that I suck at it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 AM PST - 48 comments

Flying to Singapore in 3 days. I want an adventure!

At the last minute, I'm going to Singapore (+Indonesia/Malaysia?). Not too excited, even though I should be. I don't "do" vacation. Help me plan a worthwhile 7 days! [more inside]
posted by hasna at 3:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I get a wolf spider out of my bathroom?

How can I get a wolf spider out of my bathroom? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:26 AM PST - 38 comments

Is this something I'd need to own a television to understand?

Why is a broadcast camera's monitor mounted so that the operator has to look up? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Discworld costume ideas?

Costume ideas for the Australian Discworld Convention 2011 Nullus Anxietas 3 .... [more inside]
posted by Lesium at 1:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Mentally exhausted by my professional situation (and I'm the reason)

I'm 33 and I feel like a hopeless failure professionally. To an outsider it would not seem so - I've gone to prestigious undergrad and grad (MBA) schools and have had decent to very good job opportunities and experiences. However, the pattern of my career has been: stress about finding a good job, land one eventually, do ok and enjoy it in the beginning, then begin a downward slide into frustration, anger, and general dissatisfaction and start to think about getting out - maybe this isn't the right function, this isn't the right industry, this isn't the right company, more school? I've chopped and changed industries & roles (grass is always greener syndrome) and consequently don't really have deep experience in anything. I have never been promoted, never gotten a raise, never gotten a really good review. I've never voluntarily left a job - never fired per se but either laid off, close to it or my employer wasn't sad to see me go. Most of my peers are plowing full steam ahead into senior positions and handsome compensation; meanwhile I'm struggling to hang on to a job. My professional life has always been and continues to be a source of anxiety, frustration, anger, shame - agony - for me and I desperately want peace, and a plan for moving forward. [more inside]
posted by goalie at 1:51 AM PST - 28 comments

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people?

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Around the electronic shag-carpet campfire.

Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 12:00 AM PST - 2 comments

January 26

I think we are breaking up. I don't know what to do to survive the next few days.

I think we are breaking up. I don't know what to do to survive the next few days. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 11:10 PM PST - 43 comments

Tall, curvy peg in a short, narrow hole

For my girlfriend: Buying women's clothes in Japan that aren't just meant for the average Asian body structure? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a lost children's book

Obscure children's book filter. (Details within) [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 9:38 PM PST - 6 comments

To Stick Or Not To Stick

Why is a friends door sticking in dry weather and not wet? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:04 PM PST - 8 comments

what's on a medical bill for dependent?

What information is listed on a Kaiser Permanente medical bill sent to the plan holder when the fees were for a dependent? [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 8:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it realistic to attempt to have a root canal without anesthetic?

Is it realistic to attempt to have a root canal without anesthetic? [more inside]
posted by registered at 8:26 PM PST - 67 comments

How early should I arrive at Amoeba in San Francisco for a weeknight show?

I want to attend a show for a fairly well known band at Amoeba Music in San Francisco. I've never been to the store. The show starts at 6:00 PM on a weeknight. How early should I get there to be able to see the band? I don't need to be in the front row, but I don't want to be out the door, either.
posted by cnc at 8:22 PM PST - 9 comments

What should my next step be?

I'm an intermediate/advanced C# software developer and I'm looking at getting my MBA. Will this help me move into a management or executive role? I would really like to get into consulting or away from coding as my sole job, along with opening up a wider range of opportunities. Is this smart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 7 comments

"I am to [x] what Marxism is to [disillusioned? dejected?] idealists."

"I am to [x] what Marxism is to [disillusioned? dejected?] idealists." What is this quote and where did I hear it? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno at 8:17 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the name of this book?

Bookfilter: A particular young adult novel about a girl meeting new people and not settling for first love (similar to "Forever"). Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by audacity at 7:46 PM PST - 14 comments

A good Yucatan spot for a long weekend, well away from crowds?

My girlfriend and I are taking a short (4 day weekend) vacation to the Yucatan in mid February. We're looking for a place to go that's really cool but well away from crowded, touristy areas. A nice beach would be great, but it doesn't have to be on the Mayan Riviera itself; as long as it's within a few hour of Cancun airport, that works. I'd like to spend around $100/night, but I can go a little higher if the place is awesome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin at 7:24 PM PST - 12 comments

What don't I know?

Out of my depth in a physics class, what do I need to study to catch up? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 7:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Need help managing multiple Send As addresses in Outlook

Setting up multiple "Send As" addresses in Outlook (2011 for Mac) [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 7:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Learn Mandarin, Cantonese and Chinese characters via online chat?

Can anyone recommend a tried and true site offering live chat lessons teaching Mandarin or Cantonese and Chinese writing? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How does one go for months without a job and avoid homelessness?

I'd love to hear some strategy for keeping life together when you're out of work, looking for a job. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 6:55 PM PST - 34 comments

From mancave to guest room

I want to buy a convertible couch so guests can sleep in the man cave. What style of couch do I need? [more inside]
posted by bq at 6:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Atlanta reverse commuting to Lawrenceville, GA

Atlanta Commuting Filter: I'm considering reverse commuting from inside the perimeter to Lawrenceville (GA). We are city people and most of what I've read suggests reverse commuting is very possible to Lawrenceville. Is this a good idea, or am I setting myself up for a life of misery? What neighborhoods should we be looking at? Is life in Gwinnett County actually more awesome than I think? [more inside]
posted by hydropsyche at 6:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Best cartoony games for the PS3

What are some good cartoony type games for the PS3? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 5:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Will my friend ever get admitted into law school?

Will my friend ever get admitted into law school? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 5:16 PM PST - 52 comments

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game.

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 5:06 PM PST - 18 comments

High-quality, grain-free, healthy and tasty cat food?

Now that Wellness has gone the way of Iams and ScienceDiet, what should we feed our cats? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 5:04 PM PST - 40 comments

What do I say to a professor about why I want to drop out of a lab project with a professor without burning relations?

What do I say to a professor about why I want to drop out of a lab project with a professor without burning relations? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 4:48 PM PST - 11 comments

What are spinal lytic lesions?

I know YANMD, and you're not giving medical advice. But help me understand some medical info while I wait for my followup. [more inside]
posted by Fire at 4:44 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I turn off my iPod 4G's automatic power on when earphones are plugged in?

How do I stop my iPod Nano (4g) from automatically powering on whenever I plug in the earphones? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

I need better digital TV reception.

I live within a mile of local TV station antennas in downtown PDX, yet I can't pick up some channels on my HDTV. Is the TV the problem? Help me get reception so I can cancel Comcast! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways?

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 4:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Alain Badiou: Where should I start?

Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

What printer should I buy?

Help me find a printer that fits my needs. I don't really know a thing about printers. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP?

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Savoury vegetarian recipes?

Best vegetarian cookbook for a semi-gourmet omnivore? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 3:46 PM PST - 28 comments

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business.

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business by seeking a manufacturer and sales channel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Exercise Programs For Ex-Junkies?

How should an ex-junkie start exercising and being active again after pretty much ruining his body's constitution with drugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:29 PM PST - 28 comments

Pin hack?

Jewelry hack: keep a pin safely clasped? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Download codes?

Where can I find some sort of free download-code script or software for my website? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Love on other drugs?

Is it possible to feel love on antidepressants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 38 comments

2-stroke engines are better or worse?

2-stroke or 4-stroke brushcutter (or similar)? What are the differences? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can my dad deny his share of an inheritance and give it to me?

Need advice on a legal matter. Not sure what type of lawyer I need. What type of lawyer handles this and do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth at 2:07 PM PST - 10 comments

What does this t-shirt say?

What the heck does my son's shirt say? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 2:06 PM PST - 30 comments

After all this I might go live in a tent on the beach...

After all this I might go live in a tent on the beach... [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 2:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Private room in Seattle?

Throwing a party in Seattle, looking for a place with a private room for ~20. [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Yelp sort by New Listing - or how to find NEW restuarants?

Yelp.com (or other review site): sorting by newest restaurant in an area? Or: where do you go to find recently *opened* restaurants in Southern California (inland empire etc). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Going under Mac the Knife.

Is this Mac 128k fixable, and can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 1:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Senate procedures are a mystery to me.

In this article, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can use Senate procedure to force a vote with less than 60 votes. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments


what is a 15 kw generac diesel generator worth? 5 years old hardly used I have one to sell, I don't know what to ask
posted by MansRiot at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Oh, rare Germany-only EP with the misprinted insert, we have to talk...

Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Why can't I just keep my head down and cash the checks and be happy?

I know I'm lucky to have a job, but I hate it. How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Bike + baby

BikingWithBaby: Seeking recommendations for baby bike seats and compatible bicycles. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 12:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Current best credit card offers?

What is the best Credit Card gimmick offer right now? (redux from 2008) and how can they afford to give 75,000 miles for $1000 in purchases?
posted by dougiedd at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Enchanted Tapes of the NorthWest

Looking for a super cheesy old cassette tape recording with the "spirit of the wind" chant on it and other, similar things. It was produced by one woman, who may have appeared on the cover. I think each side was as short as 15-20 minutes. Another track was something like "the call of the s/he wolf", where her voice looped over itself. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:20 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for screen resolution breakdown by user demographics.

Looking for screen resolution breakdown by user demographics. [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 12:11 PM PST - 3 comments


Name me some awesome (U.S. and international) urban greenways (waterfronts, linear parks, bike/pedestrian areas, etc.). [more inside]
posted by taiscape at 11:26 AM PST - 52 comments

Travel/study program for high school junior?

My 16 year old daughter is fed up with her high pressure high school academic experience, and wants to try something more experiential for one semester of her junior year. She is very motivated, organized and has good people skills. European travel a plus, but the key criterion is joyful experiential learning, and of course a sense of professionalism and safety on the part of the program. Any suggestions?
posted by pavi at 11:19 AM PST - 37 comments

Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts

Could you help me find examples of Artificial Intelligence and/or the melding of body/computer in either films or video games? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 11:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Language barrier in the classroom

Professors with subpar English skills are making it very difficult for me to learn. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 11:01 AM PST - 41 comments

"Hey Shorty, how’s the coffee today?"

What's the best way to get an exact (or close enough) replica of the sign in this screenshot? [more inside]
posted by troika at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Tracking military records

I have information on where and when a certain (now deceased) man was in a displaced persons camp (WWII). Can I use this to find other information on the man? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Squarespace looks neat but should I reinvent the wheel?

Should I use Squarespace or Wordpress to build a client's website? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me organize my chunks.

Can anyone recommend software for organizing small chunks of text using tags? [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments


Another 'what laptop to get' question. No gaming, but lots of data mining. What kind of processor? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Does Complaining About A Teacher Work?

Will complaints about public school teachers generally fall on deaf ears? For those of you in public education... Does it really change anything if parents complain about a teacher? OR, does this just make the teacher angry and then they're likely to take it out on the kids? Does a teacher consider making changes if parents complain? Is there anything a principal can really do to a tenured, union member that will make a difference? Can such a teacher be effectively disciplined since there's really no threat of ever being fired. [more inside]
posted by Blake at 10:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Get outta town.

I'm a total noob when it comes to off-roading; can you help me figure out how to get started? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 9:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Database diagram -> sql

Help me find a program (Windows / preferably free) that draws database diagrams and then creates the relevant SQL... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find new mystery authors.

I've read everything by my favorite mystery authors. Help me find new favorites! [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice at 8:46 AM PST - 61 comments

Best streaming coverage of Middle East?

Where is the best streaming coverage of the Middle East? I've been following #JAN25 on Twitter, but I'd like a nice audio stream so I can actually get some work done.
posted by notion at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Repay first time home buyer tax credit

Situation: Husband and I bought a house in 2009, received the 8k first time home buyer tax credit. Divorced, still own the house but have renters. How the heck do we repay the credit? [more inside]
posted by courtyard at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

What are you talking about?

Can you help me understand and deal with this dynamic between me and my partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 47 comments

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time. - Charlie Brown

My mojo quite suddenly vacated during an interview yesterday. Help me get it back so I don't botch the other 2 interviews I have this week. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:23 AM PST - 21 comments

OSX: universally disable print

About once a year, I actually want to print something. About once a day, I accidentally hit command-p when I'm trying to hit some other nearby key (command-o, command-[, etc.) I want this key combination to do nothing in any app on OSX. I can cancel the prints, but I want to prevent the print dialog from ever appearing. Ideally I'd like to do this in a way I could undo the few times I actually want to print. Is there some way to make this happen?
posted by scottreynen at 8:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How does a not-couch-potato start running?

I'm looking for a beginner running program that's geared to someone with good initial fitness and isn't quite as beginner as Couch-to-5k. Any recommendations of a good program or any experiences you have to share? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 8:10 AM PST - 12 comments

A tagging system for multiple items within the same document.

I'm looking for a simple program that will allow me to tag multiple discrete text items -- specifically, citations of items that appear in the news -- that exist in the same document. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Things explode, probably

You have played Warhawk on PS3, and want to help my wife write her novel in which the game features in one scene. C'mon inside! [more inside]
posted by ook at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Harm-eneutics and Phun-omenology!

Good authors to get into hermeneutics with, any authors who write on hermeneutics and the body? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah at 7:53 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I get this insane person to go away?

How can I get this insane person to go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 36 comments

Help Me Find A Small Guitar for a Beginner (Me)

I would like to learn to play the guitar. I think I would like to start with an acoustic. I have a small (7.5") finger span and slightly damaged left hand. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

How to leave this job gracefully.

Want to leave for a new job, don't want to soil reputation with old job. Need guidance from managers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Need help with SQL statement

I need to create a query in Access that shows the percentage of a total. I can't grasp the SQL statement I need. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Time Formats in Belgium

I'm curious about the custom in Belgium of representing the time with what appears to be a lowercase "u" in place of the colon or full stop (14u38, rather than 14:38). [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 6:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Hotel won't mail lost item

How do I get an item mailed to me that I left behind at a hotel on Monday? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 6:15 AM PST - 33 comments

Ordering a desktop overseas

How do I order an English-based Windows desktop in Germany? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 6:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Stuck indoors, how can I get a spray paint finish on glass object without dying form fumes?

I need to paint a bunch of glass candle holders, but don't want brush strokes and can only do this in my 1 bdrm apartment. I tried building a spray paint booth, but the fumes were intense and I still managed to get spray paint everywhere. Looking into airbrush or spray guns but they don't seem very safe for indoor use either. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 5:02 AM PST - 25 comments

iPhone an downgrade from Droid?

I'm currently with Verizon and have a Motorola Droid. Now that the walls have come down, I'm considering the iPhone (mainly because I use iTunes and don't want to carry a clunky iPod). However, I want to make sure before I make the leap that I will not regret it. Is the iPhone an upgrade or a downgrade? What's the big difference?
posted by boots77 at 4:41 AM PST - 28 comments

Faux Yorkie

A pet store sold me a Yorkshire Terrier but it's actually a Silky Terrier, can they do this? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx at 4:29 AM PST - 23 comments


Gig logistics filter: Teenager needing advice to get to a Metallica gig in Indo CA in April 2011 [more inside]
posted by goshling at 3:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Do SMS' ever get lost?

Where does my SMS go on it's way to where I've sent it? Does it hang out at the phone company at all or does it go out like a phone call? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 2:43 AM PST - 10 comments


IT/Telecom people: I'm bringing a 1Gbps metro Ethernet connection into the basement of a large apartment building. This building has 2-pair wiring in the walls for multiple phone lines to each apartment (dating from the 1970s, but in very good condition) running from the basement wiring closet to each unit. We are shopping for VDSL2 DSLAMs. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 2:39 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I add line breaks to a text file?

How can I add line breaks to a text file? I'd like to insert line breaks into a text file so that each line of the text is no more than 33 characters, and I want to avoid line breaks inserted in the middle of words. I've seen online tools that add line breaks every X characters exactly, but this results in words cut in half. Is there an easy way to do what I'm hoping for? If I could just set the line length on Gmail, say, to 33 characters and email myself the text, that would be what I'm looking for. Thanks!
posted by surenoproblem at 2:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What kind of graph plot am I looking for?

I have a series of tables describing a set of data and their values for certain points in time. I want to create a multi-line chart from this data so I can see the growth curves. Is there a name for this kind of plot? It must be a solved problem and some tools to do this but I can't google for it if I don't know the name of what I want. [more inside]
posted by rdhatt at 1:22 AM PST - 7 comments

This Needs Clarification

Grammarfilter: In the Pittsburghese construct needs + past participle (e.g., the car needs washed), what is the name of the "to be" that is dropped? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 12:17 AM PST - 24 comments

I miss spin class, what should I do? :(

Help me decide which gym to join (if any). [more inside]
posted by RUPure at 12:09 AM PST - 16 comments

January 25

Get photos from droid Incredible internal memory with cracked screen?

My daughter's Droid HTC Incredible screen cracked. We got the phone replaced, but many of her pictures that *should* have been on the SD card weren't. I assume that means they were saved to the phone's internal memory, but how can we access them to download, since the screen is cracked and we can't use the touch interface? [more inside]
posted by jasper411 at 10:39 PM PST - 6 comments

A Smile Brightens the World

Does anyone know where one can get instructions on how to make "LED smiles" (or where to buy them)? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 10:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Essay writing for dummies

How did you write your university essays? Real life blow-by-blow accounts please. [more inside]
posted by fix at 9:29 PM PST - 58 comments

Kindle help requested!

Kindle information needed! [more inside]
posted by private_idaho at 9:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Do acapella choirs naturally gravitate to more consonant tunings?

Do acapella choirs naturally gravitate to more consonant tunings? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm One Minute Late. Where's the State of the Union?

Where are the best places to get instant, Tivo-like replay of just-concluded political speeches and similar events in the US and elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

can you help me identify my plants?

I slowly discover that caring for plants is not always as easy as water and light, so I would like to identify my indoor plants to know better how to care for them. can you help ? [more inside]
posted by anto1ne at 9:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Cold Lampin' With Flavor

What's the address of Flava Flav's new eatery in Clinton, IA? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:13 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get moonflower vine to thrive and bloom in Seattle?

Help me finally get a moonflower (Ipomoea alba) to thrive and bloom in my Seattle garden this year. [more inside]
posted by Rula Lenska at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm moving. How much of my stuff should move too?

I'm moving from New York to San Francisco, and wondering whether it makes sense to move everything with me, or sell most of it and replace it after I've moved. [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 8:48 PM PST - 31 comments

Oust 4 month pee stain?

How/would you be able, to get four month old (human) pee stain out of a mattress?
posted by trogdole at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

I feel so uuuussseeedddd!

I feel like a lot of my friendships are a one way street. I'd like to add another lane. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 8:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me write a funny caption!

Please help me come up with a caption for this photo of Andrew Wakefield holding a pair of sunglasses. I'm looking for a punny CSI:Miami sort of parody. I'm sure there is someone out there wittier than I. Thank you!
posted by lexicakes at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

USB charger + iPod = static

Cheap wall USB charger seems to interfere with iPod headphones, do I just need a better charger? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Izand hizow mizany izothers izknew izit?

Hizave yizou izever tizalked lizike thizis? Whizat dizid yizou cizall thizis lizanguizage? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 8:06 PM PST - 50 comments

Beach reading for snobs

I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 7:53 PM PST - 91 comments

Physical Therapy Assistant Questions

Is anyone here a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), or do you know anything about the career? Got a couple questions. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 7:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Pseudo Social Security Number?

We have a foster daughter who we would like to claim as a dependent. I have a question about her Social Security Number and taxes. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking New England winter weekend retreat ideas

Anyone know of hostels that are open in the winter in New England? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I flatten my belly?

I am softer than I'd like in the belly area and have been for quite some time. Please tell me what has worked for you to "lose your gut!" I'm a 30-year-old male. More possibly important details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 7:28 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get a footer to stay at the bottom in Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver HALP, please. I cannot figure out how to make a footer do what I want it to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Toilet tank overflowing

Toilet problem: Water is overflowing in the tank (not the toilet bowl). Tried replacing the fill valve in the tank and thought it was fixed because it seemed the commode stopped running at the correct water line in the tank but the water keeps raising slowly until it overflows. Anybody know what the problem may be and how to fix?
posted by sandyp at 7:18 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm not opposed to violence, just bored by it.

What (girly) game would you recommend for my wii? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:18 PM PST - 31 comments

Can't office suites just get along?

LibreOffice suggests that I uninstall OpenOffice.org. Do I really need to? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 6:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a way to database a high res photo library

I'm looking for good Mac-based database software for organizing several hundred gigs of photos for a small art production / fabrication team. [more inside]
posted by catrae at 6:49 PM PST - 5 comments

How much to give as a cash wedding gift in Ontario?

What's a normal cash wedding gift in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by fso at 6:43 PM PST - 33 comments

Best SAM-e brand

What brand of SAM-e do you recommend for mood enhancement? (quality-wise more than price-wise) [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 6:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Which MP3 player?

Which MP3 player? (Narrowing down details inside) [more inside]
posted by Marky at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

RSS for Twitter feed?

RSS for Twitter feed - how to find? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

So what's like in an area of Germany with large American military bases?

How are the relationships between the American military personnel and the local population in Germany? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 6:22 PM PST - 17 comments

What do you do when you don't have all your tax info by the FAFSA deadline?

I plan on attending graduate school in the Fall 2011 semester and applying for financial aid. The FAFSA form asks numerous questions regarding income, adjusted gross income, and taxes for the 2010 year, but much of this info I will not have in time by the February 15th deadline. How do I proceed?
posted by helios410 at 6:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is it hard for the US Army to keep 200,000 troops in the MidEast?

The US Army has about 560,000 active duty soldiers, plus 550,000 Reserve and National Guard. Why is the Army under such a strain to keep 100,000 troops in Iraq and 100,000 in Afghanistan? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 5:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for Delightful Audiobooks

Recently listened to Stephen Fry's reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while driving and had a car full of happy. What other audiobooks could provide me a similar experience of delight?
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 5:32 PM PST - 35 comments

Self destruct in 3-2-1...

I am struggling so terribly has anyone coped with something similar and managed to right it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 43 comments

It's like a Time Machine, but not the good kind

How can I get iTunes to let me select an older backup to restore? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 5:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Manga suggestions?

Graphic novels, manga collections? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 4:56 PM PST - 18 comments

I should have had a D8

Help me pick out a new urban commuter bike. I'd like something very close to the Public D8. But not quite. Searching is only taking me so far and I think there's a world of brands I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 4:50 PM PST - 21 comments

I lost General Grievous and all my minikits and everything! Oh the humanity.

Wii help please. My 8 yr old is demoralized because he somehow accidentally erased all of his progress (weeks of effort apparently), points, money, loot, everything that he had saved in Lego Star Wars and he was very close to mastering all of the levels. Is there any possibility of recovering "all [his] work?" (sniff) [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 4:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Changing folder view back to normal in windows 7?

Windows 7 changed my folder view for one of my folders to show only mp3 information. I have a bunch of mp3s in there, but the folder isn't all mp3s, how do i go back to the normal view where it just shows size, date modified, etc?
posted by empath at 4:49 PM PST - 2 comments

What human trafficking focused organization should my club work with?

My (high-school) club is going to be working this semester to end human trafficking through fundraising and awareness. What organization(s) should we donate to/work with? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Trazadone and its effects?

I was just prescribed Trazadone to help with sleep. I am not worried about the drug as it is widely prescribed, but would like to hear some first hand experiences. Will this knock me for a loop each night and how long will the effect last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:14 PM PST - 26 comments

guitar czars

My family's church put on a ~"The evils of rock music" series in 1983 or 1984. I am looking for the film(s) that they played. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get my money back?

Highly recommended resume writer accepted my payment--but never wrote my resume. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

This will not stay in Vegas

What are some good gift ideas that are quintessentially "Vegas" that I can bring back home to my wife? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 3:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Where do you buy ingredients for your Muesli?

Where do you buy ingredients for your Muesli? [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 3:53 PM PST - 9 comments

all ears and thumbs.

My 1-year old daughter sucks her thumb, and when she does so she likes to put her free hand--or, equally pleasurably, my hand--around the opposing ear. Why do these two actions go together? Is there a scientific and/or psychodynamic explanation? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 3:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Learn me!

I want to fill my brain with useful and common knowledge. What can I put in there? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 3:15 PM PST - 38 comments

SOTU at a bar in Portland, Ore.?

Is there a bar in Portland, Oregon where I can watch the State of the Union Speech tonight (which I think airs at 6:00 Pacific)?? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I best structure a global employee bonus program?

How can I best structure a global employee bonus program? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 2:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Jesus on vaudeville: did it ever happen?

Was Jesus ever depicted in a vaudeville production? Looking for solid, reasonably non-speculative evidence.
posted by bingo at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Can she tell if I smell?

Can I trust my spouse's sense of smell to tell me I have B.O.? [more inside]
posted by Ortho at 2:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Pit and the Pendulam themes

What is an Edgar Allan Poe (particularly the Pit and the Pendulum) theme that keeps up with the P alliteration and would be suitable for a geocache hidden under a pile of rocks? [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley at 2:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it something in the water?

Why shouldn't I drink the water from the taps in my new dorm room? I just moved into a residence hall in London, and the residence hall info packet instructed us to drink water from the kitchen taps only, not the taps for the sinks in our bedrooms. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 2:12 PM PST - 25 comments

I need to Find A Therapist

I need to find a therapist in San Francisco who treats men who were sexually abused as children. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Gift Ever?

Where can I find gifts similar to this for under $100 a pop? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 1:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Laptop recycling in Sydney, Australia

Recycling dead computer hardware in Sydney, Australia [more inside]
posted by infinitejones at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Ten inches of snow on the way

Can anyone recommend an online source for help with small engine repair for beginners? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Is 'she' intentionally disrespectful?

Office Politics - Idiosyncratic language usage or Hindi diss? [more inside]
posted by scrute at 1:03 PM PST - 33 comments

Where and when can my little girl ride a horse?

My five year old daughter loves horses. Are there any good stables or horse farms near Vernon Hills, Il (Lake County, northern Chicago suburbs) for her get some riding lessons? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Constructive Help

ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it ok to breathe in here?

What's this smell coming from my new window? Is it toxic? [more inside]
posted by january at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Wordpress theme with a vertical timeline

Do you know this wordpress theme? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 12:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Improving Pages '09 PDF Export Quality

iWork question: When exporting my document to PDF in Pages '09, the resulting text quality is really poor for the regions that are set in 8pt Helvetica Neue. If I do a Print->Save as Postscript, then open that in Finder and save as PDF, the quality is fine. Is there any way to get Pages to just do this properly? [more inside]
posted by krunk at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Meal home delivery options in Pittsburgh

What places are available to deliver food and/or prepared meals to a family in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Double the please, double the fun

I'd like to learn more partner based exercises to do at home. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Thoughts on software team status updates

I'm a project manager for a small software group (6 engineers) and I'm considering a different approach to gathering status from the team. I'd like to throw it out to the MeFi community first to see if it seems like something that would be beneficial and fair from the developer's point of view. It's basically a weekly list of tasks that are shared with everyone. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by unmodern at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Decorate my apartment for me, please!

Decorate my apartment for me, please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you spell relief?

Cold-hacks: I have a stuffy nose and cough (from post-nasal drip). I'll do absolutely anything, but I need to hide the symptoms for a few hours during a crucial appointment tonight. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 11:11 AM PST - 28 comments

What To Expect When You're Expecting (to Testify at a Trial)

I received a court summons - eeek! They'd like me to be a witness at another individual's criminal trial (whew!). What should I expect? Note: this question involves Pennsylvania and the the Magisterial District Court system. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 11:03 AM PST - 20 comments

They should have sent a poet

One contact decaying faster than the other. Why? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

British Birthday Do

I was invited to a British-themed costume party this Friday and I have no clue who/what to be! The only rule is to dress as a British person/thing, but I have a few restrictions of my own. Both individual and couple's ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 10:52 AM PST - 52 comments

How many sled dogs does it take to warm a house? What if they're running?

I'm looking for the amount of heat output by an Iditarod sled dog, running. [more inside]
posted by Prince_of_Cups at 10:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Is returning for a 2nd bachelors a good idea?

Here's the deal. I graduated with a useless history degree and am having trouble finding a job. I'm now 24 and need to make some changes asap so I'm not doomed to living with my parents until I'm 90. Question: is returning for a 2nd bachelors in Engineering ever a good idea, in terms of long-term financial stability? Or is going for a masters in accounting or nursing a better choice? I really want to look at this financially and get my feet under me. Refer to the super extended version below for greater detail. [more inside]
posted by gtothep at 10:17 AM PST - 71 comments


What spice blends (and perhaps other stuff) from Penzey's should I try? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 9:57 AM PST - 44 comments

Vintage travel film from Copenhagen/Denmark

I am looking for a specific film clip, possibly from the 1950's or 1960's, about Copenhagen (perhaps Denmark in general). It was quite a big hit online a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by bering at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I go to the doctor after fainting, if I am otherwise healthy?

Should I go to the doctor after fainting, if I am otherwise healthy? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 9:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Upgrade opportunist needs 100MHz FSB Pentium III processor

Best processor I can put in a very old but stable PC, and what can I expect from it? Slot 1 / Socket 370 era, max 100MHz FSB, Intel 440BX. Thief in the night / ninja style upgrade opportunity with stability and minimal risk a must. [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 9:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Good SF doctor?

San Francisco: recommend a great woman GP [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Honor the dead, or placate the living?

They divorced. She purposefully took a coveted object with her. Decades later, she has died and my husband and I have inherited the object. He wants it back. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 91 comments

Where to go in Indonesia or Malaysia

Java vs. Bali vs. elsewhere for 3 days in Feb after Singapore? [more inside]
posted by rmless at 9:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Why did my HD catch fire?

I inserted a power cable into a hard drive and it caught on fire (started smoking and crackling). Now I'm paranoid about leaving my computer on. How often does this happen, and why? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a pen to draw Tarot cards

I have this blank deck of Tarot cards and I need a black, ultrafine felt tip pen to draw on them...recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

calling math/chem geniuses

When doing mixed-operation arithmetic keeping significant figures, do you round after each operation- according to the rules for that particular step? Or do you keep everything in long-form calculator numbers, then round at the final answer? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 8:51 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a good Maltese breeder in IA or Quad-Cities?

Does anyone know a good breeder for Maltese dogs in Iowa? Or even the Quad-Cities (Davenport/Bettendorf/Rock Island)? Iowa has a lot of puppy mills and I don't want anything to do with them. I'm looking for a reputable breeder that cares about health and personality. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a parking lot!

Recommend me a cheap, secure and (preferably) underground parking lot somewhere in NYC! [more inside]
posted by Hurst at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Beyond sketch pads.

What would make a good birthday present for a charming, arty, somewhat dyspraxic sixteen-year-old? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I hunt particular clothing items, but in different sizes?

How do I hunt particular clothing items, but in different sizes? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

large tray, small compartments

Where can I find plastic storage trays with a large (50ish) number of small (about 1 cubic inch, or a cube of about 16 ccs if you roll that way) compartments? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 8:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Sunday fun in NYC

What's something fun and cheap and indoorsy we can do this Sunday afternoon in nyc? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Shazam! Off goes the microwave! But why?

My power strip has been spontaneously switching itself to off when my microwave's going. Nothing's plugged into it but that microwave. What's going on? Is the microwave safe to use? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 8:10 AM PST - 15 comments

What type of prize drives you to enter an online competition?

For a marketing campaign aimed at current college students, what would a good prize be? [more inside]
posted by ironghost at 8:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Is it a bad idea to let my hair freeze on my walk to school?

In the winter, it sometimes happens that my (long, damp) hair freezes on my walk to school. Will this damage it? Should I be avoiding this? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Dome Light Stuck On

My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

What should we be asking potential daycare providers?

What should we be asking about and looking for when selecting a daycare provider? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 7:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Taxes are tricky.

I always do my own taxes, but this year I've got a new baby and a bunch of questions. Will you help me choose the best route? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find microwave-friendly foods!

Need your lunch suggestions! What can I make the night before that isn't lunch meat or that reheats well in the microwave without becoming rubber in texture and flavor? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 7:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Two questions about Facebook Fan Pages: Video Play Counts, Facebook Impressions

Two Questions about Facebook Fan Pages: 1. How can I best track the number of times a posted video is played? 2. What is going on with "Impressions"? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:08 AM PST - 3 comments

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell

How do you know when it is time to change counsellors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 13 comments

How and When should I negotiate the expected salary with the staffing agent/recruiter?

How and When should I negotiate the expected salary with the staffing agent/recruiter? [more inside]
posted by kktony at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for reference charts to hang on the wall.

Point me in the direction of the best reference charts/wall posters you know of - for printing out or request by mail. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:27 AM PST - 11 comments

allergic reaction?

My left eye is swollen and tender to the touch, and my whole body itches. It's been like this for about a week. I have an appointment next week but my health insurance doesn't kick in until February 1 -- is this something I should worry about before then? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 6:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Using a laptop screen as a display for a different laptop.

My laptop has a broken screen. Before I send it off for repair, I need to back it up, but I can't do that without a screen. I don't have access to a monitor to plug it into, but I do have two other working laptops available. Can I somehow hook them up so I can use one of the working screens with the broken laptop? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

looking for tiny earthing car accessory

I am looking for a tiny car earthing accessory I had years back. You touched the car with it before touching it with your bare hand, which would "defuse" (?) the static electricity and keep you from getting shocked by the car. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 5:23 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get my web browser back in focus?

How do I stop Google from stealing focus? [more inside]
posted by turkeyphant at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I retrieve my shop keys?

UK Employment (drama) filter: Employee will not return company property (keys). What next? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 2:57 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I talk to my dad about his spending addiction?

How can I talk to my dad about his spending addiction? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt at 12:09 AM PST - 18 comments

January 24

Do I qualify for this loophole?

I took an early distribution on my 401(k) when I quit my job early this year. After doing some reading on the subject, I found my medical for the year is above the 7.5% threshold. Does this mean my early withdrawal penalty doesn't apply? You are not my accountant inside! [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Buying a house together

Buying a house together-run into a roadblock and need input [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 11:00 PM PST - 26 comments

mutha-effin snakes in the mutha-effin drain

How do you snake a drain with right angles? [more inside]
posted by panmunjom at 10:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Help identify this instrument / sound.

There is a certain organ sound used in a lot of old prog music. A grindy organ sound. A perfect example is here, starting at 2:48. What is the instrument, and, if applicable, what is the setting / tone / whathaveyou (for example, if the instrument were a Hammond organ, what button would be pushed / levers flipped / etc. to get that sound? If a Moog, what dials would be turned, more or less?)?
posted by Bugbread at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you identify this 80s-era CRPG?

Please help me identify a computer game I played in 1986. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 9:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find videos of therapy sessions?

Does anyone know where I can find free, online videos of therapy sessions? I'm considering a career as a therapist and would like to study the therapeutic process. I'm in a community college at the moment and the video library isn't very extensive.
posted by oceanview at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments


How can I find (or track) the downtime of the world's Top 100 websites? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How to deal with incompatible sexual outlook?

My girlfriend of one year and I are both virgins. She wants to save herself for marriage while I don't. [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator at 9:16 PM PST - 104 comments

Ummmm, what happened?

Egad! Please give me your opinion - I don't know what to think or do... I've never handled rejection well, but I'm not sure it's rejection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 22 comments

winter + exercise + breathing: what's normal?

Winter vs. being out of shape vs. exercise-induced asthma - what feels like what? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 9:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Online anxiety workshops?

What are some good online modules for anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments


In "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories" the flashlight-based exploration of the creepy cold abandoned town is all too often interrupted by annoying "nightmare" sequences where you have to flee from faceless ghouls. I hate hate hate these nightmare sequences, but I want to keep playing the game. Can I bypass them somehow? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 8:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Penalties for exhibition of pirated movies?

What would the penalty be for publicly exhibiting a downloaded, pirated copy of a new movie? Not simply in your basement or something, but at an actual movie theater? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 23 comments

I will be getting more chicken piri-piri.

What to do in Portugal (with my grandparents)? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 8:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to eat near Curran Theatre in SF?

Theatre Night tomorrow! Where can we eat before seeing a play at the Curran Theatre? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 8:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What are these cool bikes that Google has at their HQ?

What kind of bikes are these that they have on the Google Campus? (Specifically the style or model) [more inside]
posted by lamprey at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

What's fun, French, and on Netflix?

Here’s a question that I think a lot of Ottawa-area Anglophones would appreciate an answer to: Are there any good French television shows or films available via the Canadian version of Netflix streaming?
posted by sindark at 7:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting into the wireless networking game...

I am about to be unemployed. I will have essentially unlimited free time to learn a new skill set. I believe I would like to become a wireless network technician. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 2 comments

I swear I'm an upstanding citizen.

CA EDD (unemployment) thinks I committed fraud because I somehow didn't tell them about being out of town for the holidays correctly. How bad is this?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 5 comments

MLA Quoting a quote

In MLA format when you are citing a book that quotes another book, which book should you cite? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

"That's awfully nice raspberry cordial, Anne ..."

Hosting an Anne of Green Gables dinner-involving shindig. What should I serve? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Tell me about your experiences with online TEFL certification.

If you did an online TEFL course, what did you like and dislike about it? [more inside]
posted by lhp81 at 6:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Christian/Buddhist Scripture

Looking for specific quotes from Buddhist and Christian scripture on two particular themes. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 6:47 PM PST - 11 comments

I just want some friends.

Fellow socially awkward Mefites: How do I chill out and not screw up this new long-distance friendship? Or did I already screw it up? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 6:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Sloppy Calculus

Please help me evaluate integrals more accurately. Sloppy calculus is killing me. [more inside]
posted by PFL at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Advice column or WEB OF LIES?

I found (roughly) the same question asked of Miss Manners and Dear Abby. Is this a case of one guy copying the other, or did the robot that churns out all the material for the advice columns get lazy? How do these things work? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 6:24 PM PST - 14 comments


Hey, Music nerds! I'm looking for tracks with the same kind of vibe as Justus Köhncke's "Timecode" or Alden Tyrell's "Love Explosion". [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 6:23 PM PST - 10 comments

I've got 20K to develop an idea into a business. Where do I begin?

I've got software engineering expertise and a solid understanding of business fundamentals. I'm looking to drive the project & team(s) - not build the idea myself (assuming its software-based). Any thoughts on how to find the best idea and wisely invest these funds?
posted by joshuamcginnis at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Teach Me How To Juggle Admissions Letters!

Is backing out of a degree program after you’ve committed and sent the deposit in a common practice, or am I screwing someone else out of the chance for an education? [more inside]
posted by Rewind at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Phattest kick drum around?

I am looking for some truly phat, welly belly kick drum samples. [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Reentering the Marvel universe

For someone who hasn't read any X-Men comics, or any of the spinoffs, for many, many years, where would be a logical and entertaining place to jump in? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

New passport, new driver's license, new credit cards, new work ID, new checks, new name.

[When-to-change-name-filter] We were married by a judge in June 2010. Our big wedding is this May 2011. We're filing taxes jointly in a month or so. We're going on an out-of-country honeymoon in June 2011. Taking all of that into mind, when is it going to be easiest for me to legally take his name? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 5:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Are you there, God? It's me, Jamie, and my shin splints

Special Snowflake Shin Splint question: Mild shin splits: should a newbie runner push through or rest for a 10K coming up in 9 weeks? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 5:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Career Counseling

I feel like I have two very different life goals that aren't compatible with each other at all. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Will nipple piercings affect sensitivity?

My female friend is considering getting her nipples pierced, but hasn't talked with many people who have gotten it done themselves. Her largest concern is losing sensitivity in her nipples. Is this likely? Are there any side effects other than potential bacterial infection that she should consider?
posted by gracedepapel at 5:12 PM PST - 18 comments

How much is this dog kennel worth?

How much would this dog kennel enclosure thing be worth? [more inside]
posted by strekker at 4:53 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get money refunded from an airline?

I feel I just got screwed out of about $500 by an airline. Of course they don't see it that way. What resources do I have to get this money back? If not, what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by boghead at 4:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How is my bedroom wired? Can I fix this myself?

My bedroom is wired like a Myst puzzle. How is my ceiling light fixture supposed to be powered? If this isn't something I can fix myself, how much might an electrician charge? Pictures and diagrams inside. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I be using a USB DAC instead of my TV

Should I not be using my television as a DAC for my home stereo? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher at 4:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Two non-competing companies with the same name

What are the legal implications of giving a company the same name as a company in a different business? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 3:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Want to read a great book on European history

Looking for recommendations for books on the history of western civilization. [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 3:52 PM PST - 16 comments

How does the NSF break the good/ bad news?

[Academia Filter] I am familiar with how the Australian Research Council announces the outcomes of applications for funding, but how are things done in the US? How does the National Science Foundation inform grant applicants of whether their grant has been funded or not?
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Sleep wrinkles?

How can I diminish the apparent sleep wrinkles that I've developed? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Slightly late or slightly early?

When you're meeting up with people, should you err on the side of "slightly early" or on the side of "slightly late"? [more inside]
posted by forza at 2:45 PM PST - 75 comments

Help a mom fill up (almost) two weeks worth of downtime in NYC

My mom is visiting me in NYC for two weeks, while I have a full time job. What can she do during the day that is fun and safe? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

I want to be poked, proded, and flush with cash

What health stuff should I get done while I have dual insurance? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 2:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How does one go from Dating to Going Out/In a Relationship?

How do I avoid a series of first-dates leading to 'just friends'? [more inside]
posted by ElliotH at 2:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Built-in iSight or iPhone 4 for quick video shoot?

I have to shoot a quick, five-minute video that's basically a vlog: just me talking into the camera. To film it, I can use either a built-in iSight camera on a 2008 pre-unibody MacBook Pro, or an iPhone 4. Which one would be the better choice? Yeah, I'm aware it's not going to look cinematic with either one, but I want to look as decent as I can within reason. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting good directions

Freelancers: help me help my clients with communication. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Leveraging Leftovers

Looking for weekly meal plans that make the most of leftovers. [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 2:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Oh where, oh where have my emails gone?

Why are emails sent from Exchange 2003 intermittently failing to be received at their destination with no error message? Could this have something to do with signatures added in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 1:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get started making a custom map for a website?

I want to make a website with a map on it. I have no idea what I'm doing. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Please translate ASL for me?

Could someone put together a gloss of the literal English from this ASL song interpretation? [more inside]
posted by torticat at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Combining Quicktimes

I'd like to combine two quicktime movies into one file using iMovie (or any other program). But having trouble figuring it out. Any tips?
posted by gbentz at 1:31 PM PST - 3 comments

I made an error in bank's favor.

I accidentally paid Sallie Mae FOUR months’ worth of federal student loans, which totals an amount I can’t possibly afford. I asked my bank to place a stop order on the electronic payments but there’s a possibility the transactions may still go through, before the stop order is processed (3 business days). What can I do to recover my money now, or in the event that the transactions indeed go through? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

My toes are freezing!

My toes get really cold when I go outside, despite my best efforts to insulate them. I'd like to make it to spring with all ten of them intact. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Fancy concatenate in Excel?

How do I combine two columns of text in Excel but maintain the formatting (italics and superscript) of the original cells? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments


What should my husband and I do in the year before we have a baby? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 12:00 PM PST - 59 comments

Hello World!

I'm trying to learn the basics of Javascript and it seems like even when broken down to the simplest kindergarten-level explanation, I still don't get it at all. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 11:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find a unique and flattering black floorlength bridesmaid dress?

Please help me find a unique black, floorlength dress for a bridesmaid dress! I don't want to look like I'm going to prom, and am having a hard time finding online stores that might carry something more unique or whimsical while still appropriate. [more inside]
posted by beebers at 11:33 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking at this sweater with distain

Handknit Irish sweaters with coffee/unknown stains. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

No-pill week or not?

Birth control pill: Last month I skipped the no-pill week between cycles to skip my period, but alas, it came anyway. I'm now at the end of that 3-week pack and wondering if I can safely start the no-pill week again, or if I should take the pill for another week. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

The amazing disappearing exercise equipment!

Is there such a thing as a foldable or compact squat rack/cage, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

sun beautiful sun

We have motion-activated lights in our new office, and office plants that need light over the weekend. I'm looking for some kind of plug-in kinetic sculpture that we can have on a plant timer, that'll run (hopefully without being too annoying) during the day to keep the lights on.
posted by you're a kitty! at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups in 2011?

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups? (also when do you think Time Machine refresh will occur?) [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 11:12 AM PST - 12 comments

What's happening in San Francisco tonight and tomorrow?

What's happening in San Francisco tonight and tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by xotis at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Good songs about history?

Looking for good contemporary songs about history. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:28 AM PST - 65 comments

Looking for a game like Neopets or the Zen Garden from Plants vs Zombies

Please recommend a Tamagotchi-like game where I can grow pets/a garden/a city/whatever. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Glass table = hum? Why?

When I set my microphone stand on a table I get a hum. How can I fix that without spending a lot of money or holding the microphone the whole time? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 10:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Book with a non-human narrator

Name that book from very sketchy details. Published sometime around the year 2000; the twist at the end is that the protagonist is not human (more within). [more inside]
posted by rhymer at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

What was this Greatest American Hero cake parody?

Name that parody tune: Around 2000 or 2001, I downloaded an MP3 of a man singing the "Greatest American Hero" theme very poorly, except he changed some of the lyrics so it was about cake, and between verses he told the story of his "super cake." What was this song and where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

HiFi CD player vs DAC

Audiophile questions: HiFi CD player vs DAC. What benefit is there to a CD player compared to just getting a quality digital/analog converter? What exactly is a quality DAC? Help me avoid audiophile snake oil! [more inside]
posted by cotterpin at 9:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Chew the hand that feeds: Where to find a life like edible hand?

Let say your handcuffed to a dead person. The only way to escape is to bite your way out. Would you need to chew off the whole hand or just the thumb and some palm? Now how could I recreated this visually for film? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 9:55 AM PST - 43 comments

Why can't I see clearly through eyeglasses?

Why can't I see clearly through eyeglasses? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Best answer gets a handmade thank you card

Assuming low print quantities, what's the most efficient way (in terms of price-to-quality ratio) to print a design on notecards? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I rehome my dog?

Where can I find a place/person to take care of my dog for 3 months (possibly permanently)? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:09 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to create beautiful checklists.

Is there a program to create checklists similar to those used by aircraft pilots? [more inside]
posted by mmkhd at 8:46 AM PST - 12 comments

YA "Which Internet Service" Question

I'm about to move to Westchester county, NY. How should I get my Internet service? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

What pairs or groups of languages are so similar that they can be understood by their respective speakers?

My Spanish-speaking friends say that they don't have much problem understanding and conversing with Italians and Portuguese speakers. What other pairs or groups of languages are so similar that they can be understood by their speakers in the same way? Danish and Swedish perhaps? Dutch and Afrikaans? Polish and Czech?
posted by jonesor at 8:27 AM PST - 68 comments

From teh intarwebz to one of them book things with the paper and stuff!

Is there an easy, quick way in Word to convert a large amount of block paragraphs (like we have on teh internets) to the sort of paragraphs one sees in print with indents and no space between said paragraphs? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Heroscapce newb help

Newb here. How do I go about making a purchase to get Heroscape up and running? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Check Engine light really off?

The check engine light in my car is cycling on and off (on for a week, off for a week). Two questions: 1. If I take the car in for an emissions/smog test when the check engine light is off, will it pass. 2. If it fails, and it is early enough in the month, will I be able to drive the car until the end of the month when the sticker expires, or will it be "red-tagged" as soon as it fails? [more inside]
posted by dforemsky at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments

There's a world where I can go...

Name that song: from This American Life 149, about 29 minutes in. It sounds like an electric guitar cover of The Beach Boys' "In My Room", but it has no vocals, and doesn't sound like the cover by Grant Lee Buffalo.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get to Torii Station from Naha city?

How do I get from Naha city to Torii Station? [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Is she needy or is it me?

Am I an a-hole or is she really emotionally needy and insecure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 53 comments

How do you handle a poor recommendation from a professor you still have to take classes from?

How do you handle a poor recommendation from a professor you still have to take classes from? (Special Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 39 comments

Truckers Delight?

Travelling on I81 in central Pennsylvania there are several large, sleazy billboards advertising places to get a "massage." From the billboard, it's hard not to get the impression that you will get more than a massage at the advertised establishment (the billboard gives an address.) What's going on here?
posted by ennui.bz at 7:23 AM PST - 25 comments

Did you see the cute PSA about good/bad touching for kids?

A few months ago in the daily deluge of links I see there was a very cute (possibly Australian) animated PSA for children about the difference between good and bad touching. I meant to show it to my son, but I forgot to bookmark it, and googling it does not bring up the expected results (plus just leads to awkward combination of keywords) If you saw it, do you remember where it is?
posted by jimmydare at 7:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Help my interns help me

How can my small political nonprofit make the most of our interns? [more inside]
posted by cloudbuster at 6:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Not a big fan of keeping old CDs around

Classic Mac emulation-filter: I have apps that require CDs to run. How can I convert my CDs to mountable disk images in SheepShaver/OS 9? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 6:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Wow... that's a lot of money.

HALP! Can you suggest an auto mechanic within about 10-15 miles of King of Prussia, PA who might be able to do a better price than the dealership on a full clutch replacement? 2006 Subaru Impreza. Difficulty: I need to call back in about an hour. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Why couldn't Miley Cyrus cover Pixies songs?

Please help me make a playlist of songs for youth (7 - 18 years old) that they will actually enjoy and not just a playlist of songs I think they should like instead. [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Abortion Malpractice

Can anybody recommend a lawyer in Broward County, FL who works with abortion malpractice but is not a pro-life activist? Please feel free to send a private message.
posted by sarelicar at 6:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Hello Big Brother/Sister...

Is it legal to secretly videotape and/or record the conversations of employees in California? [more inside]
posted by joyride at 6:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Do Apple Cider Vinegar Pills Work?

Anyone experience any benefits from taking Apple Cider Vinegar pills? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 5:32 AM PST - 7 comments

No need to insert SAIT joke here

$20, SAIT? Truly? Possibly NSFW question about sex workers. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Family Seoul

What are unique and fun activities for a family visiting Seoul? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 4:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Pimping up a camera.

In this question I asked you to help me become an Inspector Gadget filmmaker. You succeeded. Well, now I want you to help me pimp my camera. (budget around $15,000) [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 4:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Help invigorate a bunch of tired biochemists!

The music that everyone at my lab bench most enjoys working to is stuff like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Justice, etc etc etc. Particularly good are seamlessly mixed live sets. Can anyone recommend any easily obtainable sets from these artists, or similar artists that mightn't be on our radar? We've already exhausted Alive 2007, amazing as it is. The only caveat is no naughty words; everyone was pretty abashed when a senior academic walked by just as SUCK MY DICK / AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT was blasting.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 1:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Where do I buy paper souffle cups in London (UK)?

Where do I buy paper souffle cups in London (UK)? [more inside]
posted by s01110011 at 1:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Tier 1 Post-study Work Visa

I've recently completed a PhD in the UK and will be applying for a Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa. I need to do this in person and it needs to be done by the end of next week but I can't get an appointment online and the Home Office advice line is unable to provide any further information. Help? [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 1:31 AM PST - 1 comment

So it goes?

NameThatSongFilter: I recently rediscovered this track on my computer, and I would like to know who made it. [more inside]
posted by anarcation at 1:24 AM PST - 2 comments

January 23

Wanted, waterproof Persian carpet knockoff. Fying optional.

I am looking for a fine Persian cheap plastic rug. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I put .m4v video files onto my ipod without using iTunes?

How can I put .m4v video files onto my ipod without using iTunes? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Cashing in casino chips.

Why did the cashier give me these two particular five dollar bills at the casino? [more inside]
posted by Taurid at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Got UFO?

Please help me figure out what this UFO in my photo is. I suspect a bird, but it was bloody cold out, and I didn't see any birds in other photos taken that same morning.
posted by MikeWarot at 8:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Make a delicious smoothie in JUST 8 seconds!

What's it like working in a call centre for people who order things off the television? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 8:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Dental work in Lubbock Texas

Dental work in Lubbock Texas? References? [more inside]
posted by ovvl at 8:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Logging complete browser activity

I'm digital arts student who wants to visualize internet addiction. How do I log browser activity: not just history...but back, forward, scrolling, and the seconds between each action? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 8:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Word cloud analysis software for desktop?

Anyone know a word cloud analyzer for the desktop which does similar things to wordle.com ?
posted by zaebiz at 7:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Sudden tooth decay?

Sudden tooth decay? I've got three of these spots on my teeth at the gumline that I just noticed this morning. They looked like something stuck to my tooth, but upon closer inspection they seem to be indentations in the tooth. I saw the dentist 5 weeks ago for a cleaning and everything seemed fine. Is this decay, or what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Need advice on Boston Rental Home

Looking for a furnished house to rent for the month of July for a family of four in Boston -- more precisely, somewhere within a 30 minute drive of Lexington MA. Would love a swank place but would settle for a clean house, fair price, no pets. What websites or brokers would you recommend -- what advice would you give?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:34 PM PST - 3 comments

What are legal aspects of changing one's name to a mononym, or employing multiple legal aliases?

I'm changing my name to a mononym. What should I know or do to make this easier? [more inside]
posted by saizai at 6:22 PM PST - 46 comments

Help Me Get My Barbie Dream Job

Can you give some advice on what to say in a "philosophy statement on museum education and exhibition" as part of a resume? The job for which I'm applying is a long shot for me, but I really do think I'd be a great fit for it, and I want a fighting chance to actually make it to the interview. [more inside]
posted by madred at 6:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Help needed for an aggressive cat that will be euthanised soon.

I need help to save a troubled cat from being put down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Why do my breasts hurt so much?

YANAD, but why do both my breasts hurt so much? They have been very tender and swollen for about two weeks. I am a 22 year old female, and I am not on any hormonal birth control. My last period finished on January 7th and was completely normal, so I don't think I'm pregnant. My breasts do typically get very sore and swollen up to a week before my period, but usually not quite to this extent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 21 comments

"Freeforall" by Margaret Atwood - where can I read it?

"Freeforall," a 1986 short story by Margaret Atwood - where can I find a copy of this to read - either in my library, online, or for purchase? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl at 6:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a "green" kitchen cabinet.

What is the best source for reputable "eco-friendly" kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 5:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Interview ethics

I'll be graduating from college this spring and am looking at jobs. I'm also in the running for a scholarship to go abroad, which I have about a 50 percent chance of getting. Should I mention this to potential employers, and if so, when and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Name the actor in this Windows 7 commercial

Who is the actor in this Microsoft Windows 7 "To the Cloud" Windows 7 tv commercial?
posted by theperfectcrime at 4:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"?

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim at 4:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Any risks/how to fight fault in a traffic accident?

Any risks of fighting who is at fault in a traffic accident? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 4:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me figure out what (work-related) skills I should focus on attaining

I need to make myself employable fast - how do I get the skills I need? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 3:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Wind cover for iPhone?

I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
posted by Korou at 2:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I see this show?

Where can I get hold of torrents/youtube of the Pakistani Army show described here? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 2:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Get your ass in here, Mr. Watson.

Sing to me of cordless phones! [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 2:41 PM PST - 23 comments

And then I realized I was warping young minds, not shaping them

I am working towards a PhD, but do not want to be a professor. Am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by sock puppet of mystery! at 2:36 PM PST - 50 comments

Chemical Dependency Evaluation Strategy

What strategy should I adopt for a chemical dependency evaluation, in order to reduce the chance of being labelled "alcoholic?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Prairie grasses and thrifty lasses

What are the best thrift stores in central/southern Illinois? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Going to DEFCAT 1

A few weeks ago, my cat started freaking out whenever people walk by the my ground-floor window. Is there a good way to help her chill out about it? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Caring for posterior tibial tendonitis

I have a half-marathon in three weeks, but I was just diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis (inner ankle) due to overpronating. Anyone have experience with this injury, advice for care/treatment? Can I run on it? [more inside]
posted by ista at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Woodworking without a personal shop?

What options exist in the Chantilly VA area if I want to continue my woodworking hobby but don't want to rent a place with a garage / shop space? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Art Type Identification

What kind of "descriptive word art" is this officially classified as? [more inside]
posted by nathanm at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Good breakfast buffet in Jackson/Pearl Missippi

Looking for good breakfast buffet recommendation - Jackson/Pearl Missippi area. A men's group from various churches in Illinois will be heading down via bus to Louisiana during the first week of March. En route, they will be coming into the Jackson/Pearl Mississippi area (I55 then heading south on to Ms State Route 49) at around 6:00 AM. Looking for a good breakfast buffet around the Jackson/Pearl area for ~50 men. Buffet preferred but a restaurant would be OK as a second choice. Any recommendations from the hive?
posted by hrhcc at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Experience with Rover 4G internet

Does anyone have experience with Rover 4G internet in the Los Angeles (near UCLA campus) and Orange County (specifically the 92842 region) areas? I can't be bound to a contract at the moment, so this seems to be the next best alternative. I've checked the coverage maps and there are towers nearby with full coverage of the areas that I will be in. But that doesn't mean much in real world tests, so I'd like to know what your download/upload speeds are at various times of the day. And have they ever sent you a warning letter for always being connected. Thanks.
posted by eliluong at 12:03 PM PST - 0 comments

Bilateral symmetry is only accurate to a first approximation

A large portion of the women I know (myself included) have breast asymmetry - one breast is larger than the other. I know this is unremarkable and pretty normal; humans aren't actually that symmetrical when you look closely. But I was talking about this with my girlfriend this morning and we noticed that for both of us, it's the left breast that is larger. Is there a species-wide skewing of left vs right breast for which one tends to be bigger? Does it follow handedness? Do men have noticeable asymmetry (presumably scaled smaller)? If it skews left, is there some whacked out evolutionary advantage of having the extra bit of padding over the heart?
posted by rmd1023 at 11:40 AM PST - 24 comments

What locations in or near San Jose (Costa Rica) should I scope out on my imminent vacation to further fuel my expat fantasies?

What locations in or near San Jose (Costa Rica) should I scope out on my imminent vacation to further fuel my expat fantasies? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

debbie downer never gets asked to the movies.

I need non-depressing short films to show my class each week. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 11:17 AM PST - 35 comments

Where can I find how-to's on recycled book walls and furniture?

Where can I find how-to's on recycled book walls and furniture? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Where do i find used solar-thermal collectors?

I'm building a system to heat a hot tub in Minneapolis, MN. I'm pretty handy, have worked as a solar installer (though mostly photovoltaic), have a good sense of how the system will work, have acquired the hot tub itself, and now all I need is the solar collector. [more inside]
posted by milkman at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Help pick a walk-in song for our president

We're looking for the perfect high-energy song to introduce the president of our tech company at our annual kickoff meeting. [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 10:26 AM PST - 29 comments

Asthma medicine in Asia: are there restrictions on import, and is it easily purchased?

I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Why did I faint or collapse last night?

I collapsed this morning. I know you're not my doctor and I know I need to see one, but I can't afford to unless it's immediately life-threatening. Can you help me figure out what might be wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 9:59 AM PST - 77 comments

Swing it daddy-o, swing it hard!

I'm trying to expand my exposure to swung rhythms in music. I know that some genres are more likely to have swung rhythms--blues and jazz being two obvious examples--but there is a lot of straight-time music within those genres as well. So...are there any ways to search for swung rhythm music? Sites that compile lists of swung songs? Personal recommendations? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

where to buy/rent bamboo scaffolding in hong kong?

I am in Hong Kong doing an art project, and I want to create room dividers out of bamboo scaffolding, like they have all over Hong Kong, with perhaps some kind of neutral colored tarp or muslin draped over it. This stuff is in piles all over HK - does anyone know how I can buy or rent some, and have someone build two wall dividers out of it, perhaps 3x4 meters each? I'm thinking it should be fairly quick, but I don't really know - do any of you know anything more about this process, or what the cost might be? (I don't have a big budget at all, probably no more than $100 or $150). If it seems too expensive, any alternative ideas?
posted by betsbillabong at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla?

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla? I've got a line on a 1997 Corolla with 150k on the engine, but the transmission was replaced five years ago (after dying at 125k) with a used transmission from JapanDirect. That transmission now has ~75k on it, in addition to whatever it had before it was installed. I'm having my mechanic look at the car this week, but have no idea if any of this is a warning sign. Is JapanDirect reliable, in your experience? Would you buy a used car with a replacement transmission?
posted by mediareport at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Did I give a ton of info to a phisher, or is this really the Census Bureau?

Is 812-218-3144 really the Census Bureau, or did I give all sorts of personal info to a phisher? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 9:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Fire risk of bathroom candle

Fire safety filter: My husband thinks that a lit candle left unattended on the back of our toilet in the bathroom is not a fire hazard, and I disagree. Please help us settle this argument with facts and figures. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 8:24 AM PST - 78 comments

Help me in my quest for liters and kilograms of food

Please recommend your favorite food blogs - that use metric units for measurement. [more inside]
posted by coraline at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

heartless heartbreaker

Why do I keep stringing people along/breaking their hearts? Or...why do I not seem to be able to love deeply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Realistic lobster magnet?

Looking for a specific hard-to-find lobster magnet. Realistic lobster image (not cartoon), dark ruddy/blueish color (not bright red), about 10-14" long, no background, no text, just a cut-out shape of a lobster. The whole thing was made of magnet, such that it would stick to a car. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Art about blindness?

Do you know of any interesting examples of visual art that focus on the experience of blindness? It seems to me that it would be an interesting paradox to make a visual statement about a lack of seeing.
posted by mortaddams at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Take a picture, it'll last longer...

We bought a car from a dealer in Massachusetts, but we live in Maine and the car will be registered in Maine. When we picked up the car yesterday, the dealer asked us to do something weird. Have you ever heard of this? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:42 AM PST - 25 comments

He ain't heavy, he's my...coffee can?

What is the most dense material, commonly available in the average US city, with which one could fill an average metal coffee can for, say, under $20? [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords at 6:27 AM PST - 28 comments

What's the minimum amount of activity my car needs to start in 6 months?

I'm subletting my house for 6 months and need to leave my car in my garage for that period. My tenants have offered to start the car periodically the keep the battery running. The car is not registered, so they won't be able to drive it more than a few feet on driveway (backing out and driving back in). Is this amount of activity enough so that the car will be functional when I return? Or do I need to take more extensive storage measures (e.g. disconnecting battery)? Thanks!
posted by franciskelly at 5:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Can this rug be saved?

My cat keeps scratching the rug. Is there any way to make him stop? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 5:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Help! My perfect pan doesn't work anymore!

Why has my omelet pan stopped working? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SockyMcPuppet at 4:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Meatloaf, again?

How many different meals make up a 'normal' amount of food variety in your life? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 3:25 AM PST - 29 comments

Must-reads for stagestruck teen

Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk at 2:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we coat our dog with cornmeal

Can I get this cornmeal out of my dog's fur without shaving him? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 2:05 AM PST - 11 comments

crime photo history

Is there is a picture of Capones' top five "gunmen" on the internet? [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 1:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Is having a full-time job while attending college a good thing?

Hired in 2 years ago as part-time help, promoted to key-holder, and now offered to opportunity to go higher up. Is a job promotion and the increased pay that comes with it worth delaying the amount of time it takes to complete post-secondary education? Really making money and going to school, are they compatible/desirable? How would taking a salaried job affect financial aid available to me? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 1:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find the still pictures they show of Ann-Margret as montages in "The Swinger"?

Where can I find the still pictures they show of Ann-Margret as montages in "The Swinger"? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 12:33 AM PST - 1 comment

January 22

traveling and maintaining weight

What are ways I can make sure I don't gain weight while not going to gym over a 2-week period? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 11:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me set up a wireless-wired spoke for my home network using existing 10+ year old parts

Is it possible to use the wireless connection from my laptop to connect my hacked XBox (not 360) running XBMC to the network using a Ethernet cable? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:34 PM PST - 9 comments

[music filter] Can you help me tracking down an ambient/chillout song out lucid dreaming?

I'm trying to find an ambient/chillout track (around an hour or so long, if I recall correctly) about lucid dreaming. [more inside]
posted by mrme at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How did a non-friend access my friends-only Facebook page?

Facebook privacy question: how did someone not on my friends list access my friends-only profile through a website? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:47 PM PST - 17 comments

2nd gen iPod touch okay with iOS 4.2?

Is iOS 4.2 stable or mostly stable / will it run well on a 2nd gen iPod touch? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to furnish a studio apartment so it's both functional and attractive

Should I choose form or function when furnishing my studio? [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago at 7:51 PM PST - 36 comments

Cover me

Help me find a Macbook Air sleeve. [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 7:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend an online game like Diplomacy

Any recommendations for an online asynchronous social-oriented strategy game, such as Diplomacy? [more inside]
posted by aarondesk at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How about we recycle your SUV?

How to stop a co-worker digging through my trash? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 7:36 PM PST - 62 comments

Crafty advice for baseball fan!

Mefites with Craft/Artistic aptitude! I need advice on creating the coolest card table ever! [more inside]
posted by Cainaan777 at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Which graphic novels should I read?

I've decided I love graphic novels. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:10 PM PST - 66 comments

Ccrappy cat cage conundrum

Help me convert a very poorly designed cat cage into a comfortable place for cats up for adoption. [more inside]
posted by shoreline at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Never been near a university, never took a paper or a learned degree.

Why should I study math? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How to track down old news headlines.

Help me track down past news headlines/articles for my daughter's baby book. [more inside]
posted by Becko at 5:49 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm thinking about buying a portable gaming system for business trips.

My job requires me to travel a few times a year, for weeks at a time. I'm debating the purchase of a PSP or DS, specifically for travel-entertainment purposes. We've been over this before, but not for a couple of years, so I'm wondering about the State of Portable Consoles. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 5:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Ambient music with vocals

Help me find ambient tracks (or mixes) with vocal samples of someone talking about or lecturing on psychology, mysticism, psychedelic experiences, science, philosophy, art, space, etc. [more inside]
posted by AlsoMike at 5:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.

I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 5:17 PM PST - 34 comments

There's something about boiling...

What is it about boiling water that does stuff to things being boiled? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 5:09 PM PST - 25 comments

HPV or teaing/scaring?

Interior genital warts or vaginal tearing/scaring from a rape (15 years prior)? [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

It's My Party, And I'll Rage If I Want To.

Any tips on the art of throwing a hotel party? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 5:06 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do with some unexpected money?

What to do with some unexpected money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Artistic pseudonyms

Artistic pseudonyms and the lies behind them. How far is legal? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:14 PM PST - 25 comments

What should I know before doing a long road trip in New Zealand?

I'm going on a road trip around New Zealand and also around Australia. What should I know about before doing a long road trip like this? [more inside]
posted by Bron-Y-Aur at 4:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Whiplash Aftercare

Yesterday my car was rear-ended. My car is really messed up. My neck is...maybe messed up. I need advice on whiplash aftercare. [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 4:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I let myself be happy now or should I guard my heart?

Four days ago, my partner got an email from her #1 grad school choice that sounded good. How excited should we be? I know there are many variables at work here that neither you nor we can know at this time, but I want to know if I can be excited and happy or if I should try to calm myself down. I know many people here are phD's from the hard sciences as well and I am hoping you can provide some perspective. Here are the details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Infant car seat for the car-less?

Car-less couple expecting baby. What car seat to buy? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech at 3:49 PM PST - 17 comments

State Assistance Quandary

How can we complete my application for SSI when my husband just inherited a few thousand dollars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

first time builder in canberra

Two home building questions. Firstly for those who have built, with the wisdom of hindsight, what things did you forget that you wished you had had included or for that matter extra stuff you paid for but wouldn't now. Secondly any recommendations for builders in Canberra Australia, in particular ones good at sticking to a budget. [more inside]
posted by katelizabeth at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

TiVo and Charter?

Do we need Charter to install cable cards in a TiVo Premier XL? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Best way for 9 adults and children to stay in NYC?

What's the best way for a group of 9 adults and children to stay in NYC for three nights in late July? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I Still Hireable?

I got written up at work this week. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 35 comments

Can you identify these houseplants?

Can you help me identify these houseplants? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Open sesame!

Are there any door locks for a home that operate like the remotes on a modern car, i.e. without requiring you to press a button? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

culinary group theory

Food and Group Theory-Filter: I claimed that tasty foods and the operation of serving them together satisfy all the group axioms. Now I have to make Parmesan, spinach, and chocolate mousse taste good in a pie. Ideas, please? (Bonus points if you can work in some Thai peanut-lime sauce. Bonus bonus points if you can define inverses in this system.) [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me stalk my Facebook friends like I used to

I used to get SMS notifications whenever certain Facebook friends posted stuff to their walls. The notifications seem to have stopped coming. Did Facebook remove this feature? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Congratulations, Sweet Girl!

Screenshot of the cake from Black Swan? (spoiler-ish inside) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Golden Birthday Sweetness

Help me come up with an awesome vacation idea for my 25th golden birthday. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Weekend Ergo

Where the heck can I go to try out a serious ergonomic office chair in Seattle (e.g. Steelcase Leap, Aeron, etc.) on a weekend? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

The itsy bitsy spider climbed towards our child and we killed it.

We recently moved to a house in the prairies and it has spiders. Help me identify them please? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 12:20 PM PST - 13 comments

A wider selection of British periodicals in NYC?

Where in NYC can I buy Private Eye, News of the World, and/or The Daily Mirror? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a simple, step-by-step guide to SAS libraries, importing/exporting, and the SAS Explorer window?

Where can I find a simple, step-by-step guide to SAS libraries, importing/exporting, and the SAS Explorer window? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer at 12:03 PM PST - 2 comments

vision quest

Help me understand the vicissitudes of connecting my laptop via VGA to a TV. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for some Costa Rica expertise

Please help clarify some questions about Costa Rican interior parks/volcanos/rain forest... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Now what do I do with this cane?

I'm looking for tips and tricks to manage the logistics of using a cane/crutch as I go about my day. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 11:09 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I create two sets of page numbers?

How do I create two sections with two different sets of page numbers in MS Word for Mac? [more inside]
posted by arveale at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

What kinds of information does Directv/Dish Network capture on my viewing habits? Aren't they sitting on much more data than Nielsen Ratings?

What kinds of information does Directv/Dish Network capture on my viewing habits? Aren't they sitting on much more data than Nielsen Ratings?
posted by thisisdrew at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

telling boss about many upcoming doctors appointments

How do I notify my boss that I'll be leaving the office for regular doctors appointment without causing too much concern? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Does it make sense for me to learn Adobe Illustrator?

I am a back and front end web developer - primarily a coder (that's my background) but can also hold my own in html/css/UX/GUI design. But I don't know the first thing about vector graphics. It it plausible for me to learn Adobe Illustrator? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a good banjolele/tenor banjo choice for a beginner?

I have been thinking about getting a banjolele, or possibly a tenor banjo, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fings at 9:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Slow songs are great and all, but not if they're supposed to be fast songs.

Some songs on my iPod and through iTunes seem to be running slow - just enough to be noticeable and to drive me crazy. Songs that I've downloaded recently seem fine until I play them enough, and then it's almost like they wear out - what gives? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 9:21 AM PST - 7 comments

No, see, that my password.

Facebook filter: Why does my password not work on two browsers? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

...to prevent slippage of VERY LARGE WHEELS...

At the Grand Canyon's southern rim's entrance gate this summer we passed by a 55 gallon drum apparently full of crushed rock adjacent to the toll gate. Inside was a #10 can. Outside was a label stating "NOT FOR TRASH". What -were- the rocks for?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I feel better about an unplanned pregnancy?

How do I feel better about an unplanned pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 33 comments

Sink gritting us down..

What is the mysterious grit in our sink? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Find me some articles about why you shouldn't date intelligent women

Find me some articles about why you shouldn't date an intelligent girl. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 8:47 AM PST - 37 comments

Conservative predictions

Have any of the major Conservative political pundits, especially Bill Kristol, Beck, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, et al., made any correct predictions about major historical, political, or social events in the last decade? [more inside]
posted by jspopin at 8:41 AM PST - 9 comments

meditating in glasgow

meditation in glasgow [more inside]
posted by spyke23 at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Apparently I've wandered into a Love Triangle...how to get out?

Fell for someone, thought it was over and started to move on, now maybe it isn't?? Lots of complexities and juicy details inside (long, naturally) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Accidentally gaming the psychometrics, apparently

An (software engineering) internship application involves the Rembrandt profile. Could anyone familiar with this test explain what they might be looking for, and give some advice on how I should approach this? I've had to take similar tests before (Myers-Brigg and VARK), and they haven't been very accurate, so I'm worried about giving the wrong impression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Naturalism - the tree-identifying kind, not the get-naked-at-the-beach kind.

Books and/or websites to help me become a naturalist? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Blinded by the light?

My left eye seems to see brighter in darkness than my right. What gives? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

The best online bookstores for new and/or used books that accept PayPal?

The best online bookstores for new and/or used books that accept PayPal? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I have a personality disorder?

Do I have a personality disorder? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 7:39 AM PST - 23 comments

What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe?

What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 6:45 AM PST - 48 comments

Another thrilling Tempur Pedic mattress question...

I'm going to get a Tempur Pedic mattress, and would like some advice on the particulars. [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some weird/fun internet holidays?

Blog Like It's The End Of The World Day is 13 June. Talk Like A Pirate Day is 19 September. Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day is 8 December. What other weird/fun holidays are primarily observed on or have been mostly popularised by the internet? [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse at 3:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me get hired as a journalist for a daily paper

Got a job interview at a reputable daily newspaper. Yay! Could you help me prepare? [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername at 3:28 AM PST - 7 comments

What's up with deleted scenes?

Why do deleted scenes on DVDs always look so degraded? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 1:04 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm so ignorant about languages that I don't even know if this is a dumb question to ask.

Are there any books that teach not only how to speak a language, but how the differences in that language's architecture affects/is affected by the cultures that speak that language? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:25 AM PST - 15 comments

January 21

Sports advice for the clueless

Where in Washington DC can I get a Cincinnati Bengals patch or some sort of memorabilia? [more inside]
posted by mando at 10:21 PM PST - 3 comments

What are good ways to meet Spanish speakers/practice my Spansh?

What are good ways to meet Spanish speakers/practice my Spansh in Washington DC? Also, are there tutors who can help refine an accent? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

looking for another collapsible cat octahedral hideout thing

What do I even call this collapsible cat octahedral hideout thing? How do I find another one to purchase? Foster cat loves it soooo much, and I'd like to give her one when she's adopted... [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you reccomened a gambling novel?

What novels with a heavy focus on gambling should I read? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 9:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Yarrrrr, my spine be curved, and so be my chair?

I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Help help guide this damsel to her peeps, Mefites.

Mefites, I need some social (possibly geographic) guidance on this one. Can you help me find "my people"? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 8:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Looking for a traditional canon-focused English MA-- does it exist?

What is the best English MA grad school that focuses on literary forms and content, and literary canon? Secondarily, a PhD program that has a 'hidden' MA possible in this area? [more inside]
posted by reenka at 7:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Who is hiring now!?

What are some (free) sources that consistently update which companies are currently hiring? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly at 7:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Body Browser for iPad?

Is there a web browser for iPad that will allow me to use the rather excellent Google Body Browser?
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Bed Fellows...

My friend is sharing my bed with me and I don't know how I should feel about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 69 comments

0 to Complexity Hero

Modeling Complex Adaptive Social Systems filter: Help me define the topical progression of what I need to learn to do the work, and how I can best supplement my learning with community college classes, tutoring, and things I have not thought of yet. (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't know how to feed myself anymore. Please help.

I don't know how to feed myself anymore. Please help. I'm lactose-intolerant, anemic, and suffer from acid reflux disease (3 years and running). I've lost about 20 pounds in the last five years due to the reflux and a bout of depression. I'm also too insanely busy to cook, thanks to long workdays and hours spent on public transit, since I don't drive. Help me plan highly-caloric meals around my schedule, so I don't need to spend so much time eating. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis at 6:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Bioidentical HRT M.D. in Austin, TX

Can anyone recommend an M.D. in Austin, TX who is knowledgeable about HRT with bioidentical hormones for women in their late 30's? My niece is looking for someone who really knows what she/he is doing; bases her/his diagnosis on saliva tests and blood tests; isn't "flaky;" is experienced with safely managing hormones during pregnancy; and isn't the kind of doctor who likes to solve any "female" problem with a hysterectomy. [more inside]
posted by onemorething at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

School data statistics education

You're a teacher, a researcher interested in education, a school employee, a parent with kids "in the system". If you had access to all the data you possibly needed within the realm outlined above, what kind of questions would you want to answer? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 5:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Back pain and swollen lump at base of spine

My gf has a swollen puffy lump about 2.5" wide on the base of her spine, no discoloration or pain, it just appeared at the same time she got a sudden sharp stabbing pain in her right lower back - are these 2 things related, if so, can anyone tell us what it means? Obviously we need to talk to the doctors, but she's been working with them for years and no one can tell us anything yet - we thought someone else might have some ideas? [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk at 5:49 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to do whatever Commons people do

Is the way I'm using Creative Commons-licensed material kosher? If it is, are there any special considerations or pitfalls I should know about? I thought my plans were sound but now I would like a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

You're so vain, you probably think this question is about you.

How do you get over being unattractive? I've never dealt with image issues before, but I've been increasingly aware of my appearance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 43 comments

Kitchen tools

Your kitchen implements that aren't meant for kitchen: tell me of them. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 4:11 PM PST - 40 comments

Moving to West LA - help me tolerate it...

Moving to LA and need recommendations for neighborhoods I won't detest. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 3:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Local cloud storage

Looking for a transparent NAS storage solution [more inside]
posted by Brennus at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me understand colliding galaxies!

Expanding Universe Filter: Why will our galaxy collide with Andromeda in +/- 4 billion years? [more inside]
posted by jjonajason at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Durable, cheap Cotton/Polyester tshirts online

Where to buy Tshirts that are cool and not weird...no skulls or biker tshirts. I am tired of buying from Nike, adidas, walmart etc I am open to shops although prefer websites that carry cool Cotton/Polyester tshirts. I hate plain ones or too much graphic ones.
posted by daveg02 at 1:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Has there ever been a documented case of someone being killed in the name of peer-reviewed science?

Has there ever been a documented case of someone being killed in the name of peer-reviewed science? [more inside]
posted by mister-m at 1:30 PM PST - 32 comments

Surely the economy isn't this terrible!

Pardon my naiveté, but what's the best way to go about job searching for an entry-level/retail job for a person who doesn't have a degree beyond high school? They never taught me this in school. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:28 PM PST - 24 comments

I am Linux in a Microsoft world.

I am an Ubuntu newbie in a mixed environment. I need to print from Ubuntu 10.10 to a Dell 1700 printer attached to an XP Pro PC. I've read reams of tips, tricks, forums, Google searches & past AskMes. I consider myself of above average user intelligence. Am I educated stupid? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do when you are born in a trough?

I'm looking for resources that clearly spell out the advantages and disadvantages of being born during a 'demographic trough' (when the birthrate of a generation is lower than the birthrate before and after that period). US-centered materials are preferred but any data points concerning other developed nations info is good, too. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How to integrate Google Maps, Google App Engine, and JSON?

I'd like an explanation of how to make Google App Engine (in python), Google Maps (in javascript), and JSON play nice with each other. My programming experience is intermediate. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I monitor net usage in terms of GB/month?

I need to monitor the bandwidth use at home, in terms of GB per month. The trick: I have a TV that has built-in wireless Netflix capabilities, and I think streaming HD shows are eating GB/month more than I realize. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Extra homework, Dad? Again?

What are some good resources for at-home K-4 education exercises? [more inside]
posted by adverb at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Sticky goo to attach things to envelope?

Any suggestions for sticky goo to stick flash drive to envelope? [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 12:26 PM PST - 11 comments

I do this anyway, now what?

I am constantly coming up with short stories in my head. I sometimes write down the best ideas (in long hand) in a series of notebooks, or on the back of an index card, or even in the margin of something else I should be reading. I usually write the framework, plus a few intro paragraphs and descriptive diagrams if necessary and then occasionally come back to it with minor changes weeks and months later. Is this a thing, and should I pursue it as something more than a hobby I share with no one? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Legal to require race/ethnicity information of employees?

Is it legal for employers (specifically schools and government employees) to require race and ethnicity to be reported? It was my understanding that providing such information was always voluntary, but a friend who works for a high school just told me he was required to provide the information, and that if he didn't self report it, the school was required to report it based on what other employees thought. Is that legal? When did it become legal to require information that was previously required to be voluntary only?
posted by tonyx3 at 12:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Any way to make multiple instances of IE retain multiple window positions?

IE/WindowsFilter: Any way to make multiple instances of IE retain multiple window positions? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me with my IT career

IT Career Help: Help me I'm stuck on moving on from an IT Director generalist role. [more inside]
posted by patrad at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone have experience with disk brakes on a bike?

I'm considering a Jamis Bossa Nova bike. Does anyone have any experience (good, bad, neutral) with disk brakes?
posted by holdenjordahl at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Low-impact exercise console games for bum knees?

Looking for console game for low-impact in-home exercise. [more inside]
posted by immlass at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Would tear my heart seeing him make a bad career choice

How to help my nephew (un)choose his recently choosen career? [more inside]
posted by theKik at 12:06 PM PST - 43 comments

Excel multi-word list items possible?

Excel question: Is there any way to have multi-word options (without underscores) in a drop-down list that will be used as a condition for a second drop-down list? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 12:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Still My Brother's Keeper

In less than 5 hours, my teenage brother is coming to live with me. Possibly for the long haul. Neither of us are cool with this. Please help me sort out this ridiculous family situation [more inside]
posted by calcetina at 11:59 AM PST - 74 comments

Whats the name of the thing at old school diners where the order slips are punctured with the spindle thing?

Whats the name of the thing at old school diners where the order slips are punctured with the spindle thing? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments


Realistically, how risky is downloading movies, music, tv shows, software, etc from bit torrent? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 11:46 AM PST - 32 comments

He's Just Not That Into Me

He's just not that into me. The problem is he's my husband. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 54 comments

Is this possible, or am I dreaming?

I need a way to set up a timer for when my torrents will run and when they'll be off. I'm using Transmission on a mac, but I'm open to switching things up. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 11:19 AM PST - 13 comments

the multivitamin efficacy debate

what are the most compelling arguments for and against the efficacy of multivitamin supplements? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm a clumsy oaf. Help me replace this glass.

Trying to replace a vintage-ish glass I broke. Can someone help me with descriptive terms so I can find it on ebay? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

What can I look at to check the quality of a cheap old truck?

What to look for when buying an older truck? [more inside]
posted by true at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Improving reading comprehension of history books and help writing about them.

Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Help make my musical journey a great one!

As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis at 10:34 AM PST - 31 comments

Get More Reading Done!

Seeking strategies to get all reading done within allotted time without sacrificing close reading on literature. [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Help finding or coining a term

A colleague and I are writing a book chapter on social media, and we have been unable to find or make up terms for one distinction we would like to make. What is a good, compact term for 'information that is endorsed or supported by a credentialed expert on the subject or is agreed to be true by a community of experts'? [more inside]
posted by amberwb at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments

How to make text content readily useable for Android Apps?

How do I prepare a reference book with footnotes and an index so that it can easily be converted into an Android app? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 9:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify these half-remembered video games.

Please help me identify two half-remembered arcade games from the early to mid-'90s. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

LA Steelers Bar?

LA Steelers Bar? [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Dyeing Leather

I would like to dye this brown leather bag black. Tips? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Tijuana dental clincs?

No dental insurance and need 5 cavities filled, anyone have any experience in Tijuana Mexico, to save $? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Starting an office from scratch

Helping a startup company set up home office. Right now it's 5-6 employees, with 4 on-site. Have questions regarding office machines. [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Name of a defunct 80's restaurant chain?

In the 1980's when the Mountain Jack's restaurant chain was formed, the overarching company also had a chain of upscale seafood restaurants, which they built and promoted at the same time. These restaurants had a rooftop 'lighthouse'. In the 90's, they were converted to Mountain Jack's. What was the original name of this restaurant chain? Attached is a link to a google streetview of one (closed) in Michigan.
posted by bigguy1960 at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How bad does driving kill me?

How much time is removed from your statistical life expectancy for each hour you drive in a car? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:22 AM PST - 13 comments

How to obtain a Spanish police report from abroad?

I'm a U.S. citizen living in the States. How can I obtain a copy of my Spanish police report? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me prepare for my new gig!

I'm looking for some tips and advice on preparing for a new position [more inside]
posted by duddes02 at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

help tame the frizz

my platinum pixie has gotten frizzier over the last few months ... any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 9:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me help myself?

How do I find a therapist without insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Tense all the time about imaginary firing

I am terrified of being fired, even though I don't have any reason to suspect I might be let go. How can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

'Cause that's what friends do

How do you deal with not being taken seriously at work? Why don't my teaching colleagues take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by Es ist Zeit, dass es Zeit wird! at 9:02 AM PST - 48 comments

Help with Profit & Loss and Balance Sheets

Help with Profit & Loss and Balance Sheets [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 8:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Swipe here to enter Canada

It's time to renew my US passport book; is there any reason to get the passport card as well? I don't live close enough to the Mexican or Canadian border to make spontaneous day trips where I might not be carrying my passport.
posted by catlet at 8:35 AM PST - 16 comments

What are the tenure requirements in humanities/social science in the US

Interdisciplinary career advice. What are some examples of the tenure requirements in humanities/social science departments in the US - number of articles, book(s), etc.? There are complications ... [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Facebook Contests!

I'm creating a Facebook page for a university and we want to hold trivia contests on the page. We would ask a question and the first person to comment with the right answer would win a prize. What would be the best way to communicate with the winner? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Half day schools in the United States

My son is nearing kindergarten age and we're exploring our options for his education. We stumbled across this "Family School" in Albuquerque, NM, and we love the concept of half day public school and half day home school. Does anyone know of public (or private) elementary schools anywhere in the United States with a similar setup to this?
posted by iboxifoo at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find recording artists who have MP3s available for download?

Where can I find recording artists who have MP3s available for download? [more inside]
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 6:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Fix my Google shortcuts!

Is there a way to force-set the hyperlink options that appear across the top left on Google services? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 6:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Need moar cold/snow!

Looking for road trip suggestions for the end of Februrary! Looking to drive up to ~15 hours from DFW for the perfect destination. Could possibly be a relocation prospect in the future. Difficulty: SNOW, mountains, Colorado? [more inside]
posted by phox at 5:48 AM PST - 14 comments

If you were to crowdsource the title of a book, how would you do it?

If you were to crowdsource the title of a book, how would you do it? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

How are these so called 'baristas' ruining my coffee, and how do I make them stop?

How are these so called 'baristas' ruining my coffee, and how do I make them stop? Sometimes I get a flavourful coffee, full of body, other times the same drink will be tasteless and worse than a cheap instant yet I can see they have put the same amount of shots in. I'm talking about the same shop in some cases, it must be a training issue but what do they need to learn? For info I drink mainly Americanos but have experienced similar with lattes. More inside. [more inside]
posted by razzman at 5:37 AM PST - 26 comments

How can I acquire a student loan when my school does not offer any help or participation with them?

Where can I find a loan with deferred payments? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 3:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Taking an iPhone 4 to India... without a laptop.

HALP! I have unlocked my iPhone 4 prior to travelling to India in 10 days. I live in Australia and have a laptop that I sync it with. If I want to leave my laptop in Australia and just take my iPhone.... do I need to sync with something afterwards if I buy a local sim card in India? [more inside]
posted by taff at 2:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Allez Cuisine! Help me make magic in the kitchen.

What are the best resources for learning advanced cooking skills at home? [more inside]
posted by wander at 1:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Four Days In Los Angeles

Visiting Los Angeles four four days at the end of February. Help me plan my vacation! [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 at 1:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do the rays of the sun appear to radiate from a point?

Why do the rays of the sun appear to radiate from a point? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 12:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Shoe lacing method which will use up most of these over-long laces.

Shoe lacing method which will use up most of these over-long laces. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 12:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Recording of Gabriel Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute"?

I'm looking for a performance of Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute." [more inside]
posted by Jay Jech at 12:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Chipped tooth panic time part three, UK version

I just (re-)chipped a tooth. I'm a student in the UK and I've never been to the dentist here before. I need to get this sorted out as soon as possible. Help? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 12:03 AM PST - 12 comments

January 20

how do I land that radio internship?

Am I going about landing an internship in public radio the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

My grandmother was defrauded by a pair of con artists pretending to be me. Who can I report this crime to?

My grandmother was just defrauded by a pair of con artists who, pretending to be me, told her that I was in a car accident in Canada and needed her to wire money. She's fine, but lost a few thousand dollars. She said that she doesn't mind losing the money (she's just happy I'm safe), and doesn't want to be bothered by the police. I respect that decision, but I'm concerned that if let off the hook, the con artists in question will be able to prey on others -- they are obviously targeting elderly people. Who can I report this fraud to? (Additionally, and out of curiosity -- any thoughts on how they discovered my relationship with my grandmother?) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:27 PM PST - 19 comments

What is a courthouse bed anyway?

I need help finding information about a (possibly) children's song from (possibly) New England in the (possibly) 70s... [more inside]
posted by bendy at 11:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How to copy and paste quickly in Excel 2011 for Mac.

In Excel 2011 for Mac, everything slows to a crawl if I cut or copy a large number of cells. Is there any way to fix this? If not, is there a different spreadsheet program that could do this quickly? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 10:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Why are guerrilla tactics so incorrect?

At least as far as media reports seem to show, Naxalite and Palestinian militant (examples I'm the most familiar with, but certainly not limited to) tactics seem to revolve around suicide attacks and civilian attacks. Why is that, when it seems like such a tactically ill maneuver? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 9:37 PM PST - 20 comments

TB or not TB? That's my question.

My wife and I had injections for a TB test on Monday morning (we're adopting our second child and had to get the test). We had to come in Wednesday morning at 9:45 to see if the injection caused any problems. The NP told us everything was fine and we were TB negative. It's several days later now - Thursday evening - and I'm fine, but my wife has enormous bumps/hives right at the injection site on her arm. I'm assuming the TB test shot is some kind of totally inert drug so you can't actually get sick from it. Why would a disease that we were supposedly negative for cause hives? Is she allergic to something else? Help! Should we just go to the DR now? The hives are pretty weird. Neither of us has any food allergies of any kinds.
posted by luriete at 9:31 PM PST - 22 comments

[whine filter] How do I deal with burnt bridges gracefully?

I'm bad at letting things that need to die die. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Only children parents of multiple kids

My husband and I are only children, and we're now expecting our second child. We're very excited, but we are also a little nervous. We'd love advice from only child parents of multiple kids, suggestions about books and websites, etc.
posted by mrstrotsky at 9:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Need help with immigration/visitation laws in the States

I am a Canadian citizen currently residing in Canada. I am in a long-distance relationship with someone who is an American citizen living in the States. What is the best temporary solution without getting any work/student visas for us to be together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me build a French Onion soup that isn't French Onion soup

Please give me some ideas/recipes for soup that is built like French Onion (broth+bread+cheese). [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:22 PM PST - 18 comments

300w or better external PSU?

How can I find a "laptop style" power supply that is good for more than 120 watts? [more inside]
posted by Esefa at 8:15 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this mess kit on Etsy?

I just came across this travel eating kit on Etsy and it is, as you can well see, awesome. I'm googling to find similar things (I'd love to find one with a spoon), but I can't seem to find search terms that will give me any hits at all. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by The Dutchman at 7:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Plus-sized, 40-year old lady on the town in NYC - dress me.

What can a plus-sized, 40 year old, fashion-backwards lady from Seattle wear on a night out in NYC with a bunch of fancy gays? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:30 PM PST - 54 comments

Time Warner cable box problem- please help!

I was watching TV tonight when our Time Warner Explorer 8300 cable box started whirring, our cable shut off, and weird things started appearing on the cable box panel. There were countdowns and APP and hOHD are now interchangeably flashing on the panel. My husband called Time Warner and was told that this may be a hardware problem in which case we can only get the box replaced which means we'll lose everything we've DVR'd. We have a lot of programs saved so if anyone has any advice or experience, please share! [more inside]
posted by zinegurl at 7:21 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the people at the airport typing?

Why is it that everything at the airport (e.g. checking in, changing a seat, or buying a ticket) requires such an insane volume of typing? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 7:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it possible to designate RAM for only "write" purposes?

If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent at 7:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Mini garlic cloves do not really keep vampires away as well

How do you select garlic? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 7:04 PM PST - 22 comments

How do you get toddlers to fall asleep in the same room?

Trying so hard to figure out how you get two toddlers to share a room and it's HARD! [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

can i save my broken air purifier?

I knocked over my Whispure 510 air purifier and now it doesn't turn on. No power, no noises, no nothing (yes, it's plugged into a socket, yes, the socket works). Is there any hope? Can I fix it myself? Is there a website or book that can teach me how to do this? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to find a remote power outlet switched on/off by another outlet?

Remote power outlet switched on/off by another outlet, not a wall switch? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 6:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Snazzy versions of the RSS icon in the wild

I was looking at the webpage for a sci-fi webcomic called Drive, and I noticed that the web designer had included a modified version of the RSS icon that meshed very nicely with the feel of the webpage. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed any other websites that had similarly jazzed up (or down, I guess) the RSS icon to better fit their page. To be clear, I'm not just looking for fancy versions of the icon (Google image search turns up hundreds of those), but instances of altered icons being used well in actual webpages. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Four-eyed fashion?

Are there any street-style or other fashion blogs that focus on glasses-wearers? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Brokerage doesn't want our money anymore

My wife's brokerage has just resigned as the guardian of her traditional IRA, due to lack of activity (she's a buy-and-hold type of person, and has more recently been contributing to a Roth IRA). The account contains a few stocks and some cash. She needs to make a decision fairly soon as to what to do with the account -- otherwise they'll just sell the stocks and send her a big check that she'll have to do something with in order to avoid tax penalties. What options should she be considering? (If it matters, the total is less than $20K).
posted by svenx at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Can occasionally saying "I don't know" make me a better teacher? If so, why?

Can occasionally saying "I don't know" make me a better teacher? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 6:05 PM PST - 35 comments

Can I get Twitter feeds into Google Reader without a feed's posts being bunched together?

Can I get Twitter feeds into Google Reader without a feed's posts being bunched together? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Switching from Lactose Free to Regular Milk

I used to be lactose intolerant, but I outgrew it years ago. Unfortunately, I developed a taste for lactose free milk and can't drink the regular stuff. Can you help me transition? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 5:50 PM PST - 11 comments

One is what exactly?

Looking for the words to a song/chant i used to sing (mumble) at school in England in the 70s/80s. [more inside]
posted by ramix at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments


How, if at all, does one pronounce "pwned"? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:36 PM PST - 43 comments

My kingdom for a simple upload-file-to-URL script.

There HAS to be a simple, free, file-to-URL script bangin' around out there somewhere. Please? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Elegantly scaling in-real-life events?

Is there an elegant way to scale IRL events? If more people than estimated start signing up for an event of mine, I'd like to a) get a bigger space and b) charge them less because they cost is spread out more. But what if people have already paid? How do I give some money back? What if I had to put down a non-refundable deposit for the original space? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

SanFranciscoFilter: What's a good bar for people wearing suits?

Please suggest some classy (but preferably unpretentious) San Francisco bars for a group of young professionals wearing suits. [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A?

Potential employment triangle: Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A, who is also actively recruiting me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking Safety (Repair Shop)

Safety Insurance of Massachusetts, USA - does anyone have a list of their preferred repair shops? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 4:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the capacity of a rhino’s bladder?

What is the capacity of a rhino’s bladder? [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 3:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Recommend For My Taste Filter

My favorite ever TV shows are Frasier and Arrested Development, with Gilmore Girls coming in a close second. Can you recommend some shows and movies that would fit my taste? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 3:42 PM PST - 40 comments

Death car, dumbass, or both?

Did the guy who did my oil change break my car, or is this a fluke? [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Yay! Now what?

In the next week or so I am likely to be in the lucky position of being able to choose between a handful of job offers. How do I pick which position to take? Looking for general and career focused ways to make a decision. [more inside]
posted by dame at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Refining Buried Cider from the Basement

What can I do this old apple cider? I found a 30 year old jug in my inlaw's basement. It's funky and drinkable! What can I do to kick it up a notch? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me give a sick cell phone presentation to some super seniors.

I am giving a small help session on "cell phone use for seniors" tonight. Help me put together my presentation. Complicating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by circular at 3:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Where should we go to SCUBA dive?

TravelFilter: Looking for a tropical vacation spot with awesome diving and other adventures this spring or summer. [more inside]
posted by natabat at 3:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you identify this sculpture in Black Swan?

Can anyone provide further details (name, artist, location) of the sculpture Nina is looking at post-reception and shortly before her confrontation with Beth in Black Swan? [more inside]
posted by dougmoon at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

new mail?

Email client for Mac? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me convert some videos

How to convert .avi files to be useable in iTunes/iPhone. [more inside]
posted by norm at 2:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for the name of an artist in New York from the 1950s or 1960s

Looking for the name of a New York artist from the 1950's or 1960's. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I create my killer Post-It collage?

How do I make decorative sticky-notes stick? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to min / max my khakis

I want to min / max my khakis. Where can I find the highest quality khakis for the lowest price? Bonus points for wrinkle-free. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Out of my element in Charleston music scene

Let's say you're looking for a band to play at a conference for 500 river and watershed activists in Charleston, South Carolina in June. Let's also say you're doing this from Portland, Oregon and know next to nothing about the music scene in that beautiful coastal city. Finally, let's say that your fellow staff members have barred you from booking another bluegrass band ever again, yet this isn't exactly a Top 40/cover band crowd. What's a soul to do?
posted by vverse23 at 1:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Hey, ya....I can't shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Vintage-Polaroid-Troubleshooting-Filter: Yay! I finally bought a vintage Polaroid One Step 600 (looks very similar to this) in The Big City. I bought this film for it. But...no pictures. Help? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Need advice from the hivemind on a plotter to cut packaging dielines...

Anyone have experience in using a plotter to cut C1S (heavier coated card stock)? What are you using? I am looking to cut some packaging die lines and create actual nice folded samples. Doing them by had is getting really tedious. I would appreciate any info on other options to accomplish this and have the samples be nice enough to send to clients for approval. As always- Thanks in advance hivemind.
posted by pleuroma at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find this toy I had as a kid!

Help me find this toy I had when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Medical Professionals: would answering "yes" to marijuana use on a medical questionnaire affect my friend's chances of being selected for DBS surgery?

Medical Professionals: would answering "yes" to marijuana use on a medical questionnaire affect my friend's chances of being selected for DBS surgery? [more inside]
posted by spakto at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I work for a for-profit university?

Should I apply for a job in for-profit university administration? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Something about this situation stinks.

My 19-year-old brother and housemate stinks. He's smelled funky for years, and it's not getting better. How can I either get him cleaned up or trick myself into not caring? [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt at 11:49 AM PST - 49 comments

Gluten- and sugar-free cakes for an American to bring to a weekly cake event in the UK?

I'm looking for some good recipes for gluten-free and sugar-free cakes or similar desserts to make and bring to my university department's weekly cake devouring event. I'm an American in the UK, if that's at all relevant.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

in the MetaFilter community we have one simple rule

In this season of The Office, Darryl has a framed (blue and white?) sign on his office's wall reading "Nobody Talks, Everybody Walks." I'd like to cobble together a reproduction of that sign for my office but can't seem to find an image/screenshot of the sign via Google or otherwise. A long shot, but does anyone have a copy of a screenshot of the sign (or an image of the sign itself)?
posted by seventyfour at 11:30 AM PST - 17 comments

I cannot find the FTP Migration tool

I have a photo blog on blogger.com that I haven't posted to in some time and, when I just tried, got the following message: "Blogger no longer supports FTP publishing. If you are interested in continuing to maintain your blog on Blogger, use the FTP Migration Tool." I cannot find the FTP Migration tool. Any advice?
posted by tangyraspberry at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Straightforward Dice Probability

Please refresh my memory with regard to a straightforward question of fair dice and probability. [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 11:04 AM PST - 15 comments

What to take to family waiting at hospital

What comforting, convenient items can I take to family waiting in hospital with critically ill family member in ICU? [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 10:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Lowest-risk combination method of [condom + (insert preferred non-IUD, non-hormonal contraceptive here)]

Currently I live the starving graduating college student life and had to leave my previous job for an unpaid internship this semester. In addition to having no steady income, my family's new insurance policy covers zero of my prescriptions costs. This is making me consider alternative contraceptions that are: - Affordable to a rather strict budget, and - Non-IUD or hormonal-based What are your nominations for the lowest-risk contraceptive alternatives I could use in tandem with condoms, that are most affordable?
posted by monichacha at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Buddhism resources in West LA?

Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to rent a bunch of bikes in Portland, Oregon?

I'm helping to organize a conference in Portland this coming June. As part of the conference, we'd like to do "Portland-y" tours, including a Saturday evening bike tour. But where in the world do we get bikes for 50 people (give or take)? Can you recommend bike rental outfits in Portland? Or maybe places that actually conduct bike tours? (I don't mind giving the tour myself, but am happy to have somebody else do it, too.) Any other tips for leading a big group on a tour of the city during the evening of the Starlight Parade?
posted by jdroth at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a calendar widget that could go into Blackboard.

I'm looking for a calendar widget that I could embed on a Blackboard site. [more inside]
posted by crios at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Circles and nodes visualization software

I'd like to create a data visualization like the Guardian one linked here. I've looked everywhere and can't find out what this kind of chart is called, or what kind of software exists to help me make it. Any ideas?
posted by chrispy at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

That was someone else, not me

I had an abortion a five years ago, and I want to completely let it go and forget it ever happened. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 39 comments

Abracadabra! I give you something that you'll love, I hope, maybe... Please?

Any suggestions for magic/illusion related gifts for an 11 year old boy that is getting into / slightly interested in magic? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Does a stitch in time always save enough?

What metric can I use to decide whether and when to do will-save-time-in-the-future type tasks? [more inside]
posted by piato at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

It's our responsibility to authoritatively negotiate market-driven technology so that we may conveniently build low-risk high-yield opportunities to stay competitive in tomorrow's world.

I'm a details-oriented guy. It seems that most people in management positions (who I assume are the ones making the big bucks) mostly talk in vague generalities. Can I, the details guy, move up make the big bucks too? Will that require rewiring myself not to sweat the details? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 10:06 AM PST - 26 comments

If this works, it will save me Weeks of Frustration!

Does anyone know how to insert an automatically updating visio diagram into a Word file without it looking like complete crap? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

I need some experienced tips on the oil cleansing method, please.

The Oil Cleansing Method seems to be awfully popular around here. I've been doing it for 5 days now and my skin is both better and worse than ever! If you've tried it, how long did it take for things to really improve? Or did you give up on it? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 9:52 AM PST - 33 comments

History of self-immolation

Mefibooks: History of self-immolation in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Are there more people who speak or understand English or Chinese?

How many people on the planet speak or understand English? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Poor relation

How to deal with family members who keep asking for things, when they didn't help me when I needed it badly? (Long emotional details...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 29 comments

I'm not looking for Ali/Frasier. I'm looking for Ali vs. Frankenstein. For real.

I'm looking for the craziest fights of all time. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Movies in which wife is a doormat and then learns to stand up for herself?

Movies in which wife is a doormat and then learns to stand up for herself?
posted by markcmyers at 9:03 AM PST - 50 comments

An interest in aviation?

Help me get interested in and keep up-to-date on aviation! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me find an Android

Android/New Smartphone hunt. I live in Toronto, and I am not tied to any carrier- but want to avoid contracts. What's a decent-ish Android smartphone to look at? Looking to buy new or used, but not spend more than $300 if that is possible [more inside]
posted by cascando at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I have any longevity concerns about .epub files?

Should I have any longevity concerns about .epub files? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Embed Guardian.co.uk Videos

How can I embed videos from The Guardian's website on my blog? Like this one.
posted by nam3d at 8:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Torontonian mefite moving to Boston/Cambridge

Any tips for a Torontonian mefite moving to Boston/Cambridge? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 8:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Watching the rebels...

Movies about artistic rebels (preferably with their circles of friends)... [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:05 AM PST - 36 comments

Questions for realtor when you're renting a home going up on the market?

What questions should we ask the realtor who will be selling the house we are renting? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen at 7:46 AM PST - 19 comments

In need of stylish, portable walking support

I am suffering from a medical condition that causes severe muscle pain and weakness. I think that a walking stick for occasional might help, but I want something that looks cool and that I can fold up and put in a bag when not in use. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 12 comments

A US resident without a residence, where do I send my mail?

US resident currently working in the UK through April at least. Lease on US domicile runs out at the end of this month. What do I tell those US companies that require my address (e.g. banks, credit cards, student loans)? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Get me to the pic-a-nic on time

Help me get to Yellowstone without a meltdown, on a budget, and with little time to spare. I'm special, of course, as I explain in great detail inside. [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 7:15 AM PST - 39 comments

Is this a new era of solar panels?

Help me understand the costs and benefits of solar panels. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Most informative placebo effect links?

I would like to see what the hivemind considers the most valuable internet pages on the placebo effect. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Fixer for my mixer

I have a Vestax PMC-05 Pro II that I'm trying to have fixed (one of the channels is out) and the technician looking to fix it needs a service manual or the schematics. [more inside]
posted by preparat at 6:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Fun activities to develop public presentation skills

Organising a fun, casual workshop to help people develop better public presentation skills. Ideas for activities and games? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 6:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Mitre Saw Projects

I just got a steal of a deal on ebay for a precision mitre hand saw. What cool projects can I do with it?
posted by srboisvert at 3:47 AM PST - 10 comments

17th century twitter question

Today, Samuel Pepys, always the slave to fashion, writes: Drumbleby do shew me a fashion of having two pipes of the same note fastened together, so as I can play on one, and echo it upon the other. What is he talking about?
posted by vacapinta at 2:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me about Consuela

Please tell me as much as you can about this painting. [more inside]
posted by kumazemi at 12:01 AM PST - 12 comments

January 19

Questions about Prime Ministers Questions

So, questions about Prime Ministers Questions. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 11:44 PM PST - 22 comments

What kind of coffee beans should I try?

What kind of coffee beans should I try? And where? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 11:43 PM PST - 33 comments

Is there a way in Firefox to make multiple tabs open up with searches from both LibX and online book stores?

Is there a way in Firefox to make multiple tabs open up with searches from both LibX and online book stores? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 11:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Restaurant recommendations between Seattle and Portland

Pacific Northwest eaters, I need your help. My sister is in Seattle visiting our dad. I am in Portland. Sis and Dad want to meet up with Mr. Numberwang and me somewhere between for lunch this weekend. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 10:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Or would I just be wasting my time?

Is this a good plan for selling on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 9:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Metafilter for Kids?

Do you know of any websites similar to Metafiter but for kids aged 7-12 years old? [more inside]
posted by tamitang at 9:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Give it another decade and I'll be perpetual popcorn

How do I stop my joints from popping? [more inside]
posted by lover at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Experimental/homemade musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 in the late '90s?

Do you know anything about the man whose experimental musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 (became MTV2) in the late '90s? I don't remember much about the instruments, but they were obviously handmade, mostly constructed out of household items. I seem to remember stringed instruments and organ-like things.
posted by anarch at 9:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How to sew my own clothes in Tucson?

Where can I learn to sew in Tucson? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Us Make Julia Child Proud

On Saturday, I'm having a french themed cooking party. The idea is that we all cook collaboratively to make a meal together. So far we have five confirmed guests. So far we Cassoulet and Reiene de Saba (cake) on the menu. Please suggest ideas for menu items and ways to pull off the timing. I have an induction cook top with five burners, two ovens, a fairly large kitchen with lots of counter space, and most basic cooking implements-but if there's something specialized you think I should have, please share that too! Also I own mastering the art of French cooking and the joy of cooking so I'd like to stick to recipes in those cookbooks or available on the web! thanks!
posted by bananafish at 9:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Physical Mind Mapping with String: Best Method?

Best method of making connections in my physical mind map: string? yarn? what kind of adhesive? [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet at 9:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Help with Personal Knowledge Management

Need help with organizing and storing documents and files as part of personal knowledge management. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 9:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Blind Smiles

Are there braille emoticons? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I use my computer keyboard to type into my android phone?

How can I use my computer keyboard to type into my android phone? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 8:52 PM PST - 8 comments

I assume she'll get a Tardis out of this.

My wife and I are Americans living in the northeast. I have a long-shot job opportunity in London. My wife is a primary care MD working for the federal government. What, if any, medical career options would she have in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Killed while attempting jailbreak?

I let Redsn0w jailbreak my iphone, and now it's dead. As in, completely unresponsive, and won't turn on. What happened? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me!

Somehow got the virus Security Shield on my computer. How should I remove it? (not sure what to trust from Google)
posted by leedly at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the Fountain of Youth end abruptly?

I'm approaching 30, but people usually assume I am 17-21. Question for other people who look or looked super young compared to their peers -- am I likely to age more suddenly than most people? [more inside]
posted by KLF at 8:08 PM PST - 38 comments

Looking for: exercise program to deal with flab, but NOT drop weight

I want to be less flabby. I cannot afford to join a gym or get a personal trainer. Does it sound like strength training will work for me? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 8:08 PM PST - 21 comments

I get it already...I can fool myself

Overheard a song while my wife was watching NCIS:LA last night and now I can neither identify it nor get it out of my head (the former may help with the latter). [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth at 8:02 PM PST - 6 comments

food trauma?

Parent-filter: In our household we expect our toddler to eat the same food as we eat, or at least eat a certain number of bites before leaving the table. This is rewarded with dessert. For new or exotic things, we also expect them to 'try' the food before opting out. A close friend considers the above expectations to be 'forcing' a child to eat, and that it 'makes her sick to her stomach.' She instead suggests that the proper approach is to always have on hand foods that the child is known to like, and to provide these upon prompting. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 7:46 PM PST - 131 comments

I'm thinking of a word........

"Shadenfreude-filter": I need a word, or phrase, to describe a particular experience of human behavior. It doesn't have to be in English - in fact, I'm not sure we have a word for it. [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 7:41 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get Outlook emails into Gmail?

What's the (second) best way of getting emails from Outlook to Gmail? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Gah, turntable won't work.

Gah! I'm at my wit's end. My brand new Audio Technica AT-LP120 USB turntable was working great, but all of a sudden decided to stop making music and make blaring noise. Listen to this video; is my stylus borked, or is it something else? Tried adjusting everything to no avail. I'm holding on hope that I didn't destroy the stylus though, because occasionally it will make good sound.
posted by Askiba at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify the transforming film trope

Movies where the villain transforms into some super-creature at the end? What are some and what was the first? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:10 PM PST - 40 comments

Dentures vs Implants

After a series of disasters with a very bad dentist, I have been left with many teeth that cannot be saved. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Preschool workout

How best can I include my three year old in a strength workout? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 6:45 PM PST - 9 comments

vehicle registration woes

Question about renewing NY state car registration while currently living in Canada. [more inside]
posted by makonan at 6:42 PM PST - 1 comment

I might of chose the wrong place to register my domain. What's the best way to handle this?

I might of chose the wrong place to register my domain. What's the best way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by Like its 1997 at 6:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Where would be the best place to start teaching English?

Where would be the best place to start teaching English? [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

This is my soundtrack when I'm climbing a figurative fourteener.

Help me create the ultimate "You Can Do This" soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 6:09 PM PST - 53 comments

Green salads that feature a protein?

We're attempting a very low-carb diet. I'd like some good recipes for greens-based salads that feature a substantial protein. Please share your favorites! [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 5:52 PM PST - 41 comments

Need help finding a psychiatrist in Seattle

I need some help finding a psychiatrist in Seattle. Of course there is a rather big catch (inside) which is why I am asking here as opposed to google. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Navigating Private Grief around Strangers

Help me navigate this family dynamic with the extended in-law family. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Armed British police on patrol?

Saw two armed police in London - when did British police start carrying guns? [more inside]
posted by Urtylug at 4:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Is this a real insult?

Is the gesture that Kramer makes upon leaving Paisano's an actual known rude gesture? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 4:25 PM PST - 8 comments

My adjustable-azimuth adolescence.

What's the cleanest possible way to transfer a standard-IPS four-track cassette master? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 4:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Finding educational technology case studies

Help me find case studies or descriptive news stories of using mobile technologies in science-related graduate programs. [more inside]
posted by holyrood at 4:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Eye make-up remover

My Eye make up remover (Nivea) does not remove the eye liner pencil mark. and I am not sure if going that close to the eye to remove the liner mark is good for my eye
posted by page123 at 3:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Digitalizing space in art

Is digital technology changing the way we perceive space? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 3:43 PM PST - 10 comments

I'd like there to be an app for that

Are you now, or were you recently in nursing school? Did you use the Davis's Drug Guide app? How useful was it? [more inside]
posted by kjars at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I take a hard college course that is not needed but may be useful later?

Should I take a hard college course that is not needed but may be useful later? [more inside]
posted by Takeyourtime at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Manipulated images of Obama?

What famous photos of Obama have been the most heavily contrived or manipulated by PhotoShop? I am trying to figure out how his public visual image is manipulated by a PR team and the media. I would love to know anecdotes and specific images. For example, I heard that he was almost never shown smoking, as Americans dislike smoking today.
posted by tnygard at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

How does transferring and selling stock affect one's taxes?

Question for a friend living in the US who is wondering about transferring and selling stock and its effect on taxes and tax bracket. His grandparents gave him some stock shares as a gift when he was a child in care of his parents. He would now like to transfer the stock to his own name and sell it to pay for school this year. How will this affect his taxes for the 2011 year? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I override/redirect Google image search results to my website?

How can I override/redirect Google image search results to my website? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:23 PM PST - 10 comments

I am on a quest to find some other really good longform mixes / mixtapes of the hip-hop or Ninja Tune variety.

Here's some long-form mixes that I like: can you give me recommendations for more? [more inside]
posted by rubbergutfranklin at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

ACH debit blocking for small business accounts?

Do any US banks offer ACH debit blocking to their small business customers? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

That poet that wrote that poem about that thing...

Cannot remember who wrote this poem (maybe essay?) or where this line is from. The metaphor is about a hideous child trying to crawl into your lap, you keep pushing it away in dismay, the author points out that this child is your (life? your faults?) and you must accept it, invite it up into your lap, and kiss it. Who wrote this? My Google Fu has failed me.
posted by jeanmari at 2:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Been here a long, long, time...Do I really need to leave?

Asking for a friend, and I understand that YANAL,YANML. A friend was recently contacted by a prospective employment agency telling her that according to the SSA, she was not an American citizen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Your Chips Please!

Tin Foil Hat Filter. Recommend a RFID shielded U.S. Passport cover? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 2:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Therapy for artists (but not "art therapy")?

Global question: Is there a name for customized therapy for artists/writers to help them work through creative problems? Local question: Can anyone recommend a specific practitioner in the Seattle area who specializes in this, or who might otherwise be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by Robson at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

My old love (and me) in New Mexico...

Would it be better to plan a New Mexico vacation for spring break (let's say late March), or in late July/early August? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 2:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Walmart gave away my paid-for TV to someone else

Does anyone have any advice? A week ago I bought a $450 TV via Walmart and got it sent to a local store in Maryland via its site-to-store service. I was going to pick it up this weekend when I'm renting a truck to move into a new apartment. However when I checked the website yesterday it had stated that it has already been collected by me last Saturday. I did not pick the TV up. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 2:04 PM PST - 41 comments

Words to Motivate!

I am starting a serious workout program and would love to read positive motivational quotes to keep me pumped for this new journey...any ideas where I could find online? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 1:49 PM PST - 11 comments


My girlfriend and I are driving from L.A to New Orleans next week, and are looking for any advice you might have. (best route, food, lodging, speed traps, tourist traps, etc.) [more inside]
posted by St. Sorryass at 1:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Is smart a/c a smart move?

Smart A/C Saver question. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Boston Eats

BostonFilter: I'm taking my girlfriend to Boston for her birthday next month. Where should we go for dinner? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 1:23 PM PST - 42 comments

Can I live in a warehouse?

Can I rent and live in an abandoned warehouse or commercial building? [more inside]
posted by cellojoe at 1:16 PM PST - 35 comments

Income tax for nursing home resident on Medicaid?

Is a person exempt from income tax if he is living in a nursing home and on Medicaid? [more inside]
posted by leticia at 1:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Helpful Books on "Help"?

Great books for a newbie software help system writer/maintainer? [more inside]
posted by swift at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Snapshot of England demographics needed

I have conducted some research and need to compare the basic demographics I've collected (age, highest level of education, household income, number of children, employment status) to official statistics for England. I know this info exists, I had it a few months ago, but google-fu is failing me because of the hours I've spent staring at my screen and reams of data wrangling today. Does anyone know where I can find this info? Thanks!
posted by ozgirlabroad at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Wait, which one was the droid I was looking for?

Smartphone newb seeks new Verizon phone. Likes: high-quality cameras. Dislikes: iPhones, spending money. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 12:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Bad as in terrible, not bad as in really good

I have an opportunity to give the most terrible scientific presentation I can possibly muster. Tell me how to make it awesomely bad. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour at 12:48 PM PST - 148 comments

Identify this book!

Identify this Y.A. Sci-fi book from the 1980's - a boy learns how to meditate his way to flying. [more inside]
posted by dadici at 12:40 PM PST - 5 comments

He asked the question like he copied it off a bus station mens room wall...

I was just looking through the new issue of Harpers, and they have some excerpts from a notebook of Raymond Chandler's, where he is apparently riffing descriptions for future use. What are these devices called? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

screwed up illustrator file

IllustratorFilter: I inherited in an .ai file that has no "tipping arrow" on it's layers in the layers window -- so i can't view the items in the layer window like normal. is the file corrupted or is this some setting i don't know about? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 12:34 PM PST - 14 comments

I would do it myself if I only knew how.

I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Daybeds turning into daypads

What are some good ways to learn upholstery on my own? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments


Twitter follow-bots: I don't get it. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can we have a Euro-reception in Southern California?

Can anyone recommend reception venues with European or other cultural touches in Los Angeles or Orange County? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 12:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Sorry little guy

I just killed a spider. Can you help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do in Philadelphia: 2011 Edition

Travelfilter: I will be visiting Philadelphia with my wife this coming February for a few days. Please help me find things to do. [more inside]
posted by axismundi at 11:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Cheap but Classy party ideas?

My boyfriend is turning 29, and so we're throwing a party and inviting lots of people. We've splurged a bit on food - going to have an italian place cater family-style food - but are hoping to save money in every other respect. Luckily, our condo building has a beautiful gathering room that we're going to use. We're purchased a bunch of wine from Trader Joe's and are hoping to not serve it in plastic party cups, but don't want to buy a huge supply of wine glasses. Are there any creative tricks or decorating ideas that will make us feel classy but won't break our small bank?
posted by cam295 at 11:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Please Recommend a Detox Retreat

I’m 35, male, and live in San Diego. I’m hoping to find a retreat (or something similar) that is not too far away, not too expensive (maybe $2,000-$3,000), and that starts as soon as possible. I have recently gone through a lot of unpleasant life changes, and have been drinking too much, too often, and for too long. My primary issue may be with alcohol, but I want to try this before I try outpatient treatment. I’m hoping to find a retreat where I can recharge and also break my drinking habit. Ideally, it would include some combination of yoga, meditation, and counseling or something directed to my drinking habit. Thanks.
posted by metawabbit at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to query a map like a database!

I'd like to query geographical and population-based data. "$city <> 200,000" and so on and so forth. What is this called and where can I find data like this? Willing to spend some money if necessary. [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm probably the only one on the planet that remembers...

What is this (probably late night) movie that haunts me from my early childhood? Worm-like monsters, flamethrowers perhaps, holes in the walls of an underground (underwater?) cave, perhaps a submarine... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 11:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Handmade house

Where is this house? It appears in Handmade houses : A guide to the woodbutcher's art (1973), but I looked in the book and there seemed to be no information about where the house is.
posted by cashman at 11:33 AM PST - 3 comments

They say it's America's number one fear...

What are some good ways to get over my fear of public speaking? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 10:52 AM PST - 18 comments

How to verify Reagan's high income tax rates on the rich?

How can I verify that Reagan's income tax on the rich was 50%, whereas nowadays the income tax on the rich is only 35%? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

VOIP to Replace Security System Hardlines

My alarm system uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 10:34 AM PST - 9 comments

What would this heliocentrism story look like if I had remembered it right?

I'm looking for a quote or a story about heliocentrism, and it goes something like this: [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 10:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with a Barking Dog

My boyfriend is working the night shift for several months, and our neighbor's dog's barking is waking him up in the morning. We are looking for suggestions on how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 10:06 AM PST - 26 comments

What would Gordon Gecko do?

I own a percentage of non-voting shares in a company. What are the possible ways that the other shareholders can, effectively, get rid of me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Really? You're not coming in today? Well, that's a shock.

My boss is a compulsive liar. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 28 comments

Evidence-based donations

What organizations deserve my money to prevent child abuse and ameliorate the consequences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What can I do for exercise with a broken leg?

I broke my leg in a surfing accident, what can I do to keep active while it heals? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I tell my parents that I'm a terrible person?

I misappropriated some funds given to me to hold on to by my parents. The money's gone, but now they're asking for it. How do I tell them what happened? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 56 comments

Can a pregnant person get health insurance if her employer goes bankrupt?

What do we do for health insurance if my employer goes bankrupt? I'm pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me understand how much of my hard earned £/$/€ ends up as tax

Is there a known term / theory for describing (and maybe even calculating) how much of gross income ends up as tax? [more inside]
posted by nofunnyname at 9:33 AM PST - 6 comments

My boss is a pleasant control freak.

My boss is a control freak, but a really considerate, generous one. (My apologies for a slightly lengthy post inside). [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Lighting the Mac-Signal

I'm a sysadmin for a small nonprofit. It's a mostly-mac shop, about 30 users and 4 servers. It's a pretty nice gig, but I'm largely flying solo on a lot of things, so I come to the hive mind asking what other "Mac Guys" are doing. [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

3rd party wifi adapter for xbox?

Can I use a third party wireless adapter for an XBOX360? I've long been frustrated by not having wireless on my xbox. I almost never want to be online with the thing, but when I do, I'd rather not drag a cable through the house. Now I've got a radio labs wireless adapter/antenna booster. I was just looking at the official 360 adapter, and am struck that they're probably very similar. Can I use my third part adapter, or is the 360 software so picky that it's not going to work? Thoughts? I'd rather not pay for this crap, Microsoft has enough of my filthy lucre already.
posted by Stagger Lee at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Making good quality Internet videos on a budget

How can I make decent quality cookery videos for uploading on YouTube-like sites without spending a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by madman at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I go to Stockholm in February?

Taking a sudden trip to Stockholm? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Keep my mattress decent!

Please help me find (in the USA) a mattress pad and fitted sheets to REALLY fit a 15"-thick mattress. [more inside]
posted by philokalia at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

What to do in LA for a long layover at LAX?

What to do in LA for a long layover at LAX? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson at 8:50 AM PST - 28 comments

"God damn these electric sex pants!"

What are some shows like Flight of the Conchords and/or The IT Crowd? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 8:28 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me license a photo.

Help me find the person who took this photo (or has the rights to license it). Assuming the filename is accurate, it's a photo from the Velvet Revolution in Prague circa 1989. [more inside]
posted by ajr at 8:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me buy a Toyota Truck and get it on the road in LA

I want to buy a Toyota Hilux and get it licensed to drive in LA, CA. I have two questions: What mechanical problems should I look for when buying this specific truck (2WD, 22R engine, early 90's model)? What should I look out for when trying to license it in California? I'm shopping on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by fake at 8:08 AM PST - 20 comments

How do you enjoy Hendricks Gin?

How to enjoy Hendricks Gin? [more inside]
posted by ridiculous at 7:50 AM PST - 35 comments

Customized illustrations like on Olliegraphic?

Does anyone know of a website like Olliegraphic that has customizable illustrations of adults, too? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 7:29 AM PST - 1 comment

Would it be rude to ask a professor for a potential list of other professors?

I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Why does everyone think I'm gay?

20-something straight male, minimal relationship success because I think people think I'm gay...strange situation...advice much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 45 comments

How to Hold Open a Door

What is the proper way to hold a door for someone you are walking with? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:49 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house!

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house! [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 6:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Advice and support for someone with no family

I am an unmarried only child. My mom died in December. My dad is 82 and has Parkinson's. Once he goes, I'll have no blood family. I need advice and guidance on how to make the best of things and build the best unfamilied life possible. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 6:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Not un-invited, just not invited

Etiquette Question: After much consideration my fiance and I have decided to have a super small wedding- parents and siblings (& their spouses) only. I know all of my family (Aunts, Uncles, & cousins) assume they will be invited to the wedding. It isn't that we don't want them there, we simply can not justify spending all that money when we want to save up to buy a home and start a family. I was thinking of sending everyone personal letters stating something to that effect. Would that be rude? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 6:36 AM PST - 38 comments

Making childbirth easier

What is the term for the ritual in which men simultaneously enact childbirth in order to take away some of the pain their wives are undergoing? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 6:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Nautilus TreadClimber - yay or nay?

Is the Nautilus Treadclimber at my gym REALLY as awesome at burning calories as it says it is? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 4:29 AM PST - 9 comments

... They shoulda gotten kilt in summer.

TrueGritTheMovieFilter: Please explain the meaning of the last ~10min. of the movie to me. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 3:46 AM PST - 18 comments


Mefites who have successfully lost weight and kept it off: How did you stop yourself from obsessing about food everyday? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:02 AM PST - 31 comments

January 18

If you can't dodge bullets... Yeah? Then what?

Does anyone know what the story is with Life of a Brooklyn King by Shyne? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD at 11:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Best movie martial arts fights of all time?

What are the best movie martial arts fights of all time? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 11:44 PM PST - 53 comments

How can I stream DVDs from my Synology NAS to my TV?

How can I stream DVDs from my Synology NAS to my TV? I want to keep the extras, so I don't want to just rip it to avi or anything. I assume I need a device that will browse the NAS and mount the DVD and play it, but every streaming device I've found seems to just play simple videos. Commentary is half the value in any DVD, so if it isn't possible to do this I'd need to have some way to rip the DVD to a video file using the audio from the commentary.
posted by HappyEngineer at 11:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I put bibtex data into a semantic wiki?

How can I get my Semantic MediaWiki to display and sort BibTeX data the way I'd like? [more inside]
posted by Marty Marx at 11:22 PM PST - 1 comment

My friend needs advice on renting a house in San Diego.

My friend needs advice on renting a house in San Diego. He has been there for years, but he wants to scale down from 5 total roommates (including him) to 3 total roommates, including him. In order to scale down like this, he'll have to charge at least $1000 per roommate. Then each person will have tons of space. He wants roommates that are very nice, honest, and super-clean. Is this do-able? What can he do (he's in no position to make any major home improvements) to make it more likely that he'll find what he's looking for within a reasonable period of time?
posted by SociologistTina at 10:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Give me your worst (Dark Comedies)...

TV-Filter: Help me find VERY Dark Comedy / Cartoons [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 9:55 PM PST - 39 comments

Where can I get Hong Kong TV series?

My parents love watching Hong Kong TV dramas. Netflix has a limited number and my parents have nearly watched them all. According to the Internet, I have the option of signing up with Cinflix or Tiger Cinema to rent Hong Kong TV series. Anyone here have any personal experience, good or bad, with either site? Are there any other sites I should consider? What were shipping times like? I'm in the Chicago area.
posted by Constance Mirabella at 9:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Melty Styrofoam, Go Away

How can I remove melted styrofoam from an electric burner? [more inside]
posted by asphericalcow at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments

How subversive...

Why are dimensions in the art world listed height by width? W before H seems to be the standard everywhere else. [more inside]
posted by quosimosaur at 9:27 PM PST - 4 comments

"Pure Products of American Go Crazy"

Sociology/Anthropology book that begins with a meditation on W.C. Williams' poem "To Elsie"? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 8:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for recommendations for a psychopharmacologist in central NJ.

Looking for recommendations for a psychopharmacologist in central NJ. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I have to hand over my domain name in response to C&D?

I have a website that sells trademarked, but hard to find items that you can't find in stores. I just got a cease & desist letter from the manufacturer demanding I close the site and hand over the domain to them. Should I do that immediately, or do I have some other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find this comforter set!

I want this comforter set in queen size. I can't find it available online anywhere anymore. Can you? [more inside]
posted by amro at 8:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Relocating without jobs waiting for us?

Should we pick up and move simply because we want to live somewhere else? I'm not much of a risk-taker but I'm afraid we'll get stuck here if we don't roll the dice and attempt to live the dream. (Also, it's expensive to live in NYC while looking for jobs elsewhere.) [more inside]
posted by pourtant at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Do people in Brazil traditionally carry heavy loads on their heads?

I associate persons carrying heavy burdens on their heads with Africa. Is there a tradition of doing this in Brazil? Any non-African countries?
posted by jsturgill at 8:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Help My Wife Find the First Romance Novel She Ever Read

Mrs. Irontom loves trashy romance novels, and is looking for the very first one she ever read. Can you help her? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for wedding DJ/Band and/or Photographer in Los Angeles

Looking for a good DJ or Band and/or Photographer in the Burbank (Los Angeles) area for a wedding this summer.
posted by MediaJunkie at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Whether to sell my coin collection

What should I do with my old coin collection--some silver, some not? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 7:28 PM PST - 2 comments

40,000 restaurants in the downtown area and I pick the one my mother goes to.

Chicago birthday restaurant for locavore foodies aged 30 and 60 and their adult companions (six people total). Early evening Saturday, River North (or anywhere downtownish). GO! [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 7:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me relieve shoulder and neck pain from torn rotator cuff and computer use.

Help me relieve shoulder and neck pain from torn rotator cuff and computer use. [more inside]
posted by aorkis at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Good, healthy, takeaway food in Haymarket in Sydney

Help me find a relatively cheap, relatively healthy takeaway alternative to greasy fried chicken or chain pizza to feed to groups of volunteers in Haymarket in Sydney. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get more blooms from houseplants?

How to get potted calla lilies and potted lavender to bloom? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

my first website

I'm making a small website for my band. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Not so Vigilant, Are We?

WordpressFilter: where are my pop-ups? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 5:53 PM PST - 2 comments

200* _______ = :)

I'm in a comedy performance which features "200" in the title. What could we get the director 200 of that would be a nice opening night gift?
posted by HeroZero at 5:47 PM PST - 38 comments

What muscles get stretched when doing the flat "figure four" hip stretch?

What muscles get stretched when doing the flat "figure four" stretch? Lying flat on your back with one leg straight and one ankle resting on the other thigh crossing above the knee and lowering the knee down to the floor in a flat "figure four" pattern. [more inside]
posted by Studiogeek at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I need a public grandfather clock

Are there any interesting, publicly viewable (and photographable) grandfather clocks in the Philly area? [more inside]
posted by phrygius at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Food-safe fabric for a bread bag

What material to make a reusable bread bag (that keeps it from drying out)? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 5:11 PM PST - 25 comments

F'ed by FB?

How do I report a fraudulent Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Surely there's another but there's not a better way

Help me find Grand Island lyrics! (myspace link) [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat at 4:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Is parenting going to suck forever?

I hate taking care of my 5-week-old and I'm scared it will be like this forever! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 83 comments

How Do I Save an Entire Blog Offline?

Is there a good way to save a blog offline including archived posts? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 3:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you please recommend some children's book titles featuring father/child interaction instead of mother/child interaction?

Can you please recommend some children's book titles featuring father/child interaction instead of mother/child interaction? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 3:00 PM PST - 45 comments

iBooks sales, by the numbers

Are Apple's iBookstore "Top Charts" lists published anywhere on the web? [more inside]
posted by mumkin at 2:51 PM PST - 1 comment

The spelling of Popeye's laugh

How do you spell Popeye's laugh? [more inside]
posted by flashboy at 2:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Flowing into a better personal site

I'd like to make an incremental flowchart for my personal Web site. Is this possible using only my limited HTML + CSS skills? Long explanation and sample graphic inside. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Werewolf movie

I'm trying to remember a werewolf movie from the '80s. The only thing I have to go on is that it starred the same actor who played Col. Potter's son-in-law in an episode of MASH. And I remember a barn burning down at one point, with the werewolves inside. Any ideas?
posted by puny human at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

paperless doodling facilitator

What's a good, user-friendly, free pdf reader that lets one add annotations, for Window's 7?
posted by Tsuga at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

AdBlocks crashing

AdBlock and AdBlock Plus crashing on Chrome (v 8.0.552.237), Windows XP. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by chairface at 1:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out my savings and debt situation. PLEASE.

I have a mountain of debt and a pretty damn good job. I need to figure out how to balance two things: paying down the debt and saving money. Help me come up with a 2011 plan for my finances. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 1:56 PM PST - 46 comments

Done: LOST, BSG, The Wire, Dead Like Me, Rome, Sopranos, ... Next: ?

Recommend us some Tee-Vee! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 1:23 PM PST - 66 comments

Why does my new Apple TV give audio but no video sometimes?

Help me figure out why sometimes I don't get any video out of my Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Favorite spots between Zurich and Florence?

Help us plan our trip between Zurich and Florence? What are your favorite spots? Should we take the train or rent a car? We have about a week, and it will be mid-February. Unfortunately we don't ski but are open to just about anything else. Thanks in advance, MeFites!
posted by walla at 1:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How does the medical community tell us to prevent depression?

What, if any, is the current generally accepted method for preventing depression? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Interest assessment test?

When I used to do testing for the State Employment service we had what we called a general "interests inventory" test ("Would you rather collect butterflies or draw a picture of a building?") We would give it to young people to help determine what areas of work they might like to pursue. Is there a current, free online test like that? My nephew wants to try to begin to set his son on a career path (freshman in high school) but the young man doesn't seem interested in anything special. Thanks.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me give a friend what she needs during a tough time

A friend had some devastating news this week: she is losing her sight and (symptoms indicate) it's due to multiple sclerosis. I am young enough that I haven't yet helped friends through serious illness and lifelong physical disabilities, and I would really appreciate some advice on how I can give her the support that she needs, both in terms of practical matters and the realm of feelings. Much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Mystery document from the Orient

Chinese or Kanji translation: What is this framed document and which language is it? What does it say? What is the stamp? The document came from a garage sale but we have no idea what it is.
posted by crapmatic at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Testing your materials science expertise

Are any of these materials science analogies ambiguous? How can they be improved? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 12:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Gettin' Jiggy, er, or, whaddya call it?

Looking for words (a phrase, a verb) to describe the type of sex that falls somewhere between the "making love" and the straight-up "fucking" ends of the spectrum. How do other people characterize this? [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table at 12:30 PM PST - 70 comments

How do I know when I'm ready to try again?

How do you know when you should start dating again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:22 PM PST - 24 comments

My spray privacy film is getting see-through!

We used a spray window frosting to add some privacy to our bathroom window. Condensate from the shower steam first created little droplet patterns of loose frosting, now bare patches. What went wrong? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any safety risks to 9V AC applied to the skin?

Are there any safety risks to 9V AC applied to the skin? I'm building musical instruments that conduct audio through the skin in the form of 9 volt square waves from about 30-1500 Hz. I can sometimes feel the buzz in my fingertips. Soon I'm going to make a bigger one for dancers to use, and the electricity in this case may be passing from foot to hand or across both arms. The dancer's skin may be sweaty and salty, increasing conductivity. Are there any health risks? References appreciated. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Forum for finding a picture

Is there a forum out there where I can post a "query" (for example, "dramatic painting of an old wise man pointing to the heavens") and crowd-source the results? I'd like to be on both sides of that game!
posted by oneous at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me customize Firefox's Awesomebar behavior.

How do I get Firefox to auto-resolve one word entries into the URL bar to .com, rather than initiating a google search? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Help with planning a youth summer camp

I'm planning a week-long summer camp for kids (aged 10-14 or around there) with a focus on natural movement/fitness in Ontario. I've never planned a summer camp before, and I'm worried I'm missing some big considerations. Does anyone have experience putting together these kinds of outdoor adventure/orienteering camps? Please, drown me in the questions I should be asking myself. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I learn a new skill without engaging my consciousness?

I'm looking to learn a new skill in my spare time without having to think too much about it. [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 11:45 AM PST - 21 comments

I don't want to rack up another cars worth of debt for grad school!

[Grad-school filter] - I am starting a Masters of Public Administration this Summer, special questions inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments


I'm planning a weekend in California, and I need advice. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 11:42 AM PST - 24 comments

I do not care what you've favourited in Youtube on twitter

Looking for a twitter interface that allows me to block tweets from certain applications (last.fm, getglue). If it showed @ replies to me even from people I do not follow and all @ replies from people I do follow (whether or not I follow the person they are tweeting at), even better. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Where is this image from?

Does anyone know the source of this image of two elderly women drinking with a young man in the foreground? One of the women is vomiting in the background. The filename is either "saturdaynight" or "grannyparty." I had assumed it was a relic from someone's photo collection but a friend recently informed me it was part of a larger project and set up.
posted by photoslob at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

When to move from couples therapy to sex therapy?

If the most pressing problem that remains after couples therapy is sexual, should we move on to a sex therapist or continue with our couples therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 52 comments

Packing Up My MLS and Moving On?

Help me! I'm a librarian who loves her job, but needs to move on. But where to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a PC laptop that I will enjoy using as much as my Mac?

Is there a high end PC laptop that I will enjoy as much as my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 10:21 AM PST - 25 comments

Games to avoid for insectphobes/arachnophobes

OK, this is sort of weird but... what major well known games should a insectphobe and arachnophobe avoid? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 10:13 AM PST - 32 comments

150 GB of priceless family memories, hangin' out on my rickety Dell

I have a lot of digital photos and videos. What's a reliable, safe, redundant and not-too-costly system for storing personal media files? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 10:13 AM PST - 15 comments

How to clean dishes using very little unheated water, and without requiring a rinse?

How to clean dishes using very little water, and without requiring a rinse?. The less water the better. And even better would be if the water is not heated beyond say.. room temp. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by herox at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for more board games like Carcassonne.

Looking for more board games like Carcassonne. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:04 AM PST - 32 comments

Should I break up with my mom?

The crazy lady killed my cat, hates my boyfriend, and is acting vindictively again...I am fully prepared to cut her out of my life forever. Should I? [more inside]
posted by thebeagle at 10:01 AM PST - 39 comments


I need a woman's name in Arabic that rhymes with "ninja". [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Quickest way to a job in webdesign?

So i want to start a career in web design asap.. help me choose a program in Toronto (post art school survival filter) [more inside]
posted by Fluff at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Is the great never ending period a cause for concern?

Ive been bleeding erratically. Is it worth it to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Should she stay or should she go?

Should the fiance stay or should she go? She has a chance to move out, no strings attached, no penalties, no hard feelings... but should I ask her to, make her, or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 45 comments

Circuit/Battery combos for driving a single 5mm LED

I'd like to use a single 5mm UV LED (3.4Vf, 20-25mA) to charge a daub of glow-in-the-dark paint. It only needs to be lit around 1 minute of every 10 (or 6 seconds of every 60), and only when the (room) lights are out. What battery/circuit would be most economical to operate, and require the least-frequent battery changes? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What would you name this product?

Hello, I am looking for ideas about what would be a good name for following electronic product/video converter box (in nutshell) :- It is a small box which converts regular 2D video into 3D video and using the HDMI port on this box, this 3D video can be watched on a regular LCD TV while wearing Red-Blue glasses. The product name should be small (2 words or so), pithy, not necessarily technical jargonry, and telling about its functionality in its name (if possible). thanks, -GM.
posted by goldenmean at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get a letter from a cardiologist translated into Mandarin?

How do I get a letter from a cardiologist translated into Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this small enclosed room in my basement for?

I have a small concrete* room in my basement, and I'm trying to figure out what it's original purpose might have been and if it's structural (as in, can it be removed). [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 8:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Scandinavians! Help me indulge my love of herring.

Scandinavians! Help me indulge my love of herring. [more inside]
posted by cromagnon at 8:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Actually, it's not really about the peep show.

What can I do with the windows in our showers, other than giving our neighbors a show? [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

chickens, chickens and more chickens

What am I going to do with all these chickens! [more inside]
posted by sanka at 8:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Blood blister underneath callus. Leave it or clear it out?

Old blood blister underneath a callus. Should I just leave it? (potentially icky details inside) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Female traveler, two days in Cairo: Walk around on my own or take a tour?

Female traveler, two days in Cairo: Walk around on my own or take a tour? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Your favorite subscription-only magazines?

What are your favorite by subscription-only magazines? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 8:04 AM PST - 41 comments

Recent Speculative Fiction with a 2000 branch?

Speculative Fiction Filter: Has anyone written a book, story, or website about what the world would look like had Al Gore been elected as president in 2000? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Bob v. Schwinn

Suggestions for Double Joggging Stroller? We are between the BOB or the Schwinn, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 7:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Stitch storage

How do you safely store embroideries and precious fabric? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I stay or should I segfault?

Seeking advice on troubles with a project at work. What started out as a great project hasn't gone well of late, and I'm considering leaving. (I think this sounds oddly like a relationship question, and in a way it is. 16-bit snowflake details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting ways to manage a library of sheet music

What do you use to organize your sheet music? Are there technological alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Community, comraderie, cool hats: should I join a fraternal organization?

I want to become more engaged in my community. Should I join a fraternal organization? [more inside]
posted by Allez at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Where else should we go? (To Hell not an option.)

What goes well with Turkey? (Or would you rather I hold the cheese?) [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for caterers around Lincoln, NH

Looking for caterers around Lincoln, NH... Not looking for anything fancy, some good BBQ, a whole hog, or just some tasty food. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Guys, where do you put your coins?

Guys, where do you put your coins? I've tried wallets with a coin pocket; they made my wallet too bulky. I'd taken to using that little coin pocket that some pants have (just below the belt loop on the right); that was not bad, but my newest favourite pants don't have a pocket like that. Is there an easy way to hack a little pocket into an existing set of pants? Or a simple, non-bulky way to carry coins? Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem at 6:36 AM PST - 55 comments

Attractive modular media shelving?

Attractive modular media shelving? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 6:08 AM PST - 3 comments


How to be more light-hearted? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 5:37 AM PST - 32 comments

Identify this book - philosophy edition

Please help me identify a philosophy book. Title and author are unknown, subject may have been either evil or deception. Ridiculously vague description inside. [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 5:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Zugängliche Kulturdenkmäler

Does Germany have a date when national cultural monuments (Kulturdenkmäler) are openly accessible? Or more broadly; what opportunities are there to visit monuments even those that have found new use and are generally not accessible? [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 4:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Mefi friends, help me to decide whether to quit my job.

Mefi friends, help me to decide whether to quit my job. [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 3:30 AM PST - 34 comments

Pre-Synthetic Waterproof fabrics ?

Waterproof fabrics used before there were synthetic materials ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 1:39 AM PST - 19 comments

What can I do about my roommate?

I'm not on the lease, my roommate is. He's kicking me out. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 1:10 AM PST - 39 comments

January 17

No money, more problems.

US travel visa filter - Canadian musicians travelling and performing in the United States, but not getting paid. Do we still require a visa? [more inside]
posted by breakfast! at 11:25 PM PST - 11 comments

streaming and saving live video

I need to record one of these broadcast feeds tomorrow morning (PDF link). What's the best way to go about this? I'm on a Mac, and I won't be home when it begins. How much hard drive space should I have available?
posted by avocet at 8:52 PM PST - 7 comments

How to equip a bar

Bar essentials. If I want to stock a bar, what are some essential ingredients for mixing?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 8:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Sleeper sofa: comfy, non-ugly.

I found an awesome sleeper sofa: comfortable and compact. Also: ugly as sin. Help me find another with a similar mechanism? [more inside]
posted by piro at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the largest possible 'word block' in scrabble?

What's the largest possible solid block of words you can make in scrabble? I've gotten 3x3's in Words with Friends a bunch of times, but never a 4x4. Is it possible? Are larger ones possible?
posted by empath at 7:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Animation on the Web

I want to make a web app(let) that features interactive animation. What tools and knowledge do I need? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Thermodynamics of a supercharged car, powered by compressed petroleum gas.

Thermodynamics of a supercharged car, powered by compressed petroleum gas. [more inside]
posted by autocol at 7:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Call your hardware vendor

XP BSOD Memory Parity Error. Is My Parity in Jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Clevis or quick link?

What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
posted by nathan v at 6:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Did I screw myself by working part-time while receiving unemployment?

Did I screw myself by accepting a part-time job? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 6:34 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I find a summer job or internship?

MeFites, I need help finding an awesome job/internship/research opportunity for this summer! [more inside]
posted by mademoiselle pamplemousse at 6:20 PM PST - 10 comments


I need Da Vinci-like journals for inspiration. Is there a site/community that features these types of journals? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Job Bait and Switch, Wrong doing to my wife and I'm stark raving mad

Job Bait and Switch, Wrong doing to my wife and I'm stark raving mad. Understood YANML. [more inside]
posted by Haujobbin at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

What, no bank detail requests?

I had some unusual Spam activity this afternoon - anything to worry about? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 5:36 PM PST - 2 comments

3.5mm male-to-male coupler - does it exist?

I am in search of a 3.5mm male-to-male coupler. [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

How to figure out what to be when I grow up -- before I reach retirement age?

How to figure out what to be when I grow up -- before I reach retirement age? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Runner's high without running?

Is there another exercise that gives you that classic "runner's high"? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 5:12 PM PST - 42 comments

australian hip hop

I want to know more about decent Australian hip hop. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Free Wordpress domain?

I would like to start a simple blog/website using WordPress, but ideally I don't want to pay for a domain. What are some free domains I can use? Preferably ad-free, preferably unlimited upload, but I know beggars can't be choosers.
posted by zardoz at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a happy career change

Career change from boring job to one that makes me happy. I want to do it. How did it work out for you? [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 4:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Burnt Giant Plush Squid

Need advise on repair of burnt Giant Plush Squid. Through an accident our lovely plush squid was damaged, so I now am trying to figure out how to clean and repair the fellow... [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

My apartment is the JOINT!

I want to have an apartment that people congregate at. What makes an apartment a fun hang out spot? [more inside]
posted by amycup at 3:55 PM PST - 52 comments

Looking for an iPhone text editor with advanced search and replace.

I'm looking for a text editor or word processor for the iPhone that can do things like search for and remove newlines, or replace tabs with five spaces or vice versa. [more inside]
posted by lore at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me buy a new laptop!

Help me buy a new laptop! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Selling a $10K car - do I have to accept cash?

I want to sell my used car that's worth about $10K. Are there other options than asking for cash? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 3:14 PM PST - 13 comments

How should I best use my time to transition out of academia? (I'm in math.)

How should I best use my time to transition out of academia? (I'm in math.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I donate my eggs?

Is there an organisation in the UK I could donate my eggs to that offer free fertility treatments to women who can't conceive? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 2:52 PM PST - 8 comments

paris urban exploration help?

How to find a guide for underground exploration of Paris that isn't on the tourist map? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Any issues to consider in paying off a loan?

Just refinanced and now have funds to payoff the loan, any issues to consider? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 2:31 PM PST - 11 comments

What is a site where users can post individual articles without having a blog?

What is a web site where users can post articles without having a dedicated blog? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Trigonometry terminology?

Math-terminology mismatch? I'm searching for trigonometry in Philadelphia. College-level trigonometry needed for a graduate of an art-oriented high school. Now he's a freshman engineering student, and needs trig over the summer. But I can't seem to find a University or even Community College in Philly with trig on its course list. How is this possible? Has trig undergone a name change since I took it in high school? Or does my son really need to return to (a different) high school in order to learn it?
posted by citygirl at 1:46 PM PST - 29 comments

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 1:38 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I come out of the closet...a little?

Sticking a toe out of the closet: help me come out with the least amount of trauma. Who should I confide in first? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 29 comments

This is tax evasion, right?

Help me prevent my step-brother from committing tax evasion/fraud. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Like herding cats, only with words

Is is possible to count words across multiple documents? [more inside]
posted by bunji at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Hebrew & Chinese translations?

Translations please, please! Hebrew and Chinese (?) [more inside]
posted by torticat at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Can attic insulation be used to make cushions?

Can attic insulation be used to stuff cushions or floor pillows? [more inside]
posted by jackfruit at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Moving to Germany. Do I keep or dissolve my UK Ltd?

I run a (very small) UK limited company through which I offer software consultancy. I may soon be moving to Germany. Should I shut down the company and reincarnate as some different legal entity in Germany, or is it easier to keep the Ltd despite living in Germany? And how do I do these things? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Experience in hydro/aeroponic food business?

Does anyone have experience with the hydroponic or aeroponic food business? I would love to know your experience with: -Insights about the industry -Operating/ start-up costs for a business -Any other thoughts or feedback about it? I have a friend very passionate about food justice, especially in urban areas with "food deserts" and would love your thoughts. Thanks!
posted by tessalations999 at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

It's getting pretty late. Wanna hang out?

How do I find people to hang out with late at night? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Flipping the Feline Personality Switch

Can someone explain some seemingly complex domestic feline behavior? [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Engineer the perfect, giftable tv dinner!

Fun tv dinners as a gift. I'm an experienced cook, you have some good ideas. Let's hear it! [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Big tubs in Philly?

What hotel in/around Philly has the biggest, most luxurious tubs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get rid of these tenants quietly?

Texas Landlord Filter: How do I inform generally troublesome tenants that their lease will not be renewed without risking retaliation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you help me find some more tv programmes like these drama/sci fi/thriller?

Can you help me find some more tv programmes like: Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, True Blood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Spooks, Being Human? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 12:10 PM PST - 35 comments

The most interesting game in the world.

Board Game filter: How can I make Shut the Box more interesting? [more inside]
posted by pluot at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

overcoming the anxiety of speaking a foreign tongue?

How to overcome anxiety about speaking a language while learning it? [more inside]
posted by LN at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Ah! Real, living story problems!

Math Filter: I am trying to find a name for this equation. I am not sure if I can solve it given the information that I currently have. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

How to manage iTunes library with an iPad and w/o desktop/laptop computer?

I'm retiring my home PC, in favor of an new iPad. How can I manage my existing iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Best way to scale up this cake recipe?

I am planning on making this cake, but think I may be serving more than 10-12 people. Would it be easier to make two cakes or double the recipe and make it as a sheet cake? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking to invest in a Canadian index, but hedged to US currency. Help!

I'm looking for either an ETF or mutual fund which invests in a Canadian Index (TSX), but is hedged to US currency. Hope me, AskMeFi! [more inside]
posted by evadery at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Fuck you, Chris

UK accent-identification question: where is Chris from? He's the producer of the Bugle podcast with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 10:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Preparing food for the homeless

What is some food I could bake or prepare to give to the homeless person perpetually camped out in my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 10:00 AM PST - 25 comments

A Year In the Life Of

Are there a series of books about holding a particular kind of job for a year? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac OS application for downloading AND batch renaming...on the cheap!

Simple Mac OS application for downloading AND batch renaming...on the cheap! [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Stupid teeth.

I have a dental issue (broken crown) but I'm not in my home country and won't be back for a week. I'm not in pain and I can probably live with it for now. Would waiting a week to see a dentist be detrimental? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

I Love You Historically

I need ways to say "I like you" or "I love you" (to a girlfriend) from various periods in history. [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 9:28 AM PST -