October 2007 Archives

October 31

I've got all the time in the world, and nothing to do with it.

How do you try new things? [more inside]
posted by hamhed at 11:37 PM PST - 16 comments

can you save my roomies puppy from being strangled?

can you save my roomies puppy from being strangled? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:29 PM PST - 40 comments

How can I become the equivalent of a tenured professor...by next year or so?

What is the (probably software related) job that I want called, and how can I get that job now rather than later? Obscenely lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 25 comments

What do I do to track my stalker?

My husband recently recieved a death-threat via email from a former coworker. We want to know what we can do to track his home address, car, and other stuff, so we don't run into him. [more inside]
posted by beezy at 10:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Why won't my mp3s and videos play?

Why won't my mp3s and videos play on my computer...at all? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 9:48 PM PST - 12 comments

How to help teenager with depression?

An adolescent relative in her senior year of high school is suffering depression, and recently spoke to a psychiatrist about suicide, which resulted in her near-hospitalization. She's taken Zoloft, and done some therapy -- what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Commit or break up?

Shit a ring or get off the relationship pot? Warning: very long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 PM PST - 60 comments

Build a bike battery container

I'm working on an electric recumbent bicycle using a Bike-E as the bike part. I want to hang my batteries below the seat by building two containers to hang on the sides of the Bike-E's alloy beam body. What's the best way to build the container? [more inside]
posted by diode at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a new TV stand.

I'm looking for a new TV stand. I have some guidelines as to what I'm looking for, and I'm having a hard time finding something that meets them. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

TV Tuner Cards Are Mindboggling

So, my TV just died and I'm wondering whether a TV-tuner card in the PC isn't the way to go to replace it... [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 8:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I a horrible gossip?

Say your friend told you a year ago he's gay. Is it ok to pass that information along to a mutual friend, a year later, with whom he has not had direct contact? No one in this equation is afraid of gaiety.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 8:39 PM PST - 37 comments

My 350 won't let me take it's temperature

Another longshot hardware question, but not the wood table kind: I have an OLD Dell PowerEdge 350. I'm running OpenSUSE 10.3. I'd like to monitor system stats like processor temperature and drive status via the normal IPMI drivers. This should be possible; I can get it working on a 1650 using the drivers from Dell's linux website. It doesn't mention the 350 anywhere. Ideas?
posted by SpecialK at 8:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find out what this weird table hardware is called or a picture?

Strange Hardware question (not that kind of hardware): I cannot for the life of me find any information on a particular fastener used in mating the two halves of a large wooden table. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Fashion-Impaired Guy Needs Cool New Specs

I need new glasses. My style sense is atrocious... how can I find out what frames are in fashion, and which of those suit my overall look? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Clockwork Tattoo

Tattoo-filter: where can i get hold of pictures or schematics of clockwork devices with cogs and things? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 6:28 PM PST - 13 comments

The best blogs about Adwords

Looking for recommendations on blogs that ruminate obsessively over Adwords and pay-per-click strategies in general. Thank you.
posted by PoopyDoop at 5:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help me come up with a creative lighting solution

I live in university apartment housing with no overhead lighting in my bedroom. When I am in bed trying to study, I sometimes have difficulty reading what I am supposed to be studying due to a lack of light in the room. I wear glasses but not for reading but either way, with or without my glasses, my eyes ache while trying to read. What I think I need is more light coming from behind me instead of from the front of me, where the only light is currently coming from via my desk lamp, whose head I have angled upward and towards the wall so the light hits the wall and diffuses throughout the room to illuminate it as brightly as one 60 Watt bulb can. [more inside]
posted by lilacorlavender at 5:41 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I close my car loan after getting fired?

I just bought a new car before getting fired two days later, and now I'm having trouble securing the loan. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 5:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do when I've been robbed?

My apartment was burglarized a week ago Saturday. They took jewelry that isn't worth much but that meant the world to me, and money. The police came and took a report but seeing as this is NYC, my case file is probably already buried. I'm not sure what to do now. [more inside]
posted by firevoice at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments


What are the temperature and pressure needed to make gallium-aluminum alloy? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 5:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Can't we all just get along?

I've recently been to Cuba and am very curious as to why the embargo continues. The cold war is over. Cuba is not a threat to the U.S. What am I missing?
posted by cookie googleman at 5:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Recent Blonde Redhead stuff is good - what else?

I like Blonde Redhead's last two albums, but none of their earlier stuff, what other music should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I accurately determine which drive is actually failing?

One of my hard drives threw a SMART error last night, but the symptoms are inconsistent with the self-diagnosis. What is the best way to do further testing? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Supplement iTunes Library

I'd like to know how to more quickly add files to my iTunes Library, under Windows. I download mp3's directly into the folder "iTunes Music," which is where the "Library" is stored. But to actually add them to the Library I am presently going to "File/Add Folder to Library" and then designating the folder "iTunes Music." I can't designate a particular downloaded file, or even a subdirectory for the artist downloaded, because the directory or folder "iTunes Music" is huge and the files are often lost in there somewhere. When I click on adding the folder "iTunes Music" to the Library, it takes forever and seems like it is adding files and looking for artwork for files in the folder that were added long ago. Is there some set of commands I should be using instead, that would simply supplement the Library with more recently added tunes, or that would add only the tunes/files from the directory that aren't already in the library?
posted by swlabr at 4:45 PM PST - 10 comments

The many meanings of the smile

I like to learn the many ways a smile might be interpreted in different countries and cultures. I'd also be interested in examples of the influencial power of a smile.
posted by JaySunSee at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for recommendations for Slovakia for New Year

I'm looking for recommendations for Slovakia in Wintertime. We're a group of around 10 wanting to travel 3-4 hours max from Bratislava. [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Great video podcasts please!

Direct me towards great video podcasts please. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't really feel like rating over 2000 mp3s all over again, so help me not have to do so!

I'm thinking of nuking my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. This means iTunes, which sits on my C Drive, will obviously be wiped and reinstalled. If I do this, will I lose all the star ratings and other individual settings I have for my mp3s (which are stored on another partition that I won't be wiping)? If so, is there some file in the iTunes directory or somwhere else that I could back up and add to my new iTunes installation so I don't have to individually rate every mp3 I have all over again?
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I clean a filthy pile of everyday American coins?

How do I clean a filthy pile of everyday American coins? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 3:30 PM PST - 30 comments

2003 and XP startup grief

Windows 2003 startup scripts. I have a little program, I want to run it on startup, my administration has helped .. a bit. I can't make it work. I've tried everything, any fresh ideas? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to extract unique slides from multiple powerpoint presentations?

Is there an automated way to take a directory of Powerpoint presentations, and extract only the unique slides? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 3:20 PM PST - 1 comment

How to get in?

I am interested in hearing the experiences on applying to MBA programs in Europe (specifically to IESE, IMD, INSEAD, LBS and Oxford/Said) and [the US]. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Michael the young magician

This looks like a good day for half forgotten book questions. The one I'm looking for featured Michael, a young magician, late teens ~ early twenties, who travels to a far away, famous city of magicians to complete his education. [more inside]
posted by Bruce H. at 3:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Recovering foreign debt

Recovering debt in another country - how to go about it? I'm in the UK, the guy who owes me money is in the US. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Know any good poems?

Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Balls out

For Halloween this year, my costume (similar to this one) is a giant, inflatable, flesh-colored penis. Can I get in any trouble with the law for wearing it out in public? And does it make a difference whether that day is Halloween or not?
posted by Mach3avelli at 2:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Montreal-Vermont commutes: is AWD necessary?

Do I need an AWD car for regular trips from Montreal to Vermont? [more inside]
posted by googly at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Increase my self-discipline? How?

Bolstering self-discipline: I'm stuck in a cycle of knowing that I need to make exercise a regular part of my life. At this point I can only go to the gym right after work during the week. I can also sneak in exercise on weekends. The problem? I cannot seem to maintain any kind of routine for more than 2 or 3 weeks. [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 2:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Whyyyyy does my tivo hate me?

Whyyyyyyyyy does my tivo hate me!? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Will gluing together a laptop's LCD screen panels work?

Will using superglue or gorilla glue to glue together the LCD screen case on a laptop computer work? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I obligated to help my now-distant roommate find a sublessee?

My roommate moved hundreds of miles away. Am I obligated to help find someone to sublease from him? [more inside]
posted by John Singer Sandwich at 1:30 PM PST - 27 comments

What happened to Zenni Optical?

Does anyone know what's going on with Zenni Optical's website? I found that site from a Metafilter post a while back. I've been trying to access it for a few days now to check on my order and it's borked.
posted by ramix at 1:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me upgrade!

Can a website or program benchmark my computer and advise updates? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Is the Santa Monica Halloween parade my best option tonight?

In LA on business and wondering: Is the Santa Monica Halloween parade my best option? And if so where do I park? As always . . . [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Literary Agents For Dummies

Can anyone direct me to a literary agent with connections at Wiley Publishing for consideration of a "...For Dummies" book idea? [more inside]
posted by partner at 12:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Sea rescue by big-ass vessels?

What is the "man-overboard" or "we just spotted a stick-thin and hairy Tom Hanks on a makeshift raft" scenario for very large and heavy ships, like container ships? It's not practical to stop them and it can't be done in any reasonable amount of time or distance, and I assume they don't keep a helicopter on board. Do they drop a speedboat to go and pick the guy up, which then catches up with the ship? [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott at 12:39 PM PST - 22 comments

What are all of the bridges and tunnels in Manhattan?

Anyone have a catalog of the bridges, tunnels, and ferries exclusive to Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by gorgor_balabala at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Juke Box Hero

What makes Allan Holdsworth's guitar sound so strange when he is playing the song "Metal Fatigue"? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Costume help!

How can I make my boring Dorothy costume funny and/or ironic? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 12:12 PM PST - 33 comments

Suggestions for cheering up my best friend. (more inside)

What are some little things I can do to help and cheer my wife up after the death of a close relative/friend of hers? [more inside]
posted by Mardigan at 12:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Ads? huh?

How do I handle advertising requests? They scare me. [more inside]
posted by derMax at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know how to deal with frozen barber-pole Spotlight indexing in Mac OS X Leopard?

Will the Spotlight indexing on my Leopard update never end? It's been on blue barber pole for 12 hours now and it's dragging everything with it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Where'd the London 2012 video go?

Early in the summer, London 2012 released a hybrid animated / live action brand video showcasing their new Wolf/Ollins logo. It has since been scrubbed from the internet - I linked to a YouTube posting of the video that has been taken down (along with an excellent Save The Rave remix), and they've done a crack job of flushing it from the internet entirely. Apparently, there were health concerns. Help me find a copy of the original I loved so much!
posted by migurski at 11:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I stop repeated door-to-door solicitation, inside a NYC apartment building?

How do I stop repeated door-to-door solicitation, inside a NYC apartment building? It wakes me up (I have to sleep during day shift) and it's really frustrating. [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 11:43 AM PST - 44 comments

3 sequential sets of double letters?

I'm interested in websites that explain/list/provide examples of word oddities... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Ex ex go away, I don't ever want to think about you again

I don't want to be the bitch new girlfriend, but I also am upset by traces of his ex. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 72 comments

Where is my mind?

I'm using a Macbook with Tiger (10.4.10) installed and Missing Sync 5.1.2 (140) installed. When I sync my Treo 650 to iCal, my events in both places (Mac/Palm) show up in the wrong time zones, so the times are wrong. I've never been to exotic places like Havana, Montreal, or Indianapolis, so this won't work for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 11:23 AM PST - 0 comments

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood?

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood? Kid lit from the late 60’s/early 70’s. Book is about the Holocaust, I think. Bought the book from the Scholastic Book Club (they don’t have lists from back then). The book has a red cover with a picture of a girl with dark brown hair. Part of the story takes place on a train going to Siberia(?). Hope you can help me find this book!
posted by D Dear at 11:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How similar is using an elliptical machine to running?

How similar is using an elliptical machine to running? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 11:15 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I make French toast in a toaster oven?

MacGyver Filter. I'm hungry, sitting in my new apartment with very few kitchen implements. I have: bread, egg beaters, cinnamon, pepper, maple syrup, a fork, a salad bowl, and a toaster oven with a cookie sheet type rack. Can I make French toast?
posted by media_itoku at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Apache returns 404 for an existing file

Apache web server is insisting that the page we are trying to access is missing, but we know it isn't so. [more inside]
posted by splice at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments

A Room By Any Other Name

I need 9 names. [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 10:13 AM PST - 157 comments

How to de-stinkify a musty bassinet

We're expecting our second child in the next couple of weeks, and I (foolishly) stored the co-sleeper/bassinet that we used with our first in the basement for the last two years. Now it smells musty. I need as benign a solution to the odor as possible. I don't want to put a newborn in a musty bassinet to sleep, but I also don't want to use harsh chemicals on something where she'll spend several hours a night (fingers crossed). What will work best? Will one of those passive odor absorbers like an air sponge, or that German metal thingie be sufficient, or do I need to use something that I actually apply to the surface fabric?
posted by SobaFett at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Iconify my site. Do this now.

How long should it take to create icon sets? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

I need to be insulted! But use your native tongue.

I'm looking for insults from around the world, in their native tongue, English translation and phonetics. Not truly offensive, but more like the Shakespearian "I bite my at thou." The stranger/smarter/culturally varied, the better. [more inside]
posted by Davidissimo at 9:43 AM PST - 30 comments

How to make regular expressions work with track changes?

How can I make Microsoft Word's Find-and-Replace feature work properly with regular expressions when Track Changes is on? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Ranked preference in an HTML form?

Is there a way to rank choices or preferences for a question in a HTML form? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 9:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for articles on how to have a professional-looking desk.

How do I help my boss urge some of my co-workers to clean up their space? [more inside]
posted by Wylie Kyoto at 8:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Solve a 5 year + book search?

Booksearch: Content: Bob Newton / Death / Rajput Regiment / Hong Kong c1941 / Tonga Trench. Fiction, c1986(pre), Purportedly well known author & well reviewed book. What was it? Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Wanted: cheesy Mexican TV / movie themes!

Can anyone give me a tip where to find examples of well-known cheesy Mexican TV or movie themes? [more inside]
posted by IZ at 8:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Happy birthday to...

Dallas, TX - Fun restaurant ideas for my my wife’s 29th b-day. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

What Book Is This?

(Asking for a friend) What Book is this? I remember reading a book back in High School..... [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Which C64/Amiga joystick should I get for retro gaming bliss?

I'm on a retro gaming binge, actively hoarding games from simpler times, mainly through emulation (C64, Amiga, MAME mostly). I'm looking for a couple of good old-style digital joysticks for the perfect experience. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lifeless at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

R is for Run

A computer in my life has a problem with its keyboard. I'm hoping there is an obvious solution. [more inside]
posted by bluenausea at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I take my landlord to court?

Landlord took 60 days to return security deposit (the max is 45 days), there has been no interest added to it, and she's taken a healthy chunk of money out for "repairs." This is in Chicago. Should I take her to court? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Word Only Offers "Save as Web Page"

MSWordFilter: Why is my only save option "Save as Web Page"? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 6:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Posters of Grand Guignol?

Looking for posters of Grand Guignol shows for an upcoming film set.... any ideas? [more inside]
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre at 6:32 AM PST - 3 comments

How tall is an articulated lorry?

How tall is an articulated lorry?
posted by nthdegx at 6:09 AM PST - 3 comments

My NHS pdoc is evil. Can I get a new one?

NHS filter: I just had a horrible experience with an NHS psychiatrist consultant. Can I get a different doctor? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 6:07 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you end a partnership gracefully--without a lot of hard feelings?

How do you end a partnership gracefully--without a lot of hard feelings? [more inside]
posted by rocket_johnny at 5:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Heed the call of the fire pit

Help me feed my inner Midwesterner. . . recommend a grill-your-own-steak place in the NY/Philly area? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 5:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Parlare a me

Suggestions for Spanish and Italian language tapes/CDs for business people? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 5:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Leopards and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

Mac Leopard upgrade trouble: So I took your advice and got an IMac and I'm happy as a pig in shit. I even got a Leopard upgrade disc for $10 for buying at the wrong/right time. I put the disc in, click what I have to do, it closes and restarts and then... [more inside]
posted by jennydiski at 5:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Temper my Temperament

What causes people, like myself and my wife, to become moody, impatient, and cranky? As much as I would like to be chipper and happy throughout the day, sometimes I am just cranky. Other times, I am in a great mood and have time for everyone. For whatever reason, I occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed ( With what seems like enough sleep ), and need to stay away from people. Or during the day, I am ready to attack my co-workers for no reason. Is this some type of chemical or nutritional imbalance? Am I dehydrated? Is my body just on the down swing of its adrenal cycle? Am I just a temperamental a$$hole? What can I do to remove the crankiness and be one of those annoying 'happy all the time' people? Help me find my balance.
posted by kaizen at 4:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Any English-language socializing in Tokyo?

The two of us are in Tokyo through November 8, being tourists. Are there any social opportunities for hanging out with other English-speakers (e.g. cheap organized tours, group outings for karaoke, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 4:35 AM PST - 4 comments

I would like an actual working myspace tracker

MySpace silliness. I want to know who is looking at my profile. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 4:35 AM PST - 6 comments

1 sheet of paper, batteries not included.

I am looking for more information on ‘Paper Batteries’ in relationship to RFID. I have found plenty of information on RFID, but the term ‘Paper Battery’ does not seem to produce many fruitful results. The information I am looking for would be in relationship to the technology, production practices, workflow, or process management practices in the field of Graphic Information Technology. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 4:21 AM PST - 6 comments

examples of deceptive ebay listings

I would like to collect examples of Ebay transactions in which the seller left critical information out of the description of an item. I am mainly interested in cases where what was left out is something one would not normally think to question. For example, you buy 300 Pokemon cards and the seller neglects to say that they are in 4 different languages. Buying on the US Ebay from a US buyer you wouldn't normally wonder if they were all in English. Basically, deception by omission. I know this must happen a lot; anyone have succinct examples? thanks.
posted by cogneuro at 4:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Homemade Toweletts

TowletteFilter: Is there a specific name for the paper/cloth used in towelettes, and where can I get a few hundred for homemade sunscreen/bug-repellant wipes?
posted by jytsai at 3:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Which game was this?

I saw a highlight of a pro football game this past Sunday (Oct. 28th) that featured a muffed punt. The kicker made a really awkward attempt to recover the ball, but the other team got it and scored a touchdown. I don't know which teams played in this game, the channel that showed the clip, or where it originally aired. Anybody know which game this was, or even better knows of a video link to the play in question? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 2:30 AM PST - 5 comments

October 30

Who can find the small toy parts I need?

who can I pay for on-line research about sources for parts for toys? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 10:07 PM PST - 4 comments

East German Films

I need East German film recommendations. Not films about East Germany, but films MADE in East Germany. [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 9:47 PM PST - 16 comments

identify this painting?

Can you identify this painting (164KB, flickr) for a friend? She's had it as wallpaper for awhile but doesn't know where she got it from. It looks Picasso-esque to me but I don't think it is him, not that I've got a great knowledge of his work.
posted by 6550 at 8:51 PM PST - 27 comments

acrobalance training?

Is it too late to get into Acrobalance? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How to create current-looking graphic design?

I am trying to design a banner for a public library web site. I find that all the banners I design are too retro-looking. Kind of 1950s, Alvin Lustig or Saul Bass inspired. Cute, but they don't seem to represent a forward-thinking, technology-oriented library. I am looking for examples of banners that might inspire me, and I am hoping you all might have some suggestions. Also, any elements you think I should try to include or try to avoid. This banner will be seen by tens of thousands of people, and will be the "face" of the library online. Links to examples of what you think works and why it works would be much appreciated. I had no idea that I would have such a hard time with this; I just don't seem to get 2007 design! Thanks.
posted by foxinthesnow at 8:24 PM PST - 8 comments


What's the cheapest way to get a divorce in Arizona? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

In a past life I was a sylph.

How common a trope is reincarnation within the fantasy genre? [spoilers inside] [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 8:09 PM PST - 19 comments

...but what do you actually do?

Law/ Lawyer Filter: I've decided on Law School, but am trying to decide which area of law to focus on once I get there. [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 7:56 PM PST - 24 comments

HDTV + Xbox 360 quality (antialiasing?)

I recently purchased an HDTV (Vizio VX37L 37" LCD; 768p) and an Xbox 360 (Elite); am I getting the image quality I should be getting? Specifically, there seems to be far less antialiasing going on than I'd expect; "jaggies" are obvious from across the room. The 360 is connected to the TV via HDMI, and the 360 is outputting 720p. [more inside]
posted by korpios at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

ok cupid. i'm ready. any day now.

how do i actually date with internet dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Need a holly, jolly book club read

I'm looking for a book for my book club to read (novel, nonfiction) that takes place during the holidays or has a holiday theme. I've thought of Holidays on Ice, A Christmas Carol (they seem obvious) but am stumped on others. The book doesn't have to totally revolve around the holidays, though. Any suggestions?
posted by printchick at 6:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Communicating with the Ex

Relationshipfilter: How frequently is too frequently to talk to the ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:39 PM PST - 45 comments

Who's your daddy?

How can someone who was conceived by artificial insemination get some information about her identity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

NSFWFilter: Adult banner ad service?

Amongst my many other web properties, I run a small blog with pictures of pretty naked people, and I'm looking to ad some nonintrusive banners to the design. Does anyone have any experience with the various providers of such services? Which are reputable, which are not? For context, I would use google adsense if they didn't have an issue with NSFW sites. Not looking for obnoxious popunderjavascript crapola, as this is not my main source of revenue.
posted by anonymous at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Where's the truth?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is only seeking "peaceful nuclear activities"; Presidential Candidates contend Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Which is right? I can't trust sources from my own country (U.S.) What does a more objective (is there such a thing?) view say?
posted by pelican at 6:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Need help getting an old Sun Blade 100 to run Solaris 10

Having some trouble installing Solaris 10 on an old Sun Blade 100. Any help? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 6:18 PM PST - 3 comments


Can anyone help me piece together the riddle of "Kafka on the Shore"? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How to avoid getting screwed by writer's strike?

How badly will the WGA strike affect a young screenwriter? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 5:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Pine and gmail together at last

Maybe you can help me figure out my incredibly interesting gmail IMAP vs Pine problem. According to gmail, the only non-label folder you want to really map to a special IMAP folder is the Drafts folder. If you are still with me ... [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Post war Dinar value

DinarFilter: I want to know how much money, in US dollars, 50,000 Serbian Dinar was......in 1946.
posted by sock it to me monkey at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

water in my lung?

I inhaled water last night and did not cough it out. Could it still be in my lung? [more inside]
posted by Sprocket at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to eat and drink close to the convention center?

5 days in St. Louis, very little free time. Awesome places to eat near the convention center? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 3:20 PM PST - 20 comments

All dressed up with no place to go

Halloween in New York - where to go? Caveats, of course. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 3:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Name our cool computer cluster...

Name our cool computer cluster. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 2:58 PM PST - 61 comments

Who do the kids in contemporary writing workshops emulate?

Who's the Carver of today? That is, who do the kids in contemporary writing workshops emulate? Supposedly, in the 50's into the 60's it was Hemingway. From the 60's and 70's it was Donald Barthelme. The 80's and 90's was the reign of Carver. Has anyone taken over? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 2:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Gimme back my Rodriquez CD!

5-disk console CD player has eaten my disks and won't spit 'em out. How can I retrieve them, and can the machine be made to work as a manually opened/closed unit? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Blue shirt with blue jeans?

When is it (if ever) fashionable to wear a blue shirt with blue pants - particularly blue jeans? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk at 2:20 PM PST - 39 comments

I need this picture on my wall.

Where can I buy this gorgeous-bit-of-lovely? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Chile Willy

Chile fans help me... peppers, peppers, not the country. Please! [more inside]
posted by Witty at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

How do define points as spheres in MATLAB

In MATLAB, how do you represent moving objects not as points in 3d space but as spheres with a certain radius? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the point of subscription-based template clubs for open source CMSs?

What's the point of subscription-based template clubs for open source CMSs? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Fashionably Late to the Party

Did I miss Halloween? [more inside]
posted by idiotfactory at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

LCSW or Ph. D in Psychology?

I'm currently completing a B.A. in Psychology with the intentions of becoming a practicing therapist (mental heath, family, individual, children). Here's my question: the path to practice as a therapist diverges. I can get a Masters of Social Work in two years following my undergrad, but in order to be able to practice, I would need to get my license, which would require typically another 2 years of supervision. I could work, by at a low salary. The other path would be to following up the Undergraduate degree with a Masters in Psy and then a Ph.D. Any thoughts?
posted by bydar at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Accepting credit card (paypal) payments offline?

My singing group sells CDs online using paypal (accepting credit cards) on our website. We also sell CDs at shows where we perform, and so far have been accepting only cash and check. We would like to accept credit cards in hopes of getting even more sales. I'm having trouble finding/understanding the information on the paypal website. Basically, can we get peoples' credit card info (the chick chunk slider?) and manually enter the credit card info into paypal at a later time? (I don't mind doing this manually, it's 50 transactions at the most.) We are straying away from the automatic machines because 1) we won't always have access to power and phone lines 2)we don't want to sign up with another merchant account. Thanks for the help!
posted by cp7 at 1:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to donate a muppet?

Where to donate VHS tapes. [more inside]
posted by octomato at 1:01 PM PST - 8 comments

No date, but who cares?

No interest in dating... is this something I should be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:54 PM PST - 30 comments

What should we do with our money?

My husband and I are 29 and we have approx $750k worth of equity tied up in real estate, but we're not sure how we should plan for the future. [more inside]
posted by kyam58 at 12:52 PM PST - 17 comments

After installing 10.5, can no longer boot into WinXP via Boot Camp!

After doing a clean install of MacOS X Leopard, while leaving my previous Boot Camp partition in tact, I'm getting a blue-screen when attempting to boot directly into XP via Boot Camp... [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Girl Crazy

What's My Problem Filter: I'm 32 years old, exteremely high sex drive, interesting, pessimistic, very bright, very funny, dead average in attractiveness, creative, not an alcoholic, poor, neither succesful nor unsuccesful financially (no debts, no assets). And I'm consistently and permanently single, despite my, say, 18 year desire for a permanent relationship with a woman. (long explananation to follow) What's my $%^&$%^& problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 59 comments

Someone's been sleeping in my bed!

What's a reasonable security deposit to charge for furnishing an apartment? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Fun and cheap things to do in Mendocino?

Fun, inexpensive things to do in/around Mendocino? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Move desktop folder to dvd

How do I move a folder containing a wmv video to a dvd? [more inside]
posted by JayRwv at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Buried by the details that I can't find...

How can I get organized at work? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Male Monologue suggestions?

Looking for a good male monologue, about two minutes in length and preferably in the public domain... [more inside]
posted by sbuffy at 11:59 AM PST - 17 comments

How to make a website for a real estate agent?

What's an easy way to develop an inexpensive website for a real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by english lit.ter bug at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Zelig Redux

Reinventing myself once again at age 59, ideas please? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Home Network & WiFi Configuration

Home Network Question: Help me choose the right router and network configuration for my needs. [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 11:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Please don't tax me into oblivion!

UK Non Doms - what are your plans to deal with new taxes? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I build for my final project (in a technical Master's program)?

What should I do for my technology-related Master's final project? -How can I better brainstorm my own ideas? -Do you have a dream app you want me to implement? -Are there areas or problems that you feel are underserved by technology? I have a few ideas that I'm kinda excited about, but none that's pure gold. My program is pretty technical, but has close ties with econ, sociology, law, et others. Pretty loose requirements. Hive minds are of interest to me, so I thought this would be a cool place to hear people's suggestions. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

How much does the spine of a book cover affect sales?

How much does the spine of a book cover affect sales? My partner has just had a book published, but the publishers put an earlier draft cover design on by mistake. The main difference is on the spine, where the title is slightly wrong and the text placement is different making the title unreadable by anyone browsing the shelves. [more inside]
posted by quarsan at 11:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Perfect facial recall, common?

Whenever I think of a person out of the past (I'm 67, and have an excellent recall of schoolmates and even casual acquaintances from the distant past) a mental thumbnail photograph of that person always pops into my thoughts. Accurate in every way. I find almost no names in memory without full face photographs, probably thousands of them. My question, is this a rare ability or is it common?
posted by fkeese at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

OSXFilter: Software to edit fonts

I need to change the name of a font that is embedded in the font itself. Any suggestions for free or cheap, basic font editing software? I don't need something over the top like Fontographer, just something with the ability to change the name.
posted by frijole at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me learn about Sikhism

I would like to learn about Sikhism. Recommend a good introductory text on the history and tenets of the faith please. Also, what's the best English translation of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I get my domain name back?

I was using a combined domain and hosting deal, but the company went under and the domain was registered in their name, how do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Free Online Dictionaries?

Where can I find free (and obscure) downloadable dictionaries? [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Kick out the jams!

Roadtrip to the regional kickball championships in milwuakee, need to make a mix cd of course! I need some songs about kicking or even just some good classic pump up songs [more inside]
posted by BSummers at 10:15 AM PST - 21 comments

What are my rights when being pulled over by the police for no reason?

What are my rights when being pulled over by the police for no reason? [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 10:13 AM PST - 47 comments

Proposing in Palm Springs

Looking to propose while in Palm Springs this Thanksgiving. Any good romantic restaurants or locations that can be recommended?... We'll be spending the night at Sea Mountain Inn and I want to make this as special as possible...all ideas welcome...thanks
posted by matthelm at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

They sell books where?

Why do book advertisements say "available wherever books are sold"? [more inside]
posted by RogerB at 8:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Prepaid Cell Phone with net access

I need a prepaid US cellphone for use in Western Pennsylvania that I can use to get online perhaps via bluetooth. Any recommendations? Thanks.
posted by libertaduno at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Japanese Reaction to Red Sox World Series Win?

What was the Japanese media reaction to the Red Sox World Series win? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Unconventional Forum Software

I want to create an online forum to discuss literally all topics. I'll be recruiting well-rounded people who can discuss lots of different sorts of issues in depth. The problem is: what software to use? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Not Little Boxes.

What was the final song on the most recent episode of Weeds? It played during the end credits. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Manhattan Project Research

My grandfather, about whom I know very little, worked on the Manhattan Project. Any ideas where I can look to find information about him? [more inside]
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Brideless Weddings and Other Modern Problems

GayFilter: What interesting details and rites can be changed about a gay wedding and reception to make it more distinct? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 7:45 AM PST - 22 comments

"Machine that spits out the shape I want."

Trying to find a company that makes a machine that can make food moulds in the shape of an animal. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by scottMontgomery at 7:25 AM PST - 3 comments

What should I do with my money?

I am trying to figure out what to do with some money and I have often seen useful suggestions on MeFi, so I thought I'd ask. [more inside]
posted by bernsno at 7:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Anachronism, but for place instead of time

What's a good word for 'a spatially or geographically incongruous person/event/object', as an analogue to anachronism, which is 'temporally incongruous'? (New words okay) [more inside]
posted by onalark at 7:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Product that will kill bedbug eggs?

What can I spray on flea market/thrift store furniture to make sure I kill potential bedbugs at all life phases? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 7:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Is installing Linux on PS3 worth the hassle?

Should I install Ubuntu on my PS3? Is it worth the hassle of backing up all the files/savegames/demos on my PS3? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 6:53 AM PST - 8 comments

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere?

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Ask METARfilter: text weather to twitter?

I'm looking for sources of weather data (current conditions, forecasts) that are in text formats so that I can turn them into a Twitter weather bot. What I have in mind is either existing ASCII products (METAR, AVN MOS) or derivatives of image products that (e.g. a compact text encoding of a radar map through some kind of image analysis). Ideas welcomed. [more inside]
posted by edwardvielmetti at 5:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I be a good friend to someone who has serious mental health problems?

How do I deal with and best help a good friend of mine who is having very serious mental health problems? Oh, and we live on opposite coasts. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Do I really have to cut through the lock?

Bicycle was locked outside (it's against the rules to bring it inside the apartment where I live). It rained, and the bicycle wasn't used for some time, and now the lock won't budge (it rusted, I think): key goes in, but doesn't turn. I tried WD-40 but it didn't work. Before I cut through the lock, are there any other solutions I could try?
posted by sailoreagle at 4:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Broadcom 57xx Ethernet driver failure on Dell PC

Cannot install/update Broadcom 57xx Ethernet driver on Optiplex 740 - now I have no access to the internet or the rest of my network! [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest at 4:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Moneyfilter: How can i earn a little money on the internet?

I'm a student looking to earn a bit of money on the internet. I feel that i have enough spare time and that i could use it productively. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 3:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Digital camera movies into an iPod?

When movies taken with a digital camera have been transferred to iPhoto, how to get one out to one's iPod to show around? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 1:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I have to show my cards?

In No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker, when a player goes "all in" and you "call" them (but you still have extra chips) do you have to show your cards?
posted by yankeh at 12:51 AM PST - 23 comments

October 29

Back to the Future...

Where can I find the a photo of the Delorean from Back to the Future streaking off leaving a trail of flames behind it (and preferably with Dr. Emmett Brown standing behind looking dumbfounded)? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 11:55 PM PST - 11 comments

So maybe I'm a bit of a keener...

What makes a great roommate really great? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 11:16 PM PST - 31 comments

My readers don't understand how permalinks and anchor tags work

Is there any way to automagically strip anchor tags from externally linked URLs? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 10:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Okinawan Pop Band Halloween Costume Advice

HalloweenCostumeFilter: My band has a gig on Halloween in the East Village of NYC. Can you help me complete my costume? I can't use my hands, because of the instrument I play. I usually wear a black suit, bowtie, and bowler hat, and I am looking for minimal detail that can be added to make a quickly and commonly identified costume. Last year I wore some terminator makeup on my head and that was enough. Any recommendations?
posted by billtron at 10:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Scramball Me

Where could I buy Scramball or how I could I rig up my own? [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 9:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this book of poems

Looking for an old book of poems, oldschool 70's perhaps, one author. [more inside]
posted by camdan at 9:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Cute thing downed by bb gun

In the 1950s, what small game might a young boy in rural Louisiana be able to fatally or severely injure with a bb gun? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 9:27 PM PST - 25 comments

IN the words of Anita Ward, "Ring My Bell"

So I love my blackberry pearl 8100 but I've had it with all of RIM's bluetooth crippling and limitations. I want a phone the exact same size with a great keyboard that does email, bluetooth and works with T-Mobile. Ring it up MeFites. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Will we end up in the Supreme Court?

What are the limits of court-appointed legal assistance? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

So is there an actual mouse and can I see its mouth?

Boca Raton, FL, USA and everything nearby -filter for dummy tourist. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 8:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I ready to buy a house?

Am I ready to buy a house? Disgusting details inside. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:54 PM PST - 38 comments

Why a sudden aversion to being touched on the neck?

Why have I recently developed an aversion to having my neck and shoulders touched? It feels like it's going to hurt a lot when any of my family goes to even touch my shoulders or neck, even though it doesn't actually hurt at all. There is no actual different sensation than you'd normally expect, but I can no longer bear to be touched on my shoulders or neck without exerting a great deal of willpower. I can't help wincing as they go to touch my neck and shoulders, despite my own wishes. It's a bit easier, but not much easier, once the touching has actually started. This upsets my family, and me too, since we're a loving family. Even though the sensations are normal skin sensations, the only way to describe what I feel in my neck and shoulders when touched is "pain that isn't painful".
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Do kids trick or treat in Mile End, Montreal?

Do kids trick or treat in Mile End, Montreal? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for cool tortoiseshell frames

Does any store in Toronto stock Kate Spade eyeglass frames? I'm looking for this, or this, if possible, but I'd like the chance to browse for anything similar.
posted by maudlin at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

PD and Ubuntu. Help me make them work together.

Why is PureData so slow on Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by univac at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

role playing as sexy sheriff

I am dressing up as a sexy sheriff to role play with my husband and I would like to get suggestions on what naughty things to say as a sheriff or something a sheriff would say to someone he pulled over for speeding?
posted by turkishLola at 6:54 PM PST - 26 comments

Unexplained Vaginal Bleed

Why am I bleeding? ACK! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get money to finance my move?

Are there any companies that still pay to relocate employees? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 6:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Watching someone else play Russian Roulette?

How can I get over my newly realized comtempt of someone who is HIV+ ? [more inside]
posted by matty at 5:44 PM PST - 35 comments

Best. TV. ad. ever. (if it actually exists)

SurrealTelevisionAdFilter: Did my friend really see an ad in which a family reacts in abject terror when the cartoon sun character on the juice bottle comes to life at their breakfast table? [more inside]
posted by night kitchen at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me do a knock-out research presentation and be a great session moderator!

Help me make my first professional research presentation at a national conference! [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 5:05 PM PST - 19 comments

How do facebook choose which friends to show on my profile?

How do facebook choose which friends to show on my profile? [more inside]
posted by okokok at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this courier job a scam?

Is this courier business a scam? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 3:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for luggage with built-in garment bag.

I'm looking for a carry-on bag (one that really follows U.S. airline compliance with max 22x14x9 dimensions) that not only has a built-in garment bag but can hold maybe a ream of paper along with usual toiletries and light clothes for a weekend business trip. This will be a gift. [more inside]
posted by Ky at 3:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I track ideas for my project?

What tools exist to track ideas in a project? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 3:18 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I re-assign buttons on my Nokia?

How does one go about re-assigning the functions of the "soft" buttons on a Nokia (Symbian, S60) phone? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 3:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How to scale corner radius based on a logarithmic scale

Is there a method that exists for defining corner radius on a drawn box in Illustrator which scales proportionality based on a logarithmic scale that is directly related to the size of the box. [more inside]
posted by tmgstudio at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

How to find all/any copies of an image on the web?

I have a jpg file. What is the best way to find any instances of this file posted anywhere on the web. This is pretty much a dupe of this AskMe from 2004 but i was hoping technology might have advanced enough to provide a new answer. [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 2:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Short world-changing documents written in English.

What essays, papers, or declarations were written in English and have changed the world.... and are short enough to memorize? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 2:17 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me build a gaming table

Help me build a great gaming table. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 2:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Arcade game about a monkey

Identify this old arcade game. [more inside]
posted by convex at 1:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Wanna play Legos?

How do I come across as "cool" to a young kid? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 1:53 PM PST - 49 comments

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about?

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 1:43 PM PST - 7 comments

like, do you like, need to feel, like *liked*?

Do you need to feel liked? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:38 PM PST - 37 comments

Bay street or Broadway for skiing

Cousin and spouse in NYC, we're in Toronto. We'd like to meet halfway to go snowboarding in January. I only know the Quebec ski hills so any suggestions would be much appreciated. Hotels, condos and cottages are all equally acceptable.
posted by Umhlangan at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Where are the beginner-level electronic kits to be found?

I need recommendations for beginner-level electronic kits and projects; audio-related kits and projects preferred. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 1:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Help Me Fake Some Farro

I want to replicate a dish I had in Bordighera--it was basically farro doused in very good olive oil. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments


Gimmie volume! Not the acoustic kind... I have fine, flat hair, and want awesome big hair. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:55 PM PST - 25 comments

What is the best medicine for an airplane sinus headache?

What is the best medicine for an airplane sinus headache? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

engine heart chords

does anyone happen to know the chords to engine heart by mirah? i think they are played on a ukelele. thank you!
posted by KaeporaGaebora at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Graaavy Traain!!!

Where can I find online Gravy Train commercials? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a recent blog post about torture

I remember reading a blog post recently (probably 2 weeks ago, a month at the most) where the author said allowing torture is a bad idea because most people are personally opposed to torturing and would be unwilling to participate, so the only people willing to do the torturing are sadists who get pleasure out of torturing people. Therefore, you get a lot of punitive sadistic torture of little actual strategic value. Anyone remember reading this recently? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 11:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Steamy milk, coming right up.

What's the best tool (besides an espresso maker) to generate some nice, foamy milk for cafe au laits? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 11:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Wolrd-building rpg

My friend mentioned a free table-top RPG that was available as a pdf on the web. All the players were gods, and with a point system, would create a fantasy world together. There would be a series of turns, symbolizing epochs or ages of the world. I don't know the name or the authors. Anyone hear of it?
posted by Snyder at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

if you're goin' my way...

I know about road movies. What about road books? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 11:31 AM PST - 50 comments

What watch was that?

Just saw Eastern Promises. Kirill was sporting an interesting looking watch. It often happens that some item of clothing, a watch, a doily, or slipcover catches my eye in a movie, and then I spend way too long trying to track it down online. What websites do y'all rely on to answer these and other harrowing questions more expeditiously? Many thanks in advance.
posted by subajestad at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

HFS+ yields advantage for Mac users?

When using an external hard-drive with a Mac, is a speed advantage gained by using a drive formatted with HFS+ (over FAT32/etc.)? And while I'm asking... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Have I destroyed a friendship?

Is my friend being petty, or should I try harder to patch this up? Long explanation... [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday at 10:58 AM PST - 73 comments

Ask a Librarian

I'm trying to research the origin of the term "touchpoint" as it's used in this 2003 McKinsey quote: "Brands are delivered at touchpoints, which for a hotel include reservations, check-in and checkout, frequent-stay programs, room service, business services, exercise facilities, laundry service, restaurants, and bars." Today this term is widely used in the industry to describe the ways in which a customer comes into contact with a business, but I can't pin down exactly who coined it or how early it came to be used in this way... [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

What's it going to be like working in Vanuatu?

About to start travelling to Port Vila, Vanuatu on business. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Vista + Skype + Jabra BT800 = BSoD

Vista blue-screen-of-death. Vista Ultimate + Dell Vostro + Skype + Jabra BT800 = BSoD [more inside]
posted by wile e at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

How to wipe a dead hard drive?

How to wipe a dead hard drive? After backing up my data to a recently purchased external drive, it promptly failed (and produced a horrible, burning electronics odor). As I'm still within the 14 day return policy, I shouldn't have any trouble returning it. However: I want to wipe all of my personal data from the drive first. How to do that with a drive that won't mount? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 10:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Road trip stops from Boston to Stowe, VT?

Road trip stops from Boston to Stowe, VT this coming weekend Nov 2,3,4. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Slow/blocked images at home

Why do I have so many problems seeing the images on this image site at home.. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help with this simple MS Excel problem!!

MS Excel Problem: CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP? I am a very average PC user having unable to open spreadsheets. I borrowed a copy of MS Office Professional from a friend, but it did not install Excel properly. I no longer have access to those installation CDs. Whenever I try to open a spreadsheet, it prompts me for the CD's. So I bought Excel 97, installed it fine, but still when I try o open a spreadsheet it automatically tries to open it with the XP Professional version... How so I get around this to just use the Excel 97 version now on my computer??
posted by writingjulie at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Sublingual Grapefruit Seed Extract Incident

I used straight, undiluted Grapefruit Seed Extract under my tongue and now I have sublingual inflammation and a burning sensation on the tip of my tongue like I've sipped tea that is too hot. [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi at 9:04 AM PST - 10 comments

BookFilter: Hackers, driving Blazers, in Colorado!

BookFilter: Tom Clancy novel from ~10 years ago ... Help me remember the name! [more inside]
posted by enobeet at 8:59 AM PST - 10 comments

What happens to the energy in a rechargable battery?

What happens to the energy that is lost from rechargeable batteries when they self discharge? [more inside]
posted by smithygreg at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

In the UK, what percentage of materials collected separately for recyling are actually reused?

In the UK, what percentage of material that you're supposed to put in the orange recycling bags actually ends up getting recycled? I've read stories that one of the reasons for separating out tins/certain plastics/paper is because regulations about exporting these to other countries for dumping are more lax. I've not been able to find any hard numbers, are there any statistics (probably per-material) available? [more inside]
posted by fvw at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

DVD new releases list?

Is there a weekly email list available on the tubes for new DVD releases; something as good as the AMG New Releases list?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you help us find a cabin next July in VT or NH?

Can you recommend a summer cabin in VT or NH for next July that could accomodate four adults and their five kids? [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu at 7:51 AM PST - 3 comments

hammond me

what instrument should i use to get the hammond organ sound [more inside]
posted by edtut at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Losing my Serenity at home...

Why can't I access www.fireflyfans.net from my home PC? I just get a 'Internet Explorer (7) cannot display the webpage'. I can get it at work, so I know it's still there, just not at home. I'm on Virgin (ex-NTL) cable (going through a router), and I can get everywhere except this one site. And I *love* Firefly, dammit!
posted by timpollard at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way transfer files Mac-to-Mac?

What's the best way to transfer files from a Tiger MacBook to a Leopard MacBook Pro? I'm looking for easy, straightforward with minimal or no need to buy a peripheral (like a backup drive) or extra software I don't need for other than this project. I'm just looking for file transfer advice, not cloning or transferring software. I've found this advice online, but don't know how current or useful it is. I've also read about Migration Assistant but don't know if it's my best option or not...and what type of cable would I need? Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tamjl at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Is the Wasp Factory as bad as it seems?

Does the book "The Wasp Factory" get any better or less upsetting as it goes? (Minor spoilers only, please.) [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 7:20 AM PST - 36 comments

BikeFilter: I need remedial Presta valve help.

BikeFilter: I need remedial Presta valve help. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Name that TV show. Gasmasks, hotel rooms, eggs and dead maids.

Name that TV show. Gasmasks, hotel rooms, eggs and dead maids. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 5:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Weightlifting for size: One hour, or more?

Are pound-me-into-the-floor, leave-me-sore-for-days weight workouts superior to moderate sessions for building muscle? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Human cost of the drug war?

Approximately how many people are in prison and/or dead (or not) because of the drug war? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 3:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Possible uses for idle XP box

What are some things I could do with an old XP box? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 3:10 AM PST - 14 comments

HPV Vaccine questions

Is it worthwhile for me to have the Gardasil (HPV) Vaccine? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 3:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Spellcheck hack

Is there a way I can only use the user dictionary in MS Word, without using the built-in dictionary? In other words, let's say I have three words in a user dictionary: "cat", "mouse", and "fish". I want MS Word to underline every word that I type, other than "cat", "mouse", or "fish". Solutions involving other software or scripts are welcome, as long as they are free and aren't too complicated.
posted by strangeguitars at 2:45 AM PST - 9 comments

MovieFilter: Alien ship abducts kid, gives him galaxy map?

1980s-90s movie: An alien spacecraft had to upload the galaxy's map into the 90% of a kid's brain that was unused. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 1:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Unknown painting of woman with water jug

Can anyone identify this painting of a woman holding a water jug on her shoulder? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 1:22 AM PST - 2 comments

How serious is this, really?

My inner stupidity surfaced and I got a "Minor In Possession" this weekend in Santa Barbara, CA. I just realized this is a misdemeanor. This is causing me considerable distress, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator at 1:07 AM PST - 21 comments

Noise to enjoy?

So I want to be battered with noise and I could use some recommendations. I have Metal Machine Music and like it, but would be all for something more...melodic? I'm pretty sure I need some John Zorn and Mike Patton in the collection, but which albums? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense at 12:56 AM PST - 28 comments

Why is my internet connection suddenly crap, on just ONE computer on my home network?

Why is my internet connection suddenly crap, on just ONE computer on my home network? [more inside]
posted by greendress at 12:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Did I get ripped off on this poster framing?

Help me to set my expectations as to the quality of professional framing I received on a vintage poster. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:28 AM PST - 7 comments

October 28

Help me identify an obscure music clip!

Help me identify a totally obscure music clip! [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 11:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Convincing Yourself to Trust?

How do I get past the trust issues brought about from an abrupt, unexplained end to a close friendship of three and a half years? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:05 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me a doggie from a foreign country

How should I shop for a German Shepherd from a breeder in Germany? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 10:20 PM PST - 14 comments

wanted: source and wording of a quote. warm fuzzy feelings of helping someone as reward.

wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
posted by ancamp at 10:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Reccomend Some Good Black Teas

Help me find some interesting teas that are a bit less hard on my stomach. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Why do I like these clothes?

FashionFilter: Help me find/understand the clothes I'm inexplicably being drawn toward. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 10:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Best weapon for cube warfare?

GiftFilter: Best toys for cube warfare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Trixie, Trixie, My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me

Is this a real song or a product of my imagination? [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Mine's longer than yours.

I have a very foreign-sounding name. Should I mention I'm a US citizen on my resume? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 9:05 PM PST - 34 comments

My employer does not provide vision insurance. What should I do?

My employer does not provide vision insurance -and I wear glasses for nearsightedness. The way I see it, I have three options - 1) Use the Lenscrafters coupons in the Sunday paper, 2) Use my AAA member card for a discount at Lenscrafters, 3) Use the measly 20% vision discount I have available as a member of BlueShield, or 4) Sign up for independent vision coverage through a plan like VSP. Is anyone else in a similar boat? What do you use? What do you recommend and advise against using?
posted by invisible ink at 8:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Too little?

How much weight loss is too much? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommend some good published diaries

Help me indulge my voyeuristic streak with some good published diaries. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 8:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Ginormous Vintage Motorcyle Print. MUST. HAVE.

Help me find a monstrous print of a vintage motorcyle racer, once seen at a bar in Santa Barbara CA. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

What type of primer is best?

For a previously wallpapered wall, what type of primer is the best to use? [more inside]
posted by demiurge at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get out of a listing agreement in Ontario

Can someone who knows about Ontario real estate listing agreements help a homebuying n00b? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 6:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Playing this game makes my eyes see things differently afterward. What's the cause?

Playing this game makes my eyes see things differently afterward. What's the cause? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap Tires in Buffalo?

BuffaloFilter: Where should I go for discount tires? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 6:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Manhattan Vocal Teacher

I need a recommendation for a Manhattan singing teacher for an actress in a movie. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

My head's about to explode...

Can someone please point me in the right direction to find practice test papers for Financial Accounting? (Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statements of Returns on Equity, Cash Flow Statements, Depreciation, Ratios, etc. etc.) Assorted business schools worries inside. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments

ISO lingerie, looks not important

Where, oh where, can I find a garter belt without frippery? [more inside]
posted by minervous at 4:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Let's just say that I wanted to change careers...

Career change, midstream, to the technology field - can I have your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

90's e-mail commercial?

Early-to-Mid 90's commercial: girl in bar slips guy a piece of paper not with her phone number, but with her email address. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Is smoking supposed to make me feel this way?

Is smoking supposed to make me feel this way? [more inside]
posted by ArchBr at 3:16 PM PST - 31 comments

How do you train for cyclocross races?

How do I get started with cyclocross? I've been a spectator at a cyclocross race and I'm looking at picking up a low-end cyclocross bike, but what's the best way to get started doing it? How do you practice the odd obstacles and challenges found in courses? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

For Arabic film connoisseurs only

Looking for info. on two Arabic films - one Egyptian and one Tunisian (I think), which I saw at a summer language program. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Trans-Atlantic Wine Journey

Moving to London from Northern California in early January. I have a fairly substantial (100+ bottles) wine collection that I'd really like to take with me. Is there any way to do this without getting screwed on customs duty?
posted by cubedweller at 1:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Software is cool

Describe your software development job. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 12:39 PM PST - 28 comments

RER open in Paris on Christmas Day?

Two questions about Christmas in Paris, France. First, will the Metro and - crucially - the RER line be open on Christmas Day? Secondly, can anyone suggest great things to do that will definitely be open in Paris on Christmas Eve?
posted by skylar at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Why, oh why, now and this way..

Cursing bad luck: One of the preamp tubes in my Peavey Classic 30 seemed to peter out during practice yesterday. Two hours before my first concert of the year. An awesome friend came in in the clutch, but now I'm puzzled as to what to do. (and have another show on Thursday) [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Can St. Louis hold a candle to Chicago?

Can St. Louis hold a candle to Chicago? I love Chicago. Half my family is from there, I went to school there; it's one of the few places in the world I've been to that felt like 'home' in my heart. I don't currently live there--I moved away for a job after school--but am trying to get back. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 12:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Why is this website trying to connect to some of my bookmarks?

Visiting a website forces firefox to try to make several HTTPS connections to websites in my bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Driving vs. Buses in Costa Rica?

I am going to Costa Rica in November for one week. What are the advantages of renting a car vs. using public transportation? [more inside]
posted by zach4000 at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you mentor someone?

How do you mentor someone? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Booking international travel...how?

Is there an international version of sidestep? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

I just don't know what to do with my life

If you were 22, in good financial shape and completely aimless: What would you do with the next 2-3 years of your life? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 9:52 AM PST - 34 comments

Why don't we live in human shaped skin bags?

OK, Sunday morning stream of consciousness ended up with me wondering about skin or more specifically, loose skin. [more inside]
posted by merocet at 9:27 AM PST - 6 comments

How Can I Make Steps from Recycled Material?

I need some ideas to build 5 outdoor steps leading up to a door. Must be steps that can be built in the most quickest, cheapest and easiest of ways. I'm open to any unconventional plans - and of course would appreciate photos of the ideas. Right now I have at my disposal cement mix and tons of building rubble made from concrete. Wondering if the rubble can be recycled to build with. Any ideas - much appreciated!
posted by watercarrier at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Architecture book for a wonderful grandpa.

Giftfilter: I am looking for a book for my grandfather, a retired architect, as a thank you gift for building me a desk. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 8:53 AM PST - 10 comments

What the duck?

How to cook a duck? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 8:48 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I write this paper: [Blank's] effect on society?

I'm trying to write a paper on [blank]'s Effects on Society. I'm trying to find a paper to mirror with the similar skeleton, are there any "must read" papers that have similar scope? [more inside]
posted by erd0c at 8:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a fair price to pay for a broken dryer repair?

Our gas dryer stopped working. When the "Start" button is pressed the machine hums, but won't tumble. Reading this leads me to believe the problem is with the motor. Any idea what a fair price is to get such a problem serviced is? We're trying to evaluate the relative value in having this repaired (the preferred option) vs. possibly buying a new (or used) unit. I've never dealt with this type of repair before and want to avoid getting ripped off, of course.
posted by The Gooch at 7:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend me a good digital compass + travel clock device

I'm looking for a digital compass + travel clock device for my oversea trip next year. Do you guys have any recommendation? Ideally, it should be small and has good battery life (and not outrageously priced :).
posted by parttimeninja at 7:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Lack of ego, whats that all about?

A woman i met off a dating site once told me I didnt have much ego. Looking on the internet I found something called "lack of ego mastery" in relation to "understanding psychological assessment" [more inside]
posted by browolf at 6:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Van Morrison sample

Calling all Van Morrison fanatics. I'm trying to identify a sample of music used at the end song "A town called Paradise" on the album "No guru, no method, no teacher". I can't upload the music here (don't know how) but the sample appears 5 minutes and 18 seconds into the song. It's driving me mad cos I heard the piece before, many years ago and I can't place it. [more inside]
posted by dooabledawg at 5:14 AM PST - 3 comments

internet stuff

Is there a way I can block a particular site in my browser such that I cannot visit it for a certain amount of time (e.g. three weeks). Also, is there a way I can block the port that connects to aim so I can suspend that service for a certain amount of time? I am using a Mac and the Firefox web browser. [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 4:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Which running shoe can replace the New Balance 991?

Which running shoe is comparable to the New Balance 991? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 4:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Trigger a Training Montage

I planned to ask about finding low-cost help for depression. But I'm asking about joint pain instead. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 3:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Can I get a reference?

Anybody have any experience with or knowledge about services that check your job references to see what they're saying about you? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 2:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me resolve me an issue with socializing.

Help me resolve me an issue with socializing. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 2:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Who goes bicycling at three in the morning?

What was the late-night bicycling event in Houston at 3am on Sunday the 28th? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 1:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my adult dog to poop where I want, when I want?

How can I get my adult dog to poop where I want, when I want? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl at 1:52 AM PST - 16 comments

I feel a little guilty for having done this, but

I’ve ratted out my company to a prospective client. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 1:13 AM PST - 24 comments

What's to love about LA?

Can the hive direct me to websites and blogs that give insider/local knowledge of how great Los Angeles is? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 12:11 AM PST - 8 comments

October 27

MobilePhoneFilter: simple but versatile

What phones should I (& others) consider for ease and flexibility of taking pictures, videos, voice notes, long audio recordings, texts, etc and uploading them over the network or sending them to my computer over bluetooth? Easy is the key word! Simple GUIs. Few button presses. My budget is $1-200 and I'm ready for a new contract.
posted by oneous at 10:25 PM PST - 10 comments

dansk: Help Me Learn Danish!

Children's books in Danish? Books on CD? I need Danish language resources! [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 9:32 PM PST - 9 comments

White Sheet == Ghost?

When and where did we associate dressing up in a white sheet and yelling 'boo!' with ghosts? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 9:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Installed Leopard. Help. :(

I've installed OS X Leopard and am very confused. First of all... where's all my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 9:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me utilise my printer

I love printing things. Please direct me to websites with cool things to print out (e.g., interesting pdfs, stationery, stickers, posters, foldable objects, paper cd cases, quotations I should keep, anything that allows me to make the most of my printer!!)
posted by mjao at 8:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Wireless mouse on glass table?

What's the best (or any!?) wireless mouse (either RF or Bluetooth) that will work and track well on a glass tabletop?
posted by VeniceGlass at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Good recipes with fewest possible ingredients.

What are the best minimal (2-6) ingredient recipes you have? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:56 PM PST - 67 comments

long exposure question

Emergency camera question: I'm staying at an astronomical observatory all night tonight and want to take some pictures of some really dark subjects. I borrowed a Canon Digital Rebel XTi from my school but don't have the manual... [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

DIY baby t-shirts

I have a 3 week old baby boy, about 30 plain onesies and a package of iron-on printer paper... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:39 PM PST - 25 comments

must meet kangaroos as cheaply as possible

What's the cheapest way to fly from NYC to Australia next summer? [more inside]
posted by beckish at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

My web site is being hacked, what can I do?

What do I do if a web site I maintain has been hacked? I've inherited maintenance of a web site, but I am mostly a front-end person, design and front end coding, so I am completely out of my depth here. Someone is using a user's identity to post hundreds of spam posts on the message board... really disgusting ones. The user has changed her password multiple times so I'm guessing they have another in. When I look at the database since they are both posting often (the real user and the spammers) I can't tell what IP address the spammers are posting from to block it. After that I'm lost... any suggestions?
posted by semidivine at 7:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I only eat the brains of MBAs...why am I always hungry?

I need some help with zombie makeup. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Do the Shake - The Shimmy Shimmy Shake

Daisuke filter - Not having watched the Boston Red Sox much, I am entertained by Dice-K's "shimmy shimmy shake". But he doesn't do it all the time. My best guess is that he only does it without runners on base. Is there some other pattern I am not seeing?
posted by megatherium at 6:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Does learning a second language diminish your skills in your mother tongue?

When learning a second language, did you lose skills in your mother tongue? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 6:56 PM PST - 31 comments

Shelf life of scrambled eggs

How long will scrambled eggs keep? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 5:37 PM PST - 21 comments

New Years In Chicago

New Years in Chicago- I'm looking for a swanky lounge to spend New Years in the city. Google/CitySearch/Flavorpill have failed me so far. There's... [more inside]
posted by Kevin A at 5:31 PM PST - 5 comments

I like poo!

I'm looking for a poster drawing in the style of Where's Waldo? where everyone is shitting. [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

How to maximize my chances of getting admission to a particular graduate program despite a low GPA?

I am applying to the London School of Economics (Econ-Msc:2 years) program this year. Unfortunately, I only have a 3.2/4 GPA. Hence, I was hoping if I could receive suggestions as to how I can maximize my chances of getting into the program ... [more inside]
posted by Batman2743 at 5:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Is Moonlight Worth Watching?

I'm already following Chuck and The Big Bang Theory (via paid XBOX Live downloads to avoid commercials), and I'm looking to add another new series as well. I've been thinking about starting with Moonlight, but the unoriginality of the basic premise (Forever Knight and Angel both did it first) is rather offputting, especially since I still haven't quite gotten over the cancellation of Angel. Is the series worth watching on its own merits, or should I give it a pass? [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 5:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Dancehall Reggae Song ID filter

I've heard a song a few times now on Goldfinger's Dancehall show on Radio 1, but he hasn't mentioned a title and I can't find it in the tracklisting on the Radio 1 website. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Textpad for Mac?

I want a text editor for Mac with auto-indent the way Textpad for PC does it, along with syntax highlighting. [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 5:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Are weevils poisonous, or just gross?

I just ate a few bites of trail mix before noticing that the bag was infested with weevils. WILL I DIE??
posted by exceptinsects at 4:45 PM PST - 22 comments

What have all these prescription drugs done to me?

What has a decade anti-anxiety medication done to me? [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Humorous werewolf movie?

Asking for my aunt: She remembers a movie she watched a few years ago about a woman who changes into a werewolf as she's shaving her legs. [more inside]
posted by Verdandi at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Ever lost millions?

Looking for your personal stories & anecdotes relating to loss of a great fortune. Have you ever lost a lot of money? How did it happen & how did it impact you then and later? How did you manage to get out of the shock & survive right after? How did you succeed in rebuilding your wealth [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 4:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommend a brand of mugs that won't get tea stains?

Recommend a brand of mugs that won't get tea stains? [more inside]
posted by katala at 4:00 PM PST - 16 comments

How to control Windows volume remotely?

I need a way to remotely control the volume of a Windows machine. [more inside]
posted by floam at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Searching for a Singer

They say the memory is the first thing to go. Please point me to video of that awesome woman mixing sound as she goes.
posted by rockhopper at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do the weights make me a grump?

I get into a really crappy mood after lifting weights, and I'd like it to stop. [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How to avoid the holidays without causing a big riff in the family?

Is there a way to excuse oneself from family obligations during the holidays? A way that would minimize gossip and guilt-trips? Any successes out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Fun date night for married couple

Got a fun 'date night' idea for a married couple? [more inside]
posted by msacheson at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Is AllWorldPrivateFunding.com legit?

Has anyone used All World Private Funding to get a loan? And if so, what was your experience?
posted by waytogo! at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I create offline surveys?

What's the best way to create a survey for offline use? I want people to fill out a survey to collect suggestions/requirements for a web site redesign. It's at an event in which there is no Internet access, so I thought there may be a way to bring a laptop and store the results (and create reports) locally. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 1:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Upper division online courses?

Which schools offer upper division online couses for non-matriculated students? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 1:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Lyrics to "Kodiak" by the Lilys?

Can anyone tell me the lyrics of the song "Kodiak (Reprise)" by the Lilys? [more inside]
posted by neustile at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Goodfellas commentary

The "cop and crook" commentary on the Goodfellas DVD - why is the real name of the Maury character bleeped out? And what is that guy's real name?
posted by Meatbomb at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Custom t-shirts in Manhattan.

Where in Manhattan (or nearby) can I get a single custom t-shirt made, in person and immediately, in the next couple of days? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 12:09 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get to San Carlos?

What's the best way to get from Tucson, Arizona to San Carlos, Sonora (Mexico)? [more inside]
posted by cior at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Mommy, where do baby werewolves come from?

Has there been a work of literature in which a female werewolf becomes pregnant? Stay with me here. If a female werewolf was pregnant, what would happen to the fetus when she turns? One night a month would it turn into a wolf fetus? and what about the difference of length in gestation between a human and a wolf?
posted by menace303 at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

malicious security suites?

How do we know that highly regarded secuity suites are not surreptitiously malicious? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Backup girlfriend/boyfriend ok?

Is it moral to have a backup girlfriend or boyfriend and telling that backup of your plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 47 comments

How to make our around the world trip more meaningful?

My wife and I (Well traveled Americans both in our mid thirties) quit our jobs in the summer and have been traveling for the last 3 months on the first leg of a year long around the world (or as much of it as we could fit in) trip. So far everything has been great. We have seen incredible things and are having an overall wonderful time, but recently we have been feeling that something is missing. [more inside]
posted by funkyavocado at 10:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Where was this picture taken?

Can anyone tell me where this picture was taken? http://www.widelec.org/stuff/widoki/widoki_26.jpg And, for extra credit: is there any better way to find the answer to this sort of question? [more inside]
posted by CrunchyGods at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Weird Lines in Firefox

Strange lines/boxes appear in Firefox when scrolling or mousing over web items [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Erasing Canon Pictures Without an LCD SCreen

Can someone with a canon powershot SD400 walk me through the steps I need to take to delete all the pictures on my SD card? Bonus Question: Is there something I can do to reset the camera to it's default settings? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 10:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Does not involve horses or pirates

Explain this bar-room incident [more inside]
posted by the number 17 at 10:24 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I get a Couche-Tard t-shirt?

How can I get a Couche-Tard t-shirt? Couche-Tard ("goes to bed late" or "night owl" in French) is a Canadian convenience store with a great logo. As a night owl myself, and the sort of person that would love having something that said "Couche-Tard" on it, how can I make this happen? eBay's never produced any good results...do I have to swipe some stationary, scan it, and get a custom-printed shirt?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

DC Maid Service?

Can anyone recommend a reputable maid/cleaning service in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me figure out my trip overseas!

So I'm going on a trip this summer with my bf... my plan is to at least hit up Germany and Ireland, hopefully England too. I'm planning on this trip lasting for about a month, probably starting in August sometime. So my simple question is, what do you recommend? My more in-depth question is behind the link... [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

How long does it take you to do web design comps?

Designers: How much time does it take you to do website comps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me add to my tech support skills.

What are the core tech support skills needed to work in a school district and how can I improve those skills this weekend? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Stable, private chat rooms...

Let's say I have a small group of people -- 10 and under -- and I want to provide a stable, private chat room that participants can enter and exit at will. Let's further say that I would want whatever software that provides this to account for different technical skills (no command-prompts) and when everyone leaves the room it isn't taken down needing to be recreated again in the future? Proprietary software is fine. For Profit software is fine. (Free is better!! ;-)
posted by tcv at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Wifi FTL

WifiQ: Why does my laptop disconnect from my WAP? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find patterns for maternity tops?

My mom has generously offered to make me some maternity tops. Unfortunately, we can't find any patterns. Help! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 7:34 AM PST - 7 comments

If the camera is rockin'...

The tripod-mount threading on the bottom of my camera (a Fujifilm FinePix S5100) is stripped. When I try to bolt it to the tripod it wobbles its way off. Is there any way I can fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 6:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I try to win her back?

My girlfriend broke up with me. Yeah, this is one of those questions... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 41 comments

Best Australian writing 2003-2007?

Please recommend your favorite Australian book(s) of the last five years. [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 5:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Why did Hello Kitty become blue?

When I was a kid, I took a trip once. The whole time, a plush Hello Kitty doll was in the back of the car, bombarded by the sun. It changed color from pink to dark blue. Any explanation for this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 5:39 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm pretty sure it's not Banksy

Urbanartfilter: Who, what, and why is this the square-faced symmetrical stencil face guy? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 5:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Why were there more black experts in 1980's "Free to Choose" than there typically are in today's TV?

When watching Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose" (PBS, 1980), I was (pleasantly) surprised at the high number of black experts (and women) who were guests in the show. Not the usually array of exclusively old, white guys one would have expected. [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 4:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Need geographical maps of earth

I'm looking for some fairly high-quality geographical maps of the whole planet (preferably contained in a single map, instead of being spread over several), but without any details on it whatsoever to do with places or names, not even names of mountains or rivers - no country/state borders drawn in either - the only detail should be things like the geography (high/low land, desert, mountains, forest, etc) Thanks in advance!
posted by heylight at 3:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Black Gold, Texas Tee Time!

The oil we use today was made from a biomass from a certain era. When was it, and how long was that era? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 12:15 AM PST - 7 comments

October 26

What is the best way to represent spaces in file names?

What is the best way to represent spaces in file names? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 11:43 PM PST - 29 comments

What do you get the guy whose seen everything?

What do I put in a cult/horror/art/indie film care package for my (really non-traditional) dad that he hasn't seen? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:27 PM PST - 51 comments

Help me block my neighbor's panopticon.

New to dealing with district court of appeals... [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do people on Facebook think my wife was on the TV show "Guts"?

WTF? Filter: Why do people on Facebook think my wife was on the TV show "Guts"? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 9:34 PM PST - 17 comments


I want a dog. Would a dog want me? [more inside]
posted by granted at 9:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Where can I find Dr. Pepper gum?

Where can I purchase Dr. Pepper bubble gum? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 8:41 PM PST - 4 comments

I have armature wire and plastilina. Help.

CostumeFilter: I have armature wire and roma plastilina. What can I do before tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I cite my extended quotes in Chicago Manual style?

How do I format extended quotes in my document using Chicago Manual style? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

where can I find more Shinro puzzles?

PuzzleFilter: I flew Southwest earlier this month and they had this really fun puzzle in their in-flight magazine. Anyone know where I can find more of these online?
posted by rezaman at 7:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Yucky smoke from neighbor's chimney makes my home stinky. Please help.

What can we do to stop our smelly neighbors? [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 7:53 PM PST - 13 comments


Are there any good examples of books or movies where the protagonist dies unexpectedly? (assume spoilers) [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 7:39 PM PST - 99 comments

How to quiet a barking dog so we can have company?

We are having a party tomorrow and our 10 month old puppy barks incessantly when we have one person visit, let alone 10. Any ideas on how we can quiet him without tranquillizers or locking him in the bedroom (can't do as we live in a condo and don't want to disturb the neighbors.) We have a "clicker" when he blithely ignores and its too late for obedience training. I need a quick fix! Thanks very much!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Easiest and best MySpace editor?

What's the most user-friendly and attractive MySpace editor?
posted by GardnerDB at 5:58 PM PST - 5 comments


Please reccomend a tattoo artist in either the Augusta, GA or Charlotte/Gastonia NC area who has experience working with white ink in pieces. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Keep me from being a food sissy!

Help me learn to love eggs. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 5:13 PM PST - 37 comments

Internet troll problem

Help me catch an internet troll. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Happiness is a warm puppy who's breath doesn't smell like ass.

Bad dog breath... what helps? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Can't resist ... ridiculously high levels ... of doggy begging cuteness ... How do they know??

Every dog I've ever known does that "putting their chin down on your knee/the nearest flat surface" thing when they decide they MUST have the tasty treat you're eating. It's ridiculously cute but ... where did it originate? No googling on wolfish or doggie traits I've done has mentioned it but I want to know more about it! [more inside]
posted by zeph at 4:38 PM PST - 23 comments

May God Save Me From Yet Another Dongle

Looking for a non-crappy USB2 hub for a permanent parking place on my desk. Bonus points for heaviness. [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Should my young sister get a LEEP or wait and see?

GirlpartsFilter: Please help my sister decide if LEEP is the right option. Her doctor gave her the choice and she has reservations. [more inside]
posted by rmless at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to watch Youtube on my big screen

I hate myself for asking this: How the hell do I get TVersity to work? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me brand a pizza box

I need ideas on how to decorate a Pizza box. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

shortcut for apa formatting

Another APA formatting question. I'm working on a little team paper that includes about two pages of information, mostly from the course textbook, with the exception of like two paragraphs. I'd really hate to invade the text with unnecesary references to the same author/book over and over again. In order to avoid this, would it be ok (or completely wrong) to make some sort of note for this in the introduction to this part of the paper, sort of like this: [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 3:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Yes, Thriller is on the list

I'm having a Halloween party tomorrow, and I was looking for some good music videos to have playing on the T.V., Here's a decent list from Yahoo (of all places), but I was hoping for a few more good choices. Youtube links highly appreciated!
posted by KirTakat at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

What happened to me?

MedicalFilter: What the hell happened to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 41 comments

Can a relationship work if one person betrays the other?

Betrayal - I've betrayed my girlfriend, yet we are still together, trying to heal, and work through the mess I created. Should we even bother? Is this relationship salvageable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 42 comments

No RSS in Leopard's Mail.app

RSS in Mail.app yields Invalid URL error. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me settle down for a long winter's nap with nice sheets.

Recommend durable all-cotton or linen bed sheets. No flannel or sateen. [more inside]
posted by fedward at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments


Did Charleston, SC kill my digital camera with its southern hospitality? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that earworm

Help me find a song from the local reggaeton station. [more inside]
posted by mai at 2:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Fox juicing their broadcast?

Does Fox add sound effects to ball games? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 1:54 PM PST - 26 comments

Why, why, wi-fi?

Why does my laptop's wireless network fail to work after resuming from standby, requiring a reboot? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 1:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ?

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ? [more inside]
posted by onoclea at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Nuts to two Kraft caramels, Smarties, and a Tootsie Pop

What can I hand out at the door this Hallowe'en that'll be a bit better than the usual sort of treat? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 1:36 PM PST - 43 comments

Why does my Firefox lose its ability to do DNS lookups?

Every once in a while (time between failures ranges from 1 hour to a few days), Firefox on my laptop suddenly and permanently (until reboot) loses its ability to do DNS lookups. Every page comes up with "Firefox can't find the server at www.foo.com." Other apps (and computers on the network) continue to work fine. It seems random; I haven't been able to correlate it with anything else on the machine. Closing and restarting Firefox doesn't restore its DNS lookup ability, but rebooting does. Googling only turned up the advice to disable IPv6, which didn't help. I'm currently running Firefox on a Dell Inspiron 8600 running XP Home, but it's been an issue since at least 1.5. My only extension is Better Gmail, and I've tried disabling all extensions in the past. I'm at my wit's end - do any geniuses here have a clue?
posted by dfan at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments

spanish spices for home fragrance?

Is there some spice or combination of spices from the Spanish market that I can get for home fragrance purposes? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Because going as a Goth is kinda out...

Forthcoming Halloween party with a fancy dress theme. I'm a Chinese bloke who hates dressing up. any particular suggestions? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do in Managua?

What do you recommend a gringo see in Managua, Nicaragua? I need to attend a meeting there in January, and have left one day free for whatever sightseeing might be of interest. I speak no Spanish; but my interests run to art, nature and history.
posted by beagle at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheap coffee beans online?

Surely I can do better than $11+ per pound of coffee beans? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

New iMac Shock

New imac on the way. The one it's replacing has been with me since 2000 (330ghz, 18GB hd) so I'm expecting to be a mite overwhelmed with all the stuff I can do now. I'm also overwhelmed by the amount of advice/tips/hacks/other out there. Where's the best information for the layman (that is, not totally ignant but not a developer either) user?
posted by mundy at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Yet another Used Car question

I’ve found a nice used 2004 Honda Accord EX that I’m interested in which is about 30 miles away in another town. The dealership is only asking $14,995 and both KBB and NADA both list the worth over $18,000. I did a carfax report for the car and it shows a one owner history with no accidents or anything. I also contacted the local Honda dealership (not the selling dealer) and asked them to pull warranty work done to this car via VIN. The only thing that was done was an Automatic transmission that was recalled and replaced under warranty. What am I missing? Why are they selling this car for what seems to me, much less than the worth of it? I have always assumed that car dealerships are there to screw you however they can. Any help would be appreciated
posted by tradeer33 at 12:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Need a banner page to separate the tribes

I'm trying to find usable graphic files with these specific images. [more inside]
posted by LoraxGuy at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find publicly available course ratings from Computer Science departments?

What computer science departments make their faculty or course evaluation scores available online? Most places I have found require a password to view the scores. I would also be happy with averages or aggregate data, if anyone has a source for that. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 11:45 AM PST - 10 comments

What's your favorite romantic getaway?

What's your favorite romantic getaway? The lady and I are looking to take a vacation (probably someplace warm) in January on a modest (~$1k/pp hotel and airfare) budget. But where? [more inside]
posted by theoddball at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Driving Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in 3 weeks?

I am in the early stages of planning a trip from England to Australia and am looking at driving from Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in March/April 2008. I have visited 40 USA States so am no stranger to driving thousands of miles. I normally simply use a hire car but feel that Australia would probably require at least a 4WD. A Motorhome is always a possibility but would rather stay in Motels. I see that between Perth and Uluru there are settlements named Northam, Merredin, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Laverton, Warakurna and Kaltukatjara. Anyone know if these settlements have Motels or Hotels? [more inside]
posted by Spannerman8 at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

I thought I was a lightweight. Now, I think I'm a flyweight. *embarrassed*

Whenever I consume something with alcohol content - be it liquor, beer, or even Nyquil - my stomach feels queasy. This only happens with products containing alcohol. Enlighten me and show me your google fu ways, Masters of the Green. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 11:14 AM PST - 20 comments

How to deal with automatic heater in apartment?

My landlord in NY claims that our heater must turn on when the temperature drops. If we wanted to prevent this, a technician would have to "turn the valves off" -- a cumbersome process that risks the valves later freezing and "popping" and steam destroying our apartment. True? Is this common? And if so, how can we deal with a too-hot room, other than by opening the window?
posted by shivohum at 10:45 AM PST - 30 comments

Big Brother Big Sister experiences, please tell?

BigBrothersBigSitersFilter: I recently signed up and got approved to be a big brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I just got assigned my little who is 12 yrs old, although i havent met him yet. My question is who else has been affiliated with this program and what experience can you share and what you may have gotten out of it(positive/Negative). Im excited about it and i just wanted to see what other people thought about it.
posted by flipmiester99 at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Can't find a quote...

Help me find the source of a quote! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

But What Does It Mean?

What is semantics-based programming? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

You don't call retarded people retards. it's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded.

Why is my Gmail being retarded?! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Wacom Volito Compatability

If I [in the UK] send my Wacom Volito graphics tablet to my friend [in the Phillipeans], can she use it with her PC?
posted by Chorus at 9:36 AM PST - 2 comments

something about a horse and carriage....

Statistically speaking, what makes marriages last the longest? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:31 AM PST - 46 comments

The old, weird Uganda?

What is your country's equivalent of The Anthology of American Folk Music? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Tao question...

is there a parallel Tao Te Ching?
posted by digital-dragonfly at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Filesharing between two computers

Syncing music between two computers help! Here's the setup... [more inside]
posted by bsexton at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Bent art photo fix?

I have an art quality photographic print with a crease through the image (*$#% USPS). Short of seeking professional help, is there any way tried and true way to get it out? I'm very wary of destroying the image, so I'm not going at it with an iron. And strategic matting won't fix the problem. Surely there's something I haven't thought of?
posted by B-squared at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Hey, it's a free country

Do other non-U.S. countries/cultures use the phrase "It's a free country?" [more inside]
posted by ALongDecember at 8:44 AM PST - 31 comments

How to get archived radio programming.

Can I buy/subscribe to archived online/web radio? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for food storage solutions...

Food storage. What are your recommended brands of containers and techniques for storing fruits, nuts, powders, herbs, vegetables, etc? Some of my requirements/concerns are inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Do I really need two air filters for my heater?

Do I really need two air filters for my heater? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

What's this "notary" business Nextel are asking me to do?

In order to deal with the mounting mess of identity theft fraud I find myself in, I need to get a bunch of stuff "notarized". What is that, does it cost money and if so how can I get it done as cheaply as possible? NYC, Upper East Side. Please help an iggerant foreigner.
posted by nowonmai at 7:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Petrichor/Bergamont perfume

Wikipedia says that petrichor is " the name of the yellow organic oil that causes the familiar scent of rain on dry earth". The article also mentions that perfumes have been produced from it. Which perfumes? Are there synthetic perfumes that come close? Failing that I'm looking for an interesting men's cologne with strong bergamont notes.
posted by rdr at 7:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How to shorten an MP3 without clipping the ends?

I have an mp3 I'd like to use as a ring tone, but it's 2 seconds too long. I don't want to cut off the beginning or end, but is there some other way to shorten it to 30 seconds? What software (OS X please) can do this? I realize some options might make it sound slightly off, but it's a ring tone so I shouldn't be too bothered by it.
posted by howling fantods at 7:30 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get over advanced-degree-phobia.

I want to shake my irrational fear of going back to school. It's for my own good! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Do Asperger's syndrome parents have autistic children?

My girlfriend has Asperger's syndrome, and while I have no official diagnosis, I am a bit of a geek. We would like to have children at some point in the future. Will our children be at risk of more-serious autistic spectrum disorders because of our own less-serious "conditions"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I finess Filemaker Pro?

How do I get Filemaker Pro to look up dates from one table and put them into another? [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Open Source Event Management Software?

Are there any good, open source event management software packages available? [more inside]
posted by breaks the guidelines? at 6:54 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me choose between these two jobs!

I've got two great job offers on the table, but unfortunately, I can't figure out which I should take. One is with an amazing organization, but doing more J2EE work; the other is sexy Adobe Flex work, but Contract. Help me choose!!! [more inside]
posted by SanctiCrucis05 at 6:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me choose a new 2nd hand car (UK)

Help me choose a new 2nd hand car (UK) [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 6:29 AM PST - 5 comments

My cat has crusty butt.

My cat has crusty butt. Help. [more inside]
posted by Mark at 6:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me survive this spontaneous girl's night out.

Help me be a more carefree person on a roadtrip, with someone who is having post-breakup depression, and who has always had terrible taste in music. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine at 5:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Professional Amerifriends?

International Shipping-Filter: Greetings Amerifriend-less hivelings. How do you get your 'US addresses only' goods out of the Lower 48? Specifically, has anyone used Access USA? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 4:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Who is this guy?

Several years ago I listened to a radio show which mentioned that there was this chemist who invented a perfume that had the smell of earth after rain. I need to find out this guy's name. [more inside]
posted by Karcy at 3:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me find a book that I read when I was young and impressionable which involved a man named Tristram tripping out completely and turning into a tree and after a little bit, become chained to the floor whilst having his penis threatened with nail scissors by his ex-girfriend?

I read a very strange book when I was young. The main character's name was Tristram, and it was very trippy. He turned into a tree, and there was weird, bondage type stuff going on with his girlfriend going at his penis with a pair of nail scissors. Do you have any idea what book this was? I'm guessing it would have been published in the late 60's/early 70's. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 3:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Neighbourhood Poker Tour: How do we record it?

Custom poker table, with in-table cams, facecams, dealercam. How to build it yourself? [more inside]
posted by lodev at 2:49 AM PST - 10 comments

How best for an EU company to employ someone in the UK?

UK employment/company law. How best for an EU company to employ someone in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Jakey at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I find a part time GIS job?

How do I find a part-time GIS job with a nonprofit or NGO in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by Morgangr at 2:39 AM PST - 3 comments

PHP MySQL version of Dell's Idea Storm

I'm after a PHP+MySQL app along the lines of Dell's Idea Storm site. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 2:00 AM PST - 4 comments

See Saw Ads?

I run a website that would be perfect for horror movie advertisements, how do I find the ad agency/company responsible for fulfilling the quota of online ads? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 1:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 1:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Beaten wife upstair or just rough relationship ?

Beaten wife upstair or just rough relationship ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 1:13 AM PST - 26 comments

How does only part of a curcuit go down?

Any electricians out there? How can a household circuit *halfway* stop working? I am confused. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 12:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I safely block port 25 on my server?

Can I block port 25 or not? [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick at 12:55 AM PST - 5 comments

October 25

Their home is destroyed; what can I do for them?

What can I give or do for my coworker, whose parents' house (his childhood home) just burned down in the wildfires in southern California? Is there something they could use?
posted by holympus at 10:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Help us buy a foreclosure!

How can I buy a decent foreclosure in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 10:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Christmas in Prague?

Christmas in Prague? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 10:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Make me a Chicagoan, MeFi.

Chicago filter: How can I make the most of my new (and very exciting) move to ye olde Windy City? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 10:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Anyone got some tricks and strategy for whirlyball?

Anyone got some tricks and strategy for whirlyball? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

More Veggies Please!

Does the Sneaky Veggies tactic work for adults? I'm a big time picky eater. [more inside]
posted by Danila at 9:48 PM PST - 36 comments

Apple Remote - More than iTunes

How do I get my Apple Remote to work with programs other than iTunes in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by timelord at 8:57 PM PST - 1 comment

How can you tell if a girl likes you?

How can you tell if a girl likes you? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 8:54 PM PST - 40 comments

What does Orbitz mean by "business traveler"?

What does Orbitz mean by "business traveler"? I booked a room at a Best Western in RI through Orbitz and my emailed confirmation says "Rate description: BUSINESS TRAVELERS ONLY." I'm not actually traveling on business, but I'm only staying there one night, and I'm wondering: how will they know?
posted by tractorfeed at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

US citizen vacationing in Mexico: What can I bring?

Taking a little vacation in Mexico City ... what am I allowed to bring into Mexico? The information that I'm finding online is either contradictory or stale. Obviously, I'd like to avoid any situation where I'll be fined or imprisoned. [more inside]
posted by kindachris at 8:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Modern interpretations of classic songs

Other than Red Hot + Blue and Red Hot + Rhapsody, what are some good rock interpretations of classic songs? [more inside]
posted by Acetylene at 8:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me remember this dumb TV show

What's-that-TV-Show-Filter: Help me remember the name of an early 2000's comedy/travel show with a German (?) host [more inside]
posted by shokod at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

I need to backup a website to DVD.

What's the best software and method for completely backing up a website to DVD? [more inside]
posted by asuh at 7:06 PM PST - 10 comments

national flags ... public domain?

Are national flags in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 7:04 PM PST - 9 comments

If an insurance adjustor gives an estimate twice what's expected, should I worry?

What happens if an insurance adjustor gives you an estimate that's twice as large as the original body shop estimate you got before the adjustor saw the damage? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 6:48 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm getting too much information!

I am studying to become a psychologist with a sub-specialty in interpersonal relations. I am 30 and single for the first time in 11 years. With everything I learn about relationships I feel a little more disheartened. Now I'm starting to feel at a loss. The things I learn about attraction I think about applying to any potential mate. I feel like I would be cheating in doing so. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 6:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Why is winter more painful?

Why is a blow to the body more painful when it is cold outside? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What's with the little purple lines running up and down the screen?

Can you tell me why my computer has decided that there should be five columns of little purple lines running up and down the screen? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

And man is my kick drum leg sore!

Drummers! Give me some tips on how to practice without a kit at home. [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 6:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Short short story.

I need an extremely short suspense story. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm at 6:05 PM PST - 17 comments

DIY Filter

Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 6:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How to determine if a sump pump will work in my basement.

Would a sump pump help? [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 5:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Doctor screwed up, now what?

Mom had double knee replacement. Doctor admitted doing one wrong. Her leg is now crooked. Options? [more inside]
posted by rryan at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Is the ultimate kitchen really called a "kitchen" anymore?

I'm doing a research project where I'm trying to envision the 'kitchen of the future' - the way to organise your kitchen/eating/etc area so that in 5, 10, and 20 years that it will work well for a busy family with kids. We do so much in our kitchens! A lot of people already consider it their homes' "command centre", where they spend a lot of their time and where people congregate. Help me out (please!) and let me know: - What do you do in your kitchen/eating area? - What do you wish you could do? Better, more easily, or at all? - What would your ultimate kitchen have - as far as setup and 'stuff' - to make it the ultimate centre of your home?
posted by Kololo at 4:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me get my head on straight about a political idea

How can a person who doesn't even have a blog start a meme like thing, a cultural change or influence based on word play? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Stockholm to Aarhus - Train or Plane?

Would it be cheaper to get to Aarhus (Denmark) from Stockholm (Sweden) by budget air or by train? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Help! I'm a stuffaholic.

I’m not materialistic, just far too attached to my worldly possessions. How can I break my addiction to stuff? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Interesting & unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs in China

ChinaFilter: What are some interesting and unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs I can buy in China that is not readily available anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 4:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Winter Weather in Seoul

What's the winter weather feel like in Seoul, South Korea? [more inside]
posted by smorange at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Email Crisis

I've just been informed by my ISP, which hosts all of my client's sites and email, that the email servers are being switched tonight and tomorrow morning all my clients have to add new email accounts with new user names (but same email address.) In addition, the new accounts will not have any of the old emails.... [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Do women do voiceovers for movie trailers?

Why can't I think of any movie trailers narrated by women? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Welcome to the machine

Children of-ailing-seniors-especially-from-California-filter: 80 year old Mom in law broke her hip 8 weeks ago. Always a bit dif't and "the hyper controlling" type, she raised kids and even held down a career. Now that she's in the hospital, that control game... none of the nurses want any part her intense and alienating desire to run the show. Absent her control-type coping mechanism, Mom-in-law is losing her stuff. Rapidly. Entirely. The Medicare / HMO (no deductables to pay.ever!) plan will pitch pills at her but no hands-on treatment (IOW counseling) whatsoever. She needs better care than the HMO will allow. Long Dx short: She's pretty much dying from lack of mental health coverage. >>>Is dumping Medicare / HMO plan and switching to to Medicare / MediCal (she's fully elligable) in fact likely to result in affording Mom-in-law a broader spectrum of treatments and perhaps better care?
posted by Fupped Duck at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Vertical line on laptop monitor ... is this the beginning of the end?

Vertical line on laptop monitor ... is this the beginning of the end? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 3:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Sharing feelings with others at work

I share/vent my feelings with colleagues/peers at work about my boss/other peers. I find it helpful to releive my stress. Is this something normal... Sometimes i feel guilt that i should not speak....Is this something immoral. I do not have bad intentions and am quite honest when i express/share them ... I sometimes have fear, that people will spread this one-to-one talk i have with them, to others and it might finally reach to the person, whom i am talking about and afraid to face the wrath of the other person...
posted by mot123 at 3:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Mountaing a webcam in a window

I need to mount a webcam so that it looks out a window... unfortunately this is not as easy as it sounds. Creative ideas? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I switch to VOIP in Ottawa?

I need help understanding how to switch to a VOIP service, with bonus points for recommendations about an ISP in Ottawa that can provide dry loop DSL. [more inside]
posted by valleys at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Never use AAA!

Help me protect my credit report from corporate idiocy. [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 2:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Climate Change Step-By-Step

Does anyone know of a good online resource that explains in detail the exact series of events that is predicted to occur as a result of climate change if it continues on its current path? [more inside]
posted by textilephile at 2:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Sore septum: sinus infection or dehydration?

On Tuesday, I had a 9-hour flight back from Paris. I drank as much water and non-caffeinated liquid as I could. Within 2-3 hours of landing, I found that my septum was rather sore to the touch. [more inside]
posted by gsh at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

3D Disnezens of the Deep

Disneyworld Epcot's "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" ride: Near the end of the ride, as we travel by in our clamshell wagons, we look through a large window to see various animated Nemo characters projected in 3D into an actual fishtank containing living, respiring denizens of the deep. How did they create that illusion? The illusion doesn't seem to falter with the changing viewing angle of the moving wagon.
posted by bbranden1 at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do countries use -istan in the names?

LanguageFilter: Can anyone point me to the reason that several country names have an -istan ending? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 2:24 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me prove to myself that I am capable of passing a basic Calculus course!

Where can I take (or simulate taking) a basic calculus course for free or cheap. I don't care about credits or anything, I just need to defeat calculus. This time, it's personal. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I need stories for my speech!

I need anecdotes/ideas/something for a speech I will be giving at an antiwar protest this Saturday. Please help! [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Software development: How to best get useful feedback from users?

Software development: How to best get useful feedback from users? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 1:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the implications of long-term antidepressant use?

Can anyone share or point me towards anecdotal or scientific information regarding the implications of long-term antidepressant use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Don't look at me

Last minute Halloween costume help! I need a costume with a veil. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

You've never given up on anything in your life and you aren't going to start now!

What movie or TV show were they parodying in one specific scene on South Park last night? (Spoilers within) [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Downtown Burbank at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Set My Gmail contact names free!

Gmail Contacts filter: I'd like to control the width of column displays in my Gmail contacts list. Right now the "Name" column is too narrow - long names get cut off by the "Details" column. Also, I would like to be able to display the "Notes" from the contact entry form on the "All Contacts" display. Can you hope me?
posted by Irontom at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Should my lungs and I evac from Hollywood?

I live in Hollywood, and I am seeing news stories that the smoke from the SoCal wildfires are coming right at me in the next few days. What level of danger in my in? Do I need to evac? Seriously, is this causing permanent damage to my delicate lungs?
posted by scrawlyman at 1:01 PM PST - 13 comments

My hair is purple. What have I done?

My hair is sort of a light purple-y gray. It was supposed to be dark blond. Now what? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Seattle: Need a new credit union or bank!

Seattle: Please recommend a great bank or hopefully credit union [more inside]
posted by Bob Dobbs at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

where are the docs?

How do I access the C documentation that's on my computer? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Let me buy your books, UK!

Where can I buy books printed in the UK for sale in the US? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 12:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find the mashed-up t-shirt of my dreams?

How can I find an Alfred E. Newman/Misfits mashup t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

These twenty docs go into a bar...

How can I optimize an MS Word doc compilation process? 20 into 1. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments


NYC travel filter: it's kind of a big town, it seems, but I'm sure it has exactly the thing I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 12:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Best driving school in New York?

What's a good driving school for help with the NY driving test? [more inside]
posted by jasonsmall at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with my beloved matchboxes?

What could I do with my collection of Indian matchboxes? Bonus: is it illegal to sell something I make out of them? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find an aftermarket 16" wheel cover for a 2005 Totoya Matrix?

Where can I find an aftermarket 16" wheel cover for a 2005 Totoya Matrix? [more inside]
posted by dy at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

My problem is not in my head, it's in my guts. Help me figure out what it is.

Help me make my next doctor's appointment more productive than my last one. This is about GI stuff. It is long. It is gross. You are warned. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 11:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Consumer Filter - Where To Find - Mongolian Kublai Khan Tall Wool Knit Hat??

I hesitate posting this question, but I have the highest of faith in fellow MeFi's to not only answer my question but understand why I ask for help to find a hat I thought was so cool... [more inside]
posted by gnash at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Ghetto speaker party! Woooo!

Let's ghetto-rig some PA speakers! (Audio challenge inside :D) [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 11:12 AM PST - 15 comments

I get my apples from a jar.

I've got five gallons of Hard Cider that doesn't taste so hot. Applejack, or Mulled Cider? [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I borrow your United confirmation number?

Can I borrow your United confirmation number and last name for your flight departing within 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Minor damage to borrowed car - next step?

I backed into a rock and damaged a borrowed car. The owner won't return until Monday. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Yummy disgusting

Since it's almost Halloween and all, I need ideas for foods that look disgusting but don't taste disgusting. Does anyone have any good recipes or sources? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Pancakes done differently

Got any interesting recipes for pancake batter? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:02 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me find an epilator

I want to buy an epilator. Which should I get? [more inside]
posted by icarus at 9:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Professional slideshow software

Looking for high end slide show software. I am putting together a slide show of family pictures and have been approached by others to put together slide shows for them as well. I am proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator and enjoy the challenges and rewards that using them brings. [more inside]
posted by aisleofview at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a new gynecologist in Denver

I need to find a new gynecologist in Denver [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Help for visiting NYC?

Help for visiting NYC? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 9:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Let AskMe **** you!

As part of my Halloween preparations, I'm looking for mp3 files of (preferably) real or alleged exorcisms. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis at 9:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Which is the safest keyboard logger?

Which is the safest keyboard logger to install that is known not to send the logs to a third-party? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Did I imagine this Vine column?

Looking for a specific old Vine advice column from the Tomato Nation website about how to handle panic attacks among friends. [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Want to modify a simple php script

How can I modify this php form script so that the submitted email address also becomes the "from" address of the received email.
posted by davebush at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I help a friend who will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the next few months?

My friend's wife is recovering from breast cancer. They removed the tumor a couple weeks ago, and they found no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph system. She's expected to make a full recovery. But in order to kill any remaining cancer cells, for the next 2 months she'll be undergoing chemotherapy, and then 1 month of radiation therapy afterwards. What can I do to make life easier and/or lift the spirits of her and her husband? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 8:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Brilliant recurring calendar events?

What brilliant recurring events have you set up on your calendar app? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:44 AM PST - 35 comments

Floor cabling

How do I run a cable under my floor? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Folk Music about New York?

Recommendations for Folk song specifically abut New York City? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 7:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Why exclude postseason performance for baseball awards?

[BaseballFilter] Am I right that ballots for MLB's Cy Young, MVP, and Rookie of the Year awards (among others) are cast before the postseason begins, and, if I have that right, what is the rationale for not considering, or at least giving voters a chance to consider, postseason performance?
posted by jmstephan at 7:49 AM PST - 19 comments

packet loss wreaks more havoc than it ought to on ssh sessions

packet loss wreaks more havoc than it ought to on ssh sessions... even when connectivity returns, the session can take take a dozen seconds to return to interactivity. it's often faster to reconnect with a new session than to wait for the established session to recover. frustrating and distracting. has anyone else seen and solved this issue? some kind of retry/timeout/backoff adjustment or something?
posted by blah2poboxcom at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

I want this job but I look like a slob?

I have an interview for a Web dev position with a university next week, for the graduate department (Midwest, Big 10). I read Dress for Success about 30 years ago, but since then I have been mostly a jeans and t-shirts guy. I am out of touch with the business world and academia these days. What should I wear to my interview?
posted by bricoleur at 7:40 AM PST - 35 comments

Eye strain or not?

If it's not eye strain then what is it? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 7:34 AM PST - 7 comments

The Ending of Alan Moore's From Hell

I've got a question about the ending of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell. Needless to say, SPOILERS follow. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Bring It On, Tin Man!

Does anyone remember the old Bud Light commercial based on old-style table hockey and the "Bubble Boy Leage?" [more inside]
posted by Adelwolf at 6:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me make wireless setup easy for our end-users

Is there any way to build an installation package that would setup a Wireless Access Point along with security key (WEP) using Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by genial at 4:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Space Music, Please!

I need some space songs! I'm putting together a power point slide show for a teachers' awards ceremony. The teachers just finished participating in a professional development program that focused on space science, so I'd like the slide show to have space music to go with the photos. [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 3:51 AM PST - 51 comments

Songs inspired by songs?

What are some songs inspired by other songs? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq at 3:30 AM PST - 77 comments

Best way to backup a backup NAS

I have a small network of 3 computers at home which connect wireless to a router. Plugged into this router is a Netgear sc101 NAS type device. What I’m looking for is another device that will back up the contents of the sc101 so it can be taken off site. I don’t want to have to do a full backup each time just backup files that have changed or are new is this possible? if so could someone recommend a solution ?
posted by toocan at 2:16 AM PST - 4 comments

I love that segment, because it reminds me of myself...

This American Life Filter: There's an episode where a guy finds out he's a lousy friend [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex at 1:19 AM PST - 17 comments

October 24

Cat's lonely, can't make it up the ladder

I live in a two story loft-ish apartment, and the cat wants to sleep with me upstairs, but only a wood ladder is available. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 11:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for Alzheimer's Facilities in the Las Vegas Area

My mom has Alzheimer's Disease, which is progressing quickly and my brothers and I are looking for placement options in the Las Vegas / Henderson Nevada area. [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 10:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Migrate xp from boot camp on one computer to parallels on another?

How do I migrate a boot camp xp partition on one computer to another computer with parallels installed? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

It's "Saw" all over again. Really.

Is it possible to spoof a Caller ID easily? If so, can you call a number and spoof that number's Caller ID to itself? As in, Person A gets a call from...Person A. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 10:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Things are beautiful if you love them

Please help me ID some art. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Shortest law job you ever had?

What's the shortest professional job you ever held? And should I feel bad for leaving my firm after only 7-8 months? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 10:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Suing over unpaid wages

Suing over unpaid wages when it's a small amount? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Trying to locate a series of short Matthew McConaughey radio parodies

Looking for a series of short Matthew McConaughey parodies I heard on the radio earlier in the year. [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 8:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Desperately seeking my intelligent other half

WANTED : Laptop for a gorilla. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 8:40 PM PST - 12 comments


I'm running in circles looking for a quotation. Something about how at the age of 40 you become the person you always were, or always were meant to be, or something like that. Anybody know the quote and who said it? Thx!!
posted by Misciel at 8:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me justify my new budget catergory!

What can I do with expensive mozzarella? [more inside]
posted by Ctrl_Alt_ep at 8:10 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I deal with forbidden characters during HD backup?

[MacFilter] I am trying to back up my iMac onto a portable HD. I get an error for each folder/file name with non-alphanumeric characters, and once the error pops up, the copying stops cold. Please help me find a way around this. [more inside]
posted by Capri at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Tofu recipe?

Recipe for stuffed tofu at New York City deli/steamtable/buffet by the pound places. [more inside]
posted by krikany at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me dopamine, or give me death.

What's a good source of GABA tablet supplements? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 7:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me understand billable hour expectations for people other than lawyers....

Help me with Web / IT consulting and billable time. Consulting firms make their money on billable hours - what percentage of a 40 hour work week needs to be billable for different roles within the company? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me feed Drupal!

Can I obtain RSS feeds from Drupal, on more than just the (root) front page, and with a calendar View? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

No 1 to 4 AV selector?

Why won't an AV selector work backwards? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 7:30 PM PST - 8 comments

need the lowdown on KCMO

My band is pondering a move from San Francisco to Kansas City to take advantage of the rent savings and central location for touring. We'll be visiting the town again in a few weeks to check out neighborhoods and rentals -- any advice? [more inside]
posted by redshifter at 7:23 PM PST - 16 comments

help me eradicate the bad unhealthy smell that I can't locate.

There's this odor. I don't know what it is or how to describe it except as dry, organic, and searing. Noisome and musty. But not organic like shit nor like mildew. Not searing like acid. Astringent but not like alcohol. A staleness, certainly, that tickles the throat and makes the eyes water. A malodorous fustiness, raw but not putrid. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 7:19 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I get picked up in New York?

A small and easily answered question: If I take the Acela from Baltimore to Manhattan (Penn Station), where's the most convenient place for someone to meet me and pick me up? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How long does it take for the hormones to leave my system?

What can I expect from taking a break from hormonal birth control? How long does it take the hormones to clear out of your system? Which hormonal birth control side effects disappear and which stay? Factual and anecdotal advice welcome! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 6:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Why is my mp3 player running out of battery power?

Why does my MP3 player run out of battery power so rapidly when I connect it to an amplifier and speakers as versus when it is connected to my headphones? [more inside]
posted by geos at 6:45 PM PST - 4 comments

The oldest continuous active and believable genealogy?

What's the oldest believable continuous genealogy for a live person? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 6:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Maths: Help me!

Time for a ridiculous math question: I've got F=255M^(-1.08) and I need to work out M. [more inside]
posted by cholly at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

"An intellectual carrot! The mind boggles!" / [If you're going to grow that stuff, make sure there's enough for everybody]

Has a film ever told a completely different story in its subtitles compared to the audio track? [more inside]
posted by kurumi at 6:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Land Shark: "Knock Knock, Craigslist"

When you sell, offload or buy something on Craigslist, Freecycle, etc., where do you complete the transaction? Is it unsafe to just do it at your home? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 5:46 PM PST - 39 comments

sound familiar?

Help find the movie: The running amok of Mr. ____ ? [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What program will build my company website?

I will soon be put in charge of putting together a secure website for my company. It won't be terribly complex (I think), and it doesn't have to look terribly pretty, but as a relative newbie to something like this, I need some advice as to what software to use. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

What was that password again?

In Windows XP, is there a way to see the password that is stored in the system to log into a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 5:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Everything on my Macbook Pro's screen is so tiny. How can I make it easier to see?

I'd really like to switch to Mac, and just got a MacBook Pro. Because of my vision, I really need everything to be larger in order to see the screen comfortably. (I previously used a 15" ThinkPad at 1024x768, and a 19" monitor at 1280x1024) On the Mac, the screen's set at 1440x800, and everything appears incredibly tiny. I really need it to be at 1152x720 to feel comfortable using it, but everything becomes fuzzy since this is a non-native resolution of the LCD. I've also tried everything else I can think of to make things larger, including adjusting browser text sizes, playing with the settings in System Preferences, and hacks in the Terminal such as adjusting adjusting the display factor, which nearly does it but is quite buggy. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there anything else worth trying? Is it possible to hire someone to replace the LCD in the MacBook Pro with a one that has a lower native resolution? Or am I stuck with my ThinkPad for the forseeable future?
posted by lsemel at 4:44 PM PST - 19 comments

trimming pdf's?

Without "pro" software, how can I trim pages from large pdf files? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you reccomend documentaries about line cooks or kitchens?

I am looking for documentaries about line cooks or restaurant kitchens. [more inside]
posted by notchristopher at 3:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Where do I find first-generation tech immigrants?

Looking to do a story on first-generation South/Asian immigrants in the South Bay area. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Where is the list of hidden folders kept?

Mac OS X filter: In terminal, if I go to / and ls, I see a bunch of folders that are hidden in Finder, for example /etc, /private, /sbin, and so on. How do I add a folder to that list? [more inside]
posted by jon4009 at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Am i too old for MBA

I am 35 and half years old. I am planning of doing part-time MBA after taking up GMAT. (I plan to work in non-profit after finishing MBA.Currently a software engineer working in u.s.a) Do you think i am too old for MBA ?
posted by tom123 at 2:19 PM PST - 18 comments

MacBooks and Windows, still duking it out!

MacBook running XP has major "SYSTEM" issues. Why? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't care for television, but I want to stay current on cultural memes.

How can I keep up with television spread memes without watching (much) tv? [more inside]
posted by yohko at 1:47 PM PST - 18 comments

PDF batch editing

PDF editing - batch processing on a large number of pages? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Panty stealer!

My roommate is trying to get me evicted. Does she have grounds? Furthermore, what actions can I take? [more inside]
posted by fiasco at 1:05 PM PST - 45 comments

I need a CMS that supports multiple-authors-per-post

CMSFilter: I need a CMS that supports multiple authors *per-post* because many of the authors collaborate. A search on any one author should bring up anything they've been a part of, as well as their own stuff. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

SD Cards by the pound?

Surely I can buy 128 or 64mb SD cards for ridiculously low prices, now that they are so out of date. Right? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Apartment review

Is there such a thing as a review site for apartment buildings? I'm thinking something like Tripadvisor or Expedia for apartment rentals.
posted by catburger at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

flushfilter: why is my toilet having a hissy fit? video inside

All of a sudden my toilet hisses when I flush it. As well as being an annoying sound, it also refills the tank very slowly. I'm no handyman but I'm loathe to pay a plumber if it's something simple I can fix myself. In the video I push the float down to demonstrate what happens on flush. Any ideas? flush video
posted by razzman at 11:58 AM PST - 8 comments

What supports 8-bit palettized textures?

Do any modern graphics cards still support 8-bit palettized textures? If not, what were the last ones that did? [more inside]
posted by baf at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

My evenings are a waste of time.

How can I increase my evening productivity (i.e. not be such a lazybones when I get home from work) ? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 11:27 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I integrate e-mail using work and Gmail IMAP?

How do I use Gmail's new IMAP with my existing Exchange e-mail? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Dull Title

I need a good, catchy title for my utterly dry and boring Tech Writing paper! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 11:16 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to get part of a website onto a USB sick at will

I need to get part of a website onto a USB sick at will [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 11:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Library GroupMetaMindThing

I have a Masters in Library Science. I received it a year and a bit back. In that time, I have been applying for a job in the public library sector as a reference librarian. I am not getting anywhere though I am following professional protocol in regards to a sound cover letter and solid resume. I got a 3.6 GPA in the program which is decent but not perfect. Decent, though. I have recently been broadening my search to places outside of my home state of Indiana (and Indianapolis). If you have any recommendations for the best job site areas to review on a regular basis, I am interested. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon at 11:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Staying in Sunriver, Oregon

Looking for fun things to do/see around Sunriver, Oregon this weekend. We'll be there Thursday through Sunday. Familiar with the Bend, OR area? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 11:01 AM PST - 9 comments

NYC car battery replacement?

I have a 1995 Ford Thunderbird in NYC/upper Manhattan. I suspect my battery is dead. Where can I get it replaced? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

UK Fixed Train Tickets

UK Trains: If I buy a ticket for a journey with changes which specifies that it can only be used on particular trains, what happens if train 1 is late getting me to my connection and I miss train 2, do I become eligible for later travel? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Why won't my dentist give me copies of my digital x-rays?

Can anyone think of a good reason why my dentist can't (won't) provide me with copies of the digital radiographs of my teeth? They say they can provide copies, but I've seen what copies of their digital pix look like and they're awful. The digital pix are just files on a laptop - why can't they copy them to a flash card? I even offered to provide the card. You would think paying $3,000.00 worth of dental work would be enough to cover copies of digital pictures? I don't want to cause problems with my dentist as he is my son's dentist as well and don't want to rock the boat unless it's absolutely necessary. So, I thought maybe a MeFite might have a logical explanation that I'm just missing. Thanks!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 10:47 AM PST - 38 comments

good image gallery plugin for wordpress?

What's a good image gallery plugin for Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:32 AM PST - 15 comments

How to look real in photographs?

What's the best way to react when a camera is pointing at you so that you look real/ not like an idiot in the photograph? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

BBC4 Broadcast Rights?

Looking for information on the broadcast/screening rights for a four-part special broadcast on BBC 4 in 1992. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a resource to have a graduate admissions statement of intent read and critiqued please.

I am applying to grad school. The deadline is approaching. Where can I go to get my letter of intent (personal statement) read and critiqued? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Best All-in-one printers?

I just need an all-in-one printer that will copy, print and scan. Don't need fax really. This is for home use. I currently have an Epson CX4600, actually it's the 2nd one in 3 years. The first one died before the warranty was up, so they sent me a new one and I sent the old one back. Now this one won't print or copy. I've tried all of the trouble shooting things. Epson says I have to buy a new one. I dont want another Epson.
posted by sandra194 at 10:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Need help for Formalisms in Quantum Physics

I badly need help on formalisms in Quantum Mechanics! I just read this post from 2 years ago, and it did help a little, but not really enough. [more inside]
posted by kureshii at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Soul Mining: How do I learn how to feel my emotions?

How does one dig up and release deep-seated rage, or any other deeply repressed (old baggage-type) emotions? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 9:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Cigarette Sampler?

Is there such a thing as a cigarette sampler? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

I Want Him to be Sedated

Still crazy after all these years filter - what can be done about my dad? (long post following) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I've seen the light, and it's killed the mood.

Okay, my neighbors, in Albuquerque, have taken it upon themselves to make use of their security light, keeping it on from 7pm until sunrise, and, well, it's driving me nuts. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 28 comments

getting the shaft

What's the cost of Ensinger Tecamid 6/6 MDS or GF30 as an 11/16" rod, and where can I get the material anywhere around chicagoland? [more inside]
posted by chibikeandy at 8:57 AM PST - 1 comment

I need to connect to a VPN from a linux box. It has to be possible... right?

LinuxFilter: Help me solve one last hurdle thats keeping me from going to linux full time at home. VPN issues are making me mad. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Did my treadmill get me sick?

Did working out make me sick? How do I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Questions about a month-long trip to Iceland.

Lots of questions about a month-long trip to Iceland. [more inside]
posted by sjl7678 at 8:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Personal Finance Filter

Does anyone know of a good financial advisor in the Northern VA/DC area?
posted by gogomickey at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

A boring, albeit important MS Access question

Our main MS Access database seems to have ballooned mysteriously. Our membership database which was 12 megabytes as of at least April is now 78! We did not acquire 66 megabytes worth of new members, whats the deal? [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC Cheap Old Graphic Instructional Books

Where to find retro science/school books on the cheap in NYC and Brooklyn? Think martin denny, for your fase. [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Frankly my dear, I want hot sauce

Frank's Original Red Hot sauce. Where can I find it in the UK? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Switching to Sprint - should I?

My cell phone contract with Verizon is up and I'm thinking of switching to Sprint. Should I? [more inside]
posted by pretzel at 7:34 AM PST - 24 comments

60% titanium, 40% cotton.

Where can I get the signature shirt of Artie, the Strongest Man in the World... in three days? [more inside]
posted by nomad at 7:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Streaming Arab Radio

I'm looking for a streaming radio station playing the latest in Arab pop music. There used to be a fantastic one called Beirut Mood Radio a number of months ago. Sadly, it disappeared without a trace. Something in the vein of Hifa Wehbe would be fantastic. A shoutcast (or icecast) stream would be preferable. Windows Media doesn't work for me. Many thanks.
posted by grahamux at 7:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Things to do in Dubai when you're pregnant.

Going to Dubai with a bun in the oven... [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 7:07 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do with these found journals?

A box of 25 - 30 used diaries, journals, and sketchbooks has shown up on the stoop of my apartment. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 7:02 AM PST - 23 comments

How to evaluate wedding DJs?

I'm getting married near Bowie, MD and I'm in search of a decent DJ but I'm not entirely sure the criteria I should use to evaluate them outside of testimonials and calling up references. My question is: 1) how do you evaluate the various DJs and 2) does anyone have a DJ they strongly recommend? Thanks!
posted by wangarific at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Lamb Flavored Turkey Chops? Need a recipe!

Lamb Flavored Turkey Chops. Recipe, anyone? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Transporting perishable gifts on a plane

Help me get important, perishable gifts home through 18 hours of plane flights! (Cream/Cake thing, Chocolate truffle thing, and hard-cider-like thing!) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Have Studies Been Done On Criminal Background Check Accuracy?

How reliable, statistically speaking, are criminal background checks? [more inside]
posted by peacecorn at 5:53 AM PST - 8 comments

After second-hand synths in London

Where can I buy myself a lovely second-hand analogue synth in London? It's my birthday, I'm alone, the only way out is to buy a new instrument as a present to myself. Nothing TOO expensive - I'm thinking a Juno 106 or something. Is there any shop that might stock one?
posted by Ted Maul at 5:28 AM PST - 4 comments


What kind of information am I entitled to when I buy shares of a company? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 5:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Escape from Pipex

Is this a problem with my ISP, and could it be solved by ditching them and going else where? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 4:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Improve my FIBS ranking

What are the best resources or techniques for improving my backgammon skills? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find reliable external storage

What 500Gb+ external HDD should I buy? Quietness, coolness, and reliability are a priority. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:32 AM PST - 20 comments

What does it mean to "pick your feet in Poughkeepsie"?

What does it mean to "pick your feet in Poughkeepsie"? (From the movie 'The French Connection')
posted by lazy robot at 3:28 AM PST - 6 comments

But there are many, many Moles, including Green Mole with Tomatillos, Green Mole with Pumpkinseeds, Orange-Red Mole, Red Mole, Yellow Mole and the famous peasant Soup, Mole de Olla.

How do I make a great mole (poblano)? [more inside]
posted by mek at 2:14 AM PST - 7 comments

SOCKS proxy on OS X. What a bunch of ocks.

I'd like to use certain, specific applications over a SOCKS proxy on OS X. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Is Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.5 really a good full hard drive backup solution?

Is Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.5 really a good full hard drive backup solution? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:31 AM PST - 4 comments

October 23

Help me appreciate horror movies.

What exactly is the appeal of slasher movies like Saw, Hostel, The Hills Have Eyes and Wolf Creek? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:16 PM PST - 54 comments

Can I make the side panel of Windows dialogs more like OSX?

Can I make the side panel of Windows dialogs more like OSX? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 11:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Big Onyx Man Ring: Secret Meaning? Where to get one?

Big Onyx Man Ring: Secret Meaning? Where to get one? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 11:02 PM PST - 24 comments

true till death!

Best place to find hardcore music online? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 10:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Have you seen this picture in a commercial?

Does anyone know which commercial this picture is from?
posted by meta.mark at 10:35 PM PST - 7 comments

A digital version of Janis Ian's "Ginny the Flying Girl"

Anyone know where I can get the song "Ginny the Flying Girl" by Janis Ian, short of buying an out-of-print Sesame Street LP? [more inside]
posted by suimin at 10:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about your mother.

I need to come up with interview questions to ask a writer. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Advanced Schmoozing Seminar: Self-Directed Topics in Networking

SchmoozeFilter: How can I interact intelligently with VIPs and other (self-) important people at networking events? Are there any salespeople out there who can help me? (I'm a government worker operating at the interface between the operational and the political, and much of my work involves protecting sources of funding). [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for songs about wanting to eat, but not being able to, or hunger, or something like that.

Looking for songs about wanting to eat, but not being able to, or hunger, or something like that. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 8:28 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I password protect a CD for both mac and pc?

I want to encrypt a CD with a very simple password. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 7:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for scientific process in science-fiction

Looking for science-fiction that attempts to accurately depict the process of science. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 7:51 PM PST - 36 comments

Road trip along the coast!

Help me plan a road trip for me & the wife! Los Angeles to Portland Oregon. We're planning the trip for 8 days (roundtrip), preferably no more than about 8 hours driving time per day. We'd like to spend at least one full day in Portland. [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 7:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Marketing Filter: Please help a wannabe be all that he can be!

What's the best marketing strategy for an independent contractor looking to focus on distribution centers and third party logistics providers? Long-winded version inside... [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 7:32 PM PST - 3 comments

who can build my kite

Where can I get a number of appliqued kites made? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 7:30 PM PST - 2 comments

#2 pencil - 20 years = x qty remedial math classes

Bonehead Math Filter: What sort of math is on the NJ College Basic Skills Placement Test [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 6:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Clipless pedals clip in?

Clipless pedals, biking shoes ... how do I make sense of it all? On a budget? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 6:27 PM PST - 21 comments

The making of... My movie night tradition!

I have lived in a studio apartment for the past several years and avoided having people over to hang out. Now that I've graduated to a one-bedroom apartment, I'm more comfortable having comany over again. My apartment is still pretty small, but I'm working on making it inviting. My idea: First Friday movie night. Now what? [more inside]
posted by meindee at 6:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Where have all the Dashboard stickies gone?

Where have all the Dashboard stickies gone? [more inside]
posted by dereisbaer at 6:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What kind of bug is this?

Does anyone have any idea what kind of bug this is? Located in Los Angeles, last night.
posted by rollo tomassi at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Bibdesk exporting?

How do you export or convert BibDesk (or generally Bibtex) bibliographies in a specific format (like MLA, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Please please please do not go

Where should my liberal South African friend move? My bias: I don't want her to go! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 5:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me head for the hills.

Need help finding traditional mountain/snow lodge-type getaway in the U.S. Think the lodge from The Shining (without all the REDRUM). [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 5:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending?

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending, like the series finale of the Sopranos? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 5:00 PM PST - 62 comments

Agave flavor in tequila

Help me find a tequila I'll enjoy more. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 4:52 PM PST - 33 comments

Paper folding technique, please

Is there any way to divide a square piece of paper into absolutely perfect thirds without a ruler? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I send out automated emails from my new website without being marked as a spammer?

I have an idea for yet another hairbrained social networking website (which paradoxically might hit it big :-) ). I've coded most of it up on a linux server using apache, php, mysql at softlayer.com. The hostname is registered at godaddy (which I can change if desirable). What's the minimum I need to do the following (I'd rather work on the website application logic and learn as little as possible about mail server administration for now): [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

How to Draw a Perfect Triangle?

My friend myn asks: If you wanted to draw a n equalateral triangle dead center on a rectangle. How would you most efficinently do this using a pen, paper, ruler? THANKS!
posted by fe2dell at 3:59 PM PST - 23 comments

6400 "Black Edition" the end of the line?

I have a Dell Inspiron 531 desktop that came with an Athlon X2 64 5600+ processor. I have heard that the last in this line of processors (and the last socket AM2) will be the 6400 - did I lock myself into a dead-end CPU upgrade path? Or will I be able to upgrade in the future to AMD's next line of processors, whatever it is?
posted by nervestaple at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How donations via SMS works?

I need to setup donations via SMS for a client, but I don't know how I can start. What companies offer this, what are the costs. Anyone knows?
posted by Leech at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Gmail Mobile Confusion

I don't understand cell phone java applications... Can the hive mind help me to troubleshoot Gmail Mobile? [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

A presentation on transhumanism!

How do I successfully plan and execute a powerpoint presentation on the merits of transhumanism? [more inside]
posted by Dayvan_Cowboy at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Learn to play as an adult - piano or guitar?

Assuming no musical talent, which would be better for a n00b to try to learn - piano or guitar? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Vintage Indian bike vector graphic needed

Looking for vector graphics of 40's or 50's Indian bikes [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Why does my light smell like it's burning?

Why does my ETC Source Four Ellipsoidal light smell like it's on fire? [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a very large list of jokes?

Where can I find a very large list of jokes? [more inside]
posted by subverted at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

How many people actually visit my blog on a regular basis?

Google Analytics Question: Over a five month period, it's telling me I've had about 300 visitors who have read my site between 9 and 100 times. I realize this is small potatoes in the World O' Blogs, but it seems entirely too high to me. Please explain how Google thinks 20 semi-loyal visitors (my estimate) is 300. Surely they are mostly bots?
posted by eurasian at 1:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Plug Me In To The Zen Machine

Obscure Todd Rundgren/Utopia filter: What chords will go with the Utopia song "Zen Machine" ? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 1:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Which news client should I use?

Which news client should I use? Most of the ones I used are slow. Also it seems when I download mp3s, it shoves them all in the same folder- that's pretty annoying as I have to manually sort them. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 1:22 PM PST - 12 comments

SurvivalistFilter part 3: Homemade MREs

Survivalist/LazyStudentFilter: I need advise on the feasibility of making my own "canned" meals (but without the can), using boil-able/freezable/microwavable plastic pouches, a vacuum sealer, and a pressure cooker. May interest cheap and lazy students, busy people, and survivalists - if it works. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by jytsai at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

What Radio Shows would I like

What radio talk shows might I be interested in based on my current and former listening habits? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is the firefox X tab extension?

Do you know which Firefox extension it is that moves the X to the far right on each tab? [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith at 12:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Need a basic text formatting tool for a CMS

I'm looking for a very simple WYSIWYG text formatting tool to use in a custom CMS. [more inside]
posted by eightball at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Famous working couples

Can you think of any more famous working couples? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes at 11:51 AM PST - 148 comments

Need magic to convert PDF to Excel

OCRfilter: any software that will take a PDF and convert it to Excel? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

A cognitive behavioral therapist and/or a psychiatrist in Northern NJ or NYC?

A cognitive behavioral therapist and/or a psychiatrist in Northern NJ or NYC? I know a similar question was posted in April, but I think a lot of the replies were emailed directly to the poster. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 0 comments

Scary drinks wanted...

Yet another Halloween question... What are your favorite drink/cocktail recipes with a Halloween "twist"? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

graphic design in the past

Are there any websites or books that go into the different design/typographical/whatever styles of different eras? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

My roommates are driving me nuts. How do I make them stop?

What can I do about my roommates that f**k with me? Is there some legal way to deal with this? Is there some sort of Jedi mind trick I can put on them to make them stop? It is really getting bad and it may turn violent. Please help find a way to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 11:11 AM PST - 60 comments

Doctor/Allergist/Dentist/Mental Health Person recommendations in the "Boston area"

Doctor/Allergist/Dentist/Mental Health Person recommendations in the "Boston area" [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 10:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Wakey wakey!

LoTechFilter: I need a clock radio. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Moving to Edinburgh

I am an American moving to Edinburgh, Scotland. I'd like your advice on neighborhoods, telecomm, banking, and taxes. [more inside]
posted by alopez at 10:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Advice for big hike in Yosemite

Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point - I plan on spending next weekend in Yosemite, staying in a tent cabin at Curry Village and doing this hike with a friend. Has anyone done this trail and/ or have advice to offer? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I have to cover my absentee roommate's rent?

Am I responsible for my roommate's rent? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Things About Fruit

I'm looking for phrases, sayings, anything that incorporates a fruit. For example: "Apple of my eye" or "Cherry on top." Thanks!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:06 AM PST - 45 comments

What are some worn and used songs in other countries?

In the U.S., there are those songs that relentlessly show up everywhere. Songs like C&C Music Factory's "Good Vibrations," for example. I've heard it on numerous commercials, shows, in arenas, etc. These are songs that are still used LONG past their 15 minutes of fame due date. But what about other countries? [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Is the portrayal of CPR on tv/in movies totally inaccurate?

Is the portrayal of CPR in tv/movies totally bunk? I read somewhere that CPR can't actually return someone to consciousness, but rather just keeps them alive long enough to receive more advanced medical treatment. Is this actually the case, or could CPR alone revive someone? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 9:35 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get iron in my blood quickly?

How can I temporarily boost my blood iron levels for the next 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 9:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Worth it to downgrade iPhone?

So downgrading my iPhone's firmware to 1.0.2... worth the risk? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments


For this year's Religious Studies Dept. Halloween party (theme: dress as a religious character), my partner and I want to go as Zombie Jesus and Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. Is this offensive? If not, can you help me plan the costumes? I have never seen JCVH (and won't be able to before the party), what would an appropriate costume be? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Rubber shoes for all weathers?

Please help me locate some rubber shoes. I want them to be completely rubber, so I can just rinse them clean under running water. They're not for what you think... ;) [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Publicly available databases involving terrorism and war

After hearing this story on NPR this morning about the Harmony Database of al Qaeda correspondence, I began wondering what other public databases like this exist out there that are ripe for analysis and picking apart. I'm looking specifically for things like this related to the "War on Terrorism" and the Iraq War, but older stuff would be good too.
posted by proj at 8:49 AM PST - 2 comments

What are these things on my roof?

I climbed up on our Philly rowhome's roof a couple months ago to have a look at it & came across a couple of raised sections that I'm curious about. Are they roof hatches? Skylights? Nothing? [more inside]
posted by zempf at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop dropping acid

After an awful flight from Denver to Seattle last night, my ears still feel plugged. Any suggestions on how to get them to pop? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Need creative advice for a retail window display

I need suggestions and creative inspiration for a wallpaper/backdrop for a retail window display. [more inside]
posted by cameron.case at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I tell my Ipod docking clock radio to wake me up to a playlist?

I have the Ipod Touch which I enjoy EXCEPT for its newly crippled alarm clock. My previous Ipod would play a playlist as the alarm sound. The Touch doesn't do this and it's slowly driving me crazy. I own an Ipod docking clock radio so all may not be lost. [more inside]
posted by bovious at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I recover my deleted pictures?

Have I lost my digital photos? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

What is a good monitor for a web designer?

What is a good monitor for a web designer? I'm on a PC and would prefer a CRT monitor at least 21". [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 7:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Fatherly is to Patriarch as Wealthy is to ???

A patriarch is the top father-figure, the peerless dad. I used the word "plutarch" to mean someone of peerless wealth, mixing "plutocracy" and "patriarch"... but it turns out the only Plutarch is a Greek biographer. What word should I use?
posted by Mozai at 7:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Good reading under the rising sun

I'd like to read some blogs and websites in Japanese. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 7:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a heathen design a groom's glass bag for a Jewish wedding.

I have a friend who is getting married next year. Her husband-to-be is Jewish, and they will be incorporating symbolism from his faith into their non-traditional ceremony. I would like advice from those with more experience/knowledge than my own, before I make a requested item for them. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 7:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Let the sunshine in?

Is there a way of determining how much heat I am losing by opening versus closing the shutters of a drafty window? And also, determining how much heat I am gaining when the sunlight streams in through the open shutters? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Double the Fun. Where can I find a double-hemmed suit jacket?

Sexy Suits: This weekend I saw a woman wearing a blazer with a double-hem at the bottom, kind of like this one. It wasn't that one though - it was sharper, nicer fabric, not as round, with stronger diagonal line from the hip downwards. I so need one of these jackets! [more inside]
posted by barnone at 7:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Is this CRT monitor dying?

My old, faithful, color-reliable, flat screen, CRT computer monitor sometimes starts making a strange, extremely high-pitched noise, which - while not ear-piercing, is annoying. [more inside]
posted by _dario at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

What kind of wild cat is this?

I am really curious about this page [nsfw image] ... what kind of wild cat is this? Bonus questions include the gist of what the page says & what the cat is playing with in the last few pictures... [more inside]
posted by catfood at 6:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Helping an ESL student with a lisp

How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 6:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Splunking files on Windows boxes

Getting Splunk running on Solaris 5.8, with log files on Windows boxes. [more inside]
posted by ajp at 6:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Replacement earphones wanted

I like these earphones but they're no longer available. What do you recommend as a substitute? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 5:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Where are people going now that Oink is gone?

Where are people going now that Oink is gone? Is there anything that compares?
posted by hazyspring at 5:14 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me win a pie making competition.

Help me win a pie making competition. [more inside]
posted by djstig at 5:02 AM PST - 9 comments

IPAQ phone: Do I pay for GPS/wifi?

Am I charged if I leave on the wifi and whenever I use the GPS? I'd hate to find some gi-normous phone bill just because I play with the GPS when I'm wait for the metro... [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 4:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Are my memories real? Does it matter if they aren't?

How can I be sure that my childhood actually happened? [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 1:59 AM PST - 44 comments

Looking for a good home inspector in Houston

Can anyone recommend a good home inspector in Houston? And more generally, how does one search out a good home inspector - I've heard that real estate agents tend to recommend those who "tend to minimize defects to keep the referring agents happy." [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard at 1:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Spreadsheet program with images in cells?

I'm looking for a spreadsheet program for OS X that will allow me to essentially create a dictionary list, in alphabetical order... the crucial element is that it needs to be able to contain images in the cells (some definitions have diagrams)! [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 12:38 AM PST - 9 comments

extended wristband

This question is dumb, (but so am I). I need to find a trivial bit of apparel but can't think of the most direct way of going about getting it. If you check out this video around 0:25 (or 2:13 here), I need that thingie on the bassist's wrist. It's like a wristband but it's thicker goes up the forearm a little more. Were you in the Boston area where would you go to find something like that that doesn't involve just random stores + hope?
posted by Firas at 12:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Sock it to me

Let's say I was selling really cool handmade and individually numbered socks. They would be organic and would have 3% of their sales donated to a charity. Now, let's say I set a cap at 400 pairs a month. Would you be intrigued to purchase them? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 12:04 AM PST - 26 comments

October 22

Accelerating with Excel

I have a list of a few hundred people involved with the school I am at this year, and I need to break the names into First, Middle, and Last Name. Is there a way to make excel go through a list of names and at any point where there is a character break (a space like this---> ) put the rest of the cell one over to the right?
posted by daviss at 11:08 PM PST - 13 comments

My Mac is starting up so s-l-o-w-l-y

My Mac PB takes about 10 minutes to start up and then another 5 to load mac mail or safari. Am I about to crash? [more inside]
posted by pman78 at 10:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Proper noun problem:

You capitalize "The Civil War", right? And you capitalize "The Civil Rights Movement", right? Do you capitalize "The Women's Movement"? Do you capitalize "The Anti-Globalization Movement"? What about the "Spay and Neuter 'Movement'"? Is every specific movement or event in history considered a proper noun – and if not, why not? Do I get to just arbitrarily decide what to capitalize in these sorts of examples, or is there some 'rule' that only applies to historic events that hold a certain level of significance – and who decides what is significant enough? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:45 PM PST - 43 comments

What to see in George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel

What should I see in George Town, Grand Cayman and how can I reliably get from Cozumel to Tulum? [more inside]
posted by wilburn at 9:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I let my girlfriend move across the country to be with me?

Met girl abroad, corresponded for several months, met again, got together, started living together as soon as I got back to the states. Now I've moved across the country, and she's set to follow soon. I'm not sure I want her to. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 PM PST - 42 comments

modern life is rubbish

I'm a lifelong Anglophile, and I have an unhealthy interest in reading about modern British life and society. Basically I'm looking to buy (in America) (imported) British magazines ... [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 9:16 PM PST - 19 comments

art screensaver

I would like to find a screensaver an artist friend can load his artwork into and sell, for PC's and Macs. [more inside]
posted by diode at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Why these mountains?

I'm sitting in North Clairemont, San Diego, watching the fires pass by on the north, east and south. Why are all the street names in my neighborhood named after mountain peaks? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Two practical questions about North Korea.

Two related questions about North Korea: (1) Can anyone point me to a distributor, collector, or other source of North Korean films, either on DVD/VHS or (ideally) on film? (2) How would I go about directing a letter there? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 7:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my Canon let me upload my .avi movie?

I recently shot an 8min .avi video with my Canon point 'n' shoot (SD800 IS). Now, I'm unable to upload the file onto ANY of my computers (pc, macbook, ibook). Is the 1gig .avi file just too big? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 7:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you stop my USB Drive hating me?

I need to stop my external (USB) drive having a petulant fit (and hiding/refusing to play ball) on an annoyingly regular basis during normal service. How? [more inside]
posted by Brockles at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Money or happiness? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita at 6:46 PM PST - 40 comments

I'm looking for a high-res image of Mona Lisa.

I'm looking for a high-res image of Mona Lisa. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

A General Colon Pow-Wow

I'm looking for a recommendation for a good and attentive gastroenterologist in the D.C. or Maryland area. One that specializes in Crohn's would be excellent. [more inside]
posted by divka at 6:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Need help getting my electronic hands on an article.

Please help me figure out how to obtain an electronic copy of an article titled "Why 1955? Explaining the Advent of Rock Music," by Richard A. Peterson. Google Books has a truncated version here, but I'd like the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by univac at 6:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Webmail Slurping Help

Desperate! How do I download all of my email from Squirrelmail? I only have a few hours. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 5:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Number 1 all fun - Number 2 don't do!

FlushFilter:Toilet has a lazy flush (i.e. going down slowly) - I think the problem might be a clog that is bulding up, but a plunger and closet auger (i.e. a snake) don't seem to do the trick. What now? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 5:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Speaking French in Quebec.

Speaking French Canadian French vs. speaking French French [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Is Fedora this bad?

I've upgraded to Ubuntu 7.10, and now I seem to be having problems with both my wireless and graphics card. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 5:24 PM PST - 28 comments

Drums for College Gameday?

What is the drumline/trumpets that's the soundtrack for College Gameday? [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 5:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Long-Distance Brainstorming

Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How to play with my dog without her being 'active'?

How do I keep my dog active and busy, without her actually being physically active? [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 4:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Bash, I command thee to always...

How do I get bash to automagically execute a line or two of code at login? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 4:27 PM PST - 25 comments

i'm going to jail (for 2 hours).

what fun, performance-related activities would you teach in a high-security prison? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 4:04 PM PST - 13 comments

secret to getting "OLD" out of fabric

Getting "OLD" moist smell out of fabric? [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Weight, weight, don't tell me...

Cardio isn't doing it for me. The diet change is working verrry slowly, but I want to lose 10 pounds. Problem is, I can't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, so is weight training even an option? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 3:06 PM PST - 20 comments

I feel like I dont know you anymore, math.

How do I make the transition, in my brain, to studying graduate/advanced mathematics? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 2:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Split Pants

How do I stop ripping my pants? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Repairing a whining iBook?

[Ohgodno!Filter] My iBook G4 has for months been making a weird sound when I move it, but today something in the vicinity of the hard-drive has started to make a sharp rhythmic whine/scrape when the laptop is tilted. Is there any hope other than bringing it into the shop? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 1:49 PM PST - 15 comments

How does autotune work?

How does autotune work? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

How did Civil War soldiers reload and fire the .58 Springfield?

How was the Civil War .58 Springfield rifle reloaded? I understand that it was a percussion-cap rifle rather than a flintlock, and that it fired a muzzle-loaded minie ball. But what was the reloading process? What did the ammunition look like? There was no metal cartridge involved? How long did it take to reload and fire one of those things? Thanks, from a firearms n00b!
posted by jackypaper at 1:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I keep from going insane while I apply to PhD programs?

How do I keep from going insane while I apply to PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 1:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Buy clear floor mats for new car?

I just bought a brand new car and wondered about buying clear floor mats. The car comes with floor mats that are rubber on one side and carpet on the other side and right now I have them turned to the rubber side because we have wet weather. I live in a drier area of the Pacific Northwest but do not want my carpet dirty when we do get snow and slush. If I buy clear mats, are the ones at the local car supply store good enough? some people cut their own from the clear runners you find at office supply stores but that sounds like a pain. Any advice? Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you sustain a strong marital relationship after having a child?

Hi all. I'm new to the site, though I've been searching and reading posts having to do with having a kid for the past couple of weeks. I have a question I'd like to pose to people interested in such matters. That is, can you have an intimate, supportive, loving, and prioritized relationship with your partner after you have a kid? [more inside]
posted by cellocat at 12:49 PM PST - 57 comments

Boo! Now give me those internet residuals, dammit!

I'm thinking of being the 2007 Writer's Strike for Halloween (because, you know, November 1st will be pretty scary for us WGA members living paycheck to paycheck.) Now-- how to make this snarky, intangible and in-joke-ridden costume idea a reality? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

ColdFusion SQL Injection Attack Terror

ColdFusion MX 7 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. There's a lot of unvalidated parameters in our CFQUERYs. But, I'm told that putting the parameters in single-quotes will prevent injection attacks, because of the way ColdFusion escapes single-quotes. Is this foolproof, or do I have to go in and validate everything with CFQUERYPARAM tags?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend a software oscilloscope solution for OSX?

Is there a reasonable software-based oscilloscope for the Mac? I need to record a video of approximately 20 seconds. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Limits to growth?

If cities (or the pressure on city services) grow faster than the wealth held by individuals grows, how does the bottom not fall out given that municipal growth is largely funded by taxes? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 11:54 AM PST - 34 comments

What are your best tips for a new greenhouse owner?

What are your best tips for a new greenhouse owner? [more inside]
posted by adriana at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I going insane?

I've been depressed on and off for 20 years but this is new, and scary. (Contains probably too much information but I'm trying to cover any potential questions) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 50 comments

Is my neighbor a prostitute?

Is there any reasonable explanation for my neighbor's behavior other than that she's a prostitute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM PST - 137 comments

How to pretend I'm me?

How do I access 'my documents' on a HD rescued from a defunct laptop which is now connected to my desktop via USB? I get the message: "access is denied". I am running Windows XP Home Edition. [more inside]
posted by Parsnip at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Highly significant cat rearing question :)

Newkittyfilter: I live in a studio apt. and need to transition this kitty immediately to outside living. I've had cats before - [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 11:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Will Clearasil hurt my skin?

Will clearasil hurt my skin? [more inside]
posted by shwynn2 at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

At TicketMaster, "Best" is a relative term

How to get the best seats vs what Ticketmaster says are the best available? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Grad school for dummies?

So I'm thinking about going to grad school... [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 11:15 AM PST - 20 comments

What is this stuff on my apartment wall?

ApartmentFilter: Help me identify this wall discoloration. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 11:15 AM PST - 2 comments

How to transfer large files from my camera?

My PC refuses to transfer several large (~775MB) movie files from my Canon PowerShot SD1000 to my computer. How can I retrieve them? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments


Six months and three doctors later, I still have the hives. I am seriously sick of it. Does anyone have any advice? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:01 AM PST - 27 comments

Please recommend a Belden alternative for my XLR cables

I'm about to make a bunch of XLR cables. I have everything but the cable and I'm hoping for some brand advice. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Planning Budget weekly menus?

Tips for planning home cooking menus? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

What's new in Canoeing/kayaking or woodworking?

What's new in Canoeing/kayaking or woodworking? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm an American woman planning on moving to England for six months to be with my boyfriend. What's the best way to do this?

I'm an American woman planning on moving to England for six months to be with my boyfriend. What's the best way for me to get work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Naked Shorting Pets.com

Hypothetical Finance Filter: What would happen if I did naked shorting on a company that eventually goes out of business? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Commuting with a friend's car, and my wallet.

I'm going to be temporarily using a friend's car to commute. The concern is that my friend only has minimum liability insurance. I think I'm a safe driver and all, but I'd prefer for any potential accidents or damage to involve only myself, my wallet, and my insurance - and for my friend to get off scot-free. What do I need to do? This is in CA. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Halloween costume with integrated goatee

Halloween costume with integrated goatee? [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

How to set up a "splitted" tag-of-war?

I want to setup a virtual tag-of-war in which two different teams are participating from different locations. [more inside]
posted by karvajavi at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

SMW Seeks Soup Dumplings In TX For Delicious Time

Are there any restaurants in Texas where I can get Chinese soup dumplings? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me meet New York City

Help me watch every single type of person New York City has to offer. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:52 AM PST - 20 comments

I can has pretty graphs?

What is a cool-looking realtime pluggable visualization program for Linux? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to create an image map in an HTML e-mail (especially Microsoft Office Outlook?)

Is it possible to create an image map in an HTML e-mail (especially Microsoft Office Outlook?) Is there a best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

dim sum & then some

A caveat: I prefer New Green Bo to all of these. However, with a group of 10 friends from out of town, do you recommend Jing Fong, Golden Unicorn or another one of Manhattan's giant dim sum emporiums? I'm looking for quality and range. I haven't been back in Jing Fong since it was remodeled but I assume it's still pretty nice.
posted by luriete at 9:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Multiple user CMS

Looking for a multiple user CMS/blog solution for our website. [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Any way to make a good k-cup coffee?

Is there anyway to make K-Cup coffee not taste like dishwater? We have a Keurig machine at the office and it makes just barely tolerable coffee. Are there any flavors out there that actually make a good cup? Are there any settings on the machine you can fiddle with?
posted by empath at 8:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Best bakery in Charleston?

What is the best bakery in Charleston? [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

help changing ink cartridges!

How do I change a cartridge on my konica minolta magicolor 2430DL? I have changed yellow and magenta and now the new ink cartridges register as totally empty. What am I doing wrong? HELP!
posted by cg2 at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Boston Calling

Help me map the college tour of Boston! [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 7:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Custom motorcycle helmet makers?

Custom motorcycle helmet artisans? Am needing to find someone to fabricate a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet for me. Artist/machinist needed. [more inside]
posted by MrTangent at 7:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Can the interior lining of leather boots be repaired?

I have a great pair of Fluevog leather boots lined with leather on the inside. The leather lining has worn through inside one heel cup and is starting to rip more and more every time I wear them. Is it possible to get this fixed at a reasonable cost? Anyone know a shoe repairer in NYC who would do a good job? I want to save my boots! Thanks!
posted by agent99 at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

New Media Communications

What advertising / communications agencies have done the best job of evolving into the digital landscape? Why? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 6:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Rest In Peace, Friends

How to make realistic fake newspaper obits and gravestones for a party? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Stay Awa-zzzzz

I need to stay awake in a relatively non-stimulating environment, after not having slept in over 30 hours. Anyone know any tips? [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 6:24 AM PST - 27 comments

What would Jesus extract?

Can anyone recommend books, articles, etc., that (a) lay out religious (preferably Christian) arguments in favor of conservation or (b) give a history of the church-based environmental justice movement?
posted by kittyprecious at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments

IR35 (UK) News as RSS feeds?

Any advice on which websites offer the best information on IR35 in the UK in a format that would allow me to easily keep up to date with the latest developments or issues? [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest at 6:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Resistance training enough to lose fat and build muscle?

Can you lose fat and build muscle with resistance training alone? I'm with a trainer who claims that building muslce through resistance training and reasonable eating is enough to destroy fat. He claims there's little need for specific cardio sessions -- that there's enough cardio in his resistance sessions and in daily life. Wrong? [more inside]
posted by Malad at 5:54 AM PST - 31 comments

Where to buy a Serbia football strip

Hi, I'm in the UK, where can I buy a Serbia replica football shirt? The away one. I have looked everywhere online and it seems the only ones you can buy are the Serbia and Montenegro Lotto shirt (the old one). I've looked everywhere - any ideas?
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 5:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Cat and Dog Integratin

We're inheriting a dog, but we have two cats. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 5:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Today's NYTimes in London?

Can I buy today's New York Times anywhere in North London? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 4:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Virtual Girl = Real Girl

Is my virtual girlfriend a real woman? [more inside]
posted by germanguy at 4:00 AM PST - 46 comments

It's up to you

Last-minute NYC recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 3:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Taking the plunge into AppleCare territory

Is the AppleCare Protection Plan a "make-it-or-break-it" add-on when purchasing an Apple laptop? Even one that gets low usage? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:32 AM PST - 25 comments

What questions to ask before buying a business in Europe?

I'm scoping out buying a business in Central Europe. What questions should I ask to get the low down on whether the company is in good shape in initial talks with present owner? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 2:48 AM PST - 2 comments

JPEG Slideshow with Audio

I have pictures and audio files that I'd like to be able to burn to a CD and see/hear when I put it into a DVD player. [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 2:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Cancelling out spicy odors?

Is it possible to make Indian food without smelling up the joint? [more inside]
posted by knave at 1:36 AM PST - 7 comments

October 21

What can I do for a groin pull? How long wil it take? How much will it heal?

what is the best therapy, help etc. for a groin pull I got chasing a little 9th grade....never mind. The main point is, will it heal 100 percent? How can i help that? I'm 44, losing weight and used to be fast and strong for my size.
posted by tristanshout at 11:48 PM PST - 2 comments

My mom has a bully

Grrrrr. My mom has a bully at work. Help me out here! [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 11:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Doc recommendations

"Quiet" documentary recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 11:01 PM PST - 24 comments

No credit card, will I not be able to Spice up my life?

Embarrassing Spice Girls Tickets Question: I have a code to purchase tickets for the Toronto show. I don't have a credit card so I can't buy them online. They go onsale tomorrow morning. Can I buy them at a retail outlet? Anyone have any experience with other cities?
posted by yellowbinder at 10:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does my C2D Macbook Pro fan run constantly?

I have a 2.33 Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro 15 inch laptop. Recently, I have noticed that both fans on it constantly run at the maximum 6000 rpm's. The noise is driving me nuts, and the battery seems to run out much sooner. My question is in two parts: (1) would anything in the system logs help explain why this is happening? and (2) how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 10:19 PM PST - 9 comments

VB in the tree

vbFilter: Outputting results to a treeview object in Excel. [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 9:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Replace Double Spaces With Singles Automatically?

Is there a way to get Word to automatically replace double spaces between sentences with single spaces? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 9:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Pain-free sex after giving birth?

How long after giving birth before sex becomes enjoyable again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 PM PST - 18 comments

The (non)babbling idiot, excluding this question in which I babble rather idiotically

I suffer from a general retardation when it comes to expressing myself verbally in romantic situations, and I am a female. And I'm 25. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Specific questions about one night in Indianapolis.

Specific questions about one night in Indianapolis. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:46 PM PST - 10 comments


How do I make a low-cost, yet somewhat realistic-looking severed hand/foot? [more inside]
posted by chara at 7:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Split ends! Argh!

I combed out my dreadlocks. Now what? [more inside]
posted by summit at 7:50 PM PST - 9 comments

New hiking environment

I saw an ad this weekend picturing two women hikers wearing large backpacks in a gym on treadmills. The tagline was something similar to" Save the environment before there's nothing left to save." Where can I find this image? Google gives me nothing.
posted by Etta Hollis at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Living with FIV?

Should I adopt a cat with FIV? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Could we have malware on our Mac??

Browser hijack- on a MAC?! Both Firefox & Safari on our iBook will only access a page that says, "Welcome to Comcast" and wants us to "Click here to install". We have internet service with AT&T and my PC on the same network is working fine. [more inside]
posted by Mamapotomus at 6:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Me need mor math and chemistry

Does anyone know of any one-year science-ish programs for those who have a bachelors, but who want to bulk up on science and/or math. [more inside]
posted by melissam at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Best way to sheathe an iPhone?

What's the best lightweight, unobtrusive and form-fitting iPhone case? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 6:07 PM PST - 21 comments

First they take away my tuna fish...

California legal/medical/ethical question: In advance of my going to the hospital to give birth within the next few weeks, I decided to download and fill out California's standard Advance Health Care Directive form, i.e. a living will (and to have my husband fill his out too, as long as we were at it). However, Google informs me via multiple sources that this form, even if signed and notarized, is "not valid if pregnant". WTF? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Military Jet Markings

What are protocols regarding air force fighters/bombers having markings on them nowadays. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find this for free...

Need to find a peer-reviewed journal available online, right now, that can provide me with an article (case study!) that it no more than 3 years old, about childhood nutrition, specifically obesity, for free. [more inside]
posted by sindas at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

RLS sufferer with new pain. What should I ask the doc?

I've got a continuing ache-y pain in my left leg in two spots. I also have been suffering restless leg syndrome (in both legs, but especially that one) for quite a while and recently (1.5 months ago) started taking Requip, which seems to help with the RLS. The ache-y pain is a recent thing though, starting about two weeks ago. What should I ask my doctor to check? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Take Me Home, Country Roads?

Help me decide if I should pick-up and move from Anne Arundel County, Maryland to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 5:03 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get better sound from a record player.

Will replacing the needle on my record player give me better sound? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt at 4:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Comfy earbuds?

Best earbuds for little ears? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 4:20 PM PST - 20 comments

What doesn't kill you makes you tastier.

Treating seeds to increase flavor? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Snapfish for medium format?

I'm looking for a mail-order photo developing service that will take 120 film. I love the concept of Snapfish, but they only take 35mm! Is there a decent service out there that does medium-format?
posted by katillathehun at 3:22 PM PST - 5 comments

The Price is Right?

Why is this particular glucosamine & chondroitin product so much cheaper? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Any autograph experts in the house?

Last week in DC, I was at a hotel and happened to bump into actor Terrence Howard. I'm very good with faces, this was most definitely him. He was kind enough to sign an autograph for me but when I looked at it I couldn't recognize his name there at all. Finally I flipped the page over and saw that the reversed image reads "Terry Howard". I'm just curious as to whether he does that with his signature very often? Are there other celebrities who sign backwards? Seems like an odd but amusing affectation.
posted by ktoad at 2:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Help Save My Favorite Sweater!!!

Help! I spilled laundry detergent on my dry-clean only sweater! [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat poop thread!

One of my cats has decided that the litter box is just fine for peeing, but that the area approximately 2 feet away from the box is the BEST PLACE EVER to poop. We've been using enzyme cleaners to get her smell off of it, but it's not seeming to work. Halp, magical pet intarwebs! [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 12:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Searching Tags

How can I search a directory for mp3 tags? (Win 2000/XP) [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Options Trading Question

Technical options trading question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is GMail and Yahoo mail so sluggish, but everything else fast on my network?

Why is GMail and Yahoo mail so sluggish, but everything else fast on my network? Just about every other site works fast and great - YouTube, even BitTorrent downloads - but GMail and Yahoo mail both hang like crazy. Sometimes reloading the page works for a few minutes, but not always. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me not screw up.

I'm going to embark on a stompbox-building adventure, and I'd like to know how much one can mess things up. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Name that tune (Sprint on-hold music).

What's the on-hold music when on the Sprint cellphone activation call center? [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Free Money

So, I saw a jacket at Banana Republic I liked, and I decided to buy it. I was offered 20% off if I applied for a store card, which I did. I plan to close the account when I pay off the jacket. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:57 AM PST - 26 comments

There is an artist that does these weird, hyper realistic sculptures of human-animal-monsters and I can't remember the name...

There is an artist that does these weird, hyper realistic sculptures of human-animal-monsters and I can't remember the name... [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 10:55 AM PST - 5 comments

our cat is peeing all over our furniture AFTER being fixed... what do we do?

our cat is peeing all over our furniture AFTER being fixed... what do we do? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 10:13 AM PST - 11 comments

I am looking for gardening experiments

I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Expat skills wanted in the Netherlands?

As a foreigner, I was wondering what skills or degrees are the key to getting hired to work in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Cleanliness is next to godliness or too much of a good thing

Is it worthwhile to clean your coffee pot and filter basket in between every use? [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 8:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Educational video - industry/process overview of 3-D animation?

Recommendations for college-level digital art course : video on the industry/creative processes of 3-D animation? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone remember this show?

I need help identifying a television show from the '80s about a boy and his hot ghost. [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Why are my veins too small?!

Would prolonged laxative use cause my veins to become more narrow? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for help on how to design a study on consumer attitute to a product

How should i design a study on consumer and retailer attitudes about a product? Anyone knows a framework that would take me through the process? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 8:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Why hello, Castro.

A friend of mine has a sibling who is studying in Cuba. How can said friend get to Havana from NYC for a visit? [more inside]
posted by otolith at 8:13 AM PST - 27 comments

Converting Word tables from Mac to Windows

How do I get tables from a Microsoft Word document on a Mac to transfer properly to Word on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 8:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to find the name of an Easter Bunny themed kid's book.

I'm hunting down an Easter themed children's book for a friend... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 6:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Should we leave Afghanistan?

Should we leave Afghanistan? [more inside]
posted by davar at 5:45 AM PST - 23 comments

What are some scary (but not too scary) movies for kids?

It's that time of the year: I'm looking for good horror movies for kids. [more inside]
posted by the_W at 1:36 AM PST - 42 comments

So easy it's impossible to use.

Should be simple to insert a "text field" in a form template in Word 2007. Why isn't it? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 1:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Eyeball special effect

In medical shows like House or E.R., the doctor will often shine a flashlight in to the eye of a comatose patient, but the pupil doesn't constrict. How do they do this special effect? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 1:23 AM PST - 7 comments

October 20

rainbows can be elegant, can't they

Please suggest elegant graphic/web/web-viewable designs featuring rainbows or rainbow-like/themed elements to inspire me. I'm working on a site for an organization with "Rainbow" in the name, and am having a hard time avoiding both hokeyness (on one end) and austerity (as I overcompensate). [more inside]
posted by amtho at 10:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Building A Wooden Jacob's Ladder, And More

You've probably seen this toy Jacob's Ladder before. I'm wondering if there are any other illusions that use the same principle, and whether they can be easily recreated by crafty amatuers. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments

I hate cooking. I need to love it.

I hate cooking. I hate cooking. I really, really, really hate cooking. I need to learn how to love it. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:58 PM PST - 87 comments

I want hot GUI

What programming interface under windows will allow me make those nice smooth animated transparent windows. For example: the Picasa splashscreen, the Eject display of Bootcamp, or Rainmeter/Rainlendar. [more inside]
posted by markovich at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Practical hunting joke

What is the name of the practical joke you play on people, where you pretend to take them xyz hunting, and you get them to go wait somewhere while you "flush" the xyz out. But you actually just like...go home.
posted by aleahey at 9:03 PM PST - 30 comments

General Motors DRL Commercial?

90s GM TV commercial for Daytime Running Lights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is 9th ave called Broadway?

In Vancouver, BC, the avenues are numbered sequentially, except the street that should be 9th Ave is called Broadway. I thought nothing of this until noticing that the same is true in Eugene, OR. Is that a bizarre coincidence or is there more to it? I thought maybe it was the same in NYC but it doesn't look like it. What gives?
posted by PercussivePaul at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

How to adjust to high altitude?

Will the altitude of Denver have a negative effect on my father's ability to breathe? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 7:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Simple tutorial on setting up a PBX?

Where can I find information on setting up a phone system for a small business? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Mental health coverage in Canada.

Hivemind, can you help me work out if my friend will be covered by the health system in trying to see a psychologist in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by opsin at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Optimistic and pessimistic music.

What is the most optimistic music known to humankind, and what is the most pessimistic or depressing music known to humankind? I'm looking for genres but I'm focusing on songs. I am also interested to see which side wins in this competition -- I'd suspect the darker side defeats the lighter side in quantity, but what about quality?
posted by Knigel at 6:39 PM PST - 76 comments

It's a long walk. But I will walk hard.

How much should I tip (if at all) for a 10-minute massage after running in a race? [more inside]
posted by toaster at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Playing region 1 DVDs on a region 2 mac

is it possible to play region 1 DVDs on a region 2 macbook without changing the drive setting? I can play them using VLC player on my PC but the mac just ejects the disc if I don't change the drive setting to region 1. Is there any way around this or will I have to keep my old PC around to play all my American DVDs?
posted by Andy Harwood at 4:43 PM PST - 20 comments


Should I accept this job? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

XP Laptop in a hurry

My dad needs a new laptop, he's far too old to be pissing about with all the problems and incomprehensible interface rearrangements of Vista so he needs XP. I need it by the beginning of November. I'm in the UK [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 4:09 PM PST - 13 comments

these boots are made for walking?

Where can I find affordable and cool looking shoes that I can walk in? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 4:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find a free sound card output recording software?

Where can I find a free sound card output recording software? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

XP software suggestions?

Last week with the help of AskMetaFilter I installed a new hard drive and a fresh install of Windows XP. Thanks! Now I would like opinions on software and utilities. Hopefully free. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 3:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Recommend a good ADSL modem + wireless router

Recommend a good ADSL modem + wireless router (G or N) that can also mount an external hard drive as a network share - for the UK [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Certify me. Or at least the site.

I need a cheap, trustworthy, reliable certificate for a web application for a non-profit, and a walkthrough on how SSL is set up and used. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Proposal for a stage play?

A friend of mine is in talks with a certain comic book writer to adapt a certain graphic novel for the stage. According to the writer's manager, they're interested in at least one run of the show, provided he can show them a satisfactory proposal. Great news! The only problem is, what should that proposal consist of and look like, for presentation to the writer and his manager?
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Making space on a Mac drive

Will I screw up my Mac if I empty out the /Library/Printers folder? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Quotes that tell me I'm cared for?

I'm looking for bible/quran/"insert holy book here" quotes that say something to the effect of "You will be taken care of" or "you are in my hands" or somesuch. Verses that say that no matter what happens, I will be looked after. I'm not looking for verses that say "You are loved". [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 1:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Medical Assistant in Texas?

Help me find out about obtaining a Medical Assistant certification/License in the state of Texas. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

I want my laptop screen closed, but not _that_ closed.

Is there a doodad that I can hook onto my laptop that will allow me to close it partially, but not let it close all the way? Said gadget should be easily-takeable-offable, too. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Please pimp my sister's pumpkin!

O AskMe, please help my sister find her favorite jack-o'-lantern design! [more inside]
posted by Cricket at 1:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me solve my egg problem!

Is there a way to cook liquid eggwhite so it's the same consistency as eggwhite cooked inside a hardboiled egg? Also, recipes for eggwhites? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 12:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Not the King Biscuit Flour Hour...

I have a vague memory of some show airing during the early 1980s that I think was sponsored by Robin Hood Flour or maybe King Arthur Flour. I have little to no recollection of what happened on the show (some sort of baking challenge for kids maybe?) but I know that I would watch it around lunchtime when I had half-days of kindergarten. It could have been either a PBS or CBC show as we got CKWS out of Kingston, Ont. in my village in Upstate NY. Robin Hood Flour sounds right, so I'm leaning toward it being a Canadian show. Does this ring any bells with anyone?
posted by stefnet at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Electric Scooters...pick a winner?

Electric scooters---no, not rascals. Help me pick one! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

How confident should you be about a relationship at the start?

How confident should you be about a relationship at the start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 21 comments

I dump big.

There's no way to pretty it up, I dump big. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 37 comments

Where can I get a replacement Macbook Pro power cord fast?

Where can I get a replacement Macbook Pro power cord fast? [more inside]
posted by bradbane at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Attractive shelves for holding plastic tubs?

Shelves, with doors, that hold large plastic tubs? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me accessorize this dress for a 3pm fall wedding in CT

Help me accessorize this dress for a 3pm fall wedding in CT. I have about 10 days to obtain what I need. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart at 8:36 AM PST - 13 comments

MySpace/Facebook Etiquette

Advise me on MySpace/Facebook etiquette. [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Help my ailing iBook!

MacTechFilter: Is this strange activity in my console log the reason my iBook is freezing up? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the easiest way to converting raw numbers into a chart or graph?

What's the easiest way to convert this ungodly mess to a nice chart or graph? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 6:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Turkish (?) graffiti in Japan

Can anyone shed some light on this Turkish (I think) graffiti my friend saw in a (Japanese) train station and copied down in a hurry? (Text inside -- might be unsavory or even NSFW for all I know.) [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 1:46 AM PST - 10 comments

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive??

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive?? [more inside]
posted by katala at 12:27 AM PST - 9 comments

My music travels far

If I burn a CD on my Mac here in the U.S., will I have trouble listening to it on a friend's computer in Asia, Europe or the Caribbean?
posted by Kevin A at 12:02 AM PST - 8 comments

October 19

How can I successfully complete psychotherapy?

I've scrupulously screened my therapists to find talented, qualified people who are good at what they do, but my therapeutic relationships always peter out after a few months. How can I keep my psychotherapy on track? Please read the more inside! [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:17 PM PST - 24 comments

I tried to think of a pun involving keys and Odin, but drew a blank.

MythologyFilter: In Norse mythology, is there an object that serves as the 'key' to anything important? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 10:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Inequalities and direction-flipping

Why is it that when I solve the inequality 0 ≤ arccos(x) <> cos(π/4)? Why do the operators switch direction? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 10:00 PM PST - 11 comments

The hair, it is in my eyes...

Best place to get an exactly-as-you-want-it haircut in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 9:44 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I find these mirrors & will this other mirror fit?

Will this replacement side-view mirror fit my Ford van? I have been researching for days and can't find an answer. [more inside]
posted by damehex at 9:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Infinity and beyond

What happens at either extreme of the electromagnetic spectrum? [more inside]
posted by euphorb at 9:12 PM PST - 17 comments

It's So The Man Can See Your Weed

UnFilter(ed): What's the deal with transparent rolling papers? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering...

Its midnight on Friday. My roof is leaking. Its supposed to rain all weekend. My house is 3 1/2 stories and the leaky part of the (gabled, Queen Anne-style) roof is not easily or safely accessible to without special equipment that I don't have. Assuming that I'm not going to be able to get anyone to fix this before Monday at the earliest, is there anything I can do to to at least mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How to deal best with a delinquency reported by Capital One

How to deal best with a delinquency reported by Capital One [more inside]
posted by phil at 8:26 PM PST - 11 comments

hofbrauhaus kegs

Does anyone know where I can buy or order kegs of hofbrauhaus dunkel beer in the chicagoland area? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 7:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Could driving with a parking brake on wear out the normal brakes?

Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 7:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Flapping fly

How can I get the fly of my jeans to stop folding open and exposing the zipper? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

I could tell your new girlfriend about the time we only THOUGHT you were potty-trained!

Help me be an awesome mom! [more inside]
posted by nax at 6:34 PM PST - 36 comments

Insider Info on India

I'm looking for interesting, current statistical information on India, especially regarding media technology and infrastructure. [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

It's Friday night and I have a flashlight, and friends, and camera. And wanderlust.

Hi I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me any sources, either on the internet or of personal experiences and recommendations, of urban exploring in the San Diego area. I am a student at UCSD and Fridays need to be better than catching up on homework. Thank you!
posted by albernathy0 at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Switching from Entourage 04 to iCal/Mail/Address Book

I just switched from Entourage 2004 to Mail.app/iCal/Address Book. What techniques and/or add-ons should I be using? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Last Minute Phone Unlock

How to unlock a C120 Pantech Phone on AT&T? [more inside]
posted by philad at 4:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Pre-marathon advice?

RunningFilter: Half Marathon on Sunday. How should I spend Saturday?
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Death metal bands that sound like real bands.

What are some great modestly produced death metal bands/albums? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 4:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Book Marketing and Social Networks

What are some clever web 2.0 / social networking tools to use to market a book to college aged kids in America these days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Trans Europe Express

What amazing, unmissable, not-yet-sold out rock/indie/global/generally awesome concerts anywhere in Europe must I see in the next few months - but *only* on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 2:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Low Cost Laptop War!

Low-cost, bare-bones, all I wanna do is type - recommend me a low-cost, take-anywhere laptop alternative. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 2:22 PM PST - 28 comments

How can I get a job doing voiceover work?

How can I get a job doing voiceover work? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 1:40 PM PST - 14 comments

bum bum bum bah da bum bum...

Help a migraine sufferer! My girlfriend’s migraines are apparently set off by storm systems and their associated low-pressure fronts. Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 1:27 PM PST - 23 comments

How much is your w/d worth?

How much is it worth to you to have a washer/dryer in your building? [more inside]
posted by hattifattener at 1:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Creeping myself out.

What are these reddish brown stains on the floor of my "vintage" apartment? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Help teach me to sew a button. *really* *slowly*

Sewing and Internet Tutorials: Find me a *really good* *idiot-proof* internet tutorial on how to sew a button onto a suit jacket such that it will: A) Not fall off for a long long time, B) Look professional and all that, and C) Have some (small) length of somehow robust thread between the jacket and the button, like the other buttons. [more inside]
posted by sdis at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Modern-day mix tape?

In this era of mp3s and mp3 players, what's the equivalent of a mix tape? [more inside]
posted by tangelo at 12:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a short yellow dress with long sleeves

I'm dressing up as the Morton Salt Girl for Halloween. Where can I find her outfit (ie, long sleeves, smocked yellow dress) for an adult?
posted by Maia at 12:44 PM PST - 11 comments

XP Setup Bootstrapping Question

Boostrap windows XP setup on a computer that cd-rom is not working on? [more inside]
posted by unvivid at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I need an awesome entertainment center

Help me build an awesome entertainment center. Hive mind, you're my only hope. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

My stick figures have to wear bags over their heads

I want to learn how to draw. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 12:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Help a haole

How do I not be an obnoxious mainlander while vacationing on the Big Island? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 11:52 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get a job when you're past entry level and have minimal contacts.

I'm an IT professional who is having a very hard time finding a job. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

What would be a cool present from LA?

When I lived in London, I used to bring US friends stuff from Harrods or Harvey Nichols as gifts. Now that I live in LA, what roughly equivalent gifts could I send to people in the UK? Bonus points if it's specifically related to LA, although just US related is good too. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 11:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Is the Gazelle an effective cardio workout or what?

I'm looking for a definitive answer: Is the Gazelle a reasonable cardio workout or isn't it? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 11:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Chicago Cat Owners: where does your cat get his pearly whites polished?

Sliding scale cat dentist in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by bash at 11:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find suspense/horror books whose characters don't suck!

I just finished reading Scott Smith's "The Ruins" and loved it. I want to read more books like this (and his original "The Simple Plan"). Basically, I want all the suspense and horror, but the people have to seem real to me. I don't have to like them, I just want to know what they are thinking/feeling/fearing so that they aren't just numbers on some gorefest scoreboard. Bonus points if the author is semi-prolific, so I have choices for further reading. Help me, hive mind!
posted by misha at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments

iPod usb device not recognized

Connected our two iPods, both devices got this error message, on windows xp. [more inside]
posted by lola at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

What can I do to upgrade wall insullation?

There's a certificate in my house attesting that the walls, ceilings and floors were insulated with cellulose in 1997. The walls and floors were insulated "to capacity" (whatever that means). The walls are still cold in the winter and I think they are sucking warmth out of the house. Is there anything else that can be done 10 years later other than demolition? Have techniques or materials changed since then?
posted by andreap at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I break into the writing biz?

I'm published, but not here. How do I continue to get further into the writing business? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

I need recommendations for a good scanner.

I need recommendations for a scanner that will scan documents into black-and-white PDF files in a quick, clear and crisp fashion. I am also interested in hearing of any brands to avoid. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Insomniac Laptop

How do I prevent my Vista laptop from spontaneously waking up from hibernation? [more inside]
posted by grandsham at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to find an old pattern for a knit Christmas stocking?

Help me find the pattern for the knitted Christmas stocking of my youth! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I tell a potential employer about problems that may impact my effectiveness?

How do I tell someone that's actively recruiting me I have social anxiety and other problems that may make it hard for me to do my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 44 comments

Formatting a HFS+ external drive as FAT32 onin2K box a W

How do I perform a FAT32 format of a 2.5" laptop drive that's in an external case connected to a Win2K box via USB? Complication: drive was originally formatted as HFS+ on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Where are the ANSI artists?

Where can I find an ANSI artist to make some original ANSI art for me? [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Old, Fraudulent Debt Comes Back

How to deal with an old, fraudulent, debt? About 10 years ago, someone racked up $750 worth of phone calls on my phone line. When the bill came, I reported it to Verizon (who was then called Atlantic Bell, I think), and told them the calls were not mine. [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

What town in Maine to buy property for sustainable homestead?

What's a good town in Maine to buy land for a sustainable homestead? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

How to become a translator?

I'm a native Spanish speaker who is also fluent in English. I'm interested in taking on translating jobs on the side (tranlsating documents, for example, keeping it to the written form). What steps do I need to take to get started? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me rent a villa

Inspired in part by this thread I want to rent a villa in Tuscany. I am reluctant - perhaps needlessly - to do this all over the InterWebs. Does anyone have any experience with an Italian villa renting agent? My ideal answer would be of the form "Contact Signore Agente, he found us a great villa!" But really, any insights from actual experience would be helpful.
posted by shothotbot at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Wedding ceremony venue in the Village

I'm planning a 60-70 guest wedding in March, and have settled on a reception venue in the West Village (near Carmine and Bedford). This place can accomodate the Saturday morning wedding ceremony also, but I'd rather choose a different place within walking distance. I'm looking for something out of the ordinary. We are atheist and plan to have an officiant from the Ethical Society. [more inside]
posted by maniabug at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Ron Burgundy Wig, where can i get one??

CostumeFilter: Anyone know where i can get a wig just like the one that Will Ferrell wore as Ron Burgundy?
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

When all else fails...give me some direction, please?

How do you figure out what gets in the way of your success in finding someone to date (and ultimately a long-term partner)? Long self-analysis after the break. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 8:43 AM PST - 36 comments

HiFi Surround Smell System

What's a good system for gettin' some essential oils smell action in my apartment? I've been reading about the benefits of certain smells to concentration and relaxation and would like to get my smell on. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 8:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Green but Clean (dishwashers)

Our dishwasher died and it's probably going to cost about $150 to repair. It's 10 years old so we are going to replace it. Are there any models out there that are particularly environmentally friendly that don't cost an arm & leg and do a good job? I'll probably spend around $300-$400. I want to use the least amount of water and electricity to run it, but I want clean dishes, too.
posted by GernBlandston at 8:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do we need a death toll?

Besides the obvious collateral benefits to producers and consumers of news, what is the logic of using the time and resources of government officials during an emergency to calculate and report the death/injury toll of a natural or man-made disaster? Does this task aid rescue or recovery efforts in any way?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

You've got the Touch? So... uhh... now what?

How to get the most out of the wifi/browser capabilities of my Ipod Touch? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

photosensitive epilepsy

I do not have "regular" epilepsy, have never had a seizure of any kind but I am now wondering if I may have photosensitive epilepsy. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Shine a light on me.

Best replacement for light bulbs in apartment building halls and common areas? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 6:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me send my desktop over teh internets!

How can I stream my desktop to my boss? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 6:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Best utility/language to convert text files

What is the best programming language to learn or (open) software to use for converting between text formats? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 5:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Brasil, qual é teu negócio/o nome do teu sócio/confia em mim

Despite the recent corruption scandals in Brazil, for the first time since the 1970s, the country is finally showing signs that it is worthy of comparison with its BRIC counterparts. Inflation, the bane of the 1990s, has finally been largely reigned under control, interest rates have fallen to their lowest in living memory, the Brazilian Real continues to rise against the US dollar and BOVESPA - Latin America's largest and busiest stock exchange - continues to grow from strength to strength. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Traveling to Chicago for work - what shouldn't I miss while there?

I'll be in Chicago this Sunday (October 21st) through Wednesday. As a first time visitor - what can you commend to me? [more inside]
posted by revbrian at 5:12 AM PST - 17 comments

help me drink just the right amount of coffee

How infrequently must I drink coffee to avoid becoming addicted? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 5:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Is this IP spoofing?

Someone posted a spam comment on my blog that came from IP address "". Since that IP address is reserved for private networks, how on earth did they do that? Is this "IP spoofing"? If so, how does it work?
posted by simonw at 4:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to stay in Edinburgh?

ScotlandFilter: Where should I look for share accommodation in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 3:31 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I organize my writing samples?

I'm applying for a job that wants me to include writing clips/samples in an email. How do I arrange these? I have no idea what writing clips should look like and how I should format them.
posted by elr at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Buddhism and Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s

How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

What are you going to do with your life?!

I dropped out of college after 3 semesters. I want a degree, but I'm not sure if I'm "ready" to go back to school. Help! [more inside]
posted by arianell at 2:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Lowercase cross-references in Word 2002/XP?

How do I get (and keep) lowercase cross-references in Word 2002/XP? [more inside]
posted by mnsc at 2:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me paint even horizontal lines on a cotton shirt.

Help me paint even horizontal lines on a cotton shirt. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 12:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How big is a 4-cup coffee press?

How big (in actual dimensions) is a four-cup coffee press? Something similar to this one. I need to knit a cozy for one and I can't find a clear description of the dimensions anywhere. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 12:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find my childhood science book

Anyone remember a great kids science book from the late 70's to the mid 80's? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 12:03 AM PST - 5 comments

October 18

Find-a-song: answering machine messages over guitars!

Help me find this song which features a great number of answering machine messages over pretty guitars. Please? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:37 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to stop losing stuff. But how?

I need to stop losing stuff. But how? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 11:28 PM PST - 20 comments

I need adjectives!

I need . . . adjectives! Is there a *scannable* online dictionary or some way in which I can search through giant lists just for the adjectives? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 10:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there any way I can clear a credit blemish off my records (from Federal Student Aid)?

My mom just gave me about a year and a half's worth of mail that she somehow thought I didn't need while I was away at college. A few of the letters in there are from Federal Student Aid telling me my account is overdue -- meaning that I had a small loan for University of California and when I dropped out of UC, I was apparently liable to pay back my entire loan ASAP. [more inside]
posted by oneous at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Removing a powerfully bad smell?

So I got this beautiful antique chest of drawers which is perfect except that it stinks, really badly...please help. [more inside]
posted by beckish at 9:15 PM PST - 7 comments

My cats need Listerine.

Help cleaning kitty teeth? [more inside]
posted by danb1 at 8:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Cute-casual-comfortable wardrobe for pear-shaped female in wintertime?

Fashionfilter: Cute-casual-comfortable wardrobe for pear-shaped female in wintertime? [more inside]
posted by eileen at 8:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Show me those Perly whites

How do I color output in Perl? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am at 8:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Where should I travel in order to burn a week's vacation time?

I have 4-5 vacation days I need to use by the end of this calendar year. I want to use it do some traveling in another country. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 8:36 PM PST - 11 comments

NYC, Halloween, easy ideas for costumes

Costume ideas, Halloween, NYC... traveling light, help???? [more inside]
posted by priested at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Visual Studio tips wanted.

Give me your best Visual Studio tips. [more inside]
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 8:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend a camera for macro photography?

Camera recommendation, please. Will be used exclusively for macro photography. Full-frame photographs of products from the size of a desktop computer to the sized of a BB. No great need for fancy features, just good digital images. Whatcha recommend?
posted by five fresh fish at 8:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Dress to Impress at the Clubs

Going out clubbing for the first time in years and i'm at a loss for what to wear. I'm going to be going out to the gay bars / clubs this weekend and have not been out for nearly two years so I'm a but out of touch. [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 7:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for that great advice about web typography

Whose blog said this about web typography? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

the perfect spinach salad

How do you make the perfect spinach salad? [more inside]
posted by Espoo2 at 7:02 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me recommend an interactive whiteboard.

Can anybody recommend an interactive whiteboard package for an Australian primary school? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 6:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Yet Another Credit Score Question

Why did my credit score go down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I know if my elected representatives are doing a good job?

How can I, a US citizen, be more informed about my lawmakers' decisions and whether they're doing a good job? I have an example that I wonder about intensely, today's Senate Intelligence Committee meeting. [more inside]
posted by cmiller at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking to identify the font used in Never Let Me Go

Can anyone tell me what font is used in this edition of Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How can a moron begin working with motion graphics?

So I want to get into motion graphics. Where should one begin? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

No, I don't want to buy a crust.

I want to make a pie crust that isn't insane. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me figure out a good way to word my speech statement...

Help me figure out a good way to word my speech statement [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert at 5:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Burn baby!

Will I fry this chip? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 5:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Are the cops going to care about my Claritin habit?

I have been caught trying to buy more pseudoephedrine than is allowed by under Federal guidelines. Am I about to be hauled off to the meth version of Gitmo?! [more inside]
posted by craichead at 4:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Something's been Bugging me at night

When I go to bed at night, as soon as I shut the light off, I hear this loud buzzing around my face, which is a bug trying to get at me in some way. What is it and how do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Give us some breathing room.

I need to find a place for 10-12 co-workers to celebrate a holiday party in DC, but I need to ensure it isn't a sit-down meal. [more inside]
posted by rabbitsnake at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it appropriate to get a letter of recommendation from people on the search committee?

I am currently a visiting professor at a liberal arts college. Our department is conducting a search for a tenure track position which I intend to apply for. I need letters of recommendation which address my teaching abilities. The people most qualified to write these letters are my colleagues that are on the search committee. Is it appropriate or inappropriate to ask them to write letters of recommendation for this position?
posted by achmorrison at 4:24 PM PST - 12 comments

mathematics chess book?

is there a book on the mathematics of chess? [more inside]
posted by randomizer at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Internet Forum Moderation... for dummies.

I'm about to become a forum moderator. Help. [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 3:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Should I give Westside Rentals my hard-earned money or not?

Angelenos: Westside Rentals- worth it or not? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace at 3:54 PM PST - 14 comments

farked by FICA

My employer failed to withdraw my FICA (SS and Medicare) from several paycheck's early this year and want their money back. The thing is, things have changed. [more inside]
posted by jmgorman at 3:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is my house using so much gas?

Why is my natural gas bill insane this month? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 3:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Sneaking into the UK ITMS?

Roisin Murphy has a new album out that I will happily pay money for and would like to hear ASAP. Problem is I'm in the States, and physical import CDs don't appear to have hit here yet. Is there any tricksy way for someone outside of the UK to buy from the UK iTunes store? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 2:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Get these ducks out of our bedroom before I shoot you.

Recommendations for self-storage companies in the South Bay? Added difficulty: must be accessible 24/7 or nearly so. [more inside]
posted by jamaro at 2:49 PM PST - 0 comments

vacation holiday

I want to travel somewhere warm & relaxing over the Christmas holiday -- but not get hosed on the escalated rates in the process. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

fast early train

I need to get from Paris to Cologne as fast as I can without flight. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this location I spotted from Google maps?

Does anyone know what this facility is (google satellite image, Action, California.) It looks like a nursery, or something similar, but I'm trying to get more specifics for a hiking guide I'm working on (without taking the long, long drive out there.)
posted by soulbarn at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there an iWeb equivalent for Windows?

Is there a windows-equivalent to iWeb? I work at an elementary school. I have teachers who want the ease and bells & whistles of iWeb, but we’re all windows here. I don’t care how bloaty the code gets; I just want teachers to look and say “ooooh, pretty!” [more inside]
posted by dogwelder at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Need a new workout to get my hockey legs (and lungs) back!

I'm (stupidly) starting playing ice hockey after 20 years off the ice (I'm 33). After the first game last weekend, I'm apparently in far worse shape than I thought -- and need some ideas for new workouts to get my game on. [more inside]
posted by liquado at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to move in Vermont?

I'm thinking of moving to VT. Which towns would you recommend that have the following qualities: [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Why does it take months to see a doctor?

Is there some kind of crisis with doctors going on? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 1:26 PM PST - 38 comments

building a loft bed

I'm finally doing something to make my bedroom liveable (and, hopefully, bring some sanity to my scattered life!): lofting my bed! Keeping guitars and bikes underneath! Cheap, affordable, and I can build it myself! One problem: I've got no carpentry experience... [more inside]
posted by entropone at 1:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there any way to repair a destroyed metabolism?

I destroyed my metabolism in my teens and early twenties through extreme dieting and now I'm overweight and nothing I do will take the weight off. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 1:02 PM PST - 36 comments

What kind of mortar/cement to buy?

What kind of cement/mortar should buy I at Home Depot or Lowes to fix a crack in a stone facade/wall on the front of my house? [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Alright, I'm saving tons on rent but now what am I going to do?

I just moved to Verdun, (Montreal), Quebec. Any current or former inhabitants have any hidden gems they can share? [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Graphic Designer's Weird Terminology

Why is a horizontal or vertical line in graphic design called a "rule"? [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

excel, doc, html, txt To pdf Batch Converter

I am looking for a server-side application, which will convert Excel documents (separate books or entire documents) along with html files, txt files, and doc files. The application will need to be able to watch folders "HotFolders" and batch convert automatically. I have done a good bit of searching and have not found anything that will work so far. If this was not an application, but was a .dll file this will work as well. Thanks.
posted by utch at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

What could cause downloads to stop or stall at 90% or so?

What could cause downloads to stop or stall at 90% or so? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 12:33 PM PST - 4 comments

How should I monitor myself for potential Type II diabetes?

I have a family history of Type II Diabetes and would like to be proactive about monitoring my own health. Questions & concerns inside. [more inside]
posted by peep at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Mac mail and exchange server 2003 problem

So I am running mac mail in 10.4.10 and connecting to an exchange server. It has worked pretty well for a couple of years until today. Now it is locking up and saying that my password is invalid. Our network allows 3 tries and then it locks you out during password entry. I can get it unlocked and I know that the password is correct. I also reset my keychain access thinking that was the problem. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pleuroma at 12:24 PM PST - 7 comments

"The Man Trap" or "Where No Man Has Gone Before" - where do I start?

Trekkie/Trekker Filter: Should I watch the episodes of TOS in the order in which they were produced, or the order in which they were aired? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

The Pit of Despair claims to really work on back pain

What are your experiences with non-surgical alternatives to a herniated lower back disc? [more inside]
posted by sociolibrarian at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Got any scary epitaphs?

What are some clever and slightly disturbing epitaphs that I can put on my tombstones for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 12:03 PM PST - 53 comments

random light-headedness

Random and short light-headedness spells... [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments


Halloween costume help! Help a music nerd dress up as a song. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 11:38 AM PST - 27 comments

Simplified baseball video game for PC?

I've been playing Baseball Superstars 2007 on my phone for the last few weeks, and I love it (despite the frequent freeze-ups on the loading screen)! Are there similar simplified baseball video games for PC? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Halloween costume for pregnant woman

Looking for ideas for a halloween costume - I'm pregnant. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 11:16 AM PST - 47 comments

Tests and Politics...

Grad school questions... GRE time (Saturday)... I have checked out the past questions asked about free practice sites and found a couple of them useful. I am terrified that I am going to bomb since I just can't seem to wrap my head around any of the math concepts. I haven't take math since HS and that was 16 years ago- but I'm great with statistics. Anyone have any good thoughts on how to use my statistics knowledge and apply it to the math portion? Also any more free practice sites to recommend? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 10:57 AM PST - 27 comments

What's that poem on "Slit of Cloud"?

Can anyone help me locate the poem that is read on By Akira Sakata on the DJ Krush album Jaku? (The track name is "Slit of Cloud") [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Name that movie!

Early/mid 90's American movie: Man enters bedroom and shoots a group of kids. What movie is this? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 10:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Phoenix-Area Daytrips?

I'm looking for ideas for day/weekend-trips to interesting outdoors places around but outside the Phoenix, AZ metro area. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Until I Find A Widow for One Year Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

In what order should I read all of John Irving's novels? [more inside]
posted by Crushinator at 10:18 AM PST - 21 comments

What sort of tables would work as a writing desk for a couch?

In today's NYTimes House and Home section, there is a picture of a desk table that fits perfectly with a couch. Is there a style or name for this kind of table? Where would I find one? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to open a QuickBooks 2006 company file in QuickBooks 2004?

Is it possible to open a QuickBooks 2006 company database file in an older version of QuickBooks, namely QuickBooks 2004? Or is there a way to downgrade a 2006 database to a version that would open in 2004? Basically need to open a new database in an old version. Is it possible?
posted by doomtop at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Who's doing DIY music download sales?

I'm looking for music artists (individuals or bands) who are selling their own music via digital downloads (with some specific qualifications) [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 9:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Can it be that it was all so simple then?

I am 28. I have a wife and an 11 year old daughter. I am going through a minor, yet stubborn crisis. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 32 comments

Need help Building a PVR

I'm planning on building a PVR and need advice on TV card, PC and the PVR software. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 9:41 AM PST - 14 comments

how may i serve them?

I've mostly worked in offices in the past 10 years, but I want to get a serving job. I know I'm capable and I have a tiny bit of experience, but the question is how to frame this on my CV. [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 9:40 AM PST - 10 comments

help me pick EF lenses

I'm heading to the States in a month, and would like to pick up some Canon EF lenses for my film body (now) and DSLR (later). Interests and budget are after the jump. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 9:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Oops I ate 4 hours before blood test for cholesterol, etc, now what?

So just got typical lipids, triglycerides, cholesterol test but realized afterwards I ate 3.5 hours before blood was drawn...how much will be results be off? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Roy G. Biv is not my friend

Yellow + blue = green. So, ________ + screaming green = light purple? [more inside]
posted by cdadog at 9:01 AM PST - 30 comments

Would the MacBook still be coverred?

If I buy an Apple laptop in the US, will my warranty still be valid in Canada? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments


In screenwriing, how does one write a slug line for a scene that consists of dialogue on a black frame?
posted by jne1813 at 8:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Requests over the wire

This may be crazy dumb talk, but could it be said that when I in Texas, USA make a request over the internet to a server in Helsinki Finland, that some finite physical thing is transported from my computer to the computer there in a continuous fashion?
posted by xmutex at 8:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Do Waitstaff Hate Change?

I read a guideline in Modern Drunkard's mostly, but not entirely, tongue-in-cheek "Rules of Boozing," and it confused me. [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 8:41 AM PST - 66 comments

Drywall dust nightmare

Drywall dust has seemingly ruined my new couch -- and health. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get back in Google's good graces?

How did I get blacklisted from Google, and how can I get un-blacklisted? I realize this question is similar to one asked back in 2005, but was really hoping that things have changed significantly since then. [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 8:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Anything wrong with a Big Mac a day?

Anything wrong with a Big Mac a day? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 8:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me telnet!

Desperate to telnet: I'm at a crappy pay as you go computer in a hotel in Germany. It's a Windows machine, and the native telnet client is disabled. I downloaded putty, but can't install it or run it. I don't have a flash drive on which to download putty and even if I did, there's no available USB port. I vaguely recall an acquaintance posting about a website from which one could establish a telnet connection (via a Java applet?). I'm a bit of a technotard, but can follow instructions. HELP. I've been out of touch with my friends for two weeks, and am desperate to check in with them. Thanks!
posted by ereshkigal45 at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Decorate my wide spaces and white walls

I just moved into a large, white, blocky apartment. I would rather not paint it. Really, it is overwhelmingly white and square. How do you decorate that? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 8:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Cash or carry?

I'm buying a new car, I have bad to mediocre credit (my score is 563) and I have an inheritance I could use to pay cash instead. Which is best for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 19 comments

My dire background!

I'm applying for jobs that require a local law enforcement background check, and I suspect that it's turning up information that's [really] detrimental to being hired! What kind of information could they be finding? How could I find out what's on my background check? Finally, is there any way to delicately address these issues in job applications/cover letters without digging myself into a hole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 18 comments

I need a specialized scrolling list

I need to create scrolling list, with something a bit extra. [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What makes (or doesn't make) you a therapist?

How did you know that you wanted to be a therapist? What made you feel that you could do it? What doubts did you have, and how did you deal with them? If you changed your mind, what persuaded you to do so? What would you tell someone if they were considering becoming a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

An H, or a H?

An hegemon or a hegemon? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 5:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Best Desktop Email?

Recommended Open-Source Desktop Email Client? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 5:41 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I make my iPod Classic louder?

Is there any way that I can make the maximum volume of my UK iPod Classic louder? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 5:23 AM PST - 13 comments

I wanted to meet interesting people from an old and distinguished culture... and videotape them.

My brother will be going to Iraq eventually. He'd like to film his "war diaries" with a helmet-mounted video camera. He'd like to be able to start and stop recording with a simple remote of some sort. What are his options? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 4:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Forgotten PIcture

I'm looking for disturbing image I came across several years ago. It was a flash shot taken in a completely dark auditorium containing several hundred Japanese college age males, in their underwear in complete darkness. Several were hanging from the wall railings and other falling into the pit below,. I seemed to part of an initiation. Ring any bells?
posted by Neiltupper at 4:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me build and buy a (gaming capable) Shuttle barebones machine in Australia

I am trying to buy a barebones machine for everyday use with a side of gaming. Small case plus huge graphics card cooler/fan don't mix well. Also, Australia seems expensive. Think you can help? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 3:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Girona to Barcelona on a shoestring

What's the cheapest way to get from Girona Airport to the middle of Barcelona, and back again? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 2:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Enclosure kit question

Laptop HDD Enclosure kit question. [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 2:14 AM PST - 4 comments

The Single Mum's Guide to Social Enterprise

Socially conscious business ideas for a funky media-savvy single mother? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:01 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I heal an obscure something in my neck?

My sternocleidomastoid hurts -- do I need ice or heat? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 1:09 AM PST - 7 comments

October 17

Do the Ride Thing

And it comes down to this: my car shopping has reached the finalist round. I have three cars left to choose from. Help me pick one. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:44 PM PST - 24 comments

RMA or not?

Should I RMA a refurbished drive sent to me where the website didn't mention is was refurbished? I order a drive a few months ago with 1 year warranty, and it has just failed on me. I looked closer at the drive and it was a refurbish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 11:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Most googliest places to work in the south Bay Area?

After making it to my 3rd and final interview, Google decided not to hire me (*sniff*). What are the other most googliest places to work? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 11:16 PM PST - 16 comments

A rose by any other name...

What surnames would work well with a first name of "Dresden"? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 11:06 PM PST - 75 comments

I hate looking in the mirror

How do I stop letting my self-image ruin my life? (Kind of long) [more inside]
posted by Alive N Kickin at 11:05 PM PST - 21 comments

choosing screenwriting software sides

Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, or Celtx, or something else altogether? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 10:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Will a runner with a lower body weight have a lower risk of injury than a heavier person, all other measures of health, fitness, and experience being equal?

Will a runner with a lower body weight have a lower risk of injury than a heavier person, all other measures of health, fitness, and experience being equal? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 10:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me fire Yahoo!

Are all Freecycle groups run as a Yahoo! group? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 10:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Credit card number in Canada

Why do receipts in Canada show your entire credit card number? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me batch process files and folders with Applescript

I have a folder of about two thousand .png files. For each file, I need to (1)create a new folder named the same as the currently selected file(minus the extension), and (2)move the file into its eponymous folder. How can I accomplish this using Applescript?
posted by 40 Watt at 8:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it healthier to wait after cutting garlic before cooking it?

Is it healthier to cut garlic, wait a while, and then cook it (as opposed to cut-then-cook-right-away)? [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Please don't let this become Brokedown Palace

My fiance just got arrested in Malawi for an expired visa, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima at 7:34 PM PST - 14 comments

My pocket is full of Doppler radar equipment

"My pocket is full of Doppler radar equipment." I have a full page ad torn out of a magazine (Time? Newsweek?) from 3-5 years ago that is for Cingular mMode. Can anyone help me find another copy of this advertisement? [more inside]
posted by negative1 at 7:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Resources for adult ADD?

Does it sound like adult ADD? Resources? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Glass down the garbage disposal?

We broke a glass in the kitchen sink and cleaned it up as best as we could, but now the garbage disposal is jammed. Do we have to call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Barrel Poor

Why does an image of a naked man wearing a barrel with suspenders symbolize being poor? What is that image's origin?
posted by Falconetti at 6:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Something is spewing files on our box

On our Linux web server, for some reason /var/lib/php5 has filled up with files to the point that we can't even get a directory listing. We are running out of inode space for the filesystem. How can we get a directory listing to find out which files need to be removed, and remove them?
posted by Dag Maggot at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

iPod and iTunes are no longer on speaking terms.

My iPod and iTunes are no longer cooperating. Every attempt to sync maxes out my memory use and hangs the iTunes app. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 5:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should I eat in Chicago?

What's a good seafood or American restaurant near the United Center in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by whatideserve at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How to use facebook to service my community.

What is the best way to unite an existing (real world) community using facebook.com? [more inside]
posted by nicknd23 at 4:29 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do this weekend in San Francisco?

My wife and I are in San Francisco this weekend -- she is walking the Nike Women's Half Marathon on Sunday and we are looking for some unique things to do while in town. We are staying at the Renaissance Parc 55 near Union Square and would some suggestions for walking around, specifically Saturday morning/afternoon, Sunday evening, and Monday morning. Thanks!
posted by jacobsee at 4:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Where on the web to talk about books?

What are your favorite online forums in which to talk about books? Say why you like each so I can get a good idea of the different kinds of communities. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Shredded Threads

Help me make this retro t-shirt. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Legalities regarding publishing other people's email

I'm considering writing a book based on email correspondence I've received. Can I use the emails in their entirety, provided I remove the names and addresses? What are the legal issues regarding this? [more inside]
posted by PoopyDoop at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Casual massage classes in DC

Anyone know of places that offer massage workshops in the DC/MD area? I've looked around at some of the local massage schools, but they don't seem to offer public classes and I'm not looking to become a licensed or registered massage therapist, just looking to surprise my honey (hence the anonymity).
posted by anonymous at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

gifts for post-gastric bypass?

Any specific suggestions for care package ingredients for a friend who has just had gastric bypass surgery? I want to give her a few small things that might give her a lift (and don't want her to know specifically that it is me asking, hence the anon). I was thinking, for a young hip chick with a great sense of humor - maybe a small itunes gift card, some comic anthologies, a fun tote bag, sugar free candy? This isn't going to be a massive box or anything, I just want to make her smile during her recovery.
posted by anonymous at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Indecisive Girl in a Yellow Dress

How do I accessorize my three yellow dresses? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Can one copyright a legal agreement?

Is it possible to copyright a legal agreement? I'd like to do some cut and pasting of a few Terms of Service agreements but don't want to run afoul of the law.
posted by Pinwheel at 3:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Outlook Express ate some of my mail... why, and why only some of it?

Outlook Express (Win XP) deleted some of my inbox... a few months worth of mail. Not your standard "lost my whole folder" corrupted-file type of problem, I'm suddenly missing the last 4 months of mail. Desperate! [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What did I do now?

I could use some help diagnosing a system crash, stabilizing my machine and determining how freaked out I should be. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 2:38 PM PST - 3 comments

RFI: Google Creative Lab

Two Questions: 1. Which agency is responsible for all the marketing for Google thus far? 2. What is the purpose and objective of Google Creative Lab? I can't get any data even on Google.
posted by seeminglee at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Russian Reading Recs?

I want to read Russian literature - what do I read? [more inside]
posted by beezy at 2:24 PM PST - 41 comments

Best media players for wmv, keyboard shortcuts, and transparency?

What media players have decent keyboard shortcuts, don't mess up wmv files when fast-forwarding, and can be set as transparent? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 2:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Lesser-known Marquette Stories?

What's your best obscure fact/story about Marquette University? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Mouse-free Shortcut No Longer Works on Mac

Before my hard drive died and I had to reinstall Tiger, I used to be able to trigger dialogue box buttons (e.g. "Yes" or "No") on my mac by typing the first letter of the option I wanted to choose (e.g. "n"). It doesn't work anymore and I have to navigate with the mouse and click on things. How can I activate this feature?
posted by 10ch at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some good LONG songs?

What are some good LONG songs? [more inside]
posted by stvspl at 1:47 PM PST - 129 comments

$4 a day for a steaming pile of crap

Due to budgetary constraints, I've cut back on my daily quad-shot 16 oz. latte and am brewing coffee to take to work in the morning. I've noticed a difference in my moods and energy levels, but, more importantly, brewed coffee does not bring out the poop like the espresso drink does. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 1:47 PM PST - 18 comments

What can I do to become more girly and overcome my jeans/t-shirt/converse comfort zone?

I get really depressed imagining the rest of my life being spent wearing jeans/shirts and my hair pulled back in a ponytail, so I need your help [more inside]
posted by icarus at 1:43 PM PST - 27 comments

My HP Photosmart 2575 All-In-One printer is cropping the last 1/8" of all my printed pages!

My HP Photosmart 2575 All-In-One printer is cropping the last 1/8" of all my printed pages! [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Ebay fake bidding

I am bidding on an item in ebay and suspect that someone is throwing in fake bids. Is this illegal and how do I find out if it is the case? Can ebay trace a fake bid?
posted by username68 at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Really Short Video Podcasts

Video (or audio) podcasts: really short (3 - 6 minutes) podcasts about everyday life and situations: advice, business, relationships, cooking, hobbies, etc. Help me help my adult ESL students! [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

He makes it look so easy.

I could paint that. Couldn't I? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 1:10 PM PST - 40 comments

Best wedding invite you've seen?

My friends have asked me to design their wedding invitations, and have said I could do whatever I want. Before I present them with my own ideas, I want to show them some cool invitations that have already been done. Have you seen any that struck you as really fabulous, creative or unique? [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:04 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the difference between being a Navy wife and a Navy girlfriend?

What are the military-specific rights and benefits granted to married couples in the United States? I'm interested in legal and cultural rights/benefits. Bonus personal story inside. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

How integrated is Little Rock 50 years after Eisenhower sent in the Screaming Eagles?

What is the current racial composition of Little Rock Central High School? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Text box

How do I make the outside text flow around a text box in Microsoft Word? Right now the text box is sitting on top of the text it's supposed to accompany. I know this is a waste of a question, but I'm in a rush and need to do this today.
posted by Ollie at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this all there is?

I am a woman, 49 years old. I am not depressed - my general emotional tone is usually positive and from day to day I move along with energy and interest - but I am having trouble feeling that there's anything to look forward to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 35 comments

I'm a lot better looking in person. No, seriously!

I don't take good pictures and I think it's putting a crimp in my style online-personal-wise. What can I do to get guys to meet me in person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Dog Days

Dog Whispering 101: I'm dog sitting this week and I want to tame the beast. Sit. Down. Read [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 12:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Etiquiette for deep linking?

What is (if it exists) the etiquette for 'deep linking' to other sites? [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 12:32 PM PST - 20 comments

God is a DJ (but you might be better)

What pop songs can you think of that express a theme of one of the Ten Commandments? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 12:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Prime Rib in Edinburgh?

Does anyone know where I can eat Prime Rib Beef in Edinburgh, Scotland? Also known (?) as fore rib of beef? This is a matter of urgency.
posted by you're only jung once at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to order cheap bulk candy online?

I need cheap bulk candy (preferably of a mixed variety). The cheaper, the better. What's the best place online to order it? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Page Style Creation in OpenOffice Writer

I'm using OpenOffice Writer 2.2 (Windows XP). I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to define a page style from a page I've already created, short of writing everything down and recreating the page. There's got to be a better way. [more inside]
posted by jlkr at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

ANyone know a good job recruiter and or resume development workshops in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a quality firm that will help me revise, update, and make my resume the best it can possible be, here in NYC? I am also looking for quality job recruiter or headhunters in NYC as well! [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a copy of the 1993 video program "Death: The Trip of a Lifetime".

I am a Maine university student looking to borrow/buy/download a copy of the 1993 video program "Death: The Trip of a Lifetime". [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Presumptuous or precocious?

Should I send a personal/friendly email to this potential employer in addition to the cover letter? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Run for the hills...

Where can I train in Silicon Valley for a hilly marathon? [more inside]
posted by aofl at 11:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive?

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me build a device to last the ages... and still work!

Help me build a device to last the ages - and still function! For a hobby/art project, I'm building a pocket-sized gadget comprised of electronics, gears, metal, glass, wood, plastic, etc. Is there any particular book or other source that stands out as the bible on issues of long-lasting methods and materials? Ie covers questions like how transparent and strong various plastics remain after X years/decades of sun and UV? Which material/method of lubrication for gears will best last decades under X conditions? Which soldier alloy? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

How to find a quality film and negative scanner?

Scanning slides and negatives. What level of scanner must I consider to get high res. files from which I can produce sharp, digital prints up to 8" x 10"? Canon offers the CanoScan LiDE 600F for around $140.00 but I'm concerned about the quality of it's scans.
posted by tangyraspberry at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I make Acrobat show nonprinting characters?

Adobe Acrobat question: Is it possible to show nonprinting (invisible, hidden) characters? How? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Good morning, plate of beans!

(If you are male) Do women meet your gaze/say hello/acknowledge that you exist when you are out walking? This probably seems like a ridiculous question, but it's been bugging me for a long time. [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese at 10:17 AM PST - 83 comments

Where to buy real estate on the Florida Gulf coast?

Real Estate Filter: I am interested in buying a piece of residential real estate on the Florida gulf coast. Where should I buy? [more inside]
posted by dzot at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Youtube stalling

You tube downloads stall in the middle. [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 10:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Who were some specific people who worked the midway?

I am doing research about the people who worked on the midway at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (better known as the Chicago World's Fair). I've run into a bit of a road block. [more inside]
posted by plaingurl at 9:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Shark overfishing leading to stingray population boom?

What dying bay/estuary system am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I get this strange fog off the inside of my windshield?

My old Toyota Camry gets a strange oily build up on the inside of the windshield every month and a half--traditional cleaning methods don't work. How do I clean it? Help me not crash and die. [more inside]
posted by eralclare at 9:09 AM PST - 26 comments


Our bedroom has a door-another entrance to the apartment. We don't used said door but it leads into the staircase and we hear people going in and out at both fairly late and fairly early times. More importantly, the dog hears them too. I'd like to soundproof the door with materials that can be fairly easily removed when we move out (renters), and that are not that ugly either. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you tailor a resume without lying?

How do you tailor a resume without lying? I'm branching my job search into other fields, and my most recent education/experience isn't relevant at all. So how do I leave it off (or do I) without looking like I'm lying? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Coffee of DOOM

Ok, so I invited the girl I'm interested in to coffee... she said yes... we have a time... Help me make it not a total disaster. [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 7:55 AM PST - 44 comments


Does anyone remember a children's game called Ghost? (Not Ghost in the Graveyard.) My dad recalls playing it, but can't recall the rules. Any long memories here?
posted by pipti at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Where should I watch the Rugby World Cup Final in London?

Where should I watch the Rugby World Cup Final in London? [more inside]
posted by complience at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Must be the season of the witch.

I need help making a Halloween-themed mix CD. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 7:45 AM PST - 41 comments

Is there a stylish, ergonomic, USB keyboard?

Is there an functionally ergonomic USB keyboard that is not an eyesore? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Have I found a pirate radio station in Chicago?

Have I found a pirate radio station in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Leather chair restoration

How do I repair a leather chair with a hole and significant cracking? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is my laptop limited to 2Gb total memory?

Why is my laptop limited to 2Gb total memory, according to the specs? It has 2 PC2-5300 DDR2 memory slots, and the manufacturer sells a 2Gb card for it (in addition to 1Gb cards). Maybe a dumb question, but why can't it take two 2Gb cards? It's a Toshiba Satellite L45-S7423.
posted by DarkForest at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I prove that an odometer has not been altered?

How do I prove that an odometer has not been tampered with? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 6:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me name this font!

Please help me name this ornate font! [more inside]
posted by Andorinha at 6:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me get an uninsured hit and runner

How do I make an uninsured hit and run driver pay? I want him off the street. I do not want to do this guy any favors. How do I notify the community of this menace. [more inside]
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 6:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Ronco Salami Slicer?

Physics: Suppose I have a 10million gallon tank of H2O and I drill a 0.5mm hole near the bottom... [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 6:13 AM PST - 45 comments

Name this old poem

Hello folks, I am looking for the name of an old poem recited to me by my father in my childhood. It is similar in style to the 'Dangerous Dan McGrew' I think, but is about two men stranded on a desert island after their ship sinks. Initially they are strangers, but after realising they have a mutual friend, become good friends themselves. Things continue well until, I believe, they spot the mutual friend on a ship passing by. They notice however that the ship is a Pirate ship, and upon realising this, absolve their friendship in the knowledge that their mutual friend is of ill repute! This is all going on old memory, so I could be wrong in certain aspects.
posted by ferd at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

No Flip-Flops?

Do the shoes make the man? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 4:21 AM PST - 33 comments

A VNC-like program that can scale high resolutions?

I use VNC on computer A, 1680x1050 resolution, to control computer B, 1920x1080 resolution. This results in a lot of scrolling. Anyone know of a better solution that's also free or very cheap? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 2:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for examples of Namibian cuisine

We're having a Rugby World Cup celebration/commiseration at work this week, and we each have to bring an edible contribution that relates to one of the competing countries. All good fun so far, except that I've been given Namibia. What to do? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 2:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me turn a G4 into a media server

How can I use large ide drives (200GB+) in old powermac G4? [more inside]
posted by sdevans at 1:00 AM PST - 4 comments

October 16

how do I met female

Friends, there is no dignified way of saying this: I'd like advice on how/where to meet girls (in the DC area?), and/or how to signal attraction effectively. (LONG POST) [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 11:57 PM PST - 18 comments

dvds in your house, making you sad

I have approximately 230 dvds I'd like to sell. I have been to some local shops that advertise they buy used dvds, and I keep getting told that no one is buying right now. I'm not looking to get rich, but a little cash would be nice. All are in good condition with the original artwork/cases. (Some we never even opened) Besides ebay, any suggestions? Has anyone had experience selling large quantities of DVDs to a reliable buyer, either in the San Diego area or online? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 11:32 PM PST - 20 comments

I haz a contract

Are the contracts signed at animal rescue shelters legal? [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 11:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Give me the Dope on Leasing a Car

Give me the Dope on Leasing a Car [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 10:57 PM PST - 11 comments

I don't even know which "For Dummies" title I need

I need to know how to do some exceedingly simple animation. Problem: I'm an idiot. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 9:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Reasonably-priced jeans for VERY skinny guys?

What stores (in the U.S.) carry reasonably-priced jeans for VERY skinny guys? [more inside]
posted by amyms at 9:44 PM PST - 32 comments

A sad coming-out story

I'm dealing with the fallout from coming out to my deeply religious immediate family. For years, I had prepared for their tears, their anger, their remonstrances, their appeals to the Bible, and all of those have come. What I hadn't prepared for was how disappointed I would be, and how fundamental and lonely that disappointment would be. Help? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:22 PM PST - 38 comments

Krang costume

Halloween costume: I'd like to go as Krang in his robot suit from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween. Please help. [more inside]
posted by taliaferro at 9:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Best deep dish and/or stuffed pizza in Chicago?

What are the best chicago-style deep-dish and/or stuffed pizzas? I need recommendations from people who have tried the major contenders. I've tried the Pizzeria Uno chains (I know--supposedly much worse than the original) and thought them mediocre. I've also mail-ordered Lou Malnati's and thought it good but not great. Any ideas for the most ecstatic pizza experiences I'm yet to have?
posted by shivohum at 9:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Hot to open a Mac CD tray?

Embarrassing-lack-of-computer-knowledge-question: So I'm using a new-fangled Mac. My Mac at home is simple: you push a button and the CD tray comes out. There is no button on this Mac. If I had the time, I would eventually find out how to do this, but I'm rushed today and quickly need to burn a CD. How do I open the tray?
posted by lazy robot at 8:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Quality intergenerational time that transcends disabilities

What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
posted by moreandmoreso at 8:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Where are my java applets on my Blackjack?

When I download java applets onto my Samsung Blackjack via the internet, where are they stored? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 8:21 PM PST - 4 comments

My Fair Gentleman

My Fair ... Gentleman? Please give me a crash course on being a gentleman for a date with a lady. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 8:00 PM PST - 59 comments

OSD Lockout OSD Lockout OSD Lockout

My monitor is alternately displaying a message "OSD Lockout" (2 x 5 inch box in the middle of the screen) and then displays the actual OSD (on screen display). I cannot bring the OSD up, I can't move the selector when the OSD pops up on its own, I can't get the messages to stop. It will loop endlessly. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Tivo on Tivo lovin?

I've got a series 1 Tivo thats become a paper-weight ever since I upgraded to a series 2. So my question is, can I somehow hook up the 1 to the 2 as a sort of back-up machine?
posted by ducktape at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

How to help someone with chronic fatigue syndrome?

An older female relative who lives in the midwest has recently been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. She's been suffering from it for a few years already, so she's in bed most of the time at this point. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Male Pattern Balding Below The Belt

OK, so there was the must I submit to monthly waxing question, which brought out tons of responses from "no, do what you want" to "yes, you should if you're dating" to "you're being oppressed by a patriarchal society" to "it smacks of pedophilia". That being said, what are the opinions of men trimming/shaving their below the belt region? More specifically, women, would you be turned off or disgusted by a guy who trimmed or shaved?
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 53 comments

Will fixing something I'm not legally bound to fix set a legal precedent with my neighbors?

Tree branch fell on next-door neighbor's house. He has asked me to take care of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Please give me your best mexican recipes

Calling all cooks! I have moved from California to New Zealand and there is almost no mexican food to be had here in the land of the long white cloud. I'm having to learn to make everything from scratch so please give me your best mexican recipes! [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 7:46 PM PST - 28 comments

You Blockhead!

I'm thinking of dressing as Lucy Van Pelt for Halloween this year, but I'm not sure how to go about finding a costume authentic-looking enough to be recognizable, as opposed to just being some girl with black flippy hair and a blue dress. Also, I can't sew. Any ideas?
posted by odayoday at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

where does "coal dust" come from?

In many old houses once you break through the lath-and-plaster (or it breaks on you and you need to repair it) there is a disgusting amount of "coal dust" that comes out. Where do these carbon particles come from? Yes old houses used to be heated with coal. But I assume the furnaces had chimneys to vent the combustion products. So why is there so much dust within walls and ceilings?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 7:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Really really really small.

How to make a SMALL bedroom livable? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 7:14 PM PST - 23 comments

How do we handle our aggressive, epileptic dog?

How do we handle our aggressive, epileptic dog? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Pay off second loan or enjoy tax break?

Finance Filter: I have a second loan on my condo at a rate of 7.75%.. I did this to avoid PMI. I have the cash to pay it off.. 35k or so.. Is it likely a good idea to pay it off and forgo the tax breaks I'm getting on the interest, to avoid the 7.75% rate? [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 7:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I just crawl into bed with him?

I've lived with my best friend and another good friend for 3 years. I've known them for 7--since we were freshmen in college. I've come to the conclusion that I'm bisexual, and that I have a bit of a crush on my best friend. I'm having trouble telling him that I'm not straight. I've read everyone's advice not to tell him I'm crushing on him, because there is a good chance that would be messy. What is a good way to tell him that I'm bi though? [more inside]
posted by rocket_johnny at 6:59 PM PST - 32 comments

Show me around Europe...

Help plan our perfect post-cruise European itinerary! [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Audio Avoidance

Anybody, by chance, know how to get a Mitsubishi CS 35313 (1995) tv to play the audio through the internal speakers again? [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Lost five pounds and spend the day unclogging it.

Why dont they make a "garbage disposal" for my shower drain as well as my toilet? Or do they? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 6:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Couldn’t my iPod read my mind just a little bit?

My iPod/iTunes is completely out of control. I have 8,000+ songs, and they are minimally rated. My default rating when I add tracks is 4 and I downgrade tracks if I don’t want them to come up in shuffle, which runs off a playlist that’s “all songs rated 4 or higher.” This just ain’t cutting it and I find myself skipping more songs than I listen to. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Short science fiction story about ice cream?

I'm trying to identify a short sci-fi story about ice cream, weight loss, and aliens... [more inside]
posted by suimin at 6:03 PM PST - 11 comments

...That this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial

Why does my snot taste like propane? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Oh, what do we know about partying or anything else?

How big and loud can a weekend party be before the neighbors get pissed off? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 5:53 PM PST - 43 comments

My name is John, and I am trying not to be a workaholic.

Is there a support group for a charming, literate, young, kissable workaholic media professional who is trying to be less of a flake in his personal life? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 4:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Will bankruptcy absolve you of tax debt?

Will filing for bankruptcy absolve you of tax debt? [more inside]
posted by jotrock at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Need help with a system (portal?) for client communication.

I am needing a portal for multiple-client sign-in. I want my clients to be able to go to a common front page and enter their username and password and be taken to an area just for them. There will be messaging, files, video, audio, photos, etc. that is just for their use. Each client would need an area with their material. I have around 20-25 clients. I probably need no more than 250MB of storage for their "stuff' per client. What do I do? Something ready-to-go and hosted? Something I run from my own shared server? I'm not even sure what I am needing is called. Any comments/suggestions appreciated - thanks for the help!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

What is UP with this Shisha?

No tobacco? Ingredients in Pig Latin? Sugar cane bagasse? What is in this sketchy, sketchy shisha, and should I smoke it? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Convince me to buy Leopard

Why should I buy Leopard? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 3:23 PM PST - 32 comments

baby's arms, and apples - from where?

What's the source of "a baby's arm holding an apple"? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:22 PM PST - 9 comments


What does buddhism/hinduism/christian say about forgiving self. I am not able to forgive myself for the mistakes i made and mistakes i will be making in the future and keep torturing myself saying i should be perfect. I am not able to change myself as a result. Any other insight on self-forgiveness.
posted by mot123 at 3:20 PM PST - 28 comments

100% cranberry/grapefruit juice is where?

Real-food addict seeks cranberry (or grapefruit) juice that's made from cranberries (or grapefruit), not from m*!@erf$ing corn syrup. [more inside]
posted by eritain at 2:57 PM PST - 30 comments

Make me Mahmoud.

'Tis the season: Help me perfect my Ahmadinejad costume. [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Learning to live with craptacular.

Will my data transfers stop timing out if I upgrade my laptop's DVD-RW drive? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 2:43 PM PST - 1 comment

True love: better than coffee.

1980s series of commercials told a love story. No, not Taster's Choice. Help! [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Do California Community Colleges accept credit from out of state CCs?

Do California Community Colleges accept credit from out of state CCs? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Ska for my girls?

I'm making a compilation CD for my little girls (ages six and three) and I'm looking for happy stuff with female vocalists that has the same sort of vibe as Manu Chao's bongo bong, and/or Sublime's happier stuff, but that is appropriate for, you know, little kids. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 2:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Where have I seen this logo?

Identify this logo? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Kicksology, why did you leave me?

Are there any good shoe (preferably basketball) review blogs? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Can anyone suggest an inexpensive NAS solution for a Mac that could plug into my linksys wifi router?

Can anyone suggest an inexpensive NAS solution for a Mac that could plug into my linksys wifi router? I already own a USB 300gig hard drive that I would like to use. I won't get an airport express as I already have a wifi router. The solutions I've seen used the linux file system. I'd like something that I can use to backup my MacBook over the wifi at night using Time Machine, the new backup solution in Leopard. Thanks.
posted by jeffreyclong at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Manned Space-Flight: FLIGHT CANCELLED

This page lists all the planned manned shuttle flights until the shuttle is retired in 2010. Where can I find a list of planned manned space flights after this?
posted by blue_beetle at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Routing between subnets

How to route between subnets and share one internet connection? (network topology pic inside) [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 1:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Missing music!

Ipod: songs not showing up in the “Artist” view. I can find them in a playlist but not by artist. - What’s up with that? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

What to drink before a dawn swimming workout?

What's a good 6 AM, pre-swim liquid breakfast? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

High Risk Patent

I had an idea that, if patentable, would be worth quite a bit. However the chance of it being patentable is low (about 10-20%) and wouldn't be marketable by itself and would most likely require sale to a computer manufacturer. Are there any businesses that handle these kinds of ideas for a % of ownership in the potential patent? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 12:29 PM PST - 19 comments

To consolidate, debate, or just negate? (Don't ya hate)

Consolidate student loan or would that possibly be bad for my credit? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

What would MacGyver pack in his survial kit?

Aside from the everyday Emergency Kit contents, what are some useful items to have during a long term emergency? What would MacGyver pack in his long term emergency survival kit? Extra points for creativity, cheapness (in cost, not quality), and simplicity. [more inside]
posted by jytsai at 12:17 PM PST - 22 comments

What the clunk is wrong with my corolla?

[my old jalopy filter] What is my Corolla's clunking problem? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me replace my lost hat.

Help me replace this hat. Because I lost it. I see lots of similar hats on Amazon, etc. But the colors just look wrong. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Does being a citizen of a Commonwealth country make it easier to get citizenship or legal resident status in the UK?

Can Canadian citizens become permanent residents or citizens of the UK more easily than, say, a U.S. citizen? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Did you feel good about chopping off all your hair?

Have you ever had long hair, then cut it short? How did you feel about it? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 11:56 AM PST - 70 comments

Stop the Butterflies!

So he's younger, I'm older. We are good friends.. we have fun.. but I find myself falling in love with him. There are many reasons to not let myself do it, so how do I stop those butterflies? [more inside]
posted by TerraM at 11:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Buy or sell first?

Home finance question - sell my house first or make an offer first? Much more inside... [more inside]
posted by ShakeyFingers at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Control USB Power based on temperature monitoring in Mac OS X

I have a laptop cooling fan which runs on USB power. It works well but it's a fairly monotonous drone. The internal fans are linked to the cooling unit and the temperature monitor, so they operate based on the current temperature. Is there any way I can control the USB fan based on temperature as well? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Banana Grabber at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

work blog question

How big a deal should I be? Do I deserve my own work-related web page? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I help my child learn to pay better attention to instructions and concentrate on his work?

How can I help my child learn to pay better attention to instructions and concentrate on his work, without turning him into a perfectionist? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 10:42 AM PST - 28 comments

Midrange gaming laptops?

Recommend a midrange gaming laptop for around $2000? [more inside]
posted by trokair at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Dogs: People Too?

What are the arguments for and against the idea that animals have self-awareness? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:28 AM PST - 39 comments

How to convince someone to watch The Wire?

How do I convince someone to take the plunge, and make the commitment...to Watch THE WIRE? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 10:03 AM PST - 47 comments

Free my presentation from Google's clutches!

Any way to export Google Presentation as PPT? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I excercise 'smarter?'

[Exercise Filter]: What's your exercise routine? Should I change mine? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I setup automated drop folder (hot folder) printing?

How can I setup automated drop folder (hot folder) printing? I would like a folder to be watched, and when a PDF gets copied to this folder it gets printed right away. [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

A Good Suit Is Hard To Find

Looking for good sartorial quotes/sayings... [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments


Please suggest can't-fail-lullabies to play for my bouncin' baby boy. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:22 AM PST - 34 comments

When was my vintage Knoll chair made?

When did Knoll switch from manufacturing the Pollock executive chair with five legs instead of four? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I get the movie "Quiet man" from Netflix?

Why can't I get the movie "Quiet man" from Netflix? For a while now it has shown availability "Unknown" and just shows up in the "Saved" section. A couple of months ago, it was in my queue but it always had "Very Long Wait".
posted by fx3000 at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

DIY for the Non-Hardware-Elite

DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What activies/situations can cause one's blood pressure to drop?

What activities can cause low blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Documents without borders?

How do I make a PDF print without borders? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Hasta la Vista Baby... but if I want my baby (Vista) back?

I bought a new HP laptop. Vista is installed, I am going to install XP. If I want to reinstall Vista later on, after an SP or two, how can I reinstall w/ my legal copy's credentials? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

LASIK for mild nearsightedness?

Considering LASIK (or other laser eye surgery) for relatively mild nearsightedness. Experiences? Statistics? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Um, sure, I guess I can support 30 macs...

Help me become a Mac Boffin. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me ace an interview.

Interviewing for an Internet Support position. what are some webpages i can use to bone up on for it. Last time i didnt good but i wish to do excellent this time when i last took the test.
posted by Rolandkorn at 7:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Other than an iSight, what would you buy?

What USB2/FireWire video camera would you get for an iBook whose owner wants to video chat? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you stick to your long-term goals?

How do you maintain sight of your long-term goals? I chronically sacrifice long-term success for short-term gains and it's not working out for me. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:14 AM PST - 20 comments

"vorEhrfurchtErzitter"? Hoffen Sie mich!

What does "vorEhrfurchtErzitter" mean? I don't speak a lick of German. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments


Searching for an elusive Japanese bus melody... [more inside]
posted by avocet at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments

So basically I'm trading a manpurse in for a man pocketbook....

I read and get cold; where is the winter coat that can hold a medium-sized book? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 6:00 AM PST - 10 comments

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 5:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Good Online Fax Service That Works Both Ways?

It's hell being the rage, so I am trying to centralize and virtual-office-ify my scattered work life. E-mail and voicemail is easy enough to virtualize, but is there a good birectional online fax system? [much more inside] [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 5:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What should we watch after Gargoyles?

On a whim my girlfriend started us watching the 90's cartoon series Gargoyles together. For some bizarre reason this has turned into a fun little bonding ritual. Unfortunately we've almost reached the end of Season Two: Volume One, which is all that has been released on DVD (When's the rest coming out?). What should we watch next? She had the idea to watch the old X-Men cartoon series. What other retro shows have a little bit of that little kid fun, and a little bit of all-ages appeal?
posted by shanevsevil at 5:25 AM PST - 49 comments

Where can I find plans for cottages with a modern design aesthetic?

Where can I find plans (not kits) for cottages with a modern design aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 5:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are you talking at me?

Please help me kill my introversion before it kills my relationships. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 4:30 AM PST - 40 comments

Power of Attorney: How do I give it to my brother?

How can I give my brother in the US power of attorney when I am in the EU? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 4:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Where is my large automobile?

Reliving My Youth Filter: Watching ye olde Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" video on YouTube, I note that I've never actually got the skinny on what the significance of the "hand chopping the forearm" gesture Byrne makes is. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 3:59 AM PST - 21 comments

When to change bicycle gears

How/when do you change gears on a multiple-speed bicycle? Out of the 21 gears, there are 11 or so useful/unique ratios. So, do you stay in in one front ratio and only use the rear-derailleur until you have to shift down, or do you shift through the all the available ratios, double-shifting when necessary. [more inside]
posted by nielm at 2:46 AM PST - 22 comments

What to worry about while driving to Ensenada, Mexico?

9 other friends and I are all planning to drive down into Mexico for our fall break. We will be going in two cars, one of which we borrowed from someone not coming on the trip. We would be staying for about 72 hours (maybe just slightly more). What do we need to do to prepare? Any other general tips for a weekend trip to Ensenada? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 12:49 AM PST - 6 comments

how do i overcome an addicting itch?

I have a skin irritation on the top of my foot/ankle and I can't stop scratching it. [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 12:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me ID this piece!

What is the music behind this page? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:01 AM PST - 4 comments

October 15

Do my cats prevent me from getting tail?

Is a single guy owning cats a turnoff? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 9:30 PM PST - 72 comments

computer programming

How do you program computer graphics? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 9:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Maybe they could try this on Joe Morgan for a few innings

Tim McCarver and Joe Buck were unusually quiet during tonight's broadcast of the Red Sox-Indians game. Does anyone know if there was a specific reason for this? [more inside]
posted by MidAtlantic at 8:19 PM PST - 25 comments

What is the purpose of folding/toweling my no-knead bread?

What is the purpose of folding and covering my no-knead bread with a towel? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 8:12 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the proper name of these telephone voice-based BBS-like systems and does anyone else remember them?

While growing up in Houston in the mid-late 90s, I somehow became aware of several local phone-based voice computer entertainment systems (for lack of a better term). They offered games (in which you punched numbers on the phone keypad to play) like Telefun Trivia, Operation Desert Wolf and something called Pika Farmer, voice dating services (in which you listened to or recorded personal voice ads), random informational services (a life expectancy calculator), horoscopes, news and weather, etc. - all via a menu system at one phone number. What were/are these services called and what other information is available about them? Does anyone else actually remember them? [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN at 8:11 PM PST - 20 comments

A cure for malaise?

I'm looking for more fun than I'm entitled to. Safety, morality, and practicality are not concerns. [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 8:06 PM PST - 37 comments

DDT for bed bugs?

Using DDT for bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 18 comments

A couple of iTunes/iPod questions ~or~ How do I make my 2 computers and 2 iPods love each other?

A couple of iTunes/iPod questions ~or~ How do I make my 2 computers and 2 iPods love each other? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:40 PM PST - 16 comments

How long will it last?

How long, on average, would/should a bottle of organic hair product last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Power play

I got offered a better job, I quit. Now my boss is being a bitch. [more inside]
posted by octomato at 7:14 PM PST - 38 comments

Script Ohio viewing

Where can I take my kids to see Script Ohio for free? [more inside]
posted by Jesco at 7:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Reversed wall outlet?

I'm looking for an unusual AC wall outlet. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Pass it over here, Carl...

Carl Sagan filter: what is the thing that Carl is releasing into the wind so profoundly in this shot from the beginning of Cosmos? I always understood it to be a dandelion seed, but it doesn't look like one I would recognize... What is that thing?
posted by Gankmore at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Can't get no satisfaction, or can I?

Dealing with annoying, persistent sexual attraction . . . help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 23 comments

I don't want to do business with you

How to graciously end a soon to be partnership. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments


I'm interested in finding out more about gypsies (the Roma or Romani people) in the country of Argentina: both historical as well as contemporary accounts (in the news/in popular media/literature/culture). [more inside]
posted by muymuy at 5:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Mp3 players and AM radio

Are there any mp3 players with AM tuners? [more inside]
posted by xaire at 5:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get the best tattoo possible :)

Tattoo Filter; This question has a few parts; 1. Can the hive recommend a tattoo artist that does exceptional work in the South Florida area (I have heard of the Miami Ink Guys) 2. I am planning to get a half sleeve done and what like your suggestions/comments/antidotes about getting the work done. 3. I would also like to hear from the people that have a half sleeve/ full sleeve about how they picked the content of their tattoo and what went into the planning of it. Thanks in advance!
posted by boyinmiami at 5:16 PM PST - 8 comments

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and other mnemonic devices wanted. Apply within.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Great, Columbus=1492, got it. What else you know? I'm looking for silly and/or clever ways to remember history. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 5:09 PM PST - 55 comments

wireless headphones safety

Is it safe to use wireless headphones. Any possibilities of harmful radiation ?
posted by tom123 at 4:48 PM PST - 11 comments


Where can I find articles online that deal with the "culture poaching" or "culture jamming" associated with machinima? Also, if you can, please refer me to some recently popular clips. Thanks.
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 4:26 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm in ur creditz, givin you old bad debtz

I have recently discovered that my identity was stolen. Fifteen years ago. I know the person who did it, or I did ... fifteen years ago. [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Tipping on a concierge floor.

How to tip on a "Gold" or Conceirge floor? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Autocopying files in the nanny state of corporate IT

My group at work needs access to a file which I maintain and vice versa. We'd like to keep the files on our own laptops so we can edit them whenever, but maintain a regularly updated copy on a server share to which we all have access. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:32 PM PST - 6 comments

1+1 = ?

[Philosophylter] Where can I find books/material that examine the nature/logic of universal truth?(1) and/or Where/when/how logic is inapplicable?(2) [more inside]
posted by s01110011 at 3:32 PM PST - 12 comments

What the hell is wrong with my brother?

My 20-year-old brother has cut off contact with me and our parents, dropped out of school, and dug himself into debt. One visit from our dad went well but made no actual difference. What the hell is going on, and should I bother visiting him? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 3:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Hard drive failure = insurance fraud?

Here is the deal. I have a client who brought in a hard drive with a "smoked" circuit board. He is filing a claim on his insurance for it AND the data that was on it. Fine. BUT...he wants us to "prove" that the circuit board failure happened as a result of a power surge and NOT as a natural failure of the board. I don't believe that is possible at this point. I am a computer tech, so I am looking for input from attorneys, electricians, and anyone else who can proffer and opinion. Thanks in advance!
posted by titans13 at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I make Google search only the UK?

Is there a way of making google.co.uk default to searching for "pages from the UK" instead of "the web" in Internet Explorer? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Help finding where to buy small gauge chain in bulk

I'm looking for a very small gauge chain, I think the style is called Curb or Gourmette, its not for jewelry so if its called something else i wouldn't be surprised... [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music.

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 2:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me understand my son, even when he doesn't speak.

For anyone with autism experience: My young son has had two episodes of being absolutely terrified of our bathroom. What gives? [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 2:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Roast for my wife

Bring me your finest roast recipes, either in the oven or Crock-Pot-esque type equipment. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 1:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I jump managers?

I'm thinking of applying for another position inside my company that would basically be a parallel move -- same position, different group. How should I structure my resume? [more inside]
posted by mikeh at 1:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Captain's chair, not dentist's chair.

How do I adjust this office chair? No, not an ergonomics question - I need a control manual. [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

My pear shape has gone pear-shaped

Like many women, I used to have hips that measured slightly larger than my bust. Now my ass is disappearing as my rack carries on. Is this just aging at work, or is this typical of weight loss? [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Tell me about Takoma Park

I'm moving to DC next month and considering renting a room in a house in Takoma Park. But of course, I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 1:13 PM PST - 22 comments

(halloweenfilter) Help me look like Captain Kirk on a budget

I'd like to be Captain Kirk for halloween. Anyone on MeFi have any ideas/experience as to how to find/fashion/fake a gold Star Trek TOS shirt/tunic thingy for a halloween costume? I've got black pants, leather boots, and good hair, but I'm fairly broke, and need to come up with a convincing Kirk costume top without breaking the $20 mark. Also, I don't really know how to sew. I'm about 6'3, 50" chest, 42" waist Thoughts?
posted by stenseng at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there an open course codebase similar to ... Ask Metafilter?

Is there an open course codebase similar to ... Ask Metafilter? I have a fun idea for a specialized group Q and A blog, but I'm not much of a coder.
posted by clango at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you know if you're ready?

What is your test for knowing when you're over your last relationship and ready for the next one? [more inside]
posted by smallstatic at 12:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Help Me Find My Perfect Journal, Please

Howdy Hive- Back in the 80's I used to write in journals that were made of recycled paper. I'm trying to locate them (or something similar) again, and having no luck. The paper was gray, a bit rough & raggedy, and very, very soft. It was bound as a hardcover book, with a simple stamp as a decoration (one said 'art', another said 'dream'). The only drawback was that the paper absorbed a lot of ink, so it was necessary to write in ballpoint pen (or risk draining a lot of sharpie markers). Even if it's not the exact same journal, I would love your suggestions for something similar. I haven't found another blank book yet that is as satisfying. Thanks in advance, y'all!
posted by potterybliss at 12:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Online distribution strategies

What are some of the latest, smartest and/or cost-effective online distribution strategies a small record label should pursue? [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Did Sara Jane Moore get out?

Wikipedia says that Sara Jane Moore, who tried to assassinate President Ford on September 22, 1975, was due for parole on September 21, 2007. I did a little searching, but I couldn't find any other mention of it. Does anybody know what happened? Or did Wikipedia get it wrong?
posted by 314/ at 12:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me dress my husband!

I got him out of black t shirts all the time (they are fine, but not for everything) and into bowling shirts, camp shirts, cubavera shirts, or short sleeve guayabera type shirts (usually in black, only sometimes with a pinup girl on them). Now he needs something just like that but with LONG sleeves. [more inside]
posted by pywacket at 12:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for the Lord's Homies

Help me find the "best" fundamentalist / evangelical Christian websites geared toward youth. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

FlashVar Purgatory

FlashVars & "GET" style URL encoding - help?! [more inside]
posted by prostyle at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Mr. Bento you're a bloodthirsty foe, but your chicken is delicious!

I bit the bullet and bought a Mr. Bento lunch box and it is awesome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 11:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I get a new dipstick for my outdated car?

The Manimal needs a new dipstick. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Entourage database corrupted

Corrupted Entourage database: what can I do (Mac)? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you exercise a dog with bad knees?

Our 9-year-old yellow lab who has had a full ACL on one knee and a partial ACL on the other is getting worse. How can we exercise him properly without putting him in pain? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Which is the most hackable portable media player out there?

Which is the most hackable portable media player out there? [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Poor form costumes

I need ideas for an offensive halloween costume [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 9:50 AM PST - 82 comments

Help us break out of our RAZR jail!

My wife and I both loathe our Motorola RAZRs, and fortunately, we're able to replace them at subsidized, new-customer pricing at the end of this month (October 28th, to be specific). We're Verizon Wireless customers for a slew of reasons, and are going to stick with VZW; does anyone have recommendations for phones we should consider? [more inside]
posted by delfuego at 9:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Why are these lines showing up on my webpage?

I'm creating a very simple web page and inserting images into the cells of a table. However, I can still see faint lines around the borders of the images. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments


I'd like to be a snake handler, but live in Chicago and have no professional snake experience. Where could I get some snake related experience? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 8:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Different faces, different masks?

NFLter: Is there a science to face masks? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

must I submit to monthly waxing torture?

sex-appeal-filter: what's the deal with bikini waxing? Is it necessary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 103 comments

How do I learn to survive grad school?

How do I learn to survive as a grad student? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

I want my email archives please!

Google Apps Filter: How can I get inbox emails from my old email server onto gmail/google apps account? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Settle for less in greek, please

[ancient latin or greek-filter] For an mock ceremony at a party for an friend I need some help with some translations to latin or greek to some diplomas. What would "Settle for less" or "Aspiring to mediocrity" or "Aiming for second place" become in ancient latin or greek? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Where are the monsters?

I'm looking for female monsters. Mythological, literary, cultural, etc... So far, I've got: Medusa Grendel's Mother Witches
posted by steinwald at 6:55 AM PST - 64 comments

How do I get people to get my name/gender right?

My odd to pronounce/gender-unusual name gives me lots of problems. How can I diplomatically solve all of them? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 6:52 AM PST - 46 comments

Shazam! It's...Superbug? Fantasmaworm?

Halloween filter: Seeking ideas for a name and back story for a bug/caterpillar/worm costume. Difficulty: Must be "Super." [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 6:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Roman Collection/BKK

I was in Thailand last year and bought some shirts from "The Roman Collection" which were made in Bangkok. These shirts are my favorites and not only fit well but are also in the style I like. The problem is that I can't seem to find where to buy them online and get them shipped to me. Please help me keep enjoying dressing myself.
posted by josher71 at 6:20 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the right present to encourage a budding beer and wine lover in Chicago?

What's the right present to encourage a budding beer and wine lover in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Motion sickness relief wristbands any good?

A friend of mine wants a motion sickness relief wristband for her birthday. I find myself a little dubious. Does anyone have experience with them? [more inside]
posted by Comrade_robot at 5:34 AM PST - 36 comments

Optimal output settings when generating images for use in PowerPoint

What are the optimal output settings when generating images for use in PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 5:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How to create a marketing list in Australia

Any ideas how to generate a list of manufacturing companies over 100 employees in Australia, without paying a list broker for an outdated use-once call list?
posted by dripped at 4:20 AM PST - 2 comments

mineral tablets and headaches

Multivitamin tablets with minerals give me a headache. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:56 AM PST - 9 comments

You are getting sleeeeeeeeeeeepy....

How do I fix my dog's sleep schedule? [more inside]
posted by judith at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Foxit, Firefox and PDF opening issues

Why do some PDF's open in Acrobat instead of Foxit when using Firefox, even when Foxit is the default reader? [more inside]
posted by Nugget at 2:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I get an ionized air filter?

Should I get an "Ionized Air Filter"? [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 2:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Giving/Gaining Turst

How do you gain trust from someone who's been emotionally scarred. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:25 AM PST - 22 comments

October 14

How can we confirm the validity of the electromagnetic field theory of consciousness?

How can we confirm the validity of the electromagnetic field theory of consciousness? [more inside]
posted by Dayvan_Cowboy at 11:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Me vs. Tonsil

Please help me combat the gross taste from my strep-infected tonsil before I hack it out with a paring knife. TMI inside, if it wasn't obvious. [more inside]
posted by granted at 10:55 PM PST - 16 comments

one people, one live. one earth. we. like.the. moon.

Where do I find your country's b3ta? that is, all of you non-US mefi's, what site is a good example of exported national consciousness...(before you flag, a bit more inside) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 10:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I create a Word field with text that disappears with a click?

Can I/how do I make a field in Microsoft Word where the text disappears when you click into it? [more inside]
posted by Lucie at 10:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Latex on oil...what a rookie mistake.

paintingfilter: Latex on oil, not a great plan, I know. What is the best way to undo the mistake? [more inside]
posted by ms.v. at 10:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting them that got

Help me find a Ray Charles song, please? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 9:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Safe facebooking

Help me practice safe (ie. semi-anonymous) facebooking. [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 9:49 PM PST - 21 comments

help me pick the right present for a friend I have never actually met.

help me pick the right present for a friend I have never actually met. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Finally dealing with anxiety

Tips for dealing with irrational anxiety and starting therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting unwanted inlaws to go away

How do I handle a perceived threat from an inlaw, and get her and the rest of that family to just go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 37 comments

Seattle Health Insurance for the newbie

I just started working with a company that gives me an option to pick different plans (value or choice) from three different providers. My options are United Health Care / Definity Health (which was preselected by our HR's computer system), Blue Cross Blue Shields, or CIGNA Health. Are their any Seattle Mefites who have had experience with one, two or all of them? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 8:05 PM PST - 16 comments

2nd internal harddive

if my computer crashes will I lose my data on my second internal harddrive like I would on my first? [more inside]
posted by Rustbeard at 7:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Keeping dogs safe and exercised on land

How do I keep two active young dogs with good jumping ability a) from being bitten by snakes b) active and happy while I am away during the day on a property of about 20 acres? What's it roughly going to cost me?
posted by vizsla at 7:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Itunes album track: obstinate disorder

Occasionally in iTunes, I'll be unable to get an album's tracks to line up in the proper order even if I've set all the track numbers properly. It occurs with albums that have been [ahem] cobbled together from various sources. [more inside]
posted by greggish at 7:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Embodied cognition computer or video games?

Computer or video gamers: Help me find a game that I can use in my psychology experiment. [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 7:03 PM PST - 23 comments

What happens when Sotheby's London changes their mind?

I sent my supposedly authentic Italian music manuscripts to Sotheby's of London (after their music manuscripts expert authenticated them in person in NYC) to be auctioned. After they received them in London, they told me they weren't sure if they were authentic and they wouldn't auction them. Problem is, it's going to cost me a lot to get them back, and it already cost quite a bit to mail them to London. More details within. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 6:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Lost control of motion on my Wii

Lost control of motion on my Wii [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 6:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with some translation into webdesign lingo

My friend and I are starting a small photography business and we need a website. Since our budget is tiny we decided to go elance.com route. Help us figure out what to ask for from the designer [more inside]
posted by A! at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What movies are about finding identity?

My wife needs to find a good movie dealing with the theme of finding one's identity to use in an English 11 class (Juniors.) [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 5:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Glorious homemade applesauce ... a big, delicious, warm bowl of it is on my counter. Do I let it cool before refrigerating ?

Glorious homemade applesauce ... a BIG, delicious, very warm bowl of it is on my counter. Do I let it cool before refrigerating ?
posted by R. Mutt at 5:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Why do little nuts need such thick bags?

What are the criteria used to decide the toughness of different snack packaging materials? Why do peanuts require much thicker packaging that potato crisps? Do "gourmet" crisps only have thicker packaging to indicate greater value? Who makes the decisions, and how?
posted by howfar at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting into grad school at 33

I'm looking at applying to Ph.D. programs in history. I'm 33. How can I maximize my chances? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 5:02 PM PST - 24 comments


What would the effects on my poop be, and what health risks would I incur, if I were to eat nothing but corn for a week? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is this cold taking so long?

I have been trying to get rid of what I think is a case of the common cold for 13 days now and I am wondering why it is taking so long... [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 4:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Sick in a foreign country

My stepfather is currently hospitalized in France, where he had a series of transient ischemic attacks this weekend while on vacation with my mother and sister. They were scheduled to fly home next week, though chances are high that will get postponed at least a few days on doctor's orders. I'm trying to be as much help as I can from an ocean away. What practical aspects of being hospitalized in a foreign country should I be thinking of / helping with? [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 3:53 PM PST - 15 comments

ipod amnesia

How do I recover music from an iPod that has suddenly reset itself? [more inside]
posted by Doug at 3:37 PM PST - 10 comments


Turtle trouble! [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 1:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find this poster from Half-Baked?

Where can I find a poster used as a prop in the apartment in the movie Half-Baked? It has a picture of the Marlboro man, but says Marijuana instead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

My neighbors are abusing my parking lot! What should I do?

What should I do about neighbors using my building's parking lot? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 1:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Smell ya later!

DigestiveEnzyme filter (or maybe FartFilter): Beano is the best! But is is just a band-aid solution for something more serious?